Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) earns another 88k to hold at #1 on HITS’ Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart for a second week following blink-182’s usurpation. Since its May release, though, it’s been on top for eleven nonconsecutive weeks. And guess what? Views is officially the first album to score 1m in SEA (Streaming Equivalent Albums) thanks to 1.5b+ streams.
Long before he was making RNC delegates crap their pants with fear about the swarthy-hued boogieman under their beds, Rudy "Subject Verb 9/11" Giuliani was available for photo ops like this one with Glassnote chief Daniel Glass, who clutches a publication that should strike terror into all but the stoniest heart. Speaking of which, our 30th Anniversary Issue is coming soon...
"Cold Water," the long-awaited new track from Mad Decent/Def Jam's Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber, dropped tonight, with pop radio world premiering the song at midnight while streaming on Spotify and for sale on iTunes, where it's already flown to #1.
Capitol's Katy Perry has issued another of her video teases. This preview of the undoubtedly lavish "Rise" clip promises the kind of sweep worthy of an Olympic anthem. Check it out at the link below. The song, meanwhile, remains Top 5 at iTunes; prepare to hear it a lot this summer.
Hollywood newcomer Jordan Fisher is the latest artist to join our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing acts poised to break. His debut single, "All About Us," which has been streamed around 3m times at Apple Music alone, is already almost half way up the Pop radio chart. And the music video for that quickly nabbed 2.5m views. Hear the song and learn more here.
Behold iHeartMedia's piece of the New York skyline, in the form of the city's largest rooftop billboard. The outsized outdoor landmark, atop the historic Ruppert Ice House, is one of three such billboards along the East River. This showy branding move emerges as the media giant confronts its debt load ahead of next month's deadline...
MAJOR LAZER AND JUSTIN BIEBER JUMP INTO "COLD WATER"
Will lightning strike twice? (7/22a)
“VICE”—MIRANDA’S COUNTRY NOIR
She's back, and she's got some attitude. (7/22a)
HITS LIST: LOCK IT UP!
This is the week America learned the term "dystopian." (7/22a)
BBC TV’S BLANKET BAN ON U.S. MUSIC
Now they hate us too. (7/22a)