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  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Are Zines Making a Comeback?

    This story could've been titled "Everything Old Is New Again," but that isn't necessarily accurate. Still, when you look at what pop-culture aficionados are digesting these days, it's easy to think so. Records. Cassettes. Betamax tapes. Typewriters. Rotary phones. Wristwatches. Something about our ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2014

    Are Zines Making a Comeback, Too?

    Our nostalgia for all things analog might lead you to think that, but the answer isn't so simple

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Beat Out J.Coles 'Born Sinner' in First-Week Album Sales. But Was it Really the Better Album?

    Going head to head on hip-hop album release dates is nothing new for Kanye West. His September 11, 2007 Graduation album topped 50 Cent's Curtis in first week sales after a much publicized face-off where 50 Cent declared he would quit his solo recording career if he finished second. Unfortunately fo ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Record Store Day: Good for Only a Few Stores?

    Did the annual event really save the vinyl record industry?

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    'Lasers' Beams In at No. 1

    ​ It's now official! Grammy Award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco can now claim a No. 1 album on his musical résumé, with first week sales of Lasers coming in at more than 204,000 copies. The Nielsen SoundScan numbers confirmed the expected, as the new release edged out and ended Adele's two-week rei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Run and Tell That--'Bed Intruder Song' Hit Billboard's Hot 100​Last week, Antoine Dodson's Autotuned remix by the Gregory Brothers surprised us when it hit No. 3 on the iTunes R&B/Soul chart. This week? The "Bed Intruder Song" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 89, almost exclusively from download sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Nielsen Music Year-End Stats Are Scary (Part 1)

    ​The past year produced plenty of quality music but you wouldn't know it perusing the Nielsen SoundScan's sales tallies, which landed in my inbox today. Other than Kings of Leon, Jay-Z (who probably would serve his legacy best by re-retiring) and Eminem, whose best album, The Slim Shady LP, came ... More >>