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LOVER
8/19/19

The question on everyone’s mind this week is, “Can she do it again?” She, of course, is Taylor Swift, whose...


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1212 contents columbia (1)
8/19/19

Columbia Records has named Azim Rashid as SVP/Head of Urban Promotion today (8/19).


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TAYLOR
8/19/19

Word has it that with Taylor Swift’s Lover (via Republic) due to drop, all of iHeartRadio’s Pop, Hot AC and AC stations will be doing some version of their every-hour-on-the-hour rotation.


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hotel
8/19/19

UMG, we have been informed, is launching a JV with Dakia Global Enterprise, an "impact investment management holding company," to explore hospitality ventures with a music focus.


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WEB-RM-COVER-FINAL-APPROVED-LR
8/19/19

Our newly published Rainmakers II chronicles some of the most powerful and influential figures in the music business; it’s also a map of the profound changes in the biz over the past several years.


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Billie Eilish in red
8/19/19

After 19 weeks atop the Hot 100, Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" ends its record-breaking run as Billie Eilish earns her first #1 with "bad guy."


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taylips
8/19/19

Here's Taylor Swift's spot for Amazon Music's "A Voice Is All You Need" campaign. How big a role might Amazon's voice-heavy streaming play in her rollout?


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2019 CMA Awards logo with pics
8/19/19

Change is inevitable. After a dozen years hosting the CMA Awards, Carrie Underwood probably needed something a little different to keep viewers interested. But at a time when Country radio is still not buying into women’s music, leave it to CMA head and Rainmaker Sarah Trahern, producer Robert Deaton and TV-committee alpha males Joe Galante and Clarence Spalding to bring the big dogs—er, babes—for the 11/13 broadcast on ABC.


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frank turner
8/19/19

Frank Turner has started at #2 on the U.K.’s Official Albums midweeks with concept record No Man’s Land (Polydor). Over on singles, Taylor Swift has the highest new entry at #9 with “Lover” (Virgin EMI).


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Hard Knocks Derek Carr
8/19/19

Things are about to get extremely interesting across the biz, with wagers being made on Taylor’s first-week number, Pittman and Ek calling plays in a radio-streaming showdown, a massive gun-control benefit concert in a football stadium possibly taking shape, and Jay-Z in détente mode with the NFL.

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CAN TAYLOR DO IT AGAIN?
What does Vegas think? (8/19a)
HEAVY WEATHER:
RAINMAKERS II
This is no ordinary doorstop. (8/19a)
END OF THE "ROAD," BILLIE GETS HER FIRST #1
Kids these days... (8/19a)
A PRESEASON
HITS LIST
The biz is getting its game face on. (8/19a)
GRAMMY CHEW: COMING IN
UNDER THE WIRE
More speculation over lox and bagels (8/19a)
HEAT!
Seriously, we can't take off any more clothes at the office.
DOLDRUMS!
Nothing doing.       
LUNCH!
Well, what do YOU want?      
VACATION!
Badly needed.     
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