As part of his new deal with UMG, Scott Borchetta has acquired full ownership of the Republic Nashville label (Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, A Thousand Horses). Despite reports to the contrary, however, discussions about the future ownership of Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group are ongoing. Stay tuned for an in-depth HITS Q&A with Borchetta, coming soon to this space.
As artists and their representatives begin to navigate their way through the Apple Music ecosystem, questions have begun to arise regarding the content they can post on their Connect pages...
"Good for You" by Interscope's Selena Gomez f/A$AP Rocky had the biggest debut week of any digital single this year, moving 179k tracks. That brisk beginning saw the Pop siren's smoky new jam outselling two of the toughest competitors on the field right now, the mighty Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" and breakout monster "Cheerleader" by OMI. It also surpassed Gomez's prior career best sales week (for "Come and Get It"). As we note in today's Top 10 Tracks, the test of its longevity comes now; "Good for You" is currently #7 on the iTunes singles rundown.
Last night, RCA's buzzing newcomer Elle King, who was recently dubbed a VH1 You Oughta Know Artist, played a rapturous set at the sold-out Troubadour. Caught backstage in between Jameson shots was HITS' resident #henchhipster Samantha Hissong, seen right with King.
Roc Nation's Rihanna has officially become the first artist in history to earn more than 100m gold & platinum song certifications, making this a fine time to drop the expectedly provocative clip for “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
Beats 1 revealed itself powerfully on its Born Day. Through the lens of DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga and Ebro Darden we experienced three uniquely different vibes, from region to sound, language and presentation. Each was an expert hand guiding us through a new land, the DJ rocking a crowd while talking up the music they’re playing with unbridled passion and expertise.
Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” the lead single from her forthcoming fifth studio album, dropped Wednesday morning and flew straight to #1 at iTunes—not just in the States but in 35 countries.
Selena Gomez and her new BFF A$AP Rocky knocked Taylor and Kendrick off the top perch during the last completed sales week with the skyrocket debut of her new Interscope single, which is selling like hot dogs on Independence Day.
Zumba founder/master Beto Perez has unleashed his July 4 weekend playlist—so cue the fireworks, baby.
This week’s HITS List is a little bit Apple Music, a little bit country, the latter component in honor of our second annual Spotlight on Nashville special issue, hot off the presses and heading your way.
A CONNECT DISCONNECT?
What are artists prohibited from posting in front of the paywall? The situation appears to be fluid at the moment. (7/2a)
Borchetta gets 100% of Republic Nashville, while talks about ownership of BMLG... (7/2a)
...with the biggest debut week of the half year. (7/2a)
KING IS QUEEN
Elle killed it at the Troub Wednesday night. (7/2a)
BEATS 1: THE ART BEHIND DISCOVERY
Michelle S. asserts that Zane and co. are doin' it right. (7/2a)