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I.B. BAD CURATES YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/14a)
VIRGIN EMI FINDS LOST ONES
Cockle with muscles, alive, alive-oh. (8/14a)
QUEEN TINGS
Michelle S. on Nicki. (8/14a)
NOISEMAKERS
The new kids in town. (8/14a)
FLORA ON THE FLOOR
Le'ts Cash in. (8/14a)
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.
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I.B. BAD CURATES YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/14a)
VIRGIN EMI FINDS LOST ONES
Cockle with muscles, alive, alive-oh. (8/14a)
QUEEN TINGS
Michelle S. on Nicki. (8/14a)
NOISEMAKERS
The new kids in town. (8/14a)
FLORA ON THE FLOOR
Le'ts Cash in. (8/14a)
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.
RUMOR MILL
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8/14/18

Jimmy Iovine, Troy Carter, Oliver Schusser, Nick Holmstén, Ron Perry and Eric Wong are among the industry personages whose moves are the subject of the latest dispatch from our inside man...


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cockle et al
8/14/18

Universal Music U.K. label Virgin EMI is stepping up its homegrown A&R game with the launch of a new imprint named Lost Ones, tapping Apple exec Ashley Sykes and former RCA A&R Barry Burt to lead it, reporting to label head Ted Cockle. Its first signings are...


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8/14/18

Nicki Minaj's Queen rules the new-release roost this week. Let's take a look...


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Nicki less vertical
8/14/18

Michelle Santosuosso puts the fourth album from the renowned female rapper in perspective.


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cash
8/14/18

Artists need not be recouped to participate in proceeds from Sony Music's Spotify stock sale, the company says, as it continues to tout its policy for such disbursements...


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Webp.net-gifmaker (5)
8/14/18

The industry folk showcased here haven't appeared often in our publication–and after this mortifying experience, they probably hope they never will again.


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8/14/18

Last night, at the Teragram Ballroom in L.A., Bee & El/RCA's buzzing Flora Cash opened up for the Harvest crowd-drawers of Aquilo. "Nice Television shirt," manager Dave Bason told HITS' Samantha Hissong. "Is it vintage?" "I know, right? It's, like, so crazy to think of a time before Netflix," she replied before the duo's Shpresa Lleshaj taught everyone how to say "Cheers" in Swedish.


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8/14/18

Our latest Rock Streaming Songs chart has more Dragons action than Game of Thrones, as the KIDinaKORNER/Interscope troupe collects the top two tracks, four of the Top 10 and six overall...


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trav
8/13/18

Travis Scott's third proper studio album, ASTROWORLD (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic), has officially scored the second-biggest bow of the year. He debuts on our Top 50 Chart with approximately 553k.


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stock
8/13/18

The share prices of the three leading DSPs (or their parent companies) continue to fly...


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nielsen
8/13/18

The investment company Elliott Management Corp. has taken a significant stake in Nielsen Holdings with the intention of getting the TV ratings and music sales company to sell itself, The Wall Street Journal has reported.


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Britney-Spears-tickets-x2-Manchester-18th-August
8/13/18

Ticketmaster is shutting down its resale sites GET ME IN! and Seatwave in Europe, replacing them with a fan-to-fan face value or less ticket exchange service starting in October. The move arrives after years of lobbying by the British music business over what some perceive as unfair profiteering.


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miles
8/13/18

While the Mamma Mia! soundtrack is still at #1 on the U.K. Official Albums midweek chart, Miles Kane and Nicki Minaj look set to impact the Top 5. Over on singles, George Ezra is back on top.


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Nicki Minaj Queen
8/13/18

On the first episode of Nicki Minaj’s Beats 1 show Queen Radio Thursday, the rapper said that her album Queen would be coming Friday at noon EDT. One weekend later, the album sits at #1 on iTunes and #2 at Apple Music, and “Barbie Dreams” is Top 5 on both services.


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amazon
8/13/18

It isn't just about ASTROWORLD, Travis Scott's enormous #1 set; this week's HITS List is an all-access pass to the roller coasters, tilt-a-whirls and haunted houses that make up today's most thrilling biz stories...


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8/13/18

Sia, Diplo & Labrinth's "Thunderclouds" (RECORDS/Columbia) leads this week's pack of New Music Friday tracks with the #1 spot on the playlist. What else stood out during our weekend-long listening session?


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The-Meg-2018-movie-poster
8/13/18

Despite a lukewarm reception, Warner Bros.' shark flick, The Meg, drastically overperformed this weekend, bringing in close to $45m—enough to land at the top of the domestic box office. And two other debuts made the Top 5 this time around.


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Trippie Redd - LIFE
8/10/18

Nicki Minaj's Queen (YMCMB/Republic) has assumed the #1 throne on the iTunes album chart. She's followed by Jason Mraz's sixth studio album, Know (Atlantic) and the debut album from Trippie Redd on TenThousand Projects/Caroline.


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Barnett, Gerson, Jubelirer, Grainge Capitol Congress 2018
8/10/18

This is your go-to spot for smiling (bold)faces from the fifth annual gathering celebrating the present and future of the storied Hollywood label.


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la cintura
8/10/18

"Te Bote" retains the top spot on our Latin Song Streams chart, "Despacito" moves to #2 and "La Cintura" by Alvaro Soler bows at #12. Otherwise there's not a lot of radical movement, which is more than we can say for your butt when these songs start playing.


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Featured Video
Travis Scott, "Stop Trying to Be God"
The new Dave Meyers-helmed clip for the Epic star (whose new album is heading for a blockbuster #1 bow) is stuffed with strikingly biblical imagery: apocalyptic flames, sheep and sheherds, cloud-borne deities. The track, meanwhile, has a holy crew of guests: Philip Bailey, James Blake, Kid Cudi and Stevie Wonder . Check it out.
Final numbers on the second-biggest debut of the year, and more. https://t.co/J1ccK1D4nm @trvisXX @drake… https://t.co/x17yorv6Ik
We have a bet going in the office. What do YOU think #FEFE means?
A big change at @ColumbiaRecords https://t.co/DryuiK64Er
More @NICKIMINAJ action: https://t.co/vbKGHaFWKj #QueenRadio https://t.co/m2sjMfKHMo
"Without you, I'm like a #kanye without a #Kardashian." #SongsWeMeantToWrite
Greetings from the 5th annual #CapitolCongress @CapitolRecords https://t.co/uKSZUjqfQK https://t.co/0C4c0xUPo2
UPDATE: Despite all indications to the contrary, it now appears @lilpump's release date is TBA. Stay tuned.
The 8//17 showdown: @ArianaGrande vs. @NICKIMINAJ vs. @lilpump https://t.co/gpWHtmi8jD https://t.co/00ehfpuJfO
Top 20: How big will @trvisXX's debut be? How is the rest of the chart stacking up? Details:… https://t.co/K7KNTJcNXl