The fact that the Grammys will air live nationwide this year, starting at 5pm on the West Coast and repeating immediately afterward, has many of those with a vested interest on edge.
The 2016 Grammys will be the first to take place since the new Friday-to-Thursday chart week. This will also be the first time in a decade the telecast has not been on a Sunday night. Instead, it's on a Monday, midway through the new reporting period—which raises some intriguing questions.
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.
Future will land at #1 on both our sales and SPS charts when finalized on Friday. Adele starts to build leading into Grammy weekend, as wonderers are wondering how high she’ll soar next week. Coldplay gets a big boost post-Super Bowl and thanks to sale pricing at Google Play (99 cents) and iTunes ($6.99). Here’s how the chart looks at midweek.
Dr. Alexander Buhr has been appointed Managing Director of Universal Music’s London-based Decca Classics, a role he’ll continue alongside his current job as MD of Mercury Classics. Buhr succeeds Paul Moseley, who has been promoted to SVP of Strategic Content and Partnerships, Global Classics.
"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...
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.
It's all about ZAYN at Top 40 radio as "PILLOWTALK" tops the Most Added column again, while Epic has a stellar impact week with new artist Zara Larsson. At Rhythm, Republic's Zendaya is on top with "Something New" f/Chris Brown and at Modern Rock, it's The Lumineers dominating with "Ophelia" (Dualtone). Click the links to find out more, buddy.
Rihanna f/Drake, Chase Rice and The Lumineers (pictured) are among the new arrivals at key SiriusXM stations this week. King of All Pop Kid Kelly, meanwhile, has been surging in New Hampshire.
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