Starboy—The Weeknd’s much-anticipated third album (and follow-up to the Grammy-winning and chart-topping Beauty Behind the Madness)—just debuted at #1 on HITS’ Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart. And the set, released via XO/Republic on Black Friday, pulled in a whopping 366k. Meanwhile, Pentatonix’s latest Christmas set, A Pentatonix Christmas (RCA), goes #4-2 with 129k. Over on the Album Sales Chart, The Weeknd and PTX are also the top dogs.
John Janick's Interscope Geffen A&M has gathered its troops in Laguna Beach for its offsite festivities, and word out of this gathering is that the company has tapped Neil Jacobson to serve as the new President of Geffen Records, with an eye toward reviving the storied label. Jacobson has served at Interscope since 2003, most recently as SVP A&R. It's another example of the UMG mandate...
Columbia promo head Lee Leipsner visits the HITS offices on Hollywood Blvd., where Editor in Chief Lenny Beer and President of His Desk Todd Hensley showed him how they make the magazine with "the good crayons." Later, Lee noted that all the footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater reminded him of his days working for Donnie.
While Atlantic's Clean Bandit (pictured) spend a fourth week at the Official Singles summit, a renewed surge in sales for Little Mix, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe and Elvis Presley has scuppered Kate Bush earning her first #1 album in Blighty for 30 years, as Before the Dawn (Noble + Brite) ends the week at #4. Where's The Weeknd?
A surprise new album from J. Cole has gone into preorder ahead of its release on 12/9 via Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope; the LP, 4 Your Eyez Only, is the hip-hop star’s first release on the UMG label. Not surprisingly, IGA topper John Janick is majorly stoked.
MET BEER, COMPLETE
The whole enchilada; some nostalgic weekend reading. (12/2a)
WARNER AND SONY BATTLE OUT BRITS CRITICS' CHOICE
How unusual. (12/2a)
JACOBSON TO HEAD IGA'S GEFFEN
News from the offsite. (12/2a)
INTERSCOPE MINES A COLE SURPRISE (UPDATE)
A December surprise from the hip-hop baller (12/2a)
WARNER/CHAPPELL WELCOMES LIAM
Check out the dude's new hirsute look. (12/2a)