With the hot dragon breath of our 30th Anniversary issue now palpable on our necks, and with the unrelenting election season draggin' on, we offer this vintage Rock the Vote tableau featuring former President and (perhaps) future "First Laddie" Bill Clinton in full pop-culture pander mode with execs Ashley Newton and Ray Cooper, then of Virgin. When this first ran, it was captioned with a lusty "virgins" joke in Bubba dialect, but given the hellscape our politics have become, that just seems kinda quaint now.
Frank Ocean has certainly been making headlines. His Blonde has officially topped the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 278k. Considering 232k is purely sales, it’s also #1 on the Album Sales Chart. That’s the year’s third-biggest debut, after Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia).
Sources say the recent rumor about WME buying Todd Boehly’s Billboard-Hollywood Reporter-Dick Clark Productions media portfolio is pure vapor, and that Boehly's Eldridge Industries is seeing very little interest in the marketplace as BB and THR continue bleeding money at the rate of about $20 million per year. Many believe such rumors are being leaked to ramp up interest in DCP—the one part of the media group that remains attractive to potential buyers—but that the $1 billion asking price is thought to be very aggressive. Stay tuned.
Celebrating their Budweiser presents One Night Only album-release show at the MSG Theater, the gents of Big Machine Label Group's Florida Georgia Line pose with Big Loud Management's Craig Wiseman, Seth England, Kevin "Chief" Zaruk and Joey Moi. Seth later pointed out that he was contractually entitled to drink 15% of the Budweiser.
Broken Bow superstar Jason Aldean joined some of his favorite biz folks for this cheery photo op, although once the following people learned it would be running on this website there was much need for whiskey: (l-r) BBR Music Group VP Marketing JoJamie Hahr, NASH FM's Jesse Addy, Aldean, BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba and VP Promo Lee Adams.
REVENUE CHART: SOMETHING YOU
CAN BANK ON
Time to fire up those calculators. (8/26a)
I.B. BAD: SEA CHANGE
The week that was will have plentiful repercussions. (8/26a)
EXCLUSIVES: YAY OR NAY? BRITISH EXECS SPEAK
In brief, they're not big fans of the practice. (8/26a)
HELP ME, WANDA
No, he's not the latest Bond villain determined to rule the world. (8/26a)
EMELI SANDÉ TEASES COMEBACK
Powerhouse singer has some unfinished business to take care of. (8/26a)