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REVENUE CHART: SOMETHING YOU
CAN BANK ON
Time to fire up those calculators. (8/26a)
I.B. BAD: SEA CHANGE
The week that was will have plentiful repercussions. (8/26a)
EXCLUSIVES: YAY OR NAY? BRITISH EXECS SPEAK
In brief, they're not big fans of the practice. (8/26a)
HELP ME, WANDA
No, he's not the latest Bond villain determined to rule the world. (8/26a)
EMELI SANDÉ TEASES COMEBACK
Powerhouse singer has some unfinished business to take care of. (8/26a)
HITS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (NOT)
A conundrum of the streaming age.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
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REVENUE CHART: SOMETHING YOU
CAN BANK ON
Time to fire up those calculators. (8/26a)
I.B. BAD: SEA CHANGE
The week that was will have plentiful repercussions. (8/26a)
EXCLUSIVES: YAY OR NAY? BRITISH EXECS SPEAK
In brief, they're not big fans of the practice. (8/26a)
HELP ME, WANDA
No, he's not the latest Bond villain determined to rule the world. (8/26a)
EMELI SANDÉ TEASES COMEBACK
Powerhouse singer has some unfinished business to take care of. (8/26a)
HITS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (NOT)
A conundrum of the streaming age.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
RUMOR MILL
UMG3
8/29/16

Universal and the other rights holders have been struggling with the value of Apple exclusives and their impact on business globally...


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8/29/16

During Republic Records' post-VMAs soiree—"presented by GUESS® in celebration with Cîroc® and water by FIJI® with additional partnerships from Chromecast and Heineken," as the press release helpfully points out—the label's Monte Lipman, Chopper Charlie Walk and Wendy Goldstein and manager Phil McIntyre join Best New Artist VMA winners DNCE and pal Nick Cannon for a victory op. Later, CW took all and sundry on a whirlybird tour of the five boroughs.


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8/29/16

This week’s Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) chart marks the first time in 2016 in which three new releases will debut with numbers higher than 100k.


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8/29/16

What was once one of the most important events of the fall season around Labor Day has become an end-of-summer ho-hum event. At any rate, Beyoncé was the big winner in terms of trophies and a show-stopping performance, Rihanna got multiple looks and Kanye West debuted a new video after a rambling, stream-of-consciousness speech.


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8/29/16

During Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the U.S. Open, Capitol artist Troye Sivan explains to promo exec Joe Rainey that increasing the spin on a tennis ball cannot be accomplished over the phone. Meanwhile, Radio Disney's Phil Guerini awaits texted instructions from Goofy


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Don
8/29/16

Screen Gems' new thriller, Don't Breathe, took the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, earning $26m. It also received rave reviews, which resulted in a solid 86% Rotten Tomatoes score. And the film is certainly a financial success, considering its low budget of $9.9m.


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8/29/16

Frank Ocean  scored his first-ever #1 in Blighty with Blonde, which was  released via his own Boys Don’t Cry. So how far off was that 40k prediction?


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PhilCollins
8/29/16

Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will perform a duet with Phil Collins at tonight’s opening ceremonies for the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Odom’s native Queens, N.Y. It will be Collins’ first major public performance in six years.

 


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rock the vote
8/26/16

With the hot dragon breath of our 30th Anniversary issue now palpable on our necks, and with the unrelenting election season draggin' on, we offer this vintage Rock the Vote tableau featuring former President and (perhaps) future "First Laddie" Bill Clinton in full pop-culture pander mode with execs Ashley Newton and Ray Cooper, then of Virgin. When this first ran, it was captioned with a lusty "virgins" joke in Bubba dialect, but given the hellscape our politics have become, that just seems kinda quaint now.


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FRANK OCEAN   BLONDE
8/26/16

Frank Ocean has certainly been making headlines. His Blonde has officially topped the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 278k. Considering 232k is purely sales, it’s also #1 on the Album Sales Chart. That’s the year’s third-biggest debut, after Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia).


