The Rolling Stones are on track to score their first U.K. album #1 since Voodoo Lounge topped the Official Albums chart upon release in 1994. Blue & Lonesome (Polydor), their first studio album in more than a decade, would be their 12th chart-topper.
Shoe guru Steve Madden is starting a record company, so let the puns begin. Will they release sole music? Rhythm & Boots? Clog rock? Obviously, it’s none of the above; Madden’s label, 5Towns Records, is looking to go the indie route.
Steve Bartels’ Def Jam has tapped Tuo Clark as SVP A&R. The Chicago-bred, L.A.-based Clark, best known as half of the Grammy-nominated writer/producer do Da Internz (Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Nas) will oversee projects by current artists like Big Sean, Jeremih and Lil Durk while also discovering and developing new projects. He’ll report directly to Bartels...
At Warner/Chappell's second annual Global A&R Conference in London, pubco chief Jon Platt asks some locals why there were peas in the BBQ. The event gathered 40+ execs from around the globe (including digital service peeps) and, after a "three-day conversation," wrapped with a performance by breakout Skepta. Seen just before collectively penning a heartbreaking ballad about tea sandwiches are (l-r) W/C U.K. A&R exec Paul Smith, MD Mike Smith, Creative Director Amber Davis, Platt and A&R dude Tom Overbury.
The Weeknd dominated Thanksgiving weekend at Spotify at record levels, registering the most streams on Spotify in a single day, Saturday (11/26)—and then proceeded to break his own record on Monday. Turns out he was just getting started...
Warner Bros. Records has a new publicity chief: Liz Morentin. The former dick clark productions and Live Nation PR exec has been named Executive Vice President of Communications and Media, Warner Bros. Records, where she will report to Peter Gray, Executive Vice President, WBR.
Manager/entrepreneur Rob Walker can add “agent” to his list of distinctions, having just joined UTA Music; he’ll work out of the firm’s New York office. The agency has also signed Jason Bonham and his group to a worldwide deal.
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