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...
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.
The clock in New York reads 4:20, so we’re hitting the bong until we develop a craving for jelly of quail with crayfish cream—the dish we expect Universal execs heading to Hampshire to try at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant. Until those reports come in, check out the week’s hottest stories.
By the time the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took the stage at The Ryman Auditorium Wednesday night (9/21) to celebrate 50 Years of Dirt and Will the Circle Be Unbroken—joined by an all-star cast of Margo Price, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Steve Earle, Parker Milsap and The Milk Carton Kids—it was clear that the future of roots music was now deeply planted and coming on strong.
Then: AEG. Now:OVG. (9/23a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC NEW ARRIVALS
Say hello to Torontonians Mendes and Tesfaye. (9/23a)
ONEREPUBLIC’S “KIDS” GETS VR TREATMENT
Are you ready to be immersed, boys and girls? (9/23a)
A NASHVILLE COMBO PLATTER FOR CMA 50
Look what galloped to #1 on the iTunes songs chart. (9/23a)
SYCO GRABS HANDLIN FOR A&R
Aussie expat speaks perfect English. (9/22a)