While Viewers Yawned During Super Bowl Halftime, Janet Jackson Was Racking up Streams.
According to Us Weekly, Ms. Jackson saw a 150 percent increase in Spotify streams an hour after Sunday’s Super Bowl. “All increases were calculated by comparing U.S. streams in the hour that followed the broadcast with the same hour the previous week,” Spotify explained to Us. Shout out to Matthew A. Cherry and #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay. While JT saw streaming boosts of his own (the streaming service added that his streams surged 214 percent on Spotify in the U.S. during the same hour), it goes without saying: #TeamJanet ain’t concerned ’bout him.
Best Buy Is Saying “Bye-Bye” to Physical CDs.
The electronics retailer plans to pull all CDs from its shelves this year. Apparently, compact discs just couldn’t stand up to the resurgence of cassette tapes and vinyl records, which is…ironic? Per Billboard, Best Buy will continue to sell vinyl due to its relationship with turntable manufacturers. In the meantime, compact disc enthusiasts should get their booklet reading in while the medium’s still hot. CDs will begin disappearing from the franchise’s stores starting as soon as July. #RIP
At Least the Black Panther Album Drops This Friday.
In case you forgot it was coming, Kendrick Lamar is here to remind you that the Black Panther album drops this Friday. We’re bursting at the seams trying to figure out what that track featuring James Blake is going to sound like. Also, we’re pretty sure this makes one of Anderson .Paak’s first appearances since that NxWorries album dropped in 2016 (someone correct us if we’re wrong). At any rate, add this to your calendar. Set a reminder. Then watch the video for Kendrick and SZA’s “All The Stars” (below) before the album hits stores and digital platforms on February 9.
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