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Pharrell Williams Streams ‘G I R L’ for Free

Pharrell WilliamsPharrell Williams is streaming his new album G I R L online for free.

The "Get Lucky" hitmaker says he is "happy to share" an early preview of his second studio album, ahead of its official release on March 3, and all the tracks have been made available to listen to on iTunes radio.

Taking to Twitter, Pharrell wrote, "Thankful for the opportunity to share my new album with everyone [sic]."

The ten-track follow-up to Pharrell's 2006 debut In My Mind features his Oscar-nominated hit, "Happy," along with a collaboration with Justin Timberlake on the track "Brand New," while Alicia Keys teams up with the star for "Know Who You Are." Pharrell, 40, worked with Miley Cyrus on her controversial #Bangerz album last year she has returned the favor by lending her vocals to his song "Come Get It Bae."

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Beyonce’s Album Smashes iTunes Record

BeyonceBeyonce's surprise fifth album has become the fastest-selling record in iTunes history.

The self-titled record, which was released without any warning last week, shifting 828,773 copies in just three days. The majority of those sales came from America, where it has racked up 617,213 sales since Friday.

Beyonce's own first-week sales record was also broken, after her 2006 second record B'day sold 541,000 copies in seven days.

The "Love On Top" hitmaker stealth-released the record exclusively on iTunes, shocking fans by unveiling 14 new songs and 17 videos without any promotion.

The 31-year-old said she was inspired by Michael Jackson's Thriller video premiere in 1983, which is why she made such a "visual" record: "I miss that immersive experience. Now people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods and they don't really invest in the whole experience. It's all about the single, and the hype. I felt like, I don't want anybody to get the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans."

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Daft Punk breaks Spotify records, tops charts with Get Lucky [Listen Now!]

Daft Punk get lucky

In the few days since "Get Lucky" was released by Daft Punk, the track has gone on to hit #1 in the UK and France, and is right near #1 in the US as well. Even more interesting, "Get Lucky" now holds the record for the "biggest streaming day for a single track" on Spotify in the US and UK regions.

The upcoming Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, is set to be released on May 21st. It'll be the first from the group in 8 years, with the exception of the 2007 live album and the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Get a listen to "Get Lucky" below!

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Twitter #Music service launches on web and iPhone

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Industry News, iTunes,

Twitter #music

The rumored Twitter Music service has become a reality, launching this morning. Twitter #music seems to be a natural step for the service, which sees hundreds of millions of users regularly discussing music on the service, as well as a bunch of  popular musicians as well. Twitter #music aims to help you find music you'll like, based on your Twitter activity. You can access #music through a web browser, and there's also a new dedicated #music iOS app that lets you easily view and listen to music that's popular and trending on Twitter, undiscovered artists, music that it knows you like, and a #NowPlaying area that shows what others are listening to.

One important note here is that Twitter #music isn't a streaming music service. Instead, it's a layer that allows you to access your Rdio, Spotify, and iTunes tracks, using Twitter #music as your navigation mechanism. You simply connect your accounts to #music, and you are all set. The iOS app is slick, and we hear the Android version will be on its way soon. You can download Twitter #music for iPhone now.

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Stream Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience for free on iTunes right now

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Upcoming Releases, Pop, iTunes,

Justin Timberlake 20 20 experience free streaming

iTunes is allowing everyone to stream the new Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience (his first in 7 years!) for free, right now. The album release date is March 19th, but you can play it right now in its entirety, a full week early. The only catch? The album is pretty much one full track, so you can't skip around or put a song on repeat. Head on over to iTunes to listen to the 20/20 Experience.

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David Bowie Releases New Single

David BowieDavid Bowie has released a new single ahead of his first new album in a decade.

The legendary singer released the song "Where Are We Now?'" on iTunes to coincide with his 66th birthday today, while the album The Next Day, will be available from March.

His son, film director Duncan Jones, announced the news on Twitter this morning. In a series of tweets, he said, "So... First off, its midnight in NY. That means, a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY is in order to my very lovely, very talented dad! Been ten years since his last album.... Would be lovely if all of you could spread the word about da's new album. First in ten years, and its a good 'un! (sic)"

The single - produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti and written by Bowie and was recorded in New York - is accompanied by a video directed by Tony Oursler that pays homage to Bowie's time in Berlin, with his face projected onto the body of a puppet.

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Bruce Willis to Sue Apple?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Industry News, Rumors, iTunes,

Bruce WillisBruce Willis is considering taking legal action against Apple.

The 57-year-old actor wants to leave to his huge digital music collection to his daughters - Rumer, 24, Scout, 20, and 18-year-old Tallulah, whom he has with ex-wife Demi Moore - after he dies but iTunes customers are only allowed to "borrow" tracks rather than own them outright.

Digital campaigners Open Rights Group are backing Bruce in his challenge. "You can't resell downloads to friends - and are not allowed to leave them in your will. It's great that Bruce Willis is challenging it," said Jim Killock, of Open Rights Group.

Bruce - who also has five-month-old daughter Mabel with wife Emma Heming - has spent thousands on his music collection, which reportedly includes songs by The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and downloaded his tunes onto "many, many iPods." The Sixth Sense actor is thought to be thinking of asking his legal team to suggest to Apple that family trusts could be the "holders" of his downloaded music.

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Usher Opens iTunes Festival

UsherUsher kicked off the iTunes festival in London last night.

The "Yeah!" hitmaker got the party started on the opening night of the month-long free festival at the city's Roundhouse venue with a hit packed set and his trademark super-smooth dance moves. The muscular singer may have slipped up as he performed "You Make Me Wanna," but after a cheeky suggestion from his backing dancers, did 40 push-ups for the crowd to make up for it.

The singer's set featured hits including "Burn," "OMG," "Climax," "Scream" and his collaboration with David Guetta, "Without You."

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Will.i.am Calls for Better Use of Music Technology

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Will.i.am at the London Royal College of ArtWill.i.am has called for the music industry to better embrace technology. The Black Eyed Peas boss believes record labels should look to the success of Apple's iTunes and invest more money into using digital advances to further their market and prevent further decline in the ailing industry.

"The music industry never had an appreciation for technology. We're going to work out how to make money once we marry music and science. Apple is worth $800 billion now - the music industry far less. Music helped define what that company is, but they made all the money," he said, speaking at London's Royal College of Art's Innovation Night last night.

The "I Gotta Feeling" hitmaker later admitted he had had fun at the event and was pleased to get the chance to express his opinion. "I had fun... I'm glad you got to see that side of me... this is how I think & talk every minute of the day outside of music. I like future talk," he wrote on his Twitter.

(FYI - You can also follow Albumista on Twitter.)

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Steve Jobs to Receive Grammy

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Awards, Industry News, iTunes,

Steve JobsSteve Jobs will receive a posthumous Grammy award. The Apple company boss, who died in October from a rare form of pancreatic cancer, will be honored with the Trustees Award Grammy, for "outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity."

Steve's company popularized the personal MP3 player with their iPod device, and set up the most commonly used digital method of music distribution worldwide through its iTunes store, as well as developing a number of software packages which have aided musicians to record relatively cheaply and easily.

"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture. It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry," said Neil Portnowin, the US National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) CEO.

The Grammy Awards will take place on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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