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MARELLA MOVES TO THE TOWER
Steve Barnett makes an announcement. (8/31a)
THE 2016 CMA NOMINATIONS ARE HERE
Church, Morris and Stapleton lead the way. (8/31a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: TWO SIRS, WITH LOVE
Sir McCartney's on our cover and probably wondering why he deserves such cruel & unusual punishment. (8/31a)
ACM CONCERT HONORS COUNTRY GREATS
The big shindig went down in Nashville last night. You'll have to wait a little longer to catch it on TV, though. (8/31a)
IT'S ELEMENT-ARY (UPDATE)
What's Michael Rapino up to? (8/31a)
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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MARELLA MOVES TO THE TOWER
Steve Barnett makes an announcement. (8/31a)
THE 2016 CMA NOMINATIONS ARE HERE
Church, Morris and Stapleton lead the way. (8/31a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: TWO SIRS, WITH LOVE
Sir McCartney's on our cover and probably wondering why he deserves such cruel & unusual punishment. (8/31a)
ACM CONCERT HONORS COUNTRY GREATS
The big shindig went down in Nashville last night. You'll have to wait a little longer to catch it on TV, though. (8/31a)
IT'S ELEMENT-ARY (UPDATE)
What's Michael Rapino up to? (8/31a)
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
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8/31/16

While the drama surrounding Frank Ocean, Apple and UMG plays out, Spotify—a huge source of revenue for the rights holders—has begun to push back against those Apple exclusives by threatening to remove artists’ music from the service’s playlists, at the same time the Daniel Ek-led company is trying to secure better terms from the rights holders as they renegotiate their deals moving forward. 


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8/31/16

It’s official. Industry vet Greg Marella has been tapped to join Capitol Music Group as EVP Promotion, CMG Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced today.


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8/31/16

As I.B. Bad noted in a recent column, the streaming business is now throwing off real money, and we’re still in the early stages of the transition. Here’s a breakdown of the relationship between the Top 25 tracks in sales and their respective streaming totals for the week ending 8/25, and the estimated revenue each track generated from sales and streams during that period... 


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8/31/16

Sting strikes an "I'm pretty sure that's my Uber driver" pose on his new album 57th  & 9th, which A&M/Interscope will release 11/11. He unveiled the album cover of  his first pop-rock album in more than a decade today and debuted the first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” on KROQ.


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8/31/16

Eric Church, Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead this year’s Country Music Association Awards with five nominations each, signaling a closing of the gap between the two (unspoken) kinds of modern country: the critically acclaimed, street-connecting coterie vs. the classic, radio-driven mainstream. With this year's noms, the CMA continues the trend of recognizing more serious music rather than merely acknowledging radio velocity.


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8/31/16

The most recent issue of our print publication features the incomparable Sir Paul McCartney, newly returned to Capitol, while our Contents Page VIP is UMG ruler Sir Lucian Grainge, whose recently issued policy on digital exclusives seized the news cycle. Why these two knights agreed to be part of our benighted rag is a mystery.


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ACM Honors
8/31/16

Kelsea Ballerini paid tribute to Crystal GayleMaren Morris honored Tanya Tucker and The Band Perry performed “MacArthur Park” in a salute to songwriter Jimmy Webb at the 10th Annual ACM Honors, held Tuesday at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

 


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8/31/16

Sting, who dropped his upbeat new single and joined KROQ's Kevin and Bean for an interview and mini-concert on Wednesday morning, is one of many stars we somehow hornswoggled into posing with our print publication over the years...


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8/31/16

Tony winner and S-Curve crooner Leslie Odom Jr. joins Phil Collins for a duet on "In the Air Tonight" at the opening ceremonies of the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium (in Odom’s native Queens, N.Y.). The paring marked Collins’ first major public performance in six years. Later, Steve Greenberg played air guitar with a tennis racket.


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ELEMENT
8/31/16

It now seems that, contrary to prior rumors, Michael Rapino has done the deal to bring Chris Woltman's Elementary1 Marketing and Management company (which includes Twenty One Pilots) directly into Live Nation. Guy Oseary is said to have made the introduction, but the company will not be folded into Maverick.


