Presenting “Woman (Oh Mama)” by Sensibility Music/Columbia singer/songwriter Joy Williams; the first single from Williams' forthcoming album, VENUS, it premiered today on iTunes, Vevo and joywilliams.com.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has sold his five-bedroom duplex at 834 Fifth Ave. for $77.5m, making it the most expensive co-op transaction ever in NYC, the Daily News reports. The buyer, it turns out, is none other than fellow billionaire Len Blavatnik.
Jay Z isn’t wasting any time in his efforts to put Tidal on the map. To celebrate the 2pm PT launch of the high-resolution premium service, high-profile artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Daft Punk and Hova himself have all switched their social-media avatars to Tidal blue.
BMG has signed a distribution deal with Alibaba Group's Digital Entertainment unit, which gives the global rights-management firm unprecedented access to the Chinese music market.
Taylor Swift led the pack with three wins at last night's iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show matched last year's ratings in its key demo, won its time slot and upped its total viewership by 5%. Get the full list of winners, along with some key show highlights, here.
I.B’s latest column focuses on subscription streaming and industry hopes that it will return the music biz to prosperity. The piece ends with the following list of heavyweights: Eddy Cue (pictured), Michael Lange, Boyd Muir, Kevin Kelleher, Ken Parks (pictured), Michael Rapino and John Malone.
Comedy Central will announce today that Jon Stewart’s successor as host of The Daily Show will be the little-known South African comic Trevor Noah, The New York Times reports. Noah, 31, has made just three appearances on the show, but we’ll be seeing plenty of the biracial comedian (his father is Swiss, his mother black) starting later this year. Noah speaks six South African languages, plus English and German. English should come in particularly handy in his new gig.
Epic's alterna-champs Modest Mouse head to Pop radio with “Lampshades on Fire” this week, along with SYCO/Columbia’s global phenom Marlon Roudette and Jake Miller f/Travie McCoy (Warner Bros.). The acclaimed “New York Raining” by Republic’s Charles Hamilton f/Rita Ora follows up its Empire moment with a big entrance at Rhythm, along with Island’s Maliibu N Helene. Another Island project, the new solo track by The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, arrives at Modern Rock, along with Big Picnic’s The Maine. Follow the links for further details, buddy.
Debuting at #1 on the album chart, James Bay stirs it up in the U.K. with his debut album Chaos and the Calm, while Jess Glynne of "Rather Be" fame debuts at the top of the singles charts with her solo single "Hold My Hand."
Kendrick Lamar graces the cover of our most recent print edition, while iHeart programming gunslinger Tom Poleman is our Contents Page VIP. Our apologies to them both.
I.B. BAD’S NAMES IN
THE RUMOR MILL
The usual suspects, in a different arrangement. (3/30a)
UPDATE: iHEART TO YOUR HEART'S CONTENT
JT gives Joe Riccitelli a heartfelt shout-out in a super-cool gesture. (3/30a)
HITS ENDS THREE MORE PROMISING CAREERS
The cesspool claims three more victims. (3/29a)
NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS—
IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10
They have charts over there too. (3/30a)
YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: RIHANNA CALLS #1 HOME
..RiRi takes a big step in her plan to take over the world. What next, politics? (3/29a)