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As If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1, five songs from the set enter the Hot 100, led by this track at No. 49. He now has 80 Hot 100 entries, the sixth-best total in the chart’s history. And, with Lil Wayne guesting on Drake’s “Used To,” a debut at No. 91, Weezy ups his count to 125 career visits.
Here’s an updated look at the acts to make the most appearances dating to the Hot 100’s 1958 launch:
207, Glee cast
125, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley (whose career predated the Hot 100 by more than two years)
91, James Brown
83, Jay Z
It doesn’t matter if you can’t find the right words to say this Valentine’s Day – Taylor Swift, Ryan Gosling, Jay-Z, Tupac, a few boybands and Rick Astley will help you express your feelings.
The chart lets you sort the numbers across five analytics: No. 1 albums, hit rate, consecutive No. 1s, albums released, and career span. Even though this information is available already online, it’s fun to compare the careers of Pearl Jam and Barbara Streisand, because, well, music.
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To celebrate Jay Z and Beyoncé’s co-headlining tour, the always brilliant Samantha Smith of CBC Music looked at some of the most common themes found in their music.
300 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE
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 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.
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.
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
Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
Queens Of The Stone Age – Self Titled
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Foster The People – Torches
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
The Smiths – The Sound Of The Smiths
Green Day – American Idiot
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Washed Out – Within And Without
Oasis – What’s The Story, Morning Glory?
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The Strokes – Is This It?
Drake – Nothing Was The Same
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
The Beatles – White Album
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
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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