Sam Smith's debut album, In The Lonely Hour, has officially gone platinum.
Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, following Multi-Platinum (4X) certification for his debut single, “Stay With Me,” and his current Platinum smash, “I’m Not The Only One.”* In addition to In the Lonely Hour selling more than one million copies by the traditional measures of physical and download album sales, it has sold an additional one million when factoring in the newer metrics of track- and stream-equivalent albums (as computed by Nielsen SoundScan).
This is the part where Ariana Grande breaks free from the rest of 2014 releases as her latest album, My Everything, was certified platinum by the RIAA, making it only the third album of the year to break the one million mark.
So far there are a big fat zero platinum albums issued this year. Taylor Swift -- you are our only hope.
Yet the year is not a complete wash, as 60 individual songs have been certified as platinum, and this is a clear reflection of the overall shift that the industry has made back to a singles-based focus. Thanks to digital downloads, buyers are no longer required to purchase an entire album, but when compared to last year, the number of platinum-certified singles is still down more than 20%.
The RIAA wants to "fix" music licensing. Glenn Peoples, writing for Billboard, explains:
The RIAA believes any fix to the music licensing system should include a simplified, blanket license that pays a fair market value to creators and copyright owners. In its 52-page filing to the Copyright Office, the RIAA argues that a market-derived royalty system would benefit rights holders and creators, product greater consumer choice, cost savings for digital services due to simpler licensing procedures, improved transparency and accuracy of royalty payments, and help spur new business models and services by providing greater transparency of the costs and eliminating the delays caused by litigation.
A group known as the Center for Copyright Information (backed by copyright groups like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America) are reportedly developing a curriculum in California to teach elementary schoolers the value of copyright and the dangers of piracy. I don't have enough snark left in me to say anything else.
According to this article, the "six-strikes" anti-piracy rules begin today.
TorrentFreak learned from a source close to CCI that the system is currently scheduled to launch early next week, and we’re not the only ones. Another sign of the start of the program is that a few days ago the CCI launched their new website. This is where recipients of the copyright alerts will be directed to.
The Civil Wars'Barton Hollow has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association Of America after selling 500,000 copies. The Civil Wars have also been nominated for two Country Music Awards; 'Musical Event Of The Year' and 'Vocal Duo Of The Year'.
Now that school is kicking back into effect, you might be curious what the RIAA and universities are doing to battle P2P downloading applications. Ars Techinca wraps up several colleges' new policies and plans of action in this article.
Just a heads up to all of you savvy computer users, data breaches are common with file-sharing programs, allowing inadvertent access to all of a user's computer files with the application's default settings. Recently, this happened to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (oops). Buying an album won't give you these problems. Well, most of the time.
The RIAA and the DiMA (Digital Music Association) are arguing that royalties from digital downloads and streaming music for songwriters should be lowered. Not exactly sure what royalties are? Read a good write-up here.
Why is the RIAA targeting college students? Because "their appreciation for intellectual property has not yet reached its full development." Read the full interview with Cara Duckworth, spokeswoman for the RIAA, here.
A bill (PDF) which was recently introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives would require universities to provide "not only deterrents but also alternatives" to peer-to-peer piracy. If universities fail to offer such alternatives, punishment may include losing financial aid for their students.