Seven of the 15 artists with an ownership stake in Jay Z’s Tidal—including Beyoncé—may have their music pulled from service as a result of Jay's inability to reach a licencing deal with Sony.
We approach the release of each Cameron Crowe film with more than a passing interest, though it appears that Aloha, which opens today, is doomed from the get-go by what L.A. Times reviewer Mark Olsen calls its “bummer buzz,” due in part to WikiLeaks revelations of badmouthing from Sony Pictures execs. But none of that will stop us from seeing Aloha this weekend. Here's why...
Doug Morris will be the keynote speaker at MIDEM next weekend in Cannes. The subject will be “Lessons Learned.”
One thing is eminently clear at the end of the first quarter of 2015—James Bay is the New Artist at the front of the line as the early projections for Grammy nominations begin to be compiled...
Sony/ATV has upped Janice Brock and David Ventura to the newly created positions of Joint Head of A&R, U.K., effective immediately.
A$AP Rocky scores #1 next week on both the HITS Album Sales and SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) charts. A$AP’s SPS number surges thanks to some very strong streaming. This year, only Drake and Kendrick Lamar have seen single week SEA (streaming-equivalent albums) over 20k. Will A$AP join that club? Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend...
Walk Off The Earth’s Sarah Blackwood, traveling to the Columbia band’s sold-out Vancouver concert, was removed from a SkyWest plane (operated by United Airlines) yesterday because her two-year-old son was—wait for it—crying loudly.
This week's #TBT nugget finds current Island chieftain David Massey in his Epic days, alongside promo hitter John Boulos, artist Jimmy Ray and then-VP Marketing Ron Cerrito. Shortly after this shot was taken, Boulos ordered a hit on the guy who brought him the wrong sandwich. For more...
The recent passings of Stan Cornyn and Bruce Lundvall brought back a flood of memories, because, in very different ways, these two legends exemplified the golden age of the record business. Each exuded class, and each in his own way was a quintessential record man.
IS TIDAL DEAD
IN THE WATER?
Giving new relevance to the classic line from Jerry Maguire, "Show me the money." (5/29a)
JAMES BAY BREAKS
Our choice for early frontrunner in the Best New Artist race. (5/29a)
WE'RE GIVING CROWE’S ALOHA A CHANCE
Not least because he's one of our own. (5/29a)
MORRIS TO KEYNOTE MIDEM 2015
The address will be billed as "Lessons Learned." (5/29a)
SONY/ATV ROLLS A JOINT IN THE U.K.
Two heads of A&R are better than one, Marty and Guy concluded. (5/29a)