Pour yourself a hot cuppa, buttter up a crumpet and let's survey the chart action at BBC Radio 1 and 2 and Global's commercial-broadcast biggies Capital FM and Heart, starring Iggy, Meghan, Taylor, Hozier, Florence, Catfish and more.
Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's "Pretty Girls" collab (RCA), which leaked over the weekend, is now #3 at iTunes. The track is hitting Pop and Rhythm radio now.
Alternative breakouts In the Valley Below celebrate inking with Sony/ATV by posing with A&R VP Jacob Fain. Later, everyone followed Jake to Brooklyn for the weekly Craft Beer and Fanciful Mustache Marathon.
The first full day of next week’s Music Biz 2015 confab in Nashville, Tuesday, 5/12, ends with music—specifically a Universal Music showcase and a "live-to-acetate" performance courtesy of Jack White's Third Man Records.
With their eighth studio album, The Magic Whip—first full-length in 12 years—Blur has topped the U.K. album chart. And that's not the only thing making waves across the pond. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's 1989 flies #10-2; OMI's "Cheerleader" is the #1 single.
The Avengers destroys at the box office, as sequel Age of Ultron, earns the second-biggest box office opening ever with $188m, coming up just short of its predecessor's record...
Dave Goldberg, chief executive of tech research powerhouse SurveyMonkey, digital-music industry pioneer and former Yahoo Music chief, died on Friday night of undisclosed causes; he was 47.
It's the battle of the Fifty Shades at Pop radio, where Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" will hold off The Weeknd's "Earned It" on next week's chart. "Earned It" remains at #1 at Rhythm, meanwhile, while Rihanna, Tinashe and Jidenna, among others, make strides. AWOLNATION will spend a third week atop the Alternative heap. Click the links for further details, buddy.
Singer/songwriter Parson James puts his autograph on his deal with RCA as a bevy of label execs anticipate a lavish celebratory deli tray. James, who made his performance debut at Coachella with Kygo, recently inked a pub deal with Sony/ATV as well...
A MUCH COOLER VALLEY
With a refreshing can of PBR. (5/4a)
YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
Britney + Iggy = yes, please. (5/4a)
YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Avengers: Age of Ultron only earned $188m? How pathetic. (5/4a)
MUSIC BIZ PLUGS IN
First-night music, direct to acetate. (5/4a)
DAVE GOLDBERG, R.I.P.
Farewell to a tech pioneer and a genuine mensch. (5/3a)