• Adele’s 21 has reached diamond status, selling 10 million copies in the U.S. It’s the 21st album to do so.

  • NPR looks into the process of how songs get placed on store playlists. Think about that the next time you hit the mall.

  • How about those Spotify revenues? David Macias of Thirty Tigers takes a deeper look into the math behind the streaming service.

  • Beastie Boys are being sued for copyright infringement for samples allegedly used on their iconic ’80s albums Licensed To Ill and Paul’s Boutique. However, this might be a statute of limitations situation because such suits are supposed to be filed within three years of the music’s release.

  • Black Friday proved to be profitable for independent record stores. Artists like M83 and the Gaslight Anthem put out special releases that day.

  • Happy 30th birthday to MIDI processing technology.

  • Beyoncé directed a documentary about Beyoncé. Don’t question it.

  • Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot was nominated for TIME magazine’s Person Of The Year.

  • You should probably still be glad that you weren’t trapped on an airplane with Rihanna for a week.

  • In case you hadn’t heard already, people who illegally download more still spend more on art.