How Did Older Albums by Madonna, Mariah Carey & Janet Jackson All See Sales Gains This Week?

It might be the year 2020, but if you glanced at the U.S. iTunes Store’s Top Albums tally this past week, it’d be hard to tell what decade you were in.

Thanks to sale pricing and fan promotion, a trio of older albums by Mariah Carey, Madonna and Janet Jackson all jumped into the iTunes Store’s always-updating Top Albums tally. On April 27 and 28, Carey’s 2008 album E=MC2 was No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s Top Albums tally, while Madonna’s 1994 set Bedtime Stories visited No. 1 on April 30. Meanwhile, Jackson’s 1986 album Control also visited the top 10 during the week — and at one point, all three albums were together in the top 10.

According to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, E=MC2 sold about 2,000 copies total across all retailers in the U.S. in the week ending April 30. About half of that sum was driven by digital sales on April 27, the day the album topped the iTunes tally. Traditionally, the album sells a negligible figure on a daily basis.

As for Bedtime Stories, it shifted a little over 1,000 copies for the week, while Control sold just under 1,000. Again, the bulk of each album’s sales were driven by digital sales — nearly 1,000 for Bedtime Stories on April 30 (the day it was No. 1 in the iTunes Store) and a little under, 1,000 for Control across three days (April 28-30). Like with E=MC2, both Bedtime Stories and Control generally sell a negligible figure on any normal day.

It doesn’t necessarily take a large number of sales to reach No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s Top Albums ranking, especially considering album sales have been on the decline for years, and it was a particularly soft week for new releases on April 24. The trio of albums were part of an iTunes Store promotion where more than 100 pop albums were discounted to $4.99 and advertised in a banner ad that appears at the top of the front page of the Store, directing consumers to “$4.99 Pop Albums at a Great Price.”

As generally happens with deeply discounted albums (most new titles sell for at least $9.99), they start to rise up the iTunes Store Top Albums list, since it reacts in real time to customers’ purchases. After that, fans of the divas took notice of the albums dotting the iTunes Store Top Albums list and began awareness campaigns on social media to drive attention to the albums. That promotion then helped engineer more sales for the albums, which brought them to the top 10 of the store. At that point, the albums got much wider attention, since the top 10 of the Top Albums list is visible on the front of the iTunes Store, and casual music fans likely saw the albums in the top 10 — perhaps encouraging even more sales.

E=MC2 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated May 3, 2008. Bedtime Stories debuted and peaked at No. 3 (Nov. 12, 1994), and Control hit No. 1 on July 5, 1986. None of the albums are expected to re-enter next week’s Billboard 200 chart, despite their surge on the iTunes Store.

Katy Perry Says She’s ‘Leaning Into Those Cravings’ During Pregnancy

Pregnant and in quarantine means a lot of food delivery.

At least, that’s what Katy Perry has been up to in a new Postmates advertisement, which features the songstress, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Shawn Mendes and more revealing their favorite local restaurants.

“Lean in to those cravings, because I am,” Perry tells the camera after shouting out vegan hotspot Crossroads Kitchen in Los Angeles. The snippet is part of Postmates’ #OrderLocal campaign, which encourages users to support small businesses amid COVID-19 shutdowns.

Perry announced she is expecting a baby with fiancé Orlando Bloom in a surprise reveal during her “Never Worn White” music video. While it’s still unclear when the bundle of joy is due, the couple have confirmed that the baby will be a girl with a shaving cream-covered Instagram post.

See the advertisement below.


Rage Against the Machine Announce Rescheduled Dates for Reunion Tour

Just one month after the coronavirus pandemic caused Rage Against the Machine to postpone their reunion tour with Run the Jewels, the band announced a number of rescheduled dates on Friday (May 1).

The North American and European tour, which was scheduled to coincide with their appearance at (the also postponed) Coachella in April, was set to kick off March 26 in El Paso, Texas, and stretch all the way through September.

