The iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas on 9/23-24 will feature performances by U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line, Sia, Ariana Grande, twenty one pilots, OneRepublic, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Billy Idol, Pitbull and Usher.
The new smash from Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ, “Cold Water” (Because), has injected some long-awaited drama into the U.K. Singles Chart as it heads toward #1, ending Drake's run at 15 weeks. And a 2005 ELO compilation is is sitting at #1 on the album chart.
As our 30th Anniversary Special Issue thunders ever nearer, like a veritable Horseman of the Apocalypse (riding an ass, perhaps), we continue our deep dive into the HITS archives. In honor of our diamond benchmark, here's a classic set of family jewels: legendary promo man John Fagot demonstrating the principles of the game to his Capitol staff...
We're starting to forget what Spotify's charts looked like before Views apparently dropped from the heavens in early May. Drake f/Wizkid & Kyla's "One Dance" (YMCMB/Republic) has now been #1 on all three of the digital giant's represented charts (for worldwide, U.S. and U.K. streaming) for 14 weeks. Meanwhile, Parlophone's David Guetta breaks into the global Top 10 with "This One's For You"—the official song for the UEFA Euro 2016, which features Zara Larsson.
Mad Decent/Def Jam's Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ are impacting both Pop and Rhythm radio today with "Cold Water," while T40 welcomes the Country and retail smash from Republic Nashville's Florida Georgia Line, "H.O.L.Y.," and a long=awaited follow-up song from Island's Mike Posner, "Be As You Are" while at Modern Rock, Warner Bros. launches Banks & Steelz' "Giant." Click the links for more info, buddy...
Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) earns another 88k to hold at #1 on HITS’ Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart for a second week following blink-182’s usurpation. Since its May release, though, it’s been on top for eleven nonconsecutive weeks. And guess what? Views is officially the first album to score 1m in SEA (Streaming Equivalent Albums) thanks to 1.5b+ streams.
"Cold Water," the new smash from Mad Decent/Def Jam's Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MØ, flew to #1 at iTunes shortly after its release Thursday evening/Friday morning (depending on your time zone). Who wrote and produced this summer jam? Read on.
Three debuts appeared in the Top 5 highest-grossing films this weekend, with Paramount's Star Trek Beyond leading the pack at #1. Although, the J.J. Abrams-produced blockbuster opened to solid reviews and an 85% from Rotten Tomatoes, the $60m it earned is a disappointment when compared to Star Trek Into Darkness' $70m in 2013.
Drake Drake Drake Drake Drake. (7/25a)
WHOSE SONG IS IT, ANYWAY? HYDRATION EDITION
Lazer focus. (7/25a)
U2, STING, DRAKE LEAD iHEART FEST LINEUP
Vegas, baby. (7/25a)
ANNI ARCHIVES: THE ZEN OF HEY BUDDY
John Fagot, ladies and gents. (7/25a)
U.K. MIDWEEKS: MAJOR LAZER ENDING DRAKE'S RUN
Forget Brexit. Please. (7/25a)