KENDRICK RETURNS WITH "HEART"
What's gonna happen on April 7th...? (3/24a)
Insiders whisper over an exec's potential new deal. (3/24a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: CASH MONEY FROM THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX
Can you say "cha-ching?" (3/24a)
STREAMING SONGS: UNIVERSALLY DOMINANT
75% marketshare ... that's good, right? (3/24a)
Insiders say Tom Mackay is signing a deal to become head of a new division concentrating on music, film and TV for Sony Music. The veteran exec spent nearly 20 years at Republic, having joined the company at its inception, and most recently serving as West Coast EVP/GM. He enjoyed huge success there with...
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtual project Gorillaz is back with a highly anticipated fifth album, Humanz, set for release on 4/28 via Warner U.K. label Parlophone. Four tracks dropped Thursday, and a secret show will take place in London tonight. Plus, we hear there’s a host of innovative marketing moves to come.
The lineup for KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango has arrived, and Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Niall Horan, Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Noah Cyrus, Halsey and Julia Michaels are all on it. Fans can also expect a special guest performance from Alessia Cara at the event, which will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and is set for 5/13 at StubHub Center.
Kendrick Lamar’s new single has dethroned Ed Sheeran atop the iTunes songs chart, but there’s no budging Drake from the top of the albums and Apple Music charts. Six new releases, though, are in the Top 10 at iTunes on this flipover Friday.
In a meeting of the caps lock brigade, ZAYN and PARTYNEXTDOOR partner on “Still Got Time” (RCA), which is found at the top of this week’s New Music Friday playlist on Spotify. The playlist also includes two tracks each from Drake and Gorillaz and a tune from our new favorite band name, Bipolar Sunshine.
Billboard/Hollywood Reporter's Shirley Halperin and Jem Aswad are departing the company for rival trade Variety. The pair's exit further underscores the Bible's declining interest in music-industry coverage. Is Variety owner Jay Penske getting ready to buy Todd Boehly's media properties and end the misery? Stay tuned. In the meantime...