WALK CAPTURES THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION
Big news from the House that Monte built (2/11a)
RECORD HEAT: THE L.A. MARATHON
It's complicated. (2/11a)
GRAMMY LINEUP: AND THEN THERE WERE 30+
Soul rock and neo-soul will be capably represented. (2/11a)
THROWBACK THURSDAY: GRAMMY BEEFCAKE
Sorry, girls, he's married. (2/11a)
A "STORY" FIT
We the Kings invade Madison. (2/11a)
Two weeks after they both burst onto the marketplace, how are Westbury Road/Roc Nation’s Rihanna and RCA’s ZAYN doing?
Lamar Odom, 50 Cent, Method Man, Pusha T, Anna Wintour and a gaggle of Kardashians made it out to Madison Square Garden Thursday, where Kanye West unveiled his latest clothing line and impressive new album, The Life of Pablo.
As Music’s Biggest Night approaches, the music biz has the full attention of august mainstream media outlets including the New York and L.A. dailies. Among the good reads are Ben Sisario’s chat with Irving Azoff and Katy Perry’s guide to Grammy parties, both in The New York Times, and Randy Lewis’ sitdown with Clive Davis in the Los Angeles Times.
Here’s a chance to listen to the sweet sound of British up-and-comers The 1975 live, playing their latest single "The Sound" via a session in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The band’s highly anticipated second album is out 2/26 and has had some very high praise indeed.
Charlie Walk has been elevated to President of the Republic Records Group. Monte and Avery Lipman jointly announced the big news this morning. Walk, hitherto EVP, has played a huge role in a career-best year for the company.
Our Grammy whisperer Paul Grein interviewed Grammy chief Neil Portnow in December, but much has changed since then. Several A-list music stars died. The #Oscarsowhite controversy rocked the Oscars. The Grammys announced that they will finally go live in all time zones. (Thank you, CBS.) So we asked Paul to check back in with Neil for an update.
This week, in our roundup of buzzing artists expected to break, Mad Love/Interscope R&B vocalist Tory Lanez and Glassnote's synthpop songstress, Aurora, both make their debuts. Lanez notably topped the Urban and Rhythm radio charts with his breakout single, "Say It." And Aurora is just getting started at Alt radio, but has already accumulated lots of love from the blogosphere and was hailed by Rolling Stone as one of 10 Artists You Need to Know. Click the links for more, buddy.
During his Country Radio Summit show at the storied Ryman Auditorium, MCA Nashville's Sam Hunt receives a plaque commemorating double-platinum sales of his album Montevallo. Seen just before frolicking in a hot tub full of Fireball are (l-r) UMG Nashville SVP A&R Brian Wright, UMG's Mike Harris, UMG Nashville ruler Mike Dungan, Hunt, Homestead/Red Light's Brad Belanger, UMG Nashville prexy Cindy Mabe and VP A&R Stephanie Wright.