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Weekly Music Sales Report: 22 February 2012

February 22nd, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Television events drive revenues. And this year is the clearest indication of why awards shows exist.  In the week following the Grammy Awards--one of the highest-rated Grammys in years--sales exploded, led by--of course--Adele.  

Let's start in Canada:


  • Album sales:  Up 11% from last week, pushing pacing to 7% ahead of 2011.
  • Physical CD sales:  Up 18% over last week (but still down 7% from last year)


Suprisingly, digital album sales are down 1% from last week, despite the Adele Effect, although digital tracks are up 7%.

Adele's 21 sold a staggering 53,000 copies in the period ending Sunday night, a 156% increase over last week.  That's its second-biggest week, topped only by the 62,000 copies moved in the week before Christmas.

The 16 GB Vibrator

February 22nd, 2012 | by Alan Cross

This really isn’t about music, but it could be.  Stay with me on this. The Duet is a vibrator.  Yes,

Tracklisting for Jack White’s Solo Album

February 22nd, 2012 | by Alan Cross

After being in a ton of different bands--White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather (not to mention Goober and the Peas, the Upholsterers and a few others)--and producing records for a bunch of other people, Jack White will finally release an album under his own name.

Blunderbuss is coming through Third Man on April 23, about six weeks after his March 3 appearance (with Lindsay Lohan!) on Saturday Night Live.

The first single, "Love Interruption," is already all over alt-rock radio.  The video, directed by Jack, features singer Ruby Amanfu, Emily Bowland on bass clarinet and Brooke Wagoner on the Wurlitzer.  I don't know the dog's name.  Full tracklisting after the jump.

Music’s Secret Mathematical Formula?

February 21st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

A number of years ago, I had a conversation with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer on the nature of songwriting. He told me that having studied music at Harvard as well as being in a succesful alt-pop band, he had become interested in the mathematical nature of songwriting.  No doubt he'll be most interested in this story.

Daniel Levitin, the record producer-turned-neuroscientist who has written books like This is Your Brain on Music, has been doing some work with something called the "one-over-f" (1/f) power distribution equation. This math describes the relative frequency of things and can be applied to all sorts of occurrences in nature and the universe.

One-over-f equations have been used to descibe the use of pitch in music.  But it's taken this long for someone to investigate if anything can be applied to the rhythm of music.

New Releases This Week: 21 February 2012

February 21st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Now that the Grammys are done and that the Brits are on today, the only major music awards show left we care about is the Junos on April 1.  This means that we can finally get on with the business of the music of 2012 instead of trying to wring a little more blood out of what came out in 2011.  Adele and Whitney notwithstanding, of course.

Here's what's new in the stores and online today.

Courage My Love/For Now EP:  Cute-as-a-button power pop from teen twin sisters and their dude friend, all from London, Ontario.

Cursive/I Am Gemini:  I've had an advance of this record for a while.  I've enjoyed it.

Dirty Ghosts/Metal Moon:  An album that has already made the Recommended Music list on this site.

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