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The global music streaming market is expected grow at a CAGR of more than 13% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s market research.

In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global music streaming market for 2016-2020. To determine market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the music streaming market by region.

Music streaming was launched in the UK and the US in 2003, and these regions account for more than 50% of the total revenue generated by the global music streaming market.

The music streaming market in the Americas is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.49% in the forecast period. The US has access to superior music storage and streaming services with applications like Pandora, Beats, and Spotify. Countries like Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Peru have been combining virtual music stores like Apple’s iTunes for purchases and free applications (8tracks, Grooveshark, Songza) for storage and music sampling. These applications offer a wide-range of playlists but come with ads and limited skip functionality.

“In 2014, applications and websites such as Google Play Music, Deezer, and Slacker entered the music streaming market to capitalize on the growing music streaming industry. These paid services also allow users to build personal libraries and playlists, provide recommendations, and save music downloads for offline listening,” says Ujjwal Doshi, a lead analyst at Technavio for research on media and entertainment services.

The music streaming market has been active for almost a decade in European countries such as the UK, Germany, and Sweden. However, in African nations, it is a relatively new development faced with numerous challenges like underdeveloped infrastructure, licensing concerns, and sourcing music from local artists. The music market in Africa has also been underserviced. Often artists have to represent themselves because they are not promoted and marketed by high-end banners and production houses.

The report, however, states that despite these challenges, the music streaming and downloading landscape of Africa is seeing increased competition from domestic players like iROKING, Spinlet, and Simfy, who are trying to establish themselves in the global scenario. Deezer allied with mobile phone operator Vodacom, the African subsidiary of Vodafone networks in 2015; Spotify is also reportedly in discussion with the company.

Piracy of music and related contents is a common menace in APAC, and the governments are trying hard to curb the situation. For instance, in 2012, it was found that more than half of the internet using population in Singapore accessed illegal download sites for free music and movies. The Chinese government is also undertaking several measures like blocking websites with pirated content to control the market. The government conducted a survey in 2014 to carry out this regulation, and they tested the acceptance of legal paid-internet music downloads among people. The results revealed that the population in China is not hesitant to pay for high-quality music streaming services.

“The success of music streaming platforms in APAC nations indicates that the market will see tremendous growth in the forecast period. The region is undergoing a mobile revolution. As of 2015, approximately half of the world’s mobile connections were in APAC, with 1.6 billion unique subscribers. Thus, mobile network providers are improvising their pricing plans to provide high-quality music at a nominal price to the users and to contribute to the market’s growth,” says Ujjwal.

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New figures released show that Germany’s recorded music market grew by 3.6 per cent in the first half of 2016. Total revenue from the sales of CDs, vinyl, downloads and the use of streaming services increased in value by a total of 3.6 per cent over the same period in 2015. Audio streaming was the key driver for the growth, with revenue from premium subscriptions and ad-supported services, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Napster etc., increasing by 88 per cent.

Vinyl sales also saw a significant increase of 46.2 per cent over the same period in 2015 with its market share rising to 4.3 per cent (compared to 3.1 per cent in the first half of 2015). Sales of CDs declined by 9.6 per cent in the first half of 2016 but remain the dominant format with a 52.3 per cent share of sales. Overall, market figures show a split of 60.4 per cent physical and 39.6 per cent digital sales.

Professor Dieter Gorny, Chairman of Germany’s Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) said: “These figures indicate that the process of digitisation is occurring even faster than we had previously thought. As music becomes increasingly a digital business, it is more important than ever to establish the right environment for the whole sector to adapt in this new world. A few weeks ago, more than 1,100 musicians and bands signed and sent an open letter to the European Commission, thus showing that artists – who are the nucleus of our entire industry – have serious concerns about the value gap and about their future. The truth is that if we don’t find a solution to this, it might have profound consequences in the future on the art and the profession of making music.”

BVMI Managing Director Dr Florian Drücke said: “The latest figures are heartening for two reasons; firstly, the German market continues to grow, thus enlarging the share of revenue for the whole sector. Secondly, the significant increase we are seeing in audio streaming makes it clear that our industry is successfully adapting to the digital world and has developed a compelling offer for music consumers.

“However, for this transformation to continue we much ensure that music content is sufficiently protected against copyright infringement – both online and offline – and that all participants are able to benefit fairly from the proceeds. Indeed, this is not about the future any longer, but about the digital present.”

On Nielsen’s 2016 mid-year rock charts, there’s Twenty One Pilots… and then there’s everyone else. The rock act has by far the most popular rock album of the year so far, as Blurryface earned 905,000 equivalent album units in the tracking period of Jan. 1 through June 30, 2016. (Equivalent album units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums [TEA] and streaming equivalent albums [SEA].) Trailing in second place is Panic! at the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor, with 577,000 units.

