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justin timberlake 20 20 experience

Justin Timberlake’s comeback album, The 20/20 Experience, just shattered all sorts of sales records. According to Billboard, the album moved 968,000 copies in its first week, making for the biggest opening week of 2013. Taylor Swift’s 2012 album Red was the last record to sell as many copies in its opening week.

Not since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III in June 2008 has a male artist debuted with such numbers. In fact, The 20/20 Experience had the third-biggest debut for a solo male singer ever (!), behind only Usher’s Confessions (2004) and Garth Brooks’ Double Live(1998).

The 20/20 Experience also set an iTunes record for the fattest-selling album worldwide. Read more here: http://bit.ly/Zpi7v2

Yet for all the accolades, Timberlake’s sales number still fell well short of *NSYNC’s album No Strings Attached, which sold nearly 2.5 million copies during its opening week in April 2000.

It may be a digital age, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 40 earners on our annual list

The U.S. music business offers a matrix of trends to satisfy chart watchers and number crunchers. New CD sales continue to fall. Digital music sales are rising nearly 10 years after the launch of the iTunes Music Store. Streaming and subscription revenue are growing as music lovers choose easy access over-and, sometimes, in addition to-physical ownership.

Concerts make up 68.9% of revenue for the 40 artists on Billboard’s Moneymakers list, which tallies artists’ annual earnings. Remove Adele and Taylor Swift, both of whom didn’t earn any U.S. touring income in 2012, and the average increases to 72.5%-a figure on par with the 72.6% in 2010 and the 68.3% that touring represented in 2011.

Madonna tops the 2012 list, in part because 93.5% of her total revenue came from concerts. Bruce Springsteen, a close second, earned 92% of his revenue from live shows. Roger Waters, a distant third, had the highest concert share on the list with 93.6%. The entire top 10 averaged 84.2% of their income from concerts, and the number would have been higher, if not for Justin Bieber‘s mere 60.1% share at No. 10 dragging down the average.

Billboard estimates the 2012 Moneymakers artists pocketed $373 million from concerts after paying agents, managers and expenses. That was up from $329 million in 2011 but down from $383 million in 2010. For all Moneymakers artists, touring income accounted for 72.8% of revenue in 2011 and 75.1% of revenue in 2012. Artists at the top of the list got an even greater share of revenue from touring. A top 10 artist made 84.2% of income from concerts in 2012 compared with 75.8% in 2011 and 81.7% in 2010.

Touring wasn’t vital for every act on the Moneymakers list. Two major artists, Swift — who topped last year’s rankings — and Adele, made the list without any concert earnings for the year. Meanwhile, two others-Mumford & Sons and Maroon 5-pocketed less than $1 million in concert earnings for 2012. In percentage terms, touring accounted for just 12.6% of Mumford & Sons’ total revenue and only about 2.6% of Maroon 5’s total.

Artists who made less than $1 million on the road tended to make more from recorded music — just as the negative correlation between concert revenue and music sales suggests should happen. Adele and Swift averaged $7.2 million in recorded-music sales while Mumford & Sons and Maroon 5 averaged about $3.2 million. The other 36 acts on the Moneymakers list, who each earned more than $1 million from touring in 2012, averaged just $2.3 million in recorded-music sales.

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Streaming revenue wasn’t terribly important to any artist’s overall income as measured by Billboard-not even those artists with little to no touring income. This isn’t to say streaming didn’t have an indirect impact on these artists’ revenue. Without the promotional benefit of, say, YouTube, some albums would have hardly been as successful as they were last year. But in terms of pure, direct revenue, streaming provided a mere pittance for music’s top earners.

Maroon 5 had the highest streaming share of 2012’s Moneymakers list with 3.5%. Within that, the highest noninteractive streaming share was 0.5%, or one-seventh of the total. Drake had the second-highest streaming share with 3.3%, and One Direction had the third with 2.5%. It’s not surprising that Maroon 5’s “Payphone” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” were the No. 5 and No. 6 tracks, respectively, on Spotify in the United States in 2012. (Maroon 5 had two more songs in Spotify’s top 100 of the year.)

 

 

 

In just a few weeks, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” has ignited an online phenomenon, with groups of people all over the world posting their own version of the 30-second freakout meme. As the “Harlem Shake” mania has reached a fever pitch, the song has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s revamped Hot 100 chart, while Baauer, the young EDM whiz behind the track, has become Billboard’s latest cover star.

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It’s hard to pick just 10 “Harlem Shake” videos in the thousands that already exist, but these are the half-minute snippets that have kept us coming back amidst the explosion. Check out Billboard.com’s 10 favorite “Harlem Shake” videos, and then tell us which one is your personal staple in the comments below.

