We try to cover all the music stories that matter here on the VH1 Blog. Sometimes, though, we find too many stories to cover, stories that don’t exactly “matter” but are worth sharing, or even just good stuff from our peers. Here’s your Tuesday roundup:
Amazon’s 99-Cent Lady Gaga Deal Hurt Interscope
On Saturday, Ed Christman at Billboard noted on Saturday that while Amazon’s Born This Way price drop certainly helped increase overall sales figures for the album, it also shifted the balance from physical to digital sales to an extent for which Interscope was unprepared. Now, he calculates, 72% of Interscope’s initial shipment of physical copies of Born This Way—over 1.5 million CDs!—are taking up space on the shelves of retailers eager to return excess stock.
Is Britney Spears‘s Tour Underselling?
One of today’s Detroit Groupon Deals is a half-priced ticket to Britney’s July 28th show at The Palace of Auburn Hills. We can’t determine anything definitively from this, but we can presuppose that presales—at least, in Detroit—failed to meet expectations.
Mancunians Love Take That, Alcohol
The Guardian is reporting a spike in ER admittances on 75% of the eight reunion shows the boy band (featuring Robbie Williams) played at the City of Manchester Stadium. Their math is a bit fuzzy: “87 more people admitted overall” but no accounting for other variables, nor any age or gender statistics to support their claim that “Hospital staff have been inundated with injured, drunk women from Take That concerts.”
Spotify Secures Third Of Four Major-Label Contracts For US Streaming
Spotify, the UK-only music streaming service, has signed a licensing deal with longtime holdout Universal Music Group, which leaves only Warner to negotiate with before the service is ready to launch in the United States. [Rolling Stone]
Matthew Morrison And Guest JC Chasez Sing “This I Promise You”
Just before going on tour opening for NKOTBSB, Matthew Morrison of Glee covered N*SYNC‘s “This I Promise You” at a show in London, with special guest vocalist and N*SYNC alum JC Chasez. [Popdust]
Kelly Rowland And Nas Singles, Lil Wayne And Kanye B-Sides Leak
A bunch of unheard tracks hit the net today:
Kelly Rowland’s single “Lay It On Me” (featuring Big Sean) [Rap Radar]
Nas’s single “Nasty” [ego trip]
Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy B-side “Mama’s Boyfriend,” which he’d performed a cappella at the Facebook offices last year [Pitchfork]
Lil Wayne’s Swizz Beatz-produced Tha Carter IV B-side “Dear Anne (Stan Pt. 2)” [Nah Right]
[Lady Gaga and Take That: Getty Images]