Posts by Leslie Gornstein

  • Burning Question: How Did Beyoncé Keep Such a Massive Album Project Top Secret?

    Yahoo Music4 mths ago

    Q: Beyoncé surprised everyone by dropping her album at midnight. How did she manage to be so stealthy, especially in this age of unchecked hype and Internet leaks, when it came to such a massive project?

    A: Not massive: Ginormous. We're talking 14 tracks and 17 videos shot in cities ranging from Paris to New York to Sydney to Rio de Janeiro to Houston.

    Let's also remember that guests include some of the biggest loudmouths in music aside from Kanye West: husband Jay Z, natch, and Drake among them.

    To be fair, fans have known for months that Bey was recording new material. People who follow Yoncy closely even knew that singer-songwriter Sia Furler had penned a tune for it, and that Pharrell Williams was also involved.

    "There has been talk of this for the past year,” says Todd Hensley, president of Hits magazine.

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  • Burning Question: How Much Does Garth Brooks Stand to Make Off of His Latest Boxed Set?

    Our Country4 mths ago

    Q: How much does Garth Brooks stand to make off of his boxed set? How pent up is demand for his music, given that he has released three box sets?

    A: The Oklahoma-based musician may have given us nothing between 2001 and 2009, and he may have limited his distribution to a single store — Walmart — but demand for the singer’s twang remains almost as insane as it was during his pre-Chris Gaines days.

    The new set, which includes six CDs and two DVDs for a modest $25, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, trouncing Britney Spears’s disappointing "Britney Jean" as well as the latest efforts from One Direction and Kelly Clarkson.

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