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.
Republic now owns 50% of the iTunes Top 10 singles, including the top two tracks, Drake's new "Fake Love" and "Sneakin'," The Weeknd's "Starboy" (#5), Hailee Steinfeld & Grey's "Starving" f/Zedd (#7) and Ariana Grande f/Nicki Minaj's "Side to Side" (#10). Chieftain Monte Lipman, #VIPLife prez Charlie Walk and promo topper Gary Spangler are sneakin' a joint to celebrate.
RCA’s Alex Da Kid has joined forces with IBM’s Jeopardy champ Watson to take data insights on music and culture and turn it into music. Their collaboration has resulted in an ad that made its debut on ESPN’s Monday Night Football last night.
Disruptor/Columbia producer/DJ duo The Chainsmokers have scored one of the year’s true monsters with “Closer” f/Halsey, which has moved about 1.5 million and follows on the heels of prior hits “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall released their first remixes in 2012 and had a novelty smash with “#Selfie” the following year. But it’s “Closer” that’s made them a household word, though the last thing they want is to get any closer to us. Which is why they delivered their joint answers to our questions from the safe distance of email.
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...
A wave of multi-platinum certifications has made 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville’s Carrie Underwood the most-certified country album artist to debut this century. Prior to taking a ride on the Zamboni at Madison Square Garden are, from left, Kevin Kelleher, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Sony Music Entertainment; Randy Goodman, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Nashville; Underwood; Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris, and Julie Swidler, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel.
A&M/Interscope superstar Sting will offer an acoustic performance and sit for an interview at L.A.'s Grammy Museum on Wednesday night (10/26). He'll address, among other topics, his forthcoming set 57th & 9th (due 11/11), as well as single "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," a return to the effervescent pop-rock he perfected with The Police, is on the Grammy ballot for Rock Performance. More details here; the event is sold out, but c'mon—work your thing!
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