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• “Unorthodox Jukebox” Bruno Mars 2x multi-Plat

• “BEYONCÉ” Beyoncé Platinum

• “Midnight Memories” One Direction Platinum

• “Yeezus” Kanye West Platinum

• “My Head Is An Animal” Of Monsters And Men Platinum

• “Native” OneRepublic Gold

• “Frozen” Soundtrack Gold

Digital Singles:
• “Say Something” A Great Big World 2x multi-Plat

• “I Cry” Flo Rida 2x multi-Plat

• “Let Her Go” Passenger 2x multi-Plat

• “How Country Feels” Randy Houser Platinum

• “Animals” Martin Garrix Gold

• “All Of Me” John Legend Gold

• “Chillin’ It” Cole Swindell Gold
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Musicians & Social Media: An RIAA Look

Today there are more indicators than ever that music is a primary force of culture and commerce.  For example, NPD Group research estimates that 90% of Internet users are active music listeners. Venture capital investment in the music arena reached 2.4 billion dollars in 2013, up from about half a billion in 2012. This year’s Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show with Red Hot Chili Peppers was the most watched in history. The list goes on and on.
Another way to consider just how much music is driving innovation and the online conversation today? Look no further than top social networking and entertainment sites: 7/10 most followed on Twitter are musicians, 9/10 most watched videos on YouTube are professional music videos and 7/10 most “Liked” celebrity accounts on Facebook belong to musicians!

2013 Milestone Year For G&P Program

RIAA recently released it Gold & Platinum year-in-review report, highlighting the additon of song streams to certifications, which helped fuel a record-breaking 663 Digital Single Awards last year.  That’s a 25 percent increase in digital awards year-over-year and the most in G&P history!
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake tied for 2013’s top certified albums at 2x multi-Platinum.  Jay Z’s went to “Magna Carta...Holy Grail” (Roc Nation; see presentation photo here), while JT’s plaque commemorated his “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA Records).  Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Star Trak/Interscope) earned the singer 2013’s top Digital Single Award, a 6x multi-Platinum counting download sales and on-demand audio and/or video song streams.

Digital Music Royalties Up

In 2013 approximately $590 million in royalties were paid to artists and music companies for the streaming of their tracks on digital radio services like Pandora and SiriusXM - the most digital royalties of any year yet and 28 percent more than 2012!
In total, nearly $2 billion has been paid to musicians and labels during the past 10 years since SoundExchange, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties, was founded.

Beats Music Launches

Beats Music – a brand new subscription-based, ad-free and on-demand music streaming service – joined the 70+ authorized music sites on whymusicmatters.com in January.  It launched with the support of all of the major music companies, boasting access to more than 20 million songs on a subscribers’ computer, mobile phone (iPhone, Android or Windows) or Sonos.
Start a seven day free trial today (30 days for AT&T subscribers) to discover new tunes and old favorites, and to hear celebrity curated playlists for many types of moods and occasions.

According to Billboard.com the top digital downloads for the week of February 15 are:
Digital Songs:
#1 – “Dark Horse” Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J
#2 – “Talk Dirty” Jason Derulo Feat. 2 Chainz
#3 – “Happy” Pharrell Williams
#4 – “Radioactive” Imagine Dragons Feat. Kendrick Lamar
#5 – “Lat Her Go” Passenger
Digital Albums:
#1 – “Pure Heroine” Lorde
#2 – “Frozen” Soundtrack
#3 – “Unorthodox Jukebox Bruno Mars
#4 – Night Visions Imagine Dragons
#5 – “Beyoncé” Beyoncé

Billboard has reviewed five hot new music gadgets from the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The list includes a device that enables adding WiFi to analog speakers, wireless headphones by 50 Cent and more!
In another example of music driving new technology, 65 percent of consumers surveyed by the NPD Group identified “listening to music” as what they would most like to do with a smartwatch.
In advance of releasing RIAA 2013 year-end shipment and revenue figures in March, RIAA recently blogged about the state of music sales and earnings.  The takeaway?  Music streaming is already a meaningful industry revenue contributor, surpassing $1 billion in 2012 and up 60 percent from 2011. All signs so far point to strong growth in streaming in 2013.

• “My Own Lane” Kid Ink 1/07

• “That Girl” Jennifer Nettles 1/14

• “High Hopes” Bruce Springsteen 1/14

• “2014 Grammy Nominees” Various Artists 1/21

• “Is There Anybody Out There?” A Great Big World 1/21

• “The U.S. Albums” The Beatles 1/21

• “After The Disco” Broken Bells 2/04

• “The Outsiders” Eric Church 2/11

• “Formula, Vol. 2” Romeo Santos 2/11

• “Cole Swindell” Cole Swindell 2/18

• “Morning Phase” Beck 2/25

• “Riser” Dierks Bentley 2/25

• “Helios” The Fray 2/25

• “L.O.R.D.” A$AP Mob 3/04

• “10,000 Towns” Eli Young Band 3/04

• “Louder” Lea Michele 3/04

• “Slow Me Down” Sara Evans 3/04

• “Out Among The Stars” Johnny Cash 3/25

• TBD Jennifer Hudson 3/25

• “SHAKIRA.” Shakira 3/25

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