Those encouraging projections from Def Jam throughout the week have turned out to be on the money. Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” has broken the record for one-week streams on Spotify set recently by One Direction’s “Drag Me Down,” with north of 22m. In short, the song’s a smash and the Biebs is back, bigger than ever. That is all.
The Canadian takeover of British hearts and ears continues on this, the first global release day of September, as The Weeknd and Justin Bieber top the albums and singles charts, respectively.
Jimmy Fallon put Justin Bieber through is paces on last night's show, with a thoughtful interview, a performance of his hit "What Do You Mean?" with The Roots, some comedy bits and even a drum battle. The young star, who's clearly re-energized for this explosive new chapter of his career, was more than game.
It's almost time for the long Labor Day break, buddy. Before you reach for the margaritas and hit the links, though, take a peek into future of radio. At Pop, Taylor Swift goes nuts with "Wildest Dreams" (Big Machine), and Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" (RBMG/Def Jam) looks set for Greatest Gainer honors. The Weeknd is #1 at Rhythm again, this time with "The Hills" (XO/Republic). As for Alternative, Cold War Kids' "First" (Downtown) and Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's" (RCA) prepare for another battle; this one will end in a photo finish. Now excuse us while we go finish off what's in the freezer.
Had Astralwerks/Capitol’s Halsey debuted in a different week, she might well be a lock for a #1 chart bow. The Weeknd will take the top spot, but Halsey’s #2 debut is nonetheless remarkable.
The Weeknd, Halsey, Miley, Monte, L.A.—these are just a few of the newsmakers featured in the brand-spanking-new HITS List, our weekly cheat sheet of industry happenings. Feel free to use it as an icebreaker during your Labor Day weekend gatherings.
It's the political showdown you've been waiting for: Trump vs. Kanye vs. ... Lyor? If you thought the Presidential race couldn't get any more ridiculous, the latest iteration of our animated abomination, Airhead, will prove you wrong.
Are you ready for Empire's upcoming second season? Well, now you can get in the mood with two new original songs, released today by Columbia Records and Fox.
Viacom’s underwhelming earnings gave investors yet another reason to sell on Wednesday—but the struggling media giant got some good news from an unlikely sector of its TV ecosystem.
HALSEY: UNDER THE RADAR, UP TO THE STRATOSPHERE
Her #2 debut is big news. (9/3a)
PRE-HOLIDAY BBQ EDITION
An icebreaker for your Labor Day gatherings. (9/3a)
AIRHEAD: MASTER DEBATERS
Trump, Kanye and another candidate who's a real wild card. (9/3a)
SONY/ATV OFFERS SAMPLERS AMNESTY
Production Music only for now, but it's a big start. (9/3a)
BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWZ FOR VIACOM
Hint: VMA ratings are not the good news. (9/3a)