First up is the one that seemingly started it all: two weeks back, an Australia-based longboarding crew called The Sunny Coast Skate uploaded a clip of four dudes in a dorm-style setting bugging out to Baauer’s beat. It’s since been acknowledged by Youtube as the official kickstarter of the viral trend:


There’s a ton of “office freakout” versions of the meme, but this one, which has amassed 1.4 million YouTube views, has always struck us as the most inspired. Keep shaking that walker, big guy:


Norway might have the world’s most pop culture-savvy battalion — their version was one of the first big spinoffs to hit YouTube (back on Feb. 10) and has since almost twice as many views as the original:


Credit the University of Georgia‘s men’s swim & dive crew for taking this once-underground dance trend… underwater:


Brooklyn indie duo Matt & Kim know how to make a good viral vid (even if it means walking naked through Times Square), so they took time out while playing a gig in Troy, N.Y.’s RPI Fieldhouse to get their audience in on the fun:


Over five million YouTube viewers watched the “Harlem Shake” turn these firefighters into a a raging Spider-Man and, um, chicken-man:


This creative YouTuber took some classic “Peanuts” footage from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and got the gang doing the dance to Baauer, with Snoopy on guitar, Schroeder on keys, and Pigpen on stand-up bass:


At a Florida Gators-Kentucky Wildcats basketball game, an arena full of Rowdy Reptiles supporters joined the fun, with the Albert the Gator and the cheer crew leading:


NBC’s “The Today Show” did a special Valentine’s Day take on the “Shake” — although their crew might need some more dancing lessons.


Taking the famous Red Bull wings to the next level, this team of skydivers recorded surely the most gravity-defying version of the craze:

By , NY, and , NY for billboard.com

 

Baauer (Courtesy Mixed Management)

Baauer (Courtesy Mixed Management)

In a surprising move, it was announced this week that Billboard and Nielsen have changed the methodology which determines the Hot 100 singles chart by including authorized YouTube views in the equation.

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The long-standing music chart institution will now count the streaming YouTube data (calculated by Nielsen) alongside sales, on-demand audio streaming services such as Spotify and radio play, both digital and terrestrial. The changes will be reflected on a slew of charts ‑ Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, R&B Songs, Rap Songs, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Rock Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs.

“The very definition of what it means to have a hit is ever-changing these days,” said Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde. “TheBillboard charts are the ultimate measure of success in music, and they constantly evolve to reflect these new music experiences.

“When the charts launched over 70 years ago, a hit was defined as selling copies of a single or generating airplay,” Werde continued. “While those avenues are still viable, one needn’t look any further than Cee Lo, Gotye, PSY or now Baauer to know that a song can be a massive hit on YouTube alone.”

The aforementioned Baauer is reaping the benefits of the changes, as his meme-generating single “Harlem Shake” has shot to #1 onBillboard’s Hot 100, replacing fellow independent artist Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” which had been in the top spot four weeks running.

Many of the countless viral “Harlem Shake” videos are counted as well as the original video, as the new ranking system also utilizes YouTube’s Content ID system (via a company called INDmusic), which allows Baauer’s record label (Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint) to monetize any video using the song that they see fit. According to Billboard, Mad Decent was generating revenue from no less than 4000 different “Harlem Shake” clips on YouTube, totaling over 30 million views as of February 14.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/VBcxsh

Baauer is among the many artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Coachella music festival in Indio, CA, in April. While the two-weekend event sold out in record time, a limited number of tickets for the second weekend (April 19-21) are on sale here.

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

 

The Postal Service have updated their website to simply read, “The Postal Service 2013,” all but confirming the rumors of their impending reunion.

Update: According to Billboard, the band will appear at Coachella and reissue their solo album, 2003′s Give Up. Additional dates and festival appearances are “also in the works.”

Earlier this month, BrooklynVegan reported that a reunion between Ben Gibbard and Dntel’s celebrated collaboration was “in the works.” No additional details were provided, but BrooklynVegan included a tag for “Coachella” in the article, suggesting that the duo could appear at the Indio, CA festival this April.

Read more stories here:  http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/01/the-postal-service-reunion-is-a-real-thing/

Here’s the music video from The Postal Service to refresh your mind

 

TEN BRANDS TO WATCH IN 2013

TEN BRANDS TO WATCH IN 2013

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Marketers spent close to $1.2 billion on music sponsorship alone in 2012, and that’s not even counting the hundreds of millions that went into commercials featuring current songs that helped many artists impact the Billboard charts. As artists, labels, publishers and tour promoters alike continue to turn to the advertising community to help make up for budget and marketing gaps, here’s a look at 10 brands that will be among the first on everyone’s speed dial over the next 12 months.

