At the BRIT Awards, WMG U.K. chief Max Lousada enjoys a classic anecdote from rock legend Jimmy Page, who recalled the time he and 17 groupies got high on mescaline and fired a TV set out of a cannon from the window of the Hyatt House. Later, the two enjoyed some lovely trout.
Word has it that after a fierce derby, Crush Music (principals Bob McLynn and Jonathan Daniel are pictured here) will be partnering with Columbia. According to sources familiar with the situation, one of the first releases will be from viral sensation MAX, slated for early spring. Look for a formal announcement in the coming weeks.
As record-breaking ratings continue for TV's Empire, the show gets its first real hit at iTunes, while a cast member snags a record deal.
Lots of Apple action in the tech and financial sectors, including the likely timing of the iTunes music service's unveiling, the continuing integration of Beats products into the Apple ecosystem and a major Wall Street move for the company.
Polydor EDM trio Years & Years debuts at #1 on the singles chart, outpacing the new one from Kanye West, for the moment, at least, while Oasis' enduring appeal among Brits is apparent at the top of the album chart.
Columbia's Hozier performed "Work Song" on last night's Fallon; fan screaming ensued. The Irish troubadour's album and smash "Take Me to Church" re-entered the iTunes Top 10 charts today.
The “Blurred Lines” trial made the front page of the L.A. Times this morning, with reportage by pop critic Randall Roberts, as mainstream media runs with the unfolding story. The Times also belatedly jumped on NBC Universal’s rehiring of Andy Lack—who showed far more acumen as a TV exec than a music mogul—as Chairman of NBC News and MSNBC.
Sleater-Kinney and Loren Bouchard, creator of the Fox animated series Bob's Burgers, collaborated on the video for "A New Wave," from the beloved indie-rock trio’s recently released No Cities to Love (Sub Pop).
The Alternative Press Music Awards have announced the nominees for the new Best Music Video category, and Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon and A Day to Remember are among the contenders.
Lucian Grainge (or Lucian Grainge CBE, as he’s known across the pond) will receive the 2015 Creative Fusion Award at the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards. This award "recognizes an individual who exemplifies the special creative relationship between the U.K. and California, and whose creative talents and business acumen have had a profound impact on the way we live, work, and play."
COLUMBIA'S CRUSHING IT
A marriage of true minds (3/6a)
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
The BRITs still cast their shadow. (3/6a)
LIFE IMITATES ART IN EMPIRE'S KINGDOM
Fox hip-hop show is a pop-cultural phenomenon and a commercial springboard. (3/6a)
The Beatles of tech prepare their next wildly anticipated release. (3/6a)
A NEW WAVE, WITH EXTRA MUSTARD
A tune and a toon have a baby. (3/6a)