Quick Hits: Lou Reed, U2, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, The Who
October 30, 2013
The death of Lou Reed has spurred a surge in his music sales this week, as his catalog of albums sold 3,000 copies, which is up 607 percent from the previous week. Reed's former band, Velvet Underground, also saw its album sales rise by 236 percent. In terms of digital songs, Reed sold 17,000 downloads last week, which is up from 2,000 the week previous. The Velvet Underground's song sales grew to 5,000, up from 1,000 downloads the week previous. However, Billboard notes that Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on October 27, less than one day after Reed's passing. Hence, the chart will likely reflect much larger sales increases for his music a week from now, once a full seven days have passed since his death.
Two new U2 tracks will be released on 10" vinyl as part of Record Store Day on "Black Friday," November 29, according to the Record Store Day website. The songs, "Ordinary Love" and "Breath," were written for the upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The vinyl will only be pressed as a limited edition of 10,000 copies.
Kanye West has postponed another show on his Yeezus tour, pushing back a performance that was scheduled for November 1 in Anaheim, CA. A message on the venue's website reads: "Due to production logistics Kanye West's November 1 concert at Honda Center has been rescheduled to Friday, December 13." West previously postponed the tour's second stop in Vancouver due to issues with the elaborate stage set up.
It looks like Taylor Swift is getting down to business on her fifth album. On Tuesday, she tweeted: "Sitting in the studio writing the next album (!!!!) and wanted to thank you for the American Music Award nominations!" The AMAs will take place on November 24, and Swift is up for Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock, Favorite Album Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist Country and Favorite Album Country.
The Who plans to do one last big world tour in 2015, and while they will not retire from being a band, they will no longer trek around the globe. "That will be the last big tour," Roger Daltrey told Rolling Stone. "People have read that wrong though. We aren't finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour." Daltrey added that they are "hoping to do an album" next year, but the tour won't feature the new stuff - they will play the hits. "People don't want new stuff," Daltrey added. "The fans might want that, but most people that want to come to a show want to hear what they grew up with. Let's not kid ourselves. We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits. That's a fact. The economics of the road, obviously, demand that you sell a lot of tickets."