Check Out All Our Year-End Coverage and Charts Here

Pepsi

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As Frank Cooper, Pepsi’s chief marketing officer of global beverages, told Billboard.biz earlier this week, the soda giant is prepping a multi-year creative partnership with Beyonce worth $50 million that will be at the center of an even bigger music strategy for 2013. Among the brand’s plans are building a label-like service similar to Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound and amplified music efforts around its sponsorship of the Grammys, NFL and “The X Factor.”

 
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Having spent the bulk of 2012’s music strategy on its sponsorships of “American Idol” and the Olympics, Coke is turning to its recent $10 million investment in Spotify to guide its strategy for 2013. At the top of that list: a new series of location-based music apps, tentatively titled “PlaceLists,” that the brand already commissioned a network of New York hackers to develop last spring.

Cover Girl

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The cosmetics brand finished the year with a trio of major music endorsements, adding Pink, Janelle Monae and EDM sister duo Nervo to a roster that also includes Queen Latifah and Taylor Swift. Look for big TV looks for Monae and Nervo at the top of the year, and a possible tour extension for Pink when her Truth About Love tour takes off this spring.

Macy’s

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The country’s largest department store marketer is also looking to become its most powerful when it comes to artist relationships. Not only are Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and Diddy among its many celebrity merchandise partners (and stars of its TV ads), but a new focus on emerging artists helped anoint twin-sister duo Megan & Liz the winners of the IHeartRadio Rising Star competition, sponsored by Macy’s. Look for Macy’s to do something similar in a new strategic partnership with Myspace, which will relaunch in mid-January.

Mondelez

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The year’s most confusing rebrand aside, the new name of Kraft-Nabisco’s packaged food unit represents strong buying power and some big brands, ranging form Oreo to Planters to Trident to Oscar Meyer. At the top of the company’s list for 2013? A sponsorship of One Direction’s 2013 World Tour.

Intel

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Having kicked off 2012 with new creative director Will.i.am, look for Intel to look for new and innovative ways to showcase its technology through music, from its ongoing global events series with Vice, The Creators Project, to a new jogging app with singer Imogen Heap where music reacts to the pace of your run in real-time.

Samsung

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After spending some $600 million marketing its Galaxy products in 2012, Samsung will continue to seek artist and media partnerships using music to amplify its “Next Big Thing” platform and Samsung Music Hub in 2013.

Chevrolet

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Perennially one of the most active brands in music across any category, Chevrolet set the bar high for music in the Super Bowl last year when a spot starring rockers Ok Go doubled as a launchpad for fun.’s “We Are Young.” Look for the automaker to try and top itself during the big game in 2013 as well as continue a sponsorship strategy that has included stops at South by Southwest and our own Billboard Music Awards.

Converse

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With its Rubber Tracks studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hosting over 400 artists in its 18-month lifespan thus far, Converse has quickly established itself as one of music’s most sustainable brands. This summer, CMO Geoff Cottrill helped artists like Nas, Santigold, Blur, Paul Weller, Spiritualized and Plan B play intimate gigs in London when other venues couldn’t take them due to the Olympics. With Rubber Tracks scheduled to do pop-up studios around the country in 2013 as well as continue as presenting sponsor of the Fader Fort at SXSW and CMJ in 2013, expect Converse to be everywhere emerging artists go for the next 12 months.

Budweiser

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The brand’s inaugural Made In America festival, headlined and curated by Jay-Z, was a success — the two-day event grossed $5 million in ticket sales with over 78,000 in attendance, according to Billboard BoxScore. Look for a second year to follow around the same Labor Day timeline as 2012’s event, plus an extension of Bud Light’s renewed deal with Pitbull and a deeper dive into digital music sponsorships.
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Madonna had the top-grossing tour of 2012

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Call it the Super Bowl bump?

Billboard has announced the list of the 2012′s top-grossing tours, and it looks like Madonna is at the top. Her Madgesty sold out all 72 of the shows she played this year, grossing a grand total of $228,406,085 over the year. Interestingly, her new album  MDNA only landed at No. 44 on the year-end Billboard 200 chart, moving 521,000 units in the U.S. as of December.

After Madonna on the top-grossing tours list is Bruce Springsteen, whose raked in just shy $200 million this year with his Wrecking Ball tour. (He did, however, beat Madonna in overall attendance by about 500,000 people. Like Madonna, he also played 72 shows.) Roger Waters came in third with roughly $186 million (and nearly 50,000 more in attendance than Madge). Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil came in fourth place with about $147 million for the year, which just edged No. 5 Coldplay by roughly $100,000.

The rest of the list included the likes of Lady Gaga (No. 6), Jay-Z & Kanye West (No. 9), and Justin Bieber (No. 20), who somehow got beat out by fellow Canadians Nickelback (No. 17). Head over to Billboard to see where all 25 of the artists fall on the list.

by ray rahman for EW. image by madonnarama.com

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