Spotify's innovative Discover Weekly personalized playlist has drawn 40 million unique users since launching in July—that’s more than half of the service’s claimed 75m active users—while that vast constituency has streamed north of 5 billion tracks.
Word has that the war between William Morris Endeavor and CAA has seriously escalated in the wake of Bruno Mars' decision to defect (he has since changed his mind and will stay at WME). The situation has grown increasingly ballistic following Lady Gaga and Rage Against the Machine flipping to CAA and Maroon 5’s ankling from CAA to WME, with the Mars drama taking the conflict to Defcon 1.
Windowing—a term long used by the film industry—has been adapted by the music business to denote the granting of exclusives to premium streaming services. In his latest column, our industry insider details some of the iterations of windowing that the majors are experimenting with in their efforts to maximize streaming’s vast potential.
Kent Jones—signed to DJ Khaled's Epic imprint, We The Best—is the newest addition to our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing artists poised to break. His breakout smash, "Don't Mind," is currently spinning at Rhythm, Urban and Pop radio. Learn more here before he hits the stratosphere. That said, we'd like to point out that at HITS, we have forearm tattoos similar to Jones', except they read "WE THE WORST."
Leslie Odom, Jr., the Tony-nominated co-star of musical-theater phenomenon Hamilton (he plays Aaron Burr), is about to step out with a solo album on Steve Greenberg’s S-Curve. The self-titled set, due 6/10, goes into pre-order on Friday (5/27). Odom wraps his estimable pipes around “Autumn Leaves,” “Brazil” and other timeless standards...
What will be the song of summer? Pandora has fired up the grill, put the umbrellas in the Mai Tais and pushed play on their predictions for the summer’s top jams. The list features household names (both Justins, Rihanna, Drake, Meghan), recent breakouts (Desiigner, Chainsmokers) and a couple of newcomers...
The resale of tickets in the U.K. has been a subject of much ire in recent years. Today, a new report could see the market in Blighty come under much stricter regulations in the future, and a number of high-profile British execs have pledged their support.
On 6/4, as part of the Midem Keynote Series, Warner/Chappell chief Jon Platt will be featured in conversation with hit songwriter Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber's “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself,” DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean,” Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries”). It’ll be Platt’s his first speaking engagement since being appointed Chairman/CEO in October.
THE MOTHER OF ALL PERSONALIZED PLAYLISTS HITS MILESTONE
Spotify Discover Weekly has 40m users. (5/26a)
SECRET AGENT SLAM (UPDATE)
CAA vs. WME is heating up. (5/26a)
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Why is everybody talking about windowing? (5/26a)
PLATT CHAT SET FOR MIDEM
It'll be his first speaking engagement since being named CEO last fall. (5/26a)