Our man behind the scenes goes where the action is, and this week's installment offers plenty of just that, between RiRi, Queen Bey, Drake, ZAYN, Tidal, Todd Boehly, Jeffrey Azoff and CAA vs. WME.
The latest rumours coming out of Blighty have Ferdy Unger-Hamilton exiting the presidency of Universal’s Polydor to form a joint venture with Jason Iley’s Sony Music. There has been no confirmation as yet from either Sony or Unger-Hamilton, but informed sources say it’s going to happen, though both the name of the JV and the launch date are unknown.
"I really dug your Skittles Super Bowl commercial," says Big Machine Label Group chief Scott Borchetta to Dot/BMLG artist Steven Tyler during CRS in Nashville. "I understand it was filmed here in town." "Yep," Tyler replied. "I remember back in the day, when I would've done those Skittles off the nubile flesh of a teen groupie..."
An old-school cover battle is underway as Thomas Rhett’s own megahit version of his song “Die a Happy Man” (on Scott Borchetta’s Valory/BMLG) finds itself selling alongside the rhythmic pop cover version by RECORDS’ Nelly...
With eight nods, Taylor Swift leads the pack of nominees for the third annual iHeartRadio Music Awards—set for 4/3 at L.A.’s Forum—which were just revealed. The Weeknd follows with seven nominations. Both are up for “Song of the Year” and the newly created “Album of the Year” categories. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor are the first performers to be announced.
Last year’s Grammy Album of the Year winner, Beck, joins label and management luminaries to receive a plaque marking 1 million adjusted worldwide album sales of his Morning Phase. Seen hoping this photo doesn’t run on our site are (l-r) Capitol’s Greg Thompson, Arjun Pulijal and Ashley Newton, manager John Silva, Capitol chieftain Steve Barnett, Beck, Capitol’s Michelle Jubelirer and Robbie McIntosh and manager Michael Meisel.
Drake's "Summer Sixteen" (YMCMB/Republic)—the first track to be released from his highly anticipated Views From the 6—rockets onto the Shazam USA Top 100 chart at #14, consequently making it #1 on the chart's Biggest Movers list. Def Jam's Alessia Cara proves to be the second Biggest Mover with "Wild Things"—the follow-up single to breakout smash and multi-format charttopper "Here."
A Borchetta-Tyler moment that's sweeter than candy, Carrie Underwood's lucky number (co-starring Randy and team), LANCo's hallway jam session (during which many folks were jammed in a hallway)—tidbits like these are among the treasures you'll encounter in Music City, our section devoted to Nashville, country and the adult beverages that make it all so much fun.
After much back-and-forth with the Grammy powers, Taylor Swift will open the Grammy broadcast. Tay is said to have been pushing for the opening spot for some time. She continues to be the favorite to take home the Album of the Year trophy.
It’s a big look for Epic chieftain L.A. Reid to have the #1 selling album with Future’s EVOL (A1/Freebandz) going into the Grammys. The set is Future’s fourth studio album in five years, which he dropped by surprise on Friday 2/5—just after the release of Reid’s book, Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic and Searching for Who’s Next.
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TAY'S ON FIRST
She's used to being #1. (2/9a)