There are a number of new John Lennon releases this year that may be a good choice for a Lennon/Beatles fan. The Signature Box Set is an 11 disc set including all of Lennon’s solo albums (well, not The Wedding Album.)
A less expensive choice for Dylan fans is 47 track double disc set: The Witmark Demos (’62-’64.) This set was released on October of this year so there’s a good chance the Dylan fan in your family doesn’t have it yet.
For Bruce Springsteen fans there’s the “lost album” (includes 21 previously unreleased recordings from the 1970s) that’s just come out called The Promise.
Michael Jackson fans may want to hear the first (there will be more) posthumous Michael Jackson album; MICHEAL. This is not another greatest hits repackaging, these are previously unreleased songs.
“Workin’ Day and Night” is the 3rd track from Michael Jackson’s 1979 classic album Off the Wall. It’s one of three songs on the album that MJ wrote or co-wrote (along with “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Get On the Floor”) and it’s one of my favorite songs on the album.
It’s pretty simple and quite repetitive but it just has a killer groove that makes me want to get down do a little dance which is really the shorthand review for most of the songs on the album. So why am I singling it out for this review? Mostly because I’m listening to it on repeat right now and it’s kicking my ass.
I love the beat boxing stuff in the intro. Fantastic. It really sets the mood. Man, I don’t have much to say about this song actually. You dance to this music, you don’t write about it. At least I don’t. Because I suck at writing about music. Good thing I have a blog where I get to do it eh? Yes, I’m looking for new contributers. Join the Music By Day team (there’s a link down there…)
There’s a story out today about how the Michael Jackson estate has signed a $200 million dollar contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over the next 7 years.
While the news angle is mostly about how this is the biggest recording contract in history, I found the bit about a new Michael Jackson album including previously unreleased material coming out this November to be most interesting.
I’m wondering if this will be stuff he was working on as his followup to 2001′s Invincible or will it be unreleased outtakes from his earlier albums?
These numbers come from soundscan which has been keeping track of album sales since 1991. The 2.5 million new vinyl albums sold in 2009 in the US is the most sold since soundscan started keeping track. While digital download sales and vinyl sales are on the rise, CD sales are dropping every year (they dropped another 12% from 2008 to 2009.)
Soundscan is out with their final sales numbers for 2009 and the three biggest sellers of the year were Michael Jackson with 8.3 million albums sold, Taylor Swift with 4.6 million albums sold, and The Beatles with 3.3 million albums sold.
That a pop singer known mostly for his work in the 1980s and a band that recorded all of their music in the 1960s (except for “I Me Mine” which was recorded on January 3, 1970) were 2 of the top 3 sellers of 2009 is quite remarkable.
When looking at these numbers one should also consider that each sale of The Beatles in Stereo Box Set & The Beatles in Mono Box Set only counted as one album sale even though the stereo set includes 14 albums (two of which were double albums) and the mono set includes 11 albums (and it has two double albums too.)
If the albums in the box sets were counted as individual album sales The Beatles probably would have challenged MJ for the top spot. Unfortunately I don’t have access to the exact number of box sets they sold so I can’t make the calculation.
Alright, this is my third Thursday of taking a look at the Billboard 200 album charts. I don’t list every single album on the chart, I just pick out a few that I want to ramble on about.
#1 – Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream (debut)
The biggest single week sales of the year so far (over 700,000 copies sold.) Apparently it also set an all time record for the biggest first week for any female artist’s debut album. It reached similar heights over in the UK (Boyle got her shot of fame earlier this year on the Britain’s Got Talent show.) I don’t necessarily agree with TheRoboticMushroom’s essay on the Susan Boyle phenomenon but I think he makes some good points. There’s no way this album would have sold 700K based on the music itself.
#3 – Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment (debut)
Britain’s Got Talent at #1 and American Idol at #3. American Idol’s continuing popularity and how it continues to be able to create stars of this magnitude is insane to me. I just can’t believe that people haven’t gotten tired of it yet. There seems to be a much longer shelf life for cheese these days. I wonder if it’ll be 2050 and the American Idol star of the week will still be selling loads of albums? Continue reading “This Week’s Billboard Charts” »
As a part of the many deals Amazon has today for “Black Friday” they are apparently going to have a great deal on The Beatles Remastered Stereo Box Set beginning at 2 PM EST (11AM PST) — Although since they are only dropping hints, it’s possible that it’s The Beatles Mono Box Set they’re talking about (but I doubt it, I bet it’s the stereo box as that appeals to a wider audience.)
The upcoming “lightning deals” in music are these (each “lightning deal” lasts for three hours or until they run out. The times are all EST.)