Album Sales Hit Historic Low, Falling Below Four Million Total Units Sold

 

Additionally, the digital side of the industry is struggling as streaming sites chip away at sales

Ace Frehleys “Space Invader” debuted at #9 on the Billboard charts while only selling around 19,000 units. – az


SOURCE: Rolling Stone By Daniel Kreps

The record industry has just had its worst week in decades. For the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began keeping track in 1991, album sales failed to reach the four-million-sold mark this week, totaling just 3.97 million. The week’s top seller, Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood contributed just over 90,000, but after that, the Top 10 featured three other debuting albums that averaged only 31,000 each, Billboard reports. It’s worth noting, though, that this week’s numbers do not include the post-VMA sales bump for many artists. Those will be tallied on next week’s charts.

Falling below the four million mark was inevitable, as sales totaling more than five million records sold have been a rarity so far in 2014. In fact, one of this summer’s biggest sellers was a soundtrack featuring previously available Seventies hits (Guardians of the Galaxy) that sold at the same pace as a Now! compilation. If not for that soundtrack’s surprise success, album sales may have dipped below four million weeks ago. By comparison, during this same week in 2014, album sales totaled 4.88 million.

The music industry has struggled in recent years as consumers have shifted from physical CDs to MP3s, but even the digital side has been hit hard in 2014: Digital album sales are down 11.7 percent for the year, and à la carte downloads are down another 12.8 percent according to Billboard. Illegal downloading has no doubt eroded much of those digital sales, but it’s the emergence of legal streaming sites like Spotify and Pandora that has also chipped away at overall sales. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” had 544,000 digital sales this week partly because the track isn’t available on Spotify, forcing fans to download the song (or watch it on YouTube, where it has already accrued 46 million views).

While the music industry has struggled to capture even five million units sold per week in 2014, things look slightly more optimistic in the months to come thanks to new releases from bona fide album movers like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Lil Wayne, Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd. Those albums, and Adele’s eventual LP, will help resuscitate things. However, if current trends continue, 2015 promises to be an even gloomier year sales wise for the music companies.

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DOPE Signs European Deal With STEAMHAMMER/SPV


Chicago industrial metal outfit DOPE has inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV for the European territory. The band’s new album, “Blood Money”, will be released in the spring of 2015.

Comments Steamhammer A&R representative Georg Schröder: “We are proud to release the upcoming DOPE album within Europe.

“Since their album ‘Group Therapy’, which was released in 2003, this band is one of my absolute faves when it comes to industrial metal! Therefore, it is a pleasure for us to bring the new album, ‘Blood Money’, to Europe.”

DOPE’s music video for the track “Selfish” can be seen below. Directed by DOPE mainman Edsel Dope, this is the first music clip the band has unleashed to the masses in five years.

The new digital-only single “Selfish” will be available through Steamhammer/SPV within Europe on September 12.

“Very excited to begin sharing new DOPE music with our fans,” says Edsel Dope.

“DOPE is returning with a vengeance after a five-year hiatus that concluded after touring alongside BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and SEVENDUST following the release of the bands fifth album, ‘No Regrets’. Edsel continues, “These are some of our most punishing works to date.”

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RAMMSTEIN Guitarist’s EMIGRATE: ‘Silent So Long’ Album Details Revealed


EMIGRATE, the side project of RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, will release its sophomore album, “Silent So Long”, on October 21 via Spinefarm. The CD, which was produced by the EMIGRATE bandmembers themselves and mixed in February/March by Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED), features guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), Jonathan Davis (KORN), Marilyn Manson, Canadian born Berlin-dweller Peaches, and Frank Dellé from chart-topping German collective SEEED.

As with the debut, Kruspe adds to his guitar playing/songwriting duties by stepping up to the mic.

“I didn’t write the songs with specific guests in mind,” explains Kruspe, “I just thought who would do the best job on this or that track, and the final performances were everything I was hoping for. You know, I’ve had about five moments in my music career when I’ve been left smiling like a child — one was when RAMMSTEIN sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden in 20 minutes (2010), but the last one was hearing Lemmy on tape. It just sounds fucking great! I wrote him a really long message and he came back, ‘Alright!’ Fantastic!”

