Dave Goldberg, chief executive of tech research powerhouse SurveyMonkey, digital-music industry pioneer and former Yahoo Music chief, died on Friday night of undisclosed causes; he was 47.
It's the battle of the Fifty Shades at Pop radio, where Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" will hold off The Weeknd's "Earned It" on next week's chart. "Earned It" remains at #1 at Rhythm, meanwhile, while Rihanna, Tinashe and Jidenna, among others, make strides. AWOLNATION will spend a third week atop the Alternative heap. Click the links for further details, buddy.
Singer/songwriter Parson James puts his autograph on his deal with RCA as a bevy of label execs anticipate a lavish celebratory deli tray. James, who made his performance debut at Coachella with Kygo, recently inked a pub deal with Sony/ATV as well...
The rumors you read here a while back appear to have been borne out: Spotify has scared up another $350 million in its latest fundraising round, according to a CNBC report. Even before this most recent infusion, Spotify had reached an $8 billion valuation; with the new funds it just about matches the valuation of Universal Music Group...
Not that our expectations are high for the journalistic integrity of Fox News and CNN, but both networks hit a new low yesterday on the streets of Baltimore...
Ted Volk! Ted Freakin' Volk! Mr. iGen has been especially prolific of late, with new entries on Florence + The Machine, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Modest Mouse, Bleachers, Alabama Shakes and much more (including a chart preview and his cool airplay and singles rundowns). Head on over to iGen World and get your Ted on.
And then there were five—or six, counting Zane Lowe. A day after breaking the news that four BBC Radio 1 producers were following Lowe to Apple, Music Business Worldwide’s Tim Ingham reports that Nigel Harding, the station’s Music Policy Executive for the last nine years, is also leaving the Beeb.
...for putting his own ass on the line. True, those TV spots for his exclusive Tidal concert and livestream during the NBA Playoffs on TNT probably won’t move the needle enough to make a difference...
Yesterday, in the hours leading up to the NFL Draft on ESPN, Beats by Dr. Dre premiered a spot featuring former Oregon QB and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota at home in Hawaii with family and friends. The two-minute piece bears the title “Ohana,” which means “family.”
Right on the heels of Thursday’s coronation of new President/CEO Erik Huggers, Vevo unveiled a pair of new original series as well as confirming the return of 14 existing series. The company also announced the launch of a brand new live event, The Year in Vevo, and the second annual Certified Live concert.
WHITE PEOPLE (SIGH)
TV dufus somehow manages to embarrass mainstream news still further. (5/1a)
Parson James inks with RCA, puts Trappist ale in Nipper's bowl. (5/1a)
REPORT: SPOTIFY RACKS UP ANOTHER $350 MIL
WE TIP OUR HATS TO JAY Z...
Dude's got stones. (5/1a)
DAVE GOLDBERG, R.I.P.
Farewell to a tech pioneer and a genuine mensch. (5/3a)