September’s here, boys and girls. This is turning out to be a week to remember, as the market shakes off its summer doldrums and sales, tracks and streams explode. Chalk it up to a welcome slate of strong new releases and impact of the Video Music Awards. Let’s not worry about that asteroid that’s on target to hit the earth until later in the month, OK? Here’s how things look at midweek...
It was an extraordinary add week at Top 40 radio, with records by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis racking up 100+ stations apiece...
The Weeknd is on track to have the #2 debut and #8 album with TEA of the year in his first week—and he’s also lined up to break a streaming record. His incendiary VMAs performance and his appearance in two Apple ads are just the icing on the cake for a breakout star with enormous and still accelerating momentum.
Interesting to note that Miley Cyrus' highly experimental new set, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, is available for free streaming on Soundcloud without any RCA or Sony branding. The set is only listed as a Smiley Miley Inc. production. Sony currently has no deal with Soundcloud; it's been reported that the album does not count against Miley's deal with RCA.
Set those DVRs, buddy. NBC's Saturday Night Live will return for its 41st season come 10/3, which is somehow already right around the corner. After reminding everyone of her emcee chops on MTV's VMAs, RCA's Miley Cyrus will return as host and provide the tunes on the season premiere. The Weeknd and Demi Lovato have been announced as the second and third musical guests...
Justin Bieber is back. The RBMG/Def Jam superstar, having cracked the Top 10 with his Diplo collabo, “Where Are U Now” clearly now has a new hit all his own with “What Do You Mean?”
It's still Taylor Swift's world in album and single sales, as the newest single "Wildest Dreams" powers back up sales, but The Weeknd is in the middle of a major takeover with a #1 album and two singles in the Top 5...
"Of course I can hook you up with some Cuban cigars, chief," declares Latium's Charles Chavez (c) during this jolly photo op commemorating his publishing joint venture with Marty Bandier's Sony/ATV. Meanwhile, SVP/Head of East Coast A&R Rich Christina wondered what else was available to smoke.
You may recall that we ran this pic when teams Republic and Big Machine hailed Taylor Swift's fourth #1 Pop smash from 1989. This crew is now well on its way to a fifth, having scored the most single-day adds ever at Mediabase (a whopping 178) on Tay's "Wildest Dreams." Big props to radio machers Charlie Walk and Gary Spangler of Republic and Big Machine's David Nathan, all represented here along with label chiefs Monte Lipman and Scott Borchetta and La Tay Tay herself.
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.
THE iHEART OF
ROCK & ROLL
Poleman and Hardin turn it up to 11.. (9/1a)
BIEBER, THE WEEKND RULE THE WORLD
#1 in how many territories? (9/1a)
Ooh la la. (9/1a)
MILEY FLOATS ON SOUNDCLOUD
sans any Sony branding. (9/1a)
VMA RATINGS: THE
UPS AND DOWNS
TV down, Twitter up. (9/1a)