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DRAKE STILL WEARING SPS CROWN IN PHOTO FINISH
Ariana-Drake battle is down to the wire. (5/31a)
"OPHELIA" VISITS BARBARATOWN
The Lumineers go #1 Alt. (5/31a)
JOHNSON'S "TEARS" ON A TEAR IN U.K. (UPDATE)
Simon Cowell has another starlet on his hands. (5/31a)
NEW RELEASES: THAT'S A RAP, RAPTORS (UPDATE)
Drake's team lost, but he's still undefeated. (5/31a)
THE ULTIMATE WEASEL BEACH READ
We're salivating, and you are too. (5/31a)
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The songs that go boom.
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DRAKE STILL WEARING SPS CROWN IN PHOTO FINISH
Ariana-Drake battle is down to the wire. (5/31a)
"OPHELIA" VISITS BARBARATOWN
The Lumineers go #1 Alt. (5/31a)
JOHNSON'S "TEARS" ON A TEAR IN U.K. (UPDATE)
Simon Cowell has another starlet on his hands. (5/31a)
NEW RELEASES: THAT'S A RAP, RAPTORS (UPDATE)
Drake's team lost, but he's still undefeated. (5/31a)
THE ULTIMATE WEASEL BEACH READ
We're salivating, and you are too. (5/31a)
WINNING WITH WINDOWING
Formulas that work.
PUB WINNERS
The songs that go boom.
MANAGERS TALK ARTIST DEVELOPMENT
You know, because they're the ones who do it.
RUMOR MILL
ariana
5/31/16

After a massive push by Republic amid the tightest battle in recent memory, Ariana Grande bowed at #2 on both the HITS SPS and album charts. The race was especially intense with labelmate Drake...


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Powerhouse Jim Miller CAA book
5/31/16

Author/pop-culture analyst Jim Miller, who dissected SNL and ESPN in his previous books, has a new one coming 8/9 that all of Hollywood will be reading. It’s tantalizingly titled Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency


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CATFISH
5/31/16

British band Catfish and the Bottlemen are on course to end the week at #1 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart with second album, The Ride (Island), hurtling 20k sales ahead of Beyoncé's Lemonade (RCA). So what’s their story?


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la traviata
5/31/16

In Europe for MIDEM, Glassnote chieftain Daniel Glass suited up to visit the luxe confines of the Rome Opera for its acclaimed production of La Traviata, where he exchanged fashion insights with iconic designer Valentino. Meanwhile, at a marketing meeting back home, an A&R kid in sweatpants used his iPhone to scratch his junk.


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5/31/16

The massive buzz surrounding YG's brand new single, "Why You Always Hatin?" (Def Jam), has propelled the track, which features Drake and Kamaiyah, to #1 on the Shazam USA Top 100's Biggest Movers list.


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5/31/16

 The week's two biggest debuts, by Capitol Nashville's Dierks Bentley and Epic's Fifth Harmony, are likely to come in at #2 and #3 on this week's Sales Plus Streaming chart behind YMCMB/Republic's streaming colossus, Drake.    


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5/31/16

Republic’s Drake topped labelmate Ariana Grande on the HITS SPS chart after a nip-and-tuck battle, while Warner Music Nashville’s Blake Shelton was king of album sales.

 


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5/31/16

While perusing Facebook in the hours before Game 7 between OKC and Golden State ("Bay Aria" reads the L.A. Times headline), we came upon this photo, posted by our own Karen Glauber. It was accompanied by the following, deeply disturbing caption...


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Louisa Johnson
5/31/16

The new track from WMG’s Clean Bandit and SYCO’s X Factor 2015 winner Louisa Johnson, “Tears,” has shot to #5 on the U.K. Official Singles Chart at the midweek stage, thanks in part to a storming performance on Simon Cowell’s hugely popular TV talent show, Britain’s Got Talent, Saturday night on ITV.


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5/31/16

Leading lights of the music biz consider windowing in the latest installment of our cartoon catastrophe, Airhead. Please accept our heartfelt apologies in advance.


