Windowing—a term long used by the film industry—has been adapted by the music business to denote the granting of exclusives to premium streaming services. In his latest column, our industry insider details some of the iterations of windowing that the majors are experimenting with in their efforts to maximize streaming’s vast potential.
Republic labelmates Ariana Grande and Drake stay locked in a dead heat for #1 on our Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart. On the album side, Ariana remains in an equally tight fight with Warner Bros. Nashville’s Blake Shelton. Here’s how it looks at midweek. We’ll update tomorrow as new info becomes available.
Tonight, on the season finale of The Voice, Little Big Town will open the show performing the new song "One of Those Days." It’s the first track from Wanderlust, an upcoming album the group made with Pharrell Williams, who produced and co-wrote the eight new songs, and it’s strikingly original.
It's looking like a battle for #1 on both the HITS SPS and album charts this week, as debuting Republic siren Ariana Grande faces off against labelmate Drake for SPS supremacy, while dueling with Warner Music Nashville's Blake Shelton for the top album spot.
During the afterparty celebrating Alice Through the Looking Glass, Disney Music Group chief Ken Bunt checks in with our own Samantha Hissong. "What did you think of the Lewis Carroll-themed refreshments?" Bunt asked. Sam replied that the cakes that said "eat me" reminded her of the HITS editorial style guide. The Alice ST, btw, comes out on Friday.
On the heels of announcing that its revenue had topped $2 billion for the first time, Spotify has unveiled a Premium for Family plan for $14.99 a month, the same price as Apple Music’s family plan. The streamery is also now offering a summer special: three months of premium membership for the one-month price of $9.99.
Music from The Voice has been dominating the iTunes leaderboard of late, with as many as seven out of the Top 10 tracks coming from show contestants. But nothing knocked Justin Timberlake's monster "Can't Stop the Feeling" out of the #1 spot—until now. What's more, finalist Adam Wakefield has done it with an original song. Will it last, or will this run follow the Voice trend and evaporate quickly?
I.B. BAD ON THE
How much is that doggie in the window? (5/24a)
HOLLY DECKS THE HALL, HOOKS UP WITH THE 'HORNS
One of our own gets accolades, making the rest of us green with envy. (5/24a)
LBT HOOKS UP WITH PHARRELL; MAGIC HAPPENS
A surprising collaboration yields delectable first taste. (5/24a)
ARIANA VS. DRAKE AND BLAKE
We have a horse race, boys and girls. (5/24a)
SPOTIFY IN THE FAMILY WAY (SUMMER UPDATE)
You can't say they're not trying to convert freebies to subscribers. (5/24a)