The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report, Australia's national charts since 1974; the Go-Set charts were Australia's first national singles and albums charts published from 5 October 1966 until 24 August 1974. Succeeding Go-Set, the Kent Music Report began issuing the national top 100 charts in Australia from May 1974; the compiler, David Kent published Australia's national charts from 1940–1974 in a retrospective fashion using state based data. In mid 1983, the Australian Recording Industry Association commenced licensing the Kent Music Report chart; the first printed national top 50 chart available in record stores, branded the Countdown chart, was dated the week ending 10 July 1983. ARIA began compiling its own charts in-house from the chart survey dated 13 June 1988, corresponding with the printed top 50 chart dated week ending 26 June 1988.
Various artists compilation albums were included in the albums chart, as they had been on the Kent Report chart, until 2 July 1989, when a separate Compilations chart was created. The ARIA Report, detailing the top 100 singles and albums charts, was first available via subscription in January 1990; the printed top 50 chart ceased publication in June 1998, but resumed publication in the year. The printed top 50 chart again ceased publication at the end of 2000; the ARIA charts are based on data collected from digital retailers in Australia. Data of physical sales come from retailers such as Sanity and JB Hi-Fi, while data of digital sales come from online retailers such as iTunes. Since 17 February 1997, all physical sales data contributing towards the chart has been recorded electronically at point of sale. In March 1991, "Do the Bartman" by The Simpsons was the first single to reach #1 in Australia, not available on 7 inch vinyl, but cassingle only. Starting from 8 October 2006, due to low physical single sales at the time, the ARIA singles chart included online data as well as physical sales.
In 2006, it was announced that the Brazin retailing group, comprising major retailers HMV, Sanity and Virgin music/DVD stores would no longer contribute sales data to the ARIA charts. However, after a five-month absence, Brazin re-commenced contributing sales figures to the ARIA Charts on 26 November 2006; the ARIA website publishes the top 50 singles and albums charts, top 40 digital tracks chart, top 20 dance singles chart. The ARIA Report is available via paid e-mail subscription each week; these reports are uploaded to the Pandora Archive periodically. On 5 February 2006, the ARIA Chart Show was a radio program launched on the Nova network and broadcast throughout Australia, playing the official ARIA top 50 singles; the live music program was hosted by Jabba each Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm. From 1 June 2013 to 3 September 2016, the Take 40 Australia radio program broadcast the official ARIA top 40 singles on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, on each state's Hit Network-owned radio station.
The show was aired before the top 50 chart, dated for the following Monday, is published on the ARIA website at 6:00 pm. The charts were published online at 6:00 pm each Sunday. ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart ARIA Top 100 Physical Albums Chart ARIA Top 50 Digital Tracks Chart ARIA Top 50 Digital Albums Chart ARIA Top 50 Streaming Tracks Chart ARIA Top 50 Club Tracks Chart ARIA Top 50 Catalogue Albums Chart ARIA Top 40 Urban Singles Chart ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums Chart ARIA Top 40 Country Albums Chart ARIA Top 40 Music DVDs Chart ARIA Top 25 Dance Singles Chart ARIA Top 25 Dance Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Australian Artist Singles Chart ARIA Top 20 Australian Artist Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Compilation Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Jazz & Blues Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Classical/Crossover Albums Chart ARIA Top 10 Core Classical Albums Chart ARIA Top 20 Hitseekers Singles Chart ARIA Top 20 Hitseekers Albums Chart Yearly Top 100 End of Year charts profiling the year in music End of Decade Top 100 charts profiling the decade in music Pre-2000: 2000 to present: 2006 to present: Pre-2000: 2000 to present: 2016 to present: Music of Australia List of Australian chart achievements and milestones Official website Top 50 chart archives from June 1988 at australian-charts.com Top 100 chart archives from January 2001 at Pandora Archive
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is an American global music corporation, a subsidiary of the French media conglomerate Vivendi. UMG's global corporate headquarters are located in California, it is considered one of the "Big Three" record labels, along with Warner Music Group. Since 2004, the corporation is no longer related to the film studio Universal Studios. Universal Music was once the record company attached to film studio Universal Pictures; the company's origins go back to the formation of the American branch of Decca Records in September 1934. The Decca Record Co. Ltd. of England spun American Decca off in 1939. MCA Inc. merged with American Decca in 1962. In November 1990, Japanese multinational conglomerate Matsushita Electric agreed to acquire MCA for $6.59 billion. In 1995, Seagram acquired 80 percent of MCA from Matsushita. On December 9, 1996, the company was renamed Universal Studios, Inc. and its music division was renamed Universal Music Group. In May 1998, Seagram purchased PolyGram and merged it with Universal Music Group in early 1999.
