Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue, Calvin Harris & 5 Seconds Of Summer To Perform At London iTunes Festival

Bradley Stern | July 21, 2014 - 8:02 am

Remember last year’s iTunes Festival in London, when Lady Gaga premiered, like, half of ARTPOP all at once? The festival’s back on again this year and, while there’s no Gaga this time around, the organizers have thrown together a pretty incredible line-up for 2014.

In The Lonely Hour crooner Sam Smith, Blondie, Kiesza,… More »

iTunes Rewind 2010: Eminem Dominates, Plus A Lot Of You Bought That Train Song

Becky Bain | December 9, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Eminem’s big year just keeps getting bigger. The reformed rapper scored the best-selling album on iTunes in 2010 with his intense, Grammy-nominated LP, Recovery, while Train’s ubiquitous hit “Hey, Soul Sister” triumphed as the best-selling single on the digital downloading site. Still, Em’s powerful presence is all over the place — his tracks, “Love The… More »

The Beatles And iTunes Come Together

Robbie Daw | November 16, 2010 - 8:12 am

Now teens won’t have to solely rely on American Idol theme nights as an introduction to the Beatles catalog. After seven-and-a-half years and 10 billion downloads, the iTunes Store’s long and winding road to sealing a deal with EMI to offer the Liverpool band’s music has come to an end. This morning at 10 a.m. More »

iTunes Sells Its Ten Billionth Song

Robbie Daw | February 25, 2010 - 7:10 am

Seven years after its inception, Apple’s iTunes store sold its ten billionth song on Wednesday. Neither the name of the lucky customer or the tune that marked the milestone sale have been announced yet, but whoever it may be is set to receive a $10,000 gift card from the company.

Earlier this… More »

How Many Of iTunes’ 25 Most-Downloaded Songs Do You Own?

Robbie Daw | February 12, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Looks like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” will never be so 2000-and-late. As the iTunes store approaches its 10 billion downloads mark, the digital retailer has revealed its 25 most-downloaded songs since its inception in 2003. And if you thought the Black Eyed Peas were approaching the E.N.D. of the line, you’d best think again—and check… More »

iTunes Rewind 2009: See What The Masses Were Downloading This Year

Robbie Daw | December 9, 2009 - 7:51 am

Exactly what do the Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Kings Of Leon and Lady Gaga have in common, besides dominating the airwaves across the country over the past year? They all landed high up on iTunes’ Rewind 2009 list of top-selling songs and albums.

Surprisingly, the Peas, who had two of the top… More »

Oh Hey, That “Beatles Albums Arriving On iTunes” Chatter Is Starting Again

Maura | August 18, 2009 - 2:00 pm

According to the tech-news site AllThingsD, Apple has a music event scheduled for Sept. 9. ATD says that the event will involve “upgrades to the iPod line and an update to iTunes that may involve some sort of social element.” But since that date just happens to be a big one for Beatles fans—the band’s… More »

Brake The Drake? “Degrassi” Alum Scales Chart Despite Online Stumbling Blocks

Chris Molanphy | July 24, 2009 - 4:00 pm

When the music story of 2009 is written, the year’s debutante queen and king will be Lady GaGa and Drake, who have treated Billboard’s Hot 100 as their playground lately. Each is a lock for a Best New Artist Grammy nomination next winter, because each is exactly the sort of not-too-innovative, chart-friendly act the Recording… More »

iTunes Users Taking A Look At Their Libraries And Making A Change

Maura | June 26, 2009 - 10:30 am

It’s not all that surprising that the wake of Michael Jackson’s death has resulted in the pop titan possessing more than a third of the slots on the current iTunes Top 100. But the top-selling song on that chart is an unexpected one: It’s “Man In The Mirror,” the inspirational track from his 1987 album… More »

iTunes’ Copywriters Also Very Surprised By Kris Allen’s Victory

Maura | May 21, 2009 - 11:30 am

Over at the iTunes Store, the person responsible for writing Kris Allen’s winners-circle copy is either still mentally recovering from being reminded of “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” during last night’s American Idol or slyly noting that the sales data for this year’s studio versions of Idol performances has finally been released, and that at… More »

From Asher to Jeremih: Selling Chart Hits on the New, Pricier iTunes

Chris Molanphy | May 15, 2009 - 5:00 pm

It’s now been just over a month since Apple flipped the switch at the iTunes Music Store and gave the major labels what they wanted: higher-priced hit singles.

