Elton John’s ‘Madman Across the Water’ Reissue Hits Top 10 on Top Album Sales

Elton John’s 50th-anniversary reissue of Madman Across the Water makes a splash on Billboard’s album charts (dated June 25), as the set debuts in the top 10 on both Top Album Sales and Vinyl Albums. The set also arrives on Top Rock Albums and Catalog Albums, and it charts on the Billboard 200 for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Madman Across the Water was first released in 1972 and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 in February of that year. The set contained the hit singles “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer.”

Also in the top 10 on Top Album Sales: new releases from BTS, Motionless In White and Carrie Underwood debut, while Seatbelts’ Cowboy Bebop soundtrack hits the top 10 for the first time after a vinyl reissue.

Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now Luminate. Pure album sales were the sole measurement utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units.

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Madman Across the Water was reissued on June 10 in five new configurations – a deluxe digital album, a two-CD set, a four LP vinyl box set, a super deluxe three-CD/one-blu-ray box set and a single-LP colored vinyl pressing. All but the latter includes an array of bonus tracks. All versions of the album, old and new, are combined for tracking and charting purposes.

On the 31-year-old Top Album Sales chart, Madman debuts at No. 8 with 7,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending June 16, according to Luminate. Of that sum, vinyl sales comprise 3,000 – enabling its debut at No. 9 on the Vinyl Albums chart. The latter list ranks the week’s top-selling vinyl albums.

Madman also debuts at Top Rock Albums (No. 16), Catalog Albums (No. 43) and re-enters the Billboard 200 (No. 115) with 9,000 equivalent album units earned. Madman was last on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 11, 1972. (Top Rock Albums and Catalog Albums rank the week’s most popular rock releases, and catalog [older] albums of the week, respectively, by units.)

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At No. 1 on Top Album Sales, BTS’ Proof scores the year’s second-largest sales week, arriving with 266,000 copies sold. Harry Styles’ former No. 1 Harry’s House is a non-mover at No. 2 with 26,000 sold (down 22%).

Rock band Motionless In White sees its new studio album Scoring the End of the World debut at No. 3 – the band’s highest-charting set yet on Top Album Sales. The effort launches with the group’s second-largest sales week ever: 23,000 sold. At No. 4, Carrie Underwood’s latest studio release, Denim & Rhinestones, starts with 22,000 sold.

SEVENTEEN’s 4th Album: Face the Sun falls from No. 1 to No. 5 in its second week with 17,000 sold (down 59%). TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s chart-topping Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child is steady at No. 6 with 13,000 (up 17%) and Olivia Rodrigo’s former leader Sour dips 5-7 with 10,000 (down 29%).

Seatbelts’ soundtrack to Cowboy Bebop hits the top 10 for the first time as the set re-enters the chart at No. 9 with 7,000 sold (up 10,694%). The album had previously topped out at No. 25 on the Feb. 6, 2021-dated list. The soundtrack surges back onto the chart following a double-LP colored vinyl reissue. Effectively all of the album’s sales for the week were from vinyl formats, and the set re-enters the Vinyl Albums chart at new high of No. 3.

Closing out the top 10 on Top Album Sales is Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Toothache, which falls 3-10 in its second week with nearly 7,000 sold (down 69%).

In the week ending June 16, there were 1.961 million albums sold in the U.S. (up 16% compared to the previous week). Of that sum, physical albums (CDs, vinyl LPs, cassettes, etc.) comprised 1.589 million (up 21.3%) and digital albums comprised 372,000 (down 2.4%).

There were 909,000 CD albums sold in the week ending June 16 (up 41.3% week-over-week) and 670,000 vinyl albums sold (up 2%). Year-to-date CD album sales stand at 15.501 million (down 10.9% compared to the same time frame a year ago) and year-to-date vinyl album sales total 17.638 million (down 0.2%).

Overall year-to-date album sales total 42.989 million (down 9% compared to the same year-to-date time frame a year ago). Year-to-date physical album sales stand at 33.372 million (down 5.3%) and digital album sales total 9.617 million (down 19.7%).

Dua Lipa Sued (Again) for Posting Paparazzi Photos of Herself to Instagram

Dua Lipa is being sued for posting paparazzi photos of herself to Instagram for the second time in a year, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in California. This time, a New York-based photographer named Robert Barbera is claiming the singer committed copyright infringement after posting photos he took of her in July 2018 to the social media platform.