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8/31/16

Pink Floyd will celebrate their 50th anniversary with an exhibition at London’s V&A Museum, beginning May 2017. Will there be flying pigs?


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8/30/16

Epic's Meghan Trainor dominates T40 with her new single "Better," while Columbia's Beyoncé cruises to Most Added at Rhythm with "Hold Up," no doubt powered by her VMAs performance, while Capitol's Empire of The Sun grabs #1 at Modern Rock with "High And Low"...


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8/30/16

Lots of talk at the label level about data-crunching company BuzzAngle, which is rapidly gaining traction and appears to be the new go-to analytics tool for marketing execs and radio programmers, who like the “drill-downable” features of the Jim Lidestri-led service. The integration of Mediabase radio data, meanwhile, in a deal spearheaded by Alissa "Force of Nature" Pollack, has accelerated...


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8/30/16

BMLGR/BMLG's Florida Georgia Line (pictured) will take the #1 spot on the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart. Columbia's Barbra Streisand and RCA's Britney Spears are hot on their heels at #2 and #3, respectively, though.


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8/30/16

Epic EVP promo Todd Glassman poses with stars Meghan Trainor and Yo Gotti, who collaborated on Trainor's "Better," which they performed jointly on Fallon Monday. Later, the three enjoyed a five-day tour of L.A. Reid's new house.


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8/30/16

Kesha’s return on Zedd’s “True Colors” pushes the track up 118 slots on the Shazam USA Top 100 Chart, making it the week’s biggest gainer.


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8/30/16

In tune with the heatwave/actual summer happening in Blighty at the moment, there are two older sunny tracks making big gains on the Official Singles Chart.

 


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8/30/16

For the second week in a row, two U.S. acts are vying for the Official Albums #1 in Blighty on Friday as Barbra and Britney battle it out. So who’s ahead at midweek stage?


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8/30/16

Spotify founder Daniel Ek travelled to Lake Como, Italy to marry longtime girlfriend and mother of his two children Sofia Levander, with Chris Rock officiating, Mark Zukerberg in attendance and Bruno Mars as the wedding singer...


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8/30/16

"Our research tells us Shonen Knife is going to be huge," Jeff Ayeroff and Jordan Harris tell Phil Quartararo in this immortal shot from the Alternative boom. That research turned out to be a guy on Silverlake Boulevard who had a tattoo of a spider on his face...


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The Republic diva's steamy new clip marks the debut of Guess Music (and showcases a lot of hotties looking way better in Guess clothes than we ever will). The track, meanwhile, is moving toward the top at iTunes. As a side note, we have a recurring nightmare that everyone else in our spin class looks like the cast of this video, and we're in a grubby T-shirt with sticking-up hair and a pot belly. Just saying.
Is @Spotify pushing back against @AppleMusic exclusives by threatening to remove artists’ music from playlists? https://t.co/REDLFRxAek
Mazels to @gregmarella, newly anointed as @CapitolRecords EVP/head of promo. Hey buddy! https://t.co/JTkv93mxR5 https://t.co/d0qQrSNr7Y
.@FLAGALine looks set for a #1 bow but @BarbraStreisand & @britneyspears arent far behind. See our early projections https://t.co/jKgdunyNeY
.@BuzzAngleMusic is rapidly gaining traction & seems to be the new go-to analytics tool for execs & programmers: https://t.co/fRMVg096bb
"Why majors are majors": dancing over @DNCE success https://t.co/w5xU3X9LQT @charliewalk @RepublicRecords @Philymack https://t.co/6l8tK9lVck
"@ZipperClubMusic is #GoingTheDistance with new album release." @GaloreMagazine's interview: https://t.co/OTuTSHmGai https://t.co/tiHdFQG66q
.@Universal & other rights holders are struggling w the value of @AppleMusic exclusives & their impact on business: https://t.co/RPKEzxA8BW
Although the @vmas have become an end-of-summer ho-hum event, @Beyonce killed it & walked away as the big winner: https://t.co/Dg2UB8OUqq
Have you seen the new Revenue Chart yet? Find out which songs are earning the most https://t.co/TrXNoN4yOa @TheChainsmokers @MAJORLAZER @Sia
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