Compton is coming on strong. Just two days after Dr. Dre announced the existence of his inspired by-soundtrack to the wildly buzzing N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton (due 8/14), the star-studded Aftermath/Interscope set, Compton, A Soundtrack, is making mad stacks in preorder ahead of its 8/7 release. Preliminary numbers suggest...
Steve Bartels’ Def Jam is showing signs of renewed energy, thanks to a couple of breaking acts and two returning stars...
Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney broke Pink Floyd's attendance record on 8/1 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, and Sony Nashville's new management team, among other heavyweights, joined him to celebrate and possibly catch some bluefin...
Sources say the next phase of Apple's Beats 1 will include video. The recent clip of Dr. Dre announcing Compton, A Soundtrack on his Beats show The Pharmacy may be an indicator of the talk-show vibe a video-equipped version would take on, presumably with tosses to artist videos, live performances, and other segments.
You're probably aware that "Drag Me Down" by SYCO/Columbia's superstar lad band One Direction has been dominating at iTunes. Well, it's also going apeshit at Spotify, becoming the fastest-ever global #1, as well as the #1 track in the U.S. and 15 territories worldwide, #3 in the U.K. and Top 5 in 37 territories, with 4.75 million streams and a 1.2m audience. It's also earned the most streams in a single day for any track, outpacing "See You Again" by nearly 500k. It's a huge showing for Stringer and Klaiman's Team Columbia and Simon Cowell and Sonny Takhar's SYCO. Even Daniel Ek is swooning, although Donald Trump suspects the band might be in the country illegally.
Big score to start the week for the Columbia promotion team: OMI goes #1, Rachel Platten goes Top 10 at Top 40 and #1 at Hot AC, with three debuts at Top 40: 1 Direction, Calvin Harris and Little Mix. Props to head coach Joel Klaiman, field general Lee Leipsner and running back Jon Borris for keeping the ball moving briskly up the field during the label’s summer heatwave.
Word is that business partners Jordan Schur and Carl Stubner of Suretone Management and recently relaunched Suretone Records are in play, with several majors looking to land the highly regarded duo...
The streets of downtown Chicago were flooded on Sunday afternoon after Lollapalooza, which draws approximately 300k attendees (around 100k a day), had to be evacuated due to severe thunderstorms. Emergency warnings aside, the festival's highlights included a collaboration between Paul McCartney and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, along with exemplary sets from The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Florence + the Machine and more.
To celebrate the momentous announcement from Dr. Dre on The Pharmacy this past Saturday, Apple Music’s Beats 1 gathered up a group of L.A. taste makers for an exclusive “Countdown To Compton” private party...
1D's "DRAG" WINS SPOTIFY RACE BY A MILE
That's not a stream, it's a tsunami. (8/3a)
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Team Columbia has its own "Cheerleader" and "Fight Song." (8/3a)
NUMBERS WITH ALTITUDE: DRE'S COMPTON BLOWS UP IN PREORDER
How big? (8/3a)
LOLLA'S LOUD WEEKEND
Chicago-based fest was a force of nature over the weekend. (8/3a)
DEF JAM'S NEW ENERGY
Iconic label is plugged in again under Bartels. (8/3a)