Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) has topped the HITS Album Sales Chart with 855k and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with just north of 1m, breaking the streaming record previously held by Beyoncé. Reminder: He, Bey and the Biebs are currently the only three artists to score more than 100m U.S. streams in their first week out.
Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) has just become the first album to top a million on one digital service, in a big win not only for Apple Music but for all the players involved. The final tally has it at 1.07m SPS with 300m+ streams, over 250m of them on Apple. The latter shatters the record for first-week U.S. streams set just a week ago by Beyoncé, who had a solid second week, and blows past the global record attributed to Justin Bieber...
In a rare and candid conversation, legendary record exec Mo Ostin talks about the discovery and development of Prince, the evolution of the Warner Music machine and much more, coming soon to this website (and in the special print issue about to cross your desk). Stay tuned.
It's a battle for #1 at Top 40, but Mike Posner's "I Took A Pill A Ibiza" (Island/Republic) appears to be a lock for the top spot, while a killer promo job by Team Epic lifted Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home" (SYCO) over Drake momentum to snatch the crown and at Modern Rock, Glassnote's Strumbellas will be the new #1 with their gold-selling single, "Spirits"...
The following message has been posted on Radiohead.com, just below the video for the second new song to appear this week. It shows Thom Yorke—looking like a younger Willie Nelson after an all-night bender—walking through various locales, including a hospital and an indoor parking lot; he winds up crawling into a cave atop a snowy hill. So now we know.
Epic's KONGOS is the latest act to join our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing artists poised to break. Their new single, "Take It From Me"—the follow-up to debut megahit, "Come With Me Now"—is already set to break into the Top 15 after just two weeks at Alternative radio. Click here to watch the official video and learn more.
You know one when you hear it: A song that’s not just headed for #1, not just a sales, airplay and streaming monster, but one that’s going to be on DJ playlists from now until doomsday. That’s what we thought the moment we heard Justin Timberlake’s new one, “Can’t Fight the Feeling” (RCA).
Can't wait to go to the desert for the septuagenarian rock experience that is Old-Chella? Satisfy your classic rock jones in our Critics' Choice sanctuary, where the guitars are loud and we still can't quite hear them. You can read up on Pink Floyd's forthcoming vinyl treasure trove via Sony U.S. and Warner U.K.; Cheap Trick's forthcoming TV shenanigans; and a whole lot of soul-soothing Van Morrison music. There's plenty more besides, so tune in, turn out and click out.
CHART STORY: VIEWS FROM THE TOP
Drake's sitting on top of the world. (5/6a)
THE PERMANENT WEDDING AND BAR MITZVAH PLAYLIST
Guess who's going on it? (5/6a)
BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
KONGOS and more rev up Vibe. (5/6a)
MO MUSIC BIZ HISTORY
Sit and the master's feet and learn. (5/6a)
THE VIEWS FROM STUDIO 8H
Song-and-laffs man Drizzy returns to SNL 5/14. (5/5a)