Quick Hits: Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Pete Wentz, Gerard Way, Riot Fest Chicago, The Ramones
June 12, 2014

Iggy Azalea
Australian-born Def Jam rapper Iggy Azalea set a new record for single-week U.S. streams on Spotify with her smash hit, "Fancy." In fact, for three consecutive weeks, the song set new single-week records on Spotify's U.S. streaming service. The first week ending May 18, Azalea had a weekly streaming tally of 2.9 million for "Fancy." The following week, she smashed her own record by being streamed 3.369 million times in the U.S., and then broke her record again with streams of "Fancy" the next week (ending June 1) hitting 3.398 million. This is also the first time in Spotify history that single week streams for one song exceeded 3 million for three consecutive weeks.

Apparently in an effort to win back estranged wife Paula Patton, Robin Thicke is naming his new album after her. Paula will be the title of Thicke's seventh album, according to www.Rap-Up.com, and it is set to arrive on July 1 via Star Trak/Interscope Records. Thicke debuted the first single, "Get Her Back" (obviously there's a theme here), at the Billboard Music Awards last month.

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz will re-launch his record label, Decaydance, under the moniker DCD2. DCD2's first release will be from LOLO, the singer who gained exposure last year with a feature on Panic! At The Disco's single "Miss Jackson." An album from the band New Politics will follow. Meanwhile, LOLO and New Politics both will join Fall Out Boy on their Monumentour this summer.

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has digitally released his first solo single called "Action Cat." His debut solo LP is due in the fall, and it finds Way handling vocals, guitar and keyboard. Earlier this year he wrote on his website: "I am continuing full-steam into comics, art, and more importantly to some of you - music. I am pleased to let you know I am now signed as a solo artist [to] Warner Bros Records. My album is near completion... I am excited. It's starting again."

Riot Fest has expanded its lineup for the Chicago edition of the festival, adding Primus, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything and others. The Chicago installment will take place September 12 – 14 in Humboldt Park with headliners such as The Cure, The National, Wu-Tang Clan, Jane’s Addiction, Slayer, The Flaming Lips, and Weezer.

Thirty-eight years after its release, the debut album from The Ramones has finally been certified Gold by the RIAA for reaching sales of 500,000 copies. It seems hard to believe that the album featuring "Blitzkrieg Bop" did not go Gold until 2014. Moreover, the band of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers has only one other Gold record to its name: the 1988 compilation album Ramones Mania, which was certified Gold in 1994.

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