According to insiders, the Rolling Stones are set to announce a North American summer stadium tour next week. The 16-stop, AEG-presented trek, which these sources say will kick off at San Diego’s Petco Park on Memorial Day weekend, is said to carry a guarantee of...
As you may have read in this morning’s story, “Girl Crush” by Capitol Nashville’s Little Big Town has been held back at Country radio—despite making huge strides at retail—due to a barrage of calls and emails from listeners claiming the song advanced “the Gay Agenda.” How stupid is this? Let us count the ways.
Capitol Nashville's Little Big Town and manager Jason Owen successfully pushed to release “Girl Crush” as the second single off their 2014 album Pain Killer following the Top 5 hit “Day Drinking.” Then a funny thing happened. Country stations from coast to coast started pulling it from their playlists in response to complaints from listeners misinterpreting the lyric as being about a same-sex relationship. But “Girl Crush” has become a sales hit nonetheless. The track is #4 on the Country sales chart, #1 at iTunes Country and #11 at iTunes overall, but just #33 on the airplay chart.
Republic’s debuting James Bay and Warner perennial Ed Sheeran have 40% of the album leaderboard heading into the weekend, and Kendrick Lamar is hanging tough in week two. So is the latest single from Polydor’s Years & Years, which holds the second slot behind Warner’s Jess Glynne, on her own after helping Clean Bandit score one of the U.K.’s biggest singles last year. But “King” may not be able to hold off the brand new Rihanna record on Roc Nation… In fact, as soon as we finalized our graphic that “Bitch” jumped Years & Years to snag #2.
Hollywood Boulevard will be closed to traffic on Monday for a Van Halen concert that will air over two nights on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Fronting the band will be none other than David Lee Roth. There is no truth to the rumor, however, that Irving Azoff and Larry Solters will be the backing vocalists. Dave will be along for the ride when Van Halen embarks on a summer/fall tour that begins July 5 in Seattle and climaxes Oct. 2 at the Hollywood Bowl. The Kimmel appearance is in conjunction with the March 31 release of Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, Van Halen’s first-ever live album featuring DLR.
"iHeart you guys," declares John Sykes during this vintage photo op with Z100's Steve Kingston and Frankie Blue, B97's Scott Wright and Mark Slaughter of Slaughter. Later, they all teased their lustrous hair and pondered the amazing things people would do with computers one day, like order pizza.
BBC Radio 1 is moving its chart show to Friday afternoons, where it will become part of Greg James' drive-time show, the station announced (That’s Greg in the photo). The change will take place in mid-July, timed with the shift to a worldwide Friday release date. Radio 1 will be the first to reveal the latest U.K. Top 20. The chart countdown has been part of Radio 1's Sunday schedule for nearly 50 years, starting with Alan Freeman's Pick of the Pops in 1967.
Sony/ATV’s Marty Bandier and Warner/Chappell’s Cameron Strang were among the publishers re-elected to the ASCAP Board of Directors, which includes 12 writer and 12 publisher members. The two-year term begins April 1.
2015 will be a critical year for the music industry. Indeed, what happens during the next few months could seal the fate of the business as we know it, either setting the wheels in motion for a return to real prosperity, or cementing the status quo for a still-viable but contracted business. UMG’s Lucian Grainge and Sony Music’s Doug Morris are united in the belief that subscription is the future, and several entities are vying to become the service that shifts the paradigm.
Kendrick Lamar will repeat at #1 on both our charts next week, as the Empire ST and three debuts look to round out the Top 5. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend.
The Stones announce a North American summer stadium tour. (3/27a)
THE PRO’S PROS
As if Cameron and Marty didn't have enough top keep them busy. (3/27a)
SIGN OF THE TIMES
BBC Radio 1 is moving its Top 20 countdown show to Fridays, and you can guess why. (3/27a)
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: HEY BUDDIES EDITION
You should know by now that we never throw anything away, especially mortifying photos. (3/27a)
Van Halen's shutting down Hollywood Blvd., and Dave's fronting the band. (3/27a)