May 2013 visit | Authorized Music Sites
• Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” 4X Multi-Plat

• Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience” 2X Multi-Plat

• Luke Bryan “Tailgates & Tanlines” 2X Multi-Plat

• Mumford & Sons “Babel” 2X Multi-Plat

• The Roots “Things Fall Apart” Platinum

• Linkin Park “Living Things” Gold

• Florida Georgia Line “Here’s To The Good Times” Gold

Digital Singles:
• Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know” 7x Multi-Plat

• Maroon 5 “Payphone” 6X Multi-Plat

• PSY “Gangnam Style” 4x Multi-Plat

• Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” Platinum

• Old Crow Medicine Show “Wagon Wheel” Platinum

• Mac Miller “Donald Trump” Platinum

• Kacey Musgraves “Merry Go ‘Round” Gold
Discover Gold & Platinum on Facebook  here!

The Download on Digital Sales in 2012

In 2012, U.S. digital music sales surpassed $4 billion for the first time ever, up 14 percent versus the prior year, according to the RIAA’s recently released year-end music shipment and revenue statistics
Overall, digitally distributed formats (including downloads, subscriptions, streaming and mobile formats) comprised 59 percent of the total U.S. market by dollar value in 2012, after crossing the 50 percent threshold for the first time in 2011.  Permanent downloads (such as songs and albums from stores like iTunes and Amazon MP3) grew 9 percent by value, and revenues from subscription and streaming services were up 59 percent.  Additionally, sales of old-school vinyl albums continued their surprising growth trend, up 36 percent versus the prior year, though still only accounting for about 2 percent of the overall market.

The RIAA’s annual shipment and revenue statistics track total recorded music industry sales in the United States dating all the way back to 1973.  Get access to the figures on here.  

Spring Into Concert Season

Summer routinely marks a large range of nationwide tours – often more than any other season – as the weather warms up and bands hit the road. 
This summer is no different, offering an impressive touring lineup by a variety of veteran and popular artists including: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Dave Matthews Band, Fleetwood Mac, Fun., Jay Z & Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and others!  Get more info, including when, where, and who’s opening, from PopSugar’s comprehensive guide to summer concerts here.

Now Playing: Twitter #music

Social networking giant Twitter recently released a new #music application that aggregates its users engagement to help fans discover frequently talked about tracks and new music.  With the app Twitter users can discover, listen to and tweet songs via iTunes, Spotify and Rdio integration.
Download Twitter #music from the App Store, or try the web version:  Learn more details on how the new app works from Twitter’s #music guide here.

According to the top digital downloads for the week of May 11 are:

# 1 –
“Can’t Hold Us” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton
# 2 – “Just Give Me A Reason” P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess
# 3 –
“Mirrors” Justin Timberlake
# 4 – “Stay” Rihanna Feat. Mikky Ekko
# 5 – CruiseFlorida Georgia Line Feat. Nelly
# 1 – “To Be Loved” Michael Buble
# 2 – “Bankrupt!” Phoenix
# 3 – “The 20/20 Experience” Justin Timberlake
# 4 – “Side Effects Of You” Fantasia
# 5 – “#willpower”

• According to a brand new Consumer Music Profile powered by the RIAA with The NPD Group, country, followed by classic rock, is the most popular music genre among U.S. consumers.  Curious about other music consumption stats?  Read the full report here.

DYK there are now 60+ authorized digital music services in the United States? This includes downloads, Cloud, music videos, song streaming & much more.  Explore new digital music possibilities today at

The Library of Congress recently added 25 songs to its National Recording Registry because of their cultural, artistic and historic importance to the United States.  “Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel and “Saturday Night Fever” by The Bee Gees are among the tracks on reserve.  See the complete list here.

• “Save Rock And Roll” Fall Out Boy 4/16

• “Right Place, Right Time” Olly Murs 4/16

• “To Be Loved” Michael Buble 4/23

• “Authentic” LL Cool J 4/30

• “Such Hot Blood” The Airborne Toxic Event 4/30

• “Me, You & The Music” Jessica Sanchez 4/30

• “Life On A Rock” Kenny Chesney 4/30

• “Golden” Lady Antebellum 5/7

• “More Than Just A Dream” Fitz & The Tantrums 5/7

• “Annie Up” Pistol Annies 5/7

• “Demi” Demi Lovato 5/14

• “Love Is Everything” George Strait 5/14

• “Lip Lock” Eve 5/14

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