Bryan Michael Cox and J.Que Smith new group Riss & Ry has unleashed a new visual to their own cover version of Ciara hit single Body Party.
T-Pain decides to releases his brand new video for his new single called She Said directed by T-Pain and G Visuals. T-Pain new album titled Stoicville The Phoenix, is coming out in 2014.
After spending his first year getting the lay of the land, Warner Bros. Records chairman/CEO Cameron Strang is making moves to put his stamp on the label and building his management team. Dan McCarroll has been named president of the label, as he moves over from Capitol Records, where he held the same title. This latest appointment comes on the heels of Brian Frank Senior joining as EVP of marketing & strategy and Dion Singer being pointed executive VP of creative marketing.
McCarroll, who reports to Strang and is based in the label’s Burbank, Calif., headquarters, served as Capitol Records president over the last few years helping to revive the fortunes of that label. There he led the label’s artist discovery and development efforts in the United States, with a roster that included Katy Perry, Emeli Sandé, Capital Cities, Ryan Adams, Sky Ferreira, Tori Kelly, the Beach Boys and Elton John.
“I am thrilled to join Warner Bros., whose creative culture has long been a model for our industry,” McCarroll said in a statement. “The company has a fantastic team, and it’s an honor to join with everyone to build on the label’s iconic legacy…I can’t wait to get to work with everyone and make some great music.”
WBR’s roster recently increased significantly following its parent company WMG’s decision to assign the majority of its Parlophone acquisitions to the label. Under the new structure, Warner Bros. Records will include new releases from Damon Albarn, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Bat For Lashes, Eliza Doolittle, Conor Maynard, Gabrielle Aplin, among others, and catalog titles from Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Blur, Gorillaz, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, Supergrass and Sinead O’Connor.
McCarroll had been executive VP of North America creative for EMI Music Publishing and signed and worked with artists and songwriters as Butch Walker, Death Cab for Cutie, Pat Monahan and Train, John Mellencamp, Cobra Starship, Regina Spektor, Travie McCoy, Toby Gad, Steve McEwan, David Hodges, Alter Bridge, and Panic! At The Disco. Before that, McCarroll, who had spent many years as a touring and session drummer, had run the A&R department for The Music Company, the Elektra imprint formed by Lars Ulrich.
While Steve Barnett ultimately was named to head the Capitol Music Group as chairman/CEO, McCarroll had won the respect of the Universal Music Group senior management team after Capitol was acquired by UMG, which apparently did not go unnoticed by WBR execs.
“Enormously admired and respected throughout the music community, Dan brings a rare combination of talent and experience to our company,” Strang said in a statement. “An accomplished musician, publishing executive, A&R man, and label head, Dan has a deep understanding of artists and record making. He is the perfect fit for our music-driven mission at Warner Bros., and I’m looking forward to working closely with him as we deliver more great records from the incredible artists on the Warner Bros. label.”
While McCarroll is leading the creative team, Singer has been brought in to bolster the label’s marketing efforts. Prior to his new appointment Singer was previously senior VP of international artist development for WMG in London where he was involved in the creative for Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Jason Derulo and others. Meanwhile, Frank was formerly global Head of content & executive VO for Beats Music, the digital streaming service.
In the year since Strang–who is also the chairman/CEO of Warner/Chappell Music and oversees Rhino records as the head off WMG’s Music Publishing & Catalog Development division–the label has had success with DeRulo, Avenged Sevenfold among others and also has been involved in working radio for Macklemore and Lewis’ “the Heist.”
Plus: 15 million Christmas classics digitally downloaded in the UK over the past decade!
Mariah Carey’s festive favourite, All I Want For Christmas Is You, has seen a seasonal sales surge tip it over the 1 million sales milestone in the UK. And, as new Official Charts Company data shows, the British public have bought an incredible 15 million Christmas tunes, digitally, since downloading began in 2004.
