Justin Bieber’s new single, “What Do You Mean” (Def Jam), and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness album (XO/Republic) aren’t just smashes—they’re global smashes. The new track from Biebs has hit #1 at iTunes in a staggering 87 countries, while The Weeknd’s new full-length has claimed the top spot in 68 territories, the Top 5 in 88 and the Top 10 in 92. How enormous will these two ultimately get? Stay tuned for a world of updates.
Interesting to note that Miley Cyrus' highly experimental new set, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, is available for free streaming on Soundcloud without any RCA or Sony branding. The set is only listed as a Smiley Miley Inc. production. Sony currently has no deal with Soundcloud; it's been reported that the album does not count against Miley's deal with RCA.
After the surprise announcement of his departure from Apple Music, Ian Rogers has revealed his new destination: Paris-based luxury brands company LVMH, home of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon, Dior, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Bvlgari, TAG Heuer and many more. Rogers will serve as Chief Digital Officer. And no, he doesn't want to know what you'd like for Christmas.
The Weeknd is on track to have the #2 debut and #8 album with TEA of the year in his first week—and he’s also lined up to break a streaming record. His incendiary VMAs performance and his appearance in two Apple ads are just the icing on the cake for a breakout star with enormous and still accelerating momentum.
iHeartMedia’s Programming Big Kahuna Tom Poleman and newly anointed EVP National Promotion Brad Hardin are huge radio stars, and the company’s tremendous reach and influence in Pop formats is widely celebrated. But less has been said about their enormous impact on the shape of Alternative and Rock.
MTV’s VMAs reached 9.8 million viewers on all Viacom networks, down from 10.3m on all simulcasts last year. But while TV viewership declined, the show’s social impact grew substantially. The VMAs inspired some 21.4 million tweets, way up from 12.6m last year...
According to Def Jam, Justin Bieber’s new single, “What Do You Mean,” had its biggest day at Spotify on Monday, with just south of 1.5m plays. In its four days of availability, the track has registered 1.2m Friday, 1.3m Saturday, 1.2m Sunday before jumping to 1.48m Monday following the VMAs. Only One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” has exceeded these daily totals in 2015.
Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz is many things, but there’s one thing it most assuredly is not: a mainstream commercial album with songs anything like “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.” So put that expectation aside, if you were still harboring it, before assessing this new collection, announced on last night’s VMAs and posted for free online streaming...
Apple did not stop Tidal from streaming Drake’s performance at a Hurricane Katrina benefit, despite a claim to the contrary from Jay Z’s streaming service. What’s more, Apple did not threaten Tidal with a $20m suit over said performance. We know these things because Drake's manager said so.
I.B. led his latest column with a real-like yarn about a dramatic shift in power between Warner Music and UMG brought on in large part by gangsta rap. He closed it with this list of movers and shakers, past and present: Big Jon, Jack Rovner and Ken Levitan, Bryan Turner, Tom Whalley and Mike McKoy.
THE iHEART OF
ROCK & ROLL
Poleman and Hardin turn it up to 11.. (9/1a)
BIEBER, THE WEEKND RULE THE WORLD
#1 in how many territories? (9/1a)
Ooh la la. (9/1a)
MILEY FLOATS ON SOUNDCLOUD
sans any Sony branding. (9/1a)
VMA RATINGS: THE
UPS AND DOWNS
TV down, Twitter up. (9/1a)