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Music News Monday

posted by on 31/01/2011

Music News Monday this week is short and sweet a bit like this introduction. Lil Wayne, Adele, Britney Spears, Chris Brown and something from Billboard all feature in today’s post. Have a look after the cut.

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Billboard this week revealed plans to create a new chart to sit alongside the many that they already have. The new Billboard Uncharted chart has been thought up to recognise those artist who have a strong online following but are unable to achieve the levels of sales and airplay that normally defines success.

This is another sign that the music industry is finally ready to fully embrace the power of the internet and utilising all possible opportunities rather than shying away and ignoring it.

“Uncharted is about launching careers. We want to serve as a conduit for artists to step onto a broader stage, ultimately topping one of the major Billboard charts,” said Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde. “Record labels, publishers and other music companies are always looking for ways to make smarter bets on emerging talent, and we think the Uncharted ranking will be a significant tool for those who would invest in music.”

The Uncharted ranking is compiled using a combination of streamed plays, page views and fans according to MySpace Music as well as sources tracked by online aggregator Next Big Sound, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, iLike and even Wikipedia among others. Uncharted incorporates artists of all different genres, just as long as they’re registered on MySpace Music and have not previously appeared on specified Billboard charts.

For all underground and aspiring artists this new chart is like a gift sent from above. Go out and make the most of it, who knows it may lead to your obscurity (in terms of industry recognition) blossoming into stardom. Source

Adele

So someone is having a great start to the year. This week saw the release of Adele’s sophomore album 21, a stunning body of work may I just add. They say that record sales are declining at a rapid pace but with this album Adele has proven if you produce good music then people are prepared to buy it.

The album is currently sitting in the #1 position on the UK charts having sold more than 208,000 copies, of which 70,000 were bought on its first day of release. Not only has she managed to achieve great sales with this album but her debut album 19 experience a surge in sales climbing to #4 in the chart. Presumably those just clocking onto how dope Adele actually is have been buying the first album in order to see the progression from that album to the new one.

In other Adele related news….. not content with storming the UK charts she and her team are gearing up for a full US promotional trail to push the album and give it the best possible start with the aim to better the peak #10 position that 19 managed to scoop when it was released.

Adele is scheduled to appear Feb. 18 on “Today,” Feb. 21 on “Late Show With David Letterman,” Feb. 24 on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and Feb. 28 on CBS’ “The Early show.” Additionally, Greer says, “Rolling in the Deep” figures prominently in a scene in “I Am Number Four,” a Michael Bay-produced sci-fi film due in theaters Feb. 18.

Beginning Feb. 1 Adele’s official website will host a “21 Days of Adele” promotion with exclusive daily content including a live chat and a video of Adele explaining the inspiration for an album track. NPR Music is also set to stream “21″ the week of Feb. 7 as part of its First Listen series.

Adele’s team are also aiming for long-term success with the 21 project, with an aim for five singles and promotion running through to the 2012 Grammys.

Chris Brown

After securing love from fans once again with his joint mixtape Fan Of A Fan Chris Brown is now ready to unleash and start climbing the charts on his own. Having already released ‘Yeah 3x’ (which by the way just entered the UK top 10) and its follow up ‘Look At Me Now’ featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes Brown is ready and poised to drop his new album F.A.M.E.

The album which sees guest appearances from Benny BenassiLil WayneWiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars has been pencilled in for a March 22nd release date with the set being made available in both a standard and a double disc deluxe edition.

Who is looking forward to this album?

Lil Wayne

Freed Weezy is ready to take full advantage of his freedom by going travelling and by travelling I mean on tour. Mr Carter has announce his new I Am Music II tour with Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Travis Barker and Mixmaster Mike. The tour will begin on March 18th and is, unfortunately for us overseas, a US only tour. See dates below

3/18/11 Buffalo, NY   HSBC Arena

3/19/11 Columbus, OH Baltimore, MD   Nationwide Arena First Mariner Arena

3/20/11 Columbus, OH Baltimore, MD   Nationwide Arena First Mariner Arena

3/23/11 Hampton, VA   Hampton Coliseum

3/24/11 Cleveland, OH   Quicken Loans Arena

3/26/11 Philadelphia, PA   Wells Fargo Center

3/27/11 Long Island, NY   Nassau Coliseum

3/30/11 University Park, PA   Bryce Jordan Center

4/1/11 Chicago, IL   United Center

4/2/11 Detroit, MI   The Palace of Auburn Hills

4/3/11 Washington, D.C.   Verizon Center

4/6/11 Miami, FL   Bank Atlantic Center

4/8/11 Greensboro, NC   Greensboro Coliseum

4/9/11 Atlanta, GA   Philips Arena

4/10/11 St. Louis, MO   Scottrade Center

4/14/11 New Orleans, LA Dallas, TX   New Orleans Arena American Airlines Arena

4/15/11 New Orleans, LA Dallas, TX   New Orleans Arena American Airlines Arena

4/16/11 Houston, TX   Toyota Center

4/19/11 Phoenix, AZ   US Airways Arena

4/23/11 Anaheim, CA   Honda Center

4/24/11 Oakland, CA   Oracle Arena

4/26/11 Sacramento, CA   ARCO Arena

4/28/11 Edmonton, Canada   Rexall Place

4/29/11 Vancouver, Canada   Rogers Arena

*5/01/11 *East Rutherford, NJ   *Bamboozle Festival @ Meadowlands Arena

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Britney Spears

A #1 record already under her belt this year, everybody favourite, sometimes unstable, star Britney Spears has announce the release date for her forthcoming album. March 15th will see the pop vixen return and return with a bang she will.

The album) features “multiple songs” from pop masterminds Max Martin and Dr. Luke. Additional production credits include Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Fraser T. Smith, Bloodshy & Avant and more. Fans can choose between a standard (soft pack/wallet packaging) version of the album and the deluxe (expanded soft pack with additional booklet pages), which will feature three or four additional tracks.

In terms of Spears’ press plans, the follow-up to 2008’s Circus will be met with “a major TV event to launch the album” and a TV campaign, which will feature a variation of spots before the LP hits stores. The promotional rollout will extend to advertisements on everything from the Internet to the side of taxicabs. Other marketing schemes include a “LGBT/Lifestyle campaign,” worldwide online fan contests and routine tweets from Brit. (info via MTV)