I heard an awful lot of talk about some unorthodox method of (pre)-release for Jay-Z's latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Whatever everyone was going on about it, it's the #1 album at iTunes this week. I'm not a fan or follower of hip hop but it seems Jay-Z and Kanye West have been in a "battle" of sorts for supremacy in the rap world. Both men have released recent albums and for the moment, Jay-Z seems to be winning as West's Yeezus has already slipped to #6. The singles chart is once again the domain of Robin Thicke, Daft
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iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending July 8, 2013
The star-studded soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's adatptioan of The Great Gatsby is the #1 album at iTunes for the past week with songs from artists like Beyonce, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, will.i.am, and Lana Del Rey. It's an ecclectic group of artists and that's what we've come to expect from Luhrmann's film soundtracks. I'm not at all surprised to see this doing well with listeners, for that reason. Vampire Weekend doing well with the iTunes crowd is also something I'd expect and their latest album has drawn strong reviews from all across the web including here at BlindedBySound,
Get your all-access pass to a late night jam by Gary Clark Jr. and his band...
Gary Clark Jr. recently recorded a live-in-studio jam with his band for iTunes as part of the digital retailer's ongoing iTunes Sessions series. Clark's set presents seven songs from his major label debut Blak & Blu and a couple blues covers to round out the set. I dislike digital-only releases but they're an inevitable part of the new music frontier and given the choice of hearing more Gary or less- well, that's not a decision at all! What's best about iTunes Session is the elimination of the slick, shiny production that marred Blak & Blu and robbed the songs of
The final check-in at iTunes for April is as dismal as its predecessors...
The final report for April from the iTunes Music Store is as dismal as any we've seen. Let us hope May brings better days with so many promising new albums coming our way (keep an eye on our weekly preview of new releases, New Music Tuesday, to stay up to date on these). Those dunderheads Ryan Lewis & Macklemore continue their hot-selling ways and while it's true they can't be called one-hit wonders, I still don't see much of a shelf life for these blokes. Again, likely wishful thinking on my part because I would have said the same thing
For reasons defying explanation, Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason" is the #1 song at the #1 music retailer in the US this week followed by yet another song from Macklemore and Lewis. Would you stop listening to this nonsense if I told you God kills a puppy every time you download one of these songs? I know, I've become a broken record. There was a time I'd worry about being old and out of touch using that reference but vinyl is back even as we talk about digital downloads. Selena Gomez is also in the Top 10 and this
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 8, 2013
Bruno Mars has the #1 single at iTunes this week with his hit "When I Was Your Man," recently reviewed in our Hit Parade series. The next two songs are both former #1s -- Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason" and the abysmal "Thrift Shop" -- followed by Rihanna and an act called Florida Georgia Line. This is a new one for me. I'll have to do my research and find out who they are and what their track "Cruise" is all about. The only thing I know about it is it features rapper Nelly. The song that needs to
Gary Clark Jr is the latest to record his own iTunes Session...
Gary Clark Jr. is the latest artist to record an exclusive package for Apple's iTunes Music Store, the #1 music retailer in the US, as part of their iTunes Sessions series. Clark cut nine songs live in the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, inlcuding several tracks from his major label debut Blak And Blu. He also mixes in two covers, one from Albert Collins and the other from Albert King. The Albert King cut "Oh Pretty Woman" (not to be confused with the more famous Roy Orbison song) comes from the blues legend's Born Under A Bad Sign LP, which
Top 10 Songs and Albums at iTunes for the week ending April 1
I would say it was fun while it lasted -- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis being tossed out of the #1 slot - but it was Pink who took the crown so it really wasn't worth a damn. They're the 1 and 2 songs this week but "Thrift Shop" from The Heist is back on top. I don't know why. On the day we mourn the passing of critic and curmudgeon Roger Ebert, I can only wonder what wonderfully witty, acerbic condemnations he would have for this twaddle. Cheers, Rog. Moving right along, what we have in the albums department is
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending March 25, 2013...
Be careful what you wish for, kids, because you just might get it. I've been whinging for weeks about Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis being the #1 song on the charts at radio as well at iTunes and Spotify and now we have a new #1 song, at least at iTunes: "Just Give Me A Reason" by Pink. I guess I'm going to have to be more clear next time when I talk about wanting a change on the charts. This was not what I had in mind. The aforementioned dunderhead duo fall from #1 to #2, followed by Rihanna,
It's a cruel and stupid world we live in when a new record from Justin Timberlake can top a new album from David Bowie and that, boys and girls, is where we are in the here and now. Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience debuts at #1 despite mixed reviews and Bowie's The Next Day comes in at #4 at the iTunes Music Store, with Luke Bryan and Imagine Dragons separating them and Bon Jovi's What About Now rounding out the Top 5. I hate you all just a little more right now than I did before. My review of the new
It's time to once again look into the world of digital music. We looked at the most-streamed tracks at Spotify for the week in the US and UK and now we have the most downloaded songs and albums at iTunes Music Store, the #1 music retailer in the US. I mentioned in that post that I just don't get this whole "Thrift Store" thing and here it is, once again, at #1 on a music chart. I didn't think we'd have what amounts to another novelty song so soon after Psy's kitschy little "Gangnam Style" pandemonium but here it is.
