The addition of RED to Columbia is being viewed by some as a tactical ploy intended to rattle the competition and by others as an unabashed marketshare grab—with Rob Stringer bolting on some marketshare of his own (to use his terminology) in response to enhancements made at UMG during the last two years at both Republic and Capitol.
Michael Rapino's Live Nation has released its financial results for 2014. Not wishing to baffle you with arcane economic jargon, they are big.
At Universal Music's BRIT Awards afterparty, International Female Solo Artist winner Taylor Swift asks UMG chieftain Lucian Grainge...
Big Sean blows away expectations with sales nearly double the first week of his previous release, 2013's Hall of Fame, which opened with 72k. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend...
It's official: The IFPI has announced Friday as a global release day, with summer as the target for implementation.
The primary initial beneficiary of BRIT Awards exposure is WMG’s Royal Blood, who picked up the award for Best British Group and unleashed a hammer-of-the-gods performance of “Figure It Out.” Fellow Warnerite Ed Sheeran is #2 this morning, followed by UMG’s Sam Smith at #4 and 9, with Sony’s Paloma Faith at #7 and George Ezra at #8.
Looks like Sony U.K. has turned the boat around—and quite quickly, considering Jason Iley officially took the reins just last summer.
It was a meh week for the singles overall, but a fully awesome week if you were Republic. The 50 Shades tandem of Interscope ringer Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd is hot-hot-hot.
A rundown of musical Oscar winners and nominees, UMPG's big chart week, Warner/Chappell's Scandinavian connection, BMG's polyglot pals and more.
I.B. BAD: MARKETSHARE MOVES HAVE RIVALS
The bible is flummoxed by the label chess match. (2/26a)
MASTER & COMMANDER
Who's the king of England today? (2/26a)
TOP 10 TRACKS
Republic gloms up half the leaderboard. (2/26a)
FRIDAYS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME—UPDATE
It's official: Friday will be the new Tuesday. (2/26a)
BRIT SPIKES DRAW BLOOD
Madge bounces up after going down. (2/26a)