Hollywood Boulevard will be closed to traffic on Monday for a Van Halen concert that will air over two nights on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Fronting the band will be none other than David Lee Roth. He’ll be along for the ride when Van Halen embarks on a summer/fall tour that begins July 5 in Seattle and climaxes Oct. 2 at the Hollywood Bowl. The Kimmel appearance is in conjunction with the March 31 release of Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, Van Halen’s first-ever live album featuring DLR.
"iHeart you guys," declares John Sykes during this vintage photo op with Z100's Steve Kingston and Frankie Blue, B97's Scott Wright and Mark Slaughter of Slaughter. Later, they all teased their lustrous hair and pondered the amazing things people would do with computers one day, like order pizza.
BBC Radio 1 is moving its chart show to Friday afternoons, where it will become part of Greg James' drive-time show, the station announced (That’s Greg in the photo). The change will take place in mid-July, timed with the shift to a worldwide Friday release date. Radio 1 will be the first to reveal the latest U.K. Top 20. The chart countdown has been part of Radio 1's Sunday schedule for nearly 50 years, starting with Alan Freeman's Pick of the Pops in 1967.
Sony/ATV’s Marty Bandier and Warner/Chappell’s Cameron Strang were among the publishers re-elected to the ASCAP Board of Directors, which includes 12 writer and 12 publisher members. The two-year term begins April 1.
2015 will be a critical year for the music industry. Indeed, what happens during the next few months could seal the fate of the business as we know it, either setting the wheels in motion for a return to real prosperity, or cementing the status quo for a still-viable but contracted business. UMG’s Lucian Grainge and Sony Music’s Doug Morris are united in the belief that subscription is the future, and several entities are vying to become the service that shifts the paradigm.
Kendrick Lamar will repeat at #1 on both our charts next week, as the Empire ST and three debuts look to round out the Top 5. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend.
Just in time for the iHeartRadio Music Awards, during which Justin Timberlake will recieve the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, the fine folks at Shazam have created an infographic demonstrating how the top five Shazam songs of the week can all be connected to JT.
Todd Boehly the President of Guggenheim Partners, owners of the L.A. Dodgers, Dick Clark Productions, and the trade publications that are now part of Guggenheim Media, including Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, is considering leaving the investment firm and running his own shop, sources told the New York Post’s Claire Atkinson. “Todd is out, and they’re working on a way for him to exit,” the source said. Boehly is reportedly discussing the possibility of taking some of the assets he helped Guggenheim acquire. Those include the trade mags, acquired from Nielsen for around $70m in 2009, which are said to be losing in the neighborhood of $25m a year.
The deadline has passed for entering the 2015 Stupid NCAA Basketball Contest, presented by iGen and Capitol, with an Apple Watch as the prize. If you wanna see what you missed out on, keep reading.
Times reporters Ben Sisario and Brian X. Chen take a detailed look under the hood of Apple's highly anticipated streaming service in a piece headlined "Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify." And though these capable journalists are basically confirming specifics first laid out two weeks ago by our own I.B. Bad, they did snag one absolute beauty of a quote about the Man of the Moment, Jimmy Iovine, who's overseeing the construction of this presumably sleek and competitive vehicle.
DANCING IN THE STREET
Van Halen's shutting down Hollywood Blvd., and Dave's fronting the band. (3/27a)
THE PRO’S PROS
As if Cameron and Marty didn't have enough top keep them busy. (3/27a)
SIGN OF THE TIMES
BBC Radio 1 is moving its Top 20 countdown show to Fridays, and you can guess why. (3/27a)
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: HEY BUDDIES EDITION
You should know by now that we never throw anything away, especially mortifying photos. (3/27a)