During Republic Records' post-VMAs soiree—"presented by GUESS® in celebration with Cîroc® and water by FIJI® with additional partnerships from Chromecast and Heineken," as the press release helpfully notes—Republic prez Chopper Charlie Walk prepares to take SYCO/Epic's pop wonders Fifth Harmony on a whirlybird tour of the five boroughs. As you've undoubtedly heard from your friends...
What was once one of the most important events of the fall season around Labor Day has become an end-of-summer ho-hum event. At any rate, Beyoncé was the big winner in terms of trophies and a show-stopping performance, Rihanna got multiple looks and Kanye West debuted a new video after a rambling, stream-of-consciousness speech.
Screen Gems' new thriller, Don't Breathe, took the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, earning $26m. It also received rave reviews, which resulted in a solid 86% Rotten Tomatoes score. And the film is certainly a financial success, considering its low budget of $9.9m.
With the hot dragon breath of our 30th Anniversary issue now palpable on our necks, and with the unrelenting election season draggin' on, we offer this vintage Rock the Vote tableau featuring former President and (perhaps) future "First Laddie" Bill Clinton in full pop-culture pander mode with execs Ashley Newton and Ray Cooper, then of Virgin. When this first ran, it was captioned with a lusty "virgins" joke in Bubba dialect, but given the hellscape our politics have become, that just seems kinda quaint now.
Frank Ocean has certainly been making headlines. His Blonde has officially topped the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 278k. Considering 232k is purely sales, it’s also #1 on the Album Sales Chart. That’s the year’s third-biggest debut, after Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia).
Sources say the recent rumor about WME buying Todd Boehly’s Billboard-Hollywood Reporter-Dick Clark Productions media portfolio is pure vapor, and that Boehly's Eldridge Industries is seeing very little interest in the marketplace as BB and THR continue bleeding money at the rate of about $20 million per year. Many believe such rumors are being leaked to ramp up interest in DCP—the one part of the media group that remains attractive to potential buyers—but that the $1 billion asking price is thought to be very aggressive. Stay tuned.
REVENUE CHART: SOMETHING YOU
CAN BANK ON
Time to fire up those calculators. (8/26a)
I.B. BAD: SEA CHANGE
The week that was will have plentiful repercussions. (8/26a)
EXCLUSIVES: YAY OR NAY? BRITISH EXECS SPEAK
In brief, they're not big fans of the practice. (8/26a)
HELP ME, WANDA
No, he's not the latest Bond villain determined to rule the world. (8/26a)
EMELI SANDÉ TEASES COMEBACK
Powerhouse singer has some unfinished business to take care of. (8/26a)