Chance the Rapper brings mixtapes to streaming services, launches vinyl/new album pre-order

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Chance the Rapper brings mixtapes to streaming services, launches vinyl/new album pre-orderChance The Rapper By Mike Lavin @thehomelesspimp

Chicago’s Chance the Rapper is giving the people what they want this summer. In addition to launching the pre-order for his impending LP, or as he recently referred to it, his “Owbum,” due this July, he’s brought two of his widely revered mixtapes, Acid Rap (2013) and 10 Day (2012) to major streaming services. The mixtapes were previously only available via SoundCloud.

Both bodies of work, in addition to his third mixtape, Coloring Book (2016), are also available for vinyl pre-order via his website. The “Cocoa Butter Kisses” rapper is also offering fans a chance to secure access to his world tour pre-sale. More information on how to enter is available here.

Between his Super Bowl televised, Doritos-sponsored sighting alongside the Backstreet Boys this past February, Chance has also appeared on tracks in recent memory with the likes of Ed Sheeran, 2 Chainz, and YBN Cordae.

Photo Credit: Mike Lavin

The ‘Shrek’ soundtrack is finally getting a vinyl release

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The ‘Shrek’ soundtrack is finally getting a vinyl releaseShrek.0

Hey now all-star! The Shrek soundtrack is coming to vinyl on August 2. This will be the first vinyl release of the iconic animated feature’s original soundtrack since the movie’s premiere back in 2001. Long overdue if you ask us.

Songs famously associated with the ornery ogre’s fantastic adventure like Smash Mouth’s “All Star” and their cover of Neil Diamond’s “I’m a Believer” will be included on the album alongside Rufus Wainright’s rendition of “Hallelujah” and vocal work contributed by Eddie Murphy who played the lovable Donkey throughout the franchise.

A limited edition lime-green vinyl pressing will be available for the die-hard fans in addition to a standard black-vinyl.

The ‘Shrek’ soundtrack is finally getting a vinyl releaseColor Vinyl Product Shot Shrek Music From The Original Motion Picture 1559926256

Beginning with Shrek in 2001, the franchise yielded four films concluding in 2010 with Shrek Forever After. Numerous seasoned actors contributed their voices to the animated series including star Mike Myers as well as Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Julie Andrews, and Antonio Banderas. Banderas voiced Puss in Boots who received his own self-titled spin-off in 2011.

The release of the Shrek soundtrack may serve as a preface to a reboot of the franchise which Variety hinted at last year. However, no further details in that regard have been announced yet.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You” Gets Special Vinyl Release + Official Release On Digital Platforms

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It is appropriate that such an iconic reference; a heavenly flash that burns brightly for one brief moment and never again… would come to define the one-off alliance that produced Music Sounds Better With You.  The song, the eye of a perfect techno-cultural storm became an immediate touchstone for a new and uniquely French kind of

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The Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki Celebrate 10th Anniversary of “Warp” with Digital and Vinyl Release

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In 2009, The Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki changed the course of dance music forever with “Warp 1.9.” Through three minutes and twenty-four seconds of raw, unparalleled punk rock energy, the pair ushered in the next wave of youth culture, inspiring kids to trade in their guitars for Serato and turntables along the way.  Aoki’s

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Madeon Releases New Single On Limited Number of Vinyls Across Four Locations

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News broke yesterday that Madeon would be dropping a highly anticipated single today. A website “goodfaith.world” was posted to his Instagram and everyone went crazy awaiting the drop at what everyone presumed would be released to the world at the time announced. Madeon New Single This morning when we visited the website, we were gifted

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Streaming services now account for 75% of music industry revenue

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Streaming services now account for 75% of music industry revenueStreaming Services

The music industry has been dancing on the precipice of a sweeping streaming takeover for years. According to a recent report from the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), that transition was solidified with a reported music streaming growth of 30% in 2018 alone.

The $7.4 billion in categorical revenue came from predicted streaming mammoths like Spotify and YouTube, as well as digital radio hubs like Pandora and SiriusXM. The music business at large was heftily bolstered by paid subscriptions to these streaming domains, accounting for over half the industry’s yearly takeaway for the first time ever.

While digital downloads in recent years accounted for nearly half of industry sales, it spent 2018 continuing its swift decline, finishing with approximately $1 billion in total revenue, dropping a sizable 25% from 2017, and garnering just 11% of the industry pie. Mirroring downloads is physical sales, down 23% in 2018 alone, with $1.15 billion in sales.

A bright spot for the latter sector, however, came in the form of a firm incline in vinyl sales, which saw its most profitable year ($419 million) since 1988, which should come as no surprise to those who’ve been tuning in to industry trends of the past decade or so.

