When the original members of Temple of the Dog revealed earlier in July that they were reuniting to tour—for the first time ever—in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of their seminal self-titled album, they had no way of knowing how much interest they’d draw. They know now.
What do Len Blavatnik, Major Lazer, Beyoncé, Spotify's Stefan Blom and DJ Khaled have in common? If you said "They're all part of Donald Trump's security briefing," well, close, but no cigar. No, these and other prominent figures appear on the most recent iteration of HITS List, our weekly cheat sheet of trending topics in the biz...
Drake's Views (YMCMB/Republic) is #1 on the HITS Sales Plus Streaming Chart once again. With 83k, he takes the top spot for a 12th non-consecutive week. Gucci Mane, meanwhile, landed at #2 on the SPS chart with 70k for Everybody Looking, his first musical release since he himself was released from prison. On the Album Sales Chart, however, it managed to bow at #1 with 44k.
Epic’s DJ Khaled not only has the keys, he has the pole position as iTunes puts a new collection into the field. Not surprisingly, Major Key—an Apple exclusive for a week—shot straight to #1 and is one of seven new titles in the Top 10. Meanwhile, Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney tops the singles chart with help from P!nk.
RCA's Pentatonix celebrate the latest additions to their already substantial plaque collection, as label kingpins Peter Edge and Tom Corson harmonize beautifully on a lunch order. Later, manager Jonathan Kalter resumed compiling his list of all the great Chanukah songs the band could record for Q4.
"Country is part of the very texture of the extraordinary quilt that is American music," intoned Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow to Arista Nashville/RCA's Cam during her visit to the Academy's Santa Monica offices. "Hey, you don't have to sell me, Neil—I'm a Nashville artist," chuckled the Grammy-nominated breakout before realizing that she was addressing a life-sized animatronic figure from the organization's "Great Moments With Mr. Portnow" exhibit...
Monkey Puzzle/RCA's Sia clinches a second week at #1 on the Pop radio chart with "Cheap Thrills," while YMCMB/Republic's Drake crushes at Rhythm with a new #1 plus multiple rising singles behind it. At Modern Rock, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are poised to make some history...
Disruptor/Columbia's The Chainsmokers f/Halsey, S-Curve/Hollywood's Andy Grammer, Mad Love/Interscope's Tory Lanez, Island's Shawn Mendes, Republic's Phantogram, Glassnote's CHVRCHES, Harvest's Glass Animals and Epitaph's punk veterans The Descendants are among the artists featured on Spotify's New Music Friday playlist this week; dig in.
ON RECORDS: SALES, SALES, ON SALE
Lenny Beer on a controversial tactic with a big upside. (7/30a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC NEW ARRIVALS
Here comes Khaled. The king of Snapchat tops the chart (7/29a)
SHE'D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY
Catch as catch Cam. (7/29a)
iGEN: MODERN STREAMING
More kind and gentle opinions from he nicest man in showbiz. (7/29a)
A PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
Sia. Want to be ya. (7/29a)