Sam Bailey, the U.K. winner of the 2013 season of “The X Factor,” sold close to 73,000 units last week to debut atop the British album chart yesterday (March 30) with her first set “The Power Of Love” (Syco Music/Sony). Australian teenage pop quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer went straight in at No. 1 with their single “She Looks So Perfect” (Capitol/Universal).
Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. It could sell around 150,000 copies in the week ending March 30. If the hot-selling album remains atop the list -- which will be revealed on Wednesday, April 2 -- it will become the longest-running No. 1 album since 2012, when Adele's "21" spent its 24th (and final) week at No. 1, on the chart dated June 23.
Since midnight December 13, 2013, "pulling a Beyonce" has become shorthand for the music industry's favorite new marketing tactic — issuing a "surprise" album with little or no prior fanfare. But has the strategy paid off for those who've tried their own spin on the stealth approach?
Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer is red-hot. The group, which opened for One Direction on the bulk of its 2013 arena tour, is tracking to make a very splashy debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart in two weeks.