Vevo Viewership On The Rise

Vevo Viewership On The Rise
Total viewing sessions for music video site Vevo, a joint venture between Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Company, increased 198 percent to 11.62 million per day in May, up from 3.9 million per day in January, according to a new report from comScore. Vevo's total unique viewers increased 18 percent during the period, and daily minutes per viewer reached 3.39, up 14 percent from 2.96 in January. Google sites, including YouTube, remain the top collective video property in the United States, followed by Vevo, Yahoo, Facebook, and Viacom to round out the top five. (6/27)

Perry Breaks Digital Records
GRAMMY-nominated artist Katy Perry became the first artist to have five songs sell more than 4 million digital downloads each as "E.T." featuring Kanye West has sold 4.06 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Perry previously reached the 4-million mark with "Hot N Cold," "Firework," "I Kissed A Girl," and "California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg. Perry also became the first artist in the history of Billboard's Digital Songs chart to have five tracks from a single album reach No. 1 as "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" jumps 28-1, her fifth single off Teenage Dream. "Last Friday" also rose 31-4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Should the track reach No. 1, Perry will become the first female artist in the history of the Hot 100 to score five No. 1s from a single set. (6/27)

HMV To Sell Canadian Branch
UK entertainment retailer HMV Group will announce the sale of 125 stores in Canada to financial and operational restructuring firm Valco Capital Partners, according to Billboard.biz. The sale will reportedly bring in more than $7 million for the struggling retailer and aid in the company's restructuring and debt-cutting plans. Earlier this month, HMV inked a more than $350 million refinancing deal that will give British taxpayers a stake in the company. (6/27)

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