A$AP Rocky scores #1 next week on both the HITS Album Sales and SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) charts. A$AP’s SPS number surges thanks to some very strong streaming. This year, only Drake and Kendrick Lamar have seen single week SEA (streaming-equivalent albums) over 20k. Will A$AP join that club? Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend...
One thing is eminently clear at the end of the first quarter of 2015—James Bay is the New Artist at the front of the line as the early projections for Grammy nominations begin to be compiled...
Walk Off The Earth’s Sarah Blackwood, traveling to the Columbia band’s sold-out Vancouver concert, was removed from a SkyWest plane (operated by United Airlines) yesterday because her two-year-old son was—wait for it—crying loudly.
The recent passings of Stan Cornyn and Bruce Lundvall brought back a flood of memories, because, in very different ways, these two legends exemplified the golden age of the record business. Each exuded class, and each in his own way was a quintessential record man.
In partnership with Glassnote, Pandora will livestream Mumford & Sons' upcoming concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
OK, you got us—this pic of RCA rulers Peter Edge and Tom Corson with Polo Grounds head Bryan Leach isn't brand new. But it seems an apt moment to spotlight their collaboration, which brought A$AP Rocky (among other projects) to the world and will next week celebrate a #1 chart bow. Later, Leach produced a blunt the size of a polo mallet and Corson attempted to spit a verse.
RCA's Grammy-winning songstress P!nk is officially set to perform at UNICEF's 11th annual Snowflake Ball. The black-tie affiar is set for 12/1 in NYC; the evening's emcee is yet to be announced. The org hopes to raise $3.4m to aid in their quest to provide developmental assistance, protection, quality education and AIDS prevention to children and mothers in developing countries. Click here for more info.
Wu Tang Clan founding member and acclaimed producer turned actor/filmmaker RZA has tapped Azealia Banks to star in his upcoming rap drama, Coco.
IN PRAISE OF THE RECORD MAN
Bruce, Stan, Mo, Lenny, Ahmet, Walter, Doug, Lucian... (5/28a)
ON RECORDS: JAMES BAY BREAKS
Our choice for early frontrunner in the Best New Artist race. (5/28a)
WALK OFF THE PLANE
TSA nips toddler security threat in the bud. (5/28a)
PANDORA GETS WILDER
Livestream: one word? We're dubious. (5/28a)