Adele may add even more to the record books, as she flirts with 1m in second-week sales. No artist has ever sold over 1m in two consecutive weeks. We’ll be keeping an eye on the numbers every morning until the chart closes.
The juggernaut that is Adele's 25 just gets bigger, with estimates for her second-week sales in excess of 950k. Could she hit a million in her second at-bat? If so, she'll have the first album to sell 1m or more in both of its first two weeks. Having already zoomed past the 4 million mark, the XL/Columbia set is now looking like it could amass a ridiculous 6 million units by the time 2015 ends.
U2 is going back to Paris to play. The band had been scheduled to perform on 11/14, the day after the deadly terrorist attacks that claimed 130 lives, and had naturally canceled. They are now slated to appear at the Accor Hotels Arena on 12/6 and 12/7. The show will be broadcast on HBO. "Be vigilant, but be unafraid," advised frontman Bono, who also praised Eagles of Death Metal, who were performing at Le Bataclan on the night of the attacks.
Early forecasts suggest first-week sales for Parlophone's Coldplay (whose A Head Full of Dreams comes out Friday) somewhere in the 150-200k range. Of course, any ticket bundles and/or direct-to-consumer sales, if offered, could raise the tally. Dreams currently sits at #8 in preorder on the iTunes Top 10. The band's 2014 set, Ghost Stories, debuted with 383k.
Virgin EMI U.K.'s Emeli Sandé has launched her own management firm, Jupiter Management, which exists as a JV with Roc Nation.
Drake is the most-streamed artist of the year worldwide on Spotify, which broke out its tops-of-2015 list this morning. The Toronto rapper’s tally YTD stands at a stunning 1.8 billion.
HITS polled several leading U.K. managers for their takes on radio, streaming, strategy and licensing music for commercials. In nearly every instance, they spoke of working with and trusting teams, whether they be label partners, song pluggers or the artists, themselves.
Breakout Aussie siren Grace (on RCA stateside and Columbia in the U.K.) will perform her version of the pop classic “You Don’t Own Me” on the award-winning U.K. talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. The segment will run on the Channel 4 series on 12/4. Manager/producer Efe Ogbeni will be bringing the scones.
Adele decided not to make her album 25 available for on-demand streaming via Spotify, Apple Music and related services, and went on to break all earthly sales records. So, not streaming bulks up sales, right? Not so fast; consider the case of Justin Bieber's chart-topping comeback.
ADELE NOW LOOKING AT 6 MILLION BY YEAR'S END
COLDPLAY FORECAST: RETAIL DREAMS
The latest projection is considerably lower than earlier. (12/1a)
ADELE AND BIEBER: THROW OUT THE RULEBOOK
Streaming, tweeting, shilling--or not. (12/1a)
SPOTIFY NAMES DRAKE STREAMING'S STAR OF THE YEAR
The Weekend, RiRi and the Biebs also stand tall. (12/1a)
In our final feature on the British biz, four top managers weigh in. (12/1a)