The grand finale of Steve Barnett’s second year as the head of the Capitol Music Group came in February of this year, when his team made Grammy history. Just two years earlier, Barnett was cobbling together the remains of the storied EMI company...
Three debuts (from Twenty One Pilots, Zedd and Jamie Foxx) land in the Top 5 of the HITS Album Sales Chart, this week, and two of these perform the same feat on the SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) chart. Taylor Swift comes roaring back thanks to fresh "Blood," while Pitch Perfect stays on pitch and Meghan Trainor makes a single-powered SPS jump. Follow the links for details.
A$AP Rocky’s surprise release looks like a safe bet to hold onto the top spot on the iTunes album chart for the rest of the week, at least, whilePitch Perfect 2, Zac Brown Band, Zedd and Twenty One Pilots are holding up well.
Michelle Jubelirer is now Capitol Music Group’s Chief Operating Officer. The news comes via an announcement from CMG head coach Steve Barnett, Jubelirer’s once and future boss, as well as her biggest fan.
We ran the photo at left a week ago as a tease for this morning’s announcement of a JV label deal between manager Phil McIntyre and David Massey’s Island. The first artists on newly formed Safehouse Records are McIntyre clients Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, who are also co-founders of the label. All four happen to be in the photo. Clever, huh?
Another hip-hop album got the time-shift treatment, as A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA) became available digitally at midnight, a week before its previously scheduled release date.
The latest iteration of Airhead finds Capitol boss Steve Barnett and team riding a serious wave. Unfortunately for them, that wave crashes right into us. Check out our most recent cartoon curiosity here.
As you've undoubtedly heard by now, U2 will play an intimate set, hosted by L.A's famed Alternative flagship KROQ, at the Sunset Strip's storied, 500-capacity Roxy on Thurs. night 5/28. The station gave away tix to callers every hour on the hour last week. It's believed this KROQ show is...
Those lists of names that form the coda for each of our industry insider’s columns generally seem like contextual puzzles for the reader to figure out. Not so in I.B.’s latest dispatch.
STEVE BARNETT: RESTORING POWER TO THE TOWER
A conversation with the CMG head coach. (5/26a)
SHAKES & JACKET:
SPACE-AGE ROCK & SOUL
Sometimes an album demands to be listened to from top to bottom. (5/26a)
I.B. BAD’S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
A music-biz Mt. Rushmore (5/26a)
BIG CHANGE AT THE TOWER
Song of the Day: "Michelle" from Rubber Soul. (5/26a)
BIG AT ITS BEST
The festival season begins in the U.K. with broad strokes from the Beeb. (5/26a)