Adele may add even more to the record books, as she flirts with 1m in second-week sales. No artist has ever sold over 1m in two consecutive weeks. We’ll be keeping an eye on the numbers every morning until the chart closes.
The juggernaut that is Adele's 25 just gets bigger, with estimates for her second-week sales in excess of 950k. Could she hit a million in her second at-bat? If so, she'll have the first album to sell 1m or more in both of its first two weeks. Having already zoomed past the 4 million mark, the XL/Columbia set is now looking like it could amass a ridiculous 6 million units by the time 2015 ends.
U2 is going back to Paris to play. The band had been scheduled to perform on 11/14, the day after the deadly terrorist attacks that claimed 130 lives, and had naturally canceled. They are now slated to appear at the Accor Hotels Arena on 12/6 and 12/7. The show will be broadcast on HBO. "Be vigilant, but be unafraid," advised frontman Bono, who also praised Eagles of Death Metal, who were performing at Le Bataclan on the night of the attacks.
'Tis the season of big hit records, and Republic crushed at two formats this week by scoring #1 Most Added honors at Top 40 with Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello's duet, "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and at Modern Rock with Of Monsters and Men's "Wolves Without Teeth." Meanwhile, Epic lifted Yo Gotti's "Down in the DM" to #1 Most Added at Rhythm. Click the links to find out more, buddy. At least it's better than listening to 10 hours of this.
Early forecasts suggest first-week sales for Parlophone's Coldplay (whose A Head Full of Dreams comes out Friday) somewhere in the 150-200k range. Of course, any ticket bundles and/or direct-to-consumer sales, if offered, could raise the tally. Dreams currently sits at #8 in preorder on the iTunes Top 10. The band's 2014 set, Ghost Stories, debuted with 383k.
Electronic Arts prexy Steve Schnur in a roundup of Nashville VIPs? Believe it. The gamer's player appears in Variety's "Music City Impact Report" alongside key label heads, managers and artists, and notes that Music City is becoming "the new destination to record film, TV and game scores," citing work on projects like Star Wars Old Republic FIFA and Madden NFL. Read more here...
Virgin EMI U.K.'s Emeli Sandé has launched her own management firm, Jupiter Management, which exists as a JV with Roc Nation.
Drake is the most-streamed artist of the year worldwide on Spotify, which broke out its tops-of-2015 list this morning. The Toronto rapper’s tally YTD stands at a stunning 1.8 billion.
HITS polled several leading U.K. managers for their takes on radio, streaming, strategy and licensing music for commercials. In nearly every instance, they spoke of working with and trusting teams, whether they be label partners, song pluggers or the artists, themselves.
ADELE NOW LOOKING AT 6 MILLION BY YEAR'S END
COLDPLAY FORECAST: RETAIL DREAMS
The latest projection is considerably lower than earlier. (12/1a)
ADELE AND BIEBER: THROW OUT THE RULEBOOK
Streaming, tweeting, shilling--or not. (12/1a)
SPOTIFY NAMES DRAKE STREAMING'S STAR OF THE YEAR
The Weekend, RiRi and the Biebs also stand tall. (12/1a)
In our final feature on the British biz, four top managers weigh in. (12/1a)