And yet the biggest music consumption story of the year was not even available on streaming services. We were awed by Adele’s record-crushing 25. We monitored daily activity across sales, streaming, airplay and social, and were thrilled to report on every new milestone she achieved, incredible by any measuring stick.
The shortlist of actors to play a young Han Solo has been "leaked." Who would you like to see make the part?
Sources tell Variety that after seeing thousands of actors, execs have cut the list down to about a dozen actors with Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, “Brooklyn” star Emory Cohen and “Everybody Wants Some” actor Blake Jenner among the names making the cut.
NDAs and test deals are still being worked out, but producer Kathleen Kennedy and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will begin testing the new group with a decision expected in the next couple of weeks.
Vox Vocis is gearing up to release their debut album In The Arms of The Sun on January 22nd. But, today, before the whole thing melts your face clean off your maxilla bones, we are bringing you a sneak peak at what the album has in store. Hit the replies to hear the band's new song "Breathe," which calls to mind the prog-rock leanings of post-hardcore acts like Dance Gavin Dance and early Closure in Moscow, but with a frenetic energy reminiscent of The Mars Volta.
Explosions In The Sky will finally release their new album, The Wilderness, on April 1st via Temporary Residence Ltd. The album is up for pre-order on their merch store and you can stream a new song called "Disintegration Anxiety" in the replies.
2. The Ecstatics
3. Tangle Formations
4. Logic of a Dream
5. Disintegration Anxiety
6. Losing the Light
7. Infinite Orbit
8. Colors in Space
9. Landing Cliffs
Adele's 25 was the No. 1 album with 194,000 equivalent album units (164,000 pure album sales), and is its seventh week being at the top spot. Twenty One Pilots' album Blurryface was No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 equivalent units (27,000 pure album sales). Rachel Platten's major label debut album, Wildfire, debuted at No. 5 with 45,000 equivalent units (29,000 pure album sales). The full top ten can be found over at Billboard.
The Nightmare Police hailing from Long Island, New York create a familiar yet powerful pop punk positivity that will surely make you sing along, the group should appeal to fans of The Story So Far, Transit, and just a little taste of Get Up Kids. We're premiering their music video for "Eighteen" in the replies. The track appears on the band's debut EP If Only I Could, which is available now.
David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.
Hit the replies to watch the memorial service for Lemmy of Motörhead who passed away on December 28th. You can see the eulogy from Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) a speech from Slashand the whole service in the replies.
I take no pride in keeping secrets that may be perceived as protecting criminals, nor do I have any gloating arrogance at posing for selfies with unknowing security men. But I'm in my rhythm. Everything I say to everyone must be true. As true as it is compartmentalized. The trust that El Chapo had extended to us was not to be fucked with. This will be the first interview El Chapo had ever granted outside an interrogation room, leaving me no precedent by which to measure the hazards. I'd seen plenty of video and graphic photography of those beheaded, exploded, dismembered or bullet-riddled innocents,...
MyMusicTaste, a startup that looks at fan interest for tours to help bands plan where to play concerts, has landed a new $10 million round of funding to expand. Catherine Shu, writing for Techcrunch:
Chief executive officer Ethan Jaeseok Lee came up with the idea for MyMusicTaste while running a Korean fan site for Coldplay. While trying to figure out why Coldplay hadn’t toured to Seoul yet, Lee realized how risky live concerts can be for music artists and organizers.