Adele won’t save the music industry, but Apple might

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adele Keeps Breaking Records.

Not only has her superb “25” album bypassed previous sales records set by Britney Spears and ‘N Sync – and in a completely different era of music-buying (emphasis on buying) – but it’s set a new record.Pandora Media Inc presented its listeners with British singer Adele’s best-selling album “25″, days after streaming companies said the album would not be available for streaming at release. As of Thursday, with a full week of sales tracking yet to be completed, “25” has already sold more than 3 million copies according to new music analytics company Buzz Angle Music (chart stalwart Nielsen Soundscan is reporting those same numbers). ‘N Sync’s record of 2.42 million in one-week sales (for “No Strings Attached) has held since March 2000, and Spears’ single-week sales record for a female artist of 1.32 million (for “Oops…I Did it Again”) was achieved in May 2000. But in a video on Facebook, the 27-year-old said she was “relieved to finally tell you I am of course coming on tour and I can’t wait to see all of you there.” The album sold a record 2.4 million copies in its first four days in the US, according to Nielsen Music.

The U.S. online radio service said all songs from Adele’s album, which broke records in first-week sales, are now available on its radio service, sending Pandora shares up on Wednesday. “Since “Hello” was added to Pandora’s platform last month, her total station adds are up 1,200 percent,” the company told Reuters in an email. — For small shop owners, it’s often economically impossible to offer steep discounts that could compete with door busters from big box stores this time of year.

In addition to the jaw-dropping sales of “25,” renewed interest in the British pop-soul singer has resulted in the re-appearance of her “21” and “19” albums, which re-entered the charts and sold 28,000 and 17,000 copies this week, respectively. By crossing the 3 million mark, Adele’s third studio album surpassed *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached,” which sold 2.42 million copies during its first week of release in 2000.

In other Adele news sure to send fans into a frenzy, she confirmed on Thursday that she will indeed tour in 2016 and announced a set of sporadic dates in the U.K. and Europe between the end of February and June. The shop prints photos, does DVD transfers, works with Blu-rays and doesn’t see much of an increase in customer traffic over this holiday weekend. “If you buy a camera from us, even though we’re more expensive than Best Buy, we’ll help you set it up, we’ll help you get started, we’ll help you run the camera,” Mr. — At Barton Creek Square, a venerable upscale shopping center here with more than 180 retailers, crowds were relatively light just before 5 a.m., with no more than 20 cars parked outside each of the main entrances. Signs on a big glass door lured customers with the promise of “Today’s Deals and Steals.” Some stores were just opening, while others were about another hour away from opening. Penney and Macy’s had opened on Thursday to a crush of Thanksgiving Day shoppers, and remained open through the night to soldier on into Black Friday.

Even though they were sleepless after several hours of shopping, they showed no signs of slowing down and seemed to be enjoying themselves. “We wanted to go for fun,” Ms. At least a half-dozen shoppers were browsing through GameStop after it opened at 5 a.m. and the manager, Andres Cifuentes, 31, said the game store had drawn just under 20 customers and had sold “plenty of items” in the first 15 minutes.

Nevertheless, he described this year’s volume of Black Friday activity as “slow” compared with other years, and he attributed the fall-off to the move by other stores to open on Thanksgiving evening or at midnight, attracting customers who previously did their shopping on Black Friday.

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