Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tyler the Creator, Dominic Fike Hits Signal A Sony-Columbia Records Resurgence: Prez Ron Perry Launches at Last


For a long, long time, Sony’s Columbia Records was hit free. It was a very itchy, scratchy time. I wrote about new label prez Ron Perry at one point, wondering what the heck was going on. Sony’s Rob Stringer, who’d handpicked Perry, wasn’t so thrilled with me.

But when Perry signed Dominic Fike for $4 million, even I said it seemed like a great idea. Dominic Fike looked promising.

Well, now today, Columbia has the number 1 album with a new release from Tyler the Creator called “Igor.” They sold 172,000 copies, split pretty well between sales and streaming.

Meantime, Dominic Fike’s single, “3 Nights,” is a hit and — it’s really good. I can’t wait to hear his album.

Plus let’s not forget that Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is the smash hit of the year, in two versions– his solo and the duet with Billy Ray Cyrus. When that Lil Nas X album comes, look out, kids! And the scandal press has really helped as Billboard wouldn’t put the blockbuster on their country chart. Then Wrangler jeans fans didn’t like a rapper promoting their product. The more everyone’s complained, Lil Nas X has just laughed and laughed all the way to the bank!

Columbia Records is back. And just in time for Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Heroes” on June 14th.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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