Our industry insider's latest column begins with a history lesson that is newly relevant, just like the hit film that prompted his recollection. I.B. also recounts a catastrophic week for what was once known as the bible of the music industry.
What’s the latest on the exploits of Irving, Marty, Harry and the Swedish chef? No, they weren’t surprise guests onstage during Taylor’s just-concluded five-night run at Staples Center, but they are rubbing elbows (no, not literally) in this week’s HITS List, accompanied by some other high-profile characters, none of whom is running for President.
David Massey's Island is enjoying some fine weather this week. Nick Jonas was Most Added at Pop radio and then some, with a whopping 67 stations on his new "Levels" (via the new Safehouse imprint). And that's not all, folks...
Our latest print issue's cover features Astralwerks/Capitol breakout Halsey, while our Contents page VIP is MTV Networks honcho Van Toffler. One is about to have a big chart debut, while the other is staging a huge grand finale with this weekend's VMAs. Among the things they share: wishing they didn't have to appear in our magazine.
Have you been feeling down in the dumps, friend? Missing that sparkle? You might be experiencing what doctors call rock deficiency. Here's the good news: You can dose up on tasty guitars and big ol' hooks right here. It's the new video for "Complexity" by Eagles of Death Metal, the first foray into the rock provocateurs' new set, Zipper Down (T-Boy/UMe)...
We told you on Tuesday that Legacy had made a deal with Van Morrison’s Exile Productions for 33 of his albums. But Warner Bros. retained the rights to his first three LPs for the label: 1968’s Astral Weeks, 1969’s Moondance and 1970’s His Band and the Street Choir, and Rhino will release expanded, remastered reissues of the first and third of these landmark records on 10/30; Moondance got the same treatment in 2013.
XO/Republic's The Weeknd owns the top two spots on the iTunes singles chart with the indefatigable "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills," while also ruling the album chart with Beauty Behind the Madness, which will at last be released on Friday. Universal Nashville and Columbia are enjoying 30% ownership of the album and singles leaderboards, respectively.
Caving to the pressure, the bible has dialed back—way back— the salaciousness quotient in the posted results of its confidential survey following a firestorm of outrage in the media and across the music biz.
Astralwerks/Capitol's Halsey, whose hotly anticipated full-length comes out later this week, pauses during her Kimmel visit to pose with label EVP Greg Thompson, KIIS' Beata and John Ivey and Capitol's Megan Youngblood. Legal marijuana may or may not have been involved. To see Halsey's stirring performance of "New Americana" on the show, click below.
SONGS Music Publishing is the brainchild of Matt Pincus, an MBA with a punk-rock pedigree (he’s long been the bassist for NYC hardcore band Judge) and a dedication to songwriting. Now SONGS has launched a label, RECORDS, with industry vet Barry Weiss. But showing up on this sorry site probably isn’t something he’ll be singing about...
THE GOOD, THE I.B.
BAD & THE UGLY
A history lesson for our readers and a historically bad week for the bible (8/27a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM,
Blue is the color of our cover girl's hair; Van's grand finale. (8/27a)
It's good to be David Massey. (8/27a)
HITS LIST, LITERALLY
Info on a need-to-know basis. (8/27a)
...or 2 million eyeballs. (8/26a)