Here’s some of the top stories in music from the past week:
1. Taylor Swift is music’s top moneymaker in 2011, bringing in over $35 million between album sales, touring, song royalties, and her live Speak Now tour DVD. Rounding out the top 5 are U2, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. Read the full article and see who made the top 40 HERE.
2. John Mayer’s granuloma has returned, causing him to announce another indefinite hiatus from performing. Mayer underwent surgery last fall to treat a granuloma in his throat, and announced last month that he was off of vocal rest and ready to get back to performing. However, it was discovered during rehearsal last week that the condition has returned. His new album Born and Raised will be released as scheduled, but his recently-announced tour dates will be canceled. You can read Mayer’s statement HERE.
3. Bruce Springsteen kicked off his Wrecking Ball tour in New York City last week, his first show in over 2 years. The show was bittersweet, marking the first show without legendary saxaphone player Clarence Clemons, who passed away last spring. However, Clemons’ nephew Jake made his debut appearance with the band, splitting sax duties with Ed Manion. Rolling Stone posted their review of the show at the Apollo Theater HERE.
4. Fun. is the first rock band in over a decade to have a debut Billboard Hot 100 single hit number 1. They are the first rock band to take the number one spot since Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” in 2008. Their hit song “We Are Young” continues to bring in strong sales numbers and has been certified platinum. Read Billboard’s story HERE. The New York Times also published an article about the band’s success, which can be found HERE.
5. Dave Matthews played the annual John Varvatos Stuart House benefit over the weekend, playing an intimate acoustic set that included a new song. During his performance to a celebrity-studded crowd, Matthews also announced that he’s working on a new album. Read all about the event HERE.