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Todd Boehly
8/26/16

Sources say the recent rumor about WME buying Todd Boehly’s Billboard-Hollywood Reporter-Dick Clark Productions media portfolio is pure vapor, and that Boehly's Eldridge Industries is seeing very little interest in the marketplace as BB and THR continue bleeding money at the rate of about $20 million per year. Many believe such rumors are being leaked to ramp up interest in DCP—the one part of the media group that remains attractive to potential buyers—but that the $1 billion asking price is thought to be very aggressive. Stay tuned.


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8/26/16

Is what happened last week between Frank Ocean, UMG and Apple game-changing? It certainly was for Universal, in that it triggered... 


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8/26/16

Holy helicopters, Chopper Charlie! Republic Records has teamed with apparel giant Guess to launch Guess Music. The first project, launching on 8/28 on the Guess site, will be the premiere of Ariana Grande's "Side to Side" featuring Nicki Minaj.


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babs
8/26/16

Frank Ocean, Lucian Grainge, Apple, Spotify and ... Barbra! These and more are featured in the latest edition of our cheat sheet of industry doings, HITS List. Read it, learn it, sing it.


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fgl1
8/26/16

Celebrating their Budweiser presents One Night Only album-release show at the MSG Theater, the gents of Big Machine Label Group's Florida Georgia Line pose with Big Loud Management's Craig Wiseman, Seth England, Kevin "Chief" Zaruk and Joey Moi. Seth later pointed out that he was contractually entitled to drink 15% of the Budweiser.


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Execs
8/26/16

The debate over streaming exclusives has reached a fever pitch this week following Frank Ocean’s surprise Blonde, and Lucian Grainge’s subsequent ban. What do those working in the British music industry think about the issue du jour?


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8/26/16

Broken Bow superstar Jason Aldean joined some of his favorite biz folks for this cheery photo op, although once the following people learned it would be running on this website there was much need for whiskey: (l-r) BBR Music Group VP Marketing JoJamie Hahr, NASH FM's Jesse Addy, Aldean, BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba and VP Promo Lee Adams.


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Sande
8/26/16

Virgin EMI star Emeli Sandé has teased her first new music in more than three years...


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FGL
8/26/16

Big Machine Label Group’s  Florida Georgia Line and RCA’s Britney Spears take the top two positions in the early morning race of new releases. Dig Your Roots, the third album from the team of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, sits in the pole position as one of eight rookies in the iTunes Top 10 on flipover Friday.


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wang
8/26/16

The latest rumor has Chinese firm Dalian Wanda Goup as the frontrunner to purchase Todd Boehly's Billboard-THR-dcp media empire. The Fortune 500 company, led by Wang Jianlin ("China's richest man," per Reuters) and founded in 1988, is China's largest commercial property company and the world's largest movie-chain operator; it recently acquired a controlling stake...


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Maren Morris, "Once" (Live from RCA Studio A)
This intimate performance, straight from Music Row, was recorded in glorious black-and-white especially for NPR. Morris' performance of the final song on her acclaimed HERO album prompted rapturous praise from NPR, which compared her to the likes of Beyonce and Adele and noted she is "claiming her space among the divas." See for yourself.
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RT @SuperiorMP: Check out @superiormp in @HITSDD today! https://t.co/0fvnbx7V8Z https://t.co/nJO2eEa0se
RT @MichelleSFresh: My review for @HITSDD on #Blonde & the bond with Frank Ocean: https://t.co/cJQX4hk1Mg #Timeless #NewMusic
RT @AppleMusic: #BLONDE from Frank Ocean. Exclusively on Apple Music. https://t.co/bk5j3bWsja https://t.co/AHOHnbCPJJ
RT @AppleMusic: Watch the world premiere of Frank Ocean's #Nikes. Exclusively on Apple Music: https://t.co/XTx0eF7vBD https://t.co/MvPelfCWqe
The latest update of our revenue chart is here. Who's getting how much from where? https://t.co/lNRPG1C43S @djsnake @TheChainsmokers @Sia
RT @ladygaga: LADYGAGA NEW SINGLE PERFECT ILLUSION SEPTEMBER https://t.co/dXeumTvIFe #PerfectIllusion #LG5
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RT @MusicBizAssoc: .@HITSDD Rumor Mill - REVENUE CHART: HERE’S WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON https://t.co/Bc2cvCtDXF
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