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I.B. BAD: RISE OF THE
NEXT-GEN BALLERS
A hot list of buzzing execs and entrepreneurs (8/18a)
REVVING IT UP: TOP 50 MONEYMAKERS
So what else is new? (8/18a)
CHART STORY: KESHA MAKES IT RAIN
She's back and she's big. (8/18a)
TAYLOR SWIFT IS SIGNALING SOMETHING
Gird your loins. (8/18a)
THE RIAA TEARS LYOR
A NEW ONE
Put that in your YouTube. (8/18a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
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I.B. BAD: RISE OF THE
NEXT-GEN BALLERS
A hot list of buzzing execs and entrepreneurs (8/18a)
REVVING IT UP: TOP 50 MONEYMAKERS
So what else is new? (8/18a)
CHART STORY: KESHA MAKES IT RAIN
She's back and she's big. (8/18a)
TAYLOR SWIFT IS SIGNALING SOMETHING
Gird your loins. (8/18a)
THE RIAA TEARS LYOR
A NEW ONE
Put that in your YouTube. (8/18a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
RUMOR MILL
jerrylewis
8/20/17

Jerry Lewis, the comedy legend who died Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 91, was a success in film, television and philanthropy over the course of eight decades. His beginnings, though, were on the nightclub stage—and long before Dean Martin had a Top 10 hit, Lewis had one of his own.


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8/19/17

With no splashy debuts to block his path, Kendrick Lamar will likely return to #1 next Friday. Here's how things look on the new-release front.


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kesha
8/18/17

As expected, Kemosabe/RCA’s Kesha wins this week’s chart battle by a landslide. The highly anticipated Rainbow—her first studio album in five years, and the only collection we know of to feature both Dolly Parton and Eagles of Death Metal—has officially gone #1 on the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 119k.


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LYORJULY4
8/18/17

The RIAA has issued a response to YouTube Music chief and erstwhile party clown Lyor Cohen's recently blogged remarks about YT's payments (which he claims are bigger than Spotify's from its free tier). "Let's be real about what we know," goes the article, titled Five Stubborn Truths About YouTube and the Value Gap.


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TSWIFT
8/18/17

Taylor Swift is off the grid. Her Facebook and Twitter accounts have been cleared of the last 20 months of posts, her website is a black hole and her Instagram and Tumblr accounts are blank. Which means…


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durrani
8/18/17

Def Jam EVP/GM Faisel Durrani has announced that today (8/18) is his last one at the label.


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ibb1224-animated
8/18/17

In the second installment of a two-part column, HITS' industry insider spotlights eight highly regarded individuals who possess the chops to become future music-industry moguls.


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8/18/17

Change occurs so gradually at the top of any streams-driven chart that it’s tempting to repeat what we wrote about the BuzzAngle-powered Song Revenue Chart last week—or the week before that. It’s hard to recall a time when Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/Justin Bieber's "Despacito" wasn’t #1, DJ Khaled wasn’t #2 or scrappy Epic wasn’t fighting over its weight—this week snagging 40% of the Top 10 real estate.


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21 SAVAGE   BANK ACCOUNT
8/18/17

Slaughter Gang/Epic's 21 Savage has the #1 streaming song in the land this week with the aptly titled "Bank Account," which rules the roost with 15.5m streams, displacing prior champ "Despacito." Epic has three of the Top Four songs this week.


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8/18/17

While the music-biz focus is squarely on Spotify’s subscriber growth, the service is spotlighting the free tier in the run-up to the direct listing—because ad revenue is a big deal indeed to potential investors. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, marketing chief Seth Farbman, who came to Spotify from Gap in 2015, made the company’s dual priorities crystal clear.


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Dave-East-Paranoia-A-True-Story-Cover
8/18/17

Chart watchers have noted another significant breakthrough in progress, as rapper Dave East unleashes his long-awaited full length album Paranoia: A True Story via Def Jam and immediately launching to #1 on iTunes...


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TheKillers.IG
8/18/17

Shawn Mendes tries to hold off Charlie Puth at T40, while DJ Khaled and French Montana dominate the top spots at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Killers arrive in the Top 5...


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team mendes
8/18/17

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a large group of people converges around a large plaque summarizing the large success of Island's Shawn Mendes...


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TP and whimsical rug
8/18/17

This is the time of year when the heat is at its most blistering and the summer feels interminable. But amid the mid-August torpor, the individuals we’ve gathered for our weekly aggregation of all-star players are on the move like hyped-up hares hippity-hopping over trundling tortoises. Looking remarkably cool in the stultifying heat are...


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DUA LIPA (1)
8/18/17

Warner Bros. Records has scored its first Official Singles Chart #1 under the new leadership of Phil Christie with fresh act Dua Lipa and slow-burner “New Rules.” Also, Lipa’s first #1 ends a long drought of chart-toppers from female solo artists in Blighty.


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iheart columbia pretty much
8/18/17

Following their Teen Choice Awards performance, SYCO/Columbia's PRETTYMUCH found themselves at Sony's iHeartRadio Summit soiree. Seen wondering who will take the Middle-Aged Radio Exec Choice Award for Cutest Smile are...


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Dave-East-Paranoia-A-True-Story-Cover
8/18/17

Having built a fan base through a string of mixtapes, Def Jam’s Dave East ascends to #1 at iTunes on this flipover Friday with his 13-track set Paranoia: A True Story. It’s one of nine newcomers in the Top 10.


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8/18/17

If there's one thing that is consistently true about Miley Cyrus— it's that the star is in an almost constant state of evolution, which takes a thoughtful turn with the release of her new single and video, "Younger Now"...


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High5
8/18/17

A perfect day for our Steve Banon piñata to arrive! Before we spark a fatty, put on a blindfold and start swinging wildly—is there a more apt description of Trump’s political style?—here are the week’s top stories, the HITS High Five.


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8/18/17

You guessed it. Justin Bieber f/BloodPop's "Friends" (Republic) is the track on top of Spotify's New Music Friday Playlist today. As for what follows, there's Chris Brown's "Questions" (RCA) and Thomas Rhett's "Grave" (Valory/BMLG).


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Moneybagg Yo, "Important"
The Memphis MC drops some visuals to illustrate his Federal 3X mixtape (N-Less/Interscope), recreating a photo shoot and demonstrating that he's well-suited for the spotlight.
RT @JoeArmenia: oh, you know how it goes...kesha, bieber, joe armenia. obvs. thanks @HITSDD for the honour https://t.co/OjZIImnQIn
It's three years to the day since @taylorswift13 dropped "Shake It Off." Are we right to think #TS6IsComing?… https://t.co/ZDpeyWiMqH
RT @justinbieber: #Friends lyric video https://t.co/b7DmNCbX6O
With her social blackout, "@taylorswift13 is signaling something"--let's check the dates of prior drops.… https://t.co/xz0WU6b9ul
Hey, Pollack's dog just ran off with my joint!
The @royalblooduk fan club @wiltern https://t.co/C1kEBA3iLX @allihagendorf @robgoldklang @mattpinfield @wbr https://t.co/SVjF0LqRzX
.@justinbieber does it again, and with an assist from @bloodpop. New single #Friends is red-hot:… https://t.co/rMAYgrGkdL
.@ShaniaTwain impresses us much. She's hitting the road in 2018 supporting album #NOW with 42 tour stops:… https://t.co/oj3vZHQO7S
ICYMI: @KeshaRose graces the cover of our most recent print edition. We'll make it up to her somehow. @RCARecords https://t.co/wYoB3Xvhxf
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