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5/31/16

Yea, you guessed it. Drake's "One Dance" (YMCMB/Republic) holds the #1 spot at all three of our represented Spotify charts (worldwide, U.S. and U.K.) for a sixth week. Meanwhile, his "Too Good"—a beloved album cut with Rihanna—joins the U.S. and global Top 10s; it entered in the U.K. last week. That means Drizzy now has four songs in the stateside Top 10 and two worldwide.


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5/31/16

Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse scored biggest at the domestic box office with $65m from the three-day holiday weekend. Although the number does fall within the studio's predictions, it happens to mark only the sixth most successful three-day cume in the franchise's history. The only other debut in the Top 5—Alice Through the Looking Glass—landed at #2 with $28m, bringing Disney right up to about $4b earned at the global box office so far this year.


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bruno
5/27/16

The scorched-earth policy of William Morris Endeavor’s John Marx with respect to Bruno Mars has been effective, as the superstar will remain at WME rather than defecting to CAA. Mars’ decision to stay with WME follows a tumultuous episode involving...


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fifth-harmony-compressed
5/27/16

Epic's Fifth Harmony will have the #1 song at Top 40 as "Work From Home" (SYCO) ascends to the top, while YMCMB/Republic's Drake successfully fends off G.O.O.D./Def Jam's Desiigner for #1 at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, The Lumineers are on pace to be the new #1 with "Ophelia" (Dualtone)...


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5/27/16

Windowing—a term long used by the film industry—has been adapted by the music business to denote the granting of exclusives to premium streaming services. In his latest column, our industry insider details some of the iterations of windowing that the majors are experimenting with in their efforts to maximize streaming’s vast potential. 


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Paradise Cove
5/27/16

Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton, two artists with much in common, including TV stardom and a chart competition, are locked in the two top slots in HITS List, your set of 10 talking points for the three-day weekend. 


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FameHouse
5/27/16

Universal Music Group has acquired digital marketing agency Fame House from SFX Entertainment. CEO and founder Mike Fiebach and Eric Hahn, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, will continue to lead the agency, reporting to UMG EVP/CFO Boyd Muir and EVP Michele Anthony.


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5/27/16

In another sampling of our recent special issue History of the Music Biz: The Mike Sigman Interviews, we explore how Bhaskar Menon, then head of Capitol, broke Pink Floyd in the U.S.


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skylar and martin
5/27/16

Martin Kierszenbaum's Cherrytree Records will be exclusively distributed through Warner Music Group’s ADA as it begins to operate as a wholly independent operation...


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tears
5/27/16

The new track from WMG’s Clean Bandit and SYCO’s X Factor 2015 winner Louisa Johnson, “Tears,” which has rocketed to #9 on the iTunes U.K. singles chart less than 24 hours, has the makings of the British summer anthem of 2016.


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.@ArianaGrande in second, twice: https://t.co/yqiCxyodxD #DangerousWoman @RepublicRecords https://t.co/Y7TdGi59BW
The war between #WME and #CAA has seriously escalated: https://t.co/xtRGncDAoV @BrunoMars @ladygaga @RATM @maroon5
@littlebigtown hooks up with @Pharrell, magic ensues: https://t.co/fdo8ar2gs3 @NBCTheVoice @iTunes #OneOfThoseDays https://t.co/GD0zy3ow5U
.@S_C_ & @Beyonce's collaborative album (and response to #LEMONADE) is supposedly complete & coming soon: https://t.co/G32TEfLtY8 @TIDALHiFi
RT @ColumbiaRecords: It's here! Watch @Adele's visual for her new single #SendMyLove at https://t.co/gRpm1UdqO7 https://t.co/ZjUds6zSXe
It's looking like a battle for #1 on both the HITS SPS & album charts this week: https://t.co/GfFL8E8dUn @blakeshelton @ArianaGrande @Drake
.@UMG & @SonyMusicGlobal face off over @Harry_Styles: https://t.co/QLrUXTWHQh @CapitolRecords @Polydor @jefezoff #Directioners @onedirection
RT @JonesJourno: U.K. midweeks: @ArianaGrande in Blighty @HITSDD https://t.co/CvBGOTmY5n
RT @JonesJourno: David Joseph and Max Lousada discuss BBC Radio shake-up @HITSDD https://t.co/1y3o9cJ7zi
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