Entries in iTunes (11)


iTunes Giving "Downton Abbey" Fans a Sneak Peek

Apple(NEW YORK) -- For fans of Downton Abbey sick of spoilers from across The Pond, Apple has a spot of relief: the company announced iTunes season pass holders will be able to see the current third season's last three episodes before they air here on PBS.

Because the hit drama is produced in the U.K. and airs there first, fans Stateside often find themselves tripping over spoilers online.  Every episode of season three has already aired overseas, and details about the fourth season, which is in production in the U.K. are already starting to leak -- but Apple's announcement will help plug at least some plot leaks.

The third season finale is scheduled to air on Feb. 17.

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iTunes Announces Best-Sellers of 2011

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple has compiled its yearly Rewind list, a who's who of which content was the most downloaded from its iTunes store in 2011.

The analysis of which songs, albums, games, TV shows, and movies moved consumers enough to download them reveals some big winners, including The Social Network, which took the Top Movie (Sales and Rental) prize; Modern Family, the top finisher in the TV "half hour" category; and the sci-fi cult hit Dr. Who, which beat Modern Family and the award-winning dramas Breaking Bad and Dexter to take the Most Downloaded Season honor.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was named Best Blockbuster, while Bridesmaids (Unrated) was named Best Comedy.

Here's a closer look:

Top Movies (Sales and Rentals)

1. The Social Network
2. Limitless
3. No Strings Attached
4. Just Go With It
5. The Lincoln Lawyer
6. Bridesmaids (Unrated)
7. Source Code
8. Tangled
9. The King's Speech
10. Red

Best Blockbuster: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Best Comedy: Bridesmaids (Unrated)
Best Indie: Beginners
Best Romance: Midnight in Paris

Top-Selling TV Seasons:

1. Doctor Who
2. Modern Family
3. Dexter
4. Breaking Bad
5. True Blood
6. Top Gear
7. Glee
8. Entourage
9. Archer
10. The Walking Dead

Top-Selling TV Episodes:

1. The Walking Dead - "What Lies Ahead"
2. Glee - "Original Song"
3. Breaking Bad - "Box Cutter"
4. Sons of Anarchy - "Out"
5. Gossip Girl - "The Kids Are Not Alright"
6. Instinct - "Terra Nova"
7. Modern Family - "Our Children, Ourselves"
8. Two and a Half Men - "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
9. Victorious - "Ice Cream for Ke$ha"
10. Smallville - "Finale, Pts. 1&2"

Best Half-Hour: Modern Family
Best Drama: Breaking Bad
Best Discovery: Downton Abbey
Best Comedy: Parks and Recreation

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The Beatles 'Anthology' Collections to Be Released on iTunes

FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- All three of The Beatles Anthology music collections will be released digitally for the first time on June 14, exclusively through iTunes.

You can pre-order all three volumes individually for $29.99 each, as one giant box set with all 155 tracks for $79.99, or you can purchase an Anthology Highlights collection, which features 23 tracks, for $12.99.  All three volumes of Anthology have been digitally remastered.

If you make your way to now, you can see a special Anthology video and listen to a 50-minute Meet the Beatles radio show for free.  

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George Harrison Tribute Concert Available on iTunes

Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- The 2002 George Harrison tribute concert, Concert for George, which featured artists including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Preston, George's son Dhani and others, is now available for purchase on iTunes.

The concert, which was held at London's Royal Albert Hall a year after Harrison's death, can be purchased either in standard or hi-definition.  In addition to the concert, a Concert for George documentary, three mini-features and a photo gallery are also included with the purchase.

Here's the track listing for Concert for George:

1. "Your Eyes" -- Anoushka Shankar
2. "The Inner Light" -- Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
3. "Arpan" -- Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
4. "Sit on My Face" -- Monty Python
5. "The Lumberjack Song" -- Monty Python with Tom Hanks
6. "I Want to Tell You" -- Jeff Lynne
7. "If I Needed Someone" -- Eric Clapton
8. "Old Brown Shoe" -- Gary Brooker
9. "Give Me Love" -- Jeff Lynne
10. "Beware of Darkness" -- Eric Clapton
11. "Here Comes the Sun" -- Joe Brown
12. "That’s the Way It Goes" -- Joe Brown
13. "Horse to the Water" -- Sam Brown
14. "Taxman" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
15. "I Need You" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
16. "Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
17. "Isn’t It a Pity" -- Billy Preston
18. "Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
19. "Honey Don’t" -- Ringo Starr
20. "For You Blue" -- Paul McCartney
21. "Something" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
22. "All Things Must Pass" -- Paul McCartney
23. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
24. "My Sweet Lord" -- Billy Preston
25. "Wah Wah" -- Eric Clapton & Band
26. "I’ll See You in My Dreams" -- Joe Brown

