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Fetty Wap just misses charting three simultaneous top 10s, as “My Way” drops 8-11, after reaching No. 7. His “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, and “Trap Queen” rank at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Still, three hits in the top 11 at once is impressive: he’s the first artist to boast three concurrent hits that high, all as a lead act, since Ariana Grande a year ago; on the Aug. 30, 2014, chart, her “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, zoomed 18-4, “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, dipped 6-7 and “Bang Bang,” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, dropped 9-10.

The last solo male with three songs in the top 11 at the same time, all with lead billing, prior to this week? Chris Brown, on May 10, 2008. Fetty Wap joins Brown and Usher as the only solo males to achieve the feat in the Hot 100’s 57-year history. He’s the first male soloist to do so with his first three chart entries.

And, amazingly, only one other act overall had charted three concurrent songs in the Hot 100’s top 11 with its first three charted titles, all as a lead: the Beatles. On the Hot 100 dated March 14, 1964, in fact, the Fab Four’s first three hits on the chart monopolized the top three: in order from the top, the iconic singles “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “Please Please Me.”

Via Billboard

Elvis Presley earns his 53rd top 40 album on the Billboard 200 chart (dated Sept. 5) as the new compilation Elvis Forever debuts at No. 11. The set, sold exclusively through the U.S. Postal Service, is Presley’s highest-charting album since 2003, when Elvis: 3nd to None peaked at No. 3. The debuting album was released in conjunction with the promotion of Presley’s new commemorative stamp.

The new Presley set is sold only as a CD through the Postal Service’s website and brick-and-mortar locations, and bows with 27,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 20, according to Nielsen Music. The entirety of that sum is generated by pure album sales.

Among all acts with the most top 40-charting albums, Presley remains in second place behind Frank Sinatra, with 57. The latter collected his most recent visit to the region with this year’s Ultimate Sinatra compilation, which debuted and peaked at No. 32 in May. (Presley died in 1977; Sinatra, in 1998.)

With Elvis Forever, the King of Rock & Roll also fittingly debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. It’s his first No. 1 on the list (which originated in 2006).

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With The Weeknd topping the Hot 100 dated Aug. 22 with “Can’t Feel My Face,” Martin has notched his 21st No. 1 as a songwriter. In the Hot 100’s 57-year history, only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26) boast more leaders as writers.

Max Martin’s 58 Hot 100 Top 10s as a Songwriter
Peak Pos., Title, Artist, Peak Date
No. 7, “Do You Know (What It Takes),” Robyn, 8/2/1997
No. 2, “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys, 9/6/1997
No. 7, “Show Me Love,” Robyn, 11/29/1997
No. 4, “Everybody [Backstreet’s Back],” Backstreet Boys, 5/9/1998
No. 1 (two weeks), “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears, 1/30/1999
No. 6, “I Want It That Way,” Backstreet Boys, 6/26/1999
No. 10, “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” Britney Spears, 11/13/1999
No. 6, “That’s the Way It Is,” Celine Dion, 3/4/2000
No. 6, “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” Backstreet Boys, 3/18/2000
No. 9, “Oops!…I Did It Again,” Britney Spears, 6/10/2000
No. 1 (two weeks), “It’s Gonna Be Me,” ‘N Sync, 7/29/2000
No. 9, “Shape of My Heart,” Backstreet Boys, 12/2/2000
No. 2, “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson, 4/9/05
No. 6, “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” Kelly Clarkson, 6/11/05
No. 9, “U + Ur Hand,” P!nk, 5/5/2007
No. 9, “Who Knew,” P!nk, 9/29/2007
No. 3, “Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry, 1/22/2008
No. 1 (seven weeks), “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry, 7/5/2008
No. 1 (one week), “So What,” P!nk, 9/27/2008
No. 1 (two weeks), “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson, 2/7/2009
No. 1 (one week), “3,” Britney Spears, 10/24/2009
No. 10, “Whataya Want From Me,” Adam Lambert, 5/1/2010
No. 1, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, 6/19/2010
No. 2, “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz, 8/21/2010
No. 1 (two weeks), “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry, 9/18/2010
No. 4, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” Usher feat. Pitbull, 10/9/2010
No. 8, “Teenage Dream,” Glee Cast, 11/27/2010
No. 1 (one week), “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk, 12/11/2010
No. 1 (one week), “Hold It Against Me,” Britney Spears, 1/29/2011
No. 2, “F**kin’ Perfect,” P!nk, 2/12/2011
No. 7, “Blow,” Ke$ha, 3/19/2011
No. 6, “Loser Like Me,” Glee Cast, 4/2/2011
No. 1 (five weeks), “E.T.,” Katy Perry feat. Kanye West, 4/9/2011
No. 3, “Till the World Ends,” Britney Spears, 5/14/2011
No. 7, “I Wanna Go,” Britney Spears, 8/20/2011
No. 1 (two weeks), “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry, 8/27/2011
No. 3, “The One That Got Away,” Katy Perry, 1/7/2012
No. 6, “Domino,” Jessie J, 2/18/2012
No. 1 (one week), “Part of Me,” Katy Perry, 3/3/2012
No. 9, “Scream,” Usher, 8/4/2012
No. 2, “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry, 8/11/2012
No. 1 (three weeks), “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift, 9/1/2012
No. 1 (nine weeks), “One More Night,” Maroon 5, 9/29/2012
No. 5, “Beauty and a Beat,” Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj, 1/5/2013
No. 2, “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” Taylor Swift, 1/12/2013
No. 7, “Daylight,” Maroon 5, 2/23/2013
No. 1 (two weeks), “Roar,” Katy Perry, 9/14/2013
No. 1 (four weeks), “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, 2/8/2014
No. 2, “Problem,” Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, 6/7/2014
No. 4, “Break Free,” Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, 8/30/2014
No. 1 (four weeks), “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift, 9/6/2014
No. 3, “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, 10/4/2014
No. 7, “Love Me Harder,” Ariana Grande & The Weeknd, 11/22/2014
No. 1 (seven weeks), “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift, 11/29/2014
No. 3, “Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding, 3/7/2015
No. 6, “Style,” Taylor Swift, 3/21/2015
No. 1 (one week), “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, 6/6/2015
No. 1 (one week to-date), “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd, 8/22/2015