“Without permission or authorization from Plaintiff, Defendant volitionally selected, copied, stored and displayed each of Plaintiff’s copyright protected Photographs,” the complaint, written by attorney Craig Sanders, reads. The photos in question, which were also taken in July 2018 and attached as an exhibit to the suit, show Lipa wearing a black sweater bearing the word “HEROES” in large capital letters.

As in the prior suit, which was brought by a company called Integral Images, Barbera claims that because Lipa uses her Instagram account to advertise her music and brand and promote her business interests, she financially benefitted from posting his copyrighted photos there and harmed the “potential market” for them.

“Upon information and belief, the Infringements increased traffic to the Account and, in turn, caused Defendant to realize an increase in the revenues generated via Defendant’s promotional events and the sale of Defendant’s musical works,” the complaint reads.

Barbera further alleges that after discovering the photos on Lipa’s Instagram account in June 2019, he attempted to resolve the matter outside the courts but that “communication slowed and eventually stopped” after she was provided with a draft copy of the complaint. The images were subsequently removed from her account.

Barbera is requesting actual damages and a disgorgement of all profits attributable to the infringing activity, an order enjoining Lipa from infringing any of his other works, costs of the suit and pre-judgment interest.

Representatives for Lipa and Barbera did not immediately respond to Billboard‘s requests for comment.

Barbera has a history of bringing suit against celebrities for posting his photos to their social accounts. In May 2019, he sued Ariana Grande for posting photos he took of her to Instagram, and followed up with a second, similar lawsuit against the singer in January 2020; both cases were later dismissed. In October 2019, he sued Justin Bieber for the same reason in a case that was quickly settled out of court.

The Integral Images lawsuit against Dua Lipa was dismissed with prejudice – meaning the claim cannot be refiled – in October.

Maná Returns to Latin Airplay Top 10 Thanks to ‘Te Lloré Un Río,’ With Christian Nodal

Maná is back in the top 10 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart for the first time since 2016, as “Te Lloré Un Río,” with Christian Nodal, improves 14-6 on the June 25-dated ranking.

“Te Lloré Un Río” ascends with 7.54 million in audience impressions, up 29%, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 19, according to Luminate. Maná’s new version of the song returns the group to Latin Airplay’s upper tier for the first time in over five years, when the band took over the throne with “Rayando El Sol,” with Nicky Jam, for one week in Oct. 2016. The group has accumulated a total of 18 top 10s dating back to its first in 1995.

The new version of “Te Lloré Un Río” with Nodal’s vocals tinted with mariachi and banda sinaloense sounds, is the sixth song from Maná’s collaborations project which launched in 2019. The series has seen Mana re-record new versions of its older songs with new guest collaborators Four out of those have reached Latin Airplay: “Rayando El Sol,” with Pablo Alborán (No. 33 high, June 2019), “Eres Mi Religión,” with Joy (No. 33, July 10, 2021), “Mariposa Traicionera,” with Alejandro Fernández (No. 47, Feb. 2022),  and “Te Lloré Un Rio.”

Maná’s original version of “Te Lloré,” was released as part of the Mexican group’s Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?, which was released in 1994 and reached No. 4 on Top Latin Albums (the band’s first entry on the list).  The track pre-dates the Latin Airplay list as it launched Nov. 2, 1994.  It has since generated 51.4 million U.S. streams, according to Luminate.

“Te Lloré,” with Nodal, was released Feb. 25 via Warner Latina. It becomes Nodal’s 14 top 10 and his sixth through a collaboration.

Over on Hot Latin Songs, the regional Mexican-peppered tune also benefits from its airplay push as it debuts atNo. 50. It’s Maná’s first visit to the airplay-, digital sales-, streaming-blended ranking since 2016. The song has generated 8.5 million streams to date.

Beyond its Latin Airplay top 10 ranking, “Te Lloré” scoots 10-3 on Regional Mexican Airplay with 45% gain in plays, to become the largest percentage gain among the chart’s 40 titles.

SiriusXM’s Senior Director, Country Programming JR Schumann to Exit

JR Schumann, senior director of country programming at SiriusXM, will exit his role July 15, the company has announced. SiriusXM’s vp, programming, Darrin Smith, will then oversee those channels on an interim basis.

“After almost seven years, I’ve decided to leave SiriusXM and pursue other opportunities and adventures,” Schumann said in a statement. “I’m beyond proud of everything my team and I have accomplished and wish everyone at SiriusXM nothing but continued success.”

