Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Today marks the official start of the 2013 holiday season, as people across the country are home plotting out their Black Friday shopping strategy thick in the midst of a tryptophan haze. Whether you’re going to battle the masses at your local retailer tomorrow or planning to carve out a few hours on Monday to shop while basking in the glow of your computer monitor, the staff here at VH1 Music put together some gift suggestions for the music lover in your life. Our Gift Guide contains products that can do everything from vastly improving the way you experience music (seriously, get yourself a pair of Monster DNA headphones!) to remembering some of history’s most memorable music moments (Ed Sullivan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Classics DVD set) to helping you create some sweet tunes of your own (a Roland keytar is where it’s at, y’all!).
If you were to pen a list of The World’s Most Hated Bands, the Eagles would almost certainly be at or near the top (especially if your name is Jeffrey Lebowski). Now, we’re not saying that said assessment is fair, exactly, but this fact is undeniable. So, just how much do people hate the musical output of Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the rest of the laidback desperados who make up the Eagles? Well, one South Carolina man’s refusal to stop pumping Eagles tunes after repeated requests recently resulted in him getting stabbed (!!!).
Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way is projected to sell 1.15 million units in its first week, according to Billboard. The chart magazine notes that this is the biggest first-week since *NSYNC‘s Celebrity sold 1.88 million in its first week a decade ago.
Some pop chart wonks are up in arms about this, because of the effect of Amazon’s’ drastic loss-leading tactics. Approximately a third of all sales of the album were Amazon digital downloads, which cost customers a mere 99? for the entire album, with Amazon eating the remaining $7.40 of the wholesale digital price, costing them over $3MM. Amazon chalked up this substantial hit to their bottom line as a promotional expense for their own digital store —which drastically trails iTunes— and their new cloud drive.