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Epic Records Whips Up Hit Album Out of Thin Air (and Online Streams)

August 11, 2016

You technically can’t buy the digital compilation album from Epic Records featuring hits by French Montana and DJ Khaled that […]

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Epic Records Whips Up Hit Album Out of Thin Air (and Online Streams)

You technically can’t buy the digital compilation album from Epic Records featuring hits by French Montana and DJ Khaled that has been a steady presence on the Billboard chart this summer. In fact, the album has sold a total of zero copies since its quiet release seven weeks ago.

Yet thanks to an updated formula for determining positions on the Billboard 200 that accounts for online activity, as well as some savvy opportunism from the label, the album, “Epic AF,” has become a disruptive presence on the charts, landing in the Top 10 four times by exploiting — or mastering — the new system.

It works like this: Since late 2014, Billboard has counted 1,500 streams or 10 paid downloads of a song as the equivalent of one album sold. But if a hit single comes from an album that is unreleased, the millions of plays it tallies on services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music go nowhere.

Epic has collected its album-less artists’ most popular summer songs across streaming services — “Lockjaw” by French Montana and Kodak Black, “Don’t Mind” by Kent Jones, “Pick Up the Phone” by Travis Scott and Young Thug — into one digital playlist, giving it a hip title and some generic cover art. In 2016, that’s enough to call it an album.

Now, when Billboard counts the weekly plays for “Don’t Mind,” which has 139 million Spotify streams to date, they are attached to the album, catapulting the digital compilation over traditional albums from artists on competing major labels. Chart position equals bragging rights — and its own form of marketing via brand visibility.

Dave Bakula, a senior analyst for Nielsen Music, which supplies the data Billboard uses for its charts, said that some could see the tactic as “trying to manipulate the charts.” But “if they’re living within the rules, good for them in being creative and having enough of a stable of big-name artists and big songs,” he said.

“It feels a little bit like a ‘Now’ record for streaming services,” he added, referring to the “Now That’s What I Call Music!” CDs, which peaked in the early 2000s.

Billboard declined to comment on Epic’s methods. But this week, the chart company opted to change its rules slightly so that paid downloads of singles included on this album do not count toward its chart position but streaming numbers do.

Still, the system is flexible.

The album which has added tracks since its initial release, includes current hits from DJ Khaled (“For Free,” “I Got the Keys”). Before the release of DJ Khaled’s own album “Major Key” on July 29, the streams for those songs were going toward the compilation album. This week, however, they were counted toward “Major Key,” which hit No. 1. (As a result of losing those streams and all song sales, the compilation album dropped to No. 32 from No. 5, having accomplished its goal as a placeholder hit.)

“It did what it was supposed to do,” said Celine Joshua, a senior vice president for commerce at Epic and its parent company, Sony Music Entertainment, who oversaw the project.

“It was born out of a need and a problem,” she said. “I was thinking about our hot roster and the cycles of which content was coming out when, albums that were around the corner and how young fans on these platforms are behaving — consuming in the playlist manner.”

Read the FULL story via The New York Times HERE!

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DJ KHALED SCORES FIRST #1 ON THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART WITH HIS LATEST RELEASE MAJOR KEY (WE THE BEST/EPIC RECORDS)

August 11, 2016

Multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, mega-producer, and Anthem King DJ KHALED officially kicks off the #EpicSummer campaign […]

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DJ KHALED SCORES FIRST #1 ON THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART WITH HIS LATEST RELEASE MAJOR KEY (WE THE BEST/EPIC RECORDS)

Multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, mega-producer, and Anthem King DJ KHALED officially kicks off the #EpicSummer campaign and celebrates his first-ever #1 album debut on the Billboard 200 Chart with MAJOR KEY (We The Best Music Group/Epic Records). The news was announced today by LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records.

MAJOR KEY was exclusively available as a premium-only release on one service, Apple Music and the iTunes Music Store. MAJOR KEY is now available to all digital retailers and streaming services and the physical CD release is August 12th.

“I am extremely proud to be able to share this much-deserved, career-defining #1 album with my longtime friend, DJ Khaled,” said LA Reid. “Khaled’s pure musical talent, hit-making ears, and social media savvy, combined with the fiercely loyal bond with his devoted fan base, is clearly reflected in his first week debut. No one works harder nor deserves it more. I am blessed to be associated with Khaled and look forward to many more years of hits together.”

Added DJ Khaled, “This album would not have been possible without the love and support of the Queen Ms. Lauryn Hill, and I would like to share the letter she wrote in support of “Nas Album Done” feat. Nas : “DJ Khaled, thank you for that acknowledgement, and thank you and Nas for blessing up the chune lol. Fugee-La was a special song for us. I have fond memories of us and Salaam recording that song. My son, Zion, ironically laid his own thoughts down in verse on this same song recently. There must be something in the air. May God bless your family and the arrival of your new child. I also remember that Humble Lion show! Grace and peace to both of you.” xo, MLH.

The new album boasts two bonafide smash hits – the #1 urban, RIAA Gold “For Free” (featuring Drake), and “I Got the Keys” (featuring Future and JAY Z) which just cracked the Top 10. MAJOR KEY has just spun off a third single, “Do You Mind” (featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future, and Rick Ross). The album features appearances by the biggest names in hip-hop, R&B and pop as Khaled, known as the Quincy Jones of hip-hop and R&B has also brought Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Meghan Trainor, Nas, Rick Ross, J.Cole, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Jeezy,YG , Nicki Minaj, and Khaled fellow Miami legend Betty Wright onboard MAJOR KEY.

