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“Uptown Funk” is certified Diamond with 11 million units

You might have seen the news that “Uptown Funk” has been certified Diamond by the RIAA, which means that it achieved 10 million sales. Billboard says that “Uptown Funk” has sold over 12,422,016 in downloads and 938,694,569 audio streams in the U.S.” and that the video “has streamed over 1.9 billion times.”

The RIAA’s certification requirements state that units are defined as follows:
• Each permanent digital download counts as 1 Unit for certification purposes.
• 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams will count as 1 Unit for certification purposes. [Note: this contradicts Billboard saying “100 streams counting as one certifiable unit.”]

But if those numbers are accurate, that would add up to 31,346,646.46 certifiable units. And the RIAA only has 11 million units certified for “Uptown Funk.” So who knows? Math is hard.

This is only the thirteenth Diamond single since the RIAA established the certification in 1999. The first single to be certified Diamond was Elton John’s Princess Diana tribute “Candle In The Wind 1997” and it took almost 16 years for the next one: Bieber and Luda’s “Baby.” If you look at the rest of the list there’s certainly plenty of garbage, but there are also some jams.

1. Elton John – “Candle In The Wind 1997 / Something.You Look Tonight” (October 9, 1997)
2. Justin Bieber – “Baby (Feat. Ludacris)” (May 9, 2013)
3. Eminem – “Love The Way You Lie (Feat. Rihanna)” (May 9, 2013)
4. Eminem – “Not Afraid” (June 10, 2014)
5. Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance” (May 29, 2015)
6. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive” (July 6, 2015)
7. Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (October 29, 2015)
8. Katy Perry – “Firework” (October 29, 2015)
9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop (Feat. Wanz)” (November 19, 2015)
10. Lady Gaga – “Poker Face” (November 30, 2015)
11. Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise” (April 1, 2016)
12. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” (September 28, 2016)
13. Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk Feat. Bruno Mars” (October 18, 2016)

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Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now

Duran Duran - All You Need Is NowDuran DuranAll You Need Is Now (Tapemodern)

The first record review I ever wrote was for Duran Duran’s Rio. It was for an English class in high school where the assignment was to write a phony article that offered our opinion on something.

Our town didn’t have MTV at that point, so Duran Duran was not a household name. I felt it was my duty to inform my English teacher of the upcoming onslaught of “The Fab Five.” We had a brief acknowledgement of my critical worth after delivering a dubbed copy of Lou Reed’s Transformer, so occasionally the teacher would actually listen to a recommendation.

Rio had such an impact on me that I praised them as the second coming of Roxy Music and the fully realized package of the Thin White Duke with better teeth and no Ziggy baggage.

In short, I came off as a real double-D nutswinger.

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What I Learned at Culture Creating School Today

Creators ProjectReflections on Vice and Intel’s “Creator’s Project” at Milk Studios

I’ve always secretly envisaged myself as an Edie Sedgwick type, whimsically creating culture as I amorously amble about in New York City, falling in love in my purchased daisy dukes, batting my eyelashes, listening to “Bat For Lashes,” while eating a coconut flavored frozefruit at a massive concert in a random sequestered locale by the Hudson River with all of the other displaced Brooklyn hipsters.

This alter-ego is as undeterred by what Murs affectionately describes as “sweat on her face [that] shows the fuzz on her lip” as she is by 10th Avenue’s maritime rats. I’ve publicly admonished her in the past but Saturday night, enmeshed in crowds reminiscent of the final house party scene of “Can’t Hardly Wait” at the VICE Magazine and Intel’s concept night “Creators Project” I totally was her.

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Lollapalooza 2008: Don't Be Old, Be Fun

Lollapalooza 2008I had a bad attitude about Lollapalooza this year. I was not looking forward to it at all. I’ve covered Lollapalooza for Glorious Noise each year since the festival was resurrected in Chicago in 2005. Between Lolla and Forkfest, I was thinking I might just be festivaled out.

My wife’s advice as I left on Friday: “Don’t be old—be fun.”

Which sounds a lot harder than it actually turned out to be. Once I let go of some of my uptightness and decided to just roll with it, I ended up having a great weekend. Free your mind, and your ass will follow, right? Surprisingly, I think the lack of bands that I needed to see helped me relax and just enjoy myself.

Not to say that there weren’t a ton of great bands playing this year. There were, but I’ve seen most of them recently. At Lollapalooza two years ago. Or at Pitchfork last year. Or both.

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Mark Ronson – Version

Mark Ronson - VersionMark RonsonVersion (Sony BMG)

What makes a good producer? As I see it, there are three types of producers all bringing their own unique talents to a project:

Technician – Acting more as an engineer, the Technician understands how to capture great sounds. The Technician is a technological wizard who has an innate understanding of instruments and amps that’s as thick as Sears catalog. Think: Steve Albini.

Maestro – A composer and arranger, the Maestro doesn’t just read music but also understands it so intricately that he can turn any melody and bridge any verse so seamlessly that it’s impossible to imagine how it could have gone any other way. Think: Phil Spector or Brian Wilson.

Life Coach – This character has a bizarre and natural sense of what’s Right and Wrong in music. He may not have the technical knowledge or natural ability to play music, but he instinctively understands how to create an atmosphere and draw out the best in an artist. Think: Rick Rubin.

While widely different in their approaches to music, each of these production styles, when successful, share two things: Good Taste and Style. Both of which Mark Ronson has for miles and miles.

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Mark Ronson & Lily Allen Video – Oh My God

This dude can’t miss, especially when he hooks up with the plucky Allen. A big fat beat, “Superstition”-style keyboards, and some killer horns. Get your shit down!

Mark Ronson featuring Lily Allen -- “Oh My God”

Mark Ronson - Oh My God ft. Lily Allen

Mark Ronson’s Bob Dylan remix

Mark Ronson, the funky kid who produced Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, has remixed a track for the upcoming Dylan retrospective (single disc and 3-disc versions) out October 2.

Bob Dylan -- “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine” (remix)

Bob Dylan - Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)

If you don’t like the Stax horns and loud drums, you can find the original version on Blonde on Blonde.

Via the gum.