This week, HITS' man behind the scenes looks back on the distinguished career of outgoing MTV chief Van Toffler and locates the tipping point at which the storied channel ceased to be recognizable as Music Television. I.B.'s column also delves into the latest action in the label and streaming sectors. We strongly suspect you’ll come across some information you didn’t know.
Here we go again. While there’s constant shifting in the bottom of the big board from week to week, the top three slots have consistently been occupied by Columbia, Republic and Capitol Music Group, the order of finish among the big three labels providing the only drama.
“Say, Dr. Dre,” asks our own Karen Glauber during this vintage fuck-the-genre-police photo shoot with N.W.A., “what do you think you’ll be doing in the far-off year of 2015?” Given his track record of making confrontational music that terrified the establishment, Dre reasoned that he would be given billions by a tech company and have his band’s story told in a blockbuster Hollywood movie...
One takeaway from this week’s leaderboard is that the biz clearly has a reigning triumvirate in year-to-date and weekly marketshare leaders Republic, Columbia and Capitol, who’veglommed up seven of the 10 slots...
UMPG celebrates Future's #1, Warner/Chappell on Broadway, Sony/ATV 's marathon session, Timbaland's new deal and more...
Our balls may be deflated, but Scott Shannon is still scoring bigtime. The broadcasting legend has inked a multi-year contract extension with WCBS-FM in NYC, stretching his tenure as morning-drive host. Scott Shannon in the Morning, which kicked off in March of 2014, airs weekdays from 6-10am; since its bow, WCBS’ weekly cume has shot up 20%, reaching about 4 million listeners.
Research conducted by the IFPI in response to allegations of thievery revealed that "record [companies] have actually safeguarded artists’ incomes as best they can as they have rebuilt their businesses for the digital age.
Facing real competition in the space, Spotify snuggles up to its users to gather some intel about all the feels with Apple Music...
One Direction alumnus Zayn Malik Instagrammed this pic of himself inking with RCA on Wednesday. He's been recording with producer Malay, who helmed Frank Ocean’s Grammy-winning Channel Orange. The former 1D member remains signed to SYCO via the “leaving member” clause of his contract, so now we know which Sony label will release. With 1D bringing out a new set this fall...
One of our moles has some intriguing info about Apple Music’s impressive stream numbers. Our Deep Throat says Epic’s chart-topping Future, who got 14 million+ streams on Spotify, scored 11m on Apple Music...
I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
Van's the man, says I.B., and his final VMAs will be must-see TV. (7/30a)
YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Three labels keep hogging the spotlight. (7/30a)
TOP 10 TRACKS
Did we mention that three labels keep hogging the spotlight? (7/30a)
ARTISTS NOT GETTING SCREWED BY THEIR LABELS, IFPI INSISTS
But Roger Goodell's not buying Frances Moore's claims. (7/30a)
SPOTIFY WANTS TO KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT APPLE MUSIC
Michelle S. has a take on Spotify's surprisingly transparent questionnaire. (7/30a)