According to the annual report from the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), total music sales revenues in 2012 increased by 0.3% from 2011. This marks the first time that record sales have increased since 1999. Revenue from digital sales increased by 9% from 2011, and revenue from streaming services increased by a whopping 44%. The report also tells us that the best-selling song worldwide last year was "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen (12.5 million units sold), and that for the second consecutive year Adele had the best-selling album, moving 8.3 million copies of 21 in 2012.
Billy Corgan has announced via The Smashing Pumpkins' blog, that their next release, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, will be 44 tracks and will be released free to the public digitally, with limited EP's for sale to follow suit.
Panic! At The Disco will be releasing "Build God, Then We'll Talk" as a digital single on March 26th; if downloaded through a special site, buyers will be allowed access to a private site with up to the minute news on the band, live footage, pictures, and more.[source]http://www.nme.com/news/panic-at-the-disco/26480[/source]
To clear any possible confusion, The Zutons album Tired Of Hanging Around won't hit stores until later this winter (the hard copy release), but they are releasing it digitally today. They produced this newest album with Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur). You can stream the entire album here.
Click here to check out Virgin Records' ten-song digital sampler on purevolume; the sampler includes tracks from Over It, The Summer Obsession, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Ima Robot, and 30 Seconds to Mars.
Fearless Records released Portugal. The Man's new digital EP, Devil Say I, I Say AIR, yesterday through E-Music and iTunes. The EP has three brand new songs including a remix of "How The Leopard Got Its Spots." The tracklisting along with the band's upcoming tour dates can be found below.
Jade Tree Records will be releasing Pedro The Lion's now out of print, Tour EP 2004, on May 6th. The release will only be released digitally and will be available on iTunes, eMusic and other legal downloading sites.