American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced a number of new staff changes including Molly Neuman's hiring as vp and Jennifer Masset's promotion to senior director membership services.
Ariana Grande's new album My Everything has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the 21-year-old pop singer two No. 1 albums in less than a year. She's the first woman to debut at No. 1 with her first two albums since 2010.
At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards, Arctic Monkeys took home the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.
One of the highlights of the inaugural L.A. edition of Made In America was Afrojack's hour-long set, which found fans chanting his name even before he began playing. This is one of the last times American fans will see him in 2014, though, as he plans to spend most of the rest of the year in Europe.
After an unfortunate season of drug-related tragedies and behavioral arrests, EDM festivals may have reached a turning point. On Tuesday (Sept. 2), Miami's Ultra Music Festival announced that it is no longer all-ages. The next installment takes place on March 27–29, 2015, and will require attendees to be at least 18 years old.
Sofi de la Torre's single "Vermillion" has not yet appeared on any Billboard charts, has sold a negligible amount of downloads and has been viewed 22,000 times on YouTube. Ignoring the statistics for a second, however, "Vermillion" is a total game-changer, in relation to both the aesthetic of its former folk-rock artist and how seriously she deserves to be taken as a pop act.