One of the most interesting, talented and envelope-pushing record guys I ever met was Bob Krasnow, aka Ernie or Bilko (nicknames given to Kras by Warner’s Lenny Waronker because of his resemblance to Phil Silvers, who played Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko in the hit ’50s sitcom The Phil Silvers Show).
Rock giants Metallica will release their long-awaited new Blackened/Rhino set on 11/18—the same week as superstar Bruno Mars. The pair will square off on the SPS and Album charts, with the rock foursome’s label making a power move and first-week action looking to be in the vicinity of 250k. The manager-less Mars is looking way down from the label forecast of 400k, and appears set to debut in the range of 200-225k.
The table has been perfectly set for the Grammy inner circle, with bona fide superstars Adele, Beyoncé and Drake all on board, offering them the opportunity to get it right next February—something for which they’ve been widely criticized in the recent past.
19/Arista Nashville superstar Carrie Underwood joins Team Sony heavyweights backstage at her sold-out Madison Square Garden show. Shortly after this photo was snapped, Sony U.K. chief Jason Iley stunned Sony Nashville chief Randy Goodman and company with his Bocephus impression. Seen putting the pedal steel to the metal are...
Troy Carter defended Spotify’s free tier of music at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, saying, “we don’t ever get to a world where everybody is paying for music.” Furthermore, Spotify will not enter the business of exclusives.
Sir Elton John and Sir Lucian Grainge compare stories of Her Majesty drinking them under the table, as part of the less publicized post-knighthood ritual. Then they returned to the subject at hand: a UMG gathering in L.A. celebrating Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin's 50-year collaboration, and the RIAA certification of 17 million copies of Elton John: Greatest Hits and 2m+ copies of Rocket Man: Number Ones. Seen just before changing into matching rhinestone-encrusted jumpsuits are (l-r) Island chief David Massey, UMe topper Bruce Resnikoff, Sir Elton, Sir Lucian, Taupin and UMPG ruler Jody Gerson.
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