Had Astralwerks/Capitol’s Halsey debuted in a different week, she might well be a lock for a #1 chart bow. The Weeknd will take the top spot, but Halsey’s #2 debut is nonetheless remarkable.
The Weeknd, Halsey, Miley, Monte, L.A.—these are just a few of the newsmakers featured in the brand-spanking-new HITS List, our weekly cheat sheet of industry happenings. Feel free to use it as an icebreaker during your Labor Day weekend gatherings.
It's the political showdown you've been waiting for: Trump vs. Kanye vs. ... Lyor? If you thought the Presidential race couldn't get any more ridiculous, the latest iteration of our animated abomination, Airhead, will prove you wrong.
Viacom’s underwhelming earnings gave investors yet another reason to sell on Wednesday—but the struggling media giant got some good news from an unlikely sector of its TV ecosystem.
Sony/ATV has decided to grant amnesty to sampling scofflaws. As of Sept. 1, any artist who has used a sample from the giant pubco’s EMI Production Music division without first clearing it will have a six-month window to 'fess up, The Guardian reports. Sony/ATV will then do a licensing deal, at current market rates, for future exploitation of the works but will not seek retrospective royalties for past sales or exploitations, no matter how many years back they might stretch. In other words, come forward with cash in hand and all will be forgiven. Fair enough.
The Official Charts Company and Prog magazine launched the U.K.’s first prog-rock album chart today. It’ll appear on the sites of both outfits each month. So what constitutes prog in the 21st century? Tame Impala for starters.
Gerson's Universal Music Publishing scored Publisher of the Year honors at the recent BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards; the pubco and its writers snagged awards for 18 hits. Seen just before collectively twerking to "Anaconda" are...
The Weeknd and Justin Bieber had their best streaming days yesterday, according to label sources, with the former on track to beat Drake's seven-day streaming record...
Lucian Grainge’s UMG was the big earner for Vivendi in Q2, as the world’s largest music group posted a 19% sales increase. The half-year numbers are pretty spiffy as well.
It was an extraordinary add week at Top 40 radio, with records by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis racking up 100+ stations apiece...
SUPER TUESDAY—STILL RADIO'S FAVORITE DAY
Three new records, north of 300 adds between them. (9/2a)
KANYE TO LIGHT UP ANOTHER BOWL
Yeezy will devote both nights at the Hollywood Bowl to one album. (9/2a)
APPLE, LUXURY BRANDS: MUTUAL ATTRACTION
Ian Rogers' move isn't so unusual. (9/2a)
HEY, GOOD INKIN’
Hank Sr. just landed in Jason Owen's Sandbox. (9/2a)
ALESSIA CARA'S BIGGEST FAN
Taylor hearts Def Jam newcomer. (9/2a)