iTunes to Hit 10 Billion Song Downloads; App Store Is Jealous

iTunes to Hit 10 Billion Song Downloads; App Store Is Jealous

Apple sure loves them some milestones. Not long ago they were touting the billionth download from their “game-changing” App Store, and now their ubiquitous iTunes store is about to hit 10 billion songs sold. Take that, App Store!

The sheer volume of music sold through Apple’s service is certainly mind boggling, but what might be even more interesting is the list of most-downloaded songs. Many of the singles, like The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” were released just last year or the year before. Since the iTunes store opened in 2003, that means those tracks sold better in a year (in some cases less) than songs that have been around for seven. It appears the digital download market continues to gain momentum and that Apple may be celebrating many more milestones to come. Perhaps the iPad will shock us all by selling 10 trillion units in its first month.

Apple plans to show its appreciation for all the good fortune by giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift certificate to the lucky shopper who pushes them past the mark. That may seem like a lot, until you realize you could spend it all and only fill up a quarter of a 160GB iPod classic.

Here’s the list of the all-time best sellers on iTunes (courtesy of Digital Music News):

01. Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
02. Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”
03. Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”
04. Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”
05. Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”
06. Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis, “Just Dance”
07. Flo Rida, “Low feat. T-Pain”
08. Taylor Swift, “Love Story”
09. Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
10. Ke$ha, “Tik Tok”
11. Fat Worm of Error, “Let’s Fool the Meat to the Hassle Room”

Noveller Tours, Joins Xiu Xiu in March

If you’ve been paying attention lately, you would have seen the name Noveller pop up a couple times on TMT. Expect to see it a few more times too, as Noveller, a.k.a. Brooklyn-based triple threat Sarah Lipstate, is hitting the road. You can catch Noveller a couple times this month in New York as well as on tour in March with Xiu Xiu. The tour with Xiu Xiu hits most of the southern and western United States, so there’s a little bit for everyone — if you’re an American at least.

Anyway, check out Noveller’s MySpace for up-to-the-minute information. Stay tuned for a new album album too.

02.19.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands $
02.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bruar Falls &
03.06.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *#
03.07.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *#
03.09.10 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack *#
03.10.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis Productions *#
03.11.10 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern *#
03.12.10 - Houston, TX - The Studio at Warehouse Live *
03.13.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
03.16.10 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture *%
03.17.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *+
03.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo *+
03.19.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place *+
03.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *+
04.23.10 - Brookly, NY - Core 66

$ Secret Machines, Bear in Heaven, Mon Khmer, PAPA
& Sisters, Lame Drivers
* Xiu Xiu
# Girl in a Coma
% Extra Life
+ tUnE-yArDs

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EMI Bought With NYC Pensions, Terra Firma Wants Its Money Back

We recently reported on some troubling developments at EMI involving employee layoffs and budget cutbacks. Well, it turns out that the company’s losses could end up affecting not just the folks who work there, but also many people employed by the city of New York.

In a bizarre twist of corporate finance, the pension funds of some NYC public employees are apparently tied to the success or failure of the British record label. It’s complicated, but we’ll try to explain:

EMI was acquired back in late 2007 by private equity firm Terra Firma. During the takeover, Terra Firma pulled $2.35 billion from its cryptically named investment funds Terra Firma II and Terra Firma III to help seal the deal. According to an article run by, those funds include “pension funds, life insurance companies, college endowments and other institutional investors.” Pensions of state employees all across the nation, from Oregon to Indiana, are attached to Terra Firma’s investments in EMI. But the plight of NYC employees is being highlighted in a lawsuit Terra Firma has brought against Citigroup, the bank that brokered the EMI buyout back in 2007, for misrepresenting the deal. Terra Firma alleges it paid too much for EMI because Citigroup lied in claiming there were multiple bids for the label.

It’s certainly a tangled web. Let’s just hope a solution can be worked out so that EMI can keep making those records, and NYPD retirees can rest assured they didn’t work the beat in vain.

Wild Beasts Tour, Music Goers Flee in Terror (To Their Shows)

Wild Beasts, whose awesome Two Dancers has been making winters everywhere easier to deal with this year, are going on their first full North American tour. If I could think of something cool and funny to say about that, I would. In the meantime, check out these clips of them playing live on Later with Jools Holland:

Convinced? Good. Now go see ‘em:

02.17.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02.18.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
02.19.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
02.20.10 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
02.22.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
02.24.10 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
02.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
02.26.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.27.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.28.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg

European dates can be found here.

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Micheal Jackson’s doctor charged with “Maneater.” Wait… Wrong 80s identity, actually Manslaughter.

It’s no form of “Guessing Games” that “Crime [doesn’t] Pay,” but Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, was charged with manslaughter last week. Sir Jackson was administered propofol as a sleep aid, and as all of us pharmacologists know, propofol is used as an anesthetic for major surgery. It’s “The Art of a Heartbreak,” but the doctor is facing up to four years in a state prison. The Judge refused the prosecutions request of a $300,000 bail, for it was far above the $25,000, but they hugged and settled on a $75,000 bail.

In previous cases, the judge said that Murray was sued for dodging child support, and it makes him less likely, or ‘inclined,’ to show up for his criminal case. I guess he’s no “Family Man.” It was a “Delayed Reaction,” but Judge Schwartz said, “I don’t want you sedating people.” “Open All Night,” the court showed that doc was on his cell phone for 45 minuets before he called an ambulance when he came in to see Jackson unconscious and not breathing.

Jackson also called propofol ‘milk’ — that’s a little creepy right? Just sayin’… This is just another high-profile case that reveals the hidden world of Hollywood Medicine. You know, the one that resides outside of health care reform and the government, the one that hangs with Magic Johnson.

UK Independent Record Stores Show Solidarity in Stemming the Decline in Music Stores

Indie record stores in the UK have joined forces to try to prevent future music store closures. A website has been created so users can search for their nearest indie store and see what the shop has to offer. Indierecordshop is supported by the Entertainment Retailers Assocation (ERA) and Digitalstores.

There were 774 indie stores in 2004, but now less than 300 remain. Unsurprisingly, it’s people like you who have caused these waves of closures. Last year, 150 million singles were sold in the UK, with 98% being downloaded. Kim Bayley, ERA director general, said “It’s hard to tell whether it’s [Indierecordshop] going to stem the tide, but I think, to be honest, we’ve seen most of the fallout in the sector and the stores which are left are probably the best of the best.”

I bet you feel bad downloading that latestSupersilent release, don’t ya!?

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