"While the influences of American roots music and the power of American
pop overseas are well documented, there are numerous success stories of
artists from other countries, most notably the UK, Sweden and Canada, who
have given the world magnificent and life changing music, from The Beatles
to Bob Marley to today’s Ed Sheeran and Drake. Music is truly international, 
and artistry can come from any corner on the earth. As the world has become
smaller, the beat has become much bigger."  

- Don

Atlantic Records & Artist Partner Group Launch Emerge Talent Search



Atlantic Records and Artist Partner Group revealed last week the launch of EMERGE, a nationwide, social media-driven search for exceptional teen Pop/R&B talent. At EMERGE’s launch, it has also finalized partnerships with AEG PresentsDeckstarDeutsch and Spotify as it seeks to discover young artists with breakthrough potential. Additionally, the new platform marks the first time that a music company, live concert organization, management company, marketing agency and digital music service have teamed up to both discover and provide opportunities to emerging talent.

EMERGE is currently accepting submissions from artists and musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, who are residents of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec), until Sunday, November 12th. The search will receive support from EMERGE’s other partners with entries reviewed by Atlantic A&R representatives, who will then select the artist or artists they feel most deserving of a major label contract.


READ MORE: Variety

The Best Selling Artists of All Time



Back in the days of physical sales, the actual number of albums sold was as big deal as they are today with streams and views. The problem was that you could never get an exact count of how many were really sold, so there were always a lot of numbers thrown around that sounded good on paper, but most likely had no basis in the real world (Michael Jackson’s 120 million sales of Thriller comes to mind here). In the United States, the RIAA is the most reliable source since it certifies Gold, Platinum and Diamond awards based on scans of the product barcode during checkout at retail. Here’s a list of the 20 best selling artists of all time in the U.S. according to the RIAA.

READ MORE: Music 3.0


Nielsen:  Radio Reaches 98 Percent of Hispanics Each Week



Radio is the best way to reach the U.S. Hispanic audience, with 98 percent of U.S. Hispanics listening to radio each week, according to a new report by Nielsen. And that audience is growing. Radio's reach among Hispanics significantly exceeds the overall national average of 93 percent, the Nielsen report found.

According to Nielsen’s new "State of the Media: Audio Today 2017" report, the number of Hispanic radio listeners grew from 39.5 to 42.4 million from 2013 to 2017. That increase was tied to a 29 percent jump in Latinos using smartphones to stream audio in 2016 alone. According to Nielsen’s research, 42 million Hispanics use radio each week, with each person tuned in for an average of 12.5 hours a week.

READ MORE:  Billboard


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 Charlie Puth: "How Long"
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Quote of the Week:

"Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm - walking the high wire without a safety net. Our experience is not so different from those who march to the beat of different drummers." 

Billy Joel