In this pic, posted by the superstar on Instagram, YMCMB/Republic megastar Drake celebrates scoring a billion streams on Apple Music with the tech giant's Eddy Cue, Tim Cook and Larry Jackson. "This is momentous," Cook proclaimed, "and I can't wait to listen to Views again, as soon as I figure out where to plug in my headphones."
The eligibility year for the 59th annual Grammy Awards ends 9/30. Let’s see how the key races are shaping up. We'll start with Best New Artist...
"Thank goodness I didn't wear MY wig and giant bow tonight as well," reflects iHeart's Tom Poleman during this festive backstage photo op with prexy John Sykes and Monkey Puzzle/RCA's Sia at the iHeart fest in Vegas. "That would've been mortifying." Meanwhile, in the background, Crush's Jonathan Daniel sought shelter under Sia's headgear.
At the weekend’s iHeartRadio fest in Vegas, Warner Bros. EVP/promo kingpin Peter Gray and EVP Commerce, Digital Marketing and Strategy Larry Mattera welcome artist Bebe Rexha to the Warner Music Backstage Lounge, featuring two-for-one fajita platters until 7pm. Later, Peter was notified that he’d left his pants at the baccarat table.
Sony's Western remake, The Magnificent Seven, was the highest-grossing film in America this weekend, earning a mediocre $35m, which is particularly unfortunate considering its $108m budget. Warner Bros.' family-oriented animation, Storks, followed, debuting at #2 with $22m. It's worth noting that this is the fifth weekend in a row that the Top 12 earned less than $100m combined.
Backstage at Luke Bryan's sold-out show at L.A.'s Fabulous Forum, the Capitol Nashville superstar is joined by manager Kerri Edwards of Red Light and our own Todd Hensley. Bryan's every move onstage evoked deafening screams from the capacity crowd; later in the evening, Hensley frightened a skunk.
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A loaded release schedule. (9/26a)
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Best New Artist has at least a dozen contenders. (9/26a)
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Add filmmaker to his impressive resume. (9/26a)
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Shawn Mendes takes the early lead. (9/26a)
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Chainsmokers lead the way. (9/23a)