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Rock Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units)
1. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface (905,000 units)
2. Panic! at the Disco, Death of a Bachelor (577,000 units)
3. David Bowie, Blackstar (447,000 units)
4. Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams (392,000 units)
5. David Bowie, Best of Bowie (347,000 units)
6. The Lumineers, Cleopatra (335,000 units)
7. Disturbed, Immortalized (318,000 units)
8. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool (310,000 units)
9. Twenty One Pilots, Vessel (301,000 units)
10. James Bay, Chaos and the Calm (284,000 units)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Rock Albums
1. David Bowie, Blackstar (428,000)
2. Panic! at the Disco, Death of a Bachelor (397,000)
3. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface (371,000)
4. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool (289,000)
5. Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams (236,000)
6. The Lumineers, Cleopatra (229,000)
7. Disturbed, Immortalized (183,000)
8. The 1975, I Like It When You Sleep… (157,000)
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway (131,000)
10. Megadeth, Dystopia (124,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Rock Songs
1. Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (1,586,000)
2. James Bay, “Let It Go” (802,000)
3. Disturbed, “The Sound of Silence” (784,000)
4. Prince and the Revolution, “Purple Rain” (563,000)
5. Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (514,000)
6. Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s” (447,000)
7. Coldplay, “Adventure of a Lifetime” (435,000)
8. X Ambassadors, “Unsteady” (421,000)
9. Prince, “When Doves Cry” (397,000)
10. Prince, “Little Red Corvette” (327,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Rock Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined)
1. Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (277,195,000)
2. Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (107,984,000)
3. Coldplay, “Adventure of a Lifetime” (77,268,000)
4. James Bay, “Let It Go” (74,466,000)
5. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (69,228,000)
6. Passenger, “Let Her Go” (65,157,000)
7. Disturbed, “The Sound of Silence” (64,693,000)
8. Fall Out Boy, “Centuries” (59,728,000)
9. Twenty One Pilots, “Car Radio” (59,467,000)
10. Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance” (58,537,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Rock Audio Streams
1. Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (141,619,000)
2. Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (78,601,000)
3. James Bay, “Let It Go” (66,824,000)
4. Coldplay, “Adventure of a Lifetime” (55,099,000)
5. The Lumineers, “Ophelia” (38,267,000)
6. Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (37,905,000)
7. Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance” (37,409,000)
8. Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s” (37,393,000)
9. Coldplay, “Hymn For the Weekend” (34,463,000)
10. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (33,468,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Rock Video Streams
1. Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out” (135,576,000)
2. Passenger, “Let Her Go” (38,338,000)
3. Disturbed, “The Sound of Silence” (36,498,000)
4. AWOLNATION, “Sail” (36,222,000)
5. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (35,759,000)
6. Fall Out Boy, “Centuries” (35,746,000)
7. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (29,653,000)
8. Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (29,383,000)
9. Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger” (29,274,000)
10. Panic! at the Disco, “Emperor’s New Clothes” (26,988,000)

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Drake, Beyonce and Rihanna ruled R&B and hip-hop music in the first half of 2016, according to Nielsen Music. The trio sees their respective albums Views, Lemonade and Anti finish as the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 most popular albums of the January-June time period.

Views rules with 2,609,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking period of Jan. 1 through June 30, 2016. (Equivalent album units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums [TEA] and streaming equivalent albums [SEA].)

Drake’s Views is also the year’s top selling album, with 1,313,000 copies sold. Beyonce’s Lemonade isn’t too far behind, with 1,202,000 copies. Total R&B/hip-hop album sales in the first half of 2016 were up 2.5 percent compared to the same time frame a year ago (19,232,000 versus 18,766,000).

