With his big debut—likely boosted by a literally incendiary VMAs perf and his appearance on two Apple ads—The Weeknd is on track to have the #2 debut and #8 seller of the year in his first week. Numbers are still flowing in, but with his three huge hits, the XO/Republic breakout is on track to do around 900-925k TEA, with projected album sales in the 325-340k region. And that's not all, folks...
Can The Weeknd top Drake’s record 48m streams in its first week? That’s the question this morning, after Beauty Behind The Madness raked in 20m+ streams in only three days. This new piece of info raises our overall SPS projection to 375-390k. Album sales are now projected at 325-340k.
He's been there since Day One of Apple Music at the WWDC, so it makes sense The Weeknd would star in a special two-part TV ad featuring his music and some fantasy...
According to Def Jam, “What Do You Mean,” the lead single off of Justin Bieber’s upcoming album, dropping 11/13, has registered the second most one-day and two-day streams of 2015 on Spotify, with 1.2m and 2.5m, respectively. Only One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” has exceeded those totals.
Van Toffler had to be doing backflips when the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards—his last as executive producer—was over. The show, which took place at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater Sunday night, turned out to be timely, socially charged and provocative. It was fittingly and capably hosted by America’s favorite walking controversy, Miley Cyrus (who did indeed announce a new album). After the premiere of Tay Tay’s cinematic video for "Wildest Dreams," the big show was off and running...
Apple did not stop Tidal from streaming Drake’s performance at a Hurricane Katrina benefit, despite a claim to the contrary from Jay Z’s streaming service, sources familiar with the situation told BuzzFeed over the weekend. What’s more, Apple did not threaten Tidal with a $20m suit over said performance. How do these things get stated, anyway? Oh, right. The whole thing reeks of desperation.
The problem with "consumption" charts, Bieber's big return, Alternative radio's lack of discovery, the Grammys, The Weeknd and Halsey—these are the topics obsessing us at the moment.
Prepare for another baby boom. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (XO/Republic) is about to be the biggest bedroom soundtrack since the heyday of Barry White...
HITS' resident millenial, Samantha Hissong, offers her take on Halsey's Badlands, which streeted yesterday via Astralwerks/Capitol. "It's the closest thing today’s twenty-something has to Madonna’s Like a Virgin," she shares in her review.
MTV VMAs: WINNERS
You could read it four times or listen to Kanye's speech once. (8/31a)
THE WEEKND SPEAKS: FOR APPLE MUSIC
Breakout star shows America how to stream. (8/31a)
L.A. kicks it up a few degrees in L.A. (8/30a)
HOT NEW RELEASES: GOING FOR ADDS AT RADIO
Bieber, Taylor, Macklemore... (8/31a)
BIG LOVE FOR MISTERWIVES
Gold is always in good taste. (8/30a)