In his latest dispatch from the front lines, our man behind the scenes locates a narrative in the marketshare figures, works his way through the glut of 2015 awards shows and musical events, and breaks down the pros and cons of streaming-service exclusives.
Six debuts land in next week’s Top 15 led by Fueled By Ramen’s twenty one pilots. Taylor Swift may battle the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack for the runner-up spot on our SPS chart. Brantley Gilbert returns to the Top 15 ...
Taylor Swift's star-studded, action-packed "Bad Blood" video has broken the Vevo record for first-day views, racking up 20.1 million in its first 24 hours (following its network TV bow). Swift takes the top spot from prior record holder Nicki Minaj, whose "Anaconda" squeezed out 19.6m on its first day.
It’s a sight for sore eyes. More pictures too. See who’s trending this week at the cesspool by clicking here.
There’s a familiar look to the tops of the TEA and frontline charts with one third of the year in the books, as Rob Stringer’s Columbia and Monte Lipman’s Republic continue to go toe to toe for the biggest piece of each pie. But another intriguing battle is shaping up in the next tier...
Hozier's "Take Me to Church" took Best Song Musically and Lyrically honors at today's Ivor Novello Awards in London, while Ed Sheeran won for Songwriter of the Year. Clean Bandit won for Best Contemporary Song and Most Performed Work...
Academy Award-nominated actress and Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld has inked a deal with Republic Records.
RCA and the Gramercy Park Hotel have joined forces to host The Rose Bar Sessions, a collection of intimate and exclusive showcases for music biz tastemakers. First up to bat: Elle King.
Here's what we missed last night, courtesy of L.A. Times reviewer Randy Lewis. Interesting that they played all of Sticky Fingers but saved "Brown Sugar," which opens the LP to the end of the proper set.
The Stones (shown above Wednesday night during their dedicated set the Fonda) have posted alternate takes of two cuts from the Sticky Fingers reissue (UMe, 6/9)—at least they’re labeled as alternate takes. This one is obviously an early workup of “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’.”Check it out in Critics Choice.
I.B. BAD SEEKS ORDER
From marketshare hijinks to streaming services battling for exclusives, this is a nutty time for the biz. (5/21a)
2015 YEAR-TO-DATE MARKETSHARE AT THE FOUR-MONTH MARK
Same as it ever was...at the top of the heap, at least. (5/21a)
THE IVORS: HOZIER, SHEERAN, CLEAN BANDIT TAKE TOP HONORS
The U.K.'s biggest songwriting honor (5/21a)
READ 'EM & WEEP
A setlist to drool over. (5/21a)
REPUBLIC FINDS STEINFELD PERFECT FOR POP
A cappella meets ethossss... (5/21a)