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300 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE

36 GRAMMYS

2 PHILANTHROPISTS

1 TOUR

1 STAGE

THIS SUMMER

 

WHO:             BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z

WHAT:         “ON THE RUN TOUR: BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z” in partnership with #BeyGood benefitting the Shawn Carter Foundation

WHEN:         June 25 – August 5, 2014

WITH:  Exclusively with Chase

HOW:   Members of Beyoncé’s Fan Club will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 29 at 8am local time. For details visit, www.beyonce.com/tour

Exclusively, Chase credit and debit customers will receive advance access to purchase tickets from Tuesday, April 29 at 10am through 10pm local time.  A non-exclusive presale window will continue through Thursday, May 1 at 10pm local time.  Chase credit and debit customers will also have exclusive access to purchase a Chase Lounge VIP ticket package which includes a private pre-show lounge with food, drinks, music and more.

Tickets for “ON THE RUN TOUR: BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z” go on sale to the general public starting Friday, May 2 through the Live Nation Mobile APP at www.livenation.com.

Beginning today, Monday, April 28, fans can visit https://www.facebook.com/Beyonce and ttps://www.facebook.com/JayZ

for more information about getting early access to tickets on Wednesday, April 30 at 10:00am local time.

WHERE:       See below dates.

ON THE RUN TOUR ITINERARY:

Wednesday, June 25     Miami, FL                     Sun Life Stadium
Saturday, June 28         Cincinnati, OH              Great American Ballpark
Tuesday, July 1            Foxborough, MA           Gillette Stadium
Saturday, July 5            Philadelphia, PA            Citizen’s Bank Park
Monday, July 7             Baltimore, MD               M & T Bank Stadium
Wednesday, July 9       Toronto, ON                 Rogers Centre
Friday, July 11              East Rutherford, NJ      MetLife Stadium
Tuesday, July 15          Atlanta, GA                   Georgia Dome
Friday, July 18              Houston, TX                 Minute Maid Park
Sunday, July 20            New Orleans, LA           Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Tuesday, July 22          Dallas, TX                    AT&T Stadium
Thursday, July 24         Chicago, IL                   Soldier Field
Sunday, July 27           Winnipeg, MB              Investor Group Field
Wednesday, July 30      Seattle, WA                  Safeco Field
Saturday, August 2       Los Angeles, CA           Rose Bowl
Tuesday, August 5        San Francisco, CA        AT&T Parl

“On The Run: Beyoncé and JAY Z,” in partnership with #BeyGOOD, will donate $1 from every ticket purchased to the Shawn Carter Foundation to support students.   Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from each Chase Lounge VIP Ticket Package will also be donated to The Shawn Carter Foundation.

The mission of the Shawn Carter Foundation is to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning. Students served by the Shawn Carter Foundation represent diverse backgrounds, and face significant barriers to success such as teen pregnancy, homelessness, poverty, former incarceration, sexual and domestic abuse, and gang membership. The Foundation supports these students on the run to greatness through its scholarship fund, annual college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and holiday toy and meal drives.  For more information visit www.shawncartersf.com.

Launched in 2013,  #BeyGOOD inspires people everywhere to be kind, be charitable and get involved in their local communities.  To date, over 2 million fans have joined in to raise awareness and resources for causes important to them.  For more information about the charities we support visit,  www.Beyonce.com/BeyGood and follow them on Twitter @BeyGood

From Nielsen:

From Beck previewing his Morning Phase album for in-flight air travelers to hear via Gogo Inflight Internet before its formal release date to Bruce Springsteen streaming his recent Higher Hopes album more than a week before its release as a promotion for the TV show The Good Wife, there’s more to release dates than a specific date. We take a closer peek at various types of release strategies (release dates, formats, exclusives and previews) and how they relate to post-release success.

