"We'll be playing songs you haven't heard," said Marcus Mumford before Mumford & Sons' boisterous set of new material at L.A.'s Roxy on Tuesday night, "so good luck to you."
After an atypically strong start to the year in terms of high-powered new releases, we’ve hit a dry stretch. Thus, Kendrick Lamar and Drake, who have the two most recent big albums, remain on the iTunes big board despite the latest onslaught of debuts. The most intriguing new entry is the latest from critical darling and indie-rock avatar Sufjan Stevens, whose Carrie & Lowell is being hailed as his best since his modern-day classic Illinoise 10 years ago.
We suggest you approach online media reports today (our own excepted) with a degree of skepticism, boys and girls. Because in case you hadn’t checked your calendar or the upper right-hand corner of your iPhone, it’s April 1. This public-service announcement has been provided by HITS—we’re your fools 365 days a year.
Head over to iGen for a crucial update on the Bill Carroll Capitol/iGen March Madness Contest, where you'll learn which entrants have a perfect score so far. Who's still alive in this thing? Who will win an Apple Watch? Who will get so stoned they fall asleep and miss the finals? The answers to some of these questions are right here.
Rihanna and Meghan Trainor pull in big adds at Top 40 radio this week, while Riri prevails at Rhythm (followed by Kendrick Lamar and Charles Hamilton f/Rita Ora). At Alternative, the big winner is Muse, with Of Monsters and Men and Breaking Benjamin enjoying serious action. Follow the links for more on the doings at these key Mediabase formats, and beware the April Fool's onslaught tomorrow.
Comparing the first quarter of 2015 with last year’s Q1 is confusing, to say the least. We owe you an explanation…
Lucian Grainge will receive the City of Hope's 2015 Spirit of Life Award this fall for his outstanding achievements in business and dedication to philanthropic causes.
Roc Nation's Rihanna rocked new single "Bitch Better Have My Money" on the iHeartRadio Music Awards; you can check out her performance at the link below. In the photo above, RiRi is seen with iHeart luminaries Tom Poleman and John Sykes, who helped unload her helicopter from Pittman's jet.
BE YE WARNED
Have you checked the date yet? (4/1a)
APPLE MUSIC SUB SERVICE COULD ROCKET TO 75M SUBSCRIBERS—SURVEY
This is not a hoax. (4/1a)
MUMFORD & SONS AT THE ROXY: ONE FOR THE BELIEVERS
They don't need no stinkin' banjo. (4/1a)
BILL CARROLL CAPITOL/iGEN MARCH MADNESS CONTEST UPDATE
How's your Sweet Sixteen bracket looking leading up to the Final Four? (3/31a)
The Itunes charts today are about long-term residents and transients. (4/1a)