January 3, 1998 |
Maybe it's time to think of LeAnn Rimes as the giant killer in pop music. As unlikely as it may seem given all the hoopla surrounding the Rolling Stones and U2 stadium tours, the 15-year-old country music sensation apparently generated more pop dollars in North America during 1997 than U2, and almost more than the Stones.
February 25, 1997 |
If it seems that U2 is "Pop"-ing up all over the place these days, that's good news to Island Records. Along with the Irish rock group's management team, the record company has been working behind the scenes for months trying to guarantee maximum media exposure in anticipation of the release next Tuesday of the band's new album, "Pop."
December 29, 2000 |
Sales continued to flag, Garth Brooks announced his retirement and the Nashville Network removed "Nashville" from its name during 2000, a desultory year for the country music industry. Platinum sales for the Dixie Chicks and Faith Hill were hopeful signs for Nashville, which has seen its market share drop steadily for five years after explosive growth in the early 1990s.
November 14, 1996 |
Death Row Records dominated the nation's pop chart this week with Tupac Shakur's posthumous album, and based on sales projections of its fourth-quarter release schedule, the company stands poised to rule the rap market during the lucrative Christmas rush. But even as the company generates millions of dollars in revenue and is regarded as the most successful rap label in the country, Death Row's future is in jeopardy.
June 17, 1993 |
Concert promoters around the country are singing the summertime blues--again. Once considered recession-proof, the concert industry has had a tough time making ends meet since 1991 when it suffered its own economic downturn on the heels of the nation's. Arena revenues plunged from $1.2 billion in 1990 to $830 million in 1991. While grosses rebounded slightly last year, promoters complained Wednesday that they do not expect the situation to improve any this summer--especially in Los Angeles.
September 19, 1996 |
R.E.M. may be basking in the glow of having just signed the largest contract ever in the record industry, but its new album had to settle for second place Wednesday in the latest pop chart. New Edition's reunion collection, "Home Again," sold approximately 227,300 copies in its first week in the stores, edging out R.E.M.'s "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" by fewer than 1,000 albums, according to SoundScan.