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Jones Sells Seven Million

Jazz or not (and I’m going with a strong “not”), Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me impacts jazz’s future simply due to it being a major cash cow for Blue Note Records. The album, filled with light ‘n’ easy pop fare like “Don’t Know Why” won a truckload of Grammys and has remained a steady seller since it was released in February of 2002. In fact, the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently certified the disc platinum seven times over, meaning it’s sold seven million copies in the United States—the album has sold about six million copies overseas. That’s Jones in the picture above, with some label execs hovering around her.

And that’s the news, really. She’s still selling. It may mean nothing to you if you’re only into syncopation and swing. But know this much: The money Norah makes for Blue Note is big, and some of that cash will trickle down to fund projects by bona fide jazz artists who don’t bring in that kind of money or create the kind of exposure for the label that Jones does-folk like Greg Osby, Jason Moran and maybe even Wynton Marsalis, who signed to the legendary label in May (read about that here). So free your knickers from their bunches, Norah Jones is good for jazz.

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