Entries in New Releases (1732)
My iPhone went on the fritz yesterday. For some reason, it kept cycling through all the cellular frequencies nonstop, never being able to make a connection. Edge-3G-LTE-Dead. Repeat constantly. It was only after I got home and gave the thing a complete restore that it began to behave normally again.
Still, I'm concerned. I'm leaving the country tonight for a week and the thought of not having a cell phone scares the bejeezus out of me. Time for a last-second trip to the Genius Bar.
Or maybe I should just leave the thing at home and unplug for a week. Think of the freedom!
Then again, better not. The withdrawal will be too intense and I'm all out of methadone. Besides, how would I access this week's playlist? Thanks to Mediazoic for the hosting. You should check out what else they do.
There's no getting around it. With only a few weeks to go in 2013, the music industry will have a down year. Overall album sales are 5% below last year, led lower by a 15% drop in CD sales. Digital albums are ahead by 10% and digital singles are up by 3%.
For some reason, 63,000 Canadians bought the new One Direction album, Midnight Memories. That's the third biggest first-week debut of the year, behind only Celine Dion and Eminem. Needless to say, it debuted at #1.
The other debuts this week are Jour de Nuit by Eric Lapointe (#6, 10,000 units) and the charity record, Songs for the Philippines (#8, 7,000). As for the biggest single in the country, it's Pitbull's "Timber." Attibute that to his hosting of the American Music Awards last week.
Looking at the US, year-to-date sales are lower by 8% with CD sales dropping 14% from 2012. Digital albums are up 1% and digital tracks are down by 4%.
The One Direction album is a monster south of the border, too, selling 540,000 copies in week one. This makes them the first album in Soundscan era (i.e. since March 1, 1991) to have their first three albums debut in the top spot.
Garth Brooks' box set, Blame It on My Roots rolled in at #3 (164,000 copies). And that's it for debuts in the Top 10.
Pitbull has the most-downloaded song in the States, too. Finally, the most-streamed song is still "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus with an incredible 18,351,399 listens. People aren't tired of it/her yet.
All numbers courtesy Nielsen Soundscan.
Hey, Comet ISON! I am SOOOOOOOOO disappointed in you. A five million-year trip from the Oort Cloud turned into a suicide jump into the sun.
This was worse that the time in '86 when Halley's Comet sucked so bad that viewing conditions from Earth were the worst 2,000 years. And don't get me started on Comet Kohoutek back in '73. Another "comet of the century" dud.
At least we had Hale-Bopp in '97. I saw that standing on my front steps. Still, it was a little underwhelming.
In protest, none of the songs on this week's Top 11 playlist are about comets. Screw them. But thanks to Mediazoic for the hosting. They don't let me down.
The big story this week is Lady Gaga. But we'll get to her.
There are four debuts in the Canadian Top 10 this week but we're now at -6% for the year when compared to 2013. CD sales are down 15% year-to-date, which is too much for a 10% in digital albums to handle. Digital tracks are up 4% from last year.
Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 jumps to #1 during its third week ont he chart, selling 21,000 copies. Then we have two Francophone albums, L'album Du Peuple Tome 9 by Francios Perusse (#3, 12,000 copies) and L'ete Des Oranges by Valerie Carpentier (#4, 11,500). The fourth debut comes from via Five Finger Death Punch with Wrong Side of Heaven Vol. 2 (#6, 7,000).
And whither Lady Gaga? Artpop falls 3-7 and suffers nearly a 75% drop in sales in week two. Not good.
The biggest digital single in the country is still "The Monster" from Eminem with 28,000 downloads.
Moving to 'Merica, there are five debuts in the Top 10 but year-to-date sales are soft by 9%. Physical CDs sales are down 15% while digital albums are ahead by 6%. Digital singles continue to suck and are actually down 4% from 2012.
Emimen is back at #1 with 120,000 copies of his new records while Five Finger Death Punch pulls in at #2 (77,000 units). The other debuts includ the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (#5, 55,000--not bad for a movie that doesn't feature any of the songs from the soundtrack in the movie proper), Baptized from Daughtry (#6, a hair behind The Hunger Games) and Yo Gotti and I Am (#7, 47,000).
The most fascinating debut for me is a compilation called Cities 97 Sampler Volume 25 (#10, 40,000), which is a radio station-sponsored charity release out of Minneapolis. Cities 97 has been issuing these albums since 1989 and for something that regional to end up on the national chart is a huge accomplishment.
And then there's Gaga. Artpop's sales dove 81% for a two-week total of about 300,000. That's a disaster. What happened? Here are some possible explanations.
The biggest digital single in the US is "The Monster" from Eminem with 241,000 downloads while that damn "Wrecking Ball" song is still the most-streamed track with 5,560,661 listens.
Let's see where the American market goes this week. After all, we've got Black Friday coming up.
All numbers courtesy Nielsen Soundscan.