Here are 24 hour digital sales records (only tracks selling at least 150K are shown). The single “Best Song Ever” by One Direction had 189,387 paid downloads on iTunes within 24 hours.
Lorde (Royals) – 51,022
Katy Perry (Roar) – 28,656
Miley Cyrus (Wrecking Ball) – 27,992
Avicii (Wake Me Up) – 21,282
Lady Gaga (Applause) – 13,548
Britney Spears (Work B**ch) – 12,310
Katy Perry (Walking On Air) – 11,022
One Republic (Counting Stars) – 9,837
Luke Bryan (That’s My Kind of Night) – 10,133
Passenger (Let Her Go) – 8,682
Panic! At the Disco (Miss Jackson) – 2,585
John Legend (All of Me) – 2,499
For instance, Katy Perry’s single ROAR had 28,656 paid downloads on iTunes within the last 24 hours. Lorde’s single Royals had 51,022 paid downloads.
Lorde (Royals) – 38,979
Katy Perry (ROAR) – 28,269
Miley Cyrus (Wrecking Ball) – 27,106
Avicii (Wake Me Up) – 21,274
Drake (Hold On, We’re Going Home)- 17,092
Eminem (Berzerk) – 14,573
Katy Perry (Dark Horse) – 13,399
Mike Will Made-It (23) – 12,189
Jay Z (Holy Grail) – 11,446
AWOLNATION (Sail) – 7,237
Capital Cities (Safe & Sound) – 7,237
Passenger (Let Her Go) – 6,861
Imagine Dragons (Radioactive) – 6,333
Paramore (Still Into You) – 5,263
For instance, Katy Perry’s single ROAR had 28,269 paid downloads on iTunes within the last 24 hours. Lorde’s single Royals had 38,979 paid downloads.
The top 8 Emerging Artists
1) Jillian O – Lighter
2) Figs Vision - Goodbye
3) Step Rockets – Kisser
4) Johnathan Celestin – 12 Steps
5) Jared & The Mill – Breathe Me In
6) Kaylee Rutland – Into The Circle
7) MammaBear – Green Light
8) Treeside – Already Free
By all definitions, Jack White collaborates a lot. At least more than the average musician. That’s why when I said collaborations, his name popped up into my mind. Most of his projects are collaborations, and whether they are your cup of tea or not, you have to admit that there are sparks and indisputable quality throughout all of them.
After all, I’m talking about a joint intellectual effort that takes people out of their cocoon and allows inspiration to shoot up. Sharing the stage or the studio can be a recipe for greatness, can resurrect a career, advance it, or even start one, but it can also be a recipe for disaster. Not everything is game-changing. Probably because chemistry is key. But before talking about chemistry, you need to show your face to the world, schmooze around, make yourself available.
Worry not, I’m not here to state the obvious, just to point fingers. You make and play music, but waiting by the phone with all your works nicely wrapped is not enough. You need to do more. Be ready to create, but also to shake hands, to download, to upload, to smile nicely and impress deeply.And I’m not talking now to the overactive “beast”, spreading its musical kingdom through real and virtual territories. I’m talking to the other just as talented… extreme, innocent and lost, not knowing how to start and where to go.
It’s been Miley Cyrus overload for the last two days. Business savvy execs claim press is better than no press. That means if one generates enough chatter it will correlate to more units sold. This old age philosophy is short-sighted as negative press will eventually trickle down and will effect the brand. You see this case scenario with big companies and artists are not an exception to the rule. Some have compared Miley’s MTV VMA performance to that of Madonna or Britney Spears back in the hey day. Sure, Madonna and Britney Spears “pushed the envelope” with music and performance. But is Miley Cyrus pushing the limits like her predecessors creating influence and innovation? To most, it seemed like a cheap after high school party. To others it was derivative stunt that revealed an artistically bankrupt music culture.
“Disgusting!” “Raunchy!” “Desperate!” So went the scathing reviews that poured in after once wholesome Disney star Miley Cyrus’ recent bizarre performance at the MTV Video Music Awards said Camille Paglia.
“the real scandal was how atrocious Cyrus’ performance was in artistic terms. She was clumsy, flat-footed and cringingly unsexy, an effect heightened by her manic grin she continued to say.
Katy & Gaga. The most anticipated music releases of the year. Both camps are following the chart race closely as a #1 album creates good press.
Katy’s track is cracking along toward 450,000 downloads by the end of the week, while Gaga’s is estimated to sell between 200,000 to 250,000, according to Billboard.
Though 200,000-plus is still impressive for first-week downloads, that figure pales in comparison to Gaga’s 2011 single ‘Born This Way,’ which notched a staggering 448,000 downloads after only three days on sale, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Gaga and Katy weren’t even planning on debuting their singles in the same week, but that changed when Gaga suffered an unexpected problem.
The singer slated Applause for an Aug. 19 release but changed it to Aug. 13 because of leaks on Saturday, according to The Week.
Roar also leaked on Saturday, though that didn’t shift Katy’s Aug. 12 release.(Daily Mail)
8 Things Young Musicians Should Learn* from David Bowie
* besides how to make awesome music, of course
At the beginning of July, 40 years ago, after a sold-out concert, David Bowie was killing off Ziggy Stardust, the alter-ego that defined his career, a blueprint for dozens of artists, the character that changed the face of music forever. Some called his gesture madness, others called it integrity, we don’t know exactly what Bowie called it, but in an interview he once said “I think he was a very successful character and I think I played him well, but I’m glad I’m me again”.
And Bowie’s life is full of examples like the above-mentioned one, outlining the career of a musician fearlessly chasing his own artistic endeavors. He’s seen good, and he’s seen bad and he has been constantly faced with challenges that can become any young musician’s challenges irrespective of time and place. His career is a sturdy template. You can find out how he dodged delicate issues, how he got stuck and how he managed to keep his artistic integrity.
The following rant is a fan’s investigation into the hours of reading biographies, watching interviews and listening to Ziggy’s father, brother and executioner.
1. Kill them creations when time comes
So, Bowie ‘killed’ Ziggy after one year. You’re probably still a long way till that time will come, but the truth is that what’s good for your manager, colleagues and fans is not necessarily good for you. As creator of your own work, you know better than anyone else when the time to pull the plug and start anew has come. Call it instinct. It’s a fluid, but handy tool. And by all means, wear a dress if you have to.
His debut album launched in 1967. In 1969 he hit it pretty big with “Space Oddity”, but it was only two more amazing albums later, in 1972, that he got as big as you could get at the time, with “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. So, never take your toys and leave when something doesn’t work the way you want and when you want it. Bowie tried various styles until he finally got to the place he wanted.Complete dedication to the project can work miracles too. CONTINUE READING