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Pre-order the new Spoon LP, get instant Vinyl Gratification

One of the cleverer tactics that digital retailers like the iTunes Store have used to corner the global music retail market is offering “instant gratification” tracks with its pre-orders, giving consumers the option of downloading one or more songs from an album when they pre-order it. Not only does it keep the buyer from shopping around for a better price once the record’s out, it’s also not something that brick-and-mortar retailers—from big boxes on down to local indie shops—can replicate, constrained as they are by the realities of physical media.

Indie-rock heroes Spoon have finally figured out a real-life equivalent to the online instant-gratification track: Starting July 15, fans can pre-order the band’s upcoming LP They Want My Soul (out August 5 on Loma Vista) from a participating independent retailer and take home a 10-inch vinyl record that includes the album’s lead single (“Do You”) and two other songs. In a statement, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel writes, “If like me, you’ve ever rushed home with a brand new record that you couldn’t wait to play—and couldn’t actually play until you slapped it onto your turntable—I hope the Vinyl Gratification program will bring back some magic for you. And I hope you’ll join us in supporting the independent record shops that have supported us for so long.”

Spoon isn’t completely ignoring digital retailers, though. Pre-order through iTunes or Amazon and you can download “Do You” as an instant-gratification track.

More info and a store locator are available at Spoon’s website.

New Coldplay album 'Ghost Stories' available to stream on iTunes

The Ghost of Coldplay future just got here earlier than expected.

Ghost Stories, the band’s newest album, is available to stream for free now on iTunes, one week ahead of its slated May 19th release. Fans who preordered the album on iTunes will also immediately receive the singles “Magic” and “A Sky Full of Stars” and the album track “Midnight.” READ FULL STORY

New Black Keys album 'Turn Blue' now streaming on iTunes

Fans won’t have to turn blue waiting for the new Black Keys album — it’s now available to stream in full on iTunes Radio.

Turn Blue is the first full-length album from the Grammy-winning American rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney since 2011’s El Camino. The group has already released several singles from the album, including the title song and a music video for the tune “Fever”.

The band announced the album in a unique way back in March by sending out a cryptic message from Mike Tyson’s twitter account. The album will be released physically on May 13th; read EW’s take on it here.

 

SXSW 2014: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, more to play Austin's first iTunes Festival

Apple is looking for its own bite out of SXSW. The company just announced the first-ever iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas, running for five nights during the city’s South by Southwest music, film, and interactive conference.

The first announced performers are Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and Zedd, who will take the stage March 11-15 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, where Austin City Limits is also held.

Not heading to Austin? You can stream all five nights of music through the iTunes Store.

While this is the first iTunes Festival in the U.S., a U.K. fest of the same name has been held annually at London’s Roundhouse theater since 2007, this past fall boasting headliners like Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. More performers and concert details for the Austin incarnation will be announced over the next few weeks.

Britney Spears' new album 'Britney Jean' now streaming on iTunes

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Got 36 minutes to spare? Then you have time to listen to Britney Spears’ new album, Britney Jean. The pop star’s eighth studio album and “most personal yet” is now streaming on iTunes a week before its official release.

The stream doesn’t feature any of the bonus tracks that the full CD will have, but along with the songs you’ve already heard, including “Work Bitch” and “Perfume,” there’s “Passenger” (written by Dr. Luke), club bangers like “Tik Tik Boom” and “Til It’s Gone,” and the duet “Chillin’ With You” with Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn. Apparently, their time together “chillin'” includes drinking wine and floating in the sky.

The complete album will be available for download Dec. 3. Britney hasn’t done too much promotion for Britney Jean, probably because she’s getting ready for her upcoming residency in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Why isn't Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' getting a sales boost from her 'SNL' appearance?

On Saturday night, Lady Gaga joined the relatively exclusive club of people who have served as both the host and musical guest in a single episode of Saturday Night Live.

Critically, she was a relative success, delivering a steady-if-unremarkable stream of sketch moments and sounding mostly excellent on the oft-tricky SNL music stage. The show was rewarded with its highest ratings of the season, and the estimated audience of between eight and nine million viewers is the highest since Justin Timberlake’s double-down episode back in March.

