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Weigh In: Digital Downloads Fall, Match CD Sales Slump For First Time In History

Conversely, digital streams gaining steam

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Even jointly, late 2013 blockbusters from the likes of Beyonce, Eminem, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga were not enough to save the fledgling music industry as reports confirm worry that the industry is nearing its darkest days yet.

Predictably, physical CD sales have continued their slump as news has it that the CD album format is down 20.5 percent so far this year (31.9 million units sold from the 40.1 million units scanned in the first quarter of 2013).  But, the once flourishing alternative (i.e. digital sales from outlets like iTunes and are also reflecting swift and downward movement.  So much so, that its decline is nearly matching the rate of physical CD sale decline for the first time in history.

While the industry nears a state of panic, relief has come via popular streaming outlets like Pandora and Spotify as they boast increases in activity and revenue…


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Beyonce Covers OUT Magazine’s “Power Issue”

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Last month saw Beyonce wrap her blockbuster ‘Mrs Carter Show World Tour’,  yet it appears the singer isn’t planning to break from the limelight any time soon.

Case in point, her stunning new cover for OUT magazine.

The publication, which is geared towards the LGBT community, earns the honor of snagging King B’s first cover feature of the year.

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Watch: Rihanna Swarmed By Shutterbugs Following ‘Greystone’ Outing

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Weeks before her ‘Universal’ sister Mariah Carey releases her brand new studio album, Rihanna enjoyed all LA’s ‘Greystone Manor’ had to offer hours ago, months before her latest LP touches down via ‘Def Jam.

Unfortunately, her time at the star-studded spot didn’t go unnoticed by the city’s shutterbugs, who descended on her as she left with pals, prompting a ‘colourful’ response from the chart-slayer.

Watch below!


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‘Beyonce’ Spends 16th Week On Urban Top 3 / Britain Tunes Into Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’

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‘Drunk in Love.’ ‘Partition.’ ‘XO.’

Since kicking down iTunes‘ front door in December 2013, Beyonce‘s self-titled new album has given the world three of the last year’s strongest singles, all of which soaring to their respective heights while the star embarked on her latest world tour.

This week, after she bid that tour adieu, the ‘Carmen’ actress has seen the success of its singles continue to push sales of the album across the globe, moving enough units to see it reach an impressive milestone hours ago!

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‘Stream Queen’: Beyonce’s ‘Partition’ Rolls Up To 40 Million

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Though she’s never had trouble moving units, it would seem Beyonce has unearthed a new found power in streaming, unleashed once her latest album hit iTunes, December 13th 2013.

Indeed, released after Billboard announced streaming data would factor into ‘Billboard Hot 100′ chart positions, the singer’s self-titled new album has seen views garnered on VEVO and units sold on the likes of iTunes force singles ‘Drunk in Love’ and ‘Partition’ to Top Twenty glory.

Now, as Rihanna & Ciara whip up material for their new albums, Bey has seen the aforementioned ‘Partition’ take the net by storm!

Find out how below…


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Hot Shot: Beyonce Stuns On Tumblr

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Check out Beyonce!

The premium diva may have wrapped her blockbuster ‘Mrs Carter Show World Tour’, yet she still commands the eyes and ears of the masses – thanks to her chart-topping tunes and her social media hustle.

Taking to Tumblr tonight, the ‘Drunk In Love’ hitmaker shared the shot of herself rocking this eye-grabbing ensemble.

Whatever she’s dressed in, we’re just eager to see Yonce’s next musical move. With her tour wrapped, does the “free time” signal the start of more traditional promo? Is there a new tour on the horizon (seems odd only Europe would get the ‘Beyonce’ live treatment)? Or, shock horror, is she really taking a…break? Time will tell.

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Beyonce Boosts US Music Market Share With New Album

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One of the millions to have purchased Beyonce‘s latest studio album?

If the answer is yes-and you’re based in the US- you’ll no doubt be pleased to learn that your support of the album has helped the US extend its reign over the global music industry.

How you did it?

Details below!


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Chart Check: ‘Shakira’ Makes Top Ten Debut / Beyonce Continues Top Twenty Sales Run

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With backing from Jay Brown‘s ‘Roc Nation’, a Rihanna duet and production from Dr.Luke on deck, it’d be safe to say that many had high hopes for Shakira‘s self-titled new album, which hit stores on March 21st!

Today, after earning a Metacritic score of 68/100, the project has welcomed the unveiling of its opening week numbers, telling just how many US consumers picked up the project upon its release.

How she fared?

Find out below…


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