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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/17a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
STREAMING SONGS:
A LA "MODE"
That is totally sicko. (8/17a)
ARIANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA
Two generations of natural women (8/17a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
RUMOR MILL
cash
8/16/18

Travis Scott dominates this week's Song Revenue Chart, with eight of the Top 10 songs and all 17 tracks from his ASTROWORLD (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) in the Top 30. Those tracks together earned in excess of $2.6m. "FEFE," the 6ix9inine track featuring Scott's chart rival, Nicki Minaj, lands at #4 and earns a tidy $215k.


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Lucian
8/16/18

On the occasion of his receiving the 2018 Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at The Songwriters Hall of Fame, UMG topper Sir Lucian Grainge offers some thoughts about the songwriter's gift, the power of songs and the qualities required to write something that endures.


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NICKIGIF
8/16/18

This week's tight chart battle for #1 between Nicki Minaj's Queen and Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD is another skirmish in the longstanding competitive rivalry between Republic boss Monte Lipman and Epic prexy Sylvia Rhone. Earlier in the week the odds seemed very much in Scott's favor...


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sweetener
8/16/18

Ariana Grande has partnered with iHeartRadio to premiere her new album Sweetener on stations across the country beginning at midnight.


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Webp.net-gifmaker (32)
8/16/18

With fresh D2C offers appearing today on his web site, we’re giving Travis Scott the edge in a tight race with Nicki Minaj for #1.


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MMA
8/16/18

Sax player/singer Mindi Abair and writer/producer Harvey Mason Jr. have been appointed co-chairs of the Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee, whose immediate focus is ensuring that the Senate passes the Music Modernization Act. The Committee is also focused on...


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dan shay
8/16/18

During the #1 party for "Tequila" by Warner Music Nashville duo Dan + Shay, the following people imbibed enough of the titular beverage to strike up a conversation with a potted cactus...


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Simon Jones
8/16/18

AEG Presents has named Simon Jones to the newly created post of SVP Live Music International. Jones—who has been with AEG since the construction and launch of the O2 Arena—will head up the promotional operations for AEG Presents U.K., while also working closely with the AEG offices in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


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Ted
8/16/18

Visit iGen for an update on the Alternative radio world from our own Ted Volk, including the Go Fund Me campaign for PD Sean Demery, who suffered a devastating brain-stem stroke and whose family needs help with his medical expenses. Also in the latest round of dispatches...


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Greta Curtain video frame
8/16/18

Otherworldly humanoids share the Zabriskie Point-like desert landscape with the lads of Greta Van Fleet in the just-released video for “When the Curtain Falls,” the lead single from the band’s upcoming first full-length (Lava/Republic). Continuing the desert theme, the throwback rockers’ upcoming tour hits the iHeartRadio Festival on 9/22.


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Featured Video
Sugarland f/Taylor Swift, "Babe"
This midcentury melodrama, in addition to showcasing the Big Machine duo's steamy song, features Tay (who penned the concept for the cinematic clip) as a femme fatale. Pass the popcorn.
Looks like it's down to the wire in the chart battle between @NICKIMINAJ & @trvisXX https://t.co/0wtfFxdqs6 https://t.co/n1ec8AT12H
Rock isn't dead--it's just really stoned. Crank up our Alternative Route: X-Intern Selects playlist featuring… https://t.co/zoCxuoVzju
@SethAbramson Can we talk about "your name will go down on history?" There's a slogan for the Trump era.
Farewell to the Queen of Soul https://t.co/J9XdUGVSMx https://t.co/0881zvXMnf
The chart battle between @NICKIMINAJ & @trvisXX is heating up bigtime, as #FEFE is stripped onto her album...… https://t.co/9P7H1v8UkZ
Birthday #donuts, followed by a spate of self-loathing. https://t.co/SEuabFizch
You gonna finish that? #StupidQuestionsForZombies
Have a seat. https://t.co/KeMA0ZsuVp
Last night at @Flora_Cash https://t.co/zvbhJqWJ4i @sassantha @davidbason @ShpresaLleshaj @RCARecords @TeragramLA… https://t.co/a4nmxQfV4M
Thoughts on @NICKIMINAJ's #Queen from our own @MichelleSFresh https://t.co/umzoVc5ZM4 @YoungMoneySite… https://t.co/nS4yM0dBVs