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How Bundling Albums Helped Boost Record Sales

Since the decline of physical sales of albums in favor of streaming music artists had to get creative to sell records. One of the ways was bundling albums along with merchandise. Even though it isn’t a new tactic, more artists adopted this method to help boost sales. As of late Travis Scott has been the most successful pushing artists to follow suit. In its first week, Astroworld earned a total of 537,000 equivalent album units, and of that sum, 270,000 were traditional album sales. The result of this helped him stay in the top 10 for the entire seventeen weeks the album was listed. Because of the success of this method, it became a normal practice for artists to offer bundles.Continue Reading

First Listen: Lil Wayne’s Funeral

The wait is finally over for Lil Wayne fans as he has released his latest project Funeral. The project serves as Wayne’s 13th album and first album not on Cash Money Records. The album features guest appearances from Big Sean, Lil Baby, Adam Levine, The Dream, Jay Rock, 2 Chainz, and XXXTentacion. Lil Wayne has been working on this album during his legal battle with Cash Money Records over his contract.Continue Reading

The Hip-Hop/Country X-Crossover

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” wasn’t the first time Hip-Hop infiltrated Country music. Back in 2004, Nelly released his single ‘Over and Over’ featuring Tim McGraw. Then in 2017 Young Thug released his country-rap album Beautiful Thugger Girls. Each of these three had different reactions in the music industry but “Old Town Road” was the first single that made it on the Billboard Country charts. Just a week after it entered the charts it was removed because it “lacked elements that today’s country music contained.” Nevertheless, the impact of the song has sparked conversations of rather or not artists who aren’t country artists could ever crossover and be accepted into its ranks. Today we will be looking at these songs that managed to fuse the best of hip-hop and country together. It’s a rare occasion, but when it happened it was something quite interesting.Continue Reading