The RIAA's rules for gold and platinum certifications have changed, with the organization now including streams towards the units necessary to achieve certification. Similar to Billboard/Nielson's methods of counting sales, 1,500 streams will equate to ten track sales and thus an album sale. The result is that 17 albums have now hit a new certification today, including Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly being certified platinum. Check out the full list of newly certified albums in the replies.
One of our Most Anticipated of 2016 artists, Frame and Mantle, will be releasing a remastered version of their debut EP, While Our Fields Lie Fallow, on April 8th via Further Sky Records. Physical and digital pre-orders are available now and the album will include a bonus track, "Isle of View."
Meek Milldropped his second4-4 EP last night, including a song that is a direct response to many of Drake's lyrics on his new single "Summer Sixteen." On Instagram, Meek claimed he was able to respond to the song so quickly because "the ghostwriter told me" about the lyrics.
Carly Rae Jepsen spoke with Cosmopolitan about the upcoming Grease: Live, and during the interview they talked about a follow-up album to Emotion.
What kind of stuff is inspiring you as you work on new material?
"I'm scared to say out loud and have it in print because I know how much my mind changes through the process. Even where I started with Emotion [versus] where I ended up were completely different places, so right now I can tell you what I'm experimenting with but there's no guarantee that that's what will be on the album. I've been really into this subtle sort of disco. I'm enjoying the combination of ABBA meets Feist. I know that sounds insane, but trust me!"
Deryck Whibley spoke with Fuse about his recovery process, touring, record labels, and the upcoming album.
It seems like a really democratic move. Is there a particular freedom in doing that? Do you get to call all the shots?
"We always did. The difference is that you don't have people to argue with as much. On our last record [2011's Screaming Bloody Murder], being on a major label in a time where most music is just pop when I want to make a rock record, you have people to argue with about why they think you should be making a pop record, ruining your career, trying to convince you of that. I have to say, 'No, wrong, and I'm going to do this anyway.' And they say, 'Fine, you can do...
The New York Post reports that Amazon executives have kicked off licensing talks with the music industry for a Spotify-like offering that would tentatively cost $9.99 per month. The Post makes clear that Amazon's plan is still "in the early stage." That said, Amazon is kicking around a very interesting idea. The company is reportedly thinking of bundling its Echo smart speaker and the rumored music service together. Buy the speaker, and you'll pay a lower monthly subscription fee between $3 and $4. Whether this plan will prove viable likely depends on the deals that Amazon can work out with the music industry — or...