The new track from Atlantic’s Clean Bandit and SYCO’s X Factor 2015 winner Louisa Johnson, “Tears,” which has rocketed to #9 on the iTunes U.K. singles chart less than 24 hours, has the makings of the British summer anthem of 2016.
Leslie Odom, Jr., the Tony-nominated co-star of musical-theater phenomenon Hamilton (he plays Aaron Burr), is about to step out with a solo album on Steve Greenberg’s S-Curve. The self-titled set, due 6/10, goes into pre-order on Friday (5/27). Odom wraps his estimable pipes around “Autumn Leaves,” “Brazil” and other timeless standards...
Spotify's innovative Discover Weekly personalized playlist has drawn 40 million unique users since launching in July—that’s more than half of the service’s claimed 75m active users—while that vast constituency has streamed north of 5 billion tracks.
Word has that the war between William Morris Endeavor and CAA has seriously escalated in the wake of Bruno Mars' decision to defect (he has since changed his mind and will stay at WME). The situation has grown increasingly ballistic following Lady Gaga and Rage Against the Machine flipping to CAA and Maroon 5’s ankling from CAA to WME, with the Mars drama taking the conflict to Defcon 1.
Windowing—a term long used by the film industry—has been adapted by the music business to denote the granting of exclusives to premium streaming services. In his latest column, our industry insider details some of the iterations of windowing that the majors are experimenting with in their efforts to maximize streaming’s vast potential.
Kent Jones—signed to DJ Khaled's Epic imprint, We The Best—is the newest addition to our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing artists poised to break. His breakout smash, "Don't Mind," is currently spinning at Rhythm, Urban and Pop radio. Learn more here before he hits the stratosphere. That said, we'd like to point out that at HITS, we have forearm tattoos similar to Jones', except they read "WE THE WORST."
The CAA-WME conflict just hit a new level of intensity. (5/27a)
CAN’T STOP THIS
Official gateway-to-summer edition (5/27a)
CHERRYTREE GOES INDIE WITH ADA
Whaddaya wanna do tonight, Marty? (5/27a)
NEWCOMER JOHNSON, CLEAN BANDIT MOVE U.K. WITH "TEARS"
SYCO has just launched another prospective career artist. (5/27a)
HISTORY LESSON: DARK SIDE OF THE MENON
The erudite onetime Capitol ruler had a way with words. (5/27a)