Word has it that after a fierce derby, Crush Music will be partnering with Columbia. According to sources familiar with the situation, one of the first releases will be from viral sensation MAX, slated for early spring. Look for a formal announcement in the coming weeks.
As record-breaking ratings continue for TV's Empire, the show gets its first real hit at iTunes, while a cast member snags a record deal.
Lots of Apple action in the tech and financial sectors, including the likely timing of the iTunes music service's unveiling, the continuing integration of Beats products into the Apple ecosystem and a major Wall Street move for the company.
Polydor EDM trio Years & Years debuts at #1 on the singles chart, outpacing the new one from Kanye West, for the moment, at least, while Oasis' enduring appeal among Brits is apparent at the top of the album chart.
The “Blurred Lines” trial made the front page of the L.A. Times this morning, with reportage by pop critic Randall Roberts, as mainstream media runs with the unfolding story. The Times also belatedly jumped on NBC Universal’s rehiring of Andy Lack—who showed far more acumen as a TV exec than a music mogul—as Chairman of NBC News and MSNBC.
Sleater-Kinney and Loren Bouchard, creator of the Fox animated series Bob's Burgers, collaborated on the video for "A New Wave," from the beloved indie-rock trio’s recently released No Cities to Love (Sub Pop).
The Alternative Press Music Awards have announced the nominees for the new Best Music Video category, and Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon and A Day to Remember are among the contenders.
Lucian Grainge (or Lucian Grainge CBE, as he’s known across the pond) will receive the 2015 Creative Fusion Award at the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards. This award "recognizes an individual who exemplifies the special creative relationship between the U.K. and California, and whose creative talents and business acumen have had a profound impact on the way we live, work, and play."
RCA's Kelly Clarkson is due to top next week's album chart with the bow of her new set, but she'll fight it out with the Fifty Shades ST for SPS rule. Meanwhile, Beck gets a Google bday boost.
That hyper-competitiveness that exists in the U.S. between UMG and Sony Music—creating a tense atmosphere and chilly relations between most executives at the two companies—is mirrored by their U.K. counterparts, and was dramatically apparent last week at the BRIT Awards.
COLUMBIA'S CRUSHING IT
A marriage of true minds (3/6a)
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
The BRITs still cast their shadow. (3/6a)
LIFE IMITATES ART IN EMPIRE'S KINGDOM
Fox hip-hop show is a pop-cultural phenomenon and a commercial force. (3/6a)
The Beatles of tech prepare their next wildly anticipated release. (3/6a)