The week's adds are safely in their format silos, but here's a brief overview. Team Interscope scores Most Added at Pop for Zedd f/Selena Gomez's "I Want You to Know"; the rest of the action is here. RCA's Tinashe f/Iggy Azalea takes the tiara at Rhythm with "All Hands on Deck," and the rest of the format rundown is here. At Alternative, ATO's Alabama Shakes have a huge post-SNL week. Details here.
Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise (G.O.O.D./Def Jam) tops BOTH the HITS Building Album Sales Chart and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) chart with 136k and 167k respectively. Warner Bros.' Kid Rock put up one hell of a fight, though. See just how close the call was.
Kanye, Kelly Clarkson and Mumford & Sons are the buzz story as iTunes hits another Turnover Tuesday...
The Time magazine website has posted an in-depth comparative analysis of reigning streaming service Spotify and upstart Beats Music, whose technology and emphasis on “curation” are expected to be central components of the forthcoming challenger from iTunes. Find out who was declared the winner, and why, here.
On Grammy night, Republic chieftain Monte Lipman celebrates the label's co-financing and co-production pact for music-driven films with indie film/TV studio IM Global by posing with IM Founder/CEO Stuart Ford and IM Music prexy David Schulhof. Then everyone donned their Varvatos bowling shoes as Lipman began his pitch for a gritty biopic about Chumbawamba.
Kanye West's new banger "All Day" has hit #1 on the iTunes singles chart.
The brand new, as-yet unnamed label co-founded by SONGS Publishing’s Matt Pincus and Ron Perry and industry vet Barry Weiss is now underway, with Weiss spending his first day in the office this week. The company is still lining up distribution (rumors that Sony had locked that down were unfounded), but has hired Christine Chiappetta to handle Alternative and Triple A promotion—and is looking for a Pop/Rhythm radio specialist. Stay tuned.
The fit couldn’t be more perfect. Dave Grohl has been named Record Store Day Ambassador for 2015. Grohl expresses his love for brick-and-mortar music retail in two ways: recollecting in front of a film camera and taking pen to paper
Spotify is in a win-win situation, but successfully growing its two-tiered business will require some fancy footwork.
SONGS LABEL SAGA BEGINS
The pubco hatches a label, in partnership with a dude who knows the territory. (3/3a)
ADVERTISERS ARE BULLISH ON SPOTIFY, BUT THERE’S A CATCH
Daniel Ek wants to keep everybody happy, but that's a major challenge. (3/3a)
CHART ATTACK: THE FORECAST CALLS FOR DARK SKIES
A squeaker on the album chart. (3/3a)
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
Now under construction. (3/3a)
MY MORNING JACKET PROJECT AN INDIE-MAJOR COLLAB
One of America's best bands has new major-label partner. (3/3a)