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From Billboard:

Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” arrives with 544,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sum marks the greatest weekly total this year and the fourth-best bow all-time, two of which now belong to Swift. Flo Rida’s “Right Round” began with 636,000, followed by Swift’s “Together” selling 623,000. Katy Perry’s “Roar” ranks third with 557,000 sold in its first week.

“Shake” shattered a radio record, launching at an all-time-best No. 9 on Adult Pop Songs. It also scores a record-matching No. 12 start on Pop Songs this week.

“Shake” is just the 22nd of the Hot 100′s 1,038 No. 1s all-time to debut at the pinnacle. (Cue up a celebratory chorus of Swift’s “22.”) It’s also the second straight No. 1 starter with “shake” in its title: Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” began a five-week reign when it launched on top on March 2, 2013.

As for title trivia, “Shake It Off” is the sixth Hot 100 No. 1 with “shake” in its name. It follows Baauer’s viral hit; Nelly, Diddy and Murphy Lee’s “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (2003); Bob Seger’s “Shakedown” (1987); Gregory Abbott’s “Shake You Down” (also 1987); and, the “shake”-iest such smash, KC and the Sunshine Band’s disco classic “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” (1976).

Also, dating to her arrival on Sept. 23, 2006, with “Tim McGraw,” Swift swipes her 60th Hot 100 hit, a threshold that only 13 other acts (to reference Swift’s favorite number …) have reached in the chart’s 56-year history. Only one female act has made more Hot 100 visits: Aretha Franklin, with 73. (The cast of Fox’s Glee leads all acts with 207 Hot 100 entries.)

“Shake” marks Swift’s seventh Digital Songs No. 1 (all of which have debuted at the apex). She ties Britney Spears for the fourth-most leaders, following Rihanna (13), Perry (10) and Eminem (nine).

Scooby Doo’s original name was “Too Much”. Before production for the show began, NBC President Fred Silverman heard Frank Sinatra’s scat “doo-be-doo-be-doo” at the end of his recording of “Strangers in the Night” on a flight to one of the development meetings, and decided to rename the dog “Scooby-Doo” and re-rechristen the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

From Techcrunch:

Snapchat is now the third most popular social app among millennials, according to a recent report by comScore, which finds that Snapchat has 32.9% penetration on these young users’ mobile phones, trailing only Instagram (43.1%) and Facebook (75.6%).

That means the app is more popular than Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Google+ or Tumblr among the millennial demographic, which comScore defines as those between the ages of 18 and 34.

It also puts into perspective why Facebook once valued the company at $3 billion, and why Snapchat had the vision – or hubris, perhaps – to turn that offer down. Millennials are the youngest, most active generation of mobile social networking users, and their habits are setting the stage to be the new “default” for the generations that follow, like Generation Z or Generation Alpha, or whatever we’re calling the born-with-iPad-in-hand kids.

Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass is being praised for its catchy beat and body positive lyrics such as: “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top” and “It’s pretty clear I ain’t no size 2, but I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do”. The song depicts the “ideal” skinny body type as overrated and promotes body acceptance and celebrates men and women of all sizes and shapes.

1 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
2 Maps Maroon 5
3 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
4 Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
5 Chandelier Sia
6 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
7 Stay With Me Sam Smith
8 Hideaway Kiesza
9 Anaconda Nicki Minaj
10 Love Runs Out OneRepublic

Titled Awesome Mix Vol 1, the soundtrack features heavily throughout the film as a cassette of Seventies rock, pop and soul classics that lead character Star Lord listens to as he journeys through space.

1 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists
2 High Noon Arkells
3 1000HP Godsmack
4 Stolen Dance – EP Milky Chance
5 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith
6 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer
7 They Want My Soul Spoon
8 x (Deluxe Edition) Ed Sheeran
9 5:01 Tim Hicks
10 TRXYE – EP Troye Sivan

From Consequence Of Sound:

This year has already seen Jack White produce the fastest pressed-and-released vinyl record ever and score the biggest single-week vinyl sales since 1991. Now he can add “biggest selling vinyl LP of any year since 1994″ to the list.

Billboard reports that with 60,000 copies sold, Lazaretto is not only the highest selling vinyl of the year, but the biggest since Pearl Jam released Vitalogy in 1994. The tricked-out Lazaretto ultra LP alone sold 40,000 copies in just its first week.

For comparison, Arctic Monkey’s AM has the second-biggest sales figure with 29,000 units moved. 2013’s highest seller was Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories with 49,000 sold.

Keep in mind that, yes, Soundscan’s vinyl tracking only goes back to 1991.

