HITS loser Simon Glickman has been promoted to the post of Managing Editor. In his new capacity, he will continue to do whatever the hell he does on the website and magazine, only his name will appear 11 centimeters higher on the masthead.
HITS polled several leading U.K. managers for their takes on radio, streaming, strategy and licensing music for commercials. In nearly every instance, they spoke of working with and trusting teams, whether they be label partners, song pluggers or the artists, themselves.
Adele decided not to make her album 25 available for on-demand streaming via Spotify, Apple Music and related services, and went on to break all earthly sales records. So, not streaming bulks up sales, right? Not so fast; consider the case of Justin Bieber's chart-topping comeback.
As well as breaking the U.S. and U.K. record for first-week sales, Adele’s 25 has become Blighty’s fastest-ever million-selling album. After closing last week on over 800k, 25 has shifted another 200k in Blighty in the first three days of its second week.
Columbia has blown away all label marketshare records with a mind-blowing 63.55% in frontline albums and 48.65% in overall.
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.
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.
THE MOTHER OF ALL
Hot damn. (11/30a)
U.K. MIDWEEKS: ADELE CLAIMS BLIGHTY'S FASTEST MILLION-SELLING ALBUM
ADELE AND BIEBER: THROW OUT THE RULEBOOK
Streaming, tweeting, shilling--or not. (12/1a)
FROM ONE NATION
Michael Rapino salutes his French team. (11/30a)