Lots of talk at the label level about data-crunching company BuzzAngle, which is rapidly gaining traction and appears to be the new go-to analytics tool for marketing execs and radio programmers, who like the “drill-downable” features of the Jim Lidestri-led service. The integration of Mediabase radio data, meanwhile, in a deal spearheaded by Alissa "Force of Nature" Pollack, has accelerated...
"Our research tells us Shonen Knife is going to be huge," Jeff Ayeroff and Jordan Harris tell Phil Quartararo in this immortal shot from the Alternative boom. That research turned out to be a guy on Silverlake Boulevard who had a tattoo of a spider on his face...
In looking at our release schedule we see that several more UMG digital exclusives will be coming in the near future, including offerings from Drake, Kanye West and Ariana Grande. But these should not be construed as defying or otherwise flying in the face of Lucian Grainge's recently revealed ban on the practice...
We quote The Wrap for our headline; that site reports that the MTV VMAs plummeted 34% in ratings, scaring up a mere 6.5m viewers across the multiple Viacom properties via which it was simulcast. That's against last year, when ratings were already substantially down; the show's 2011 peak saw 12.4m viewers.
POSTSCRIPT: OCEAN, UMG AND APPLE
Exclusives and their impact. (8/29a)
EXCLUSIVES THAT ARE
So ignore all those tempests in a teapot. (8/29a)
NEW RELEASES: FGL, BABS, BRIT GO BIG
Three new albums expected to top 100k for the week. (8/29a)
VMA RATINGS "NOSEDIVE"
VMAS: BIG WINS FOR BEYONCÉ
The Queen saved the show from drowning in mediocrity. (8/29a)