It doesn’t take a genius to know that Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Adele’s 25 are headed for Grammy nominations for Album of the Year. Two of Beyoncé’s last three albums—I Am… Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé—were nominated in the category. Adele won the award with her previous album, 21. But who will these megastars face in the finals?
Because the music business is in a state of transformation, a new set of measurements is required to more accurately reflect performance. As the business hits the three–quarter mark of 2016, the old traditional marketshare metrics are less meaningful or comprehensive than sales + streaming (SPS)...
At a recent L.A. performance by Tony-winning S-Curve artist Leslie Odom, Jr., the gifted vocalist patiently explained to our own Lenny Beer that none of the characters in Hamilton were actual Jedi Knights. Seen just before pondering a Broadway hip-hop musical about an unsavory 30-year-old trade publication are (l-r) Beer, Dick Clark Productions’ Mark Shimmel, Odom, Jill Shimmel and manager Joseph Abate. Among those also in attendance at the show were...
During a birthday celebration for WFUV New York PD Rita Houston, featuring a performance by Glassnote's Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, label chief Daniel Glass and other admirers present Houston with a cake in a box with the candles lit. This was still less of a fire hazard than a Galaxy Note 7 in its charger. Seen basking in the non-comm light are (l-r) Monotone's Matt Pollack, Houston, Glassnote promo head Nick Petropoulos, Glass and WFUV's Carmel Holt.
Island's Shawn Mendes, who's heading for a #1 chart bow this week, graces the cover of our most recent print edition, while Pandora chief Tim Westergren is our Contents Page VIP. We apologize to both and should probably send them something nice, like cupcakes.
I.B. BAD: THE NEW
It all adds up. (9/28a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: HANDICAPPING THE NOMINEES, PT. 4
The climax: Album of the Year (9/28a)
NOT TOO LATE TO SCORE OLDCHELLA DUCATS
With a View Master thrown in! (9/28a)
Apple Music remains a work in progress, but it's getting there. (9/28a)