PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today’s installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »
The Grammys are almost upon us. “Music’s biggest night” is happening this Sunday, and the Recording Academy are firming up their roster of performers (while dealing with their own internal drama). Last week, we found out a couple of big names that were performing and the week before that we learned … More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
Tyler, The Creator recently sat down for an extended interview for Beats 1 with Zane Lowe, where he talked at length about his new album IGOR and, because the interview is an hour long, a whole lot else. He mentioned some artists that he wants to work with: Beyoncé and Jay-Z, naturally, as … More »
The rush that comes with a perfect pop song is elusive but unmistakable. “Pop music” can mean many things, but there’s a certain kind of monster jam that scans as POP MUSIC in neon lights, the kind that sends euphoria coursing through your nervous system and launches your body onto the dance floor. More »
After losing out on the Billboard 200 albums No. 1 spot to Tyler, the Creator—who hit his first No. 1 album ever with IGOR—DJ Khaled has not been taking the news lightly. According to insiders, The Father of Asahd producer allegedly threw a temper tantrum, blaming his label for not pushing his numbers and planning on hitting the Billboard Chart with a monster lawsuit for unfairly disqualifying 100,000 of his sales on Father of Asahd. The estimated 100,000 sales were included in bundled energy drink purchases sold through Shop.com; the dispute centered on whether Billboard had initially agreed to include those bundle figures in their calculations. A spokesperson from Billboard stated that Khaled’s downloads were discounted due to “strange anomalies in the data.” However, Billboard is reported to have counted IGOR downloads which were bundled with clothing merch and lawn signs.
Billboard’s president has defended their decision in disqualifying Khaled’s bundle sales, saying “we saw an organization encouraging purchases among their members by promising them material and organizational benefits.” Meanwhile, Roc Nation’s COO Desiree Perez also made a statement disputing Billboard’s decision on behalf of Khaled and other artists who are “forced to navigate bundling an album download with an inexpensive item that still effectively represents their brand.” Both Khaled and Tyler, the Creator fall under Sony representation.
On June 10, Khaled finally dismantled Tyler, the Creator from No. 1 and took to social media to announce the victory.
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Fan Luv thank you for all your love and support. We got the #1 Hip Hop album in the country this week! #FATHEROFASAHD TO THE WORLD! LION ORDER @wethebestmusic @rocnation @epicrecords ANOTHER ONE ! SUMMER IS OURS ! I’m in the music bizz not bundle bizz
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A new report from The New York Times examines how marketing “bundles” are helping artists bolster their positions on the Billboard charts. The Times notes that 18 of the 39 titles that hit #1 in 2018 included some sort of package deal, with access to merchandise or concert tickets. Travis Scott was the … More »
DJ Khaled released his new album Father Of Asahd last month. He really, really wanted it to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts. But even though it featured some of the biggest stars in the world — Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, J Balvin, Jay-Z, Travis Scott, SZA, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill … More »
Last month, DJ Khaled released the album Father Of Asahd. And since Khaled is more of a marketer than a musician, he did everything he could to hype up that album’s release. He rounded up appearances from some of the biggest stars in the world: Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, J Balvin, Jay-Z, … More »