Bon Jovi's 2013 Because We Can world tour is going to sell tickets starting at just $20. After fans had to spend between $160 and $640 to attend The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tour, Bon Jovi requested the more affordable pricing structure. Rob Hallet, Bon Jovi's UK tour promoter, said, "After all, rock and roll always was... the music of the people, and that means everyone."
Paul McCartney is now available on Rdio! Several of his albums can now be shared and streamed; every week through mid-December more albums will be continuously added. That follows an earlier pulldown across all streaming services, with the expressed purpose of remastering for streaming before Spotify got the first uploads. Separately, Rdio metal fans are also being rewarded with Century Media Group artists such as Napalm Death, Morgoth and In Flames.
Any questions? Taylor Swift's Red sold an impressive 1.2 million copies in its first week, in the US alone. That's roughly double the first-week result recently achieved by Mumford & Sons, and seems to support a Spotify-free launch strategy. The tally, from Nielsen Soundscan, was just tweeted by the artist.
Gobbler, a cloud-based digital media service, has just teamed up with Avid Pro Tools, creator of digital audio and video technology for award-winning films, music recordings, television shows, and news broadcasts. This integration will allow users to send files, mixes, and entire sessions directly from the Avid interface, along with other unique capabilities that will reduce complications and ensure back-up of all files.
Rihanna's Diamonds Executive Platinum Box is scheduled to hit stores on December 11th for a whopping $250. It includes a t-shirt, seven art-print lithographs, a vinyl record of remixes of "Diamonds," a 40-page booklet of lyrics and notes, and more stuff for those who have the guap to spend.
Apple is delaying its iTunes 11 launch until the end of November, according to a company spokesperson.
The Grammys are to the music industry what the Oscars are to the film industry, but ours is way cooler. That being said, the great honor of hosting this year's Grammys Nominations goes to LL Cool J and Taylor Swift. Additional presenters and performers will be announced later.
Pitchfork introduced a new technology column dubbed "Ordinary Machines." It will cover music, technology, and identity in the 21st century.
Last but not least, this past Saturday's Haunted Coliseum dance party (featuring Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, and Otto Knows) in Long Island was shut down by police due to reports of dangerously intoxicated teens. Adding fuel to the chaotic fire, a private helicopter attempted to land on the stadium grounds to airlift an attendee, putting many people at risk for injury. The helicopter is currently impounded.
Rick Ellis Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I get your overall distrust of streaming services. But comparing the Taylor Swift sales numbers vs. Mumford and using that as some sort of validation of her non-streaming policy is silly.
You're comparing someone with a string of hit singles and big-selling albums against a group that is just breaking big. Actually, given her success, the Mumford sales comparison os pretty impressive.
I don't believe that Swift's label really believes streaming cannibalizes sales. I suspect it has more to do with her label's efforts to get more money from terrestrial radio. They're using the non-streaming strategy as a financial incentiv: "See, you'll be the only place fans can hear her new music, pony up the money."
Avi Wednesday, October 31, 2012
"But comparing the Taylor Swift sales numbers vs. Mumford and using that as some sort of validation of her non-streaming policy is silly."
Agreed. Claims like this should be supported by a basic understanding of statistical analysis - e.g. controlling for other factors.
Lynda Wednesday, October 31, 2012
talking abou sales, theres only one female singer continue to rise after all these years.
Madonna has been named as the biggest-selling female artist in the history of the Official UK Singles Chart.
The veteran pop star, who first charted with Holiday back in 1984, has sold a total of 17.8 million singles in the last 28 years.
But while Rihanna is a fair way behind her in second spot with a total of 11.4m singles sold, she has managed to do that in just seven years.
And RiRi has sold three million singles in the last year alone - leading to speculation that she could be in the No 1 spot herself before too long.
Kylie Minogue was in third spot with 10.2m singles and Whitney Houston was fourth with 8.5m. Lady GaGa rounded out the top five with 7.3m.
The data was provided by The Official Charts Company, and here is the top 10 in full...
1. Madonna (17.8m)
2. Rihanna (11.4m)
3. Kylie Minogue (10.2m)
4. Whitney Houston (8.5m)
5. Lady GaGa (7.329m)
6. Britney Spears (7.324m)
7. Beyoncé (6.9m)
8. Celine Dion (6.7m)
9. Mariah Carey (6.62m)
10. Olivia Newton John (6.61m)
Tom Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Actually, Taylor Swift and LL Cool J will be hosting the Grammy Nominations show on December 5, not the actual awards themselves next year.