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‘Lazaretto’ tops US Billboard 200 Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ hits 3 mn Spotify streams

LOS ANGELES, June 19, (Agencies): Rocker Jack White shot straight to the top of the weekly Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday with his latest solo album, the only new record to crack the top 10 this week. “Lazaretto,” the second solo album from the former White Stripes rocker, sold 138,000 copies in the United States its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. His debut solo album “Blunderbuss” also sold 138,000 copies in its opening week in 2012.

“Lazaretto” sold 40,000 copies in vinyl, topping the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart and earning the highest first-week U.S. sales for a vinyl record since SoundScan began charting music sales in 1991, White’s publicist said in a statement. White has been a big champion of vinyl, including many special bonus features on “Lazaretto Ultra LP.” Last week’s chart-topper, country singer Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum,” dropped to No. 2 this week with second week sales of 62,000, while the soundtrack to Disney’s hit animated princess film “Frozen” dropped to No. 3 with sales of 50,000. For the week ending June 15, overall album sales totaled 4.6 million units, down 12 percent from the comparable week in 2013, Billboard said.

“Fancy” indeed.
For the fourth straight week, rapper Iggy Azalea’s single “Fancy” exceeded three million weekly streams in the US, according to a report obtained by TheWrap. The lead single from the Australian star’s debut album “The New Classic” was actually the first song to exceed three million weekly streams on Spotify. Now she can multiply the accomplishment by four. “Fancy” from Def Jam Recordings first set a Spotify record in the week ending May 18, with a weekly streaming tally of 2.9 million. The following week (ending May 25), she smashed her own mark, by being streamed 3.369 million times in the US on Spotify.
Azalea then broke her record - again - with 3.398 million streams for the week ending June 1. She topped three million in the week ending June 8 (3.354 million), and once more last week, with 3.136 million. But Azalea isn’t the only artist making moves on Spotify. Songs featured in 2014 FIFA World Cup ads have also seen jumps on the streaming service. Streams of “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons have increased 4.5 times from June 5 to June 6, landing it in the Top 10 globally on Spotify’s Viral Chart.
It hit No. 1 in the US and No. 3 in Brazil, where the soccer tournament is taking place.
Also, “Miss Alissa” by Eagles of Death Metal has seen a boost, albeit more modest. The song doubled in streams from June 1 to June 2, and again from June 8 to June 9, placing it in the Top 20 viral tracks.
Soccer aside, a videogame trailer is giving a Mike Oldfield song a big bump on Spotify. “Nuclear,” from the “Metal Gear Solid 5” trailer that debuted on June 9, increased 18-fold from June 8 to June 9.
It then tripled from June 9 to June 10, catapulting the song to No. 1 globally on Spotify’s Viral Chart.
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Pop star Katy Perry announced the launch of Metamorphosis Music, her new record label launched in conjunction with Capitol Records. Perry also announced the label’s first signed artist, newcomer Ferras.
Ferras’ first self-titled EP was digitally released today. Perry duets with Ferras on one song, the Greg Wells-produced “Legends Never Die”, and also serves as the album’s executive producer.
“Ferras is a man with a message, and a unique lyrical way of communicating his perspective on life that makes you feel connected to every note when you listen,” Perry states. “‘Speak in Tongues’ is a song with raw emotional power that I wish I wrote. I believe he is going to be an important artist to watch unfold. I am SO ecstatic the world gets to hear his music now both online and on tour with me.”
The two artists have known each other since both signing with Capitol in 2007.
Ferras will also join Perry on the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, which kicks off June 22nd. “I think of every song as having its own world,” Ferras says of his work. “I try not to categorize it; it’s a pop record with many different textures, but it’s definitely dark in places.”
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YouTube is planning to block the videos of artists like Adele and the Arctic Monkeys after several record labels refused to sign up to its new subscription service, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
The Google-owned online media site will start blocking videos “in a matter of days”, Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s head of content and business operations, was quoted as saying by the Financial Times.
Record labels representing 95 percent of the music industry have signed up to the new terms, he was quoted as saying, although that doesn’t include independent labels like XL Recordings and Domino.
The move comes after a breakdown of talks between YouTube and the independent music trade organisation about the new music streaming service late last month.
The Worldwide Independent Network said the contracts that YouTube was offering to independent labels are on “highly unfavourable and non-negotiable” terms.
YouTube is already the biggest online source of free streaming music, but it is planning a paid service to compete directly with other subscription services like Spotify.

US star Clint Dempsey, who scored one of the fastest goals in World Cup history this week, hopes to record another hit with an upcoming rap album, a report said Wednesday. Under his artist name Deuce, the 31-year-old spent two weeks in Los Angeles recording the 13-track album “The Redux” with friend and rapper XO, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). “We just were having fun with it and it ended up being an album,” it cited Dempsey as saying, adding that the album is due for release “in the months ahead.”

The soccer star, who has recorded before, improvised and turned out to be very good. This surprised some “because he’s a soccer player, and people automatically expect it to not be good,” said executive producer Mike Chehade. “I’m not saying he’s Eminem, but he’s definitely qualified,” he added. A representative for the footballer did not immediately respond to request for comment on the WSJ report.
Dempsey scored after only 30 seconds against Ghana at the World Cup on Monday, stunning their long-time African rivals in a match which the USA went on to win 2-1.

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