Capitol’s Don Henley, who scored a #1 album bow with his star-studded country set, Cass County, graces the cover of our latest print edition, while our Contents subject is none other than Big Jon Platt.
American singer/songwriter John Grant has delivered an unexpected chart attack on veteran dance act Faithless for this week’s Official Albums Chart #1 in Blighty. What was supposed to be Faithless’ closest competitor, the third album from Columbia duo Hurts titled Surrender, is currently sitting just outside the Top 5 at #6 in the midweeks. So where’s Selena?
RCA's R. City visit the NYC headquarters of Pandora, where SVP Music Makers Group Lars Murray helped them create a station dedicated to songs about taking photos for annoying trade publications. Later, Lars and onetime R. City guest Adam Levine compared their manly tattoos.
Fresh off a Saturday Night Live appearance, while reigniting "The Hills" with two remixes featuring the two best MC's alive, Republic's The Weeknd continues to heap even more fire on his indomitable music momentum right now, providing further evidence that 2015 is the Year of XO...
DCD2/Island's Fall Out Boy nods to Game of Thrones with its forthcoming 20-city tour, Wintour Is Coming, which kicks off on 2/25. The Crush Music-managed band has also revealed that its next single will be a new version of "Irresistible" featuring Demi Lovato and is due for release on 10/16...
The atmosphere at Sony/ATV was understandably tense following last Thursday’s revelation the higher-ups at Sony Corp. had activated the buy/sell process, bringing uncertainty to the futures of the pubco and its employees. Leave it to Sony/ATV ruler and publishing legend Marty Bandier to restore order and stability...
Based on one-day sales, there might be some competition for #1 on this week's album chart. How close is it?
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 was a good week for Jackson considering that she was also announced as a nominee to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 2016 ceremony.
Janet Jackson has been a global superstar for more than three decades, and her return to the spotlight has been met with passionate enthusiasm—a sentiment not typically reserved for most upper-demo divas. With a hit tour in progress and a #1 song at radio before the album even dropped, BMG EVP Recorded Music Jon Cohen talks to HITS about his company’s partnership with Janet’s Rhythm Nation around the release of Unbreakable, her first studio album in seven years.
Capitoll's 5 Seconds of Summer, Columbia's Rachel Platten and Island's Tove Lo all bring new singles to Pop radio this week, while Puff Daddy & The Family f/Pharrell (Bad Boy/Epic) and RCA's Tinashe f/Chris Brown lead the charge at Rhythm. The latest from KidinaKorner/Interscope's X Ambassadors and Crush Music/Vanguard's Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness are among the new arrivals at Alternative. Click the links for more info, buddy.
BANDIER TAKES CARE
Now that's leadership. (10/12a)
THIS CHART STORY IS UNBREAKABLE
The return of Rhythm Nation. (10/12a)
SELENA VS. THE GAME
We have a bit of a horse race, it appears. (10/12a)
BMG’S COHEN DETAILS THE JANET UNBREAKABLE PLAN
Recorded-music chief discusses priority project. (10/12a)
U.K. MIDWEEKS: INDIE ACT JOHN GRANT DELIVERS SNEAK ATTACK
We did not see this coming. (10/12a)