The Weeknd is on track to have the #2 debut and #8 album with TEA of the year in his first week—and he’s also lined up to break a streaming record. His incendiary VMAs performance and his appearance in two Apple ads are just the icing on the cake for a breakout star with enormous and still accelerating momentum.
MTV’s VMAs reached 9.8 million viewers on all Viacom networks, down from 10.3m on all simulcasts last year. But while TV viewership declined, the show’s social impact grew substantially. The VMAs inspired some 21.4 million tweets, way up from 12.6m last year...
Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz is many things, but there’s one thing it most assuredly is not: a mainstream commercial album with songs anything like “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.” So put that expectation aside, if you were still harboring it, before assessing this new collection, announced on last night’s VMAs and posted for free online streaming...
Apple did not stop Tidal from streaming Drake’s performance at a Hurricane Katrina benefit, despite a claim to the contrary from Jay Z’s streaming service. What’s more, Apple did not threaten Tidal with a $20m suit over said performance. We know these things because Drake's manager said so.
The problem with "consumption" charts, Bieber's big return, Alternative radio's lack of discovery, the Grammys, The Weeknd and Halsey—these are the topics obsessing us at the moment.
iHeartMedia’s Programming Big Kahuna Tom Poleman and newly anointed EVP National Promotion Brad Hardin are huge radio stars, and the company’s tremendous reach and influence in Pop formats is widely celebrated. But less has been said about their enormous impact on the shape of Alternative and Rock.
According to Def Jam, “What Do You Mean,” the lead single off of Justin Bieber’s upcoming album, dropping 11/13, has registered the second most one-day and two-day streams of 2015 on Spotify. The track did 1.2m on Friday and 1.3m Saturday, for a two-day total of 2.5m. Only One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” has exceeded either of those totals.
Capitol's Tori Kelly was indisputably one of the big beneficiaries of last night's VMAs, as her all-in performance of "Should've Been Us" vaulted the single to #8 at iTunes and her Unbreakable Smile full-length to #5...
Prepare for another baby boom. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (XO/Republic) is about to be the biggest bedroom soundtrack since the heyday of Barry White...
Can The Weeknd top Drake’s record 48m streams in its first week? That’s the question this morning, after Beauty Behind The Madness raked in 20m+ streams in only three days. This new piece of info raises our overall SPS projection to 375-390k. Album sales are now projected at 325-340k.
MTV VMAs: WINNERS
You could read it four times or listen to Kanye's speech once. (8/31a)
THE WEEKND SPEAKS: FOR APPLE MUSIC
Breakout star shows America how to stream. (8/31a)
L.A. kicks it up a few degrees in L.A. (8/31a)
MILEY'S BIG FINISH: FREE DEAD PETZ REVEAL
That's a figurative reveal, not the literal one.. (8/30a)
Record are falling by the hour. (8/31a)