RCA's promo team, under the eye of Joe Riccitelli, did indeed achieve their seven radio-format #1s, topping the chart at Top 40, Rhythm, Hot AC (all Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk") Alternative (Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance"), Active Rock, Mainstream Rock (both for Foo Fighters' "Congregation") and--drumroll, please--Gospel, where Jason Nelson's "I Am" is anointed. Joe will lead a karaoke mash-up of all the chart-topping songs in the lounge; attendance is mandatory.
It's finally official: Sony/ATV has announced the appointment of Rick Krim as Co-President U.S. The industry veteran will run West Coast A&R operations for Marty Bandier's pubco.
HITS President Karen Glauber poses with a lifelong object of her pop-geek adoration, singer/songwriter Gary Wright (the man who brought you "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive") at Saturday night's Wild Honey Orchestra benefit, during which a phalanx of top musicians performed The Beatles' The Beatles (aka The White Album) in its entirety. Wright turned in a terrific rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," while President Glauber (and others from this publication) wept audibly. For more on the evening, see Post Toasted.
Alabama Shakes' played two songs from their upcoming Sound & Color on SNL over the weekend. Those molten performances got us totally cranked to hear the whole album—and we weren’t the only ones…
You remember Apple’s last dog-and-pony show back in September, right? Tim Cook’s got another one coming up on March 9, and we don’t anticipate an encore performance from U2.
Sam Smith makes history, coming out on top following a tight race for #1 as the U.K. charts incorporate streams for the first time during the week of the BRITs.
Kanye West had an eventful weekend., to say the least.
Our industry whisperer’s latest look behind the scenes delves into the phenomenon of marketshare mania, the actual value of that slice of the pie in the scheme of things, the resulting befuddlement inside the bible, and the coinage of the colorful adjectives “bolt-on” and “strap-on.” How any of this plays into the list of names that comprises the coda of I.B’s column is known only to him
Expat exec James Steven—who also answers to Steven James—has been elevated to EVP Communications & Marketing at Warner Music.
We're sorting our radio news by format nowadays, but here's a quick tease. New tracks by Nicki Minaj, Zedd f/Selena Gomez and Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink are among the songs going for adds at Top 40 this week; more details here. Meanwhile, Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks and Tinashe impact at Rhythm. Stand by for more updates very soon.
MUMFORD WILL SOON BE TOP OF MIND AGAIN
Mayday! Mayday! (3/2a)
NIPPER RADIO UPDATE: LUCKY SEVEN
Pop, Rock, Rhythm ... Gospel? (3/2a)
I.B. BAD'S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
Who, when, where and why? (3/2a)
THE KRIM IN YOUR COFFEE
Rick's official at Sony/ATV. He's not bummed about the lack of snow. (3/2a)
President Glauber meets an idol. (3/2a)