Madonna rush-releases new tracks after leak
Last week, we reported on a full album’s worth of new Madonna songs leaking online, even though Madonna quickly released a statement claiming they were unfinished. Over the weekend, her strategy moved on a step: six songs...
January 5, 2015
Madonna album leaks, but is that really ‘terrorism’?
Our sympathies are with Madonna, who saw 13 new tracks leak online this week, giving fans what was claimed to be an early listen of her next album. But we can’t help but wonder if her reaction – posted and then swiftly...
December 25, 2014
One Direction debut #H1DDENinSpotify campaign
This weekend saw a fun digital campaign for the latest One Direction album ‘Four’, which involved sending fans to streaming music service Spotify to find hidden “snippets” of tracks. “You guys mentioned #FOUR A...
December 15, 2014
YouTube star Conor Franta turns curator for album
With more than 4.2m subscribers, Conor Franta is one of the fresh-faced stars on YouTube, with big clout among his young audience. Now he’s capitalising on that clout with a music album, albeit not one he sings on himself....
November 20, 2014
Spotify loses Jason Aldean album but gets Quincy Jones’ backing
Spotify will be hoping the current Taylor Swift debate doesn’t lead to a number of other artists following suit by pulling individual albums or whole back catalogues. One who’s taking the former move is country...
November 17, 2014
Garth Brooks’ Ghost Tunes launches fully
The new Garth Brooks album came out this week, along with his inventive $29.99 ‘all my back catalogue’ bundle, which was announced a few weeks ago. But Billboard has some good detail on the new service – Ghost Tunes...
November 13, 2014
Beyoncé could be planning another iTunes album
Beyoncé sprang an almighty surprise on the musical world last December by releasing a new album and accompanying videos on iTunes with no build-up. She may struggle to repeat the same trick twice though: reports overnight...
November 7, 2014
Taylor Swift heading for 1m first-week US sales
Taylor Swift’s ’1989’ is shaping up as one of the pivotal albums of 2014, amid the ongoing panic over falling download sales within the industry. Billboard has the latest dispatch from the US, where ‘1989’ is now...
October 29, 2014
Anonymous claims it made Atlantic release the new Lupe Fiasco album
Lupe Fiasco is releasing a new album, ‘Tetsuo and Youth’. Nothing strange about that, you might think, but the story behind the album’s release on 20 January 2015 is an intriguing one, involving online...
October 22, 2014
U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ reaches 26m iTunes downloads
Apple has been sharing some more stats on the new U2 album, which it made available as a free download – and controversially, in some cases, pushed to people’s iOS devices – last month. The album has been downloaded...
October 11, 2014
Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent bundle reaches 1.1m downloads
The BitTorrent bundle release of Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is transparent in one metric: the number of times the bundle has been downloaded. This morning, it stands at 1.1m, which sounds like impressive...
October 8, 2014