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units)
1. Drake, Views (2,609,000 units)
2. Beyonce, Lemonade (1,687,000 units)
3. Rihanna, Anti (1,272,000 units)
4. Prince, The Very Best of Prince (905,000 units)
5. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness (708,000 units)
6. Kevin Gates, Islah (690,000 units)
7. Bryson Tiller, Trapsoul (656,000 units)
8. G-Eazy, When It’s Dark Out (605,000 units)
9. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) (595,000 units)
10. Future, Evol (487,000 units)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
1. Drake, Views (1,313,000)
2. Beyonce, Lemonade (1,202,000)
3. Prince, The Very Best of Prince (575,000)
4. Rihanna, Anti (480,000)
5. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) (413,000)
6. Kevin Gates, Islah (307,000)
7. Kendrick Lamar, Untitled Unmastered (245,000)
8. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness (240,000)
9. Bryson Tiller, Trapsoul (186,000)
10. Future, Evol (163,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
1. Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work” (1,610,000)
2. Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” (1,442,000)
3. Desiigner, “Panda” (1,211,000)
4. G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha, “My, Myself & I” (1,085,000)
5. Kevin Gates, “2 Phones” (589,000)
6. Beyonce, “Sorry” (577,000)
7. Beyonce, “Formation” (566,000)
8. Prince and the Revolution, “Purple Rain” (563,000)
9. Rihanna, “Needed Me” (550,000)
10. Drake & Future, “Jumpman” (516,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand R&B/Hip-Hop Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined)
1. Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work” (511,454,000)
2. Desiigner, “Panda” (467,379,000)
3. Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” (308,826,000)
4. G-Eazy x BeBe Rexha, “Me, Myself & I” (287,242,000)
5. Rihanna, “Needed Me” (240,847,000)
6. Bryson Tiller, “Don’t” (240,801,000)
7. Kevin Gates, “2 Phones” (222,027,000)
8. Future featuring The Weeknd, “Low Life” (221,754,000)
9. Bryson Tiller, “Exchange” (207,638,000)
10. Jeremih, “Oui” (195,318,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand R&B/Hip-Hop Audio Streams
1. Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance” (286,396,000)
2. Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work” (249,625,000)
3. Desiigner, “Panda” (197,997,000)
4. G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha, “Me, Myself & I” (180,962,000)
5. Rihanna, “Needed Me” (146,364,000)
6. Bryson Tiller, “Don’t” (136,617,000)
7. Drake & Future, “Jumpman” (136,347,000)
8. Drake featuring The Throne, “Pop Style” (130,231,000)
9. Future featuring The Weeknd, “Low Life” (125,543,000)
10. Bryson Tiller, “Exchange” (117,665,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand R&B/Hip-Hop Video Streams
1. Desiigner, “Panda” (269,382,000)
2. Rihanna featuring Drake, “Work” (261,829,000)
3. Silento, “Watch Me” (152,687,000)
4. Kevin Gates, “2 Phones” (115,024,000)
5. G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha, “Me, Myself & I” (106,281,000)
6. Bryson Tiller, “Don’t” (104,184,000)
7. Yo Gotti, “Down In the DM” (99,330,000)
8. Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (99,262,000)
9. Jeremih, “Oui” (96,298,000)
10. Future featuring The Weeknd, “Low Life” (96,211,000)

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Drake is just the fourth artist to boast an album that has led the Billboard 200 for a least 10 weeks while a single from that set has ruled the Hot 100 also for at least 10 weeks.

Here’s the exclusive club, including one such album, by Santana, that generated two songs that led the Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks each; Drake, meanwhile, is the first solo male to make the list (as Santana is a band, fronted by Carlos Santana):

Drake
Album: Views, 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning May 21, 2016
Song: “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla), 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning May 21, 2016

Adele
Album: 25, 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Dec. 12, 2015
Song: “Hello,” 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Nov. 14, 2015

Santana
Album: Supernatural, 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Oct. 30, 1999
Songs: “Smooth” (featuring Rob Thomas), 12 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Oct. 23, 1999
“Maria Maria” (featuring The Product G&B), 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning April 8, 2000

Whitney Houston
Album: The Bodyguard (soundtrack), 20 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Dec. 12, 1992
Song: “I Will Always Love You,” 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Nov. 28, 1992

U.S. consumption of music continued to grow in the first half of 2016, even as sales of most formats declined, according to Border City Media’s state-of-the-industry data service BuzzAngle Music. With the pace of audio streaming more than doubling activity tracked over the same period last year, Total Industry Consumption was up by an impressive 6.5%. Streaming rose 58% and vinyl album sales continue its decade-long increase, with a 17% gain over midyear 2015.

The 58% gain in overall streaming was juiced by a 108% swell for audio streams, which more than doubled in 2016 YTD over same period last year. There were 209.4 billion on-demand streams in 2016 YTD – more than half (114 billion) were audio streams, marking the first time that streams from audio services (like Spotify and Apple) exceeded video streams from YouTube, Vevo, etc.

The recording industry can thank ongoing growth of on-demand streaming for most of the uptick, as on-demand audio and video streams grew by a combined 58%. Album consumption rose by the aforementioned 6.5%, when the contributions of song streams and sales are factored in with album sales. Similarly, the combined impact of streams and digital sales saw song consumption gain by a robust 29%. (Note: Utilizing industry standards, 10 song sales or 1,500 streams = 1 album sale; 150 streams = 1 song sale.)