Khaled kicked off the release of MAJOR KEY with an epic performance on Good Morning America on July 28th, and a release-day shout-out on Live With Kelly! That same evening Khaled held a standing-room-only #FanLuv experience at Apple’s SoHo retail store and also hosted a once-in-a-lifetime We The Best Pop Up Store in Manhattan. For a peak at the mania click here: https://instagram.com/p/BIgi60AAM9m/

Khaled will return to New York on Labor Day, September 5th, for a special one-hour takeover of Live With Kelly!, to include a rare DJ set.

Earlier in June, Khaled revealed the MAJOR KEY cover art on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (after the Snapchat king – with over 7 million followers – volunteered as Kimmel’s Snapchat instructor earlier in the year). Later that week in June came Khaled’s classic BET Awards appearance and the exclusive premiere of the video for “I Got the Keys” on the Post-Show.

With Khaled’s vision, JAY Z’s legendary wordplay, and Future’s otherworldly knack for a transcendent hook, “I Got the Keys” is a musical dynamo of downright epic proportions. Directed by Daniel Kaufman, the “I Got the Keys” video boasts cameos from some of the biggest names in rap and pop culture, looking their finest, sporting dapper suits, and exuding charisma and charm – including T.I., Rick Ross, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Bryson Tiller, Fabolous, and A$AP Ferg, as well as Future, and JAY Z in a rare and much sought-after music video appearance. With this cast, narrative, and visuals, “I Got the Keys” is ready for the box office and stands poised to leave an indelible impact on music history.

Prior to the arrival of “I Got the Keys,” Khaled joined Apple’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe to premiere the hit single “For Free” which has been a radio staple ever since. Khaled has his own weekly show on Beats 1 called We The Best Radio, and he premiered MAJOR KEY during a 2-hour radio special for his Beats 1 fans. Khaled also stars in two Apple Music commercials, one alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell, and one alongside the brilliant Ray Liotta. Khaled is currently on this month’s cover of Complex magazine.

FOLLOW DJ KHALED:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djkhaled/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/djkhaled

VEVO: http://www.vevo.com/artist/dj-khaled

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DJKhaledVEVO

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialdjkhaled/

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/curator/we-the-best-radio/id1077842124

Snapchat: DJKhaled305

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MELBOURNE’S JAKUBI ANNOUNCE NEW EP, 61 BARKLY, ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 16th ON EPIC RECORDS AND NEW FALL TOUR!

August 09, 2016

Buzzworthy Melbourne quintet Jakubi have set September 16th as the official release of their EP, 61Barkly. In addition, the band […]

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MELBOURNE’S JAKUBI ANNOUNCE NEW EP, 61 BARKLY, ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 16th ON EPIC RECORDS AND NEW FALL TOUR!

Buzzworthy Melbourne quintet Jakubi have set September 16th as the official release of their EP, 61Barkly. In addition, the band announced dates to their fall tour with The Suffers. The full routing is included below.
The group features two brothers, two cousins, and one really good friend, and they’ve quickly become one of Australia’s latest breakout talents. Perez Hilton celebrated the band “They’ve got a real laid-back, positive vibe that’s infectious.” In the past few years, Jakubi toured across Australia and the United States but wanted to pay homage to the address where they formed as a band for the first time by titling their EP 61 Barkly.

Produced by Eric Hudson (Kanye West, John Legend, DR. Dre), the EP kicks off with “Bank Account” a fun, infectious track with buoyant guitars and resounding keys. A resounding choir of “Whoa’s” introduce “Uptown Lady” before the smooth vocals take hold. Working with Harmony Samuels (Chris Brown, Ne-Yo), “Pillow” is a reggae-tinged ode to everyone’s favorite bedtime accessory, while “Nobody Better” serves up a different kind of love song that’s equally soulful and sweet.

“We’re five individual minds who come from different backgrounds, but all want the same outcome,” says Jesse. “It’s never one style or genre; it’s just, ‘Let’s make the songs as good as we can make them.’”
Jakubi will return to the road later this fall with The Suffers.
Tracklisting:
1) Bank Account
2) Uptown Lady
3) Pillow
4) Nobody Better
Tour Dates
22-Sept: Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA
23-Sept: Pour House – Charleston, SC
24-Sept: Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
27-Sept: Diesel Club – Pittsburgh, PA
29-Sept: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
30-Sept: World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
1-Oct: Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY *Jakubi only*
2-Oct: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
4-Oct: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH
6-Oct: The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
7-Oct: Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
8-Oct: Duck Room at Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
For press photos and other publicity assets, please visit www.epicpublicity.com

Fore more info on JAKUBI, please visit:
http://www.wearejakubi.com/

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Fifth Harmony Win Big At The Teen Choice Awards 2016

July 30, 2016

The 18th annual Teen Choice Awards celebrated the best in movies, TV, and music on Sunday! Among some of the […]

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Fifth Harmony Win Big At The Teen Choice Awards 2016

The 18th annual Teen Choice Awards celebrated the best in movies, TV, and music on Sunday! Among some of the biggest winners of the night was none other than Fifth Harmony! The fan-favorite quintet accepted their 3 Teen Choice Awards via satellite!

Choice Summer Song (#ChoiceSummerSong)

Fifth Harmony, “Work from Home” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show (#ChoiceMovieTVSong)

Fifth Harmony, “I’m In Love with A Monster” (“Hotel Transylvania 2”)

Social Media Queen (#SocialMediaQueen)

Fifth Harmony

Watch the video HERE!
See the FULL list of winners vie Teen Choice here!

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