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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.


The Beastie Boys recorded a version of this song to be featured on their debut album, Licensed to Ill, The lyrics, tempo and melody were substantially different but on the chorus portion “How can you laugh” used a sample of the original Beatles recording without securing permission to do so. In the January 13, 1987, issue of the Village Voice, Greil Marcus reviews the track, writing:

The old Beatle screamer, scheduled for Licensed to Ill but chilled by new copyright owner Michael Jackson because of supposed bad language, this is circulating, even on the radio. On one hearing, it sounds more like the Beach Boys having fun with “Barbara Ann” than the bloody killer rape job you might expect.

The song was indeed deleted from the final track list at the last minute due to licensing restraints but can be found on some Beastie Boys bootlegs.

Billboard magazine has decided to create a new Americana and Folk Albums chart in a move that recognizes the rise of artists — such as Jason Isbell and the Lumineers —who have enjoyed commercial success.

Billboard announced the chart change on Thursday, effective June 4, in an email to record executives. The chart was previously called the Folk Albums chart, leaving some Americana artists without a go-to chart.

The move comes a few months after heated debate when the country-folk band Green River Ordinance was left off the Country Albums chart, but slotted on the Folk and Rock charts. And the new chart serves as another piece of recognition for the rise of Americana, the broad umbrella of a genre that covers American roots music from multiple sub-genres — country, rock, blues, folk and jazz, among others.

“This change recognizes the growth of Americana and the prominent rise of the term overall, both within the industry and in widespread music coverage,” said Gary Trust, co-director of charts for Billboard in email forwarded to The Tennessean.


There are three things you can’t touch.


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…The Toronto Blue Jays baseball team led by this guy.


…and what Rogers and Samsung has been able to do with your television viewing opportunities.


All the time when the Toronto Blue Jays were writing their historic season last year ending with the Jays only 90 feet away from a tie, to later fall 4-3 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to lose the series, four games to two, Samsung was putting the finishing touches on making their viewing experience even more heart-pounding, if that was even possible.

Baseball to me isn’t just a game, just like music isn’t just a medium of sound and silence. Basebal is an event with a heart, a life force, a profound spirituality and a vital part of my life. As a lover of the Jays, I enjoy going to the Rogers Centre where I can relax, have some peanuts and hot dogs and possibly be yelled at from the people around me for singing OK Blue Jays, Let’s Play Ball a little too off-key. “You were great, Dad!” my daughter would say, trying to be nice. “During some of the singing, I could see dogs perking up without anyone else hearing that really high note!”

And then I would spend an average of 96 minutes- more than half the game – just looking for Rush’s Geddy Lee sitting behind home plate.

The way I got into the Jays was like any other kid in Toronto in the ’70s. First, watching them play at Exhibition Stadium, where I was at the first game back in April, 19777, along with 86 million other liars who claim to be there. Then, watching them throughout the year, culminating into their two World Series titles. And now, with my daughter, we get to watch them at the Rogers Centre and create those moments like I remember with my dad all those years ago – exciting, hungry, eating too much, getting sick, getting excited again, sleeping in the car on the way home. By the time morning came, I realized it was the greatest day I ever spent.

Last season’s success for the Jays caused such a great demand for tickets that the City of Toronto actually got to stop building its dream superb subway system costing billions of dollars because we put it all towards buying Jays hats, jerseys, and Rush albums on vinyl. The Jays again have a huge uptick in a fan base across Canada, and around the world for the team. With sell-out after sell-out, more people are watching baseball at home in record numbers. This is where Rogers and Samsung comes in.

Actually, let’s go back about 50 years. Samsung was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company. Over the next three decades, the group diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s by forming several electronics-related divisions, such as Samsung Electronics Devices, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Samsung Corning and Samsung Semiconductor & Telecommunications, and made the facility in Suwon. Its first product was a black-and-white television set.

I’ve long admired their products. Their televisions even back then were extraordinary, powerful and compelling. Today, their 55″ Samsung UN55JS8500 4K SUHD 3D Smart LED TV in the ultimate realization of a visionary project, tracking between two different worlds – the actual content and clearness of that product, and the cutting-edge online world of YouTube and social media. This more affordable 4K LED backlit offering from Samsung has some excellent features. The 8500 series has a slightly lower Clear Motion Rate, edge-lit LEDs and thus an edge lit dimming platform, lower LED peak brightness, awesome specs and new color technologies. With SUHD 4K TVs, now you can experience stunning colors, deep contrast, incredible brightness, and 4K resolution that redefines your TV viewing experience.

