The juggernaut that is Adele's 25 just gets bigger, with estimates for her second-week sales in the neighborhood of 850-900k. Having already zoomed past the 4 million mark, the XL/Columbia set is now looking like it could amass a ridiculous 6 million units by the time 2015 ends. How much will the NBC broadcast of her 12/14 Radio City concert and the Christmas rush, among other factors, affect her tally? Stay tuned.
Early forecasts suggest first-week sales for Parlophone's Coldplay (whose A Head Full of Dreams comes out Friday) somewhere in the 150-200k range. Of course, any ticket bundles and/or direct-to-consumer sales, if offered, could raise the tally. Dreams currently sits at #8 in preorder on the iTunes Top 10. The band's 2014 set, Ghost Stories, debuted with 383k.
Drake is the most-streamed artist of the year worldwide on Spotify, which broke out its tops-of-2015 list this morning. The Toronto rapper’s tally YTD stands at a stunning 1.8 billion.
HITS polled several leading U.K. managers for their takes on radio, streaming, strategy and licensing music for commercials. In nearly every instance, they spoke of working with and trusting teams, whether they be label partners, song pluggers or the artists, themselves.
Adele decided not to make her album 25 available for on-demand streaming via Spotify, Apple Music and related services, and went on to break all earthly sales records. So, not streaming bulks up sales, right? Not so fast; consider the case of Justin Bieber's chart-topping comeback.
HITS loser Simon Glickman has been promoted to the post of Managing Editor. In his new capacity, he will continue to do whatever the hell he does on the website and magazine, only his name will appear 11 centimeters higher on the masthead.
As well as breaking the U.S. and U.K. record for first-week sales, Adele’s 25 has become Blighty’s fastest-ever million-selling album. After closing last week on over 800k, 25 has shifted another 200k in Blighty in the first three days of its second week.
Columbia has blown away all label marketshare records with a mind-blowing 63.55% in frontline albums and 48.65% in overall.
If the music business is now global in scale, as everyone seems to agree, the vast majority of globally released music continues to emanate from the U.S. and the U.K. What’s more, American companies and their British counterparts have never been more in sync than they are now. Indeed, Paul McCartney’s classic refrain, “Hands across the water,” is now a transatlantic mantra.
THE MOTHER OF ALL
Hot damn. (11/30a)
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ADELE AND BIEBER: THROW OUT THE RULEBOOK
Streaming, tweeting, shilling--or not. (12/1a)
FROM ONE NATION
Michael Rapino salutes his French team. (11/30a)