King of the hill in the first half of the year is Drake, whose Views ranks as the top album while his “One Dance” is the most consumed song of the year. Meanwhile, even as the sales of downloads and CDs have slowed, an offering once presumed dead — the vinyl LP — continues a resurgence that has lasted more than a decade, 17% ahead of 2015’s first six months.

Quick takes from the 6-month data:

A The 58% gain in overall streaming was juiced by a 108% swell for audio streams, a category that saw a year-over-year growth of 97% in 2015. Audio stream plays in the first six months more than doubled those from the same period last year.

There were 209.4 billion on-demand streams in this half-year. More than half of those, 114 billion, were audio plays, marking the first period in which streams from audio services like Spotify and Apple Music exceeded video streams from YOUTUBE, VEVO and the like. With a 23% gain, video streams totaled 95 billion.

As happened in 2015, digital song sales continue to fall quicker than digital album sales in 2016 – (declining by 24.2 % and 17.7%, respectively), tracks still outsell album downloads by more than a 9-1 margin. As was the case in 2015, digital accounts for more than half of albums sold in the first half of 2016 with a 53% share.

Even with the vinyl’s 17% gain, a CD erosion of 11% meant physical album volume fell by 9% from the first half of 2015, yet physical can still mean a lot to some large sellers. ADELE’s “25,” for example, stands as the second best-selling album of the year, and 65% of the 1.25 million it rang this year came from physical product, the large majority of those CDs.

For top album project consumption, factoring song sales and streams with album sales, DRAKE’s “Views” leads the pack with more than 2.5 million album project units. In this tally, BEYONCE’s ” Lemonade” is second with 1.67 million, and ADELE’s “25” is third at 1.6 million. Like DRAKE’s “Views,” BEYONCE’s April release has been available for streaming for the life of the album.

DRAKE also ruled song project consumption, with the combined impact of sales and streams, surpassing 3.3 million song project units for “One Dance.” On song sales alone, FLO RIDA’s “My House” tops all with his 2015 song clocking 1.9 million song sales in the first six months of this year.

The two best-selling year-to date albums show the range of options artists and labels can employ in their approach to the marketplace. The top seller, DRAKE’s “Views” (1.27 million), has been available for streaming since its release 1O weeks ago. He earns the first-half sales crown and “Views” is also the most streamed album so far in ’16, piling up more than 1.5 billion plays.

Conversely, the runner up, ADELE’s aforementioned “25” — which was last year’s top seller — only reached streaming services at the end of JUNE, more than seven months after its launch. It and BEYONCE’s “Lemonade” are the only albums besides DRAKE’s to surpass 1 million album sales so far this year.

It’s been a banner six months for Urban music, with the Hip-Hop and R&B genres both showing conspicuous growth. Aside from league-leading DRAKE, KEVIN GATES represents Hip-Hop among the top 1O most consumed album projects, while BEYONCE and RIHANNA are among four R&B artists in that list’s top 10. Hip-Hop had the greatest growth among all genres in song consumption and second largest growth in album consumption. R&B’s growth ranked first in album consumption and third in songs.

In the half-year span when fans mourned the deaths of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers PRINCE, DAVID BOWIE, GLENN FREY and EARTH, WIND & FIRE founder MAURICE WHITE, their music resonated, with PRINCE and BOWIE each represented in the top 1O among year-to-date album sellers.

PRINCE, alone, placed five of the half-year period’s 100 top selling albums, most of his sales happening since his death in late APRIL. BOWIE and FREY’s EAGLES each placed two albums among the top 100 sellers. As a class, albums by those acts plus FREY’s solo releases and EARTH, WIND & FIRE’s catalog amassed 3 million copies in these six months, more than four times what that set of artists sold in all of 2015.

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60 years ago this month saw the birth of the Official Albums Chart – the UK’s official weekly snapshot of popularity dedicated to one of the most influential art forms of our time.

The first ever chart, which was published in Record Mirror on 22 July 1956, saw Frank Sinatra’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers landing in the coveted Number 1 slot. Now, over half a century of vinyl, cassette, CD and download-purchasing later, nearly 1,100 albums have hit the top spot in the UK.

To mark the chart’s historic milestone and kick off July’s month-long anniversary celebrations, OfficialCharts.com can today unveil the 60 biggest selling albums of all time here in Britain, as compiled by the Official Charts Company.

The “60 at 60” list also forms the centrepiece of an in-store retail campaign, which sees Official Charts team up with the three major record labels and outlets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Amazon and Morrisons to promote and sell some of the UK’s biggest selling albums this summer.

Topping the all time best sellers list is Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits, and stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK (6.1 million sales to date). Queen’s Greatest Hits II also makes it into the Top 10 at Number 10 with almost 4 million albums sold.