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Jan. 28, 2013
We looked yesterday at what's popular at Spotify in the world of music streaming and now we take a look at the other behemoth of the digital music world, iTunes, and the top-selling songs and albums from the #1 music retailer in the US. The Billboard Hot 100, Spotify, and iTunes all have "Thrift Shop" from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in the top spot, which makes me want to unspeakably angry. Taylor Swift isn't getting a lot of love at Spotify but her "I Knew You Were Trouble" is #2. Also in the Top 10 this week is Justin Timberlake's
Seattle rockers offer first new song in 15 years as free download...
Soundgarden has written and recorded their first new song in 15 years and they're offering it as a free download for a limited time through the iTunes Music Store before it shows up on the soundtrack to the upcoming Marvel film The Avengers. It's not the first time Soundgarden or its frontman Chris Cornell have had their work on soundtracks. Both contributed tracks to the landmark soundtrack album Singles, the Cameron Crowe film from the early '90s that gave a glimpse into what became known as "grunge" culture as well as single life in Seattle. The movie wasn't all
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 16, 2012
Time once again for the weekly look at the biggest sellers at the largest music retailer in the US. We've got the biggest selling singles and albums for the past week and our #1s belong to Gotye and Lionel Richie. One of those makes me say, "Who?" while the other makes me wonder if I slipped down a cosmic bunnyhole that sent me back to the 3rd grade. I'm perfectly well shocked to see Lionel Richie back atop the albums charts for the first time in 26 years! Kids today don't know how huge this guy was. He's one of
Jack White Announces Solo Debut "Blunderbuss" Due Apr. 24; Video For First Single "Love Interruption" Unveiled
Former White Stripe main man readies first solo album...
Jack White continues to be the hardest working man in the music business, launching numerous hit bands and collaboration. The former White Stripes main man is turning the attention to himself when he launches his debut solo record Blunderbuss via his own Third Man label on April 24. He recently released the first single, "Love Interruption," from the upcoming 13-track set via iTunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets and has now unveiled the complete tracklisting and artwork for the new set. "Love Interruption" is a moody piece with acoustic guitar and electric piano providing the majority of the instrumentation with White
Top 10 songs and albums at iTunes Music Store for the week ending Feb. 20, 2012.
Adele has been in headlines since the Grammys for performances, middle digits, daddy issues, and boyfriends, current and past. She's also made comments about taking time off or not before starting her next record. My advice: go on holiday, love. You have three singles in iTunes' Top 10 and your album is again/still #1 (and your debut is #4), holding off Whitney Houston in the first full week since her tragic passing. Rest the voice and take your time, is what. Houston represented at #2 on the singles and albums chart this week, as well. The non-Adele and Whitney
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Nov. 14, 2011
The iTunes Music Store is the #1 music retailer in the US, so let's take a look at what the world's biggest music store is selling the most of these days. Two of the Top 10 Albums have been recently reviewed at Blinded By Sound, and both were praised mightily. I love Ceremonials from Florence + The Machine. Speaking of Florence, she's debuting a new video for "No Light, No Light" tomorrow and we'll hope to bring that to you. In the meantime, you can check out her video for "Shake It Off." 11 likes Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto quite a
Can Etude 2.0 For iPad Replace Old Ladies And Metronomes?
Steinway & Sons, the venerable, famed makers of pianos, has gone where few companies of their generational stature dared to go, embracing technology and shrinking the size of a piano to the size of an iPad for their free Etude 2.0 app. Popular video games like RockBand and Guitar Hero allowed kids with the love of music and the dream of instrumental prowess "play" their favorite songs without actually learning a thing and it's just one reason digital has been the death of music in the ears of many audiophiles and traditionalists. Steinway & Sons hope Etude can be a tool merging traditional methods of teaching and learning
iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending Sept. 12, 2011:
Lil Wayne remains atop the iTunes albums chart this week with his The Carter IV followed by The Beatles 1 compilation, which now features the amazing remasters from two years ago. The Top 5 is rounded out by Adele, Maroon 5, and the latest from Red Hot Chili Peppers. While Lil Wayne and Adele have been superstars on the chart of late, I guess we have to deal with the fact Maroon 5 is making their presence felt. Their collaboration with Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger" is the #1 single and their album is Top 5. They're hot right now
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foster The People, and Pistol Annies also make chart impacts...
It's been awhile since our iTunes Chart Watch series was published and Adele is still dominating the scene! There are a few names, albums, and songs that have entered since our last time through the list, so let's take a look. Let's start with the albums where Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV has vaulted to the top spot. I can't recall having ever heard a song by Weezy -- and yet I'm knowledgeable enough to know his alias -- so I don't know what it is that has made him arguably the biggest star in hip hop, but his sales