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.
Rumor has it Miley Cyrus will drop her new RCA album—said to be strongly experimental and informed by her obsession with alternative torch-bearers Flaming Lips (and herbal supplements, as she notes herself below)—to coincide with Sunday night's VMAs. Meanwhile, Miley has pledged a "raw" and "psychedelic" VMAs show...
Based on very early reads, The Weeknd looks headed to a first week in the ballpark of 250k. Preliminary numbers on Halsey suggest 70-80k. From what we expect for next week’s chart, these should be #1 and #2, barring any surprises at the VMAs. Look for more more extensive projections coming soon.
iHeartMedia has upped Brad Hardin, Jon Zellner and Maynard to EVP National Programming posts, reporting to national programming overlord Tom Poleman. All three will be based in iHeart's NYC offices.
Ian Rogers, one of the architects of Beats Music and Apple Music, has abruptly left Apple, The Financial Times reports. He's heading to an as yet unnamed company in another field. More details as we get them. In June, Rogers joined Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson for an in-depth conversation that's worth re-reading now.
Justin Bieber teams back up with producer Skrillex to give us smoothed-out tropical flavored house beats for his new single "What Do You Mean," which went instantly to #1 on iTunes this morning..
Our industry insider's latest column begins with a history lesson that is newly relevant, just like the hit film that prompted this recollection. I.B. also recaps a catastrophic week for what was once known as the bible of the music industry, and praises Jody Gerson for her rapid revitalization of UMPG.
It’s a HITS tradition: Every year around this time, we toss questions to MTV/VH1/CMT honcho Van Toffler about the Video Music Awards, which he’s been executive producing since the late 20th century. This February, Toffler announced that he was leaving the company he’s called home for the last 28 years, which gives this Q&A special significance.
When Randy Goodman was tapped as Sony Nashville’s new Chairman/CEO, he wasted no time defining his vision for the company by bringing in two key team members: EVP/COO Ken Robold and EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges. Sony’s three new Nashville cats recently elucidated the primary points of their shared vision as they sat down with HITS’ Todd Hensley, who dusted off his Texas drawl for the occasion.
RCA's mega-selling a cappella group Pentatonix have announced that their new, self-titled studio album is due on 10/16. The Grammy-winning quintet, who rose to the limelight as a viral phenom and had one of last year's top-selling releases with That's Christmas to Me, will release new original material, starting with lead single "Can't Sleep Love." The song will become available next Friday (9/4)—the day the LP goes into pre-order. Let the games begin.
THINGS THAT MAKE US GO HMMMM: WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR THIS FALL
Consumption, streaming, Grammys, Alt radio, more. (8/28a)
MILEY'S NEW ALBUM, "RAW" VMAS SHOW
Just Miley doing Miley. (8/28a)
He's back in a big way. (8/28a)
HITS LIST, LITERALLY
Info on a need-to-know basis. (8/27a)
Sony Nashville's team talks turkey. (8/28a)