Lady Gaga Breaks ITunes Record

Lady Gaga Breaks ITunes Record
GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" has become the fast-selling single worldwide in the history of Apple's iTunes, totaling more than 1 million downloads in five days, according to Apple. The song, which Lady Gaga performed live on the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on Feb. 13, reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes singles chart in 23 countries. Last week, the song cracked the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 1,000th No. 1 single in the chart's 52-year history. (2/22)

Album Releases Down 22 Percent
Album releases, including digital and physical formats, totaled 75,000 in 2010, down 22 percent compared to 96,000 in 2009, according to Nielsen. Of the total, 60,000 titles sold fewer than 100 units, representing 0.7 percent of all sales from titles released in 2010. (2/22)

Composer John Strauss Dies
GRAMMY-winning composer John Strauss died Feb. 14 in Los Angeles following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 90 years old. Strauss' career spanned more than 50 years and included work in sound editing and composing, including writing the theme songs to TV shows including "Car 54, Where Are You?" and "The Phil Silvers Show." Strauss served as the sound editor on films for Woody Allen including Take The Money And Run and Bananas. As a music supervisor, Strauss worked on films including The Blues Brothers, Impromptu and The Pirates Of Penzance. In 1984 he won a Best Classical Album GRAMMY for producing the soundtrack to Amadeus. (2/22) 

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