And yet Gaga’s new album ARTPOP is only third on iTunes’ download chart, trailing both Eminem and One Direction. And the two singles she performed on Saturday’s show are languishing on the singles chart—the R. Kelly-assisted “Do What U Want” sits outside the top 10 at 14, and “Gypsy” is all the way down at 72.

Under normal circumstances, an appearance on SNL tends to provide a healthy boost to an artist, especially one with a brand new album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis saw their record sales jump up 83% in the week following their SNL performance earlier this year, Of Monsters & Men experienced a 74% increase, and Alabama Shakes rocketed from the 40s into the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

So where’s Gaga’s boost? It’s the latest in a series of negative developments surrounding the sales of ARTPOP. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry's 'Prism' snippets now streaming on iTunes

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Katy Perry’s Prism won’t hit store shelves until next Tuesday, October 22 — but now there are 90 second snippets of every Prism track currently streaming on iTunes.

Though the previews are only a minute and a half long — and though you’ve already heard some of these tracks in full, including “Roar,” “Dark Horse,” and “Walking On Air” — you really can get a sense of the spectrum that Perry is covering on Prism: “Birthday” is frothy throwback disco, “This Is How We Do” is a bouncy party anthem, and “This Moment” is a full-on chest-thumping inspirational ballad. (“Double Rainbow” is unfortunately not a cover of this song.)

EW music critic Nick Catucci’s full review will be available later this week in the issue on stands and online this Friday. Until then, let us know what you think of what you’ve heard so far.

Pearl Jam's excellent 'Lightning Bolt' now streaming on iTunes a week early

It has struck: Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam’s excellent 10th album, is now streaming on iTunes, eight days before its Oct. 15 release.

You may have already heard the album’s first two singles, “Mind Your Manners” and the very pretty “Sirens.” But you haven’t heard “Infallible,” which I think is the best song. Read my thoughts on that and the rest of this “muscular and tender” album here.

Pearl Jam haven’t merely enlisted iTunes elves to promote Lightning Bolt. They also got a few of their famous friends—like Carrie Brownstein—to interview them. If we were Pearl Jam, we’d probably do the same thing.

Justin Timberlake's new album 'The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2' now streaming early on iTunes

What’s 20/20 divided by 2, minus 8?

Just ask tuxedo professional/arithmetic wizard Justin Timberlake: His The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2, officially scheduled for release on Sept. 30, is now streaming a full eight days early on iTunes.

The sequel to the OG 20/20 Experience (released this March and so far still the best-selling album of the year) includes lead single “Take Back The Night” and the recently released “TKO.”  Jay-Z and Drake also drop by on “Murder” and “Cabaret,” respectively, because that is what famous millionaire music dudes do for each other. (Quid pro bro.)

The remainder of 2013 is actually sort of a Timberfeast, if you’re hungry; Justin will be touring through the fall, and promoting two upcoming films, the slick gambling drama Runner Runner and the Coen Brothers’ more awards-baity ’60s-folkie chronicle Inside Llewyn Davis.

Post VMAs sales spikes: Justin Timberlake and NSYNC top the list

Though NSYNC were only reunited for a total of 110 seconds during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, that was enough to get the long-dormant boy band back into the zeitgeist—and into the virtual wallets of music fans.

Justin Timberlake and his compatriots were among the biggest sales victors coming off the VMAs, which don’t tend to provide the same kind of spike as the Grammys but can definitely still make an impact: The NSYNC hits compilation Greatest Hits shot into the top 30 on the iTunes Albums chart in the wake of the combo’s performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” on MTV’s big show.

And while Timberlake’s current album The 20/20 Experience has been a top 10 staple on iTunes since its release, Sunday night’s show clearly boosted preorders of the forthcoming The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is one of three preorders currently sitting in the top 20. (The others are Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Katy Perry’s Prism; Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP rests just outside that space at 21.) READ FULL STORY

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