Internet radio giant Pandora has purchased Ticketfly—Ticketmaster's smaller-scale, indie rival—for a price tag of $450m, it was announced today. This is certainly a big step in the company's drive for a more artist-to-fan M.O.
Tonight at an art gallery in L.A., Rihanna has invited guests (obviously not us) to a private viewing of artwork by Roy Nachum for her eighth studio album. While no announcement has been made about when the highly anticipated LP will come out, the event would suggest it's close. More details to come.
The global release day—and its attendant scheduling confusion—is the subject of our latest animated aberration, aka Airhead. Of course, some of us barely knew what day it was before the big shift.
“You know, I’m from Tin-a-she too,” said iHeart’s John Ivey to RCA recording goddess Tinashe. “Got a charming place just outside Nashville, do you like Bar-B-Q?” Producer Max Martin then tried to explain to Nipper’s Joe Riccitelli that while Sweden is a country, country music doesn’t actually come from there. Manager Mike Nazzaro and the label’s Danny Cooper just called for the check.
At a town hall meeting this morning, Cameron Strang informed staff that Big Jon Platt will become CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, while Strang will be charged solely with overseeing the continued expansion of Warner Bros. Records.
Amy Doyle has been appointed EVP for Viacom's VH1 & Logo. In this newly created role, she will report to GM Chris McCarthy. Her new duties include directly overseeing live programming, tent-pole events and specials, network talent development and celebrity relations, as well as overseeing the management and creative of both brands with McCarthy.
Universal U.K.'s research chief Jack Fryer has been promoted to Director of the major label's newly created Audience Research & Planning division. Offering research, marketing planning, innovation and brand consultancy, Fryer and his team will bring audience understanding to campaign discussions for UMG's artists and labels.
Watch the just-released trailer for Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2. The fourth installment in the multimillion dollar franchise is due in theaters 11/20. What does Katniss have in store for the world this time around?
Republic breakout James Bay was joined at his Cambridge show this week by superstar Ed Sheeran for a duet on “Let It Go.” Click the link to check it out.
Hey, buddy. At Pop radio, Demi Lovato scored Most Added honors this week, while Drake and Alessia Cara both make impressive gains. IHEARTMEMPHIS rules at Rhythm along with Chris Brown, and at Alternative, there was a five-song tie for Most Added with Imagine Dragons, JR JR and Chris Cornell among the noisemakers. Click the links for further details.
PANDORA'S GOLDEN TICKET
The internet radio giant goes shopping. (10/7a)
AN EVENING WITH RIRI
HITS' invite to Rihanna's L.A. art show is lost in the mail. (10/7a)
ARE YOU HUNGRY?
Prepare yourselves; the final Hunger Games is gonna be big. (10/7a)
BAY AND SHEERAN LET IT GO ONSTAGE
Just two mates getting along famously. (10/7a)
A NOSH WITH TINASHE
RCA songstress says "check, please..." (10/7a)