NONTRADITIONAL RELEASES

Although New Music Tuesday has been famous for decades, the tradition is shifting, with the most obvious example being a recent one: Beyonce’s self-titled visual album released last year. Released at midnight on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 as an iTunes exclusive digital release, the surprise album sold an impressive 617,000 units in its first three days without any radio airplay or pre-release promotion. It was available only as a digital release until Tuesday, Dec. 18, which is when brick-and-mortar stores began selling the album. Beyonce’s album continues to perform very well digitally, with almost 50 percent of the album’s sales in 2014 being digital.

ANTICIPATING THE ALBUM

Sometimes artists choose to sell an EP or make their music available for streaming before a formal album release. For example, New Zealander Lorde released The Love Club EP and Tennis Court EP in March and June 2013, respectively, before offering fans her Pure Heroine album in September 2013. Pure Heroine has sold 1 million albums to date.

Streaming previews are another way for artists to build anticipation for upcoming albums. Last year, after a seven-year hiatus, Justin Timberlake made part 1 of The 20/20 Experience available for streaming in its entirety via the iTunes store for free before the official release. Upon release, the first part sold 968,000 albums in its first week and remained in the top spot for three consecutive weeks. Furthermore, it was the top selling digital album of 2013. Songs from both parts of the album have totaled 234 million streams to date*. Daft Punk used a similar strategy for its Random Access Memories album, which the French duo released for streaming a week before it was available for purchase, and the majority of album sales to date have been digital albums. Furthermore, songs from the album have been streamed over 232 million times to date*.

Digital providers aren’t the only ones playing exclusives. Online music blogs like Stereogum and Okayplayer are amplifying their sites with streaming music—including exclusive previews. For example, Schoolboy Q’s recently released Oxymoron album was made available for streaming on YouTube three days before it was available for sale. He also performed the entire release for NPR Music’s debut First Listen Live concert series. The album debuted at the top spot with 139,000 albums sold and now has accumulated over 29 million streams*—evidence that retail exclusives and previews remain successful promotional strategies.

THE POWER OF THE PREVIEW

Contrary to what one might believe, giving away music for free can also build excitement and generate music sales. The mixtape, which has been prominent in hip-hop culture for decades, is a classic example—one that’s been updated over time to stay in step with advancing technology. For example, last year, Baauer made his “Harlem Shake” available for free on iTunes before making it available for purchase. Later, when it was priced for sale, the popularity had picked up enough to support it, and the title was the top streamed song of 2013 with 490 million streams. To date, it has sold 1.9 million digital songs.

Another famous example is Jay-Z’s partnership with Samsung in 2013 to debut the artist’s Magna Carta Holy Grail app, which gave one million Samsung device owners exclusive, full and free access to the album days before it was released. Despite the giveaway, the album was one of Jay-Z’s best first-week debuts and the seventh best-selling digital album of 2013, with 640,000 digital albums sold. The effort shows us that the excitement built around a free release can lead to greater sales.

As we’ve seen with many examples, creative release strategy is something that has evolved as artists take advantage of technology and the exposure and reach of multiple platforms. The most successful artists and releases maximize ways to reach their fans and we will see the most creative artists and marketers continue to push to new levels.

*Nielsen captures programmed, on-demand, and tethered streams from various providers including AOL, Cricket, MediaNet, rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify, YouTube/VEVO, Zune and more.

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Of course Phil Collins is ghetto. One of the world’s best drummers and songwriters already, just look at him flippinf the bird while a tambourine is in his pants during a show. Word.

Trill Collins is a project Scott Melker has said he wanted to do for a while now. Mixing Phil Collins with urban artists isn’t anything new – the 2001 Urban Renewal tribute album to Collins had re-produced remakes of his songs by R&B and hip hop performers like Brandy, Ray J, Lil’ Kim and Deborah Cox and ummm… Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but this one takes it a bit further by mashing up “In The Air Tonight” with Nas and Genesis’ “Throwing It All Away” with The Pharcyde.

Lego Albums has recreated all of your favorite albums, little brick by little brick.

