After 13 shows over nine tours, Kenny Chesney had his biggest weekend ever at Gillette Stadium, and set a new record at the home of the New England Patriots. With 60,082 fans on Friday and 60,124 fans on Saturday, Chesney put 120,206 people into the stadium where the No Shoes Nation was named. He first played Gillette Stadium in 2005, and recorded part of his Kenny Chesney Live album in 2006. His relationship with the fans who come every year to the Foxoboro, Massachusetts venue also inspired the 8-time Entertainer of the Year to start the Spread the Love Fund to benefit the amputee victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The problem with "consumption" charts, Bieber's big return, Alternative radio's lack of discovery, the Grammys, The Weeknd and Halsey—these are the topics obsessing us at the moment.
After one full day of sales, here's how the week's new releases are shaping up. The Weeknd held up on Friday after a late surge in preorders and a strong showing in the Thursday overnight sales. Will his VMA performance send the numbers even higher, or...
Prepare for another baby boom. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (XO/Republic) is about to be the biggest bedroom soundtrack since the heyday of Barry White...
HITS' resident millenial, Samantha Hissong, offers her take on Halsey's Badlands, which streeted yesterday via Astralwerks/Capitol. "It's the closest thing today’s twenty-something has to Madonna’s Like a Virgin," she shares in her review.
Rumor has it Miley Cyrus will drop her new RCA album—said to be strongly experimental and informed by her obsession with alternative torch-bearers Flaming Lips (and herbal supplements, as she notes herself below)—to coincide with Sunday night's VMAs. Meanwhile, Miley has pledged a "raw" and "psychedelic" VMAs show...
Based on very early reads, The Weeknd looks headed to a first week in the ballpark of 250k. Preliminary numbers on Halsey suggest 70-80k. From what we expect for next week’s chart, these should be #1 and #2, barring any surprises at the VMAs. Look for more more extensive projections coming soon.
iHeartMedia has upped Brad Hardin, Jon Zellner and Maynard to EVP National Programming posts, reporting to national programming overlord Tom Poleman. All three will be based in iHeart's NYC offices.
At Pop radio, The Weeknd will remain #1 for a fourth week, as he celebrates the release of Beauty Behind the Madness and gears up for his performance on MTV's VMAs. Meanwhile, new singles from Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Nick Jonas prepare to bolt up the chart. Nelly will have the highest debut on the Rhythm chart, while Selena Gomez and Big Sean break into the Top 10. And as X Ambassadors' 11-week reign at PoMo ends, we'll see a close fight for #1 between Cold War Kids and Elle King.
THINGS THAT MAKE US GO HMMMM: WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR THIS FALL
Consumption, streaming, Grammys, Alt radio, more. (8/29a)
MILEY'S NEW ALBUM, "RAW" VMAS SHOW
Just Miley doing Miley. (8/28a)
He's back in a big way. (8/28a)
HITS LIST, LITERALLY
Info on a need-to-know basis. (8/27a)
Sony Nashville's team talks turkey. (8/28a)