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The 15 Best Selling Soundtracks of 2019

Posted by Amoebite, December 20, 2019 03:27pm | Post a Comment

Best Selling Soundtracks of 2019

2019 was a big year for soundtracks. Some of the contemporary film industry's most distinctive voices released career high scores. Beloved cult classics got dusted off and reissued. Color vinyl added some excitement to the mix, an Amoeba exclusive won over fans, and star-studded music biopics dominated the charts. With releases ranging from the haunting and experimental to the era-defining and eclectic, there's something for every music and movie fan on this list.

Read on to see our 15 best selling soundtracks of 2019 and find out what made each release so special.

Climax soundtrack

15. Various Artists - Climax [OST]
Release Date: CD and LP on 3/1/19

The soundtrack to Gaspar Noé's stunning Climax is just as edgy, vibrant and distinctive as you'd expect. Featuring dancefloor fillers by the likes of Thomas Bangalter and moody works by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter, this LP was one of the year's best mixes.

 

Velvet Goldmine soundtrack

14. Various Artists - Velvet Goldmine [Orange & Blue Vinyl] [OST]
Release Date: LP on 4/5/19

The 50 Best Selling Albums of 2019

Posted by Amoebite, December 18, 2019 10:06am | Post a Comment

Best Selling Albums of 2019

With just two weeks left in 2019, the time is right to take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of the best selling albums of the year. (Fifty of 'em, in fact!) The albums flying off the Amoeba shelves are a varied group, ranging from forgotten Japanese pop music to classic reissues to new releases in rock, hip-hop, R&B, and soundtrack music. There's something for everyone here, so you may discover a new favorite or see how your personal picks fared among your fellow music fans.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's 50 Best Selling Albums of 2019.

Pacific Breeze 50. Various Artists - Pacific Breeze
Hasta El Cielo
49. Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo
All Mirrors 48. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors Almost Free 47. Fidlar - Almost Free
Outer Peace 46. Toro y Moi - Outer Peace Western Stars 45. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
Bohemian Rhapsody OST 44. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody OST Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. 43. HUNNY - Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Atonement 42. Killswitch Engage - Atonement H.E.R. 41. H.E.R. - H.E.R.
Ventura 40. Anderson .Paak - Ventura Cuz I Love You 39. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
Titanic Rising 38. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising I, I 37. Bon Iver - I,I
House of Sugar 36. Alex G - House of Sugar American Love Call 35. Durand Jones & the Indications - American Love Call
Ghosteen 34. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen Widow's Weeds 33. Silversun Pickups - Widow's Weeds
Lux Prima 32. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima Some Rap Songs 31. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
Brutalism 30. The Drums - Brutalism Bandana 29. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Originals 28. Prince - Originals Without Fear 27. Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear
Madame X 26. Madonna - Madame X Everyday Life 25. Coldplay - Everyday Life
I Am Easy to Find 24. The National - I Am Easy To Find Better Oblivion Community Center 23. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
Unknown Pleasures 22. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (40th anniversary edition) Violet Street 21. Local Natives - Violet Street

 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Lee Fields

Posted by Amoebite, November 27, 2019 03:21pm | Post a Comment

Lee Fields - What's In My Bag?

We were honored to have Soul legend Lee Fields here at Amoeba Hollywood showing us some of his favorite records and artists, such as the iconic jazz, R&B singer/songwriter Nina Simone. Fields picked up a vinyl reissue of her album Black Gold, which features the song 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black.' "In the turmoil of the '60s, it was inspiring. It was needed at the time," he told us. "She wrote the right song at the right time," he proclaimed, continuing, "people of color didn't have too many role models, and she was one. It seemed like she had attitude, but she was smooth enough to be in control of her attitude. And at the time, a person like that, being black, was someone we could look up to." Lee Fields found a killer stack of records, and lots of insightful things to say about all of them, making for a fun and meaningful What's In My Bag? video.

Lee Fields has always lived ahead of his time -- he hired Sharon Jones as a background singer and brought Charles Bradley on tour as an opener -- and his latest album, It Rains Love, drenches his time-Lee Fields - It Rains Love - Amoeba Musictested sound in the kindness, wisdom, and unyielding groove that have affirmed his position as the new godfather of soul.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Raphael Saadiq

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Raphael Saadiq - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to have singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq do some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of the cool records he found, along with some interesting stories from his prolific career. "My first tour, in '86, was Sheila (E.) and Prince," he told us, speaking of his beginnings as their bass player. "We used to play (Sheila E.'s) 'Holly Rock'...I still don't know what 'Holly Rock' is, but I was signing it." Saadiq was excited to find a copy of Originals, a collection of demos that Prince wrote and recorded for other people to sing, including 'Holly Rock.' "I wanna hear him singing (it)," Saadiq proclaimed.

Born Charles Ray Wiggins, Raphael Saadiq learned to play bass guitar at age six and started singing with gospel groups at age nine. When he was eighteen, he took the name Raphael and successfully Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Leeauditioned to play bass in Sheila E.'s backing band. He then hit the road as part of Prince's Parade Tour. After this tour, he returned to his hometown of Oakland and joined Tony! Toni! Toné! with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins, and cousin, Timothy Christian. The group became R&B superstars, with their greatest commercial success being 1993's double platinum Sons of Soul.

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21 Record Store Day Black Friday Titles to Look for on November 29th

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 12:03pm | Post a Comment

21 Record Store Day Black Friday Titles to Look for

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Is it awesome new tunes, out in unexpected formats, filled with "previously unreleased" promise? Head out to Black Friday at Amoeba on November 29th and you'll be counting your blessings, whether your "blessing" of choice is a picture disc, first-ever vinyl pressing, or limited edition 7" single. This year's Record Store Day Black Friday releases feature some of the most exciting titles to pass through our stores on any RSD -- both the annual April extravaganza and the November retail rocker included.

Part of what makes RSD Black Friday so spcial is the limited nature of many of these releases, so take a look at this year's .pdf menu of titles and plan ahead. If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/29, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll add remaining RSDBF releases to Amoeba.com starting Saturday, 11/30 at 5am PT.

Record Store Day Black Friday 2019

Please note: All Record Store Day Black Friday items are limit one per customer, no holds or phone orders. RSDBF titles are available in-store only on Nov 29. Remaining titles will available for sale online starting Nov 30 at 5am PT.

In addition to these spectacular new titles, we will also special Black Friday sales on headphones, posters, select turntables, green tag DVDs & Blu-ray, and a gift certificate sale between 5-6pm only. Find out more about the Black Friday deals and happenings at Amoeba.

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