The UK’s official 60 biggest selling albums of all time are…
POS TITLE ARTIST YEAR HIGH POSN
1 GREATEST HITS QUEEN 1981 1
2 GOLD – GREATEST HITS ABBA 1992 1
3 SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES 1967 1
4 21 ADELE 2011 1
5 WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS 1995 1
6 THRILLER MICHAEL JACKSON 1982 1
7 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD 1973 2
8 BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS 1985 1
9 BAD MICHAEL JACKSON 1987 1
10 GREATEST HITS II QUEEN 1991 1
11 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC 1977 1
12 THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION MADONNA 1990 1
13 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE 2006 1
14 STARS SIMPLY RED 1991 1
15 COME ON OVER SHANIA TWAIN 1997 1
16 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 1984 1
17 BACK TO BEDLAM JAMES BLUNT 2004 1
18 URBAN HYMNS VERVE 1997 1
19 BAT OUT OF HELL MEAT LOAF 1977 9
20 1 BEATLES 2000 1
21 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER SIMON & GARFUNKEL 1970 1
22 DIRTY DANCING ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 1987 4
23 SPIRIT LEONA LEWIS 2007 1
24 CRAZY LOVE MICHAEL BUBLE 2009 1
25 NO ANGEL DIDO 2000 1
26 WHITE LADDER DAVID GRAY 1998 1
27 25 ADELE 2015 1
28 TALK ON CORNERS CORRS 1997 1
29 SPICE SPICE GIRLS 1996 1
30 THE FAME LADY GAGA 2008 1
31 A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD COLDPLAY 2002 1
32 LIFE FOR RENT DIDO 2003 1
33 ONLY BY THE NIGHT KINGS OF LEON 2008 1
34 BEAUTIFUL WORLD TAKE THAT 2006 1
35 HOPES AND FEARS KEANE 2004 1
36 THE JOSHUA TREE U2 1987 1
37 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS JEFF WAYNE 1978 5
38 SCISSOR SISTERS SCISSOR SISTERS 2004 1
39 BUT SERIOUSLY PHIL COLLINS 1989 1
40 X&Y COLDPLAY 2005 1
41 JAGGED LITTLE PILL ALANIS MORISSETTE 1995 1
42 TUBULAR BELLS MIKE OLDFIELD 1973 1
43 THE MAN WHO TRAVIS 1999 1
44 TRACY CHAPMAN TRACY CHAPMAN 1988 1
45 PARACHUTES COLDPLAY 2000 1
46 GREATEST HITS ABBA 1975 1
47 GREASE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 1977 1
48 I’VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU ROBBIE WILLIAMS 1998 1
49 X ED SHEERAN 2014 1
50 COME AWAY WITH ME NORAH JONES 2002 1
51 GRACELAND PAUL SIMON 1986 1
52 THE SOUND OF MUSIC ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING 1965 1
53 LADIES & GENTLEMEN – THE BEST OF GEORGE MICHAEL 1998 1
54 TANGO IN THE NIGHT FLEETWOOD MAC 1987 1
55 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP EMINEM 2000 1
56 SWING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING ROBBIE WILLIAMS 2001 1
57 PROGRESS TAKE THAT 2010 1
58 EYES OPEN SNOW PATROL 2006 1
59 NEVER FORGET – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION TAKE THAT 2005 2
60 AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE REM 1992 1

There are 2 things I have a hard time getting rid of  – my record collection and my baseball cards. While the former might not surprise you, I have an emotional connection to the photo and card stock stored in boxes from my youth. It’s when I started to read trivia facts on the back of the cards and hold on to them for safekeeping. I was a lot of fun at parties.

I’ve been a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays since their first season back in 1977.  For years I kept the Toronto Star newspaper headline of their win against the Chicago White Sox on April 7th that same year. I have been able to enjoy being a fan from listening to them on my transistor radio underneath my pillow for the night games radio, to a black and white TV, to SD, to HD, and now able to view them in 4K.

When music’s persuasive energy came into my life around the same time, it seemed there was no way to merge my two loves – sports and music couldn’t really mix, could it? Yes, they did.

It would seem that I have Lou Brock to thank for this. In the National League, St. Louis Cardinals leadoff hitter Lou used to ask Busch Stadium organist Ernie Hays to play the “Theme From Shaft” for his trips to the plate in the early 1970s.

Walk-up music for batters stepped up with the 1993 Seattle Mariners, noted as the first team to do it as a ritual for every hitter in the lineup.