Schumann joined SiriusXM in December 2015, and his role included overseeing SiriusXM’s country and Christian programming, as well as the Elvis Radio channel.

Prior to his role at SiriusXM, Schumann served as operations manager for Cumulus Media’s Dallas stations, as well as program director duties for country stations KSCS and KPLX. Prior to joining Cumulus in 2014, Schumann held programming roles including time at WWKA Orlando, Fla.; KYKX Tyler, Texas; and KIXB El Dorado, Ark. He has also worked in on-air positions at WZZK Birmingham, Ala., and KIXX Victoria, Texas.

Over the past few years, SiriusXM has made larger commitments to the country music format, including the launch of Women of Country as a full-time streaming channel on the SXM app after limited runs in 2020 and 2021. This month, they also launched the limited engagement channel Country Pride.

Other channel launches on the SXM app include Highway Top Hits, Prime Country ’80s Hits, Prime Country Deep Cuts, Highway on the Horizon, Prime Country Party, Highway Just Music, ’90s to Now Country Hits, Prime Country Top 100, Country Classic Mix, Today’s Country BBQ and Country & Pop Party.

Universal Music Launches Media Platform to Better Connect Artists With Brands

Universal Music Group for Brands (UMGB) has launched an advanced media and data platform designed to more easily connect brands with exclusive UMG artist content, the company announced Wednesday (June 22).

Called the UMusic Media Network, the platform will give brands access to UMG’s inventory of music video content spanning all leading social platforms as well as UMG data and insights, allowing them to hyper-target audiences at scale. Content offered through the network will include official music videos, songs and lyrics videos, artist vlogs and lifestyle content from UMG-owned platforms including Rebel Labs, Mercury Studios and Polygram Entertainment. The network will also offer branded content and partnership opportunities across all of UMG’s labels and artists.

UMGB claims to boast tens of thousands of hours of video content and over 4 trillion minutes of UMG content on YouTube. Its consolidated digital properties also draw over 150 million unique visitors every month across desktop, smartphones and tablets in the U.S. alone, according to the company.

The UMusic Media Network will be led by Richard Yaffa, executive vp, global head of UMGB, and Morgan Buksbaum, senior vp of media and properties at UMGB. The platform is fully integrated into UMG’s global operations, pulling on the resources of divisions including commercial services & UMGB; digital strategy; data, e-commerce and media; and digital rights administration.

The network’s public launch comes on the heels of a year-long beta program that UMGB claims has resulted in millions of views for advertiser content.

“Through this cutting-edge new platform, UMG artists can create destination programming exclusively for brands, giving our partners the ability to hyper-target culturally relevant content where they have not been able to do before,” said Yaffa in a statement.

Added Michele Anthony, executive vp at UMG, “The UMusic Media Network combines the unique collective resources that only UMG, as the world’s leading music-based entertainment company can provide to partners, creating an unrivalled service that leverages and delivers the reach, power and influence that great music and artist content can bring, while creating value for our artists, labels and our partners.”

Britney Spears Returns to Instagram With New House Update: ‘Change Is So Great’

It’s been a week since Britney Spears posted on Instagram, her social media platform of choice, and after a few days of her profile being inactive, she’s back with a positive update for fans.

Alongside a series of bikini selfies and a video of her new husband Sam Asghari diving into a swimming pool, Spears shared that the couple moved into their new home “around the same time” as their wedding. “Not the smartest thing to do, she wrote in the caption. “Oh well it’s coming together … it’s so weird I wake up and everything is new … new pool … new kitchen … new bed … I think I’m in shock !!! Figuring out a couple of things … I definitely like being outside but I also like being inside too … my yard is sick so my dogs are in pig heaven !!! Change is so great … as my kids say … that’s fetch !!!”

“Since I’m so uncool … yes I will keep sharing … it keeps me on track … my family has always had a way of letting me know … well I guess I have a pretty good way as well !!!” she continued. “I took a nice dip in my pool … it’s so bright and it has a nice chill spot … and a slide … I went down it 4 times already … it’s hella fast !!! I cut all my hair short and my husband just made me a steak … life is good.”

Spears and Asghari, who have been together for five years, officially tied the knot on June 9. The fairytale-like wedding — the singer’s third and the personal trainer’s first — comes eight months after they announced their engagement in September. The pair met in 2016 on the set of the singer’s “Slumber Party” video.