In the aftermath of the BRITs, critics' choice James Bay moves #12-4 at BBC Radio 1 with "Hold Back the River," while winners Royal Blood and Sam Smith fly up 20 or spots apiece. Meanwhile, Ben Howard, Fall Out Boy, Olly Murs, BRIT winner Paloma Faith and some surviving Beach Boys are among the playlisted.
What would you do without it? That’s a rhetorical question. We suiggest that you memorize the this week's Top 10.
Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars and Neighbors lead the field of nominees for the 2015 edition of the MTV Movie Awards with seven nominations each, while Ansel Elgort and Seth Rogen are tied for individual noms with five apiece.
Here’s a surprising stat, occurring as it does deep into a period when the single is king: Album sales are virtually flat year to date. What’s more, 12 albums have had 100k+ weeks during the first two months of this year vs. five at this point last year, while seven albums debuted with 100k or more vs. just two last year. Which proves the old saw that you’ve gotta release records to sell records. Releasing good records makes even more sense.
Aloe Blacc has criticized Spotify’s rates, but he doesn’t feel Taylor Swift should’ve yanked her music off the service. He told Page Six: “Musicians shouldn’t block their music…and probably shouldn’t remove their songs... We’re gonna fight our fights in Congress… I’m sure things will change. Streaming services are the way forward… It’s just a matter of getting the laws to work for the songwriter and…for the artist.” Blacc has said that “Wake Me Up,” his 2013 hit with Avicii, got 168m streams, but the three writers earned a piddling $12k.
Kelly Clarkson went way beyond the call of duty promoting her new RCA set Piece by Piece Monday on The Tonight Show, with a big assist from the host.
We’re getting our collective game face on for the first New & Developing Artist Special Issue of 2015, which will be printed on high-quality paper stock (disguising the third-rate editorial content, as usual) next week.
Van Halen is releasing its first-ever live album with David Lee Roth on March 31.
AIN'T TALKIN' 'BOUT LOVE... ACTUALLY
Edward and Dave, together again in Japan. (3/4a)
HITS LIST: THE PEOPLE THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
This week's top 10 has 10 entries. (3/4a)
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
Now under construction. (3/4a)
THE SEARCH FOR STEWART'S
We also watch TV. (3/4a)
FLAT IS GOOD
Reports of the death of the album are premature. (3/4a)