FUTURE'S 11 MILLION
Golly gee, he's really popular. (7/29a)
L.A.'S CYCLE OF HITS
Here's why we've been writing "They Love L.A." and "Reid His Lips" all these years. (7/29a)
IS APPLE MUSIC BEHIND THE DECLINE IN SALES AND STREAMS FROM RIVALS?
Well, is it? (7/29a)
ISLAND, THE WEEKND SPEND WEEKEND ON ISLAND
See what we did just then? (7/29a)
A DOC THAT ROCKS
Keef is coming to Netflix. (7/29a)
One Direction alumnus Zayn Malik Instagrammed this pic of himself inking with RCA today. 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...
Rob Stringer, Joel Klaiman and Team Columbia present artist George Ezra with a plaque commemorating platinum sales for his single "Budapest." Later, they were all forced to destroy their cell phones after Donald Trump made their numbers public...
Backstage at her recent benefit, RCA Nashville's Miranda Lambert greets Sony Nashville's new Chairman/CEO, Randy Goodman, EVP/COO Ken Robold and EVP Steve Hodges. The group recalled "saladgate" and how comparing female artists to tomatoes is ridiculous, with Lambert noting that if being compared to lettuce is the alternative, maybe a new analogy is in order. Then everybody enjoyed some BBQ.
Epic’s L.A. Reid has succeeded over the last two years by breaking a handful of new acts—A Great Big World, KONGOS, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony and, most recently, hip-hop chart-topper Future. With a new smash from AGBW, his string of recent hit acts now enters its second cycle.
Def Jam chief Steve Bartels and EVP/GM Faisel Durrani flank siren Leona Lewis during an event previewing her new set, I Am..., during which she also performed. Then she took more pictures.
Island U.K. ruler Darcus Beese welcomes The Weeknd to a music fest and retreat at Osea Island in the South of England. The artist arrived via helicopter for a special performance, and there was a BBQ, a campfire and a nice game of Rounders, a British predecessor of baseball that’s somehow more obscure than cricket...
WHAM! DCD2/Crush/Warner Bros.' New Politics just dropped the video game-inspired music video for their latest single, "West End Kids." Get nerdy with them and DCD2 labelmates Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Travie McCoy, LOLO and MAX, who all make appearances.
Today we're introducing a chart showing sales and streaming consumption patterns year-to-date, with the data updated through 7/23. It reveals a fascinating trend...
On a sultry late-July afternoon, iHeartMedia's Beata Murphy and John Ivey dropped by Hollywood’s Conway Studios for a heavy hang with Republic rising star Hailee Steinfeld and her creative posse. In this high-end photo op, Steinfeld makes nice with the two radio rainmakers flanked by songwriters Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter (l), and producers Mattias Larsson and Robin Frediksson. The group then repaired to the artist lounge for margaritas and Seinfeld reruns while brainstorming sitcom concepts for Hailee. Steinfeld’s “Love Myself” launches 8/7.