With the 2004 acquisition of Universal Studios by General Electric and merging with GE's NBC, Universal Music Group was cast under separate management from the eponymous film studio. This is the second time a music company has done so, the first being the separation of Time Warner and Warner Music Group. In February 2006, the label became 100 percent owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi when Vivendi purchased the last 20 percent from Matsushita. On June 25, 2007, Vivendi completed its €1.63 billion purchase of BMG Music Publishing, after receiving European Union regulatory approval, having announced the acquisition on September 6, 2006. Doug Morris stepped down from his position as CEO on January 1, 2011. Former chairman/CEO of Universal Music International Lucian Grainge was promoted to CEO of the company. Grainge replaced him as chairman on March 9, 2011. Morris became the next chairman of Sony Music Entertainment on July 1, 2011. With Grainge's appointment as CEO at UMG, Max Hole was promoted to COO of UMGI, effective July 1, 2010.
Starting in 2011 UMG's Interscope Geffen A&M Records will be signing contestants from American Idol/Idol series. On January 2011, UMG announced it was donating 200,000 master recordings from the 1920s to 1940s to the Library of Congress for preservation. In March 2011, Barry Weiss became chairman and CEO of The Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Republic Records. Both companies were restructured under Weiss. In December 2011, David Foster was named Chairman of Verve Music Group. In 2011, EMI sold its recorded music operations to Universal Music Group for £1.2 billion and its music publishing operations to a Sony-led consortium for $2.2 billion. Among the other companies that had competed for the recorded music business was Warner Music Group, reported to have made a $2 billion bid. IMPALA opposed the merger. In March 2012, the European Union opened an investigation into the acquisition The EU asked rivals and consumer groups whether the deal would result in higher prices and shut out competitors.
On September 21, 2012, the sale of EMI to UMG was approved in Europe and the United States by the European Commission and Federal Trade Commission respectively. However, the European Commission approved the deal only under the condition the merged company divest one third of its total operations to other companies with a proven track record in the music industry. UMG divested Mute Records, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition. UMG retained The Beatles and Robbie Williams; the Beatles catalogue was transferred to UMG's newly formed Calderstone Productions, while Williams' catalogue was transferred to Island Records. Universal Music Group completed their acquisition of EMI on September 28, 2012. In November 2012, Steve Barnett was appointed CEO of Capitol Music Group, he served as COO of Columbia Records. In compliance the conditions of the European Commission after purchase of EMI, Universal Music Group sold the Mute catalogue to the German-based BMG Rights Management on December 22, 2012.
Two months BMG acquired Sanctuary Records for €50 million. On November 8, 2012, Universal Music and Hewlett-Packard launched a marketing operation that allows customers with an HP computer with HP Connected Music software to access music from Universal artists, as well as exclusive content. On February 8, 2013, Warner Music Group acquired the Parlophone Label Group for $765 million. In February, Sony Music Entertainment acquired Universal's European share in Now That's What I Call Music for $60 million. Play It Again Sam acquired Co-Operative Music for £500,000 in March 2013. With EMI's absorption into Universal Music complete, its British operations will consist of five label units: Island, Decca, Virgin EMI and Capitol. In April 2013, Universal Music Greece was sold to Victoras Antippas, who renamed the company Cobalt Music. Edel AG acquired the MPS catalogue from Universal in January 2014. On March 20, 2013, UMG announced the worldwide extension of their exclusive distribution deal with the Disney Music Group, excluding Japan and Russia.
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True Blood is an American dark fantasy horror television series produced and created by Alan Ball and based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. The series revolves around Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress living in the rural town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Two years after the invention of a synthetic blood branded “Tru Blood,” vampires are able to "come out of the coffin" and allow their presence to be known to mankind. Now they are struggling for equal rights and assimilation, while anti-vampire organizations begin to gain power. Sookie's world is turned upside down when she falls in love with 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton and for the first time must navigate the trials and terrors of intimacy and relationships; the show was broadcast on the premium cable network HBO, in the United States, was produced by HBO in association with Ball's production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment. The series premiered on September 7, 2008 and concluded on August 24, 2014, comprising seven seasons and 80 episodes.
