There’s action afoot among the new releases vying for the top of next week’s chart, with a possible three-way battle brewing among three very different releases. Kenny Chesney’s hotly anticipated new Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville set is up against surprise drops from Capitol’s Avenged Sevenfold and Meek Mill (WMG).
Interscope’s Lady Gaga has topped the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 199k for her highly anticipated, fifth studio album, Joanne. Reprise’s Michael Bublé followed at #2 with 95k for Nobody But Me, and RCA’s Pentatonix have rounded out the Top 3 with 60k for their latest holiday release, A Pentatonix Christmas. And yes, Gaga's Joanne also bowed at #1 on the Album Sales Chart (with 167k).
One of the most interesting, talented and envelope-pushing record guys I ever met was Bob Krasnow, aka Ernie or Bilko (nicknames given to Kras by Warner’s Lenny Waronker because of his resemblance to Phil Silvers, who played Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko in the hit ’50s sitcom The Phil Silvers Show).
The latest edition of our Top 50 Streaming Songs Chart, powered by BuzzAngle Music, is live, and we have a new #1: The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” which unseats The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” after what seems like an eternity. Top 50 marketshare: UMG 44%, Sony Music 26%, WMG 20%
This week’s batch of buzzing people, places and things includes a king in waiting, a still-vital music-TV pioneer, the reigning champs of Xmas music, a Nashville equestrian in full gallop, a high-flying legal eagle, a brand name in steep decline, a deep-drilling data savant and a label on the move (in more ways than one)...
The three veterans who collaboratively create the Grammy Awards attack the task of planning and mounting the show from distinct perspectives reflective of their skillsets. Shortly after the close of the eligibility year on 9/30, HITS’ Phil Gallo grilled them about...
Rock giants Metallica will release their long-awaited new Blackened/Rhino set on 11/18—the same week as superstar Bruno Mars. The pair will square off on the SPS and Album charts, with the rock foursome’s label making a power move and first-week action looking to be in the vicinity of 250k. The manager-less Mars is looking way down from the label forecast of 400k, and appears set to debut in the range of 200-225k.
WHEN LAVINTHAL MET BEER, PART FOUR: SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT, NO WAITING
Hanging with Kras (10/28a)
AVENGED SEVENFOLD LANDS ON CAPITOL TOWER; ALBUM COULD TOP CHART
These guys know how to make a grand entrance. (10/28a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC NEW ARRIVALS
The charts get reshuffled. (10/28a)
KEEP CALM; CARRIE'S ON
That's some knida posse she's got at MSG. (10/27a)
A DOUG MORRIS TIMELINE
A remarkable run recounted. (10/27a)