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It's official: Eminem's new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with the second-largest sales week of the year. The set, released on Nov. 5, sold a bigger-than-expected 792,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week, industry sources had forecast it to bow with around 750,000.
Lorde has signed with Songs Music Publishing in a worldwide deal that includes her debut EP, “The Love Club,” top-selling full-length “Pure Heroine” and future recordings. The deal, which is worth $2.5 million, according to a person familiar with the terms, caps off a highly competitive, months-long bidding war in which over a half-dozen top publishers were courting the 17-year-old singer (born Ella Yellich O’Connor). It follows the breakout success of her single “Royals,” which this week extends its reign on the Hot 100 to six weeks.
Live Nation is negotiating to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to the New York Times, citing people with direct knowledge of the deals.
Lady Gaga on Sunday night (Nov. 10) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard pulled off an extravagant spectacle of a record release party for “ARTPOP" complete with a flying dress, a rather decadent artRave with priceless artwork, free food trucks, open bars, a full-stage show complete with rotating spiral staircase, Artpop app demonstrations and more laid out before an army of wildly-clad Little Monsters and a phalanx of national press -- all without any visible sign of sponsorship.
The 41-year San Francisco resident has been sentenced to three years of probation and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, according to multiple reports. A misdemeanor battery charge originally filed against Kurland was dropped.
Apple is giving iTunes users a chance to donate to relief efforts for the typhoon tragedy in the Philippines.
In this edition of the ever-spinning Executive Turntable: Ari Taitz and Kenny Weagly named to ADA International; Shawn ‘Tubby’ Holiday Joins Columbia; Warner Music appoints Dirk Ewald, SVP Global Catalogue Mgmt; and George Borkowski is promoted to RIAA's SVP of Litigation. Congrats to all.
This week, one Ross On Radio listener tweeted that he felt the format was going into a downturn. Another wrote to remark that the format had seemed to miss its once-customary early-decade doldrums. So it seemed like a good time to take a look at the format's health, from ratings to available product. Here's part one.
Sony recently announced that unlike the PlayStation 3, its PlayStation 4 would not be able to play CDs or MP3 files, leading a small but concentrated fan backlash from would-be purchasers upset by the removal of the functionality. Now President of Sony Computer Entertainment Shuhei Yoshida has told Giant Bomb that the PS4 development team is working to add the ability to play both in a post-launch patch.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive worldwide music publishing agreement with Miley Cyrus to administer her hit album Bangerz.
Paul McGuinness is set to step down as manager of Irish band U2.
Grooveshark is in some hot water thanks to the BPI, a trade organization in the U.K. that is looking to get the company blocked by U.K. ISPs. Though they’ve eluded previous rounds of blocking, it is rumored that Grooveshark is the primary target of the upcoming campaign.
Pop-art provocateur Jeff Koons has broken a world record for a price paid for a single artwork by a living artist. His sculpture "Balloon Dog (Orange)" fetched $58,405,000 at a Christie's New York auction on Tuesday night. High-end estimates suggested it might sell for as much as $55 million. (The previous record-holder was a painting by Gerhard Richter depicting an Italian city square, which sold for $37.1 million in May.) Christie's has released no information as to the identity of the winning bidder.
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