Music Sales

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    How Bob Marley was sold to the suburbs

    At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Christina Marrs of the Asylum Street Spankers on why the band is calling it quits

    ​After a seventeen-year run, Austin's Asylum Street Spankers have embarked on their final run, which they've affectionately dubbed the "Spanks for Everything" tour. During its storied history, jazz-folk act has gone through some fifty members and now tours as a seven-piece. In advance of the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Taylor Swift: True Lil Wayne Heir

    Young Moolah, Baby​Lil Wayne sold a million copies of Tha Carter III in one week back in June of 2008. It's a nearly impossible benchmark in an era of dwindling album sales. And the day Lil Wayne was released from prison, Taylor Swift matched his feat. Actually, she surpassed it. Tha Carter ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    What would the industry do without Glee?

    For the second week in a row, album sales reached their lowest point in the history of the SoundScan era. "Indie" bands, meanwhile, continue to chart unexpectedly high: This week, The Black Keys are number three, Band of Horses is number seven and LCD Soundsystem is number ten. But these are fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Album Sales Are In The Crapper, But The National Is Doing Just Fine

    This week's signs of the music industry's apocalypse: 1. The National had the highest selling debut album in the country this week, good for number three overall (behind Justin Beiber and Lady Antebellum). 2. This was the worst week for album sales since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    It's Official: CDs are Now Pointless

    There's not enough Geritol in the world to cure the anemia currently afflicting CD sales. Case in point: Last week, the soundtrack to Sex in the City entered the Billboard album sales charts in the second position even though it only sold a little over 66,000 copies -- a total that might not have la ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2008


    Are today’s rappers ballin’ as hard as they claim?

  • Music

    January 24, 2008

    Major Fables

    It's finally dawned on record companies that they're screwed. But is it too late?

  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 5/24/2007

  • Music

    February 15, 2007

    The Shins

    Thursday, February 15, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    February 8, 2007

    Joe Ely

    Friday, February 9, Paramount Theatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007


    In The Graduate, a brain-dead fat cat famously advised Dustin Hoffman's character to devote his professional career to "Plastics!" These days, however, up-and-comers would be well advised to stay away from this field -- at least if they'd hoped to specialize in compact discs. Recently released 2006 ... More >>

  • Music

    November 18, 2004


    Artist's Choice: Below the Radio (Ultra Records)

  • Music

    November 2, 1994