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From the Vault: Aaliyah Try Again

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This week’s From the Vault entry comes from R&B princess Aaliyah.

We decided to dust ourselves off and ‘Try Again‘. The aforementioned track ‘Try Again‘ was released as single from the ‘Romeo Must Die Soundtrack‘, a film which the laid star also starred in.

The single debuted at number fifty eight the week of March 18, 2000. It later soared to number one the week of June 17, 2000.

The feat was not only awesome, but historic—the track became the first song in the history of Billboard to reach number one based solely on the strength of its radio airplay. The track peaked in the top five of multiple countries:

  1. United States – #1
  2. The Netherlands – #3
  3. Norway – #5
  4. United Kingdom – #5
  5. Germany – #5
  6. Belgium – #5

Watch the awesome music video below:

From the Vault: Beyonce Irreplaceable

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To the left. To the left. Everything you own in the box to the left! If, you just sang that aloud—you’ll appreciate this weeks’ from the vault installment.

This weeks’ track From the Vault is a cut from Beyonce’s critically acclaimed sophomore album B’Day. Irreplaceable is the highest-charting and best-selling single from the album. In fact, the single went on to become the best-selling song of 2007—in the United States.

The single peaked at #1 on the Billboard hot 100—it occupied the #1 spot for a total of 10 weeks. The song has also been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA, and peaked in the top five of many countries internationally.

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  1. United States – #1
  2. Australia – #1
  3. Hungary – #1
  4. Ireland – #1
  5. New Zealand – #1
  6. Canada – #2
  7. The Netherlands – #3
  8. United Kingdom – #4

The video has generated over 124M views since being uploaded on YouTube five years go. Relive 2007 by watching the video below:

 

Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more join Jay Z’s: Tidal for All Movement

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Today marks the launch of Jay Z‘s new streaming service Tidal. Tidal offers the ability to stream both music and videos, unlike its adversary Spotify.

Many artists have already joined the music titian in the fight of making streaming profitable for all. Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Madonna, Usher, Daft Punk and more have already joined the movement.

One star that surprisingly joined the movement was Taylor Swift.  This is a surprising move on her part considering that she yanked her entire discography down from Spotify last October – citing Spotify and services like it as the reason why music sales are dwindling. The star also pointed out that artists receive less than one cent per streamed song, she also claimed this type of free accessibility lessens the value we as a society place on music.

However, the payment metrics taken on by Tidal will provide artists with an opportunity to make a profit from the music they’ve created. Tidal uses two month-to-month payment options, the ten dollar option grants you access to music video, expertly curated editorial, and music of standard sound quality. The twenty dollar option grants you the same experience, however your sound quality is upgraded to High Fidelty.

Check out Tidal’s promotional video below!

Will you be signing up? Let us know in the comments below

Taylor Swift: 1989 Set to Sell 1 Million Copies First Week

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Taylor Swift‘s 1989 is set to sell at least 1M copies this week. This, is an incredible feat as it will be Swift’s third time crossing the one million mark in one week.

Just two weeks ago billboard reported that no album released in 2014 has crossed the platinum milestone. The best selling albums of 2014 were actually released last year (Beyonce‘s ‘Beyonce’ and Disney’s ‘Frozen Official Soundtrack’).

Because album sales are at an all time low, everyone doubted that Swift could pass the million mark this time around. We expected her to shift at least 500k its first week. But, two weeks ago, industry forecasters projected the record would sell 750k during its inaugural week of availability.  A week later, that number was pushed upward to 900k. And after selling a total of 530K on it’s first day of availability, that number has now shifted upwards.

Via Billboard:

Industry sources now forecast the album to sell at least one million copies in its first week. That would make 1989 just the 19th album to sell a million in a single week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991, and Swift the first act to earn three million-selling weeks.

This, has helped Swift become THE ONLY ARTIST to ever have more than two albums cross the million mark during their first week of ability.

Shake It Off remains at the top of U.S. iTunes, and has earned Swift another double platinum plaque. And, with the holiday season soon approaching SWIFTober is far from over!

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IGGY: Teases ‘Beg For It’ Director & Reveals Possible Pushback for her Re-release

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Fancy‘ rapper Iggy Azalea revealed during a twitter discussion that she’s enlisted one of the industry’s top directors for her new music video. As it stands, Lachapelle will be directing the star’s new video.

Lachapelle has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Huston etc. So, it will be interesting to see what he cooks up with Azalea.

It will be more interesting to see if Iggy will continue her stream of movie recreation. The star has used multiple classics to deliver videos that felt sort of – reductive! Black Widow used ‘Kill Bill‘, and FancyClueless‘, but neither seemed to capture and delivered the iconic quality of the films into their respective videos.

During the discussion, the star also revealed that the original Nov. 24th release date for The New Classic ‘Reclassified’ is unlikely. The star is determined to boost the sales of her debut album. The set has managed to shift 570K Worldwide since it’s release in April, earlier this year.

When you take into account that star has garnered two top-three hits, the sales seem lack luster. Her Problem collaborator ‘Ariana Grande‘ has managed to top these sales with her new LP ‘My Everything‘ in just two months.

So, it’s clear why Azalea chose to re-issue the album. The questions is why is the re-issue facing a possible pushback. Is it because she wants the video to be released before the album, or is it because the day will be flooded with releases from even bigger stars?

Eminem (Shady XV), Beyonce (Beyonce Platinum Edition), and Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint) will all be releasing their albums on Nov.24th as well. All are typically album sellers, so it would be almost impossible for Azalea to brake through the clutter and come out on top.

Should Azalea push back her re-release? Let us know below

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Winners List

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Now that the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are over, all of the winners have been announced.

Aired live from The Forum in Los Angeles, California, the action-packed extravaganza boasted many memorable moments.

With everyone wondering who won what – see if your favorite artist won a moonman of their own last night. Check out the full list of winners below:

VMA Winners 2014

Best Lyric Video “Don’t Stop” – 5 Seconds of Summer

Best Female Video “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry & Juicy J

Best Male Video “Sing” – Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Video “Problem” – Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea

Best Hip Hop Song “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake

Best Rock Song “Royals” – Lorde

Artist to Watch Fifth Harmony

Video of the Year “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Beyonce

Best Collaboration: Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Video With A Social Message: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”

Best Cinematography: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”

Bruno Mars CRUSHES Madonna & Beyonce Halftime Records, While Record Sales Skyrocket

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The Super Bowl has been known to help artist score unprecedented record sales — no different for Bruno Mars. Shorty after his halftime performance his already platinum albums “Unorthodox Jukeboxand “Doo-Wops & Hooliganssurged into the iTunes top five. 

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Not only did Bruno‘s albums surge up the charts, so did his singles — two of them pushed themselves into the top ten of the charts.

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Bruno has already become one of this generations leading acts by scoring record high album sales but he can now be crowned “King of The Super Bowl”. The star has broken Madonna‘s record for most watched Super Bowl performance — the star managed to garner 115.3 million viewers.

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance on Sunday night attracted the largest audience in the history of the Super Bowl, attracting 115.3 million viewers, Fox announced Monday, citing Nielsen data.

He earned this feat despite having played during one of the least interesting, un-competitive, and most boring Super Bowl’s to date. Majority of NFL fans began to zone out by halftime because it became obvious who would win; hence why ratings dropped after Bruno‘s performance.

With his album “Unorthodox Jukebox” nearing sales of 2M in the US and 5.3M worldwide it’s clear to see that Bruno has always been a crowd favorite even before Music’s most watched event.

What’s even clearer is that the Super Bowl will further help him solidify himself as an R&B legend!

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2014 GRAMMY Winners

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Take a look at some of the top winners below:

Record of the year
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — WINNER
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

Album of the year
“The Blessed Unrest” — Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” — Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” — Taylor Swift

Song of the year

“Just Give Me a Reason” — P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
“Locked Out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Royals” — Lorde — WINNER
“Same Love” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best new artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best pop solo performance
Sara Bareilles — “Brave”
Lorde — “Royals” — WINNER
Bruno Mars — “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry — “Roar”
Justin Timberlake — “Mirrors”

Best pop duo/group performance
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — “Get Lucky” — WINNER
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess — “Just Give Me a Reason”
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko — “Stay”
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell — “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake and Jay Z — “Suit & Tie”

Best pop instrumental album
Herb Alpert — “Steppin’ Out” — WINNER
Boney James — “The Beat”
Earl Klugh — “Handpicked”
Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot — “Summer Horns”
Jeff Lorber Fusion — “Hacienda”

Best pop vocal album
Lana Del Rey — “Paradise”
Lorde — “Pure Heroine”
Bruno Mars — “Unorthodox Jukebox” — WINNER
Robin Thicke — “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake — “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience”

Best dance recording
“Need U (100%)” — Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade
“The is What it Feels Like” — Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity” — Zedd featuring Foxes — WINNER

Best dance/electronica album
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER
“Settle” — Disclosure
“18 Months” — Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade
“A Color Map of the Sun” — Pretty Lights

Best traditional pop vocal album
“Viva Duets” — Tony Bennett and various artists
“To Be Loved” — Michael Bublé — WINNER
“The Standards” — Gloria Estefan
“Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” — Cee Lo Green
“Now” — Dionne Warwick

Best rock performance
Alabama Shakes — “Always Alright”
David Bowie — “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive” — WINNER
Led Zeppelin — “Kashmir”
Queens of the Stone Age — “My God is the Sun”
Jack White — “I’m Shakin’ “

Best metal performances
Anthrax — “T.N.T.”
Black Sabbath — “God is Dead?” — WINNER
Dream Theater — “The Enemy Inside”
Killswitch Engage — “In Due Time”
Volbeat featuring King Diamond — “Room 24”

Best rock song
“Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” — Gary Clark Jr.
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear — WINNER
“Doom and Gloom” — The Rolling Stones
“God Is Dead?” — Black Sabbath
“Panic Station” — Muse

Best rock album
Black Sabbath — “13”
David Bowie — “The Next Day”
Kings of Leon — “Mechanical Bull”
Led Zeppelin — “Celebration Day” — WINNER
Queens of the Stone Age — “… Like Clockwork”
Neil Young with Crazy Horse — “Psychedelic Pill”

Best alternative music album
Neko Case — “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You”
The National — “Trouble Will Find Me”
Nine Inch Nails — “Hesitation Marks”
Tame Impala — “Lonerism”
Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City” — WINNER

Best R&B performance
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War”
Anthony Hamilton — “Best of Me”
Hiatus Kaiytoe featuring Q-Tip — “Nakamarra”
Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar — “How Many Drinks?”
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway — “Something” — WINNER

Best traditional R&B performance
Gary Clark Jr. — “Please Come Home” — WINNER
Fantasia — “Get It Right”
Maysa — “Quiet Fire”
Gregory Porter — “Hey Laura”
Ryan Shaw — “Yesterday”

Best R&B song
“Best of Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Love and War” — Tamar Braxton
“Only One” — PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder
“Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake — WINNER
“Without Me” — Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott

Best urban contemporary album
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War”
Fantasia — “Side Effects of You”
Salaam Remi — “One: In the Chamber”
Rihanna — “Unapologetic” — WINNER
Mack Wilds — “New York: A Love Story”

Best R&B album
Faith Evans — “R&B Divas”
Alicia Keys — “Girl on Fire” — WINNER
John Legend — “Love in the Future”
Chrisette Michele — “Better”
TGT — “Three Kings”

Best rap performance
Drake — “Started From the Bottom”
Eminem — “Berserk”
Jay Z — “Tom Ford”
Kendrick Lamar — “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz — “Thrift Shop” — WINNER

Best rap/sung collaboration
J. Cole featuring Miguel — “Power Trip”
Jay Z featuring Beyoncé — “Part II (On the Run)”
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail” — WINNER
Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige — “Now or Never”
Wiz Khalifa featuring the Weeknd — “Remember You”

Best rap song
“F***in’ Problems” — A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
“New Slaves” — Kanye West
“Started From the Bottom” — Drake
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER

Best rap album
Drake — “Nothing Was the Same”
Jay Z — “Magna Carta … Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar — “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — “The Heist” — WINNER
Kanye West — “Yeezus”

Best country solo performance
Lee Brice — “I Drive Your Truck”
Hunter Hayes — “I Want Crazy”
Miranda Lambert — “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Darius Rucker — “Wagon Wheel” — WINNER
Blake Shelton — “Mine Would Be You”

