The modern music industry’s version of a four-leaf clover is the diamond-status album. Sure, some releases still reach that vaunted 10 million mark after several years (or in the case of Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory a dozen) on the charts, but it’s an increasingly rare feat.
But in an era when YouTube views, concert ticket sales, magazine covers, endorsement deals and product lines, TV appearances and digital single downloads have become the new measures of an artist’s success, how did Adele pull it off? And is she the last of a dying breed of mega-sellers? Read more
Buzz Track: Oceancrest
My Body Sings Electric from Denver, CO quickly emerged on the scene opening up for The Flobots and will open for 3OH!3 next month. They are a perennial top 3 finalist in a big local radio contest, Hometown for the Holidays on 93.3 KTCL. Check out the latest single called ‘Oceancrest’.
News Update: Kings favorite Molly Moore’s new song “Quicksand“, that comes off her debut EP “Into The Daylight”, will be featured on MTV’s The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons. You can also hear a number of her other songs from her EP on this season of E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians & Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club. Molly continues to build up her catalog of songs and remains an artist to watch.
Although Adele had quite an amazing year she did get some bad news. Her ’21’ album dropped out of the UK Top 40 for the first time since it was released in January 2011.
According to BBC News and several other news sources, the album dropped from 34 to 42 in the last countdown on November 26. It spent a staggering 96 weeks on the charts, garnering sales in the UK of over 4.5 million copies and around 10 million in the United States.
She also received some good news. Adele’s 21 has reached a new milestone, becoming the 21st album to sell more than 10 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan began keeping track in 1991. Adele’s is the third album to reach sales of 10 million copies this year, following Linkin Park’s 2000 LP Hybrid Theory and Usher’s 2004 release Confessions.
Buzz Track: Like a Rainbow
ColorKaleido is one of the latest acts to emerge on the Danish alternative pop scene. Although having released their debut single recently, this is no debut for the two members of the band. Lead vocalist Christine Milton had her first hit Superstar in Denmark in 2004, when she was only 17, and male part Kim Vagn Wagner starred in many danish acts including the 2010 Danish Radio P3 award finalist Lastbandalive. They performed at various venues and festivals in Denmark, and the duo are now ready to release their debut EP in December.