It’s been more than 20 years since Michael Jackson set the record for most Number One singles from an album with his five chart-topping hits from ‘Bad.’ In fact, as the industry has splintered into niche marketplaces over the last decade and change, it’s looked like that record might stand forever.
It’s all the more impressive, then, that Katy Perry managed to duplicate Jackson’s feat earlier this year, when she notched her fifth Number One single from ‘Teenage Dream’ — and now she’s looking to move past the King of Pop in the history books as she releases the album’s sixth single, ‘The One That Got Away.’
From the mid 80s to the mid 90s, Gloria Estefan’s pioneering blend of pop and Latin dance club music was pretty much inescapable on Top 40 radio. Though her crossover success has cooled, she may have found her new platinum hit for American audiences.
Record sales are nowhere near what they were 15 years ago, but you still never know when an amazing new talent is going to pop up, where they might appear or which corner of the globe they might hail from.
Most of the considerable hype surrounding the ‘Twilight’ series has centered on the many, many books and movie tickets it’s sold, but the franchise has also been a musical phenomenon, generating more than 4.5 million units in sales over three soundtrack albums.
With the next installment in the series scheduled to reach theaters on November 18, dedicated Twi-hards — not to mention music retailers — have been eagerly awaiting news about its soundtrack. On Monday, Atlantic Records obliged, releasing the full track listing and artwork via Twitter.
He’s sold more than four million albums in the last two years and is a more or less constant presence on the iTunes and Billboard charts. So when Justin Bieber announced that he was recording a Christmas album for this year’s holiday season, it automatically became one of the fourth quarter’s most highly anticipated releases.
At this point, Bieber could probably hum carols through a kazoo and turn it into a hit, but give him credit for not phoning it in — not only will his Christmas collection reportedly consist of all original tunes, but he’s lining up some high-profile guest stars from across the musical spectrum, including young country act the Band Perry.
In today’s pop marketplace, it’s commonly accepted for an artist to take three years or longer to finish a new album, which is almost exactly how long it took Lady Gaga to get from her first full-length collection, ‘The Fame,’ to its recently released follow-up, ‘Born This Way.’
But Gaga didn’t get where she is by following what everyone else is doing, and based on comments she made during a recent call-in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, it sounds like she’ll be back with another album sooner than anyone expected.
For her 10th full-length studio effort, Blige has created a sequel to her Grammy-nominated 1994 sophomore release, ‘My Life,’ which sold three million copies, spawned four hit singles, and is widely regarded as a modern R&B classic.
The more we learn about Justin Bieber‘s upcoming Christmas album, the clearer it becomes that it won’t be just another quickie cash-in holiday release. Bieber’s bringing all-new original material to the table and lining up some special guests to help him share the yuletide spirit.
It’s been an awfully long wait between new albums for fans of No Doubt, who’ve had to make do with their old CDs and a 2009 tour to tide them over since the band last surfaced with ‘Rock Steady’ in 2001.
And that wait is about to get a little longer. The band has just dashed hopes that its next release would be in stores before the end of the year, admitting that “it’s just not ready yet.”
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