Alanis Morissette comes back to Canada this summer for a handful of dates, including August 15th at Casino Rama. No stranger to massively-successful albums, she continues a long career releasing well-crafted introspective music meriting contention alongside such huge-selling examples of the form as Carole King’s Tapestry and Adele’s 19 and 21. Let’s take a look at 35 things you oughta know about Alanis.

She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.

Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995, has sold more than 33 million units globally.

She has two siblings, including twin brother (12 minutes younger) and fellow musician Wade Morissette.

She appeared on the children’s television show You Can’t Do That on Television for five episodes when she was in elementary school.

Morissette recorded her first demo called “Fate Stay With Me” produced by Lindsay Thomas Morgan at Marigold Studios in Toronto, engineered by Rich Dodson of Canadian classic rock band, The Stampeders.

John Alexander, head of A&R for MCA Records Canada, first heard a demo tape from Morissette in 1983, when she was nine years old. He called it “very promising. Her voice was very strong, and it was remarkable that the tape included some original songs written by her at that age.” However, he decided not to sign her to a record deal because “from an A&R standpoint, I said, ‘What am I going to do with a nine-year-old?’”

In 1991 MCA Records Canada released Morissette’s debut album, Alanis, in Canada only. She was nominated for three 1992 Juno Awards: Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year (which she won), Single of the Year and Best Dance Recording (both for “Too Hot”).

She was the opening act for Vanilla Ice on his To the Extreme Tour in 1991.

In 1992, she released her second album, Now Is the Time, a ballad-driven record that featured less glitzy production than Alanis and contained more thoughtful lyrics. She said of the album, “people could go, ‘Boo, hiss, hiss, this girl’s like another Tiffany or whatever.’ But the way I look at it … people will like your next album if it’s a suck-ass one.”

It sold less than half of her debut. With her two-album deal with MCA Records Canada complete, Morissette was left without a major label contract.

In 1993, after graduating from high school, Morissette moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Her publisher funded part of her development and when she met producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, he believed in her talent enough to let her use his studio. The two wrote and recorded Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records. According to manager Scott Welch every label they had approached had passed on Morissette apart from Maverick.

Los Angeles’ KROQ-FM, an influential Los Angeles modern rock radio station, began playing “You Oughta Know”, the album’s first single, before anyone else.

After the success of “You Oughta Know”, the album’s other hit singles helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. “All I Really Want” and “Hand in My Pocket” followed, but the fourth U.S. single, “Ironic”, became Morissette’s biggest hit. “You Learn” and “Head over Feet”, the fifth and sixth singles, respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill (1995) in the top twenty on the Billboard 200 albums chart for more than a year.

The album had charting success worldwide, peaking at number one in her native Canada for 24 weeks (three weeks in late 1995, an unbroken 19-week run in 1996 and two separate weeks later in the year) as well as reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, staying there for 12 non-consecutive weeks. By 2009, the album had sold over 33 million units/copies worldwide, topping the charts in 10 countries, including the UK, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Finland and the Netherlands and even ranking on the top 100 on many countries’ best selling of all time lists. Billboard further ranked the album as the number one Best Selling Pop album of the 1990s.

Jagged Little Pill is the second biggest selling album by a female artist (behind Shania Twain’s Come On Over).

Morissette and the album won six Juno Awards in 1996: Album of the Year, Single of the Year (“You Oughta Know”), Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Rock Album. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song (both for “You Oughta Know”), Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. In winning Album of the Year, she became the youngest artist in history to win the title at age 21, a record she held for fourteen years until Taylor Swift won album of the year at age 20 for her album Fearless.

Later in 1996, Morissette embarked on an 18-month world tour in support of Jagged Little Pill, beginning in small clubs and ending in large venues. Taylor Hawkins, who later joined the Foo Fighters, was the tour’s drummer.


Morissette was featured as a guest vocalist on Ringo Starr’s cover of “Drift Away” on his 1998 album, Vertical Man, and on the songs “Don’t Drink the Water” and “Spoon” on the Dave Matthews Band album Before These Crowded Streets.

In 1999, Morissette delved into acting again, for the first time since 1993, appearing as God in the Kevin Smith comedy Dogma.

Her fourth album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 469,000 copies—a record, at the time, for the highest first-week sales of an album by a female artist.

The cover image is Alanis’s mouth while laughing and the following text printed over that image that refers to The Eight Precepts of Buddhism.

“We ask you to abide
by the following
moral code upon
the premises.
Please refrain from
sexual misconduct
taking intoxicants
playing music, singing
please dress respectfully.”


Morissette herself directed the videos for “Unsent” and “So Pure”, which won, respectively, the MuchMusic Video Award for Best Director and the Juno Award for Video of the Year.

In January 1999, “The Junkie Tour” kicked off, with the concert introduction music was a track from DJ Shadow, entitled “Building Steam with a Grain of Salt”.

