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Adele's Still Rolling In The Deep Digital Sales! 7 Million Plus Sold!!!

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We bet her ex is just loving this!!

Adele's Rolling in the Deep has become the second song to pass the 7 million mark in its digital sales!! YOU GO, GURL!!!

Black Eyed Peas did it in March 2011 with… you guessed it… I Gotta Feeling!!

But get this! It took the BEPs 93 weeks to accomplish that. Adele?? Only 67!!!

The goddess is sitting high on her cloud!

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Madonna's Digital Sales Shoot Up!

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This is incredible! Sounds like everyone is prepping themselves for a Madonna TAKEOVER!

The singer's overall download track sales went from 94,000 at the end of February 5th to a massive 166,000 this past week, which marks a massive 77% raise!

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Katy Perry Sells Over 4 Million Digital Copies Of E.T.! Breaks New Record!!!

Katy Perry is on SUCH a roll!

Yesterday, we were pleased to announce that Katy's Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) had made its way into the Hot 100's top 5!

We were also impressed to learn that Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) hit the #1 spot on the Digital Songs chart!

Now, we've learned that Katy's song E.T. (above) has passed the 4 million mark in digital sales, making it her FIFTH song to pass 4 mil! Wowsa!

Her other songs that have passed that mark include Hot N Cold, California Gurls, Firework, and I Kissed A Girl.

This makes Katy the ONLY artist to ever have five songs pass the 4 mil mark in digital sales!!!

Congratulations, gurl! We are VERY impressed!

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GaGa's New Album To Debut With Sales Of…

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We're totally putting our paws up for Wifey! She absolutely KILLED IT with her new album release!

Lady GaGa's Born This Way is set to land the #1 spot on sales charts next week, with 900-950k albums sold, including both digital and physical sales, according to Hits Daily Double.

Aside from T-Swizzle's Speak Now, which sold 1.14 million units during its opening week last October, this is the biggest debut we've seen in a long time!

Congratulations, GaGa! We KNOW the album will continue to sell like hotcakes…or should we say MONSTERCAKES! Ha!

Did U contribute to GaGa's impressive Born This Way release?

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Eminem Lawsuit May Apply To A LOT Of Other Musicians!


Wow - this has opened up quite the can of multi-million dollar worms!

As we've reported, the Supreme Court may not want to get involved in the current legal dispute between Eminem's former production company and Universal Music Group regarding the way royalties are distributed for digital music - basically, whether or not a song sold on-line she be categorized as a license or a sale (Slim gets 50% royalties for a license, but 12% for a sale) - but apparently, the rapper isn't even the one set to benefit from the drama the most, because it would help out thousands of older artists not recording music anymore!

While the lower court ruling that digital music should be treated as a license, this won't affect new performers, because their contracts have been revised since 2000 or so to include digital sales among royalties - BUT many older artists' contracts predate that, and now have the opportunity to ca$h in on the decision BIG TIME!

Lawyer Richard S. Busch, who represented Eminem's company, F.B.T. says:

“Unlike physical sales, where the record company manufactures each disc and has incremental costs, when they license to iTunes, all they do is turn over one master. It’s only fair that the artist should receive 50 percent of the receipts.”

And lawyer Fred Wilhelms, who specializes in collecting music royalties for clients, elaborates:

“The labels make tens of millions of dollars a year from the deep catalog without paying a penny in promotion costs. Anybody who ended their recording career before 1978, and probably before 1992, is in the decision. For people who had a single hit, who couldn’t afford to chase $100 in owed royalties, they are now looking at a couple thousand. It’s worth a couple phone calls and an angry letter or two.”

However, Universal counters:

“The case has always been about one agreement with very unique language. As it has been made clear during this case, the ruling has no bearing on any other recording agreement and does not create any legal precedent.”

Hmm…that sounds like wishful thinking on their part, seeing as most lawyers seem to think that a lot of people are legally obligated to a whole lotta money that they've been missing out on for quite some time!

What do U think?? Should one-hit wonders and older artists be getting royalties for their music?

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