Since April 7, downloads at the world’s largest music retailer have varied in price–from 69 cents for hundreds of low-profile catalog tracks to $1.29 for… More »

“The Downward Spiral” Apparently Too Hot For The iTunes Store

Maura | May 4, 2009 - 12:45 pm

The latest update to Nine Inch Nails’ iPhone application has been rejected by the content czars at Apple. Why? Because it contained “obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials”–namely, “The Downward Spiral,” which is one of the songs on a podcast that could be streamed to the application. As you might expect, Nine Inch… More »

Maura | April 23, 2009 - 11:30 am

Here’s an elevator pitch for cash/idea-strapped music video channels, courtesy of the blogosphere: “You know what would be amazing? If say, MTV or VH1, or Fuse partnered with iTunes to make ‘albums’ of their Top 10/20/50 countdowns. The weekly ones and the ones that are themed (like, Most Influential Songs of the 90’s or whatever). More »

Fergie Power: How the Spun-Off Diva Dragged Her Homeboys to No. 1

Chris Molanphy | April 17, 2009 - 3:30 pm

Let’s imagine that in 1992, just after Nevermind peaked, Dave Grohl took a break from Nirvana to form Foo Fighters. I mean, why not? Grohl was a gun for hire, at least the sixth drummer to sit in with the band before they finally broke big. And let’s say he scored some of those juicy… More »

Record Store Day: The Rebuttal

Dan Gibson | April 15, 2009 - 12:15 pm

It’s hard not to like Record Store Day, the homage to the indie record store taking place this Saturday. Lots of limited-edition merchandise will be on sale; bands will play in-store sessions; and the Record Store Day brand will take over the retail space at Coachella that was formerly held by Virgin Megastore. Someone saying… More »

Higher Prices On iTunes: Bad For Sales, Good For Business

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 11:30 am

In a move that lots of people talked about—because this is the Internet and people have nothing better to do than discuss than the business practices of companies they have nothing to do with—iTunes last week instituted a variable pricing scheme whereby songs could go for more (or, presumably, less) than the $0.99 base rate… More »

iTunes And Amazon Continue To Play “Name That Price”

Maura | April 9, 2009 - 11:30 am

When the iTunes Store introduced variable pricing earlier this week, 60% of the songs in the store’s top 10 had their prices hiked by 30 cents; as of this writing, eight of those 10 tracks are now priced at $1.29, with Kid Cudi’s “Day N’ Nite” and Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” seeing price increases over… More »

“Baby Got Back”: How It Went From Hailing Big Asses To Shilling For Kiddie-Sized Fries

Maura | April 7, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ode to ladies’ larger-than-life posteriors “Baby Got Back” is now being used to sell kiddie meals for Burger King, with the help of SpongeBob SquarePants and the masked Burger King who’s been a staple of the fast-food emporium’s commercials since the subservient chicken era. How did a song that was seen as kind… More »

iTunes’ Variable Pricing Launch: By The Numbers

Maura | April 7, 2009 - 10:30 am

Apple’s iTunes Store launched its variable pricing for music today, where certain songs will have their prices pumped up by 30 cents to $1.29. (Other songs will have their prices slashed to 69 cents.) A glance at the store’s top 100 songs shows that about one-third of the best-selling tracks have had their prices inflated—a… More »

Is America Ready To Spend More Than One Dollar For That New Flo Rida Song?

Maura | March 26, 2009 - 11:00 am

We’ll find out on April 7, when Apple’s digital-music store iTunes starts selling select tracks—read: tracks that have already proven to be worthy of peoples’ money, like the unkillable Flo Rida/Dr. Luke collaboration “Right Round”—for a buck twenty-nine. Sure, other songs that reside on the deep end of the Long Tail will have their prices… More »

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