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  • Beyoncé’s shock release fifth LP, which appeared without warning overnight last Friday (13th December) has become the fastest selling album in the history of iTunes, shifting 828,773 copies worldwide in three days. The self-titled album was released through Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records as a ‘visual album’ exclusively on iTunes.
  • As GTA V breaks sales records, shifting 1.57m copies in a day in the UK alone and generating £500m in revenue for the video games industry, The Gen asks- In the age of the instant stream, can the release of new music measure up to other entertainment industry launches?
  • Jay Z has struck a reportedly lucrative deal with Samsung for forthcoming album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ (no, really)- with the only catch that the one million free copies to be given away to Samsung Galaxy users on July 4th will not be chart eligible in the UK.
  • Independent global rights agency Merlin turned five this week and will celebrate building up a membership of 20,000 labels with a collective catalogue of three million tracks.After launching in 2008, key indies including Beggars, Warp and Domino swiftly signed up, with Merlin going on to battle everything from Myspace (for jumping into bed with only the majors) to the Universal takeover of EMI (for literally wanting to kick every other label out of bed).
  • iTunes are now streaming David Bowie’s new album ‘The Next Day’ in its entirety up to the release date of March 11 in the UK. The worldwide exclusive appeared four days ago, with the album also available for pre-order. At the beginning of the year, Bowie shock-released new single ‘Where are we now’ through the platform, creating the PR storm of the year so far without a strategy and bypassing any kind of radio support or promo.
  • The BRITS effect is rippling through the charts this week with Emeli Sandé back up to Number Two with ‘Our Version of Events’ and Ben Howard seeing sales of his album triple overnight- but the big question seems to be if such a super slick and predictable ceremony was actually entertaining, despite achieving the highest TV viewing figures in a decade.
  • 18th Feb 2013

    It’s oh so Quietus

    Leftfield online music magazine The Quietus has launched a record label and will release London based artist East India Youth's (aka William Doyle) debut EP ‘Hostel’ on 25 March. Announced on their website, The Quietus Phonographic Corporation is described as “100% DIY release with no backers aside from our own pockets, no PR, no radio plugging”.
  • After declaring the Internet to be “completely over” in 2010, getting into legal wrangles over a baby dancing to his music on Youtube and giving his music away with copies of The Mirror, you may be forgiven for thinking that pop star Prince has an aversion to online media- not exactly an early adopter. This week however, he seems to have finally given in by releasing new single ‘Screwdriver’ through digital distributors Believe and selling the video online.
  • David Bowie today (08 January) launched a surprise return to the music world, bypassing radio and any pre-release promo to release a new single exclusively through iTunes.
  • 28th Nov 2012

    PIAS of the action

    Independent music distributor and label PIAS Recordings will launch a new website and app on December 4 as it prepares to celebrate 30 years in the business.
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