Jay Z, 10 years ago: “I sold kilos of coke, I’m guessin’ I can sell CDs.” That line needs revision, because even the savviest musicians can’t sell CDs these days. Physical albums haven’t sold this poorly since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, and in a report out today the consumer research company reported another brutal year for CDs. Sales of the shiny discs dropped nearly 15 percent in 2014, selling almost 25 million fewer units than in 2013. READ FULL STORY
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This spring, Tony winner Idina Menzel returned to the Broadway stage for the first time in nearly 10 years as the star of If/Then, a thoughtful musical about a woman starting over at the age of 40. It was a fitting role, given Menzel’s other marquee performance—a leading role in Disney’s Frozen, which quickly transformed her from beloved theater star to worldwide sensation. Here, Adele—er, Idina—talks her biggest career year yet.
I knew I had this movie coming out, and I was proud to be in it—any time you’re in a Disney movie, you’re stoked. And I was really happy I had this cool song. I knew Elsa was going to surprise people. But I didn’t know it would resonate so deeply and stir up so many young people to take ownership of the song. It’s a nice marriage of social media with a zeitgeist moment. Every day I receive a video from a friend of their daughter singing “Let It Go” in the backyard.
When I first heard it, they sent me a demo—[co-songwriter] Kristin Lopez sang it—and I thought, “Oh, shit, this is going to be hard to sing.” And I changed the key; I made it higher because I thought it would sound younger. READ FULL STORY
It’s a big week for debuts on the Billboard album chart—six of the top 10 are new entries—but the unbeatable beast that is Frozen continues its dominance on top.
Rick Ross might need to update that $92 million bank balance he advertises on Mastermind: His luxuriously dark sixth album sold 179,000 copies last week, earning the number one spot on the Billboard 200. That’s his fifth chart-topping album, which as Billboard points out, puts him in rarified company, trailing only Nas, Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay Z in terms of hip hop number ones. (Last week’s top album, ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, dropped to number eight.)
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