The first five seasons received positive reviews, both nominations and wins for several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy. The fictional universe depicted in the series is premised on the notion that vampires exist, unbeknownst to the majority of humans until two years before the series premiere, when the creation of synthetic blood by Japanese scientists, which eliminated vampires' need for human blood to survive, allowed vampires to "come out of the coffin" and reveal their existence to the world. E-1 This so-called "Great Revelation" has split vampires into two camps: those who wish to integrate into human society by campaigning for citizenship and equal rights,E-1 and those who think human-vampire co-existence is impossible, because it conflicts with the inherently predatory and violent nature of vampires, it has caused similar divisions amongst non-vampires. Throughout the series, other supernatural creatures are introduced, among them shapeshifters, faeries, a maenad; the series revolves around a telepathic human-faerie hybrid known as a halfling.
Sookie is a waitress at Merlotte's Bar and Grill, owned by Sam Merlotte in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Sam is a shapeshifter. Other characters include Bill Compton, a 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps to take up residence in his former home following the death of his last remaining relative; the show explores several contemporary issues such as the struggle for equal rights and violence against minorities and homosexuals, the problems of drug addiction, the power of faith and religion, the control/influence of the media, the quest for identity, the importance of family. Series creator Alan Ball had worked with the cable channel HBO on Six Feet Under, which ran for five seasons. In October 2005, after Six Feet Under wrapped, Ball signed a two-year agreement with HBO to develop and produce original programming for the network. True Blood became the first project under the deal after Ball became acquainted with Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mystery books. One day, while early for a dental appointment, Ball was browsing through a Barnes & Noble bookshop and came across Dead Until Dark, the first installment in Harris' series.
He read the entries that followed and became interested in "bringing vision to television". However, Harris had two other adaptation options for the books, she said she chose to work with him, because " really'got' me. That's. I just felt that he understood what I was doing with the books." The project's hour-long pilot was ordered concurrently with the finalization of the aforementioned development deal, was written and produced by Ball. Cast members Paquin and Trammell were announced in February 2007 and Moyer on in April; the pilot was shot in the early summer of 2007 and was ordered to series in August, at which point Ball had written several more episodes. Production on the series began that fall, with Brook Kerr, who portrayed Tara Thornton in the original pilot, replaced by Rutina Wesley. Two more episodes of the series had been filmed before the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike shut down production of the 12-episode first season until February 2008; that September, after only the first two episodes of the series had aired, HBO placed an order for a second season of 12 episodes, with production scheduled to commence in January 2009 for a summer premiere.
True Blood's Emmy-nominated title sequence is composed of portrayals of the show's Deep South setting, runs to "Bad Things" by Jace Everett, although the original featurette was created around the Jennifer Herrema song "RadTimesXpress". Conceptually, the sequence was constructed around the idea of "the whore in the house of prayer" by intermingling contradictory images of sex and religion and displaying them from the point of view of "a supernatural, predatory creature observing human beings from the shadows..." Ideas o
Acoustic EP (3 Doors Down EP)
Acoustic EP is a limited edition acoustic studio EP by American rock band 3 Doors Down, released in 2005. It was released at Best Buy stores to promote the band's album Seventeen Days and their 2005 tour with Staind and Breaking Benjamin; the physical disc itself is out of print. It peaked at number 49 in Australia, it features "Landing in London" unlike the Seventeen Days version. All songs written by 3 Doors Down "Let Me Go" – 3:47 "Landing in London" – 4:44 "Here Without You" – 3:52 "Be Somebody" – 3:09 "My World" – 3:00
The Champion in Me
"The Champion in Me" is the first track of the AT&T TEAM USA Soundtrack created for the 2008 Summer Olympics, by rock band 3 Doors Down. The song was released on July 15, 2008; the song is only available by digital download. The music video for the song shows the band performing with shots of some USA Olympians participating in the 2008 Summer Olympics
Us and the Night
Us and the Night is the sixth studio album by American rock band 3 Doors Down, released on March 11, 2016. It is 3 Doors Down's first studio album since Time of My Life, marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career, the band's first album with Chet Roberts on lead guitar and Justin Biltonen on bass; the album received mixed reviews from critics. Us and the Night debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned three singles: "In the Dark", "Still Alive" and "The Broken". "Us and the Night" was released on March 11, 2016. In June 2015, Chris Henderson announced that the new album will be titled The Night; the release date was announced on January 7, 2016. Us and the Night garnered mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 51, based on 4 reviews. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted how the album was "a brighter affair than Time of My Life", giving credit to the band for favoring "wide strokes over specificity" with their lyrical content and instrumentation, concluding that "his contradiction means the band remains an uneasy good time, but at least on Us and the Night the reconstituted 3 Doors Down have decided to look on the sunny side of life."