In 1999, she released the live acoustic album Alanis Unplugged, featured tracks from her previous two albums alongside four new songs, including “King of Pain”, a cover of The Police song.

In 2001, Morissette was featured with Stephanie McKay on the Tricky song “Excess”, which is on his album Blowback.

Morissette hosted the Juno Awards of 2004 dressed in a bathrobe, which she took off to reveal a flesh-colored bodysuit, a response to the era of censorship in the U.S. caused by Janet Jackson’s breast-reveal incident during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show.


2002′s Under Rug Swept was the first album Morissette had written and produced all on her own.

Production of the album was delayed when Morissette became involved in disputes with executives at Maverick Records after she testified at U.S. Government hearings against artist-unfriendly record contract practices. As she put it, she had to go through lawyers to “have a dialogue with people” and take extended period of time to “have one little thing figured out”.

Morissette released her sixth studio album, So-Called Chaos, in May 2004. She wrote the songs on her own again, and co-produced the album with Tim Thorney and pop music producer John Shanks. Thornley usually works in advertising, and has won a Gemini Award and three Daytime Emmy Awards for the hit show Rolie Polie Olie. He’s also producd jingles for many high-end clients, including FedEx, Sympatico, 7up and the Ford Motor Company.

The lead single, “Everything”, achieved major success on adult top 40 radio in America and was moderately popular elsewhere, particularly in Canada, although it failed to reach the top 40 on the U.S. Hot 100. Because the first line of the song includes the word asshole, American radio stations refused to play it, and the single version was changed to include the word nightmare instead.

Morissette embarked on a U.S. summer tour with long-time friends and fellow Canadians Barenaked Ladies, working with the non-profit environmental organization Reverb. Reverb is a non-profit environmental organization that educates and engages musicians and their fans to promote environmental sustainability. It was founded by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Guster guitarist/vocalist Adam Gardner.

2006 marked the first year in Morissette’s musical career without a single concert appearance showcasing her own songs, with the exception of an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in January when she performed “Wunderkind”.

On April 1, 2007, Morissette released a tongue-in-cheek cover of The Black Eyed Peas’s selection “My Humps”, which she recorded in a slow, mournful voice, accompanied only by a piano. Is now has over 18 million views.

Morissette’s seventh studio album, Flavors of Entanglement, which was produced by Guy Sigsworth, was released in mid-2008. The album’s first single was “Underneath”, a video for which was submitted to the 2007 Elevate Film Festival, the purpose of which festival was to create documentaries, music videos, narratives and shorts regarding subjects to raise the level of human consciousness on the earth.

Morissette has appeared in eight episodes of Weeds, playing Dr. Audra Kitson, a “no-nonsense obstetrician” who treats pregnant main character Nancy Botwin.

According to a promotional release from Broken Bow Records, Jason Aldean’s new single “Burnin’ it Down” garnered 177,945 paid downloads in its first week of availability in the US. If that figure is confirmed by Billboard, which issues its digital sales report on Wednesday, it will nearly match the 182,000 mark earned by Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” during its debut week earlier this month. That total ranked as the best mark for a country single since FGL’s own “Cruise” moved 193,000 during the week of July 7, 2013. It was the best debut week total for a country single since Taylor Swift’s “Red” moved more than 300,000 copies in October 2012.

1 Burnin’ It Down Jason Aldean
2 Maps Maroon 5
3 Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
4 Stay With Me Sam Smith
5 Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) Iggy Azalea
6 Love Runs Out OneRepublic
7 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
8 Chandelier Sia
9 Hideaway Kiesza
10 Come With Me Now KONGOS

There is 11 different versions of 5 Seconds of Summer’s album out around the world, including Australian and New Zealand version with an alternate track, iTunes’ deluxe edition bonus tracks, Google Play’s bonus track version, a Japanese edition with bonus tracks, a Target exclusive with bonus tracks, and JB Hi-Fi’s exclusive EP.

1 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer
2 TRXYE – EP Troye Sivan
3 The Black Market Rise Against
4 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith
5 Mandatory Fun “Weird Al” Yankovic
6 Stolen Dance – EP Milky Chance
7 x (Deluxe Edition) Ed Sheeran
8 Ghost Stories Coldplay
9 YES! Jason Mraz
10 Shawn Mendes – EP Shawn Mendes

From Sonicbids:

So you knew smartphones have pretty much taken over everything – especially when it comes to music – but did you know exactly how much?

Information graphics designer Nicolas Rapp created this graph of the evolution of music listening to really put it all into perspective.

It only extends as far back as 1983 (so we’re not going to see the height of record players on here), and we’d be curious to see where desktop computers and laptops fall on this graph, but it seems that Rapp wanted to keep it simple by specifically focusing on the most “portable” of music devices.