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This da Vinci Painting Just Obliterated Art-Sale Records

Sells for $450M at Christie's

(Newser) - A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million at auction on Wednesday, obliterating previous records. The painting, called "Salvator Mundi" (Italian for "Savior of the World"), is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to exist... More »

Adele Just Broke a Big Sales Record

That was previously held by a boy band

(Newser) - Not shocking: Adele's 25 is selling like mad since it was released Friday. Somewhat shocking: The record it just broke was previously held by ... *NSYNC. As Billboard reports, 25 had sold at least 2,433,000 copies as of Monday, meaning that in just over three days of sales,... More »

Whitney Album Price Nearly Doubles on iTunes

Sony blamed for UK price hike, now reversed

(Newser) - On Saturday, a Whitney Houston greatest-hits album cost about $8 in the UK iTunes store; but shortly after the singer was found dead, it had jumped to a little more than $12.50. The changed sparked a customer uproar. "It is just a case of iTunes cashing in on... More »

Beatles Poised to Rule UK Charts Once Again

Fab Four expected to hold five top 20 spots

(Newser) - It’s a flashback to Beatlemania in Britain after the release of remastered versions of the band’s discography, Reuters reports. The Fab Four are expected to hold at least five of the top 20 spots on the pop charts when the sales week closes Saturday, along with 15 of... More »

Susan Boyle's Album Already a Best-Seller

November release tops presale chart

(Newser) - Beat it, Beatles, here comes Susan Boyle. Hours after the Scottish singer's upcoming album was announced, it hit No. 1 on the presale charts—putting her ahead of Whitney Houston and the Fab Four. I Dreamed A Dream comes out in late November, the Scottish Daily Record reports.... More »

Vinyl LPs Make a New Sound: Cha-Ching!

Record sales spike 90% despite digital music, recession

(Newser) - The crackling, old-fashioned sound of vinyl LPs is back, the Los Angeles Times reports. Defying the digital music craze, record sales spiked nearly 90% last year and fueled a boom in brick-and-mortar music stores across LA. Why the uptick in a bad economy? Majestic artwork, the fun of LP-flipping, and—... More »

Apple Harvests Record Profit

Holiday iPod sales surge defies Wall Street

(Newser) - A late surge in holiday iPod sales boosted Apple quarterly revenue and profits to a record high, reports the Los Angeles Times. Wall Street analysts had predicted a slump of up to 18% in Apple sales, but despite the recession, the company is reporting $1.61 billion in profits on... More »

Labels Flee iTunes to Push Album Sales

Record execs dislike Apple's singles-friendly policy

(Newser) - Record labels have begun yanking their artists’ work from the iTunes, reports the Wall Street Journal, saying they can make more money selling intact albums than 99-cent singles downloads. Last year Atlantic Records kept Kid Rock's Rock 'n Roll Jesus album off the online shelves; when that album sold a... More »

Lil Wayne Busts 1M Barrier

Rapper's release first in 3 years to hit milestone in a single week

(Newser) - Lil Wayne has become the first artist to sell more than a million albums in a week since 50 Cent in 2005, Billboard reports. Tha Carter III, the rapper's sixth album, exploded out of record stores last week, selling close to half a million its first day. The milestone sales... More »

Vinyl Back for Another Spin

Seemingly obsolete, format is seeing increasing—even 'unbelievable'—sales

(Newser) - It might seem unlikely in an age where the CD’s obituary has already been written, but vinyl records are making a comeback as younger fans fall for the big artwork and warm analog sounds, the Boston Globe reports. Music stores report big yearly sales increases, and big-box stores like... More »

Country's Eddy Arnold Dies at 89

The 'Tennessee Plowboy' sold 85M records, brought music to the masses

(Newser) - Eddy Arnold, the “Tennessee Plowboy,” died this morning at the age of 89, the Tennessean reports. Ranked as Billboard’s most popular country musician of all time, Arnold sold more than 85 million records and had 37 singles on the pop charts. Besides being remembered as a caring... More »

Perez Hilton, Music Mogul?

Celebrity blogger is in a deal with Warner Music to start his own imprint

(Newser) - “Madonna’s leaving, Perez is coming.” Those words are straight from the mouth of the music industry's most unlikely new player, gossip blogger Perez Hilton. He has parlayed posts praising unknown and upcoming acts on his website into a possible deal doing the same for Warner Brothers Records,... More »

Eagles Enjoy Their Perch Near the Top

Henley philosophizes on album's success, Wal-Mart, with CNN

(Newser) - The Eagles' new CD has sat at or near the top of the Billboard charts since its debut earlier this month—not bad for a band that hasn't released an album since 1979. Don Henley discusses the Eagles' approach to the double-disc Long Road Out of Eden with CNN, including... More »

Stand by Your Twang

Country music sales, industry's last stalwart, are finally taking a dive

(Newser) - Country music album sales are down nearly 30% so far this year. That might seem slightly less dramatic against the whole industry's 15% slide, but country’s been the biz’s final remaining hold-out—holding nearly even in 2005 and 2006 amid the digital revolution. So the newest dive may... More »

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