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We all love us some Groupon! The restaurant, spa, and travel deals make us oh so happy, but now you can even get a “Body Party” on Groupon. No, not that kind of body party, the one only our girl Ciara can provide. That’s because the singer will be selling both her new album, “Ciara,” and compilation album, “The Very Best Of Ciara,” for a 2-CD deal on Groupon.
Although ‘Ciara’ scored the third spot of the Billboard charts by selling 59,000 units, the album sales quickly dropped; therefore, making Groupon a viable business move. Since Jay-Z caught some heat for his Samsung Magna Carta Holy Grail deal, we decided to see what Twitter fans had to say. But before you see the shade they threw, check out Ciara’s Groupon deal. It ends August 2, 2013.
Rules were made to be broken. At least that’s Jay Z’s logic. Under the prophetic hashtag #newrules, the rapper and businessman announced that his latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” would be given away 72 hours before its officially release date via a free app for Samsung Galaxy customers. Rather than continuing the fight the music industry has waged against free music since the days of Napster, Jay Z embraced technology, to the tune of $5 million.
Everything didn’t go according to plan. But anyone gleefully pointing to the app crashing the night of “Magna Carta”’s early release as a sign of failure misses the point entirely. Samsung spent a few million dollars – a small amount for the telecommunications juggernaut – to bill themselves as the official leakers of Jay-Z’s album. The buzz generated by the deal coupled with Jay Z’s payout makes both parties winners.
The RIAA quickly jumped on the #newrules bandwagon, tweaking its gold and platinum awards program to cover any digital album sales that previously had to wait a month to be qualified in order to allow for “returns” (unsold, but shipped, stock); making Jay Z’s latest album an instant platinum success.
But everyone isn’t excited about the new world order Jay is ushering in. LL Cool J tells Revolt TV:
“Numbers are Numbers. In the numbers is truth, but in terms of touching the people it’s a little different…For me as an artist I still want to be able to touch the people individually…It still matters to me that people individually went out and bought my record. Although I still think a million sold is a million sold, but for me I like to know that a million PEOPLE bought my record, not a company bought a million copies of my record.”
Billboard took a similar old-school stance when they declined Jay-Z’s team request for the million albums sold to be counted on the charts saying, “ever-visionary Jay-Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy…But in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale.”
If 1 million copies of an album are paid for, but no one is there to buy them, is the album really platinum? …Does it really matter? Outside of being a handy statistic for stans to bring up during “who’s the best artist” debates, have fans ever really cared about platinum plaques?
The RIAA had a point when it announced the rewriting of its rules: “The reality is that how fans consume music is changing, the music business is changing as labels and artists partner with a breathtaking array of new technology services.”
Individual album sales are a remnant of music industry past. Magna Carta gives us a peek at the future of music where the industry dances to the tech industry’s tune.
Jay isn’t the first to hand out albums for free (Prince slid his “Planet Earth” album into copies of the Mail, and Radiohead lets fans pay what they wanted for “In Rainbows”), or sell an album as an app (Björk’s released “Biophilia” for the iPad in 2011).
If the fervor generated by Magna Carta’s early release is any indication, the album would have been a success without it. When the app crashed, the leaked album quickly took over radio airwaves and was gobbled up by non-Samsung users. We all may have trouble swallowing the fact that a company paid for Jay to go platinum but at the end of the day, this whole ordeal was nothing more than a well-executed promotional campaign.
Rather than squabble over Jay Z’s well-coordinated success, energy would be better spent figuring out how to leverage these type of business deals to benefit smaller acts rather than the artists who need the money the least.
C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveOutLoud) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).
Beyonce posted an old graduation photo of her beau, Jay-Z on Instagram; the words “bow down” were stamped in bold white letters on the picture. The “Single Ladies” singer wants us to curtsy for Jay-Z. After all, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) hailed Magna Carta Holy Grail as a platinum album. However, Billboard refuses to “bow down” and will not accept Jay-Z’s one million digital sales as platinum, reports EOnline.com
Jay-Z teamed up with Samsung who agreed to purchase one million digital copies of Magna Carta for its Android customers. “While the album was free for the Samsung customers, the company paid Jay-Z and Roc Nation $5 for each copy,” says TheWrap.
In order to award Sean Carter with a platinum plaque, the RIAA had to change their rules. Originally, sales are only counted a month after the official release of the album. If the rules remained unadjusted, Jay would have to wait 30 days after July 9 to see if he had generated sufficient sales. But earlier in July, “the certification company altered its rules to instantly qualify appropriate pre-sales towards gold and platinum status,” adds TheWrap.
Billboard, however, isn’t budging to appease Jay-Z. “[I]t wasn’t as simple as you might think to turn down Jay-Z when he requested that we count the million albums that Samsumg ‘bought’ as part of a much larger brand partner ship,” Bill Werde, editorial director of Billboard states, but “nothing was actually for sale.”