But don’t look for Led Zeppelin’s full 8-minute Stairway To Heaven to be played during a game. Major League Baseball even has rules regarding walkout songs:

Any musical clip used to introduce a batter should start immediately after the public address announcement and should stop when the batter reaches the dirt cut-out surrounding home plate. Music clips between pitches should be limited in order not to encourage the hitter to leave the batter’s box.

There are the endless thoughts in my mind about selections being played in the stadium when players are heading to the mound or the batter’s box. Why is this song being chosen? Is it the lyrics? Is the artist a personal favourite of theirs? Is there a story behind the song that resonates with the player? For the Toronto Blue Jays, a look at their song selection gives a bit more insight to their competition, yet fun, nature of playing a kid’s game. Or maybe it’s an excuse for a fun fact or two about the song.

DJ at the ready, and get ready drop the bass, here are the Toronto Blue Jays selections that rev them, and fans up.

Aaron Loup

Aaron Loup

Buy Me A Boat Chris Janson

The song debuted at #18 on Billboard 200, selling 18,536 copies in its first week.

Take It Outside Brantley Gilbert

If you’ve ever stuck around a bar after Midnight and a fight started between a couple people, then you basically know this song. Aaron should only have this when playing in outdoor stadiums.

Aaron Sanchez

Aaron Sanchez

Brightside Mike Stud

 Mike Stud is a former college baseball player. His first musical recognition came with the release of viral single “College Humor”, while he was a relief pitcher at Duke.

We Dem Boyz Wiz Khalifa

Wiz has released 5 studio albums and 34 music videos. Think about that for a moment.

Bo Schultz

Bo Schultz

I Got 5 On It Luniz

“I got 5 on it” is a phrase meaning to pay half of a dime bag (a $10 bag of dope) with another person.

Brett Cecil

Brett Cecil

 Shepherd Of Fire Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged’s drummer Arin Ilejay says that he was “totally shocked and scared” after being fired by the band in 2014.  Nobody would begrudge him if he was talking about trying to hit Brett’s fastball.

Dalton Pompey

Dalton Pompey

Know Yourself Drake

Dalton was born in Mississauga, ON, which makes him prime to love Drake for a hometown pick. However, by picking the clean version, it automatically makes him a nice, kind Canadian for life.

Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney

Attention Span Rebelution

Toronto is Darwin’s third team, so, he gets to pick three songs.

  It Was A Good Day (Instrumental) Ice Cube

That day was January 20, 1992. Truth.

  It Was A Good Day Ice Cube

It was the only day where Yo MTV Raps was on air, it was a clear and smogless day in Los Angeles, beepers or pages were commercially sold, the Lakers beat the SuperSonics, and Ice Cube had no filming commitments.

Drew Hutchison

Drew Hutchison

Saturday Night Special Lynyrd Skynyrd

Robert E. Lee High School was where the group acquired the name Lynyrd Skynyrd from their physical-education teacher Leonard Skinner.

Drew Storen

Drew Storen

God’s Gonna Cut You Down Johnny Cash

The lyrics are a warning to all you sinners out there in the 500 section that no matter how hard they try, they will not avoid God’s judgment. Or the ushers. Which are friendlier. But still, you don’t wanna be ejected. So be cool.

  Paul Revere Beastie Boys

Lyric: “The sun is beating down on my baseball hat/The air is gettin’ hot the beer is getting flat.” Perfect.

Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion

Adiccion Al Contacto Don Miguelo

Edwin chose 5 songs, so who am I to judge? The Mayor of Miguelo’s native San Francisco de Macoris once gave Don a plaque as Distinguished Son. Toronto should do the same with Edwin.

Como Yo Le Doy Don Miguelo

Before turning to music, Don worked as a tailor. In April, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons went on rant after controversial review: ‘Maybe we’ll come out wearing dresses tomorrow.’ Maybe Don can design one.

De Amor Nadie Se Muere Secreto

The chorus has “if you do not want me, someone wants me.” No matter what happens in the front office, Edwin, the fans want you to stay.

El Mayor Classico Ricky Ricon

Ricky Ricon is also known as Richie Rich from the comic book fame’s world’s richest man, the son of a tycoon with a fortune of more than 70 billion dollars, which believes that money can buy everything.

Tu Eres La Vaina Mark B

“You have everything. You have everything.” Deep inside Edwin’s body and soul, he has everything, too, including the Major League lead in RBIs.

Ezequiel Carrera

Ezequiel Carrera

Limbo Daddy Yankee

“Limbo” was written specially for Zumba Fitness demonstrating the dance fitness company’s now-towering presence in the Latin music industry.

Gavin Floyd

Gavin Floyd

The Outsiders Eric Church

Eric Church says of his “The Outsiders” album: “Anybody puts it on shuffle, I”ll come kill them myself. It’s made to be listened to start to finish.”

