Liner Notes (December 13th, 2019)

In this week’s newsletter, I look at some of the holiday songs released this week, offer first thoughts on the new Brian Fallon song and Harry Styles album, and dive into my weekly media diet rundown. There’s also a playlist of ten songs I loved this week, and this week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.

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‘ReRed’: A Tribute to Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’

Dan Campbell, Future Teens, Adult Mom, Chris Farren, and others have recorded covers of Taylor Swift’s Red for charity.

ReRed is a collaboration by 19 artists to pay tribute to the crossover hitmaker Taylor Swift’s instant classic album Red.

All proceeds will go straight to Equal Justice Initiative (www.eji.org) an incredible organization working to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.

Billboard 200 to Include Official Video Plays From YouTube, Streaming Services

Billboard:

Video and audio data from YouTube, along with visual plays from several music streaming services, will soon be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was announced on Friday. In addition to YouTube, officially licensed video content plays from Apple, Spotify, Tidal and Vevo will be included in the album chart’s calculations.

The inclusion of video data into the Billboard 200 arrives five years after audio streams were added, marking the chart’s shift from a measure of pure sales to a consumption model. The addition of video will also impact Billboard’s genre album consumption charts, such as Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, Latin and others.