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Lady Gaga Has Fastest-Selling Single in iTunes History

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Lady Gaga's new single, "Born This Way," sold more in its first few days of availability than any other song by a female artist, and now it's broken yet another record.  The track, the first one released from Gaga's album of the same name, is officially the fastest-selling single ever in the iTunes store -- it's now shifted over a million tracks in just five days.  It's also topped the charts of the iTunes stores in 23 countries.

Gaga's song is now well on its way to becoming one of the biggest selling digital downloads of all time.  The number to beat is six million -- that's how many copies the most-downloaded song ever, "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas, has sold.

The album Born This Way is due May 23.

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'The Beatles LOVE' Album, Documentary Coming to iTunes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The album soundtrack for The Beatles LOVE, as well as the documentary All Together Now, which shows how the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name was made, are both coming to iTunes.

The album will arrive for purchase on Feb. 8 and the documentary will follow soon after.  Both will be sold individually for $12.99.

Since the Beatles' music was made available for purchase on iTunes last November, over five million digital songs and one million digital albums have been sold worldwide. 

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Beatles Sell Five Million iTunes Tracks in Just Under Two Months

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- When The Beatles' music first appeared on iTunes last Nov. 16, the Fab Four sold two million singles in just the first week.  Now, two months later, is their music still as popular with iTunes customers?  The answer is a resounding "yes."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Beatles have sold five million tracks total, and a million full-length albums.

The George Harrison composition "Here Comes the Sun" is still the number one Beatles song download.  The band's most popular iTunes album continues to be Abbey Road.

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Eminem, Train Top iTunes Year-End Sales Charts

Photo Courtesy - Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- With the end of the year rapidly approaching, iTunes has released its Rewind 2010 Roundup, a look at the digital retailer’s top-selling singles and albums of the past year.  The digital retailer's number one album of the year was Eminem's Recovery.

Alex Luke, iTunes director of global music initiatives, says of Eminem, "He had an amazing year, digitally."  According to Luke, Recovery sold more digital copies in one year than any other artist in iTunes history -- over 700,000 copies.

iTunes' editorial staff also named Eminem its Artist of the Year.  But while the rapper placed two songs in iTunes' list of the top-selling songs of 2010 -- "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie" -- the number one spot on that chart went to Train's "Hey Soul Sister."

That song actually came out way back in August of 2009, but Luke explains, "Slowly, across the last 12 months, all these different audiences have discovered that's just one of those big pop songs you can't escape."  He adds, "It appeals to a very young and a very old audience, and every year the biggest records of the year are those records that kind of cross like that."

iTunes' editorial staff named B.o.B. New Artist of the Year, thanks to his hits "Airplanes" and "Nothin' on You."

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New Michael Jackson Song Streaming on iTunes "Ping" Service

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- Yet another song from the upcoming posthumous Michael Jackson album Michael has been released, but there's only one place you can hear it.  The track, titled "Much Too Soon," is now streaming exclusively for one week on iTunes new "Ping" social networking service.

According to Jackson's website, "Much Too Soon," a ballad about being rejected by a lover, was written around the time of Thriller, but Jackson never "found the right home for it."  The sparsely-produced track, written by Jackson and produced by him and John McCLain, the executor of his estate, is the final song on Michael, and is described as "a bittersweet closing to a stellar collection."

The album is set to hit stores Dec. 14.

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The Beatles Sell over Two Million Songs on iTunes in First Week

Photo Courtesy - Apple Corps Ltd./ Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The Beatles have sold over two million songs and over 450,000 albums in the first week since their music became available on iTunes.  Rolling Stone reports that the best-selling album was Abbey Road, and the best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun," off the same album.

Three of the Beatles' albums -- Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the "White Album" -- were in the top 20 of the iTunes album chart, while 15 made the top 100.  Only Yellow Submarine didn't crack the top 100.

The Beatles catalog first became available on iTunes on Tuesday, Nov. 16.  In addition to their individual albums and songs, a box set containing all of their albums is available for $149.

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