Via Billboard

Warner Music had a cool achievement this week: Every record in the Swedish album top Ten this week were theirs, thanks to Lasse Stefanz, Ed Sheeran, Hasse Andersson, Mans Zelmerlow, Jason Derulo, Major Lazer, Ulf Lundell, Flo Rida, Galantis and David Guetta.

New data was just released by Statistics Canada detailing the Canadian music business in 2013. It’ll be interesting to see how these numbers change in 2014-2015 when digital music will definitely affect all of these sectors.

The sound recording and music publishing industry generated total operating revenue of $799.7 million in 2013. Total operating expenses were reported at $714.1 million, resulting in an operating profit margin of 10.7%.

The largest industry group, record production and integrated record production and distribution, accounted for 59.5% of total operating revenue, followed by music publishers (24.0%), sound recording studios (14.3%) and other sound recording industries (2.2%).

Record production and integrated record production and distribution In 2013, the record production and integrated record production and distribution industry group had total operating revenue of $476.1 million. Ontario accounted for 78.3% of this operating revenue, followed by Quebec (17.2%).

The total operating revenue for this industry group, in conjunction with total operating expenses of $443.0 million, resulted in an operating profit margin of 7.0%. Cost of goods sold was the largest operating expense at 28.4%, followed closely by royalties, franchise fees and memberships at 27.7%.

In 2013, total sales of recordings for this industry group were $334.1 million. Businesses generated $164.6 million from the sale of musical compact discs and $154.8 million from the sale of digital musical recordings. Other musical recordings, such as vinyl records generated $14.8 million in sales.

Canadian-controlled businesses garnered 22.0% of total sales, of which 60.7% were from Canadian artists. In contrast, foreign-controlled companies in Canada generated 78.0% of the industry’s total sales, of which 7.6% were from Canadian artists.

Sales of recordings by music category were dominated by the popular music / rock genre with 77.6%, followed by country and folk music at 6.2%.

Music publishers

Music publishers posted $192.2 million in total operating revenue and $163.2 million in total operating expenses, resulting in an operating profit margin of 15.1%.

Performing rights, the licensing of rights to such mediums as radio, television and live events accounted for 38.7% of the $165.4 million in royalty and licensing rights revenue, while the licensing of rights to stream sound recordings online accounted for 3.3%.

Sound recording studios

Businesses in the sound recording studio industry primarily engage in providing the facilities and technical expertise for recording musical performances as well as providing audio production and postproduction services for film, television and video productions.

Services such as recording, mixing and mastering generated $114.2 million in total operating revenue and $97.9 million in total operating expenses. This resulted in an operating profit margin of 14.3%.

