Mumford and Sons sold 600k of their new CD ‘Babel’ in the first week which marks the biggest selling debut of the year. Babel‘s amazing sales far outshine the next-best debut of the year, Justin Bieber’s Believe, which sold 374,000 copies in its first week.
“Of the 600,000 copies that Babel sold, a whopping 420,000 (72 percent) of them were digital albums. That’s the second-biggest digital sales week ever behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which sold 662,000 digital copies thanks, in part, to its controversial 99-cent deal on Amazon.”
The Music business is exceptional with absolutely no formula or guidelines. One week it’s a Korean gangsta rapper, the next week it’s a couple of white guys with banjos.
Buzz Track: Road Trippin‘
Ashlee is an 18 year New Jersey native following in the same foot steps as Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Highlights include being a Guest Star on Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World in 2012 (Associated Television), playing the leading role of “ANNIE” at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and being selected over several thousand applicants to appear on CBS’ nationally televised show STAR SEARCH where she was a weekly episode winner.
In 2008, Ashlee was selected as a RADIO DISNEY INCUBATOR ARTIST (up and coming) and her songs were heard on Radio Disney. She also appeared as a guest artist at several of their live shows. She has opened for Demi Lovato, Keke Palmer, and Raven Symone among others.
Buzz Track: Never
Canadian artist Scotty James released a new song titled ‘Never’. The song was produced by Jon Dixon (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson). He is influenced by John Mayer, Matt Nathanson, and The Fray. He has shared the stage with Sublime with Rome, Tokyo Police Club, as well as He Is We. Check back for upcoming tour dates.
You recently signed a recording deal with Lava Records/Universal Republic home of Jessie J. How did that come about?
I have been working for a long time but the final pieces of the puzzle came together quickly. Arjan writes did a review of one of my tracks called fire fire. That was on sunday, Harinder Rana called me on Monday. By friday night I was downing shots celebrating my first record deal!
When did you start singing and at what moment did you realize that you wanted to become a full time artist?
I was a late starter, I didn’t sing a note until I was 17 and I didn’t start full writing until I was 21.
I knew as soon as I stepped on stage for the first time that this is what I wanted to do.
It’s the only thing that comes naturally to me! I’m rubbish at everything else (my spelling should prove this)
Do you write lyrics? Co-write?
I write lyrics constantly, Im the girl who look like she’s on Facebook when I’m in a date but i’m actually writing lyrics. When you have as much to say as I do, it’s always on my mind.
I started by writing with my bro’s George and Rick, they crafted me and I learned by watching them. I like to co-write to bounce off other people! I believe some of my best songs have been written when there’s two points of view in a room.
Explain the record making process. Easy or Brutal?
I love it! Nothing in life is straight forward. Who wants to hear a entire record about how easy life is or how in love you are? Thats bull*%#. I want people to relate to every lyric I write!
You have a strong voice. Do you credit vocal lessons? Or did your voice develop naturally?
Thanks! *blushing* I think its a mix of both. Vocals lessons are an essential part of being an artist. Your voice is a muscle so you need to keep it strong so vocal lessons are about knowing how to achieve that. They are also about building your confidence.
Confidence is a big part of how you sing.
Who are some of your artist influences?
I love, Alicia Keys, Laryn Hill, India Arie. Those are the artists I will always go back to, they are the reason I fell in love with music.
Please describe you music...
Pop with a lick or urban and a lick or reggae. Boom!
Are you a fan of singing competitions like American Idol? The ‘X’ Factor?
I think they make great TV! Personally I wouldn’t do one myself, firstly because my language is fuc%&! terrible so nothing I do could be aired and secondly, I answer back to much! I admire the people that have the patience and self control to do the show. I have neither of these things.
Is an upcoming tour in the works?
I’ve been in the studio finishing the record for the past few months, but now we are at the end – It’s all starting to take shape now and the next step is to start touring.
Who would you love to tour with?
ooooo…right now, Rihanna
Describe your live show….
I’m not describing it to you! then you wont have to come to one! Come and see for yourself…
Buzz Track: Do What You Want, Be What You Are
Lael Summer, a singer-songwriter has just released her debut EP featuring 4 songs from her forthcoming album, Burden to Bear which will be released early 2013. At 14, she opened for Jon Anderson of ‘Yes’ at B.B. King’s, singing Cat Steven’s ‘Peace Train.’ Lael is an expressive and sultry singer/songwriter bringing a fresh pop twist to classic soul. For fans of Sade, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones.