Britney's Most Personal Album

Posted on October 28, 2013

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Britney Spears says "Britney Jean", her new Album out December 3rd, will be her "most personal record." The artwork was released on Friday (October 25)

 

"I poured my heart and soul into this album, and it's been an incredible journey. I've learned a lot about myself, and as I am finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years," she wrote in the handwritten letter. "I can't believe this is my eighth studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but it's true and I'm really proud of that." 

 

Britney also thanked many of the folks who helped her work on the album. "I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to. Working with people like Sia, William Orbit, and of course will.i.am has been an amazing experience. They have listened to all of my ideas and helped me bring them to life," she said. "There are a lot of really fun, upbeat dance songs, but it was important to me that I show my strength, and my attitude, and my vulnerability. Of course, I also have some surprises for you guys."

 

The album's release will come just weeks before Britney takes the stage in Las Vegas for her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood on December 27.

 

The announcement also revealed that "Perfume", a ballad she had previously described as "really beautiful," will be available on November.


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Lady Gaga's "Do What U Want," her duet with R. Kelly from the upcoming Album "ARTPOP" is No.1 in 64 countries!

"The song hit No.1 on iTunes in 64 countries," says Dennis Dennehy, head of artist strategy and media for Interscope Records. "We are overwhelmed by the worldwide response + excitement for 'Do You Want' feat. R. Kelly & are happy to announce it as 2nd Single!"

Coupled with what Dennehy calls "the immediate and overwhelming worldwide reaction" to the song, the critical response to "Do What U Want" has been blindingly positive. "It's Official: Lady Gaga's New Song Featuring R. Kelly Is The Best Thing," announced a Buzzfeed headline, while the Daily Beast called the song "pure pop heaven," Slate described it as "surprisingly beautiful" and Popjustice gave the song an 8 out of 10 rating. The single zoomed to the top of the iTunes Store's top sellers list and will likely debut high on next week's Single charts. It's projected to sell between 150,000 and 160,000 digital downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, according to industry sources. 

"Applause" has stayed in the World's Top 10 Singles for over two months.

But Gaga's artistic vision is not sales numbers. "I write for the music not the charts," she posted on Sunday night before the release of "Do What U Want," referencing the perceived "battle" between "Roar" and "Applause" that stemmed from the singles' concurrent release periods last August.


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J-Pop boy band Kanjani's "Juke Box" is the World's best-selling album having shifted  323.000 in its first week, according to Oricon. It's the first no.1 by a Japanese album since Bump Of Chicken's best-of compilation "Bump Of Chicken I (1999-2004)'" with 173.000 sales  that week.

"Juke Box" leads 12 new-entries on this week's charts. The second new entry comes from rock legend Pearl Jam at No.2 with their tenth album 'Lightning Bolt' and 281.000 in sales. Pearl Jam's debut album "Ten" has sold 17 million copies to date.

Paul McCartney's "New" debuts at No.3 with sales of 165.000. Solo and with the Beatles, Paul McCartney has had over 50 hit Singles in the World's best-selling top 10 Singles chart, with more than half going to No.1. Paul McCartney is the most successful artist and songwriter of all time.

Miley Cyrus' former No.1 album "Bangerz" slips tp No.4 with sales of 131.000. Drake's new former No.1 Album "Nothing Was The Same'" closes the top 5 with sales of 82.000 copies


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What a week it’s been for Katy Perry! She’s just released her third studio album "Prism", celebrated her 29th birthday and now topped the World's Best-selling Singles Chart for an incredible 9 weeks! This is the 2nd longest running #1 of 2013 after Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Katy is also No.1 in Australia for the 9th consecutive week!

 

Avicii remains at No.2 for the 5th week with his global hit  "Wake Me Up!" . Lorde's "Royals" remains at No.3 on the World chart but is N°1 in America now for the 3rd week.  Miley Cyrus is still at No.4 with "Wrecking Ball". New entry at No.5 and greatest gainer this week for Eminem's "Rap God," the 3rd Single from his upcoming album "The Marshall Mather LP 2".
Up one from 7 to No.6 is One Republic's "Counting Stars" which is No.1 this week in the UK! 
At No.7 is Drake's "Hold On We're going Home". Lady Gaga is at No.8 with her Dance Hit "Applause". Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is at No.9 and closing the top 10 is Ellie Goulding with "Burn"
    
New entries this week are Justin Bieber at No.11 with "All That Matters", Pitbull's new single "Timber" featuring Ke$ha at  No.26, Avicii's new Single "Hey Brother" at No.27, 2PM's "Winter Games" at No.28, Imagine Dragon's 4th Single "Demons" at No.32 and Bruno Mars Gorilla which closes the Best-selling Singles chart at No.40.


Lorde Is No One Hit Wonder!

Posted on October 20, 2013

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Despite the popularity of Lorde’s break-out single, which currently sits at the top of the US charts for the 3rd week and at N°3 for the 3rd week running in the world's best-selling singles chart, evidence suggests that she is no one-hit-wonder.
 
When she released two new tracks through SoundCloud in June, “Swinging Party” and “Tennis Court,” they attracted hundreds of thousands of plays in the first few weeks. Her debut album "Pure Heroine", released in the end of September, is at N°6 in the world's best-selling Albums chart!
 
In the past three months, Lorde has seen increases north of 1000% across metrics, from YouTube views, to new Twitter followers to Wikipedia page views. She is currently the second-most viewed artist on Wikipedia.
 
But just a year ago, noone had any idea who Lorde was. Today, she is charting across the globe. Ella Yelich-O’Connor has taken the music industry by storm. The young singer and songwriter from New Zealand released her debut EP in late 2012 and watched her fan base explode as she finalized and prepared to release her first full-length, her track “Royals” propelling her from obscurity to pop royalty in a matter of mere months. 
 
Comparing Lorde to some of the biggest female artists in the industry, she is growing at a much faster pace. In the past three months Lorde saw an increase of more than 525% in the number of new Facebook page likes added, compared to the previous three month period. 
 
So what is the key to Lorde’s success? Well for starters, the Kiwi singer-songwriter has a knack for lyricism and gives pop music a refreshingly original sound. Her lyrics are mature beyond her years, and fans are often startled to learn her young age. She relies on her powerful voice, and infectious beats to capture an audience adding to her credibility as an artist.
 
So stay tuned for more from Lorde, who is bound to rule the industry for years to come.



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