FYI/TMI: Rock Hall Announces Nominees, Andrew W.K. Gives Little Pony Speech
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Rock Hall Announces 2013 Nominees
Deep Purple, Heart, Kraftwerk, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer are among the nominated acts for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2013. The other nominees are Chic, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Albert King, the Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Procol Harum. Inductees will be announced in mid-December and honored at a ceremony on April 18, 2013, in Los Angeles.
U.S. Album Sales Down, Digital Up In 2012
U.S. album sales totaled 218.4 million units in the first nine months of 2012, a 4.4 percent decrease from the corresponding period in 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales increased 15.3 percent to 85.5 million units, and digital track sales were up 6 percent to 1.009 billion units, marking the first time track sales have surpassed the billion-unit mark. CD sales dropped 14.4 percent to 129.7 million units. Adele's 21 was the biggest-selling album in the first nine months of 2012 with 4 million units sold, and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra was the top-selling digital song, with sales of nearly 6.5 million units.
Andrew W.K.'s Inspirational My Little Pony Speech
While history is being made with a forthcoming new set of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and robust digital music sales, rocker Andrew W.K. is making his own history of sorts — at a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic convention. The party veteran recently participated as a guest speaker at the convention in Strongsville, Ohio, where he shared his thoughts on individuality. Speaking to an audience of "bronies," or, older teenagers and adults who watch the show, W.K. said, "A lot of times adults confuse growing up or becoming more mature with a sense of seriousness, a sense of boringness, a sense of stupidness. Lameness. But really, the great thing about being [an] adult … is that you just have more power." So what have we learned from Andrew W.K.? Party hard, and be yourself.