According to insiders, the Rolling Stones are set to announce a North American summer stadium tour next week. The 16-stop, AEG-presented trek, which these sources say will kick off at San Diego’s Petco Park on Memorial Day weekend, is said to carry a guarantee of...
2015 will be a critical year for the music industry. Indeed, what happens during the next few months could seal the fate of the business as we know it, either setting the wheels in motion for a return to real prosperity, or cementing the status quo for a still-viable but contracted business. UMG’s Lucian Grainge and Sony Music’s Doug Morris are united in the belief that subscription is the future, and several entities are vying to become the service that shifts the paradigm.
Kendrick Lamar continues his reign at #1 on the iTunes albums chart, while it's all about Rihanna in single sales as "Bitch Better Have My Money" blasts to the top spot...
Our own Ted Volk has taken a break from his March Madness activities to pen a bracing series of updates from Alternative Radio Land. Head over to iGen for the latest on Cold War Kids, Joywave, Lollapalooza, AWOLNATION, Modest Mouse and more, hosted by the Nicest Promo Guy in the World.
We’re having a vision, buddy! It’s about next week’s key Mediabase radio charts, starring Taylor, Ellie, Snoop, Modest Mouse and more...
Be sure to set those DVRs, 'cause the iHeartRadio Music Awards are a-comin'. The event airs this Sunday (3/29) on NBC. Slated performers include Rihanna, Sam Smith, Madonna, Iggy Azalea (who's rumored to be opening the show) Meghan Trainor, Jamie Foxx, Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line and more. Read on for nominees and assorted iHeartiness.
Our resident, #henchhipster, Samantha Hissong, channels her inner #katycat for the world premiere of the Prismatic World Tour movie, chronicling the most recent mega-trek by Capitol's Katy Perry and airing tomorrow on Epix.
As you may have read in this morning’s story, “Girl Crush” by Capitol Nashville’s Little Big Town has been held back at Country radio—despite making huge strides at retail—due to a barrage of calls and emails from listeners claiming the song advanced “the Gay Agenda.” How stupid is this? Let us count the ways.
Capitol Nashville's Little Big Town and manager Jason Owen successfully pushed to release “Girl Crush” as the second single off their 2014 album Pain Killer following the Top 5 hit “Day Drinking.” Then a funny thing happened. Country stations from coast to coast started pulling it from their playlists in response to complaints from listeners misinterpreting the lyric as being about a same-sex relationship. But “Girl Crush” has become a sales hit nonetheless. The track is #4 on the Country sales chart, #1 at iTunes Country and #11 at iTunes overall, but just #33 on the airplay chart.
Might the biz (and songwriters particularly) benefit from a more experimental approach to streaming, whereby different ad-based and fee-based models could co-exist? After all, TV was purely ad-supported for decades before subscription-based “premium” programming came along; the latter thrived on the basis of quality and changed the game overall.
The Stones announce a North American summer stadium tour. (3/27a)
OP-ED: HITS PROMOTES THE GAY AGENDA, OR SOMETHING
Country radio caves in to crazies, but it can't stop a true hit. (3/27a)
YOUR MULTI-FORMAT RADIO CHART PREVIEW
What to expect at Top 40, Rhythm and Alternative radio next week. (3/27a)
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: HEY BUDDIES EDITION
You should know by now that we never throw anything away, especially mortifying photos. (3/27a)
Van Halen's shutting down Hollywood Blvd., and Dave's fronting the band. (3/27a)