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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/17a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
STREAMING SONGS:
A LA "MODE"
That is totally sicko. (8/17a)
ARIANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA
Two generations of natural women (8/17a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch is bigger than ever. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: KANYE DEBUTS AT #2
6/8/18

Kanye West has settled for second place on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Ye (Virgin EMI), which means that the Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) has been #1 for 18 out of the 23 chart weeks this year—in other words, nearly 80% of 2018 to date. Has the top of the albums chart ever been this stagnant?

The Greatest Showman sold a combined 38k over the last seven days to deny West the #1 spot. However, Ye was the most played album on streaming services, where it earned 82% of its sales.

Ben Howard is the second highest new entry with his third Top 10 album, Noonday Dream (Island), hitting #4. Further down, Roger Daltrey is new at #8 with As Long As I Have You (Polydor) and Swedish rockers Ghost have a career-best at #10 with Prequelle (Spinefarm). 

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