Werde explains that Samsung users downloaded a Jay-Z app for free and got the album for free as well, so the argument by Carter’s team that “something was for sale” isn’t valid.
Billboard only predicts Jay-Z to sell between 450,000 to 500,000 copies by Sunday, July 14. But they do expect the “99 problems” rapper to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He would be “extending his record as the solo act with the most No.1 albums in chart history,” said Billboard. Only The Beatles have surpassed Jay-Z with 19 chart-topping albums.
Billboard’s Top 200 chart will be released on Wednesday morning, July 17.
“I Feel Like Lil Kim Is Who I Am On The Inside”: Miley Cyrus Names Kim And Nicki Minaj As Favorite “Singers,” And Shows Love To Khia
Miley Cyrus tickles me. That’s the only way I can put it. And she clearly confuses many others with her new look and new way of doing things, which includes twerking, wearing Tupac shirts around town, and being a more sexualized version of herself. But that’s not stopping that baby from topping the charts and shouting out the many black men and women she loves, which she did while being interviewed by Billboard about her top five favorite singers. Aside from the legendary Dolly Parton, Beth Hart and Joan Jett, she name dropped rappers, including the Queen Bee and even said that she feels that in a past life, she was Lil Kim. And if that wasn’t enough, she taps Nicki Minaj as another favorite saying that basically, you can’t name Kim and not name Nicki Minaj since they’re mad similar…I think they might disagree with that though:
“My third favorite, I want to say Lil Kim cause she just is. In my past life, that was me. I feel like Lil Kim is who I am on the inside. And so she just makes me happy listening to her music. And she is just like…I just love her. I can’t help that I love her.
I have to put Nicki as four because I did Kim. You can’t like choose one. If you say Kim you have to say Nicki and Nicki is my Lil Kim of my generation, so that’s cool.”
Check out the interview above to see Miley in her Versace jacket waxing poetic about the ladies who have influenced her.
And while she has spoken positively about these two rap icons, it seems that Cyrus also has an affinity for rapper Khia, who decided to do a remix of the singer’s hit, “We Can’t Stop.” Cyrus took to her Twitter to praise the unofficial remix as one of her favorites, and we all know Khia is somewhere letting her head get blown up by the exposure:
Check out the song below and let us know if you can dig it or if it’s an absolute mess.
Billboard has told Jay-Z to hold his horses. The magazine, which tracks record sales, informed the rap mogul that it will not include the one million album downloads that Jay-Z is giving to Galaxy mobile phone users through a deal with Samsung, reports The Huffington Post. Last week, Jay-Z announced a venture in which his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” set for official release on July 7 would go out to one million Samsung users on July 4.
Through a letter posted on its website, Billboard said the downloads don’t count because Samsung ultimately isn’t selling the album on its phones. But, said editorial director Bill Werde, it wasn’t that easy denying Jay-Z’s request to include them on the Billboard album sales chart. ”The passionate and articulate argument by Jay’s team that something was for sale and Samsung bought it … doesn’t mesh with precedent,” Werde wrote.
Speaking of the “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the track listing for Hova’s latest was revealed via a scavenger hunt held in Brooklyn, NY. According to Billboard, Jay-Z’s publicist Jana Fleishman tweeted pictures of locations where she was waiting with books containing the song titles. Fans who were clever enough to figure out the sites grabbed the copies.
But Fleishman hinted there was more to come. Following the publicity stunt, she tweeted a photo via Instagram containing the words, “Hey family… Done for right now… Stay tuned for next time. I’m out…”
Right now, only the title tracks have been made public, though there is much speculation about who collaborated with Jay-Z on the album. Among the rumored producers are Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz, mostly thought to have been involved because of their appearance in the commercial that aired June 16 announcement the album during the NBA Finals.
Some of the cuts in the much-anticipated CD: Picasso Baby, Heaven, Tom Ford, La Familia, Jay-Z Blue, Nickles & Dimes. Read into the titles what you may. But most of us won’t know what Jay-Z is rhyming about until July 7.
Are you going to buy a of ”Magna Carta Holy Grail”?
Beyonce, Blue Ivy and her nanny were seen walking around New York City yesterday, Blue Ivy in a cute little green dress looking at the camera like “please stop flashing pics of me.”
Beyonce seems to be taking a little “mommy and me” time during the short break in her tour schedule, bringing Blue with her everywhere. And with the rest of her tour dates and a highly anticipated fifth studio album in the works, Beyonce is a machine that cannot be stopped. Though fans are anxious for her to make her U.S. tour rounds and drop that new album, as producer/songwriter/recording artist Ne-Yo discussed in a recent interview with Billboard magazine, you don’t rush Bey with anything — especially not with her music:
“Beyonce’s the kind of artist where you’re not gonna see it till it’s right. And her fans — they love her so they’ll be patient.”
