Future dropped his new Epic album, EVOL, on Apple Music and iTunes Friday evening (2/5), and as soon as it took over the iTunes slowcase it shot to #1 on the album leaderboard.
Sia has been knocked off her midweek #1 peak by David Bowie, twice, as This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA) finishes at #3 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. ZAYN’s “Pillowtalk” (RCA), meanwhile, is a roaring success and the title of the fastest-selling single of 2016 so far. So where’s Rihanna? Glad you asked...
It’s time to spark another blunt and ponder some of the more compelling questions swirling around the Grammys. We find the Grammy process endlessly intriguing—don’t you?
The Fourth Circuit upheld Live Nation Entertainment Inc.’s legal victory over the operators of Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland who had contended Live Nation had monopolized and restrained competition in the Washington, D.C., area.
For a second week in a row, Def Jam's Justin Bieber sits at #1 on the Top 40 chart with "Love Yourself," while XO/Republic's The Weeknd stays hot on his heels at #2 with "In the Night." At Rhythm, after closing the entire panel out of the box last week, Rihanna's "Work" f/Drake (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) will rack up a 1,100+ spin bump and at Modern Rock, RCA's Cage The Elephant will spend another week at #1 with their sixth chart-topper at the format. Click the links to find out more, buddy!
"Whisper" from Dack Janiels/Columbia Nashville phenom Chase Rice evokes much whispering, Sugarland's Kristian Bush inks with BBR Music Group and Big Machine welcomes new arrival Tara Thompson—these are among the latest dispatches in our Music City section, your destination for Nashville/country news. Meanwhile, we take a look at country legend Willie Nelson's beguiling set of Gershwin tunes in Critics' Choice.
This week in our Vibe Raters round-up of buzzing and breaking artists, RCA’s ZAYN debuts atop the pack, considering the massive success of his debut solo single in sales and airplay. Meanwhile, Columbia Nashville’s Maren Morris—whose breakout single is currently Top 5 on iTunes’ country singles chart and Top 30 overall—makes an appearance, along with TEN/Epic’s Zara Larsson, who’s now the #3 Biggest Gainer at Shazam U.S. Click the links for more, buddy.
Presenting "Ophelia" by Dualtone's The Lumineers. The winsome track, already #4 on the iTunes Alternative leaderboard (and making its way up the overall singles chart), arrived at KROQ, iHeart and SiriusXM this morning; it's the first foray from the forthcoming Cleopatra (due 4/8).
Adele has made another song from her mega-selling 25 (XL/Columbia) available to streaming services today, "When We Were Young." "Hello" has hitherto been the only streamable track from the new album.
ON RECORDS: RANDOM GRAMMY THOUGHTS
Admit it, you have these kinds of thoughts too. (2/5a)
CHART STORY: RIHANNA’S HARD “WORK” PAID OFF
Sia's latest arrives as well. (2/5a)
Add another megastar to the Grammy-night list. (2/5a)
HITS LIST PUTS YOU ON THE 50-YARD LINE
Are you ready for some football? (2/5a)
ADELE WADES INTO THE STREAM AGAIN
Still no album, but another single is streaming. (2/5a)