Jessica Thomas from Renowned for Sound commented about the overall feel throughout the record's track listing: "While there’s nothing bad or unpleasant about its content or delivery, there just isn’t anything new or exciting either. Each track falls into the rut of being too similar, from the thematic material to production, there’s just too much familiarity to discern from one track to the next." Consequence of Sound writer Adam Kivel gave a critique on the band's lyricism throughout the album: "Arnold’s lyrics latch onto tired tropes and clichéd rhymes, rather than offering any sort of narrative or emotional specificity. None of the songs are terrible, but none of them make much of an impression." The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 album chart, number two on Top Rock Albums, number one on the Independent Albums chart, with 24,000 copies sold on its first week of release. All tracks written by 3 Doors Down. In the Dark
Away from the Sun
Away from the Sun is the second studio album recorded by American rock band 3 Doors Down, It was released by Universal Records on November 12, 2002. The singles released for the album were as follows: "When I'm Gone", "The Road I'm On", "Here Without You", "Away from the Sun"; the recording sessions took place during the summer of 2002 with Producer/Engineer Rick Parashar at London Bridge Studio, in Seattle, Washington. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson performed live with the band during their premiere party in Biloxi for Away from the Sun; the album has sold eight million copies worldwide, including well over four million in the US alone. This album was included among a group of 15 DualDisc releases that were test marketed in two cities: Boston and Seattle; the test market DualDisc version of the album is rare. In 2005 the DualDisc version was reissued in a more distributed version; the original test market version differs from this common version in both packaging elements and in the design of the back of the inlay card.
The DualDisc has the standard CD album on one side, a DVD-audio/DVD-video on the second side. The DVD-audio portion contains the entire album in advanced resolution 5.1 PCM surround sound and 2.0 PCM stereo. The PCM audio was recorded at 96 kHz and 24bit for both audio tracks, but the 5.1 audio track is at 13,824kbit/s and the 2.0 audio track is at 4,608kbit/s. Special features for the DVD-audio include the band's biography, a photo gallery and lyrics for the listed tracks only; the DVD-video portion contains the entire album in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound and 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo. The DVD side features the music video for the song'The Road I'm On' directed by The Malloys. All songs written by 3 Doors Down, except "Dangerous Game" and "Sarah Yellin" by Arnold and Harrell; when I'm Gone The Road I'm On Here Without You Away from the Sun 3 Doors DownBrad Arnold - lead vocals Matt Roberts - lead guitar, backing vocals Chris Henderson - rhythm guitar, backing vocals Todd Harrell - bassWithJosh Freese - drums David Campbell - Strings Rick Hopkins - Hammond B3 Matthew Burgess - Percussion Zach Blackstone - assistant David Campbell - string arrangements, orchestral arrangement, string conductor, concertmaster Sandy Brummels - creative director Steve Churchyard - engineer Joel Derouin - concertmaster Ted Jensen - mastering Suzie Katayama - orchestra manager Tom Mackey - A&R Dean Maher - engineer, digital editing, mixing assistant George Marino - mastering Frank Ockenfels - photography Geoff Ott - engineer, digital editing, overdub engineer Rick Parashar - producer, digital editing Bill Richards - product manager Paul Silveira - mixing assistant Honchol Sin - assistant engineer, assistant Gordon Sran - assistant, overdub assistant Randy Staub - mixing Shinji Suzuki - A&R Tom Sweeney - assistant engineer, assistant Latif Tayour - assistant engineer, overdub assistant Karen Walker - art direction, design The song "When I'm Gone" has two versions of the video.
The song "When I'm Gone" was featured in the video game Band Hero in 2009. Both it and "Here Without You" were featured as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band in 2011