We guess she released new music early this year to hold all her stans and fans over until the album is complete. But in the meantime and in between time, we love to catch her spending time with her adorable daughter.
“A Lot Of People Wanted To Try To Make Me The White Nicki Minaj”: Miley Cyrus On Her New Sound And Love For “Hood Music”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably noticed that Miley Cyrus and her music have undergone a big change over the last few months. As our writer pointed out on Friday about Miley, she went from not listening to Jay-Z and hip-hop music, to twerking on camera and at concerts, taking pictures with every black person she could find, and tooting “that thang” up in the air on the set of her music videos and posting pictures of herself doing so on Instagram. Rihanna is somewhere giving the side-eye since risque social media behavior and raunchy pop music has been her forte for a while now.
But in an interview with Billboard for the new issue’s cover story, Cyrus discussed her musical influences, as well as an alleged pressure put on her to rap and be a “white Nicki Minaj.” But she says she’s not trying to rap, but rather, to put on the map a new sound she calls “count-step” (like dubstep’s mix of styles), which is country music, dubstep and Southern “trap” music, which can be explained as Dolly Parton, Adele and Juicy J on a track together:
“I’ve always wanted country-rock influences, but now I’m moving over to a more urban side,” she says. “It’s not a hip-hop album, though-it’s a pop album. I’m not coming in trying to rap. It’s more like, ‘I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing.’” Cyrus pauses, giggling. “We’ve been calling it ‘count-step,’ because it’s like country, dubstep and a little trap,” she says. “I love the Lumineers, but I also love French Montana, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Dolly Parton. If you could put Dolly, some Adele and Juicy J together, you’d have that weird balance.”
Later in the article, she elaborates on why, even though she could probably spit a few bars if she wanted to, she’s not looking to rap as she takes on this new “urban” sound:
“A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj,” Cyrus says. “That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love ‘hood’ music, but my talent is as a singer.”
I’m just trying to see what makes Nicki “hood,” when she’s clearly out here trying to be the next pop star. But to each their own.
Also in the article, producer Mike WILL Made It (who is behind many jams, including Ciara’s “Body Party,” Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” and 2 Chainz’s “No Lie”) says Miley’s new song “We Can’t Stop,” which has lyrics like “To my homegirls with the big butts/Shaking it like we at the strip club,” is a “mature” version of her past hit, “Party in the U.S.A.”
If the track-which debuts this week at No. 11 on the Hot 100 and enters the Hot Digital Songs chart at No. 3 with 214,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan-sounds more like a downtempo Rihanna song, that’s because it was originally intended as one. “It’s like a mature version of ‘Party in the U.S.A.,’” Atlanta-based producer Mike WiLL Made It says. ‘That’s even how I described it when I presented it to Rihanna, before I’d even met Miley.’
Hmmm, maybe that’s why Ri Ri passed on that one…
We’ll have to wait and see if Miley’s young fans will be into her new “count-step” and “urban” sound as much as they were into her twerking in a onesie, but since “We Can’t Stop” debuted on the Billboard charts with big numbers, it’s safe to say they’re feeling it. But are you feeling her new sound and style (which looks awfully familiar)?
Janelle Monae Covers “Billboard,” Talks Collaborating With Miguel And Prince On Her Anticipated New Album
“We are great friends, and he is a mentor to us, to me,” says Janelle Monáe in the new issue of Billboard when discussing the oh-so extraordinary Prince. The icon is set to make an appearance in some capacity on Monáe’s new album, Electric Lady, which according to the magazine, will turn the pompadour-toting, black-and-white wearing singer “from iconoclast into icon.” In her interview, Monáe says that the Purple One is a good friend who is invested in her career, which is why he decided to do a collaboration with her — a rarity for Prince:
“It’s a beautiful thing to have a friend — someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world — give whatever they possibly can to the cause.
I had a chance to produce an icon. It’s not every day that he collaborates. I’m honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can’t say too much else about it.”
The album is set to debut in September, and we’re very excited about it. And not just because Prince is making his presence known on it, not just because we’re huge fans of The ArchAndroid, and not even just because “Fatbellybella” Erykah Badu has already made an appearance, but also because she’s working with another talented pompadour wearing individual — Miguel. The two will team up for a sultry jam called “Primetime.” All in all, with her new album, Monáe has an even deeper message to push to the masses:
“There are two different types of people: Some people come into this world to judge, some people come into this world to jam. Which one are you? It’s a question we should all ask ourselves. My job is to create art that starts a dialogue, to create songs and lyrics that ask society these questions, by using myself as a sacrificial lamb.”
