We’re just a week into the third month of 2017, but it’s been packed with tons of happenings and events already. If you haven’t been able to keep up, no need to worry; here are a few of the top music-related stories of the past week.
- Adele Named Artist of the Year
After once again dominating the Grammys and the charts, Adele has been given the green light for 2017’s artist of the year by the Music Business Association. This latest achievement comes as the British pop superstar broke chart records and sold out venues with the release of her album, 25. She will be honored on May 18 when the Association holds its awards ceremony. There is no question as to whether Adele deserves it or not, but one has to ask “what else is left for her to win?”
- Ed Sheeran Smashes Spotify Record
And the Brits are on a roll as Ed Sheeran, another hugely talented singer-songwriter from the UK, ripped up the Spotify streaming records over the weekend. His latest album, Divide, was streamed more than 56.3 million times in its first day of release! The feat puts the “Thinking out Loud” singer way ahead of the previous record of 29 million streams achieved by the Weeknd’s Starboy last November. Sheeran isn’t done either; the download and physical sales of his album have also been threatening the records set by Adele’s 25.
- Positive Growth for Independents
According to a recent report, independent labels and publishers saw an increase in revenues for their recorded music in 2016. That’s according to preliminary research done by MiDIA on the state of the music business. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has promised to release a more comprehensive report in the near future to further put into perspective the performance of ‘indies’.
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- Lorde’s Back
New Zealand’s singer-songwriter prodigy, Lorde, seems ready for round two after releasing her new single, “Green Light” a few days ago. The “Royals” singer is also planning to release a new album this summer. In the meantime, the new track has been burning up the airwaves, as well as racking up numerous YouTube views.
- RIP Tommy Page
Ending on a bit of a sad note, New Kids on the Block songwriter, Tommy Page, has died after allegedly committing suicide. Page is best known for his 1990 hit song, “I’ll Be Your Everything,” and has worked in high profile jobs with Warner Bros. and Billboard. Help us say goodbye to another musical stalwart.
Well, that’s it. We hope you learnt something new. Keep checking this spot for breaking music stories and updates as they happen.