We asked Shazam SVP, Head of Music & U.S. Ad Sales Peter Szabo about the role of the tech giant’s data in predicting big hits. For some reason he agreed to talk to us.
The next installment in our ongoing series of conversations with industry leaders: an in-depth chat with RCA toppers Peter Edge and Tom Corson. The pair touch on everything from the "Uptown Funk" phenom to the streaming marketplace. Look for it in print and online very soon.
Live Nation chieftain Michael Rapino announced to the troops yesterday that he’s initiated the creation of a Diversity Department. Thelá Thatch has been named VP of Diversity, and Genevieve O'Neil will take the post of Manager of Diversity.
In between nacho plates on this Cinco De Mayo holiday, let's point our informational satellite at the sky and download the latest action at SiriusXM, starring One Direction, Sam Hunt, Bea Miller, Britney & Iggy, Modest Mouse and more...
RCA's Britney-Iggy duet, "Pretty Girls," earns Most Added honors at Pop radio this week, while Island's Shawn Mendes and Epic's Mariah Carey are among the acts posting gains. OMI's "Cheerleader" (Ultra/Louder Than Life/Columbia) rules at Rhythm, and it's another big week at Alternative for "Renegade" by KidinaKorner's X Ambassadors. Click the links for further details, buddy.
The Zac Brown Band’s #1, 217k bow on this week’s HITS Album Sales Chart is a big win for the cluster of labels involved—Brown’s own Southern Ground, the brand-new John Varvatos imprint, Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine and Monte Lipman’s Republic...
Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons are headed for a #1 bow on next week’s HITS Album Sales and SPS charts, with their Wilder Mind album count in the 250-275k range...
This week, Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLG/Republic’s Zac Brown Band tops the HITS Building Album Sales Chart with 217k and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 232k for Jekyll + Hyde. Meanwhile, Reprise’s Josh Groban bows at #2 and Columbia Nashville’s Tyler Farr rounds out the Top 3 with the debut of his sophomore release.
Mumford & Sons are the story on the iTunes album chart at the moment, as Wilder Mind takes the top TWO positions, while on the singles side it's all about The Voice...
When an Apple product or service is on the way, it tends to fuel widespread speculation. But that chatter usually has a narrow focus. Consider iTunes/Beats as part of a much larger media-consumption universe.
WE POINT OUR PHONE AT SHAZAM’S PETER SZABO
When did Shazam become a verb? Peter knows. (5/6a)
Coming soon: a wide-ranging chat with Peter and Tom. (5/6a)
LIVE NATION INSTITUTES DIVERSITY DEPT.
Rapino wants the workforce to represent and reflect LN's customers. (5/6a)