To check out Monáe’s cover story in Billboard, be sure to pick it up on newsstands this week, and stay tuned for that new album in September. We’ll be sure to pick it up when it drops!
This summer is going to be a busy one for rapper J Cole. Just yesterday, he hit the Summer Jam to perform hit “Power Trip” alongside crooner Miguel. Today, he released the second single from his upcoming album Born Sinner. This week he’s also appearing on the cover of Billboard. And in just a few days, Cole will hit the road for his Dollar And A Dream tour. As the name might suggest, the tickets cost only a dollar. They’re sold the day of the show on a first come- first serve basis. It’s pretty exclusive in that even the location of the venues will be kept secret until the day of the show. Perhaps it’s a way to honor the fans who helped him establish himself as Hip Hop’s up and coming.
In this week’s issue, of Billboard Cole discusses how his fans helped him hit number 1, how he managed to get signed to Jay-Z’ Roc Nation and why he’s going up against Hip Hop legend Kanye West with his album release date. Check out some highlights from the interview as well as the new track, “Crooked Smile” on the next page.
On getting Jay-Z’ attention
Shortly after graduating, trying to make good on childhood rap dreams in between working “an $8-an-hour job selling ads for some newspaper in Queens,” Cole camped outside of Jay-Z’s Roc the Mic studios in Manhattan, aiming to hand his idol a beat CD. “We were standing in the rain for hours, drinking a bottle of E&J for courage,” Cole recalls the day after the shoot, in between rehearsals with the Roots for a May 21 performance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” “Finally a [Rolls-Royce] Phantom rolled up, and sure enough, Jay got out. But he was real short with me: ‘I don’t want that.’ I was crushed, like, ‘Did that really just happen? F**k him.’”
But things began to turn around when Cole caught the attention of Bystorm Entertainment, the management/production firm founded by former Notorious B.I.G. managers Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow, who had an ironic, but ultimately spot-on choice in terms of finding Cole a label home: Jay-Z’s then newly founded Roc Nation. “Mark felt that Jay-Z would be the perfect person for Cole, and they had a great relationship,” Barrow says, noting that he and Pitts have known Jay-Z, a close associate of the late B.I.G., since the ’90s. “J. Cole represents everything that Jay-Z did: It’s genuine, it’s from the heart. We took Cole’s music to Jay and he fell in love with it.”
Cole became the first artist signed to Roc Nation’s label wing in early 2009.
The support of his fans
Despite the groundwork, first single “Who Dat?” (2010) fizzled, peaking at No. 32 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Follow-up “Work Out,” released the following summer in the lead-up to his debut album’s fall release, didn’t fare much better at first, languishing at No. 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 when the album arrived Sept. 27, 2011. So, when “Cole World” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 217,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, industry prognosticators were shocked — as was Cole himself.
“I remember praying at the time, ‘Please, Lord, let me do 100 the first week,’” Cole recalls. “The label was predicting 60,0000-70,000. But when the charts came in, all these top execs were calling Mark Pitts, calling Jay-Z, like, ‘Yo, how the Fawk did you do it?’ I worked my fan base and put out free music and toured for two years, that’s how. Every album I sold wasn’t because of a hit song. The single didn’t do the work; my fan base did.” (“Work Out” later rose to a peak of No. 13 on the Hot 100 on Jan. 8, 2012, helping the album sell 684,000 units to date.)
Going up against Kanye
But when it comes to his jump-ball with West, he’s decidedly more humble: He knows another No. 1 debut is unlikely. “I am not half as big of an artist,” he admits. “He’s legendary. He’s one of the greatest artists of this generation. But I just have that competitive spirit about me.”
Check out Cole’s new single “Crooked Smile,” featuring TLC, on the next page.
Her new clothing line for River Island might not be a hit, but Rihanna’s music certainly is. RiRi has just logged the most No. 1 pop songs, according to Billboard, tallying her 10th chart topper. Rihanna has passed her BFF Katy Perry for the most number one hits in the chart’s 20-year history. The tenth number one is “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, writes the magazine.
Previously, she was tied with Perry, who’s reached number one nine times since her 2008 arrival. Rihanna started on the path to breaking the record in 2006, when “SOS” reached the top. Her last number one was “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, which stayed in first place for for eight weeks in late 2011/early 2012, marking her longest command of the position.
Also, ”Stay” is only the second piano-and-vocal-only number one of the 259 songs to have ruled the Pop Songs list. “Stay” knocked out Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” which was on top for three weeks.
Some of Rihanna’s record 10 pop song leaders include 2008′s “Take a Bow” (three weeks at top); ”Disturbia,” also that year and for the same length of time; ”Rude Boy” for two weeks in 2010; and ”S&M” for a week in 2011.