Best Buy Will No Longer Sell CDs and Target May Be Next

The future of physical music isn't looking good. According to Billboard, consumer electronics company Best Buy will no longer carry physical CDs and Target may be following suit in the near future. 

Best Buy notified music suppliers that they will cease selling CDs at stores beginning July 1. The move is sure to hurt the already declining sales of CDs as consumers are switching to streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal in large numbers. CD sales have already dropped by a sizable 18.5 percent in the past year, Billboard reports. 

Despite not carrying CDs, the company will continue to stock their shelves with vinyl, at least for the following year or two due to a commitment it made to vendors. 

Target, on the other hand, is awaiting a response from music suppliers. The discount retailer has asked to be switched to scanned-based trading, which essentially translates to a type of consignment. Presently, the company pays for CDs upfront and shipping fees if they are unsold and returned to the supplier.  

The switch would mean that the company wouldn't pay for the CDs until they have been sold or scanned at the register. Target has also asked the same of DVD video suppliers. If the CD suppliers don't acquiesce, Target may follow Best Buy's lead and remove CDs from its in-store inventory. 

Billboard also points out that both Best Buy and Target have been reducing the number of music titles they have been carrying in recent years. Despite the dwindling number of CDs being carried, Target was able to move 500,000 physical copies of Taylor Swift's latest album Reputation. Not bad considering it was released in November of 2017. 

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The First Week Numbers for Eminem’s ‘Revival’ Are In

Eminem earned his eighth consecutive No. 1 debut after Nielsen confirmed Revival sold 267,000 equivalent album units during its initial week of release. The Shady brand is apparently still strong at retail, as Billboard reports 197,000 of the aforementioned 267,000 album units were traditional album sales. Per Billboard’s “multi-metric consumption” rule, that would leave 70,000 units comprised of from either track equivalent sales or digital streams.

Billboard noted that while Jay Z, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones also have eight No. 1 albums, no other artist has eight No. 1 chart entries in a row.

The updated figures give Eminem the third-largest sales week in hip-hop behind Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. and Drake’s More Life.

Marshall Mathers’ ascension to the top of the charts naturally means the previous leader has been dethroned. As such, Taylor Swift now occupies the second position, after Reputation racked up another 133,000 in sales last week and currently sits just shy of double platinum status.

The Beautiful & Damned by G-Eazy is the country’s third best-selling album, largely powered by the Cardi B and ASAP Rocky collaboration “No Limit.”

Ed Sheeran continues to flex sales appeal from across the pond as ÷ (Divide) boasts sales of 90,000 units to claim the fourth spot on the top albums chart.

Elsewhere, Jeezy’s Pressure gives Da Snowman his ninth album to hit Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart. Jeezy’s latest joins the top 10 thanks to 72,000 album equivalent units sold with traditional sales accounting for 54,000.

“The rapper has yet to miss the top 10 with a charting album, stretching back to his debut on the list, 2005’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which peaked at No. 2,” noted Billboard. “Among his nine top 10s are three No. 1s: The Inspiration (2006), The Recession (2008) and Trap or Die 3 (2016).”

You can read the full top 10 report via Billboard. And read our 2017 cover story on Em here.

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ Has Spent 25 Consecutive Weeks in the Billboard 200 Top 10

A few days after Kendrick Lamar released Damn back in April, the Compton rapper was projected to not only debut at No. 1, but also move close to half a million equivalent album units first week. The end result was the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart and 603,000 units moved. That moment was a sign of his impending chart dominance this year.

In the Billboard 200 chart week ending Oct. 5, Kendrick reached another career achievement: Damn has spent 25 consecutive weeks in the top 10. That's nearly half of the entire year. No matter how you slice it, it's an impressive feat.

Here's what makes it more impressive. In a year where albums have been released from Ed Sheeran, Drake, and Katy Perry—three artists who have made the Billboard charts home their entire career—only Damn and Sheeran's ​÷ have spent 25 or more weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. Sheeran has tallied up 27 weeks, but his longest streak is 20. 

And if we're talking streaks, Damn spent 21 straight weeks in the top five; Sheeran's ÷ topped out at nine weeks.

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The last rapper to spend 25 or more weeks in the top 10 was Drake with his 2016 release Views. That album lasted 35 weeks in the top 10, with a streak of 30 (May 21-Dec. 10).

Back in July, Billboard unveiled Nielsen Music's mid-year report for top-performing albums based on overall equivalent album units, and Damn led the way with 1,772,000 units. That total is now around the 2.3 million mark based on recent reports, which means Kendrick Lamar is still the front-runner.

There's a possibility Taylor Swift could swoop in the last two months of 2017 and snatch the crown with her sixth studio album Reputation (due out Nov. 10), but for now King Kendrick reigns supreme.

