Mark Williams was a 19-year-old kid armed with little more than his impeccable taste when he began a career that spans R.E.M. and Raury—a career that’s still going strong nearly four decades later. Along the way, Mark has worked at I.R.S., A&M, Virgin, Outpost, Interscope and, for the last five years, Columbia. In his present gig, he’s doing what he’s always done —spotting talent, connecting with artists, making records and doing his best to enable art and commerce to coexist. Mark is one of the good ones.
Bob Roback has been tapped as the new CEO of Isolation Network, the parent company of indie distribberyINgrooves. Roback founded LAUNCH Media, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2001; until 2007, he served as Yahoo's Head of Music. Most recently, he was President of Fender Musical Instruments Co., where he will continue as a member of the board of directors. “Throughout his career, Bob has successfully launched and led future facing companies that helped to push digital music and media businesses forward in innovative ways,” announced Chairman Jay Boberg. "We feel he is the perfect executive to lead our global executive team into our next phase of growth.” Mazel tov, Bob; may you "Hey, buddy" like never before.
8/14 is starting to look like a tight battle for #1 between two giants. Luke Bryan’s new Capitol Nashville set, Kill the Lights and Dr. Dre’s star-studded Compton, A Soundtrack (Aftermath/Interscope) will come out the same day. Based on preorders and other data...
One Direction is the Most Added champ at Pop radio this week, scoring 100 stations on impact, while Disclosure f/Sam Smith ignites pre-impact, Jason Derulo advances and A Great Big World makes solid gains. Rhythm finds J.Cole and The Weeknd in a tie for the top honor, while Drake is truly "Back." Foo Fighters roar back to supremacy at Alternative, while Muse, CHVRCHES and Coleman Hell, among others, get amped up. Click the links for more, buddy; it'll help you make your mix tape for Thursday night's GOP debate.
Drake's brilliantly combative answer record "Back to Back" is the biggest gainer on Shazam's USA Top 100 Tags Chart this week, while his own "Hotline Bling" the explosive new track from One Direction, Disclosure's reunion with Sam Smith and the new smash from A Great Big World also make major leaps...
As new single "Hold Each Other" blows up, Black Magnetic/Epic duo A Great Big World join Epic promo chief Todd Glassman in savoring a San Francisco promo photo op par excellence. Seen just before a locally sourced lunch of steamed kale, vegan cheese and a blunt the size of a rolling pin are...
As part of her special section commemorating her 25th anniversary at HITS (aka "The Career Cul de Sac"), our own Karen Glauber invited a diverse group of friends—including industry heavyweights, legendary artists and other influential peeps—to answer 11 questions about their careers, influences and grudges, among other vital topics...
RCA siren Kelly Clarkson joins labels chiefs Peter Edge and Tom Corson and manager Narvel Blackstock for a photo op at NYC's storied Radio City Music Hall celebrating more than 21 million worldwide album sales. Later, they all took Nipper for a walk around nearby Manhattan landmarks, and the company mascot took a leak on The Museum of Modern Art.
Michael Rapino's Live Nation has made a major global move, acquiring promoter Marek Lieberberg's MLK, Germany's top concert promoter, to launch Live Nation Concerts Germany. MLK is the fifth largest promoter in the world, and when LN's German division kicks off on 1/1/16, it'll add 700 shows and some 2 million fans to Rapino's empire; Ticketmaster will handle ticketing. The LN chief called the deal "an ideal fit" and noted his 20 years of experience with Lieberberg, who'll serve as CEO of the German unit (Marek's son Andre will take the role of President). Marek Lieberberg called the pact "the dream of every promoter."
LUKE VS. DRE: CHART BATTLE OF THE TITANS? (UPDATE)
Place your bets. (8/4a)
KROQ veteran in a mighty Alternative interview. (8/4a)
I.B. BAD'S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
Write them down. (8/4a)
LIVE NATION: DEUTSCH TREAT
Schnitzel for everyone! (8/4a)
TAG, THEY'RE IT: IF IT'S DRAKE YOU'D BETTER DUCK EDITION
A strong response to Meek, plus 1D, Disclosure/Sam, AGBW and more. (8/4a)