It's another eclectic week at indie retail, with albums from Game, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Gary Clark, Jr., Rihanna, and the Lumineers topping the latest rankings in the US. Mumford & Sons topped the LP rankings with Paul McCartney and even Sgt. Pepper's not far behind. Indie sales counted by StreetPulse.
A charitable 12-12-12 compilation is now available on download stores only, with Spotify and other streaming services notably excluded. The move is likely designed to preserve donation levels; $50 million has already been distributed through the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
As fans prepare for a massive Jenni Rivera memorial service at Gibson Amphitheatre in LA, a few more details are surfacing on the downed plane. Christian Esquino, an executive at the company that leased the fateful plane and a major figure in the ongoing investigation, was actually sued by Los Tigres del Norte in 2001. The group alleged that Esquino delivered a plane that didn't meet the specifications of the $6 million-plus contract; Esquino settled for $200,000 but is also accused of not fulfilling that payment. Tickets to the service were sold for a refundable $1 through Ticketmaster.
Google Play Music has now launched Scan and Match in the US, a move that follows successful licensing rounds and a launch last month in Europe. "We'll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud – all for free," Google described, lagging miserably behind competitors like Apple and Amazon. "And we'll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps."
Coachella rumors continue to simmer, with Songkick apparently splashing the latest fuel. One Songkick alert making the interweb rounds (albeit, completely unverified) points to appearances from Phoenix, Daft Punk, and the Rolling Stones. Earlier, the Stones' mobile app also leaked a possible Coachella date.
Scratch DJ Academy, cofounded by the late Jam Master Jay in 2002, is now expanding into Chicago. The Academy has three main locations in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, as well as various satellite locations. The Chicago location, opening in February, will be located at the Institution for Creative Media Education at the School of Audio Engineering (SAE).
Ke$ha's "Die Young" is becoming the most visible removal at radio stations in the vicinity of Sandy Hook Elementary. All of which seems like a case of horrific timing, though Ke$ha stormed Twitter with this bizarre, now-deleted message.
"I understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO."
Pitchfork has just released its top 100 tracks of 2012, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Usher, Kendrick Lamar, and Japandroids leading the list. Full rundown here.
@mattadownes Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Kesha should apologize for all her "songs".
Her "music" makes me want to die young.