“Rage Against The Machine will commence our tour at such a time when we are confident it will be safe for our fans,” the band wrote on their website announcing the new dates, noting that original tickets will still be honored.

See the new dates below, and tickets here.

06-03-21 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center 06-05-21 Las Cruces, New Mexico – Pan American Center
06-07-21 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
06-11-21 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
06-12-21 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
06-15-21 Portland, OR – Moda Center
06-17-21 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
06-19-21 Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific Coliseum at the PNE
06-21-21 Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place
06-23-21 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome
06-25-21 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Bell MTS Place
07-02-21 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
07-03-21 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
07-05-21 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
07-07-21 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
07-09-21 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
07-10-21 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07-12-21 Chicago, IL – United Center
07-20-21 Hamilton, Ontario – FirstOntario Centre
07-22-21 Toronto, Ontario – ScotiaBank Arena
07-23-21 Toronto, Ontario – ScotiaBank Arena
07-26-21 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
07-27-21 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
07-29-21 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center. 08-06-21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-07-21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-09-21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-10-21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-12-21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-14-21 Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
08-15-21 Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
08-17-21 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
08-19-21 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
08-20-21 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

GOT7 Return to Top 5 of World Albums & World Digital Song Sales Charts

Almost seven years into their career, GOT7 continue to prove their strength as consistent chart-toppers.

GOT7’s newly released Dye EP debuts at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Albums chart, marking the K-pop group’s 11th top five entry to date. Dye earns 4,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 23, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that total, 3,000 came from traditional album sales.

Dye marks the septet’s best sales week in more than three years, coming in just behind the chart debut weeks of Flight Log: Arrival (which debuted in April 2017) and Fly (April 2016). So far, GOT7’s best-selling album in America is Fly with 7,000 albums sold to date.

This new release also sends GOT7 to new peaks on both Top Current Albums (at No. 27 on the sales-only focused chart of recent, current releases) as well as Top Album Sales (No. 32 on the sales-only focused chart of all releases). It all shows a strong sales push for the group even as traditional album sales in America were impacted early by coronavirus concerns.

Over on the World Digital Song Sales chart, GOT7’s new single “Not by the Moon” starts at No. 5 on the tally, marking the group’s 14th Top 5 entry. The moody R&B-pop track sold 1,000 copies in the week ending April 23, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Taking inspiration from Romeo and Juliet, “Not by the Moon” and the larger Dye EP all spotlight a much more dramatic and romantic side of GOT7 — all displaying a more mature side of the boy band. Like past releases, the GOT7 members were heavily involved in several of the album’s standout tracks including slick synth-pop opener “Aura” (co-written and co-produced by powerhouse vocalist Youngjae), the snappy and sentimental “Love You Better” (co-written by Jinyoung, another powerhouse singer in the group) and the glitchy, synth-y “Crazy” (co-written and co-produced leader JB).

Watch GOT7’s “Not by the Moon” video, currently with more than 30 million views since its April 20 release, below:

Country Music Streams Surge to New High Again, Thanks to Catalog Hits From Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean & Others

Just a few weeks after streams of country music hit a record high week, the genre has blasted to yet another new record.

In the week ending April 23, on-demand audio streams of country songs totaled 1.260 billion in the U.S. — jumping past the record that was set just a couple of weeks earlier, with 1.244 billion were registered in the week ending April 9.

And unlike in the week ending April 9, where there was a major new streaming-oriented country album to help pump streams (Sam Hunt’s Southside), there was not a huge new release to generate streams in the week ending April 23.

The big gains in streams for the genre seem to be owed in large part to streams of older country tunes.

Streams of older songs (referred to as catalog) accounted for 72.2% of country’s on-demand audio total for the week (910 million of 1.26 billion). In comparison, across all genres for the entire industry, streams of catalog tunes comprised 63.6% of overall on-demand audio streams for the week (10 billion of 15.8 billion).

