Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have a great deal in common, including the fact that they have new albums hitting on consecutive weeks this month. The pop starlets, both 23 years old, recently inked new deals in a continuing effort to shatter their once-wholesome, Disney-driven images...
Warner high-energy DJ/producer quartet Rudimental have indeed scored their second #1 on the Official Albums Chart in Blighty as comeback king Justin Bieber is back at #1 on the Singles Chart with “What Do You Mean” (Def Jam). So where’s Janet?
BMG/Rhythm Nation’s Janet Jackson has topped the HITS Album Sales Chart with 106k and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 112k for her 11th studio album (and first in seven years), Unbreakable. It’s been a good week for Jackson considering that she was also just announced as a nominee to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 2016 ceremony.
This ones for the fans. Def Jam's Justin Bieber just revealed the cover art for his upcoming album, Purpose—due 11/13. Disclaimer: He's shirtless. *Cue squeals*
Monte, Scooter, Janet, Big Jon, Ashley—the latest iteration of HITS List, our weekly industry cheat sheet, is filled with the latest word on some of the biggest names in the biz. Check it out here and be prepared to sound like you know what’s going on.
Sony/ATV’s U.K. team celebrates inking Norwegian producer/songwriter Kygo, whose latest single, “Here for You” f/Ella Henderson, just entered the U.K. Top 20, and whose total Spotify streams are on track to top 1 billion by year’s end. “Stick with us,” advised the pubco’s Managing Director and President of European Creative, Guy Moot, “and you'll have all the lutefisk you could ever desire." Seen wondering if they should learn to moonwalk or trim bonsai trees are...
Irving Azoff rejected on Christina Aguilera’s behalf an offer to perform with Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez for a Las Vegas residency, according to a new report—noting that Aguilera hasn’t “peaked yet,” presumably unlike the other divas.
Sony Corp., which owns half of Sony/ATV, recently triggered a clause in its contract with co-owner the Michael Jackson estate, which allows one party to buy out the other, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal’s Hannah Karp. The initiation of the buy/sell process was confirmed by Sony Corp. of America chief Michael Lynton in an email to Sony/ATV employees disseminated as a result of the WSJ report.
In an apparent effort to calm nerves frazzled by a 10/7 WSJ report on the possible sale of Sony/ATV, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton sent an email to the pubco’s staff just as the story was breaking confirming that Sony had initiated the buy/sell process with the Michael Jackson estate and explaining how it might proceed. We’ve obtained that memo; what follows is the complete text.
DEMI & SELENA:
Compare and contrast. (10/9a)
THIS CHART STORY IS UNBREAKABLE
The return of Rhythm Nation. (10/9a)
IRVING: CHRISTINA'S "NOT PEAKED YET"
The self-described Dennis the Menace of the music biz strikes again. (10/9a)
THE BIG 10
Your latest weekly briefing (10/9a)