Arts Roundup: Millions Edition
Worried about the funding of the Smithsonian with the Republicans controlling the House? Maybe the $30 million gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will put your mind at ease. The gift will go toward online educational programs targeted for underserved communities.
First 9:30 Club launched its own record label; now Jammin Java. The Go! Team label's first act is DeepRiver, the band of Luke Brindley. Turns out it's a family affair: Luke's brothers Daniel and Jonathan own the Vienna, Va.-based venue.
Lil Wayne will have to wait one more day for his release from Rikers Island. His initial time in the pen was initially miscalculated. I don't know about you, but I seriously have to avert my eyes when I see pictures of him. Tattoos on your face? Who would to that to himself?
And they said a performer would no longer sell a million albums in a week. Taylor Swift's Speak Now sold 1,047,000 copies in its first week out, the first time an album moved at least a million units since–meta alert!–Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III in 2008, and the largest single-week haul of any album since 50 Cent's 2005 release The Massacre. The sales do reflect digital downloads from retailers like iTunes and Amazon. I'm guessing Swift's incredible sales probably have a little something to do with what I speculate to be her core demographic's lack of savviness with BitTorrent and illegal downloads.