Columbia has blown away all label marketshare records with a mind-blowing 63.55% in frontline albums and 48.65% in overall.
We knew Adele’s 25 was going to be a global record breaker, and its first week in Blighty hasn’t disappointed, with over 800k copies sold. In addition to smashing three records, 25 has boosted sales of the rest of the Top 40. Over 1.2% of Her Majesty’s population have bought 25, making it the U.K.’s biggest-selling #1 album ever.
If the music business is now global in scale, as everyone seems to agree, the vast majority of globally released music continues to emanate from the U.S. and the U.K. What’s more, American companies and their British counterparts have never been more in sync than they are now. Indeed, Paul McCartney’s classic refrain, “Hands across the water,” is now a transatlantic mantra.
Live Nation chieftain Michael Rapino leads his “November shoutouts” email with a particularly heartfelt tribute.
The final installment of The Hunger Games franchise spends a second week as the top-grossing film at the domestic box office with another $52m, which is less than a 50% drop.
It’s Turnover Friday as well as Black Friday, but Adele hasn’t budged from the tops of the two charts. No shocker there—which makes the big story Justin Bieber, who occupies 30% of each leaderboard while also behaving like a gentleman and clearing some space on each chart for his ex, Selena Gomez.
Darcus Beese and Team Island Records U.K. have big cause for celebration after new signing Jack Garratt has been named the victor of 2016's BRITs Critics' Choice Award. It's the third year in a row that an act from David Joseph's Universal has won the award...
The Tidal pre-sale begins Monday (11/30) for Rihanna's #ANTIWorldTour, to be presented by Samsung and kicking off in February 2016. North American dates will include opener (and rumored boyfriend) Travi$ Scott while European dates will feature The Weeknd and Big Sean. The tour kicks off on 2/26 in San Diego...
Arista Nashville/RCA phenom Cam visits the L.A. offices of Shazam, where exec Peter Szabo (l) explained various new features of the company's mobile app, such as the ability to point your phone at any of the company's employees and find out what they had for lunch. Seen preparing for a Black Friday shopping spree are (l-r) Szabo, Cam and Shazam's Nick Fishbaugh.
THE MOTHER OF ALL
Hot damn. (11/30a)
ADELE SELLS 800K IN BLIGHTY
U.K. SPOTLIGHT: ANGLO-AMERICAN RELATIONS
The Empire and the Colonies have never been more closely aligned. (11/30a)
FROM ONE NATION TO ANOTHER
Michael Rapino salutes his French team. (11/30a)