Morgan Wallen had a tough year and a great year, both at the same time. The media turned it’s back on the rising country star after using a racial slur, but nobody seems to care. In fact, the media hoopla drew more attention to the country boy, making him more popular than ever.
Morgan Wallen has sold out 48 of 54 dates on next year’s “The Dangerous Tour,” selling more than 705,000 tickets. Wallen’s sellouts include three nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, making the singer just the third artist, to sell out three nights after Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.
He also added dates including a stop at Madison Square Garden and Crypto.com Arena.
Motley Crue sold their song catalog to BMG valued at approximately $150 million, although number is most likely much lower.
The band released a statement: “It feels amazing to be collaborating with our new partners at BMG. Their extensive track record of success in rock made them the perfect home to continue preserving and growing our musical legacy, ensuring we always stay at the top.”
Also note the band owns the masters to the recordings. They acquired their masters back from label Elektra in 1997.
Legendary songwriter Diane Warren says: “It’s something I would never do (selling songs). If they’re paying you 20 times what your catalog is worth, I could see why people would do it, especially if they need the money. I don’t need the money. “This is my soul and my soul wouldn’t be for sale at any price.”
Spotify unboxed its annual end-of-year “Wrapped” campaign, releasing customized stats for users along with lists of the platform’s most-streamed artists, songs, albums and podcasts.
Artists can log-in for Spotify for Artists to view their sharecard and now available in 31 languages. Artists can now view:
Adele had the biggest debut in 2021, but her new album sales sold significantly less than in 2015.
The new album sold 838,000 copies in its first week, most of them downloads and CD’s and had the biggest first sales week in 2021.
The previous album “25” sold 3.8 million copies in its first week and went on to sell 18 million copies over 12 months. Adele spent the year on a tight schedule of TV appearances, award shows, radio visits, and a worldwide tour. If Adele were to follow the same exact blue print, it wouldn’t have the same effect because these promotional runs don’t penetrate like they once did. Today, you want TikTokers covering the song, hoping it goes viral, but even TikTok has peaked.
Some critics claim Adele waited too long between album cycles and that 6 years will cost you relevance. The album should had more hooks and artist features. Maybe Adele can recruit Rapper DaBaby for a new version of Easy On Me. Surely, that will drive sales. None of this matters and wouldn’t change the outcome. You can’t reassemble a hit, nor the year 2015.
Adele released her 4th album. Most artists don’t make it past the second album. Media has changed the music industry and there’s no looking back.
The Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. has defended the Grammy nomination of Marilyn Manson.
Brian Warner aka Manson was accused of sexual assault and abuse by former wife which he denied. Manson was nominated for his contributions to Kanye West’s “DONDA,” which was nominated for Album of the Year and in Best Rap Song for West’s track “Jail.”
Harvey made the right move. If artist behavior is the new metric for a Grammy nomination, you’ll be seeing an empty stage.
“What we will control is our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpet,“ Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. says
“We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration. We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit for consideration,” Mason told TheWrap.