iTunes R&B Sale Sends Otis Redding, Mariah Carey & Aretha Franklin Back Onto Charts

In the wake of Apple’s iTunes service offering a 69-cent sale price for many R&B songs, several tracks that span from 1960s classics to 2010s hits flood Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart dated July 31.

iTunes R&B Sale Sends Otis Redding, Mariah Carey & Aretha Franklin Back Onto Charts

In the wake of Apple’s iTunes service offering a 69-cent sale price for many R&B songs, several tracks that span from 1960s classics to 2010s hits flood Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart dated July 31.

The digital retailer has developed this sales campaign in recent months, rotating between musical genres or other designated song categories each week and discounting some of the best-known tunes to a 69-cent cost, down from the typical $1.29 price. Such marketing has already led to previously documented impacts on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart in April, when rock tunes were the beneficiary, and in May, after the April 25 Academy Awards led to bargains for soundtrack songs.

Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” leads the R&B resurgence as it returns to the list at No. 3, having sold 7,700 downloads in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data. Among notable feats for the recording, “Dock” posted four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and became the first posthumous leader in the chart’s history, as Redding died in December 1967 in a plane crash.

Including “Dock,” 13 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart’s 25 positions can be traced at least in part to the iTunes discount. Here’s a full rundown of the markdown’s impact:

Position, Song Title, Artist
No. 3, “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding
No. 4, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
No. 6, “Suga Suga,” Baby Bash featuring Frankie J
No. 9, “Easy,” Commodores
No. 10, “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112
No. 13, “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” The Gap Band
No. 15, “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
No. 16, “Respect,” Aretha Franklin
No. 18, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey
No. 20, “Starboy,” The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
No. 22, “The Way I Are,” Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson
No. 24, “I Got You (I Feel Good),” James Brown and the Famous Flames
No. 25, “I Want You Back,” Jackson 5

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Ariana Grande has a message for any of her fans who are unvaccinated.

Ariana Grande, ‘Vaxxed n Masked,’ Urges Others to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Ariana Grande has a message for any of her fans who are unvaccinated.

“vaxxed n masked,” Grande captioned a selfie she shared on social media on Sunday (Aug. 1).

“this is your gentle reminder to please get your vaccines if you are eligible,” the pop star wrote. “this thing is not yet over !”

Any person age 12 or older is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

Grande explained that she was “sharing some info because i care and if i can, i’d like to help anybody who is hesitant or curious with making their decision.”

“this delta variant is very new and since data is changing all the time, i’ll source some links for you to stay up to speed yourself but so far,” she wrote. “we do know that it spreads much more easily compared to previous variants. most of the spread is among unvaccinated people and in areas with low vaccination rates ! and yes although you can still get it while vaccinated, the vaccine helps to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death ! all great things to be protected against in my book. oh and if you have already gotten sick with COVID-19, you should STILL get vaccinated !”

Grande recommended following several Instagram accounts for information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, and visiting the John Hopkins Medicine website to get educated about “some of the Covid myths that are circulating the internet.”

The singer hopes that the sources she shared will help “reassure yourself why getting vaxxed is the move. save a life or two. who knows.”

To date, there have been more than 610,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. recorded by the CDC.

In the U.S. 164 million people (49.6% of the total population) have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 191 million (57.7% of the total population) have received at least one dose so far, according to the CDC.

See Grande’s post below.

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