Taylor Swift’s new album is already selling lot hot cakes. The pop star has sold more than 400,000 pre-orders prior to the Nov. 10th release, making it the highest music pre-sale in history. Additionally, Swift was the highest paid artist in 2016. Swift made an estimated $170 million from touring and product endorsements whereas Adele made $80 million. In fact, Swift makes more than Madonna ($76.5 million) and Rihanna ($75 million). Simply, Swift is the biggest celebrity in the world.
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It seems like eons ago when Timberlake and Madonna released 4 Minutes. Fast forward a decade later, Timberlake will headline The 2018 Super Bowl. This is perfect timing for his 2018 album release. If his audience forgot about him, they will be quickly reminded of the actor, singer, musician, and record producer that rose to fame during his stint with NSYNC. Plus, this is his chance to reach a whole new audience since most millennials are unfamiliar with his work. Artists rumored to perform were Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith.
“Cash Me Outside” girl aka Danielle Bregoli shocked the world with her recent signing with Atlantic Records. The music label houses Bruno Mars and Coldplay, and moved on the 14 year old rapper with the success of the track These Heaux which clocked 20 million YouTube views in two weeks.
Aton Ben Horin, global vice president of A&R at Warner Music Group, said, “Without a doubt, this girl is a real star with undeniable talent.”
The bottom line? Music labels will pretty much sign anything that goes viral, within reason.
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In a new interview with The New York Times, famed music executive credits his music career to luck and fate. The 85 year old who is the Chief Creative Officer of Sony will be subject to a documentary which will open the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.
The music mogul claims he has a gift of determining hits and who could be a long-lasting, major star.
“Through both luck and fate, I discovered on the job that I had a natural gift that I never knew I had.
The gift is to determine who could be a long-lasting, major star. And from a repertoire point of view, those songs that are capable of becoming first a hit record — how they could be arranged, sung, performed — and hopefully be one of those very few hit records that become standards.”