PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today’s installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »
Sam Elliott is pretty much the American cowboy. With his spectacular mustache and drawling baritone — the blueprint for Bradley Cooper’s growly voice in A Star Is Born — the actor has been in countless Westerns. And now he’s in a Super Bowl commercial, and so is Lil Nas X’s country-rap smash “Old Town Road.” … More »
The results are in, and according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data Post Malone‘s Hollywood’s Bleeding was the most successful album of 2019 in the US market. Combining streams with 357,000 album sales, the pop-rapper’s third LP hit an impressive 3.001 million equivalent album units.
These numbers lead to Hollywood Bleeding enjoying five straight weeks at the top of Billboard’s weekly top 200. As is expected in today’s market, the majority of the sales came from stream equivalent albums (SEA’s). 2.452 million SEA units to be precise, which translates to 3.371 billion on-demand audio streams in 2019.
Hollywood Bleeding also lead the charts for track equivalent albums (TEA’s) with 192,000, but in terms of album sales, it was fourth. Taylor Swift‘s lauded Lover sales went into seven figures with 1.085 million. Second place went to Billie Eilish‘s masterful debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?, with the soundtrack from Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born coming in at third with 486,000 sales.
On the single front, the highest streamed song of the year was unsurprisingly Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” with 2.5 billion on-demand streams. This number includes the figures from the remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus as well as the other versions with RM of BTS, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, and even Diplo‘s official remix.
The 2.5 billion figure represents yet another broken record attached to the hip-hop/country crossover as it is the first single to break 2 billion on-demand streams in a calendar year.
Of the singles with the most streams in 2019, the first runner up is over a billion streams behind “Old Town Road.” Post Malone & Swae Lee’s, “Sunflower” made for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came in just under 1.5 billion on-demand streams with Billie Eilish once again in the top three as her lead single “Bad Guy” raked in just under 1.3 billion streams.
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Pharrell and Chad Hugo will reunite full-time as famed production duo The Neptunes in 2020. Producing hits for industry giants from JAY-Z, Britney Spears, Kelis, Justine Timberlake, Clipse, Backstreet Boys, and more, The Neptunes have gained acclaim as one of history’s most successful producer groups and a dominant force in the 90s and early 2000s. Now, in a new interview with Clash, Hugo reveals The Neptunes are back in session with new music to come with artists like Miley Cyrus, JAY-Z, and more.
“I’m focussing on The Neptunes stuff, getting back on The Neptunes grind. We’re doing a couple of things. There’s a video game soundtrack that’s in the works right now that I can’t speak about. I’m not supposed to, but uh, it’s in the works right now. We just did some work with Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Blink 182, Lil Uzi Vert, Brandy, Ray-J, Snoh Alegra, G-Eazy…”
The Neptunes were nominated to the 2020 class of Songwriters Hall of Fame last year. Despite never having officially split, Pharrell and Hugo cut back on The Neptunes’ material to focus on their individual work. The two reunited as N.E.R.D in 2017 with the release of fifth studio album No One Ever Really Dies. Other future collaborators that Hugo mentioned include Rex Orange County, Lil Nas X and Kaytranada.
Tweets! At the end of every year, for the past four years, we have collected memorable music tweets from artists and musicians into a handy little list for you. It’s tradition! And tradition, as we all know, is always good and never bad. Sorry, we don’t make … More »
The streaming services are starting to figure something out: People like music. People also like to throw on things to watch casually in the background. That means we’re now getting Netflix-funded projects like Paul Thomas Anderson and Thom Yorke’s Anima short film, or like Beyoncé’s Coachella concert movie Homecoming. That’s only beginning. We’re going to … More »
Today, CBS This Morning unveiled the nominations of some of the big Grammy categories. Alicia Keys, who will host this year’s show for the second time, announced the big nominees alongside Bebe Rexha and Gayle King. Below, we’ve got the nominations in the major categories. Album Of The Year: Bon Iver – i,i Lana Del … More »
The thing Luke Combs wants you to know about him is that he’s extremely normal, regular, average. Combs, one of the biggest things going in country music right now, just released an album called What You See Is What You Get. He’s a burly, bearded North Carolina native who removes his ballcap about as often … More »