Rumors are flying around Buckingham Palace that SYCO’s Sonny Takhar may be departing the label. Takhar has played a big role on the SYCO team; his departure, if confirmed, would leave sizable shoes to fill at Simon’s Cowell’s company—a JV with Sony—which has enjoyed an impressive run over the last several years with such acts as One Direction, Olly Murs, Fifth Harmony, Susan Boyle, James Arthur, Ella Henderson and Little Mix, and recently inked 12-year-old America’s Got Talent phenom Grace VanderWaal. Without Takhar, where does the label fit into the Sony U.K. ecosystem, and what are the well-liked exec’s plans going forward?
It doesn’t take a genius to know that Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Adele’s 25 are headed for Grammy nominations for Album of the Year. Two of Beyoncé’s last three albums—I Am… Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé—were nominated in the category. Adele won the award with her previous album, 21. But who will these megastars face in the finals?
Who took a stupid pill at YouTube? The company has appointed none other than Lyor Cohen as its Global Head of Music, placing one of the most noxious personalities in the biz in a senior post at the site most often blamed by industryites for the devaluation of music. Rather than healing the yawning rift between rights holders and Google’s video giant, the installation of the biz’s bumbling blowhard has the potential to make things far worse.
CBS Corp., moving forward following its previously announced intention to spin off CBS Radio, says it plans to offer $460 million of senior unsecured notes and to enter into a $1 billion senior-secured term loan...
The highly cinematic music video for The Weeknd's "Starboy" (XO/Republic) was revealed this morning. There's murder, luxury, destruction, a large neon cross, fast cars, panthers and some seriously smooth dance moves. What more could you ask for? The clip, which seems to signify a new chapter for the alternative R&B heartthrob and a departure from his past self, is certainly dark and enticing. Watch here.
Because the music business is in a state of transformation, a new set of measurements is required to more accurately reflect performance. As the business hits the three–quarter mark of 2016, the old traditional marketshare metrics are less meaningful or comprehensive than sales + streaming (SPS)...
At a recent L.A. performance by Tony-winning S-Curve artist Leslie Odom, Jr., the gifted vocalist patiently explained to our own Lenny Beer that none of the characters in Hamilton were actual Jedi Knights. Seen just before pondering a Broadway hip-hop musical about an unsavory 30-year-old trade publication are (l-r) Beer, Dick Clark Productions’ Mark Shimmel, Odom, Jill Shimmel and manager Joseph Abate. Among those also in attendance at the show were...
In its inaugural study of streaming music brands, J.D. Power rates Apple Music highest in customer satisfaction with a score of 834 out of 1000. The recently refreshed Apple service, which scored particularly well in performance and reliability, content, and ease of use, edged out rival Spotify.
I.B. BAD: THE NEW
It all adds up. (9/28a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: HANDICAPPING THE NOMINEES, PT. 4
The climax: Album of the Year (9/28a)
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With a View Master thrown in! (9/28a)
Apple Music remains a work in progress, but it's getting there. (9/28a)