The most recent issue of our print publication features the incomparable Sir Paul McCartney, recently returned to Capitol, while our Contents Page VIP is UMG ruler Sir Lucian Grainge, whose recently issued policy on digital exclusives seized the news cycle. Why these two knights agreed to be part of our benighted rag is a mystery.
Sting is one of many stars we somehow hornswoggled into posing with our print publication over the years. By the time this shot was taken, he was not only already a pop-music icon but also a dashing movie star. All these years later, he's unleashing some rockin' new music and we're ... about to keep publishing the same dreck we've plopped into the world for three decades.
It now seems that, contrary to prior rumors, Michael Rapino has done the deal to bring Chris Woltman's Elementary1 Marketing and Management company (which includes Twenty One Pilots) directly into Live Nation. Guy Oseary is said to have made the introduction, but the company will not be folded into Maverick.
Epic's Meghan Trainor dominates T40 with her new single "Better," while Columbia's Beyoncé cruises to Most Added at Rhythm with "Hold Up," no doubt powered by her VMAs performance, while Capitol's Empire of The Sun grabs #1 at Modern Rock with "High And Low"...
Lots of talk at the label level about data-crunching company BuzzAngle, which is rapidly gaining traction and appears to be the new go-to analytics tool for marketing execs and radio programmers, who like the “drill-downable” features of the Jim Lidestri-led service. The integration of Mediabase radio data, meanwhile, in a deal spearheaded by Alissa "Force of Nature" Pollack, has accelerated...
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: TWO SIRS, WITH LOVE
Sir McCartney's on our cover and probably wondering why he deserves such cruel & unusual punishment. (8/31a)
ACM CONCERT HONORS COUNTRY GREATS
The big shindig went down in Nashville last night. You'll have to wait a little longer to catch it on TV, though. (8/31a)
IT'S ELEMENT-ARY (UPDATE)
What's Michael Rapino up to? (8/31a)