To celebrate the launch of Windows10, Microsoft is launching a really exciting campaign, #UpgradeYourWorld. I’m really excited to have my very first guest blog post on this site – my 12-year-old daughter Hannah Alper has been asked to help spread the word because everything about #UpgradeYourWorld fits with my, and her, vision of changing the world.

Here it is, and take it away, Hannah.

My blog and everything that has grown out of it, is founded on the idea that we can all make a difference every single day and that all of the things that we can do – big and small – add up make a difference in the world. Through my work with Free The Children and We Day, I have grown to understand that change is urgent locally and globally. When we come together as a community to share and celebrate the change that we are making, we inspire others to join us in their own way. These things are all part of Microsoft’s #UpgradeYourWorld.

#UpgradeYourWorld is a new year-long initiative to celebrate those who inspire and empower others, led by Microsoft’s vision to help people achieve more through technology and in celebration of the Windows 10 launch.

The #UpgradeYourWorld initiative has a few different components and ways for you to get involved and share the ways in which you are taking action to #UpgradeYourWorld.

1. Social Media

Share what you are doing to make a difference in the world – locally or globally – on social media. Remember – everything makes a difference and no act is too small to share. Are you working with an organization that helps people? Do you do random acts of kindness daily? Share them and don’t forget to use the #UpgradeYourWorld hashtag and tell @WindowsCanada  so that all of our actions add up. Microsoft will bring a few of these ideas to life in the coming months.

2. Help choose #10

Microsoft is investing ten million dollars to support global non-profit organizations. They have selected 9: CARE, Code.org, Keep a Child Alive, Malala Fund, Pencils of Promise, Save the Children, Special Olympics, The Global Poverty Project, and The Nature Conservancy. They are looking to us to choose #10.  Starting July 29th, you can vote for the 10th non-profit to receive $500,000 in funding from Microsoft here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/upgradeyourworld/

3. Go Local

In addition to these global non-profits, starting in September, Microsoft will be crowdsourcing nominations for 10 non-profits in each of the following 10 countries: Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. The 100 local winners will each receive a cash investment to support their work to upgrade the world. Stay tuned and share your pick to receive this generous help.

This is a great video from Microsoft to launch #UpgradeYourWorld. I love this: Making our neighbourhoods, communities…there has never been a better time to make a difference. #UpgradeYourWorld

 

Cool fact: Around the world, tens of thousands of Microsoft employees will participate in the Upgrade Your World initiative by taking a day off to volunteer to upgrade their community, many of them on July 29, in celebration of the Windows 10 launch.

I’m a big user of Windows for school and for my blog, presentations and speeches and I’m excited about the new Windows 10. There are a lot of cool new features and the upgrades are based on feedback and input that they have collected from more than 5 million Windows Insiders. It’s a free upgrade if you’re already using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Phone here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/features

 

 

This week, the world’s largest reggae label and distrubutor VP Records holds the No. 1, 2 and 3 spot on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart. Their annual compilation Reggae Gold debuts at the top spot with Jah Cure’s new album The Cure landing the second position (from No. 1 last week) and Soca Gold 2015 coming in closely at No. 3 on the chart.

“We’re pleased with the opening week results for Reggae Gold this year” says Randy Chin, President of VP Records. The compilation which first appeared in 1993 has long been a staple release for VP Records and reggae fans internationally.

REGGAE GOLD 2015

For over 20 years, the world’s #1 Caribbean music compilation Reggae Gold brings the genre’s top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. 2015’s installment is filled with the season’s freshest sounds in roots, dancehall, lover’s rock and pop-fused reggae from a diverse group of talent. From the Canadian pop supergroup Magic’s #1 Billboard single “Rude” to comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy’s return to reggae on his latest single “Oh Jah Jah,” – there is no shortage of crossover appeal on Reggae Gold 2015. This year’s installation features a multitude female artists reigning in reggae today – from emerging stars like Jah 9, Toian and Ikaya to Jamaica’s leading ladies like Spice, Etana and Queen Ifrica. The set also delves into new music from the island’s top male artists like Jah Cure, Beres Hammond, Inner Circle & Chronixx, Christopher Martin, Gully Bop, Busy Signal, Romain Virgo, Gyptian and more.  Purchase Reggae Gold 2015 on iTunes now: smarturl.it/RG2015.

