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Robin Thicke’s Dramatic Plunge

How the “Blurred Lines” singer went from chart topper to bottom dweller in one short year

My, my, my.  If you ever needed proof of how fickle the public can be, all you need to do is look at the sales numbers from last week’s release of Robin Thicke’s latest album Paula. At this time last year, Thicke had the top song of the spring/summer.  “Blurred Lines” was tearing up the radio, and its accompanying NSFW music video was filling the screens of mobile devices around […]


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Album Sales Slump for First Half of 2014—Commentary/Analysis

More bad news this week for the record industry. As Hypebot reports (via Celebrity Access), the Neilsen SoundScan and Neilsen BDI numbers released this week show that between December 30, 2013 and June 29, 2014, album sales  slumped 14.9% versus the same time period last year. Where in years past an increase in digital download sales was able to offset physical CD sales drops, for this six-month period digital albums […]


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Soul Legend Bobby Womack Passes Away, Age 70

Bobby Womack, the R&B and soul legend known for penning and/or recording hits like “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha,” “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “It’s All Over Now,” died on Friday.  He was 70 years old. A publicist for Womack’s label XL Recordings confirmed his death to media on Friday.  Womack had suffered from a variety of health issues, including colon cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and […]


Casey Kasem

Broadcasting Icon Casey Kasem Dead at 82

Casey Kasem, the voice of the American Top 40 countdown radio show for more than three decades, and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo for even longer, died early Sunday morning at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, WA due to complications from Lewy body dementia. He was 82. His daughter, Kerri Kasem, first broke the news on her Facebook page with the following statement: “Early this Father’s Day […]


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PSY’s “Gangnam Style” Video Achieves Record 2 Billion Views

Bet you thought “Gangnam Style” was a thing of the past, yes?  Nope. The cheesy-yet-catchy dance video by K-Pop artist PSY is still going strong, breaking its own records.  Just seventeen months after becoming the first YouTube video ever to surpass 1 billion views, this week “Gangnam Style” crossed the 2-billion threshold, again being the first YouTube video ever to reach such a milestone. News of the milestone have brought […]


Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem Located in Washington State

As an update to our report yesterday as to the search for missing radio icon Casey Kasem…multiple news sources are reporting this morning that he has been found in Washington state. A statement from daughter Kerri Kasem’s publicist has confirmed the news: “We have received confirmation that Casey Kasem has been found. The family has grave concerns about his health and will do everything in their power to bring him […]


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Casey Kasem’s Whereabouts Unknown, Judge Orders Investigation

Within a family dispute of the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction variety, legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem has turned up missing, prompting an L.A. Superior Court Judge to order an investigation to determine his whereabouts. Kasem, 82, has been thought to suffer from Parkinson’s disease, but CNN is reporting that the family recently learned he actually suffers from Lewy body disease, a progressive ailment similar to Parkinson’s that causes dementia. The former “American Top […]


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Heroin “Played a Role” In Death of Peaches Geldof: Authorities

When the death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof (daughter of music icon Bob Geldof) sent shock waves through the entertainment community last month, her autopsy results came back as “inconclusive.”  Today, authorities are saying that according to the toxicology reports, heroin use likely “played a role” in her death. While heroin has not been officially ruled as the cause of death, the reports indicate the illegal drug was present in the […]


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The Spring of Cancelled Tours? Lorde, Miley and Others Off the Road

At this rate, spring 2014 may go down in music history as the “spring of cancelled tours,” as an inordinate number of high-profile artists have had to come off the road for one or more legitimate reasons.  At least four major tours have been affected, and by sheer coincidence, most of the cancelled dates have affected Australia. The slew of cancellations seems to have started in March when The Rolling […]


Record Store Day 2014

It’s Record Store Day. Go Out and Buy Some Records.

So yesterday was Good Friday, and tomorrow is Easter. What to do in the meantime? How about buying some records at your local independent record store? Yes, today, Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day—the day when music fans around the world show their support of independent record retailers by actually going to the store and buying physical copies of records.  (Anyone remember when we did that sort of thing […]


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“Unexplained” Death of Peaches Geldof Stuns Music Community

Peaches Geldof, the 25-year-old daughter of iconic singer-songwriter Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, died suddenly and inexplicably at her South East England home on Monday, April 7.  As of this morning, USA Today reports that the autopsy results are “inconclusive.” Toxicology tests are scheduled, but the results could take several weeks. Bob Geldof released a statement on behalf of the family later that evening: “Peaches has died. We […]


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Jack White Aims for World Record on Record Store Day

Jack White loves records.  Not just the vinyl kind (though his love for old-school recordings and attempts to preserve them are well-documented). We’re also talking about the Guinness Book of World Records type of records—the kind that are made to be broken.  After crying foul a few years ago when the Guinness folks refused to accept a one-note White Stripes concert as the shortest concert ever played, White now plans […]


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Twitter Partners with Billboard on New Real-Time Music Chart

Looks like Twitter hasn’t given up on curating their own music charts. On the heels of officially burying their failed Twitter #Music app, the social media giant is trying again—and who better to help them than Billboard.  Yesterday, it was announced that the two entities will be partnering to launch the all-new “Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts,” which will track ongoing Twitter activity regarding the latest bands, artists and songs. Those […]


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List of Special Releases Announced for Record Store Day 2014

It’s that time of year again. Less than a month from now (April 19, to be exact), music fans around the world will crowd into hundreds of independent record retailers in honor of Record Store Day 2014. In keeping with the growing tradition, hundreds of notable artists are planning special, one-of-a kind releases that can only be purchased at these independent retailers starting on April 19.  The full list can […]


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Music Festivals: They Ain’t What They Used to Be

In case you hadn’t heard—it’s music festival season again. SXSW in Austin just wrapped last week, and next month launches two weekends’ worth of Coachella in the California desert.  What’s more, it seems music festivals are big business these days; more of ‘em seem to be popping up around the world each day (and selling out faster than ever), and summer tours by up-and-coming and mainstream bands alike seem to […]


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