Katy Perry, having just unleashed new single "Chained to the Rhythm," has just dropped a tease for something called "Oblivia," teased here as a kind of cockeyed amusement park (with a spoofy take on '50s-style nostalgia that has a vaguely political edge). Whatever it is, you'll be able to sample it in its entirety on 2/21.
Republic’s Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack clearly likes it on top, as the set bows at #1 on the HITS Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 125k. Brett Young’s self-titled album on Big Machine, meanwhile, serves as the Top 15’s only other debut this week. Over on the Album Sales Chart, Fifty Shades is also #1 with 73k. And what about those post-Grammy Awards bumps?
Quality Control/Motown/Capitol artist Lil Yachty receives a plaque commemorating 1 million combined sales of single "One Night" and 750m streams of his two mixtapes from CMG topper Steve Barnett and team during a Grammy weekend showcase at Michael Flynn's hidden bunker...
In her latest lecture, the inimitable Karen Glauber deftly manages to throw in references avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch, Budd Schulberg’s What Makes Sammy Run?, The Brady Bunch and Johnny Bravo. In other words, she’s light years removed from “Hey, Buddy.”
The week’s second gathering of music-biz conversation-starters—following our post-Grammy special—has some compelling new offerings. For one, there's Ethiopia Habtemariam, who's bringing the hallowed Motown brand into the 21st century. And we can't forget the red-hot rumors swirling around Jeffrey Azoff and Brandon Creed. All this just in time for what one of our co-workers has dubbed Not My President’s Day weekend.
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