JAH CURE – THE CURE

Jah Cure – described by NPR as “a voice that sounds as if he’s wringing out passion from every note” and by Los Angeles Times as “a brilliant crooner of Bob Marley-esque love-and-peace reggae” – effortlessly blends street poetry and sufferer’s tales with beautiful love ballads on his new album The Cure. The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock with R&B and pop-fused elements. The Jamaican born singer co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher “Sketch” Carey, Clive Hunt, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Justin “Jus Bus” Nation and Trevor “Baby G” James. The Cure features recent hits like his #1 reggae chart-topping John Legend cover “All of Me” (which received over 5 million YouTube views), “Rasta,” “That Girl” and “Life We Live” as well as brand new singles including “Show Love,” “No Friend of Mine,” “Made In California,” “I Surrender” and more. Jah Cure’s multi-faceted story of struggle and love is intertwined into The Cure. “My struggles made me who I am today. That’s why I sing with feelings, it comes from my heart cause I feel the pain. Who feels it knows it,”  he states. Purchase The Cure on iTunes now: http://smarturl.it/JCTheCure.

SOCA GOLD 2015

For over two decades, Soca Gold has been has been the ultimate Carnival soundtrack from the Caribbean islands and beyond.  This year’s edition of annual top-selling compilation delivers the genre’s top anthems. Soca Gold 2015 features the Grammy winning singer-songwriter Angela Hunte & soca champion Machel Montano on the EDM-influenced collab “Party Done,” the “Viking of Soca” Bunji Garlin on his uplifting anthem “Our Time,” Trinidadian superstar Fay Ann Lyons on her latest crowd pleaser “Raze” and Lead Pipe & Saddis on the smash hit “Ah Feeling” (which brought them to the finals of the International Groovy Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad this year).  The 18-track set is accompanied with a DVD featuring music videos and exclusive performance and party footage that captures the vivacious energy from 2015 T&T Carnival. Purchase Soca Gold 2015 on iTunes now: smarturl.it/SG2015.

The Stones’ Zip Code Tour of stadiums was just getting underway during the period covered by the Billboard Boxscore midyear recap (Nov. 12, 2014 to June 2, 2015). But the half-dozen shows reported to Boxscore make the Stones the fifth-highest-grossing act for the period, averaging $6.3 million per night.

Via Billboard

ielsen, the music industry’s leading data information provider, announced the 2015 Canada Music mid-year report for the six-month period of Dec. 29, 2014 through June 28, 2015.

Streaming volume continues to grow, with over 10.5 billion songs streamed on-demand through audio and video platforms in the first six months of 2015. Digital album sales are also showing a significant increase over last year, up nearly 10%, while digital track sales are down 10% over mid-year 2014. Combining digital albums and track equivalent albums, we see overall digital sales up 3.2%. CD sales are down nearly 9%, but vinyl LP sales remain strong, up 40%.

“The biggest story of the year continues to be the growth of streaming,” said David Bakula, SVP Industry Insights, Nielsen. “With over 10.5 billion on-demand streams in the first six months of the year, streaming is becoming the primary choice of consumption for many music fans.”

BILLBOARD’S TOP CHARTS FOR MID-YEAR 2015
COMPILED BY NIELSEN MUSIC
2015 Top Albums + TEA
Artist Album Sales

1 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 172,000
2 ED SHEERAN X 170,000
3 SOUNDTRACK FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 134,000
4 SAM SMITH IN THE LONELY HOUR 132,000
5 YOAN * YOAN 101,000
6 HOZIER HOZIER 101,000
7 DRAKE * IF YOU’RE READING THIS… 101,000
8 MAROON 5 V 92,000
9 MEGHAN TRAINOR TITLE 86,000
10 MUMFORD & SONS WILDER MIND 84,000

2015 Top Albums
Artist Album Sales

1 ED SHEERAN X 117,000
2 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 111,000
3 SAM SMITH IN THE LONELY HOUR 105,000
4 YOAN * YOAN 100,000
5 SOUNDTRACK FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 89,000
6 DRAKE * IF YOU’RE READING THIS, 89,000
7 JEAN LELOUP * PARADIS CITY 76,000
8 MUMFORD & SONS WILDER MIND 74,000
9 HOZIER HOZIER 68,000
10 IMAGINE DRAGONS SMOKE + MIRRORS 66,000

2015 Top Digital Albums
Artist Album Sales

1 DRAKE * IF YOU’RE READING THIS… 77,000
2 ED SHEERAN X 63,000
3 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 56,000
4 SOUNDTRACK FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 52,000
5 SAM SMITH IN THE LONELY HOUR 47,000
6 MUMFORD & SONS WILDER MIND 46,000
7 HOZIER HOZIER 40,000
8 KENDRICK LAMAR TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY 36,000
9 IMAGINE DRAGONS SMOKE + MIRRORS 33,000
10 SOUNDTRACK GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 33,000

