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Adele's 25 set to be fastest-selling album ever in US

Adele's third album has sold 2.3m copies in just three days, already dethroning N Sync's No Strings Attached as the fastest-selling album in a single week.

Adele's 25 is now a certified blockbuster. In its first three days of release, the singer's third album has already sold 2.3m copies in the US, according to Nielsen Music. Industry forecasters are now betting the album could sell 2.9m copies in the country by the end of the week.Read more

Since Neilsen Music began tracking sales in 1991, only N Sync's 2000 album, No Strings Attached, sold over 2m copies in a single week. By the end of Monday, Billboard reports 25 should eclipse that record's single-week sales record of 2.4m.

In an enjoyable coincidence, the lead single from 25 is Hello; the first track to be released from No Strings Attached was Bye, Bye, Bye.

Adele's 25 set to make UK chart history as sales of new album soar

New release on course to break Oasis's record for biggest one-week album sales despite overall decline in music industry

Adele is on course to break records for the biggest one-week album sales in UK chart history.

The album, 25, which shot to No 1 in the iTunes chart in 106 out of 119 countries, sold 300,000 copies in the UK alone when it was released on Friday, one of the biggest first-day totals of all time.

Only two albums have ever sold more than 500,000 copies in a week – Progress by Take That, which sold 518,601 in its debut week in November 2010, and Oasis's Be Here Now, the all-time record holder which notched 695,761 in its first chart week in August 1997.

The success of 25 follows in the wake of that of the first album single, Hello, which went platinum and has become the UK's fastest selling song of the year.

Cox Has No DMCA Safe Harbor Protection, Judge Rules

Internet provider Cox Communications may be held liable for the copyright infringements of its subscribers, a Virginia District Court has ruled. According to the court, Cox failed to properly implement a repeat infringer policy and is not entitled to DMCA safe-harbor protection.

Last year BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Musicsued Cox Communications, arguing that the ISP fails to terminate the accounts of subscribers who frequently pirate content.

The companies, which control publishing rights to songs by Katy Perry, The Beatles and David Bowie among others, claim that Cox gave up its DMCA safe harbor protections due to this inaction.

Adele's 25 outselling the rest of the Top 200 COMBINED

25, the third album from Adele, is currently out-selling the rest of the Top 200 combined this week by a comfortable margin of more than 100,000.

Music Week has looked at the data in today's midweeks, as the singer's latest LP becomes the second fastest-selling album in the UK since records began, overtaking Take That's Progress with four days yet to go in the chart week.

Adele has now sold 537,575 copies of 25 in three days. Not counting the No.1 spot, the rest of this week's Top 200 has a combined tally of 423,304 sales.

Sony signs YouTube star with 1.3bn views to develop original web music series

Sony Music Entertainment has struck a partnership with YouTube star Kurt Hugo Schneider to develop a new original series for digital video.

The move promises to 'bring together one of the world's biggest YouTubers with some of the planet's hottest recording artists for exciting, never-before-seen musical creations'.

The series, called TO THE BEAT with KURT HUGO SCHNEIDER, will feature Sony Music stars performing special versions of their hits in collaboration with Schneider – the producer, arranger, video editor, musician, and singer/songwriter behind a string of hugely popular music medley videos, original songs, and hit covers on YouTube.

Third Man Records Returns to Detroit

A few years ago, a business association in Detroit decided to rebrand their neighborhood. Much of the area that used to be known as the Cass Corridor—infamous for its drug and prostitution problems—became known as Midtown. Now, according to local media, if a hip restaurant opens in the vicinity, it happens in Midtown, but if someone gets mugged in front of that restaurant, it happens in the Cass Corridor.

The old moniker wasn't just associated with crime, though—it's where music history was made. It was in that neighborhood where the MC5 played a set that was broadcast live on TV in 1970. Early rock'n'roll magazine Creem had an office there. It's where the White Stripes performed for the first time, at the Gold Dollar, in 1997. So when Jack White recently announced that his Third Man Records was planning to build a Detroit hub in that very same area, at 441 West Canfield Street, the press release made no mention of Midtown.

Jimmy Iovine and the Myth of the Male Music Fan

There was a simpler time, not too long ago, when Jimmy Iovine's most egregious sins were peddling Dr. Dre's Beats headphones, Weezer's 2008-2009 oeuvre, and the whiteification of hip-hop. Following an illuminating interview on CBS, we can now add "smarmy mansplaining" to that list. Here are a couple of things that Iovine publicly stated that he believes:

"Women find it very difficult at times — some women — to find music."

How Adele's '25' Performed on Radio Over the Weekend

It's well-established that radio rarely finds its own hits these days, even from a superstar album.

Finding the next single was once standard procedure, especially for top 40 radio. When Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation was released, PDs quickly looked beyond the title track, then a single, to find "Escapade." But over the last decade, PDs have been reluctant to deviate from "playing the hits" or tangling with label plans. Programmers found Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" on Teenage Dream, but backed off until it could become an official release. A similar pattern emerged with Perry's "Dark Horse," which eventually became the only other consensus hit from her last project, after kickoff single "Roar."

Meet the former radio DJ who wants to make radio great again

Can radio be saved?

If you think streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have grown to prominence because people want their music on demand—something traditional radio can't provide—you're only half right. Traditional radio can't provide what people want, but what people want is good radio.

No one knows that better than Scott Keeney, better known as DJ Skee. He's been a staple on the radio airwaves since taking his first gig at age 16, hosting flagship shows on Sirius XM and KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. Skee is responsible for giving early spins to Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Lady Gaga.

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