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Shocking Shake-Up: Billboard 200 Album Chart To Include Streams & Downloads

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Times really are a’changing.

As was potently spotlighted recently, no album prior to (or other than) Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ has hit Platinum status in the US this year. Indeed, whichever way it’s diced or sliced, music sales have been wallowing in the mire for several years now and it appears the American industry has had enough.

Today, it has been announced that from next week, the iconic Billboard 200 album chart will be revising its counting formula to include streams and downloads.

The shocking details below…


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Chart Check: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Sales – The Shocking Truth

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Last week brought with it the chart hurricane that has been Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’.

Arriving just one week after it was revealed that no album released this year had achieved Platinum status in the US, the ‘Shake It Off’ led set managed to change that in the space of seven days after selling a whopping 1.2 million copies.

However, a new report by The Guardian has revealed shocking details about the LP’s sales that will be sure to set tongues a’wagging.

Full story below…


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NO I.D. Becomes Head Of A&R At Def Jam / Set To Oversee Careers of August Alsina, Iggy Azalea & Elijah Blake

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August Alsina, ‘Beg For It‘ beauty Iggy Azalea and ‘Black Whiskey’ singer Elijah Blake stand as just three Def Jam acts to welcome a new Head of A&R this year, greeting producer No I.D. as he steps into the coveted position.

Previously the co-head of A&R, I.D. (born Dion Wilson) will now oversee creative moves made by each and every act on the star-birthing label, reporting to its CEO Steve Bartels while managing affairs over at his own label ARTium Records, which houses Common, Jhene Aiko and the aforementioned Blake.

On the news, Bartels shared:

In a year where Def Jam has established such new artists as Iggy AzaleaJhene Aiko, YG, and August Alsina, no one is better suited to creatively represent and expertly guide our label moving forward than No I.D. He is not only a proven hit maker and creative thinker, but he is a bold leader who is well respected by both the artists and executives alike. Together, we are poised for even greater levels of success.

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Beyonce Tops Forbes’ ‘Top Earning Women In Music’ Tally

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‘Sail On‘ chanteuse Beyonce has done it again!

Yes, after giving former manager Mathew Knowles the boot in 2011, the entertainer has seen her brand reach exciting new heights in the years following, using her star power to secure deals that have no doubt made her the envy of a rival Pop superstar.

So, spare a thought for said superstars today as they learn that they’ve been outperformed by ‘Yonce once again.

Who, what, where and why?

All will be revealed below…


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Expiring Deals: Industry Analysts Ponder Next Moves For Beyonce, Justin Timberlake

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Beyond the lights, pyrotechnics, and tabloid banter, there exists a very prominent business component to the music industry.

Indeed, it’s often a case of the bigger the star, the bigger and more complex their record deal.

Interestingly, a new report highlights that four of music’s most powerful names – Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay – are owing their respective labels just one more album.

The significance? Find out below…


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Aston Merrygold & Adele Make UK’s ‘Top 30 Under 30 Rich List’

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Brit-Pop prince Aston Merrygold and ‘He Won’t Go‘ singer Adele are just two entertainers to have made Heat Magazine‘s ‘Top UK Under 30 Rich List’, standing tall as two of the nation’s highest earning entertainers this year, doing so before the release of their respective new albums.

So, just how much has Aston‘s time in Urban Pop band JLS and Adele‘s hit-kissed discography generated in the last year?

Find out below…


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Must Read: The 57th Annual Grammy Submissions / Nicki Minaj, Beyonce & Mariah Carey Featured!

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As any fan in the know will already know Tuesday September 30th marked the last day for nomination eligibility for the 2015 Grammy Awards, set to air live on CBS on February 8th of next year.

This week, the world has learned the names of which releases launched by a number of the year’s brightest stars have been submitted to the award show’s committee, now tasked with deciding which acts are most deserving of gongs on the night.

So, after ‘Billboard’ revealed Iggy Azalea is one act they believe could pick up the ‘Best New Artist’ award, the full list of submissions sent in by she, Beyonce, Mariah Carey Drake, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj were published…and are now available to read in full below!


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