Here’s a surprising stat, occurring as it does deep into a period when the single is king: Album sales are virtually flat year to date. What’s more, 12 albums have had 100k+ weeks during the first two months of this year vs. five at this point last year, while seven albums debuted with 100k or more vs. just two last year. Which proves the old saw that you’ve gotta release records to sell records. Releasing good records makes even more sense.
What would you do without it? That’s a rhetorical question. We suiggest that you memorize the this week's Top 10.
We’re getting our collective game face on for the first New & Developing Artist Special Issue of 2015, which will be printed on high-quality paper stock (disguising the third-rate editorial content, as usual) next week.
Van Halen is releasing its first-ever live album with David Lee Roth on March 31.
The week's adds are safely in their format silos, but here's a brief overview. Team Interscope scores Most Added at Pop for Zedd f/Selena Gomez's "I Want You to Know"; the rest of the action is here. RCA's Tinashe f/Iggy Azalea takes the tiara at Rhythm with "All Hands on Deck," and the rest of the format rundown is here. At Alternative, ATO's Alabama Shakes have a huge post-SNL week. Details here.
Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise (G.O.O.D./Def Jam) tops BOTH the HITS Building Album Sales Chart and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) chart with 136k and 167k respectively. Warner Bros.' Kid Rock put up one hell of a fight, though. See just how close the call was.
Kanye, Kelly Clarkson and Mumford & Sons are the buzz story as iTunes hits another Turnover Tuesday...
The Time magazine website has posted an in-depth comparative analysis of reigning streaming service Spotify and upstart Beats Music, whose technology and emphasis on “curation” are expected to be central components of the forthcoming challenger from iTunes. Find out who was declared the winner, and why, here.
AIN'T TALKIN' 'BOUT LOVE... ACTUALLY
Edward and Dave, together again in Japan. (3/4a)
HITS LIST: THE PEOPLE THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
This week's top 10 has 10 entries. (3/4a)
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
Now under construction. (3/4a)
THE SEARCH FOR STEWART'S
We also watch TV. (3/4a)