  You Can’t Stop Me Andy Mineo

Mineo is a Christian hip-hop artist and his Gravity album won the Best Gospel Album category in the 2013 Grammy Awards.

J.A. Happ

J.A. Happ

Testify Rage Against The Machine

J.A. wore plaid before it was cool and got behind the #PlaidForDad campaign in support of prostate cancer research. You know who else wore a lot of plaid? Rage Against The Machine. See? This is how music and sports are connected.

Jason Grilli

Jason Grilli

Whipping Pearl Jam

Opening lines: “Don’t need a helmet, got a hard, hard head.” Don’t take this to heart with opposing batters, Jason.

Jesse Chavez

Jesse Chavez

Heavyweight Rick Ross

 Before 100-pound weight loss in 2014, Rick Ross weighed over 400.

Low Rider War

“Low Rider” is featured in The Simpsons episode “A Midsummer’s Nice Dream” when Homer goes on tour with Cheech of Cheech and Chong fame.

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Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

This song sold over 4 million copies and was so big, it forced Miracles lead singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson, who had announced plans to leave the act, to stay until 1972.

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

New Level ASAP Ferg

Ferg’s father, Darold Ferguson, owned a Harlem boutique and printed shirts and logos for record labels including Bad Boy Records and luminaries such as Teddy Riley, Heavy D, Bell Biv DeVoe, and more.

Trophies (featuring Drake) Young Money

Jose has a lot of trophies, too, including 5-time American League Player of the Month, 2-time Hank Aaron Award, and 3-time Silver Slugger Award at outfield.

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Ball Like This LA Leakers featuring Future

‘Ball Like This’ celebrates the aspirations of the kid growing up in South Central to the kid creating that new tech start up or that ballplayer making MVP.

In The Air Tonight Phil Collins

It’s not about a drowning incident in which someone who was close enough to save the victim did not help them, while Phil, who was too far away to help, looked on. So stop that.

Josh Thole

Josh Thole

Astronaut Ohboy Prince

 Opening lines, “I am GM track/lately I’ve been taking off like an astronaut”. If Josh goes into the front office one day, they’ll be playing this on his first day of work.

Long Time Kevin Gates

 “For a long time I been getting paper” goes the song. Josh has only gotten paper once in the form of a trade from the NY Mets to Toronto. He also had a lot of the daily paper on June 1, 2012, when he became the first Mets catcher to participate in a no-hitter.

Justin Smoak

Justin Smoak

Bottoms Up Brantley Gilbert

Co-written with Brett James, who also wrote Carrie Underwood’s 2006 #1 hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which received Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.

  People Back Home Florida Georgia Line

Justin’s people back home are from Goose Creek, South Carolina, where they total 35,938 in population, or 2,000 less than the average attendance of the Jays’ home games in 2016.

Kevin Pillar

Kevin Pillar

Candyman Aloe Blacc

The song is a reinterpretation of Sammy Davis Jr.’s three-week 1972 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “The Candy Man” (with the Mike Curb Congregation), originally sung by Aubrey Woods in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The new version is a tie-in to the 75th anniversary of M&Ms.

Dancing In The Moonlight Toploader

French-American rock band King Harvest first released the song in 1972, but the song finally charted in the UK in March 2000, after being covered in 1999 by Toploader, which used the first part of the first verse instead of the second part of the first verse.

    Time Of Our Lives Pitbull featuring Neyo

6 people wrote this song, including Canadian producer  Cirkut, which makes it slightly Canadian content. It hit #1 in 3 countries including Croatia.

Marco Estrada

Marco Estrada

Let The Bodies Hit The Floor Drowning Pool

Lead singers tend to make a larger-than-life thudding sound when they hit the floor due to their arm strength. Drowning Pool is currently on their 4th lead singer. That’s a lot of bodies for a 20-year old band.

Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman

5 AM In Toronto Drake

Sanple lyric: “Most number ones ever, how long did it really take me?” Drake has the most number one singles on the US Hot Rap Songs chart with 15, and as a rap artist, he has the most number one singles on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, with 16. How long did it take him? 7 years.  Marcus was drafted in the 18th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft (532nd overall) by the Washington Nationals, but did not sign. That was 7 years ago, too.

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders

Hypnotize Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie’s double-disc album Life After Death, released 16 days after he was killed, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond with 10 million records sold, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification.

Pat Venditte

Pat Venditte

Switch Will Smith

Will switched careers from music to movies, and is the only actor to have 8 consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, 11 consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and 8 consecutive films in which he starred open at the #1 spot in the domestic box office tally. Pat is a switch pitcher, capable of pitching proficiently with both arms. He is the only active professional pitcher who is able to do this.

