As our 30th Anniversary Special Issue thunders ever nearer, like a veritable Horseman of the Apocalypse (riding an ass, perhaps), we continue our deep dive into the HITS archives. In honor of our diamond benchmark, here's a classic set of family jewels: legendary promo man John Fagot demonstrating the principles of the game to his Capitol staff...
Mad Decent/Def Jam's Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ are impacting both Pop and Rhythm radio today with "Cold Water," while T40 welcomes the Country and retail smassh from Republic Nashville's Florida Georgia Line, "H.O.L.Y.," and a long=awaited follow-up song from Island's Mike Posner, "Be As You Are" while at Modern Rock, Warner Bros. launches Banks & Steelz' "Giant." Click the links for more info, buddy...
Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) earns another 88k to hold at #1 on HITS’ Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart for a second week following blink-182’s usurpation. Since its May release, though, it’s been on top for eleven nonconsecutive weeks. And guess what? Views is officially the first album to score 1m in SEA (Streaming Equivalent Albums) thanks to 1.5b+ streams.
"Cold Water," the new smash from Mad Decent/Def Jam's Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MØ, flew to #1 at iTunes shortly after its release Thursday evening/Friday morning (depending on your time zone). Who wrote and produced this summer jam? Read on.
Three debuts appeared in the Top 5 highest-grossing films this weekend, with Paramount's Star Trek Beyond leading the pack at #1. Although, the J.J. Abrams-produced blockbuster opened to solid reviews and an 85% from Rotten Tomatoes, the $60m it earned is a disappointment when compared to Star Trek Into Darkness' $70m in 2013.
Long before he was making RNC delegates crap their pants with fear about the swarthy-hued boogieman under their beds, Rudy "Subject Verb 9/11" Giuliani was available for photo ops like this one with Glassnote chief Daniel Glass, who clutches a publication that should strike terror into all but the stoniest heart. Speaking of which, our 30th Anniversary Issue is coming soon...
Drake has scored yet another week at #1 on the U.K. Official Singles Chart with “One Dance” (Island) now notching 15 weeks at the top, putting him on par with Wet Wet Wet’s record in ’94, “Love Is All Around.” On the Official Albums Chart, Polydor soul man Michael Kiwanuka has scored his first #1 with second album Love & Hate.
"Cold Water," the long-awaited new track from Mad Decent/Def Jam's Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber, dropped tonight, with pop radio world premiering the song at midnight while streaming on Spotify and for sale on iTunes, where it's already flown to #1.
MAJOR LAZER AND JUSTIN BIEBER JUMP INTO "COLD WATER"
Will lightning strike twice? (7/22a)
“VICE”—MIRANDA’S COUNTRY NOIR
She's back, and she's got some attitude. (7/22a)
HITS LIST: LOCK IT UP!
This is the week America learned the term "dystopian." (7/22a)
BBC TV’S BLANKET BAN ON U.S. MUSIC
Now they hate us too. (7/22a)