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.
Following the loss of Tidal’s second CEO, Peter Tonstad, an array of upper-management executives have been jumping of the Tidaltanic. Sources tell us that not only has SVP Label and Artist Relations Zena Burns bailed, but that in the past two weeks Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Geisler has accepted a similar post at Saatchi & Saatchi. Roc Nation EVP Jennifer Justice is also rumored to have abandoned the Good Ship Jay...
A newly light-haired Bono and bandmate The Edge joined the legendary Yoko Ono at the unveiling of the John Lennon Amnesty International Tapestry at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The 24'x10' tapestry's showing marked the 40th anniversary of Lennon receiving his green card...
Kanye West, Sam Smith, The Who, Lil Wayne, Kenny Chesney, The Weeknd and Coldplay are among the artists slated for the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas on 9/18-19...
“Say, Dr. Dre,” asks our own Karen Glauber during this vintage fuck-the-genre-police #TBT shot with N.W.A., “what do you think you’ll be doing in the far-off year of 2015?” Given his track record of making confrontational music that terrified the establishment, Dre reasoned that he would be given billions by a tech company and have his band’s story told in a blockbuster Hollywood movie...
Here we go again. While there’s constant shifting in the bottom of the big board from week to week, the top three slots have consistently been occupied by Columbia, Republic and Capitol Music Group, the order of finish among the big three labels providing the only drama.
RCA rulers Peter Edge and Tom Corson join Zayn Malik for a photo op to celebrate the former One Directioner's inking with the label, which will release his solo debut in tandem with SYCO. Simon Cowell called RCA "the perfect label" for Zayn's solo music, while Edge and Corson praised the young artist as "a genius songwriter with an incredible voice." Later, Donald Trump tried to have them all deported.
Mark Tindle has joined Kenny MacPherson’s Big Deal Music Publishing to spearhead its new Global Music Initiatives. Tindle, most recently SVP at Musicmetric (recently purchased by Apple), will oversee the new service's leveraging of data and tech for the development of new partnerships, and be in charge of procuring haggis for MacPherson.
One takeaway from this week’s leaderboard is that the biz clearly has a reigning triumvirate in year-to-date and weekly marketshare leaders Republic, Columbia and Capitol, who’veglommed up seven of the 10 slots...
UMPG celebrates Future's #1, Warner/Chappell on Broadway, Sony/ATV 's marathon session, Timbaland's new deal and more...
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. (7/30a)
YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Three labels keep hogging the spotlight. (7/30a)
TOP 10 TRACKS
Did we mention that three labels keep hogging the spotlight? (7/30a)
TIDAL: PLAN OVERBOARD, OR JAY Z'S 100TH PROBLEM
Executive exodus as service sinks in the stream. (7/30a)
PUB CRAWLING: FUTURE TALK
Plus a songwriting session that looks like the audience for a concert. (7/30a)