*Indicates Canadian artist

2015 Top On-Demand Streams
Artist Album Streams

1 MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS UPTOWN FUNK! 38,000,000
2 ED SHEERAN THINKING OUT LOUT 25,000,000
3 WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. CHARLIE PUTH SEE YOU AGAIN 23,000,000
4 MAROON 5 SUGAR 20,000,000
5 TAYLOR SWIFT BLANK SPACE 18,000,000
6 TAYLOR SWIFT SHAKE IT OFF 18,000,000
7 HOZIER TAKE ME TO CHURCH 18,000,000
8 ELLIE GOULDING LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO 17,000,000
9 SIA ELASTIC HEART 13,000,000
10 OMI CHEERLEADER 13,000,000

2015 Top On-Demand Streams
Artist Album Streams

1 MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS UPTOWN FUNK! 38,000,000
2 ED SHEERAN THINKING OUT LOUT 25,000,000
3 WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. CHARLIE PUTH SEE YOU AGAIN 23,000,000
4 MAROON 5 SUGAR 20,000,000
5 TAYLOR SWIFT BLANK SPACE 18,000,000
6 TAYLOR SWIFT SHAKE IT OFF 18,000,000
7 HOZIER TAKE ME TO CHURCH 18,000,000
8 ELLIE GOULDING LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO 17,000,000
9 SIA ELASTIC HEART 13,000,000
10 OMI CHEERLEADER 13,000,000

2015 Top Audio On-Demand
Streams
Artist Album Streams

1 MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS UPTOWN FUNK! 4,800,000
2 ED SHEERAN THINKING OUT LOUD 4,100,000
3 HOZIER TAKE ME TO CHURCH 4,000,000
4 WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. CHARLIE PUTH SEE YOU AGAIN 3,900,000
5 ELLIE GOULDING LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO 3,800,000
6 MAROON 5 SUGAR 3,700,000
7 FLO RIDA FEAT. SAGE THE GEMINI G.D.F.R. 3,500,000
8 OMI CHEERLEADER 3,500,000
9 MAJOR LAZER FEAT. DJ SNAKE LEAN ON 3,400,000
10 WEEKND * EARNED IT 3,100,000
*Indicates Canadian artist

2015 Top Video On-Demand
Streams
Artist Album Streams

1 MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS UPTOWN FUNK! 33,600,000
2 ED SHEERAN THINKING OUT LOUD 20,800,000
3 WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. CHARLIE PUTH SEE YOU AGAIN 19,100,000
4 TAYLOR SWIFT BLANK SPACE 18,000,000
5 TAYLOR SWIFT SHAKE IT OFF 17,800,000
6 MAROON 5 SUGAR 16,100,000
7 HOZIER TAKE ME TO CHURCH 13,700,000
8 ELLIE GOULDING LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO 13,000,000
9 PSY GANGNAM STYLE 12,000,000
10 MEGHAN TRAINOR ALL ABOUT THAT BASS 11,500,000

2015 Top Digital Songs
Artist Album Sales

1 MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS UPTOWN FUNK! 526,000
2 ED SHEERAN THINKING OUT LOUD 346,000
3 WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. CHARLIE PUTH SEE YOU AGAIN 315,000
4 MAROON 5 SUGAR 289,000
5 RIHANNA/KANYE WEST/PAUL MCCARTNEY FOURFIVESECONDS 289,000
6 HOZIER TAKE ME TO CHURCH 279,000
7 ELLIE GOULDING LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO 245,000
8 OMI CHEERLEADER 242,000
9 ANDY GRAMMER HONEY, I’M GOOD 204,000
10 WALK THE MOON SHUT UP AND DANCE 200,000

2015 Radio Songs
Artist Album Plays

1 MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS UPTOWN FUNK! 69,000
2 ED SHEERAN THINKING OUT LOUD 65,000
3 MAROON 5 SUGAR 65,000
4 TAYLOR SWIFT STYLE 61,000
5 ELLIE GOULDING LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO 56,000
6 HOZIER TAKE ME TO CHURCH 54,000
7 SHAWN MENDES * SOMETHING BIG 51,000
8 TAYLOR SWIFT BLANK SPACE 48,000
9 WALK THE MOON SHUT UP AND DANCE 46,000
10 WEEKND * EARNED IT 43,000
Based on plays at all Canadian Formats