Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) has just become the first album to top a million on one digital service, in a big win not only for Apple Music but for all the players involved. The final tally has it at 1.07m SPS with 300m+ streams, over 250m of them on Apple. The latter shatters the record for first-week U.S. streams set just a week ago by Beyoncé, who had a solid second week, and blows past the global record attributed to Justin Bieber...
The following message has been posted on Radiohead.com, just below the video for the second new song to appear this week. It shows Thom Yorke—looking like a younger Willie Nelson after an all-night bender—walking through various locales, including a hospital and an indoor parking lot; he winds up crawling into a cave atop a snowy hill. So now we know.
In a rare and candid conversation, legendary record exec Mo Ostin talks about the discovery and development of Prince, the evolution of the Warner Music machine and much more, coming soon to this website (and in the special print issue about to cross your desk). Stay tuned.
Keith Urban will discuss his new album Ripcord, songwriting methods and why he takes nearly two dozen guitars on tour on CBS Sunday Morning on 5/8. The theme of his Ripcord, released 5/6 on Capitol Nashville, Urban says, is the desire to make every moment count.
APPLE MUSIC OVERHAUL? REPORTS STREAM IN (UPDATE)
A huge ad campaign too? (5/5a)
ARIANA'S GRANDE SINGLE OFFERING (FRIDAY UPDATE)
Pint-sized diva gearing up for 5/20 drop. (5/6a)
GETTING EXCLUSIVE WITH DRAKE
This is what a perfectly executed modern-day setup/release looks like. (5/5a)
JUSTIN TIME (UPDATE)
Here it comes. (5/5a)
THE VIEWS FROM STUDIO 8H
Song-and-laffs man Drizzy returns to SNL 5/14. (5/5a)