Hit songwriter and former RCA and Def Jam artist Sterling Simms is joining UMPG as Director of Creative. He’ll be based in L.A. and will report to Ethiopia Habtemariam, the pubco’s President of Urban Music/Co-Head of Creative, and EVP/Head of West Coast A&R David Gray.
The debate over the U.K. Singles Chart is raging on in Blighty as battle lines draw wider between radio and streaming. Sony act Olly Murs has told Digital Spy the charts formula has prevented his latest single from reaching No.1. But is it really that simple?
The astute among you will note that we ran new pictures of both these gentlemen late last week: broadcasting icon Scott Shannon for celebrating two years at WCBS morning drive and hosting the NAB's Marconi Awards; quintessential rock star Steven Tyler with his Big Machine Label Group peeps. But here we find the two bonding a few decades back, when rock ruled the airwaves and the arrival of the FedEx guy occasioned much rejoicing. This photo is brought to you by the HITS 30th Anniversary Issue...
Frank Ocean's Apple Music-exclusive Blonde will be the week's biggest release: Monday morning it's #1 album on the service and its tracks occupy slots 1-17 (meanwhile, his prior album, Channel Orange, sits in the Top 10). But what about the week's other two significant releases?
BLONDE'S BOMBSHELL OF A DEBUT
This Ocean is huge. (8/23a)
AMAZON TUNING IN $5 STREAMING SERVICE?
Oh, Alexa. (8/23a)
OLLY MURS: ADD RADIO TO U.K. CHARTS
Another voice for change. (8/23a)
A precipitous fall from grace end here. (8/22a)