Our industry whisperer’s latest look behind the scenes delves into the phenomenon of marketshare mania, the actual value of that slice of the pie in the scheme of things, the resulting befuddlement inside the bible, and the coinage of the colorful adjectives “bolt-on” and “strap-on.” How any of this plays into the list of names that comprises the coda of I.B’s column is known only to him
Alabama Shakes' played two songs from their upcoming Sound & Color on SNL over the weekend. Those molten performances got us totally cranked to hear the whole album—and we weren’t the only ones…
You remember Apple’s last dog-and-pony show back in September, right? Tim Cook’s got another one coming up on March 9, and we don’t anticipate an encore performance from U2.
Check out the sales and streaming action across the pond and note those post-BRITs bumps. It's hotter than Earl Grey fresh off the stove.
After a full decade at BBC Radio 1, host Fearne Cotton is taking her leave of the British broadcasting beacon. She's handing the reins over to newly tapped Clara Amfo, who will now host the iconic Live Lounge program. Fearne will present her last show 5/22 with Radio 1’s Big Weekend as her last Radio 1 event.
We're sorting our radio news by format nowadays, but here's a quick tease. New tracks by Nicki Minaj, Zedd f/Selena Gomez and Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink are among the songs going for adds at Top 40 this week; more details here. Meanwhile, Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks and Tinashe impact at Rhythm. Stand by for more updates very soon.
Warner Bros.' Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, debuts at #1 on the Top 10 grossing films list domestically with just north of $19m. See who else wants to be a millionaire this week...
Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise shoots to #1 on the iTunes album chart off a phenomenal setup from two monster singles at three radio formats, while Drake continues to dominate the landscape with his Valentine's Day surprise still sitting at #2...
Where do you find top Nashville execs and stars hob-nobbing with Chicago rock legends Cheap Trick? At the Sony Music Nashville Boat Show at CRS, that's where.
We've put our radio news updates in their respective "silos," but here's your pocket guide to some key Mediabase formats. At Top 40, RCA keeps the Ronson/Mars "Uptown Funk" bumping at #1 for a sixth week, while Big Machine's Taylor Swift makes big gains and Kemosabe/ Columbia's Lunchmoney Lewis debuts on the chart. Ronson rules at Rhythm too, with labelmate Pitbull at #2 as Roc Nation's Rihanna, Kanye & Paul hit the Top 10. And RCA's Walk the Moon spends another week atop the Alternative chart, while Epic's Modest Mouse should take over next week. Meanwhile, RCA currently has the #1 record at six formats and is gunning for a seventh; stay tuned.
APPLE TO SPRING FORWARD
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NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS—IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10
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I.B. BAD'S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
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