Blur - The Best Of

Blur - The Best Of

Björk - Self Titled

Björk - Self Titled

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I’m With You

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You

Arcade Fire - Suburbs

Arcade Fire - Suburbs

Queens Of The Stone Age - Self Titled

Queens Of The Stone Age - Self Titled

Pink Floyd - Animals

Pink Floyd - Animals

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

The Beatles - Abbey Road

The Beatles - Abbey Road

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Jay Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne

Jay Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne

Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak

Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak

Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Coldplay - X & Y

Coldplay - X & Y

Foster The People - Torches

Foster The People - Torches

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

 The Smiths - The Sound Of The Smiths

The Smiths - The Sound Of The Smiths

Green Day - American Idiot

Green Day - American Idiot

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Washed Out - Within And Without

Washed Out - Within And Without

Bon Iver - Self Titled

Bon Iver - Self Titled

Nirvana - In Utero

Nirvana - In Utero

Jeff Buckley - Grace

Jeff Buckley - Grace

Oasis - What’s The Story, Morning Glory?

Oasis - What's The Story, Morning Glory?

The Killers - Hot Fuss

The Killers - Hot Fuss

Weezer - Pinkerton

Weezer - Pinkerton

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

The Strokes - Is This It?

The Strokes - Is This It?

Fun. - Some Nights

Fun. - Some Nights

Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West - Yeezus

Drake - Nothing Was The Same

Drake - Nothing Was The Same

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon

Pearl Jam - Ten

Pearl Jam - Ten

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

The Beatles - White Album

The Beatles - White Album

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Death From Above 1979 - You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine

Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine

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From Billboard:

Bruno Mars edged out Rihanna as the most pirated artist of 2013, according to figures released by data analysis firm Musicmetric. Mars finished the year with nearly 5.8 million downloads to Rihanna’s 5.4 million. Daft Punk was a distant third with 4.2 million downloads. Justin Timberlake with 3.9 million downloads and Flo Rida with 3.5 million downloads round out the top five.

Musicmetric’s numbers represent albums and tracks downloaded using BitTorrent, a protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing that enables the transfer of large files. The company says a typical breakdown of BitTorrent traffic for musicians is 70% albums and 30% tracks.

Following is the top 20 BitTorrent artists in 2013, as tracked by Musicmetric.

1 Bruno Mars, 5,783,556
2 Rihanna, 5,414,166
3 Daft Punk, 4,212,361
4 Justin Timberlake, 3,930,185
5 Flo Rida, 3,470,825
6 Kanye West, 3,199,969
7 Eminem, 3,176,122
8 Jay Z, 3,171,358
9 Drake, 3,139,408
10 Pitbull, 3,138,308
11 One Direction, 2,920,445
12 Maroon 5, 2,857,652
13 Zedd, 2,828,764
14 Nicki Minaj, 2,681,177
15 Adele, 2,594,275
16 Avicii, 2,562,151
17 David Guetta, 2,441,235
18 Linkin Park, 2,352,385
19 Pharrell Williams, 2,336,996
20 Katy Perry, 2,318,740

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Most Billboard Hot 100 entries

Glee Cast (207)
Elvis Presley (149) (Pre-Hot 100 and Hot 100 included)
Lil Wayne (120)
James Brown (91)
Jay-Z (80)
Ray Charles (74)
Aretha Franklin (73)
The Beatles (71)
Elton John (68)
Drake (65)

Elvis Presley has charted 149 singles on Billboard if tracking his entire career which predates the 1958 Hot 100. If tracking begins after the 1958 inception of the Billboard Hot 100, Presley only has 108.
Lil Wayne has 71 charted singles on which he is a featured artist. If counting only singles on which he is a lead singer, Lil Wayne accounts for 48 chart entries.

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On Christmas Eve, only hours before his film Believe hits theatres, pop star Justin Bieber tweeted he’s leaving show business at the age of 19.