Check out a week-to-week rank and figure breakdown of Damn below.

Week        Rank    Figure
April 20    No. 1    603,000
April 27    No. 1    239,000
May 4        No. 1    173,000
May 11      No. 3    134,000
May 18      No. 3    117,000
May 25      No. 2    98,000
June 1        No. 2    84,000
June 8        No. 2    73,000
June 15      No. 2    69,000
June 22      No. 3    70,000
June 29      No. 3    59,000
July 6         No. 3    56,000
July 13       No. 3    54,000
July 20       No. 2    56,000
July 27       No. 5    48,000
Aug. 3        No. 2    47,000
Aug. 10      No. 1    47,000
Aug. 17      No. 2    43,000
Aug. 24      No. 3    41,000
Aug. 31      No. 5    45,000
Sept. 7       No. 4    40,000
Sept. 14     No. 8    35,000
Sept. 21     No. 4    34,000
Sept. 28     No. 8    34,000
Oct. 5         No. 9    34,000

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Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, and More Respond to ‘Horrific Act of Terror’ in Las Vegas

More than 50 people are dead and hundreds more injured after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, which occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas. According to the New York Times, a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 during the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly killed himself after the mass shooting. 

The shooting started around 10 p.m. PT Sunday as country singer Jason Aldean performed. Per Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who addressed the horrific incident in a press conference Monday morning, Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, aiming at the crowd watching Aldean. Those in attendance said the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” one concertgoer, Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. … People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, the Weeknd, John Mayer, and more musicians across the industry have taken to social media to express their thoughts and condolences, as well as voice their frustrations with the lenient gun laws in America that allow this kind of thing to happen again and again.

 

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Cardi B’s Dentist Also Making Money Moves After Shout-Out on “Bodak Yellow”

Cardi B is absolutely killing it right now. She has officially dethroned Taylor Swift from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow,” making it the first solo woman-fronted rap single to top the chart since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” back in 1998. But Cardi’s song has done a lot more than just make America’s summer better. 

Cardi’s dentist, Dr. Catrise Austin, has reported a significant boom in business due to just one shout-out in the song, proving Cardi B is really out here helping everyone she can make money moves, just like herself. For reference: in one of the verses of “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi raps, “Got a bag and fixed my teeth/Hope you hoes know it ain’t cheap.”

Cardi’s dentist has also done work on DJ Khaled, Common, Toni Braxton, Omarosa Manigault, and Busta Rhymes—but it was only after Cardi B rapped about her work that Dr. Austin noticed a bump in her business. And it’s a pretty significant one: Dr. Austin told TMZ her business has tripled so far, with people Googling and calling her to find out more. She also claims that Cardi’s dental work cost as much as a luxury SUV.

“Just this week, I've got so many calls because people want to know 'who is Cardi B's dentist,'” Dr. Austin said in a video posted to TMZ. She also said Cardi's major dental work last year, followed by the rapper's skyrocketing success, has inspired people of all kinds to come in and change their smile, and consequently “change their lives.” 

 

got a bag & fixed our teeth 😁😂 @iamcardib [shot by @kodaklens]  #BIG3 #FightWeekend #Vegas

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Rapper Fabolous realized the genius of the line a while ago when he posted a photo with Cardi to his Instagram with the lyrics as a caption, also pointing to some dental work he had done as well. After all, Cardi is definitely not ashamed of her come-up, nor is she trying to hide the fact that she knows where to spend the money coming in from her burgeoning music career. She's open about the work she's done with Dr. Austin in the past, claiming “if you don't feel comfortable about something, go and fix it.”

But it's a testament to Cardi's confidence that she didn't even seem all that bothered pre-dental work. At least not as bothered as her haters, as she tweeted in 2016. 

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Release Date Has ‘No Correlation’ With Anniversary of Kanye’s Mom’s Death

Immediately after Taylor Swift shared the cover art and release date for her new album Reputation, the apparently inevitable Kanye West theories started piling up. Some argued that Swift's questionable font choice owed something to West's The Life of Pablo designs, while others suggested Swift was intentionally wearing a Yeezy-esque top in the cover photo.

Also, Reputation is set to drop Nov. 10, a date that will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Donda West—Kanye's mother. While the sheer preposterousness of imagining anyone (regardless of how you feel about Swift) actually stooping to this level intentionally should have been enough to squash this rumor before it even began, many started running with exactly that narrative.

Thankfully, we can now confirm that those rumors touch on approximately zero truths. “It is standard practice that releases come out on Fridays and we locked in this release date based on other Universal Music Group releases,” a source close to the situation told Complex Friday. “There is no correlation.”

So far, debut Reputation single “Look What You Made Me Do” (which most certainly includes a few Kanye references) has been met with decidedly mixed reviews.

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