Drake has revealed his fourth studio album, the insanely anticipated VIEWS, with a special episode of OVO Sound Radio that aired on Apple Music's Beats 1 and referred to the exclusive hang as a "global listening party" for the fans. The album is already #1 at iTunes...
We’ve been wondering who’d be picked to replace Polydor boss Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, who’s left his job at the UMG U.K. label to form a joint venture with Jason Iley’s Sony Music, and HITS sources have revealed two names...
During his appearance at Jeff Jampol's Music Business NOW class at UCLA, Republic President and Marketing Ace of the Skies Chopper Charlie conducts a helicopter safety drill, using the tops of his colleagues' heads to indicate cruising altitude. Later, Jampol and Jampol Artist Management's Arron Saxe tore off after a passing ambulance.
Beyoncé looks to do 475k-525k in album sales for her new Lemonade set (Columbia), and a whopping 575k-640k SPS. Track sales fuel a TEA contribution to the latter total of 80k-90k, while exclusive Tidal streaming adds 20k-30k SEA. Meanwhile, Prince will have another blockbuster week with multiple titles...
Drake has begun his official unveiling for the exclusive Apple Music debut of Views (YMCMB/Republic), starting with an in-depth conversation with Beats 1 commander Zane Lowe. The special-edition OVO Sound Radio episode will air at 7pm PST/10pm EST tonight, with the album being released to the world for streaming immediately after. Drake also tweeted out the tracklist...
The legacy of Prince, the return of Beyoncé, the erosion of sales from streaming, the Sony-UMG rivalry, the Sony executive bonuses and Greg Thompson's new job are among the topics broached in the latest dispatch from HITS' man behind the scenes.
At the recent UJA brunch honoring RCA's Peter Edge and Tom Corson, label EVP John Fleckenstein discusses creating a station of Yiddish favorites with Pandora's JP Evangelista and Lars Murray. Later, the online giant's execs—whose firm was just profiled by Fast Company and RAIN—pondered the acoustic properties of unleavened bread.
Team SONGS accepts Indie Publisher of the Year honors at the ASCAP Pop Awards alongside breakout writer/producer Diplo. Shortly thereafter, Diplo composed a monster club anthem about the many moods of Tom DeSavia's beard. Seen just before a typical indie meal of caviar and crushed diamonds are (l-r) SONGS' Ben Maddahi, Diplo and SONGS' Rob Guthrie, Greg Johnson, DeSavia, Carianne Marshall, Ron Perry and Matt Pincus.
TOP 15 WITH THE GOOD HAIR (UPDATE)
Bey's big bow. (4/28a)
DRAKE: 2 MILLION
That's, um, a lot. (4/28a)
On the cover, in Contents and in our hearts. (4/27a)
A HITNRUN PRINCE ALBUM AT RETAIL
More product to cry to. (4/27a)