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Weigh In: Not One Album Released This Year Has Gone Platinum

Top Three Selling Albums of The Year Were All Released In 2013

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The year’s fourth quarter is being greeted with dismal news:  not one single album released this year has been certified platinum.

Indeed, despite at least 60 songs shifting over 1 million copies, their parent albums cannot proclaim such.  We thought things were bad last year when only five albums went platinum, led by Justin Timberlake‘s ’20/20 Experience’ (which had sold over 2 million copies by last year’s closing).  But, this year’s looking to be much worse.

To add insult to injury, 2014′s best selling album by a solo act is Beyonce‘s self titled fifth album…which was released in December 2013.

We’re waiting on Rihanna, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift to save the day.

Full report below:

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Watch: Jennifer Hudson Blows The Roof Off With ‘And I Am Telling You’ At COS 2014

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Jennifer Hudson‘s new album ‘JHUD’ may be off to a slow start, yet the Grammy and Oscar winning songstress isn’t letting that derail the promo push for the project.

The American Idol alum took to the stage at the Circle Of Sisters 2014 event yesterday at New York’s Madison Square Garden and ensured she delivered a showing that demanded attention.

Backed by a full band, the ‘Dreamgirls’ star performed the track that catapulted her to mainstream stardom ‘And I Am Telling You’.

It appears the song, which was first sung by Jennifer Holliday, is the gift that keeps giving. Because, just as it did upon her initial rendition in 2006, it potently reminds of the talent embedded in Hudson – regardless of sales.

Watch the epic showing below, where her performances of ‘Spotlight’ and new number ‘Bring Back The Music’ also await.

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Watch: Jennifer Hudson Visits ‘Wendy’

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Jennifer Hudson‘s third album ‘JHUD’ landed in stores this week and the singer is working hard on the promotional trail in support of the set.

After making an impressive stop on The Breakfast Club yesterday, the ‘Dreamgirls’ star paid a visit to The Wendy Williams Show this afternoon to talk music, motherhood, and, of course, hot topics.

Watching this brought a warm smile to our face. For, Jennifer has a great personality. Yet, this very fact jars somewhat; because, had she hit the interview circuit earlier and shone in this way, perhaps the all-important first-week predictions would be saying more than they are.

Like, in retrospect, (from where we’re standing) it would have benefited the project far more had she embarked on a press tour and shown more of “this” than the countless stage performances for an audience that are still getting to know who she is and what she’s about.

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Sales Predictions: Lady GaGa & Jennifer Hudson Albums Set To Sell…

Contrasting Numbers For Two Of Fall's Notable Releases

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With the traditionally busy Fall season upon us, all eyes are on the performance of the various major releases that populate this quarter.

Two projects that many are watching are Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett‘s new Jazz duet set ‘Cheek To Cheek’ and Jennifer Hudson‘s third studio offering ‘JHUD’.

After one day on sale, industry analysts have revealed their-often-spot-on sales forecasts for both sets.

Find out what type of numbers each release is on course to achieve after the jump…

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Jennifer Hudson Visits ‘The Breakfast Club’ / Talks Album Beyonce, Aretha Biopic & More

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Vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson is celebrating the release of her third studio album ‘JHUD’, which hit stores today. So what better place to kick off her release-week promo than on The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1?

The ‘Dreamgirls’ actress sat down with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne to dish all things new music, her hopes to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic, her friendship with Beyonce, weight loss and much more.

A great interview we must say…

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Watch: Jennifer Hudson Wows With ‘Dreamgirls’ Hit On ‘America’s Got Talent’

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‘JHUD’, Jennifer Hudson‘s third studio album, arrives next Tuesday. So, with just days to go before the set hits retail, the vocal powerhouse is hitting the promo trail. Hard.

Yesterday saw the Oscar and Grammy winner take to the stage on ‘America’s Got Talent’ finale, where she performed current single ‘It’s Your World’ before launching into a show-stopping rendition of ‘Dreamgirls’ classic ‘And I Am Telling You’ with 12-year-old contestant Quintavious Johnson. 

Watch the vocal fireworks after the jump…

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Stream: Jennifer Hudson – ‘JHUD’ Album

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Jennifer Hudson is set to unleash her third studio album ‘JHUD’ on the masses exactly one week from now.

And while fans have been teased with a taste of the set by way of singles ‘I Can’t Describe’ and ‘Walk It Out’, as well as a selection of promotional numbers, today brings with it a full stream of the set via our friends over at VH1.

So what are you waiting for? Stream ‘JHUD’, which features funky production from the likes of Timbaland and Pharrell Williams, right here on TGJ…after the jump…

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