The second annual iHeartRadio Country Festival, which went down Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, encompassed the entire spectrum of the rapidly expanding genre.
The Verge reports that Apple is pushing to kill “freemium” streaming at Spotify and elsewhere, prompting Justice Department scrutiny.
Pour yourself a hot cuppa, buttter up a crumpet and let's survey the chart action at BBC Radio 1 and 2 and Global's commercial-broadcast biggies Capital FM and Heart, starring Iggy, Meghan, Taylor, Hozier, Florence, Catfish and more.
Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's "Pretty Girls" collab (RCA), which leaked over the weekend, is now #2 at iTunes. The track, hitting Pop and Rhythm radio now, was co-produced and co-written by Anglo-American troupe The Invisible Men, who also worked on Iggy's smash "Fancy."
Alternative breakouts In the Valley Below celebrate inking with Sony/ATV by posing with A&R VP Jacob Fain. Later, everyone followed Jake to Brooklyn for the weekly Craft Beer and Fanciful Mustache Marathon.
The first full day of next week’s Music Biz 2015 confab in Nashville, Tuesday, 5/12, ends with music—specifically a Universal Music showcase and a "live-to-acetate" performance courtesy of Jack White's Third Man Records.
With their eighth studio album, The Magic Whip—first full-length in 12 years—Blur has topped the U.K. album chart. And that's not the only thing making waves across the pond. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's 1989 flies #10-2; OMI's "Cheerleader" is the #1 single.
The Avengers destroys at the box office, as sequel Age of Ultron earns the second-biggest box office opening ever with $188m, coming up just short of its predecessor's record...
Dave Goldberg, chief executive of tech research powerhouse SurveyMonkey, digital-music industry pioneer and former Yahoo Music chief, died on Friday night of undisclosed causes; he was 47.
DOJ SAID TO BE LOOKING INTO APPLE AND FREEMIUM
Others looking into who benefits from advancing this story. (5/4a)
YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
Britney + Iggy = yes, please. (5/4a)
YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Avengers: Age of Ultron only earned $188m? How pathetic. (5/4a)
MUSIC BIZ PLUGS IN
First-night music, direct to acetate. (5/4a)
DAVE GOLDBERG, R.I.P.
Farewell to a tech pioneer and a genuine mensch. (5/3a)