(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
2013 GRAMMY Nominees Album Debuts At No. 4
The 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 41,000 units, marking the series' 12th Top 10 debut. Released Jan. 22 by The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Recordings and Capitol Records, the album highlights artists and songs nominated for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards and is available at digital retailers such as Amazon and iTunes, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation.
U.S. Digital Sales, UK Sales Up in January
U.S. track equivalent album sales posted a 14 percent year-over-year increase for the first four weeks of 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Total sales of digital albums are up 19.3 percent, and digital track sales are up 3.3 percent. In related news, UK music sales increased 11.6 percent in the first four weeks of 2013, according to Official Charts Company data. The UK's Entertainment Retailers Association attributes the sales increase to Hilco's recent acquisition of entertainment retailer HMV's debt.
YouTube To Offer Subscription Service?
YouTube will launch a new feature in the coming months that will allow several of its partners to charge a subscription fee for their content, according to sources reported by Billboard.biz. The partnership would split proceeds from subscriptions between YouTube and respective partners. Additional details were not provided, but the report states it's unlikely YouTube will transform into a pay-for-play service in the immediate future.
Fan Evicted For Blasting Spice Girls
Don't ask your landlord what he/she really, really wants … you might get evicted. Nottingham, England, resident Gavin Townroe was reportedly asked to vacate his residence after playing the Spice Girls' "Viva Forever" at a spicy-hot volume. Townroe was initially given an anti-social behavior order after a complaint from a neighbor, who had to take a sick day from work due to lack of sleep as a result of the loud music. Townroe was subsequently given an eviction notice and must be out of his apartment by Feb. 4. "As well as the Spice Girls, it was different music too," said Townroe neighbor Salah Alsayed. "Sometimes it would happen at 7 [or] 8 o'clock in the morning. I don't mind the Spice Girls, but not at that time in the morning." It sounds as if it's we're not living in a spice world after all.