She seems to be everywhere: showing up in the unlikeliest of places like dueting with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles at this month’s Academy of Country Music Awards or partnering with fellow diva Britney Spears for a remix. One place she’s showing up with startling frequency is at the top of the charts and this week is no exception as she takes “S&M” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and breaks two records.
1) Rihanna (not ranked last week): She heads off a strong charge from Lady Gaga’s “Judas” to top the Billboard Hot 100 and, in doing so, sets a record for shortest time span between her first and 10th No. 1 by a solo artist. Plus, the 23-year old is the youngest artist to score 10 No. 1s, although she better watch out for Justin Bieber.
2) Apple (not ranked): Not only does the company generate $24 billion in quarterly revenue, a staggering 83% increase over the same quarter last year, it looks like iTunes’ cloud-based music locker is close to launch, with All Things D reporting that Apple has closed licensing deals with two of the big four label groups. As you’ll recall, Amazon decided it didn’t need no sticking licenses for its cloud-based service, incurring the wrath of labels everywhere. http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20110421/one-difference-between-apples-music-locker-and-amazons-label-deals/
3) Beyonce (not ranked): After a short break, Bey is back and fierce as Sasha always proclaimed to be. What first single “Girls (Run The World)” lacks in a hummable melody it more than makes up for in attitude and sass.
4) Ticketmaster (not ranked): The ticketing giant has inked a deal with MarketShare that will likely lead to dynamic pricing for the concert business, meaning you may finally be able to set your own price for a ticket as prices will better reflect market demands instead of artist greed. Now, if we could just do something about those service fees....
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