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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/17a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
STREAMING SONGS:
A LA "MODE"
That is totally sicko. (8/17a)
ARIANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA
Two generations of natural women (8/17a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Blighty Beat
BOWIE LEADS U.K. RECORD STORE DAY
5/2/18

Record Store Day in the U.K. was a roaring success with sales up 16% year-on-year to reach 60k album sales and 30k singles, according to Official Chart Company data. David BowieArcade Fire and Pink Floyd topped the best sellers list.

Bowie’s three-LP set Welcome to the Blackout – Live in London (Parlophone) was the most popular release, followed by Arcade Fire's self-titled EP demo (Legacy/Sony Music). 

Pink Floyd were third place with their self-released The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Mono), followed by Bowie again at #4 with Now (Parlophone).  (He also had the #9 entry). The National took fifth place with Boxer (Live In Brussels) (4AD). 

Record Store Day 2018 UK best-sellers

1. David BowieWelcome to the Blackout(Parlophone)
2. Arcade FireArcade Fire(Legacy/Sony Music)
3. Pink FloydThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Pink Floyd Music) 
4. David BowieNow(Parlophone)
5. The NationalBoxer (Live in Brussels) (4AD)
6. SuedeSuede(Demon Records)
7. CourteenersSt Jude(UMC/Polydor)
8. MogwaiTen Rapid (Rock Action)
9. David BowieDavid Bowie(UMC/Decca)
10. The WhoThe Kids are Alright (UMC/Polydor)