Monte Lipman is once again atop the marketshare heap. The label boss is riding high with the smash Fifty Shades soundtrack and hits from a panoply of affiliated and feeder labels. We find him now preparing to break two homegrown acts, James Bay and The Weeknd. All in all, these are good times for the ethos—though sitting down with us might have Lipman feeling fifty shades of regret.
Last week I went on a reconnaissance mission. Azealia Banks had scheduled a show in DTLA at Club Nokia, in between two very high-profile Coachella dates...
Lou Maglia, the colorful exec who led Elektra, Island and Zoo Entertainment, his venture with BMG, passed away on Monday of a heart attack while in recovery from exploratory surgery following the discovery of two large masses in his chest. He was 72. Lou had been living a laidback life in Warwick Neck, R.I., after cleaning up his act in 2008.
On Monday, Apple seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4 with a revamped Music app that will be integrated into the Apple/Beats Premium Streaming Service, MacRumors, among other geek sites, reported. The update arrives two weeks after the seeding of the first iOS 8.4 beta, and six weeks before the June 8 kickoff of the WWDC , when we expect the Apple/Beats service to be unveiled.
ATO's Alabama Shakes are on their way to a #1 bow on this week's HITS Album Sales and SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) charts. Look for Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLG/ Republic’s Zac Brown Band to rule the following week, with Glassnote's Mumford & Sons slated for a chart-topping bow the week after that...
Sources at Sony say this weekend’s Page Six story about the alleged “streaming war” surrounding Jay Z’s Tidal music service got the facts all wrong. These sources say the label group is allowing Tidal to use its music while negotiating a deal that’s considered industry standard—and very similar to the terms of their deals with iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services. Stay tuned.
When you think EdgeFest, you think edgy. And when you think edgy, you think iHeartMedia ruler Bob Pittman, seen here with Time Bomb alt-rock heroes The Offspring and iHeart and KDGE Dallas/Ft. Worth folks at the modern-rock confab. Shortly after this shot was taken, Pittman threw a flaming TV set out a hotel window and then hurled himself into a nearby mosh pit. Later, he discussed microbiology and hot sauce with Dexter while they took turns piloting Pittman's jet. Seen feeling edgier than ever are (l-r) the band's Greg K, iHeart's Brad Hardin, the band's Pete Parada and Dexter, Pittman, the band's Noodles, KDGE's Kelly and the band's Todd.
Pandora’s THUMB Moments program uses the app’s “thumbs up” feature to connect fans to artists, and the numbers they’ve generated are also rating a thumbs-up. Campaigns on behalf of SYCO/Hollywood's Bea Miller and DCD2/Island's Fall Out Boy have surprised users who recommended the artist by transporting them to live video chat/performance sessions...
SoCal’s rite of spring returns to its longtime home of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 16. Here’s the skinny. Click for larger view of poster.
Cherrytree/Interscope artist Ellie Goulding, seen here with Cherrytree boss Martin Kierszenbaum, is celebrating the arrival of her Fifty Shades smash "Love Me Like You Do" at #1 at Pop radio. To mark the occasion, Kierszenbaum organized a music festival, taught a tango class and supervised a jam session in his office while simultaneously doing a remix on his phone.
Republic field general talks it likes he walks it. (4/28a)
AZEALIA BANKS IS THE REAL DEAL
...and a force of nature (4/28a)
One of the good guys is gone. (4/28a)
APPLE REVAMPS MUSIC APP
FOR SECOND iOS 8.4 BETA
The tinkering continues leading up to June 8. (4/28a)