With a global fan base, termed as “Beliebers”, and over 40 million followers on Twitter, Bieber was named by Forbes magazine in 2012 as the third-most powerful celebrity in the world. He had earned an estimated US$55 million in the previous 12 months. Open Road Films is opening the Justin Bieber concert documentary “Believe” in 1,037 US theatres starting December 25th, and an MTV live stream of the L.A. premiere for “Believe” was among the cable network’s most viewed ever.

If this retirement is true, what a way to go out – changing the rules of the music industry with his #MusicMondays project seeing him release a new song on iTunes every Monday for ten weeks. It follows new his single, Baby, reached 12 million sales, making it the #1 most certified song ever in US music history. Earlier this year, he became the first artist in history to score five No. 1 albums before the age of 19, and also become the 10th musical act ever with No. 1 albums in four consecutive years when his Believe Acoustic, skyrocketed to the top of the music charts, as well as iTunes.

Bieber hinted of his retirement last Wednesday, telling a Los Angeles radio station that he’s quitting the music business. “I’m actually, uh, retiring, man,” he told Power 106 FM’s radio show “Big Boy’s Neighborhood.” I think I’m probably gonna quit music,” he added.

Long-serving manager Scooter Braun was quick to claim that Bieber was ‘just kidding’ however.

‘Next year he’s taking a break just to make music and relax, take some time for himself for the first time since he was 12,’ he told ITN.

Leaving the music business publicly isn’t new – Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Lauryn Hill, Mase, Jay-Z, Lily Allen, Cat Stevens, Chris Brown, and Dr. Dre have all ‘retired’ – and they’ve all came back with new music. Now in complete mastery of his music, this isolation becomes all the more remarkable, and this could be the biggest self-imposed retirement in music history.

Stay tuned.

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The Top 25 Tours of 2013 are ranked by gross, compiled from Billboard Boxscores reported from Nov. 14, 2012, to Nov. 12, 2013.

2013′s Top Grossing Tours:

1. Bon Jovi ($205,158,370)
Total Gross: $205,158,370
Total Attendance: 2,178,170
Total Capacity: 2,178,170
No. of Shows: 90
No. of Sellouts: 90

2. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil ($157,299,100)
Total Gross: $157,299,100
Total Attendance: 1,425,442
Total Capacity: 1,853,022
No. of Shows: 205
No. of Sellouts: 0

3. Pink ($147,947,543)
Total Gross: $147,947,543
Total Attendance: 1,581,939
Total Capacity: 1,583,801
No. of Shows: 114
No. of Sellouts: 111

4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band ($147,608,938)
Total Gross: $147,608,938
Total Attendance: 1,389,778
Total Capacity: 1,454,499
No. of Shows: 53
No. of Sellouts: 36

5. Rihanna ($137,982,530)
Total Gross: $137,982,530
Total Attendance: 1,595,161
Total Capacity: 1,600,851
No. of Shows: 87
No. of Sellouts: 84

6. The Rolling Stones ($126,182,391)
Total Gross: $126,182,391
Total Attendance: 326,998
Total Capacity: 326,998
No. of Shows: 23
No. of Sellouts: 23

7. Taylor Swift ($115,379,331)
Total Gross: $115,379,331
Total Attendance: 1,363,510
Total Capacity: 1,363,510
No. of Shows: 66
No. of Sellouts: 66

8. Beyonce ($104,358,899)
Total Gross: $104,358,899
Total Attendance: 883,062
Total Capacity: 934,021
No. of Shows: 59
No. of Sellouts: 40

9. Depeche Mode ($99,972,733)
Total Gross: $99,972,733
Total Attendance: 1,390,141
Total Capacity: 1,400,298
No. of Shows: 54
No. of Sellouts: 51

10. Kenny Chesney ($90,932,957)
Total Gross: $90,932,957
Total Attendance: 1,186,925
Total Capacity: 1,214,694
No. of Shows: 44
No. of Sellouts: 31

