The price went north
August 08, 2020

World's most valuable 7in record sold

The world's most valuable 7in single, 'Do I Love You', by Frank Wilson, has been bought by 38-year-old Lee Jeffries for an undisclosed sum, but it went for more than it did when it was last sold, 11 years ago. In 2009 the disc with "the most famous northern soul record" fetched a record-breaking £25,742. It was, and remains, the most expensive seven inch 45rpm labeled record ever sold.

K-pop girl band Blackpink has set a new record for the biggest music video premiere on YouTube with a total of 1.65 million fans tuning in for the unveiling of their new song 'How You Like That'. They broke a record set by fellow K-pop stars BTS in February, Soompi reports. Last year, the Blackpink became the first K-pop group to have a video reach a billion views on YouTube.

99 years and problems none
April 25, 2020

A record: Captain Tom tops the UK charts at the age of 99

Captain Tom Moore, UK war veteran who walked laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS, has become the oldest person ever to score a number one single in the UK, the UK Official Charts reports. At the age of 99, his duet with Michael Ball covering 'You'll Never Walk Alone' sold 82,000 copies, with proceeds going to the NHS Charities Together fund. Capt Tom's birthday is next Thursday, meaning he will still be number one when he turns 100. The Weeknd almost beat Captain Tom but in a gallant move, he asked his UK fans to support the aged.

The Weeknd leads the Billboard 200 chart with his fourth #1 album 'After Hours', Hot 100 chart with his fifth #1 single 'Blinding Lights', and he also sits at #1 on the current Artist 100 chart, Hot 100 Songwriters chart, and the Hot Producers chart. This makes him the first act to hold the #1 spot on those five rankings at the same time. He told Billboard how he refused to postpone his album, because - "hopefully it can help some people escape our reality, if only for an hour out of their day". So, people massively escaped...

Last week, all 18 songs from Lil Uzi Vert's 'Eternal Atake' broke onto the Hot 100 chart. This week, all 14 songs from 'Eternal Atake (Deluxe) - LUV Vs. The World 2' (new songs, outtakes from 'Eternal Atake') made it onto the Hot 100 too, making Lil Uzi Vert the first act to have every song from two full projects chart on the Hot 100 in consecutive weeks, All Hip Hop reports.

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March 17, 2020

Drake scores most US chart hits in history

Drake scored his 208th Billboard Hot 100 entry this week, making him the artist with the most US chart hits in history, Billboard reports. The rapper broke the record, previously set by the cast of the TV show Glee, with the track 'Oprah’s Bank Account' by Lil Yachty and DaBaby, which he guests on. It reached No 85 off the back of 10.5m streams. His first US chart entry was 'Best I Ever Had', which debuted at No 92 in May 2009. His 207 chart placements since have been bulked out by frequent guest spots on tracks by artists including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, as well as his solo hits.

"Heavy metal Mardi Gras" was held yesterday in Perth - Canning Highway in west Australia city was closed to all vehicles except eight trucks that hosted eight different bands all singing their own version of AC/DC songs to commemorate the death of AC/DC frontman and Perth lad Bon Scott’s funeral 40 years ago. ABC reports that an estimated 150,000 people lined the route between Applecross and Fremantle waiting for the world’s longest stage, and before the AC/DC convoy began its journey, an air guitar world record was set when more than 3500 people rocked out to 'Highway To Hell', Louder reports. The Highway to Hell concept was big and weird and it was a gamble but it paid off massively and is something we can proudly write in history books - WA today writes.

Billie Eilish’s official James Bond theme ‘No Time To Die’ has gone straight in at Number One on this week’s Official Singles Chart in the UK with 90,000 chart sales across the past seven days including 10.6 million streams. This made for the biggest opening week for a Bond theme of all time, the biggest opening week for a single so far this year, Eilish's first UK Number One single. The result means Billie Eilish is now the youngest artist and the first female to take a Bond theme to the top of the Official Singles Chart.

Not really gone in a day or two
February 19, 2020

A-ha reach 1 billion streams on YouTube, the first 80s pop band to do so

A-ha’s classic 1985 music video for 'Take On Me' has passed the one billion views threshold on YouTube, making them the first 1980s pop band and the first continental European act to step into the billion club. It’s one of the few pre-‘90s music videos to join the billion-views club alongside Guns N’ Roses' 'November Rain' and Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. 'Take On Me' was recently restored and upgraded to 4K resolution.

The first episode of Justin Bieber's docuseries 'Seasons' has broken a record for YouTube with 32,65 million views in its first week. That beat out original comedy 'Liza On Demand' Season 2 debut (25.4 million) and the first episode of 'Cobra Kai' Season 2 (21 million). YouTube paid upwards of $20 million for the 10-part Bieber docuseries, making it YouTube’s most expensive content acquisition to date.

'Dance Monkey' cruises to a 16th week at No. 1 on the Australian singles chart, breaking the all-time record for longest stint at the summit. Tones And I's second single eclipses the previous mark set by Ed Sheeran’s 'Shape of You' which spent 15 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart. The Industry Observer...

Chance the Rapper is the first artist in the SoundCloud Premier program to earn a billion streams. His first music dropped on the platform eight years ago, he released his album 'Coloring Book' on SoundCloud for free, and his most recent album 'The Big Day' was released via the streaming service as well. All Hip Hop...

55.000 people attended Metallica's concert at Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto on Tuesday night, and that number made it the biggest concert ever in the country of Finland, Loudwire reports. Finland's entire population is 5.503 million, which means that one percept of the population, or every hundredth Finn, was watching Metallica play that evening. Continuing their tradition of […]