The acts with a significant number of older songs performing well in the most recent week include Jason Aldean (“Dirt Road Anthem,” “Rearview Town” more), Luke Bryan (including “Country Girl [Shake It for Me],” “That’s My Kind of Night”) and Chris Stapleton (“Tennessee Whiskey,” “Broken Halos,” others).

Further, streams of country catalog songs have ballooned in 2020, growing from 767 million in the first week of the year (week ending Jan. 9) to now over 900 million in the week ending April 23. Meanwhile, streams of newer (current) country songs, started of 2020 with 301 million in the week ending Jan. 9, and have grown just over 350 million in the latest tracking week (ending April 23).

So while current country streaming volume is growing, it’s catalog that is leading the charge for the genre’s big gains.

Kesha Cancels Tour Due to Coronavirus

Kesha’s 2020 High Road tour with Big Freedia will not be happening this year due to COVID-19.

“I’m so sad to announce that I am unable to move forward with rescheduling my 2020 High Road Tour due to health and safety concerns,” the songstress wrote on Instagram on Friday (May 1). “This is heartbreaking, but the safety of my fans & crew is my number 1 priority. Because of the current situation, doing this tour in 2020 is no longer feasible. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and express ourselves together in spirit and online. I will do my best to bring you all as much art and music as I can, as we get through this all together.”

She went on to note that all tickets will be refunded. “I truly can’t wait to get back on the road again and play songs from High Road for you,” she concluded. “Thank you for being here, and for your understanding. Please stay tuned for more info about new tour dates in 2021. I’m going to boogie with you SO hard next year.  Stay well and stay strong, wishing all of you health!  XOXO. at the end of a storm comes a rainbow.”

The tour in support of her recent album High Road was originally set to begin in Texas on April 23, and span all the way through June. See her announcement below.


Here Are the Lyrics to Kelly Clarkson’s ‘I Dare You’

Kelly Clarkson’s hopeful multi-language single “I Dare You” catapults to No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week (chart dated May 2).

She recorded “I Dare You” as a duet in five other languages, with Faouzia singing in Arabic (“كنتحداك”), Zaz singing in French (“Appelle Ton Amour”), Maya Buskila singing in Hebrew (“בוא נראה”), Blas Cantó singing in Spanish (“Te Reto A Amar”) and Glasperlenspiel singing in German (“Trau Dich”).

“It’s basically, ‘I dare you to love instead of fear,'” she said of the meaning behind the lyrics on The Tonight Show: At Home Edition earlier this month. “Especially I feel like, we’re in a world where — I mean this song, ironically is very fitting right now — but before pandemic times, it’s no secret as a nation we’re super divided. As a world, we’re getting even more divided and it’s so funny ’cause we’re so technologically advanced. Like you think it would be the opposite, that we’d be more about connection but… I thought the song would be cool to do in that sense. And then all this happened.”

Check out the lyrics below.

There’s a wolf that preys on a world
That strays so far from the Garden (oh)
And just like your own
Every heart you know seems cold and hardened (oh)
You may not have the stage, but you still have a voice
You may not have the strength, but if you have a choice

I dare you to love
Oh, I dare you to love
Even if you’re hurt and you can only see the worst
Even if you think it’s not enough
Oh, I dare you to love

We’re all full of hope, tryna stay afloat, tryna save one another
People let you drown ’cause they don’t know how to stay above water
When they’re too broken to know what they’ve put you through
Do the only thing that you’d want done to you

Oh, I dare you to love (dare you to love)
Oh, I dare you to love (I dare you to love)
Even if you’re hurt and you can only see the worst (oh)
Even if you think it’s not enough
Oh, I dare you to love

I dare you to love, oh

You may not have the stage, but you still have a voice
You may not have the strength, but if you have a choice

I dare you to love, even if you can’t
No, I dare you to love
Oh, even if you’re hurt
And you can only see the worst (only see the worst)
Even if you think it’s not enough
Oh, I, I dare you

I dare you
Oh, I, I dare you to love

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Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Written by: Ben West, Jeff Gitelman, Jesse Shatkin, Laura Veltz, Natalie Hemby