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Album sales continue to take a hit as the world transitions to its new favorite way for listening to music: streaming.

Overall album sales in the US in this past chart week (ending July 13) totaled 4.1 million units which is the lowest weekly sum for album sales since SoundScan began tracking data back in 1991. Weekly album sales have been below the 5 million mark in past 12 consecutive weeks. The 5 million mark has only been surpassed in 5 weeks this year, in comparison to 21 weeks at this point last year.

Sia’s new album 1000 Forms Of Fear was able to debut at #1 this week with only 52k copies sold.

Along with album sales dipping low in general because of continued tendency of consumers to favor streaming, low sales can also be attributed to the fact that not many of the world’s top musicians have released projects in the first half of 2014.

Stats via Billboard

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Jhene Aiko’s success story reaches a new high today as she tops the national Urban radio charts with her single ‘The Worst’. She overtook Beyonce’s Partition to the top spot, gaining in excess of 300 spins.

The song appeared on her debut EP on Def Jam, Sail Out which was released last November. I think the label will be smart if they launch her debut album (Souled Out) by utilizing her current buzz.

Chris Brown may be having all sort of legal troubles but on the music front, he continues to score wins. His latest single ‘Loyal’ featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga has topped the Rhythmic radio charts by pushing John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ to #2. If it wasn’t for his arrests, Chris Breezy would have definitely released his 6th album X by now.

Play It On The Radio #43

April 10th, 2014 by Navjosh

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After a few mini editions, it was time to write a full Play It On The Radio for our readers. Heavy movement on the charts definitely motivates me to write so here it is. Who’s ruling the charts? Who’s struggling? What are my predictions? Find all of that in the 43rd edition of PIOTR.

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Now that Mastermind is in stores and selling well, Rick Ross is moving on to his next single from the album. The rapper and his label have decided to go with ‘Thug Cry’ featuring Lil Wayne as the next release on the radio, set to impact April 1st.

Good decision since the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League-produced cut is clearly one of the standouts on the album. Haven’t heard it yet? Stream it below.

In related Play It On The Radio news, Future’s ‘I Won’ from his upcoming sophomore album Honest will serve as the next single, releasing on March 31st.

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Looks like Young Money is taking full advantage of Drake’s popular track ‘Trophies‘. The song figures at #2 on YM’s upcoming compilation album Rise Of An Empire although it’s common knowledge that the track was originally intended for Drizzy’s third album, Nothing Was The Same. Drake released it for free on December 30th and the song instantly became a fan favorite.

The Hit-Boy produced banger is now being released as a single with March 4th set as the date for official radio adds. Good decision?

UPDATE: Official single artwork added.

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Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk In Love’ is still putting charts on fire (#2 added song on Pop radio this week) but she’s now readying the follow up from her latest self titled album. Mrs. Carter has picked ‘Partition’ as the next single from BEYONCÉ which will be going for radio adds in the coming weeks, although a number of stations are already playing it. The track was produced by Timbaland and in one of her vlogs explaining the making of the album, ‘Yonce had revealed the inspiration behind the “freestyle-like” vibe:

“I’m in the studio and I hear this beat and I hear this baseline, it has snaps and has 2 tracks. It reminds me of like Too $hort or E-40. It takes me back to being in my car teenager and it takes me back to when me and my husband first meet. He’s trying to scoop me and he thinks I’m the hottest thing in the world. I kinda had this whole fantasy of being in the car and this whole movie played in my head. I didn’t have a pen and paper, I just got to the mic I’m like ‘oh, press record.’”

Listen to the trimmed, radio edit version of the track below.

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