Spotify has taken a lot of heat from the music biz over the years for seemingly not trying hard enough to convert users of the unlimited free tier to premium-tier subscribers, but newly disseminated stats indicate a heightened effort to enlarge the subscriber base.
"So, when you referred to that gentleman as a 'hockey puck,'" the great exec Bhaskar Menon queries comedy legend Don Rickles, "was it because he glides gracefully across frozen surfaces, or because multiple Canadians seek to hit him with sticks? In any event, it was most excellent japery." This classic music-biz moment is brought to you by the HITS 30th Anniversary Issue…
A Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha track is set to drop on 7/29 via Sony as the Dutch DJ leaves behind his indie deal with Spinnin’ Records to sign to RCA in the U.S. and Columbia in the U.K. “In the Name of Love” will be Garrix’s major label debut with rising Warner star Rexha.
After Bill Clinton spoke at the DNC last night, a brand new video for Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" (Columbia) premiered. The clip features a selection of actors, musicians and other Hillary supporters working together to perform the song a cappella. Celebrities seen include Elizabeth Banks, Mandy Moore, Rob Reiner, Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria, Alan Cumming, Mary-Louise Parker, America Ferrera, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Even Sia makes a surprise appearance at the end. Watch within.
During this festive photo shoot to commemorate the inking of singer/songwriter and Lifehouse founder/frontman Jason Wade to Sony/ATV, pubco co-prez Rick Krim rehearses his speech for the Democratic National Convention. "I've weaseled my way into photo ops with Hillary Clinton several times in the past two decades," he intoned. "And each and every time she smiled politely and pretended to know who I was. That, my fellow Americans, is leadership."
In case you didn't catch their blazing performance on Kimmel (the taping of which a few of us were privileged to witness), here's a clip of Caroline's Prophets of Rage performing their eponymous jam and working the crowd into a mighty lather.
GOING TO EX-STREAMS
Spotify ramps things up. (7/27a)
The Jared Leto-led band finds a new home. (7/27a)
ANDRA DAY LIGHTS UP THE DNC
Warner Bros. singer's moving performance drops jaws. (7/27a)
HERE COME THE MOONMEN
All hail the queens. Beyonce and Adele lead the MTV VMAs nominations pack. (7/27a)