The 2018 report in full can be found here.

Photo Credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images

Vinyl sales quintupled from 2013 to 2018

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Vinyl sales quintupled from 2013 to 2018Royalty Free Vinyl

Vinyl sales continue to surge, even through the rise and prominence of streaming services.

2018 marked the 13th consecutive year that vinyl sales have grown, according to Nielsen Music, which has been tracking music sales since 1991. But the record hasn’t just grown for the 13th year in a row—it’s thriving. A new report conducted in accordance with online record shop Norman Music uncovered that vinyl sales quintupled in the period from 2013 to the end of 2018, with 4.2 million records sold in the UK last year.

Additionally, research from the British Phonographic Industry also found that cassette tapes are seeing a revival, with nearly 50,000 sold in 2018. These numbers show a 125-percent increase from 2017 and the largest volume sold since 2004.

Read Norman Music’s full report here.

H/T: DJ Mag

Vinyl sales grew nearly 15 percent in 2018, continuing 13-year growth pattern

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Vinyl sales grew nearly 15 percent in 2018, continuing 13-year growth patternVinyl

What’s old is new — and thriving.

Though access to the world’s music catalog is easier than ever in 2019, fans continue to support a decades-old method of listening to their favorite artists: vinyl. United States vinyl sales in 2018 were up nearly 15 percent from their 2017 numbers, with 16.8 million records purchased last year. 2018 marked the 13th consecutive year that vinyl sales have grown, according to Nielsen Music, which has been tracking music sales since 1991.

Among these 16.8 million sold, albums like Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours, The Beatles‘ Abbey Road, and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller notched top spots, with Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 tying Thriller for the No. 1 spot. In terms of singles, The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” took the top spot with 10,000 sales, with songs like Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock and Roll”/”Friends” taking the second and third spots, respectively.

H/T: Billboard

‘Album of the Year’ Grammys category includes albums not released in CD format for first time in a generation

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‘Album of the Year’ Grammys category includes albums not released in CD format for first time in a generationCardi B DJ Snake

When it came to the respective releases of their albums, Invasion of Privacy and H.E.R., both Cardi B and H.E.R. originally opted to forgo the traditional CD route. Both female artists made their productions available via streaming, digital downloads, and vinyl, bypassing the physical CD format, which has charted a steady course of sales decline over the past decade. Cardi and H.E.R. are both up for “Album of the Year,” making the 2019 Grammy Awards the first awards ceremony to see nominees who did not release albums on CD receive nominations since 1984.

It’s no secret that CD sales have progressively plunged over the years. In 2007, CDs comprised 90 percent of album sales in the US, but only accounted for an approximate 18 of sales in 2017, according to data from Nielsen Music. The hip-hop and R&B genres, however, have specifically shied from physical CD releases in recent years. Eminem‘s Kamikaze, Travis Scott‘s Astroworld, Kanye West‘s Ye, and Migos‘ Culture II all debuted within the top ten of Billboard’s 200 list this year. The albums are likened not only by their individual but common chart positions, but by their shared snubbing of an initial arrival by way of the CD. Although the albums — excepting Invasion of Privacy — eventually came out on CD, the CD version of each album did not become available for several weeks following the albums’ initial releases.

Given the CD’s storied swan song over the years, the 2019 Grammy Awards will likely not be anomalous in its inclusion of artists who evaded the CD in the context of awards ceremonies to come. As Best Buy continues to remove CDs from its brick-and-mortar storefronts, in a move that other major music retailers will presumably mimic, it is probable that “Album of the Year” nominees will routinely feature those who favored digital and vinyl releases over the CD in succeeding years.

View the full list of 2019 Grammy Award nominees here.

H/T: Billboard

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New pressing plant opens in Chicago, presses first vinyl in the city in more than 20 years

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New pressing plant opens in Chicago, presses first vinyl in the city in more than 20 yearsFrankie Knuckles Mural Chicago

A brand new pressing plant called Smashed Plastic has pressed the first vinyl record in the birthplace of house music in more than 20 years. Located in the northern part of the Windy City, Smashed Plastic will press records for several local labels. One of the four investors who collaboratively established Chicago’s new Smashed Plastic is Andy Weber, a DJ, who outfitted the plant with a new vinyl press sourced from Toronto, Canada, manufactured by one of the two companies that make new vinyl presses worldwide. Weber’s investment is said to total around $200,000.

Smashed Plastic will make its full launch in January 2019, and for now will assist smaller scale imprints and Chicago-based artists with record pressing. The investors’ idea to open Smashed Plastic reportedly followed several conversations with local musicians, who expressed the challenge inherent in finding a vinyl presser who could quickly deliver new records.

H/T: DJ Mag