Our industry insider's latest column begins with a history lesson that is newly relevant, just like the hit film that prompted this recollection. I.B. also recaps a catastrophic week for what was once known as the bible of the music industry, and praises Jody Gerson for her rapid revitalization of UMPG.
Those of you who enjoyed the saga of N.W.A and WMG chronicled in the latest edition of I.B. Bad's column will doubtless enjoy the in-depth take offered by author Fred Goodman in Fortune's Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music and an Industry in Crisis. Fred, whose new book on Allen Klein has also earned stellar reviews, is one of the most compelling chroniclers of the biz now writing. If you don't know his work, check it out.
YMCMB/Republic's hip-hop megastar Nicki Minaj has finally put a stop to those pregnancy rumors by posting a sonogram on her Instagram account. It looks like she'll be welcoming a Moonman into the world. In actuality, she'll be welcoming the world to the Moonman by kicking off MTV's VMAs this Sunday. This isn't the first time the rapper has poked fun at the recent motherhood gossip, but it is the first announcement of her opening performance slot. Mazel tov, Nicki. We couldn't be happier for you. For more info about VMA performers, go here.
What’s the latest on the exploits of Irving, Marty, Harry and the Swedish chef? No, they weren’t surprise guests onstage during Taylor’s just-concluded five-night run at Staples Center, but they are rubbing elbows (no, not literally) in this week’s HITS List, accompanied by some other high-profile characters, none of whom is running for President.
Buzzing Country duo Maddie & Tae posted the above shot to Instagram recently. Posing with BMLG labelmate Taylor Swift after making an appearance at the 1989 Tour's Monday night Staples Center stop must have been a dream come true. On the other hand, they probably found doing a Q&A with us—coming soon to this very site—to be more like a nightmare come true. The pair's debut full-length, Start Here (which features Country radio chart-topper "Girl in a Country Song"), drops tomorrow.
David Massey's Island is enjoying some fine weather this week. Nick Jonas was Most Added at Pop radio and then some, with a whopping 67 stations on his new "Levels" (via the new Safehouse imprint). And that's not all, folks...
Our latest print issue's cover features Astralwerks/Capitol breakout Halsey, while our Contents page VIP is MTV Networks honcho Van Toffler. One is about to have a big chart debut, while the other is staging a huge grand finale with this weekend's VMAs. Among the things they share: wishing they didn't have to appear in our magazine.
Have you been feeling down in the dumps, friend? Missing that sparkle? You might be experiencing what doctors call rock deficiency. Here's the good news: You can dose up on tasty guitars and big ol' hooks right here. It's the new video for "Complexity" by Eagles of Death Metal, the first foray into the rock provocateurs' new set, Zipper Down (T-Boy/UMe)...
We told you on Tuesday that Legacy had made a deal with Van Morrison’s Exile Productions for 33 of his albums. But Warner Bros. retained the rights to his first three LPs for the label: 1968’s Astral Weeks, 1969’s Moondance and 1970’s His Band and the Street Choir, and Rhino will release expanded, remastered reissues of the first and third of these landmark records on 10/30; Moondance got the same treatment in 2013.
XO/Republic's The Weeknd owns the top two spots on the iTunes singles chart with the indefatigable "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills," while also ruling the album chart with Beauty Behind the Madness, which will at last be released on Friday. Universal Nashville and Columbia are enjoying 30% ownership of the album and singles leaderboards, respectively.
I.B. BAD RECOUNTS
THE RISE & FALL
OF TWO MAJOR
A history lesson for our readers and a historically bad week for the bible (8/27a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM,
Blue is the color of our cover girl's hair; Van's grand finale. (8/27a)
It's good to be David Massey. (8/27a)
HITS LIST, LITERALLY
Info on a need-to-know basis. (8/27a)
...or 2 million eyeballs. (8/26a)