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Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance Boosts Her Album Sales 230% – Destiny’s Child’s 600%

By , Los Angeles | February 04, 2013 4:43 PM EST

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Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show has, predictably, sent sales of her music skyrocketing.
The diva headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime festivities in New Orleans last night (Feb. 3), where she performed eight songs and reunited with Destiny’s Child.
Industry sources suggest that in the week ending Feb. 3, Beyonce’s digital album sales jumped by over 230%. Meanwhile, those of her group Destiny’s Child soared by more than 600%. That latter increase is inordinately large as it includes sales of the trio’s brand new Love Songs compilation, released last Tuesday. The set features one new recording, “Nuclear.”
The album sales gains are also aided by discount pricing in both the iTunes and Amazon MP3 stores. The former discounted key earlier titles from Beyonce and Destiny’s Child to $7.99 while the latter marked them down to between $5 and $7.99.
In terms of digital song sales, Beyonce’s grew by an estimated 85% while Destiny’s Child’s rose by over 300%.
Beyonce’s biggest selling song of the week was “Halo,” which closed her eight-song halftime set. The biggest Destiny’s Child song of the week, according to early data, looks to be “Say My Name” (which was not part of the halftime medley). Two Destiny’s Child tunes were performed at the Super Bowl: “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women (Part 1).”
The week’s official Nielsen SoundScan sales figures for Beyonce and Destiny’s Child will be released on Wednesday (Feb. 6). Further impact from the halftime show will be felt next week, after a full seven days’ worth of sales are registered post-game.

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JERMAINE DUPRI ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF SO SO DEF AND HIS FAVE ATL HOTSPOTS

compiled by Gerren Keith Gaynor

As the brainchild behind some of the most successful musical acts of the past two decades–from Kriss Kross and Xscape to Bow Wow and Jagged Edge–Jermaine Dupri has earned the right to toot his horn. The music industry mogul’s label, So So Def Records, marks its 20th anniversary in 2013, and will celebrate the milestone on February 23 with an Atlanta concert featuring some of its biggest acts, both old and new. “I feel accomplished,” Durpri tells VIBE. “Like I finally crossed the finish line.” Dupri says the idea to host the concert stems from the death of his friend and fellow industry titan Chris Lighty. “I had just spoken to him weeks before he passed,” he says. “That was an eerie experience. We can’t think that we’re going to be here forever.” Among many highlights from his storied career, Dupri says one of his proudest moments was the production of Usher’s 2004 album, “Confessions,” which has sold 10 million copies to date and become a modern R&B classic. Though So So Def has dominated the charts over the years, Dupri isn’t relaxing just yet. Instead, he’s pushing the label’s new generation of artists, like the talented 26-year-old Leah LaBelle, to carry the torch. In celebration of the label’s hometown, Dupri shared a few of his top Atlanta hotspots, from his favorite vegan restaurant to a certain infamous strip club. Take a look.

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SOUL VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

“Soul Vegetarian is one of my favorite spots in Atlanta now that I’m a vegan. It’s probably the spot I would take people that would change the way they feel about vegetarian or vegan food. They have this built-in mindset about what we eat, but this place is soul food; cornbread, mac-and-cheese, candied yams, greens. I take a lot of non-vegan people here and they almost become converted.”

EDITORIAL REVIEW

100 percent vegan with a soulful twist. If you’re a vegan skeptic, this anti-meat southern restaurant is probably your best bet at breaking the ice. Though you won’t see any fried chicken on its menu, you still get a taste of soul food favorites like mac-and-cheese, greens, and cornbread. Don’t think of it as the cup half empty, because you’ll certainly leave pleased and full.

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TUK TUK THAI FOOD LOFT

“It’s hard to find somewhere to go now that I don’t eat meat but I go to this placed called Tuk Tuk. It’s kind of like Chinese food but not completely.”

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Rated as one of Atlanta’s best thai cuisine. Ran by Chef Dee Dee Niyomkul, daughter of Nan’s Thai & Tamarind Seed owners, Tuk Tuk serves up an impressive menu of gourmet thai with original recipes like that tastes authentically like it’s straight from street vendors in Bangkok. The decor is sleek and modern with an impeccable skyline view on its patio.

3

RALPH LAUREN

“I buy Polo in Atlanta because the Polo is a lot different here. We get a lot of stuff other cities don’t. I’ve been collecting Polo for so long.”

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Ralph Lauren is a fashion empire, with followers flocking here for all their upscale city and casual country-inspired schmatta.  This icon has gotten used to dressing the American aristocracy in traditional silhouettes and neutral colors for a conservative evening out, or a casual afternoon-polo skills not required. This store is everything Ralph Lauren promises to be-plaids, riding pants, and classic rugged beauty. That and little sexy surprises for both the women’s and men’s collection.

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MAGIC CITY

“Magic City is like home for me. It’s still like a club when I go there. I go behind the bar and get my own drinks and everything. It’s my spot.”

EDITORIAL REVIEW

The performers work some serious dancing magic every night they step into this club. After 9 p.m. the admission never surpasses $20, and if you’re a part of a famous celeb’s entourage you’ll probably get in free. Snack on their famous wings while you sit in huge comfy red-and-black couches and enjoy a visual show. You’ll be left with no money after you leave, so be sure to enjoy yourself while it lasts.

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HALO LOUNGE

“When I go out I like going to Halo Lounge. They call it Click on Tuesdays.”

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Ultra-plush lounge with striking décor and genius lighting that provides that freshfrom-a-facial glow. Stays low-key during the work week but gets a bit more frenzied on Friday and Saturday nights. Expect a primped and preened weekend pack. True VIPs head to the basement level bar. Others nosh on truffled mac-n-cheese or a veal meatloaf sandwich with shiitake mushroom gravy.

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COMPOUND

“Occasionally on a Saturday night I hit up Compound.”

EDITORIAL REVIEW

The wait to get into this club is well worth your sanity. Enter an indoor and outdoor oasis where you can relax on plush, purple couches, show off your best moves on the spacious dance floor, or sit by the small pool and whisper sweet nothings to the object of your desire. Diddy, Tyga and host of other musicians and athletes to mix, mingle, and vibe out to the great music alongside Atlanta’s most beautiful women.

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Google’s Tel Aviv Offices

I KEEP TELLING PEOPLE STYLE IS EVERYTHING,ITS SOME THAT GET IT AND OTHERS, OR JUST THAT,LOOK LIKE GOOGLE ON THE GET IT SIDE

The new office spans 8 floors and could pass for a small city with its gym, restaurants, private rooms, and chill-out areas.
More than half of the space has been specially designed to allow for maximum communication possibilities, creating a collaborative and diverse work environment. Of course private desk areas are available too, drawing a clear line between open, collaborative areas, and singular, private ones.
3 restaurants are on-site to choose from including kosher, non-kosher dairy, and non-kosher meat. Sustainability plays a big role in the building’s infrastructure too, with the building currently awaiting LEED ‘Platinum’ Certification – the first of its kind in Israel.

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