Davy Jones Dies

Davy Jones Dies
GRAMMY-nominated Davy Jones of the Monkees died Feb. 29 following a heart attack. He was 66. Formed in Hollywood, Calif., in 1965, the Monkees featured Micky Dolenz, Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The group earned their first pair of GRAMMY nomination in 1966 for Best Contemporary (R&R) Recording and Best Contemporary (R&R) Group Performance — Vocal for "Last Train To Clarksville" from their self-titled debut album, which topped the Billboard 200. The song was also the group's first single to top the Billboard Hot 100. Two more GRAMMY nominations followed in 1967, including Best Performance By A Vocal Group for the No. 1 hit "I'm A Believer." The Monkees released a string of four No. 1 albums from 1966–1967, including Headquarters (1967) and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (1967). The group disbanded in 1970 but joined for a reunion tour in 1985, minus Nesmith, followed by a new album in 1987, Pool It! The Monkees reunited again in the late '90s with Nesmith and recorded Justus, their final album as a foursome. (2/29)

Adele Notches 22nd Week At No. 1
Adele's GRAMMY-winning Album Of The Year 21 notched its 22nd week atop the Billboard 200 with 297,000 units sold, marking the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & The Revolution's Purple Rain soundtrack spent 24 weeks at No. 1 from 1984–1985, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Adele's 21, which has sold 7.7 million units to date, also spent its ninth straight week at atop the chart, the most consecutive frames at No. 1 since the Titanic soundtrack spent 14 weeks in the top spot in 1998. (2/29)

Australian Recorded Music Down, Digital Up
Australia's recorded music revenue totaled $411 million in 2011, down less than 1 percent compared to 2010, while digital music sales increased 34.4 percent, according to the Australian Recording Industry Association. Though CD shipments decreased 11.89 percent to $239 million, CD sales accounted for 58 percent of all revenue. Overall, physical product sales decreased 13.8 percent to $260 million, accounting for 63 percent of Australia's total recorded music revenue. (2/29)

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