Mariah’s much-loved seasonal classic passed the landmark sales threshold yesterday, establishing itself as one of the UK’s all-time greatest hits. The US singer was triumphant when told of the achievement yesterday, tellingOfficialCharts.com:
“I just landed back in the US after performing a charity show in Africa for the Red Cross. I’m driving home looking at the snow in my hometown of NYC, celebrating selling 1 million copies of All I Want for Christmas Is You in the UK. Thank you, thank you to all of my British fans! Love, Mariah xxxx”
The British public can’t get enough of Mariah’s sleigh bell-adorned classic, having snapped up 68,000 copies already in 2013. Co-written/produced by Mariah along with Walter Afanasieff, the track first appeared on the festive albumMerry Christmas and its lasting appeal has seen it generate an estimated $50 million in royalties globally since.
All I Want For Christmas Is You peaked at Number 2 in 1994, after being kept off the festive top spot by East 17’sStay Another Day. It was unavailable for several years, however, thanks to the advent of digital and the song’s feel-good singalong factor, it returned to the Official Singles Chart in 2007 and has done so over and over again every December since, charting at Number 4 (2007), 12 (2008), 18 (2009), 22 (2010), 11 (2011), 20 (2012) and this year (it reached Number 12 in last Sunday’s chart).
The song is one of only 142 singles in the history of the Official Charts to pass the million copies mark in the UK. All I Want For Christmas joins eight other seasonal big hitters to have reached this landmark including Bing Crosby’sWhite Christmas, Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (Full list below).
Mariah is currently working on a new solo album, due for release in spring 2014.
Download merrily on high!
The digital revolution has transformed the market for classic Christmas tunes. Brand new Official Charts analysis indicates that, over the past 10 years since legitimate downloading was born in the UK, a total of more than 15.4m Christmas tracks have been sold digitally (spanning festive songs, plus Christmas Number 1s past and present).
A range of classics, including The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York, Wham!’s Last Christmas and Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, regularly sell between 40,000 and 100,000 copies every year.
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot says: “We’ve always known that British music fans LOVE their Christmas tunes, but this new analysis shows just HOW much. Every year, these classics are selling well over 500,000 copies between them, year after year – with some of the biggest titles selling over 100,000 copies a year. We certainly are a nation of festive classic fanatics.”
Gennaro Castaldo of the BPI, the trade body for the UK recorded music industry says: “Along with CD compilations, downloads and now streaming have helped to give our classic Christmas songs a new lease of life and make them a permanent part of our festive celebrations each year. It’s great news, not just for the artists who are kept in royalties and for fans who love them, but also for the wider UK music industry, which benefits from the increasingly important contribution they now make.”
The Official Biggest Selling Christmas-themed Singles Of All Time
|1||DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?||BAND AID||3.7M|
|2||MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD||BONEY M||1.9M|
|3||LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS||WHAM!||1.7M|
|4||MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY||SLADE||1.2M|
|5||MARY’S BOY CHILD||HARRY BELAFONTE||1.2M|
|6||DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?||BAND AID 20||1.2M|
|7||FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK||THE POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL||1.0M|
|8||WHITE CHRISTMAS||BING CROSBY WITH THE KEN DARBY
SINGERS AND JOHN SCOTT TROTTER ORCHESTRA
|9||ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU||MARIAH CAREY||1.0M|
© 2013 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
Table shows the full list of all nine million-selling Christmas songs, with all-time sales
The Official Top 10 Most Downloaded Christmas Classics
|1||FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK||THE POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL||740,000|
|2||ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU||MARIAH CAREY||660,000|
|3||LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS||WHAM!||300,000|
|4||I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY||WIZZARD||250,000|
|5||MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY||SLADE||250,000|
|6||DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS||BAND AID||220,000|
|7||MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE||SHAKIN’ STEVENS||200,000|
|8||DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS||CHRIS REA||180,000|
|9||STAY ANOTHER DAY||EAST 17||130,000|
|10||ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE||BRENDA LEE||120,000|
Sage the Gemini (@SageTheGemini) Feat Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) & IamSu (@IAMSU) – Gas Pedal (Remix)
The Bay Area own Sage the Gemini links up with Justin Bieber and IAMSU! for the official remix for his hit single Gas Pedal.