For Kruspe, still firmly ensconced within the RAMMSTEIN ranks, EMIGRATE has never been a side or a solo project. Preferring to tap into the energy of a team, and looking to revive the collaborative spirit of the East German punk scene he grew from, the guitarist has always put value on those around him, and this time — in addition to the existing personnel of guitarist/producer Olson Involtini and bassist/co-conspirator Arnaud Giroux — he’s joined by drummers Mikko Sirén (APOCALYPTICA) and Joe Letz (COMBICHRIST).

While “Emigrate” saw Kruspe, a restless creative spirit, proving that he could take on a new set of challenges, the follow-up adds fresh layers in terms of invention, emotion and contemporary sheen, with Margaux Bossieux — previously of New York punk band DIRTY MARY — providing telling backing vocals throughout; crafted with care in Kruspe’s own Berlin studio plus the old radio building on the city’s Nalepa Street, the latter enhanced by an extra control room’s worth of gear (!), “Silent So Long” is another bold step forward, with both music and (English) lyrics showing no desire to be corralled, and Kruspe the guitarist happy to let rip where the music demands.

Says Kruspe: “For me, it was important to reach a new level of songwriting, singing and production, and I can honestly say we made it.”

“Silent So Long” track listing:

01. Eat You Alive (featuring Frank Dellé)
02. Get Down (featuring Peaches)
03. Rock City (featuring Lemmy Kilmister)
04. Hypothetical
05. Rainbow
06. Born On My Own
07. Giving Up
08. My Pleasure
09. Happy Times
10. Faust
11. Silent So Long (featuring Jonathan Davis)

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Texas Brewery Invents a 99-Pack of Beer

They say everything is bigger in Texas and that’s especially true for their cases of beer.

Austin Beerworks has unveiled the world’s first, and only, 99-pack of beer as part of their “Peacemaker Anytime Ale” social media campaign.

The pack resembles a cannon, is over 7-feet long and weighs 82 pounds. Good luck trying to carry it out of the store, or fit it in your car. Even drinking it will require a couple of friends.

The 99-pack costs $99, so about a $1 a beer. Not bad!

It’s expected to hit select stores this week, but it will only be available in Austin, so if you want to enjoy the limited supply, you need to hop on the next available flight.

The brewery posted on its Facebook page that they only have about 20 cases to go around this weekend. The good news? “We’ll be making more because apparently y’all like to party,” they wrote.

On Facebook here: www.facebook.com/AustinBeerworks

What started out as a promotional stunt for the small brewery, might become a real business venture. The innovation spread online quickly and is grabbing the attention of breweries, businesses and beer lovers everywhere.

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Billy Idol Sets Release of Kings & Queens Of The Underground Album


Rock icon Billy Idol has revealed more details about his first new album in almost a decade and he has also released the first single from the effort, “Can’t Break Me Down.”.


The new album will be entitled “Kings & Queens Of The Underground” and will be released on October 21st via Idol’s own record label BFI Records (in partnership with Kobalt Label Services).

The bulk of the new album was produced by veteran record producer Trevor Horn (Yes, Seal, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, The Buggles, Simple Minds) with two tracks produced by pop producer Greg Kurstin, who produced the first single.

Fans will be getting a lot more Billy Idol this fall as he will also be releasing his self-penned book “Dancing With Myself,” which is set to be released on October 7th and he will be launching a European tour in November.

Billy Idol 2014 European Tour Dates
Nov 05 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
Nov 09 London, UK Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Nov 10 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo
Nov 12 Stuttgart, DE Porsche Arena
Nov 13 Frankfurt, DE Jahrhunderthalle
Nov 16 Amsterdam, NL Heineken Music Hall
Nov 18 Dusseldorf, DE Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Nov 19 Brussels, BE Royal Circus
Nov 21 Nuremberg, DE Arena
Nov 22 Lucerne, CH Messe Lucerne
Nov 23 Milan, IT Fabrique
More to be announced

Kings & Queens Of The Underground Tracklist:
Bitter Pill
Can’t Break Me Down (listen at BillyIdol.net)
Save Me Now
One Breath Away
Postcards From The Past
Kings & Queens Of The Underground
Eyes Wide Shut
Ghosts In My Guitar
Nothing To Fear
Love And Glory
Whiskey And Pills

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