That means, for most people, you can go to YouTube, watch the latest videos there, and also Tweet your heart out at the same time. From your TV. This blows my mind. The above jargon is for readers who truly accept and understand this is one remarkable television. You should know that I am fine, decent and inquisitive man, but unfortunately I have barely more technical knowledge than a baked potato.

But what I do know is this: The Samsung UN55JS8500 Smart TV provides one place to enjoy content from a wide range of sources. You can easily connect the Smart TV wirelessly with your compatible smartphone for streaming and content sharing. It also lets you access your favorite program choices, live TV, video on demand, streaming sources, apps and social media in one easy-to-browse navigation experience.

In order to watch on your 4K TV, the Rogers NextBox set-top box go hand in hand. Without content (viewed through your 4K box), you’re watching on a blank screen. That’s not what you want. Sportsnet will be airing all 81 Blue Jays home games in 4K, so you have to get the Rogers NextBox set-top box. Rogers continues to expand its 4K offering throughout the year, so this is terrific news.

Watching the Blue Jays has given me a bit of a creative spark online, so I’ll be live-tweeting throughout the season fun facts about the team, score updates, player trivia and anything else I can think of with the hashtag #LifeIn4K, so you can follow along, too!

This is assuming that I ever leave my house again. Once you see it for yourself, you may never, too.

By the way, Samsung provided my new 4K TV and Rogers provided my Rogers Nextbox 4K set-top box, but as the Jays’ owners provide the players’ salaries,  I’m the owner of my own words and enthusiasm here.

Record Store Day (April 17) releases swarm the Tastemakers Albums, Vinyl Albums and Hot Singles Sales charts as the annual independent music retailer celebration brings a bevy of unique, limited-edition and vinyl titles to the lists.
In the U.S., indie retailers sold 30 percent of all physical albums and singles in the week ending April 21 (749,000 out of 2.5 million), according to Nielsen Music. Vinyl LP sales were unsurprisingly robust during the latest tracking week as the vast majority of Record Store Day releases are produced on the format — with 521,000 vinyl albums sold during the tracking week (up 131 percent). That’s the largest week for the format since the frame ending Dec. 24, 2015 (753,000), and the biggest week for vinyl LPs outside of the Christmas season since Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991.

Some further statistics about Record Store Day and vinyl sales in the week ending April 21:
— 13 percent of all albums sold were on vinyl (521,000 of 4.1 million).
— Indie stores sold 74 percent of all vinyl albums for the week.
— Indie stores sold 640,000 albums – a gain of 131 percent compared to the previous week (278,000).
— Indie stores sold 383,000 vinyl albums – a gain of 320 percent compared to the previous week (91,000).
— Indie stores sold 108,000 physical singles – a gain of 2,600 percent compared to the previous week (4,000).
— Indie stores sold 100,000 12” vinyl singles – a gain of 4,900 percent compared to the previous week (2,000).
— Record Store Day limited edition albums and singles combined to sell nearly 300,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music.

Via Billboard

The news of Prince’s death last week has now translated into a massive increase in sales and downloads of his music across Canada. According to Nielsen Music, four Prince albums are in the Billboard Canadian Top 200 album consumption chart (which includes track equivalent sales and stream equivalent sales), and last week Canadians purchased 8,000 Prince albums, which is more than twice the 3,250 that were sold in 2016 before last week. 38,000 of Prince’s digital tracks were purchased last week, vs. 15,000 for the rest of 2016.

• Very Best Of Prince is #1
• Purple Rain #26
• The Hits/The B-Sides #61
• Ultimate #131

On the Digital Songs chart, 11 songs entered the top 200:
• Purple Rain #13
• When Doves Cry #20
• Kiss #23
• Little Red Corvette #28
• Let’s Go Crazy #33
• 1999 #45
• Raspberry Beret #48
• I Would Die 4 U #83
• Cream #136
• U Got The Look #165
• I Wanna Be Your Lover #184