We wish all of our readers a safe, relaxing holiday. And for those of you in charge of pyrotechnics on the 4th, we hereby present this classic Airhead cartoon starring Lyor; it's full of vital safety tips.
As part of his new deal with UMG, Scott Borchetta has acquired full ownership of the Republic Nashville label (Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, A Thousand Horses). Despite reports to the contrary, however, discussions about the future ownership of Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group are ongoing. Stay tuned for an in-depth HITS Q&A with Borchetta, coming soon to this space.
This may be an Apple-created Brave New World, but a stroll through the U.K. store on the first Friday in July, three days after launch, reveals nothing different. The same predominance of hits compilations, the same unexpected appearance of a blast from the past, Taylor—y’know, business as usual.
The Camplified Tour, kicking off in Paradox, NY, this weekend, will transform 30 summer camps into music festivals for 30,000 teenagers...
Marriott International and UMG celebrated their unprecedented global marketing partnership earlier this week at the historic St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. The highlight of the event was a performance by Cherrytree/Interscope pop diva Ellie Goulding, who kicked off a series of on-property concerts across five different continents. Ellie also got the key to the hotel’s Royal Suite, where she held a private meet & greet prior to her performance.
Marriott International’s 19 brands include the Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, JW Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels.
As artists and their representatives begin to navigate their way through the Apple Music ecosystem, questions have begun to arise regarding the content they can post on their Connect pages...
Beats 1 revealed itself powerfully on its Born Day. Through the lens of DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga and Ebro Darden we experienced three uniquely different vibes, from region to sound, language and presentation. Each was an expert hand guiding us through a new land, the DJ rocking a crowd while talking up the music they’re playing with unbridled passion and expertise.
"Good for You" by Interscope's Selena Gomez f/A$AP Rocky had the biggest debut week of any digital single this year, moving 179k tracks. That brisk beginning saw the Pop siren's smoky new jam outselling two of the toughest competitors on the field right now, the mighty Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" and breakout monster "Cheerleader" by OMI. It also surpassed Gomez's prior career best sales week (for "Come and Get It"). As we note in today's Top 10 Tracks, the test of its longevity comes now; "Good for You" is currently #7 on the iTunes singles rundown.
Last night, RCA's buzzing newcomer Elle King, who was recently dubbed a VH1 You Oughta Know Artist, played a rapturous set at the sold-out Troubadour. Caught backstage in between Jameson shots was HITS' resident #henchhipster Samantha Hissong, seen right with King.
Roc Nation's Rihanna has officially become the first artist in history to earn more than 100m gold & platinum song certifications, making this a fine time to drop the expectedly provocative clip for “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
WE USED TO VACATION
Don't tell Karen Glauber she "missed the point." (7/3a)
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING OLD AND INCENDIARY
A Fourth of July blast from the past, starring Lyor. (7/3a)
He's the man who has everything. So what did Borchetta buy? (7/3a)
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
The have July 4 in Britain. But it's not a holiday, for some reason. (7/3a)
MARRIOTT & UMG IN BED TOGETHER
UMG now short for United Marriott Group. (7/3a)