At a town hall meeting this morning, Cameron Strang informed staff that Big Jon Platt will become CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, while Strang will be charged solely with overseeing the continued expansion of Warner Bros. Records.
Amy Doyle has been appointed EVP for Viacom's VH1 & Logo. In this newly created role, she will report to GM Chris McCarthy. Her new duties include directly overseeing live programming, tent-pole events and specials, network talent development and celebrity relations, as well as overseeing the management and creative of both brands with McCarthy.
Janet Jackson will be #1 on both our sales and SPS charts on Friday. Here’s how it looks at midweek...
Asylum U.K.'s Rudimental, RCA's Pentatonix and Valory/BMLG's Thomas Rhett are among the big movers on Shazam's USA Top 100 this week, while outside the Top 5, Capitol Nashville's Sam Hunt and Astralwerks/Capitol's Halsey make considerable strides.
Universal looks set to be crowned King (or Queen) of Q4 in Blighty, thanks to a number of potentially blockbuster releases. John Newman, James Morrison, Ellie Goulding and The Vamps are likely to birth the major’s biggest albums this quarter. Then there's the recently announced extended Sam Smith LP, as well as a big Beatles box set...
Kendrick Lamar is setting out to actively evolve our experiences of him live. He's announced a few performances that will give fans an opportunity to attend shows in some uniquely cool settings...
Demi Lovato has a lot on her plate at the moment. She’ll be in DC today to meet with legislators on behalf of the "Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health" initiative at the National Council for Behavioral Health's Hill Day. Lovato tells People she believes America needs "comprehensive mental health reform," including better access to healthcare. But her main mission is to destigmatize mental illness by sharing her story.
Taylor Swift's cinematic video for "Wildest Dreams" dropped at the very end of August, and it's now officially Vevo-certified. This is the fifth consecutive song from 2014's 1989 (Big Machine) to surpass 100m views; the ones for "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space," in fact, have already passed the 1 billion-mark. That's a lotta eyeballs.
There's lots goin' on in Music City: Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney has a new #1 single; Glen Campbell's daughter, Ashley Campbell, makes her mark with a little help from Big Machine; Capitol Nashville's Charles Kelley embarks on a solo career and drops a new single, which features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay; and Stagecoach releases its lineup.
Barring any “sneak attack” superstar releases, BMG’s returning icon Janet Jackson should easily claim the #1 spot on both the HITS sales and SPS charts this Friday with her new set, Unbreakable...
PLATT TO HEAD WCM, AS STRANG TURNS HIS FULL ATTENTION TO WBR
The succession plan is activated. (10/6a)
Amy Doyle creates another crack in the glass ceiling. (10/6a)
WHAT'S LEFT IN BLIGHTY? Q4 PREVIEW
Poor Rhian Jones gets buried under titles and dates. (10/6a)
KENDRICK POPS & GROOVES
To Pimp a Butterfly goes symphonic. (10/6a)
People just can't get enough Tay Tay. (10/6a)