We ran the photo at left a week ago as a tease for this morning’s announcement of a joint-venture label deal between manager Phil McIntyre and David Massey’s Island. The first artists on newly formed Safehouse Records are McIntyre clients Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, who are also co-founders of the label. All four happen to be in the photo. Clever, huh?
Another hip-hop album got the time-shift treatment, as A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA) became available digitally at midnight, a week before its previously scheduled release date.
Those lists of names that form the coda for each of our industry insider’s columns generally seem like contextual puzzles for the reader to figure out. Not so in I.B.’s latest dispatch.
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend officially came to a close on Sunday with an explosive set from Foo Fighters. For two days, Norwich was filled with loud and lovely sounds from the likes of Foos, Muse, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Fall Out Boy, Florence + the Machine, George Ezra, Hozier, 5 Seconds of Summer and more. Continue on to watch a selection of video highlights.
Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color and My Morning Jacket’s The Waterfall have far more in a common than their record label, Bud Scoppa explains in Critics’ Choice.
The future is now, as Buena Vista's Tomorrowland debuts as the #1 highest grossing film in America this weekend. The news is bittersweet, however, as the film was expected to rake in north of $40m. Landing just ahead of Pitch Perfect 2 in its second week, it's only the 22nd biggest Memorial opener of all time.
Kenny MacPherson and his team at Big Deal Music begin creative meetings at the three-year-old pubco’s Nashville offices this week with a whole lot of momentum—and it just so happens that a big piece of the action is being generated by Nashville-based writers.
The Rolling Stones posted a cool mini-doc of their surprise show last Wednesday night at the Fonda in Hollywood. It’s worth two minutes of your morning—trust us.
Jessie J's contribution to the smash Pitch Perfect 2 ST and American Idol winner Nick Fradiani's first official single go for adds at Pop radio this week, while A$AP Rocky's infectious new track featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson is among the arrivals at Rhythm. Alternative welcomes a banjo-and-beats banger from Toronto troublemaker Coleman Hell. Follow the links for details.
Brandon Flowers certainly achieved his desired effect, topping the U.K. album chart this week with his second solo release, The Desired Effect. Albums from Paul Weller, Faith No More and Mariah Carey all debut in the Top 10. Meanwhile, on the singles side, Taylor Swift snags the only debut. And that's not all that's moving across the pond.
I.B. BAD’S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
A music-biz Mt. Rushmore (5/26a)
SHAKES & JACKET:
SPACE-AGE ROCK & SOUL
Sometimes an album demands to be listened to from top to bottom. (5/26a)
MOOONLIGHT MILE ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
Got footage if you want it. (5/26a)
THE RIGHT PLACE & TIME FOR BIG DEAL
The pubco's partyin' in Music City this week. (5/26a)
BIG AT ITS BEST
The festival season begins in the U.K. with broad strokes from the Beeb. (5/26a)