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Neil Young Pulling Catalog From Streaming Services

July 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Neil Young announced Wednesday that he is pulling his music off streaming services over frustration with the medium’s sound quality. On Facebook, the Harvest singer wrote that while he also has issues with how streaming services compensate artists, it’s how his music sounds when streamed that pushed him to his limit. “Streaming has ended for me. I [...]

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Brandy Clark’s Radio Airplay Takes Massive Post-Grammys Jump

February 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Brandy Clark was denied Grammy gold in the Best New Artist category and lost Best Country Album to Miranda Lambert, but the singer-songwriter came away from Sunday’s ceremony as the big winner after all. Clark, who sang “Hold My Hand” on the show with country icon Dwight Yoakam, saw a huge post-performance spike in her [...]

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On the Charts: Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ Is Becoming This Year’s ‘Frozen’

January 15th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

TAYLOR WINS AGAIN: A year ago, all I could write about was the dominance of the Frozen soundtrack. It was selling hundreds of thousands of copies per week and every other would-be hit, in the desolate January weeks, showed up and dropped hard from the charts. That’s true in early 2015 of Taylor Swift‘s 1989 [...]

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On the Charts: Nicki Minaj Can’t Displace Taylor Swift’s Reign

December 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

By Steve Knopper | December 24, 2014 THE YEAR OF TAYLOR: By any measure, Nicki Minaj is one of the world’s biggest pop stars — her last album opened at Number One, “Anaconda” has nearly 345 million YouTube views, “Bang Bang” has more than 137 million Spotify streams and she was, not long ago, a TV star. And [...]

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Jason Aldean Scores Only Platinum-Selling Country Album of 2014

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

By Beville Dunkerley | December 8, 2014 Jason Aldean is in elite — and extremely sparse — company in 2014′s heavy metal club. Related The country star is one of only three artists to achieve platinum sales on an album released this year. His Old Boots, New Dirt LP, which debuted at the top of [...]

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Billboard to Include Streaming Data and Track Sales in Top 200

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

By Steve Knopper | November 20, 2014 Billboard will make a huge change beginning with next week’s sales chart, incorporating streaming data and track sales into its formula for determining rankings. So an album like Maroon 5′s V, which has been languishing for two weeks at Number 24 might have surged up the charts this week given [...]

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Meghan Trainor Beats Out Superstars on Chart With Leftfield Hit

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

By Steve Knopper | August 13, 2014 Guys, this is huge—album sales are no longer down 15 percent this year. They’re down 14 percent! (Track sales are still down 13 percent.) I have no idea why this miniscule uptick happened. It must be a glitch, because record sales on the charts this week are so [...]

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Freezing Reign: ‘Frozen’ Remains Unbeatable on Charts

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

<!– –> <!– –> The Frozen soundtrack continues to dominate the charts, but one day, we may look back at it as a symbol of the year music sales completely self-destructed after years of pain. Album sales are down 16 percent so far this year, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while track sales are down 12 [...]

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On the Charts: ‘Frozen’ Tops Another Dismal Sales Week

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

<!– –> <!– –> Any chance Adele could come out of whatever British domestic utopia she’s living in to (re-)rescue the record business? Because, no offense to the Frozen soundtrack, things are bleak out there. Albums are down 17 percent, singles are down 13 percent and . . . well, just read on for the [...]

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On the Charts: Schoolboy Q Rules, While U2, Karen O Get Oscar Bump

March 6th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

<!– –> <!– –> By my count, 2014 has had just three new album releases reliable enough to sell 100,000 copies or more and hit Number One — Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes, Eric Church’s The Outsider and, this week, Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron. Something better change, quick, or the year-over-year trend of down 12 percent for [...]

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