Best country duo/group performance
The Civil Wars — “From This Valley” — WINNER
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill — “Don’t Rush”
Little Big Town — “Your Side of the Bed”
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban — “Highway Don’t Care”
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton — “You Can’t Make Old Friends”

Best country song
“Begin Again” — Taylor Swift
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Kacey Musgraves — WINNER
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best country album
Jason Aldean — “Night Train”
Tim McGraw — “Two Lanes of Freedom”
Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park” — WINNER
Blake Shelton — “Based on a True Story”
Taylor Swift — “Red”

Best Latin pop album
Frankie J — “Faith, Hope y Amor”
Ricardo Montaner — “Viajero Frecuente”
Draco Rosa — “Vida” — WINNER
Aleks Syntek — “Syntek”
Tommy Torres — “12 Historias”

Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album
Café Tacvba — “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco”
El Tri — “Ojo Por Ojo”
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas — “Chances”
La Santa Cecilia — “Treinta Dias” — WINNER
Los Amigos Invisibles — “Repeat After Me”

Producer of the year, nonclassical
Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams — WINNER

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media
“Django Unchained”
“The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition)
“Les Miserables” (deluxe edition
“Muscle Shoals”
“Sound City: Real to Reel” — WINNER

Best score soundtrack for visual media
“Argo”
“The Great Gatsby”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall” — WINNER
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best song written for visual media
Coldplay — “Atlas” — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Jessie J — “Silver Lining” — “Silver Linings Playbook”
Adele — “Skyfall” — “Skyfall” — WINNER
Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw — “We Both Know” — “Safe Haven”
Lana Del Rey — “Young and Beautiful” — “The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition)
Regina Spektor — “You’ve Got Time” — “Orange is the New Black”

Best music video
Captial Cities — “Safe and Sound”
Jay Z — “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton — “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z — “Suit & Tie” — WINNER
Jack White — “I’m Shakin'”

Best music film
Coldplay — “Live 2012”
Green Day — “¡Cuatro!”
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite — “I’m in I’m Out and I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up!”
Paul McCartney — “Live Kisses” — WINNER
Mumford & Sons — “The Road to Red Rocks”

Beyonce: Stays Atop Billboard 200 and Scores Another Top 20 Hit!

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In the first 10 days of release the star’s fifth studio album “BEYONCE” has sold 991,000 copies. Becoming the year’s 12th best selling album with only 10 days of sales under its belt.

Her second single “Drunk In Love” has also secured its self a top 20 position, peaking at number 12.

Within the first three days of release, the album moved 617,000 digital units. The unannounced album was sold exclusively through iTunes.

No leaks — No “promotion” — No pirating.

While many point out the fact the album lacked traditional promotion or marketing, the star actually didn’t need any.

Acts like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga remained silent until the release of their lead single. Beyonce on the other hand did not.

Beyonce amped up the anticipation of her album by staying in the lime light without releasing any new music. The star had a ton of things keeping her name a topic of conversation, such as:

  • The Superbowl
  • Mrs. Carter World Tour
  • GQ Cover
  • Pepsi Commercials
  • A H&M Partnership
  • Repeatedly leaked songs and Videos etc.

So, did the star actually need any proper promotion? Not really.

But, that doesn’t diminish the fact that in under three weeks the star has already dominated the competition.

Her fifth studio album is nearing platinum status in less than a month, platinum being a milestone no other pop diva has achieved this year.

So, Congrats Bey on another successful album!

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Bow Down! Beyonce Album Sales Surpass 550K

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Via Billboard:

“Beyonce’s surprise self-titled album is all but guaranteed a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart this week. Industry sources suggest its sales have grown to over 550,000 in the U.S. through Saturday (14) night. The album may sell 600,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15.

“Beyonce’s” expected debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, along with its official Nielsen SoundScan sales figure (through the end of the tracking week on Dec. 15), will be revealed mid-week.

The album bowed — without any pre-release announcement — in the iTunes Store at midnight EST on Friday morning, Dec. 13. None of its songs are available a la carte (which is likely helping encourage full album purchases). The 14-song set is selling for $15.99 and additionally comes with 18 music videos. 14 of those are for each of the album’s songs.

“Beyonce,” which is exclusively available through the iTunes Store until Dec. 20, sold 430,000 through Friday night, and then another 120,000 or so on Saturday.”