R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey

Game Of Thrones Theme Ramin Djawad

The theme is composed by Ramin Djawadi who also created the opening songs for  Iron Man, Pacific Rim and Warcraft and television’s Prison Break and Person of Interest.

 

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Booyah Showtek

BBC’s Zane Lowe played it on his show and called it the ‘hottest record in the world’. The official hottest recorded temperature is now 56.7 C (134 F), which was measured on July 10, 1913 at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California.

   Don’t Panic French Montana

French Montana isn’t French or from Montana. Born in Morocco, he immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13 years old. Roberto was signed by the Blue Jays out of Mexico as a 16-year-old, and on April 8, 2015, he became the youngest pitcher to appear in a game for the organization, and the first player born in 1995 to play in Major League Baseball.

Russell Martin

Russell Martin

Got To Give It Up Marvin Gaye

The catcher is often the unofficial captain of the team. If you think Russell’s selection is already cool and leads with his selection, just wait.

Hip Hop Hooray Naughty By Nature

 Back to those Seattle Mariners, when each player would have their own selection. Theywould play this song after Ken Griffey Jr. was officially announced coming to bat at the Kingdome. We’re down with O.P.P.

Jumpman Drake featuring Future

On the March 5, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live, on which Future was the musical guest, he performed the song with host Jonah Hill during the show’s opening monologue. Hill performed Drake’s part.

The Boss James Brown

If Russell Martin wants to DJ your next event, you let him. James Brown? The Boss? Damn. THAT’S brilliant.

Truffle Butter Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne

This song is so good, it’s a mystery why it’s a bonus track placement on Minaj’s third studio album The Pinkprint.

Ryan Goins

Ryan Goins

Ayo Chris Brown featuring Tyga

“If it don’t make dollars it don’t make sense.” Ryan Goins signed a 1-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s due for a payday in the off season.

  U Don’t Know Jay-Z

 “You don’t know.. what you’re doing, doing, doing” Ryan has made 3 errors all season long. He knows what he’s doing, doing, doing.

Wrong One Jack & Jack

 While still in high school, Jack & Jack found success via the social media app Vine, and turned to a career as musicians. They have accumulated over 6 million followers, becoming two of the most popular Viners.

Ryan Tepera

Ryan Tepera

Welcome Home Coheed And Cambria

Ryan was initially left off of the postseason roster, however he was added on October 10 after Brett Cecil suffered a season-ending calf injury the day prior. Welcome home.

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Public Service Announcement Jay Z

With all due respect to changing Jay Z’s lyric: Fellow Americans, it is with the utmost pride and sincerity that I present this ballplayer as a living testament and recollection of history in the making during our generation.

The Man Aloe Blacc

Elton John and Bernie Taupin are also credited as co-writers of The Man, because the song’s chorus is built upon an interpolation of the line ” You can tell everybody” from Elton’s 1971 single “Your Song”, co-written with Bernie.

I’ve been a baseball, and Blue Jay fan all my life, and while I can’t be there at every game, I’ve been living my #LifeIn4K for the past few months enjoying Samsung’s 4K SUHD TV and the Rogers NextBox delivering stunningly vivid, authentic images and superior sound like you’ve never seen – or heard walk-up music – before.

Rihanna scores her 21st top five Hot 100 hit, tying Elvis Presley for the fifth-most top fives in the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s history, dating back to 1958. Keep in mind that Elvis started two years before the chart’s history. Here’s a look at the acts with the most top five hits, as Rihanna breaks out of a tie with two superstars, each with 20:

Most Top Five Hot 100 Hits

29, The Beatles
28, Madonna
26, Mariah Carey
24, Janet Jackson
21, Elvis Presley
21, Rihanna
20, Michael Jackson
20, Stevie Wonder

In the wake of the grim news last week that Tragically Hip frontman and lyricist Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the band’s sales have soared.

According to Nielsen Canada SoundScan data, album sales for the band went from 340 last week to over 5,000 in the week, with their ’05 best-of album Yer Favourites re-entering the Billboard Canadian Albums consumption chart at #6 with 4,500 consumption units which combines sales, streams and track sales.

The album also places at #1 on the Catalogue albums chart with 2,500 album sales. Three more albums place in the Top 200: Fully Completely–at 90, Road Apples at 137 and Up To Here at 165.

Track sales from the band’s catalogue leap from 1,400 to over 15,000 in the week, including eight in the top 200 Digital Songs chart. On-Demand streams increased from over 400,000 in the previous week to well over two million–and exposure on radio increased by 28 percent.

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