Thursday, September 24, 2009

Jay-Z & Whitney Houston: Secrets To Chart Success

via Hits Daily Double

Industry watchers are marveling at the stunning success of Jay-Z’s "The Blueprint 3", the result of a showcase setup on the Jay Brown and his Roc Nation crew, Atlantic Records and Live Nation in its first serious foray into recorded music. The setup, which came off with Swiss-watch precision, included the 9/11 concert at Madison Square Garden, performances on the VMAs, Letterman and Leno, and a pair of tracks—one featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, the other with Alicia Keys—spinning on multiple formats. This wall-to-wall exposure resulted in a surprising 300k second week for the album, off only 35%, and, in terms of the big picture, a dramatically increased level of heat for the veteran artist.

via Entertainment Weekly

Whitney Houston’s two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey helped boost flagging returns for her album "I Look to You", propelling her back up to No. 2 with 156,000 in new sales.

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