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UPDATE: PAGE SIX DIVES INTO THE TIDAL NARRATIVE
Did Post's gossip page get it all wrong? (4/27a)
MOTOWN GOES HOLLYWOOD
Opening night Tuesday at the Pantages. (4/27a)
PANDORA PUTS ITS THUMBPRINT ON BREAKING RECORDS
Thumbs have gotten people this far since hitchhiking was invented. (4/27a)
CALLING ALL WEENIES
KROQ busts out the deets on the 2015 Weenie Roast y Fiesta. (4/27a)
YOUR WEEKEND
BOX OFFICE
We are Furious yellow. (4/26a)
MONTE ON A ROLL
Republic field general talks it likes he walks it.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
The next batch is being cooked up.
APPLE'S STREAMING ROLLOUT
Will iTunes-Beats hybrid be a Spotify slayer or an also-ran?
CHART SHAKE-UP
Tuesday's chart-topper pushes the envelope.
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FUTURE FORTUNES
4/27/15

ATO's Alabama Shakes are on their way to a #1 bow on this week's HITS Album Sales and SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) charts. Look for Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLG/ Republic’s Zac Brown Band to rule the following week, with Glassnote's Mumford & Sons slated for a chart-topping bow the week after that...


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Jay Z
UPDATE: PAGE SIX DIVES INTO THE TIDAL NARRATIVE
4/27/15

Sources at Sony say this weekend’s Page Six story about the alleged “streaming war” surrounding Jay Z’s Tidal music service got the facts all wrong. These sources say the label group is allowing Tidal to use its music while negotiating a deal that’s considered industry standard—and very similar to the terms of their deals with iTunesSpotify and other streaming services. Stay tuned.


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OFFSPRING'S ETERNAL
4/27/15

When you think EdgeFest, you think edgy. And when you think edgy, you think iHeartMedia ruler Bob Pittman, seen here with Time Bomb alt-rock heroes The Offspring and iHeart and KDGE Dallas/Ft. Worth folks at the modern-rock confab. Shortly after this shot was taken, Pittman threw a flaming TV set out a hotel window and then hurled himself into a nearby mosh pit. Later, he discussed microbiology and hot sauce with Dexter while they took turns piloting Pittman's jet. Seen feeling edgier than ever are (l-r) the band's Greg K, iHeart's Brad Hardin, the band's Pete Parada and Dexter, Pittman, the band's Noodles, KDGE's Kelly and the band's Todd.


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PANDORA PUTS ITS THUMBPRINT ON BREAKING RECORDS
4/27/15

Pandora’s THUMB Moments program uses the app’s “thumbs up” feature to connect fans to artists, and the numbers they’ve generated are also rating a thumbs-up. Campaigns on behalf of SYCO/Hollywood's Bea Miller and DCD2/Island's Fall Out Boy have surprised users who recommended the artist by transporting them to live video chat/performance sessions...


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KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2015
CALLING ALL WEENIES
4/27/15

SoCal’s rite of spring returns to its longtime home of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 16. Here’s the skinny. Click for larger view of poster.


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FIFTY SHADES OF AW YEAH
4/27/15

Cherrytree/Interscope artist Ellie Goulding, seen here with Cherrytree boss Martin Kierszenbaum, is celebrating the arrival of her Fifty Shades smash "Love Me Like You Do" at #1 at Pop radio. To mark the occasion, Kierszenbaum organized a music festival, taught a tango class and supervised a jam session in his office while simultaneously doing a remix on his phone. 

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MOTOWN GOES HOLLYWOOD
4/27/15

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. views the L.A. opening of Motown: The Musical later this month as a manifestation of “a fairytale that happened to come true.”


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JAY Z TWEETS...
AND TWEETS
4/27/15

Breaking his own traditional Cone of Silence on social media, Jay Z took to Twitter Sunday morning amid a rising wave of backlash in order to defend his Tidal streaming service... 


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DARAB TO CULTIVATE TOWER'S VINE
4/27/15

Capitol Music Group has tapped Mitra Darab as SVP Marketing, reporting to EVP Greg Thompson. The industry vet will lead the “Vine” group overseeing marketing and digital on Sam SmithFive Seconds of SummerTori Kelly and other artists...


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SNAKE & TAPE
4/27/15

Page Six also dusted off the old Irving Azoff/snake-in-the-mailbox story in an item about wife Shelli threatening Sony Pictures brass last summer after the studio refused to let the Azoffs screen the film Sex Tape on their yacht...


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Building Album Sales Chart
Status: Building 61.10%
LWTWArtists, Album, Label
-1
ALABAMA SHAKES
SOUND & COLOR
ATO
--2YELAWOLF
LOVE STORY
SHADY/INTERSCOPE
203DRAKE
IF YOU'RE READING THIS, IT'S TOO LATE
YMCMB/REPUBLIC
24REBA MCENTIRE
LOVE SOMEBODY
NASHVILLE ICON
65TAYLOR SWIFT
1989
BIG MACHINE
116SAM HUNT
MONTEVALLO
MCA NASHVILLE
57FURIOUS 7
SOUNDTRACK
ATLANTIC
78SAM SMITH
IN THE LONELY HOUR
CAPITOL
169MEGHAN TRAINOR
TITLE
EPIC
--10PASSION PIT
KINDRED
COLUMBIA
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Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"
A car-crushing tank, a "Munsters" riff, a mechanical bull and other adventures highlight the DCD2/Island rockers' lastest clip.
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