11. Roger Waters ($81,305,650)
Total Gross: $81,305,650
Total Attendance: 830,123
Total Capacity: 915,081
No. of Shows: 27
No. of Sellouts: 0

12. One Direction ($78,311,383)
Total Gross: $78,311,383
Total Attendance: 1,223,144
Total Capacity: 1,236,308
No. of Shows: 81
No. of Sellouts: 43

13. Justin Bieber ($77,423,264)
Total Gross: $77,423,264
Total Attendance: 959,886
Total Capacity: 982,523
No. of Shows: 65
No. of Sellouts: 55

14. Madonna ($76,752,277)
Total Gross: $76,752,277
Total Attendance: 577,169
Total Capacity: 577,169
No. of Shows: 16
No. of Sellouts: 16

15. Jay Z & Justin Timberlake ($69,753,905)
Total Gross: $69,753,905
Total Attendance: 622,559
Total Capacity: 622,559
No. of Shows: 14
No. of Sellouts: 14

16. Paul McCartney ($69,584,403)
Total Gross: $69,584,403
Total Attendance: 565,705
Total Capacity: 566,696
No. of Shows: 21
No. of Sellouts: 15

17. Fleetwood Mac ($61,899,473)
Total Gross: $61,899,473
Total Attendance: 554,548
Total Capacity: 579,480
No. of Shows: 45
No. of Sellouts: 13

18. Maroon 5 ($54,354,974)
Total Gross: $54,354,974
Total Attendance: 930,953
Total Capacity: 933,867
No. of Shows: 60
No. of Sellouts: 57

19. Dave Matthews Band ($52,960,667)
Total Gross: $52,960,667
Total Attendance: 882,287
Total Capacity: 1,152,025
No. of Shows: 61
No. of Sellouts: 17

20. André Rieu ($49,983,266)
Total Gross: $49,983,266
Total Attendance: 484,599
Total Capacity: 558,467
No. of Shows: 70
No. of Sellouts: 5

21. Jason Aldean ($47,814,095)
Total Gross: $47,814,095
Total Attendance: 1,004,303
Total Capacity: 1,043,158
No. of Shows: 62
No. of Sellouts: 42

22. Lady Gaga ($46,957,070)
Total Gross: $46,957,070
Total Attendance: 544,333
Total Capacity: 550,122
No. of Shows: 23
No. of Sellouts: 22

23. Bruno Mars ($46,417,795)
Total Gross: $46,417,795
Total Attendance: 666,926
Total Capacity: 668,110
No. of Shows: 48
No. of Sellouts: 44

24. Luke Bryan ($45,558,589)
Total Gross: $45,558,589
Total Attendance: 1,143,727
Total Capacity: 1,153,536
No. of Shows: 75
No. of Sellouts: 65

25. Iron Maiden ($44,980,749)
Total Gross: $44,980,749
Total Attendance: 684,200
Total Capacity: 764,186
No. of Shows: 34
No. of Sellouts: 13

From Billboard:

Beyonce Unexpectedly Releases New Album on iTunes

Just minutes before midnight EST Friday (Dec. 13) morning, Beyonce released her fifth album, a self-titled set, exclusively on iTunes. Details are still emerging on confirmed producers, but guests credited on the “exclusive visual album” are Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and daughter Blue Ivy.

Beyonce’s self-titled album — her fifth studio effort, and first since 2011′s “4″ — arrived on Thursday night (Dec. 12) without prior warning. The 14-song collection features “Drunk In Love,” a new collaboration with husband Jay Z; “Mine,” featuring Drake; Superpower, with her “I Miss You” collaborator Frank Ocean; and “Blue,” a song with her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. “XO,” long rumored to be a single from the singer’s new album, also appears on the track list.

Every song on the album has also been given a video, all of which are available on iTunes; “Grown Woman,” a promotional cut that Beyonce performed during her Mrs. Carter world tour this year, appears as a bonus video, but did not make the album’s track list.

Continue reading the rest of the story on Billboard