Veteran label executive Gregg Nadel has been named as President of Atlantic Record Group's Elektra Records. Nadel, who has been General Manager of Elektra for the past two years, is a twenty-year veteran of the Atlantic records team and most recently served as General Manager of Elektra, stepping in after the departure of Jeff Castelaz.
The U.K. recording industry’s top contest, the BRIT Awards will be held Feb. 22nd at London's O2 Arena. The awards reshaped its voting panel after the 2016 show was rocked by controversy over the lack of black nominees. Here is a full list of 2017 Brit Awards nominees:
"The music industry can really fuck you up," writes David Emery, VP Global Marketing Strategy at Kobalt Label Services in this important essay/how to guide. "It’s all well and good to talk about it ... (but) breaking it down into some small things that might make working in the music industry slightly less likely to cause more stress than it really needs to."
Nielsen Entertainment and Billboard announced they will be shifting 19 genre album charts from sales-based to consumption-based charts that blend album sales, track equivalent sales and streaming equivalent plays. The change will take effect with the tracking week ending Thursday, January 26ths for the Billboard charts dated February 11th.
It was record breaking week on Spotify for Drake and The Weeknd. Drake's "One Dance" is the first song to reach a billion streams there. And, The Weeknd's album, "Starboy" has more than 500 million streams on Spotify, making it one of the fastest growing albums there, and the first artist to pass 40 million listeners.
[UPDATED] Spotify is in the midst of protracted renegotiations with the major labels, and a sticking point, according to multiple sources, is the music companies' desire to scale back the streamer's free service. But Spotify apparently has different ideas, and is testing a free music on-demand feature that would make paying $10 per month for premium service less attractive.