I.B. BAD: MARKETSHARE MOVES HAVE RIVALS
The bible is flummoxed by the label chess match. (2/26a)
MASTER & COMMANDER
Who's the king of England today? (2/26a)
TOP 10 TRACKS
Republic gloms up half the leaderboard. (2/26a)
FRIDAYS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME—UPDATE
It's official: Friday will be the new Tuesday. (2/26a)
BRIT SPIKES DRAW BLOOD
Madge bounces up after going down. (2/26a)
The addition of RED to Columbia is being viewed by some as a tactical ploy intended to rattle the competition and by others as an unabashed marketshare grab—with Rob Stringer bolting on some marketshare of his own (to use his terminology) in response to enhancements made at UMG during the last two years at both Republic and Capitol.
Michael Rapino's Live Nation has released its financial results for 2014. Not wishing to baffle you with arcane economic jargon, they are big.
It's official: The IFPI has announced Friday as a global release day, with summer as the target for implementation.
The primary initial beneficiary of BRIT Awards exposure is WMG’s Royal Blood, who picked up the award for Best British Group and unleashed a hammer-of-the-gods performance of “Figure It Out.” Fellow Warnerite Ed Sheeran is #2 this morning, followed by UMG’s Sam Smith at #4 and 9, with Sony’s Paloma Faith at #7 and George Ezra at #8.
Looks like Sony U.K. has turned the boat around—and quite quickly, considering Jason Iley officially took the reins just last summer.
It was a meh week for the singles overall, but a fully awesome week if you were Republic. The 50 Shades tandem of Interscope ringer Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd is hot-hot-hot.
Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith took home two honors apiece at the BRIT Awards, while Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Mark Ronson f/Bruno Mars, Royal Blood and Paloma Faith were among the other big winners. In the company competition, Jason Iley's resurgent Sony led the way...
NBC’s The Voice ruled Tuesday night by a whopping 58% as the spring premiere of the vocal-competition series preserved 95% of its Monday premiere rating. That said, even Monday’s 4.0 with 18-49s was down significantly from 2014’s spring bow. The Tuesday show commanded more than 14 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/11 share in the crucial 18-49 demo.
Big Sean should easily take the #1 spot on our SPS chart next week. Here are this week’s key releases...