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Billboard Launches New Digital Charts

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Billboard Launches New Digital Charts
Billboard has launched a new series of digital download charts ranking top songs in 21 specific genres, including rock, country, R&B/hip-hop, and Latin, compiled from Nielsen SoundScan data. The charts will be published weekly each Thursday and will be available online at Billboard.biz, while six of the charts will appear weekly in the Billboard print edition. (3/30)

Sony Masterworks To Debut Broadway Musical Site
On April 1 Sony Masterworks will launch Masterworksbroadway.com, a dedicated Broadway musical site featuring a streaming catalog consisting of more than 400 cast recordings including "Annie," "My Fair Lady," "The Sound Of Music," the Who's "Tommy," and "West Side Story." The site will include musical synopses, rare recording session photos, a weekly blog, and podcasts featuring Broadway notables such as GRAMMY winner Stephen Sondheim, among others. (3/30)
 

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"GRAMMY Effect" Spikes Sales

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

"GRAMMY Effect" Spikes Sales
The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards drove a 3.3 percent increase in album sales compared to last week, according to a Billboard report. The 2010 GRAMMY Nominees album jumped to No. 5 with sales of 71,000 units, a 55 percent increase. Top GRAMMY winner Beyoncé's I Am…Sasha Fierce rose to No. 14 with sales of 32,000 copies, a 101 percent increase. Other GRAMMY performers experiencing sales increases include Pink (up 234 percent), Dave Matthews Band (up 114 percent), the Zac Brown Band (up 82 percent), the Black Eyed Peas (up 76 percent), Taylor Swift (up 58 percent), and Lady Gaga (up 17 percent). Lady Antebellum, who also performed on the telecast, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. (2/10)

Grainge Promoted To UMG CEO
Universal Music Group International Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been promoted to CEO of Universal Music Group, effective Jan. 1, 2011. He will succeed Doug Morris and report to Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman of the management board of Vivendi. Grainge will relocate from London to New York to serve as co-CEO of UMG in tandem with Morris for six months starting July 1. Morris, who has served as UMG chairman and CEO since 1995, will remain as company chairman. (2/10)
 

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Adele's 21 Becomes Best-Selling Digital Album

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Adele's 21 Becomes Best-Selling Digital Album
Adele
's 21 has surpassed Eminem's Recovery to become the best-selling digital album of all time, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, released on Feb. 22, became the second to sell more than 1 million downloads in the United States, the fastest set to achieve the feat, and the first by a female artist. Adele's 21 is also the year's best-selling album overall, with 2.6 million units sold to date. (7/15)
 

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Madonna Notches Bestselling Debut Of 2012

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Madonna Notches Bestselling Debut Of 2012
Madonna's MDNA debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 359,000 units sold, marking the bestselling album debut of 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album marks the GRAMMY winner's fifth consecutive release to reach No. 1, making her the female artist with the most chart-topping albums following Barbra Streisand, who has nine. Additionally, MDNA reached No. 1 on the UK albums chart. Madonna now has 12 No. 1 albums in the UK, surpassing Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums in the market. (4/4)

FYI/TMI: Is Kimye Ready For North West?
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

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FYI/TMI: Is Kimye Ready For North West?

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian rumored to name baby North; GRAMMY winners to release 2013 Record Store Day exclusives

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(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….) 

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Record Store Day Releases Announced, Track Sales Down In 2013
GRAMMY winners the Black KeysBon Jovi, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and the Roots are among the more than 200 artists set to release Record Store Day exclusives on April 20. The list features a combination of new music, EPs, vinyl singles, and rarities. Record Store Day Ambassador Jack White will release a 10th anniversary double-vinyl edition of the White Stripes' GRAMMY-winning album, 2003's Elephant. In related music retail news, track sales are down 2 percent through March 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital albums have shown a 9 percent year-over-year increase through March 15.

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Kimye Goes North West
Inspired by his last name and a geographical direction, GRAMMY winner Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian are rumored to be in love with the name North for their expected child. That would make the child's name North West, arguably the most buzzed-about baby name since Blue Ivy, the daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. No word yet on North's middle name but our suggestion is Mr. West's nickname, Yeezy.