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• “Relentless” Jason Aldean Platinum

• “Away From The World” Dave Matthews Band Gold

• “Truth About Love” P!nk Gold

• “Babel” Mumford & Sons Gold

• “MDNA” Madonna Gold

• “Stronger” Kelly Clarkson Gold

• “Cheers, It’s Christmas” Blake Shelton Gold

Digital Singles:
• “Titanium” David Guetta 2x multi-Plat

• “Otis” Jay-Z and Kanye West Platinum

• “As Long As You Love Me” Justin Bieber Platinum

• “We Run the Night” Havana Brown Platinum

• “Skyfall” Adele Gold

• “Cruise” Florida Georgia Line Gold

• “I Will Wait” Mumford & Sons Gold

Guide to Digital Music Services Launched

The RIAA and NARM, the music business association, recently debuted whymusicmatters.com, a one-stop educational resource for fans about the many authorized digital music services and online retailers in today's marketplace.
Whymusicmatters.com's main feature is a fan-friendly music finder “grid” for learning about the 50+ (and growing) service options available in the United States, with the ability to click through to the sites themselves for quick and easy access. The music finder includes services like mp3 download stores, audio and video streaming sites, mobile phone offerings, digital radio, retailers selling CDs and LPs online, and more.
Based on original work done by industry colleagues at the BPI in the United Kingdom, the U.S. website also includes videos about the value of music highlighting the work and lives of artists such as Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jay-Z, Janis Joplin, Kate Bush, Thin Lizzy, and others. Visit whymusicmatters.com today!

Money Musically Spent

Global music association the IFPI has released a new “Investing in Music” report examining the fundamental role music companies continue to play in developing and marketing tomorrow’s bands.
The study found that music labels worldwide invest more than $4.5 billion annually in talent and typically spend $1.4 million to break a new artist in major markets. That makes record companies the largest investors in music talent, spending around 26 percent of their sales revenues discovering and promoting musicians.
The report also cites two new surveys finding that more than 70 percent of unsigned artists want a record deal, with marketing leading the identified benefits of record company support.

Discover GRAMMY Magazine

Did you know that the group responsible for bringing Music’s Biggest Night® to you – The Recording Academy – not only produces the GRAMMY Awards®, but is also a year-round advocate for music education and the well-being of the music community?  To learn more about the many music minded initiatives of The Recording Academy, check out the latest GRAMMY magazine, now in a new reader-friendly format here.

Pandora, You've Got Mail

A who’s-who of 125 musicians, including 50 GRAMMY winners and stars from Motown, rock and roll, country, rap and jazz, recently released an open letter to be published in Billboard Magazine opposing Pandora radio’s new plan to cut artists’ pay when music is played over Internet radio.
The artists - including Common, Dead Kennedys, Missy Elliot, Lupe Fiasco, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Darius Rucker, Britney Spears, Zac Brown Band, and many more - asked why Pandora is pushing Congress to pass the “Internet Radio Fairness Act,” H.R. 6480/S. 3609, which could slash by 85 percent royalties paid to musicians and artists when their songs are played over Internet radio. Musicians and singers across all musical genres depend on these royalties, which are often their only compensation for their work.   
Learn more about the issue at fairpayforartists.com.

According to Billboard.com the top digital downloads for the week of November 17 are:
# 1 – “
Gangnam Style” by PSY
# 2 – “Locked Out Of Heaven” by Bruno Mars
# 3 – “Die Young” by Ke$ha
# 4 – “One More Night” by Maroon 5
# 5 – “Diamonds” by Rihanna
# 1 – “
Red” by Taylor Swift
# 2 – “Dreams And Nightmares” by Meek Mill
# 3 – “good kid, m.A.A.d city” by Kendrick Lamar
# 4 – “Dreams Of Fireflies” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
# 5 – “Night Train” by Jason Aldean

* A charitable concert for Hurricane Sandy relief is planned for December 12 at Madison Square Garden in NY.  The event’s organizers are the same that created the historic ‘Concert for New York,’ which raised more than $35 million for 9/11 aid in 2001.

* Multi-Platinum songstress Beyoncé will headline the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show on February 3 in New Orleans.
* Online music streaming services continue to grow in popularity, with 50 percent of U.S. Internet users listening to Internet radio like Pandora and Last.fm and on-demand options such as Spotify and VEVO during the last quarter, per a new study by research firm The NPD Group. 
* Specifically, the Internet radio audience grew 27 percent year-over-year, and the on-demand audience grew 18 percent. 

• “Music From Another Dimension” Aerosmith 11/6

• “Miracle” Third Day 11/6

• “Lotus” Christina Aguilera 11/13

• “Take Me Home” One Direction 11/13

• “Greatest Hits-Chapter One” Kelly Clarkson 11/19

• “Rebel Soul” Kid Rock 11/19

• “Girl On Fire” Alicia Keys 11/27

• “Unorthodox Jukebox” Bruno Mars 12/11

• “Warrior” Ke$ha 12/11

• “O.N.i.F.C.” Wiz Khalifa 12/11

• “Tre” Green Day 12/11

• “Here’s To The Good Times” Florida Georgia Line 12/11

• “Lost Episodes” Frank Zappa 12/18

• “Trouble Man” T.I. 12/18

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