The problem with "consumption" charts, Bieber's big return, Alternative radio's lack of discovery, the Grammys, The Weeknd and Halsey—these are the topics obsessing us at the moment.
Ian Rogers, one of the architects of Beats Music and Apple Music, has abruptly left Apple, The Financial Times reports. He's heading to an as yet unnamed company in another field. More details as we get them. In June, Rogers joined Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson for an in-depth conversation that's worth re-reading now.
RCA's mega-selling a cappella group Pentatonix have announced that their new, self-titled studio album is due on 10/16. The Grammy-winning quintet, who rose to the limelight as a viral phenom and had one of last year's top-selling releases with That's Christmas to Me, will release new original material, starting with lead single "Can't Sleep Love." The song will become available next Friday (9/4)—the day the LP goes into pre-order. Let the games begin.
Justin Bieber teams back up with producer Skrillex to give us smoothed-out tropical flavored house beats for his new single "What Do You Mean," which went instantly to #1 on iTunes this morning..
It’s a HITS tradition: Every year around this time, we toss questions to MTV/VH1/CMT honcho Van Toffler about the Video Music Awards, which he’s been executive producing since the late 20th century. This February, Toffler announced that he was leaving the company he’s called home for the last 28 years, which gives this Q&A special significance.
When Randy Goodman was tapped as Sony Nashville’s new Chairman/CEO, he wasted no time defining his vision for the company by bringing in two key team members: EVP/COO Ken Robold and EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges. Sony’s three new Nashville cats recently elucidated the primary points of their shared vision as they sat down with HITS’ Todd Hensley, who dusted off his Texas drawl for the occasion.
Our industry insider's latest column begins with a history lesson that is newly relevant, just like the hit film that prompted this recollection. I.B. also recaps a catastrophic week for what was once known as the bible of the music industry, and praises Jody Gerson for her rapid revitalization of UMPG.
Hordes from the left side of the Atlantic and Down Under occupy lots of high-end chart real estate on this Turnover Friday, the final release date before September.
On Oct. 5-7, in San Francisco, Vanity Fair will assemble the titans of technology, politics, business and media for the 2015 New Establishment Summit. This year’s summit has some killer guest speakers...
Def Jam's Justin Bieber drops his new single, "What Do You Mean?" tomorrow in tandem with his VMAs appearance, and the song is expected to go everywhere at radio. Coming off his smash collabo with Diplo, Bieber has serious momentum, and ready is ready for his comeback record. Stay tuned.
I.B. BAD RECOUNTS
THE RISE & FALL
OF TWO MAJOR
A history lesson for our readers and a historically bad week for the bible (8/28a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM,
Blue is the color of our cover girl's hair; Van's grand finale. (8/27a)
It's good to be David Massey. (8/27a)
HITS LIST, LITERALLY
Info on a need-to-know basis. (8/27a)
...or 2 million eyeballs. (8/26a)