When Chuck Berry sang "Up in the mornin' and out to school/The teacher is teachin' the golden rule," rock'n'roll was reserved for after-school activities. Wind-up Records and its recent signing Aranda have learned that when class is in session, an "A" on a project can also produce chart positions. In February, Trey Rick, coordinator of academic operations at the Academy of Contemporary Music at th
Lots of interesting stories on this week's charts, including: In short time, Gotye's album "Making Mirrors" has gone from lackluster to closing in on sales of 200K; Kelly Clarkson's latest set appropriately-titled "Stronger" is nearing 700K; and Florence + the Machine's track "Shake It Out" gets a boost from Katharine McPhee covering it on NBC's "Smash."
Next week, watch for Coldplay's new album, "Mylo Xyloto," to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the set will sell at least 440,000 and 450,000 by Oct. 30. The British band's fifth studio set, which was released on Oct. 24, will mark its third No. 1 album, following 2005's "X&Y" and 2008's "Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends."