UMG topper Lucian Grainge has inked a new five-year deal to continue his reign as Chairman/CEO until at least 2020, Vivendi has announced.
During a visit to Y98 St. Louis, Capitol's gifted Irish troubadour Gavin James queries the label's Patty Morris and station PD Marty Linck about the U.S. news cycle. "What's all this I'm hearing about deflated balls?" he asked. "Don't you Yanks have a pill for that?" Later, the three frolicked in a kiddie pool filled with Guinness.
There’s an apples-and-oranges wrinkle to these year-over-year stats—not unlike the deflated balls-and-deflated boobs crap we’ve been bombarded with this week...
This week, HITS' man behind the scenes looks back on the distinguished career of outgoing MTV chief Van Toffler and locates the tipping point at which the storied channel ceased to be recognizable as Music Television. I.B.'s column also delves into the latest action in the label and streaming sectors. We strongly suspect you’ll come across some information you didn’t know.
Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" is available for exclusive streaming on Tinder. The Capitol Nashville superstar's new single—as well as a video message for fans—can be accessed on the social-media dating site by swiping Bryan's profile card. The song is the title track from Bryan's forthcoming album, due 8/7 and likely to be a monster.
With Turnover Tuesday a receding memory, it’s time to coin a new term—how about Fresh Friday? The Brits get started five hours before New York and eight hours before L.A., offering an opportunity for an early snapshot of U.K. trends for the coming week. And look who just crashed the party...
HITS' resident millennial Samantha Hissong takes a trip to the '60s for the local leg of A Night With Janis Joplin, currently hosted by the Pasadena Playhouse. The show, created, written and directed by Randy Johnson, opened 7/21 and is running until 8/23. Read Samantha's review here.
SYCO/Columbia's One Direction set the web (and many hearts) ablaze last night when they dropped brand new single, "Drag Me Down." The announcement was first made by band member Liam Payne via Twitter, who described it as a "bit of a surprise." Take a listen, luv...
I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
Van's the man, says I.B., and his final VMAs will be must-see TV. (7/31a)
YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
We said it yesterday and we reiterate: Three labels keep hogging the spotlight. (7/30a)
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
Don't look now, but here come the heartthrobs with a surprise single. (7/31a)
"DOWN" IS THE NEW DIRECTION
Like we just said (7/31a)
TIDAL: PLAN OVERBOARD, OR JAY Z'S 100TH PROBLEM
Which has a bitter chance of outlasting the competition, Tidal or Trump? (7/31a)