The eligibility year for the 59th annual Grammy Awards ends 9/30. Let’s see how the key races are shaping up. We'll start with Best New Artist...
Sony's Western remake, The Magnificent Seven, was the highest-grossing film in America this weekend, earning a mediocre $35m, which is particularly unfortunate considering its $108m budget. Warner Bros.' family-oriented animation, Storks, followed, debuting at #2 with $22m. It's worth noting that this is the fifth weekend in a row that the Top 12 earned less than $100m combined.
Backstage at Luke Bryan's sold-out show at L.A.'s Fabulous Forum, the Capitol Nashville superstar is joined by manager Kerri Edwards of Red Light and our own Todd Hensley. Bryan's every move onstage evoked deafening screams from the capacity crowd; later in the evening, Hensley frightened a skunk.
Drake has done it again. The YMCMB/Republic star’s smash set, Views, has returned to the #1 position on HITS Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart for a 13th nonconsecutive week with 52k. Meanwhile, on the Album Sales Chart, former Staind frontman Aaron Lewis reigns with 39k for Sinner—his third solo country effort, and first through Dot/BMLG.
Q4 ALBUMS: SURE THINGS & QUESTION MARKS
A loaded release schedule. (9/26a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: HANDICAPPING THE NOMINEES, PT. 1
Best New Artist has at least a dozen contenders. (9/26a)
DRAKE DRAWS BLOOD WITH “MOBILE MOVIE”
Add filmmaker to his impressive resume. (9/26a)
NEW RELEASES: AN ILLUMINATING SURVEY
Shawn Mendes takes the early lead. (9/26a)
TOP 50 STREAMED SONGS CHART DEBUTS
Chainsmokers lead the way. (9/23a)