Quick Hits: Usher, Kanye West, Rihanna, Coachella, The Cult
July 6, 2012
Usher's 2004 album Confessions has hit rarified air, as SoundScan has certified the record as just the 19th release to sell 10 million copies (in the SoundScan era, which began in 1991). Confessions sold another 2,000 copies in the week ending July 1, pushing it past 10 million. Billboard reports that the last album to pass 10 million sold was Eminem's 2002 release The Eminem Show, back in October 2011. Confessions was released March 23, 2004 and sold 1.1 million copies in its first week, making it one of 17 albums to ever sell a million copies in one week. Metallica's self-titled "Black Album" is still the all-time best selling record of the SoundScan era, with 15.79 million copies sold.
Following the release of G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer compilation (which doesn't have a release date yet), Kanye West is expected to release his own solo album. Producer and Def Jam VP No ID told MTV News that West should have his follow-up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy out sometime soon. No ID says he wasn't involved with the Cruel Summer collection but "I'm working on his album. This is Kanye. You know what to expect from the family. He hasn't missed yet, so don't expect him to miss."
Rihanna has sued her former accountants, claiming tens of millions of dollars in losses, as well as failure to properly advise the Pop star during a money-losing tour in 2009 and an IRS audit. The suit was filed Thursday in New York City against Berdon LLP and two of its accountants. According to reports, Rihanna alleges that her former accountants, who were fired in September of 2010, took millions of dollars from her touring revenue early in her career. The accountants were allegedly taking 22 percent of tour revenue, while the singer herself was getting just six percent.
It was reported this week that Indio, CA was proposing leveraging new taxes on the Coachella Festival organizers, which in turn prompted the organizers to threaten to leave for a different location. Now Indio city councilman Sam Torres has backed down from the proposed tax, and said in a statement, "The potential for the music festivals to move out of the city exists, and if this should occur it would negatively impact the region; I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen no matter how dire the city’s circumstances. My sincere hope is that we can now move past this episode and I personally look forward to working to enhance relationships."
Rockers The Cult survived a dangerous bus crash in Europe this week. The band was traveling from Croatia to Slovenia and according to a statement from singer Ian Astbury, ""All of a sudden, the bus veered violently, hit the guard rail and tipped on a 45-degree angle, then righted itself and came to a halt. The guard rail was the only thing that prevented us from going over an 80-foot drop." Astbury was thrown into the aisle and suffered injuries to his neck, back and shoulder. The rest of the band and crew were asleep in their bunks, and no one else onboard was badly hurt. The Cult were able to play their show in Slovenia and continue their European tour in Belgium this Saturday.