One of the most interesting, talented and envelope-pushing record guys I ever met was Bob Krasnow, aka Ernie or Bilko (nicknames given to Kras by Warner’s Lenny Waronker because of his resemblance to Phil Silvers, who played Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko in the hit ’50s sitcom The Phil Silvers Show).
The latest edition of our Top 50 Streaming Songs Chart, powered by BuzzAngle Music, is live, and we have a new #1: The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” which unseats The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” after what seems like an eternity. Top 50 marketshare: UMG 44%, Sony Music 26%, WMG 20%
This week’s batch of buzzing people, places and things includes a king in waiting, a still-vital music-TV pioneer, the reigning champs of Xmas music, a Nashville equestrian in full gallop, a high-flying legal eagle, a brand name in steep decline, a deep-drilling data savant and a label on the move (in more ways than one)...
The three veterans who collaboratively create the Grammy Awards attack the task of planning and mounting the show from distinct perspectives reflective of their skillsets. Shortly after the close of the eligibility year on 9/30, HITS’ Phil Gallo grilled them about...
Rock giants Metallica will release their long-awaited new Blackened/Rhino set on 11/18—the same week as superstar Bruno Mars. The pair will square off on the SPS and Album charts, with the rock foursome’s label making a power move and first-week action looking to be in the vicinity of 250k. The manager-less Mars is looking way down from the label forecast of 400k, and appears set to debut in the range of 200-225k.
The table has been perfectly set for the Grammy inner circle, with bona fide superstars Adele, Beyoncé and Drake all on board, offering them the opportunity to get it right next February—something for which they’ve been widely criticized in the recent past.
The surprise release of The Stage, Avenged Sevenfold’s seventh album and first for Capitol, was celebrated in sci-fi style Thursday night. If the new album performs anywhere near as well as its predecessor, it could debut at #1 next week. It's the first-ever unannounced release with a physical component.
The Forum has been the place to be this week. G.O.O.D./Def Jam icon Kanye West lunged into the third L.A. date of his Saint Pablo Tour last night, and he’s still got two more sold-out gigs left (Tuesday 11/1 & Wednesday 11/2). The crowds have been totally electrified, thrashing about like there’s no tomorrow and singing along like thousands of Snapchat accounts aren’t watching. Speaking of not watching—who let HITS' Samantha Hissong in and how did she blackmail Def Jam topper Steve Bartels and EVP Promo Rick Sackheim into posing for this pic?
WHEN LAVINTHAL MET BEER, PART FOUR: SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT, NO WAITING
Hanging with Kras (10/28a)
AVENGED SEVENFOLD LANDS ON CAPITOL TOWER; ALBUM COULD TOP CHART
These guys know how to make a grand entrance. (10/28a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC NEW ARRIVALS
The charts get reshuffled. (10/28a)
KEEP CALM; CARRIE'S ON
That's some knida posse she's got at MSG. (10/27a)
A DOUG MORRIS TIMELINE
A remarkable run recounted. (10/27a)