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'THE CLAP' MAKING NOISE
I really love Perez Hilton's blog and recently I read that he has released a song called "The Clap." He even published the lyrics and the song on his Web site. The song is really, really, really bad, but he says you can buy it on iTunes. My question: is he as successful as a singer as he is a blogger?
So far, "The Clap" has sold just over 2,000 digital downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keep in mind that it is unknown what the expectations were for this song, so don't assume that 2,000 is disappointing.
SOL-ANGEL DOESN'T GET WINGS
Solange's latest album "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams" is actually really, really good. Some critics even call it a modern day classic, but its sales don't show it. Why are its sales still very low despite it being a great album?
Actually, Solange's sophomore album isn't selling too shabby. So far, it has sold 114,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's already 3,000 more than her 2003 debut set, "Solo Star," has sold to date.
Perhaps her lack of significant success on U.S. radio airwaves is hurting the album's sales. She has yet to chart on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and spent just one week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Airplay chart (at No. 75 with "I Decided").
She is doing quite well on our Hot Dance Club Play chart, however. Both "I Decided" and "Sandcastle Disco" have peaked at No. 1 on that chart.
GRACING THE CHART
I was just wondering: how many records has Grace Jones sold since Nielsen SoundScan started keeping track of sales back in 1991?
Overall, Grace Jones' catalog has sold 282,000 albums in the U.S. since 1991 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The biggest seller of the bunch is "Island Life," which has shifted 112,000.
Her new "Hurricane" album, her first studio set since 1989, is out now in Europe, but has yet to be released in the U.S. (You can, however, purchase it for under $20 as an import CD at Amazon.com.)