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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
Van's the man, says I.B., and his final VMAs will be must-see TV. (7/31a)
YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
We said it yesterday and we reiterate: Three labels keep hogging the spotlight. (7/30a)
GRAINGE EXTENDS REIGN
Five more years! Five more years! (7/31a)
CHART STORY:
STURM UND DRANG
AND CHA-CHING
L.A. has two in the Top 5. (7/31a)
TIDAL: PLAN OVERBOARD, OR JAY Z'S 100TH PROBLEM
Which has a bitter chance of outlasting the competition, Tidal or Trump? (7/31a)
25 YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE
President Glauber's Anniversary and the History of a Revolutionary Format.
NASHVILLE CATS
Who's moving the needle in Music City.
APPLE, SPOTIFY AND PERCEPTION
Reflections in the stream.
STREAM WARS
The Force awakens.
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Lucian Grainge
GRAINGE EXTENDS REIGN
7/31/15

UMG topper Lucian Grainge has inked a new five-year deal to continue his reign as Chairman/CEO until at least 2020, Vivendi has announced.


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CHART STORY:
STURM UND DRANG
AND CHA-CHING
7/31/15

Blues Babe’s Jill Scott has topped the HITS Building Album Sales Chart with 58k and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 61k for Woman. Meanwhile, Epic's Lamb of God, Shady/Interscope's Southpaw soundtrack and SYCO/Hollywood's Bea Miller all debut in the Top 5.


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YOUR PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
7/31/15

Heeeey, buddy! There's a whole lot goin' on in the radio world. For one, KidinaKorner/Interscope's X Ambassadors are going into their eighth week atop the chart at Alternative. At Rhythm, XO/Republic's The Weeknd defends his throne from potent charges by Ultra/Columbia's OMI and Capitol's Silento. However, OMI and his team will be cheering loudly, as he seizes the #1 spot at Pop. Follow the links for details, and remember, don't drink and DJ... or do. We really don't care. 

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"DOWN" IS THE NEW DIRECTION
7/31/15

SYCO/Columbia's One Direction set the web (and many hearts) ablaze last night when they dropped brand new single, "Drag Me Down," which is currently #1 at iTunes. The announcement was first made by band member Liam Payne via Twitter, who described it as a "bit of a surprise." Take a listen, luv...


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IRISH UP
7/31/15

During a visit to Y98 St. Louis, Capitol's gifted Irish troubadour Gavin James queries label promo goddess Patty Morris and station PD Marty Linck about the U.S. news cycle. "What's all this I'm hearing about deflated balls?" he asked. "Don't you Yanks have a pill for that?" Later, the three frolicked in a kiddie pool filled with Guinness.


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YTD MARKETSHARE AT THE SEVEN-MONTH MARK
7/31/15

There’s an apples-and-oranges wrinkle to these year-over-year stats—not unlike the deflated balls-and-deflated boobs crap we’ve been bombarded with this week... 


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PANDORA'S GOT A CRUSH
7/31/15

Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Steve Aoki will headline Pandora Summer Crush, a seasonal celebration at L.A. Live on 8/15. Derulo has also curated a mixtape for the occasion, which Pandora users can check out here


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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
7/31/15

This week, HITS' man behind the scenes looks back on the distinguished career of outgoing MTV chief Van Toffler and locates the tipping point at which the storied channel ceased to be recognizable as Music Television. I.B.'s column also delves into the latest action in the label and streaming sectors. We strongly suspect you’ll come across some information you didn’t know.


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TINDER LOVING CARE
7/31/15

Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" is available for exclusive streaming on Tinder. The Capitol Nashville superstar's new single—as well as a video message for fans—can be accessed on the social-media dating site by swiping Bryan's profile card. The song is the title track from Bryan's forthcoming album, due 8/7 and likely to be a monster.


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
7/31/15

With Turnover Tuesday a receding memory, it’s time to coin a new term—how about Fresh Friday? The Brits get started five hours before New York and eight hours before L.A., offering an opportunity for an early snapshot of U.K. trends for the coming week. And look who just crashed the party...


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Building Album Sales Chart
Status: Final
LWTWArtists, Album, Label
-1
JILL SCOTT
WOMAN
BLUES BABE
--2LAMB OF GOD
VII: STURM UND DRANG
EPIC
--3SOUTHPAW
VARIOUS ARTISTS
SHADY/INTERSCOPE
14FUTURE
DS2
EPIC
--5BEA MILLER
NOT AN APOLOGY
HOLLYWOOD/SYCO
26TYRESE
BLACK ROSE
VOLTRON
67TAYLOR SWIFT
1989
BIG MACHINE
--8WE CAME AS ROMANS
WE CAME AS ROMANS
EQUAL VISION
39ALAN JACKSON
ANGELS AND ALCOHOL
CAPITOL NASHVILLE
710KIDZ BOP KIDS
KIDZ BOP 29
RAZOR & TIE
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The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
We can't get this song out of our heads, and this brand-new clip, which premiered recently on Apple Music, is unlikely to change the situation. Just surrender to its funky glory.
RT @sassantha: .@marybdavies brings @JanisJoplin back to life in #ANightWithJanisJoplin. Peep my review: http://t.co/YC1nZ1EBpR @PasPlayhouse
Which labels lead in frontline & TEA marketshare? http://t.co/B1kIfT4cnm @UMG @ColumbiaRecords @RepublicRecords @CapitolRecords
.@UMG's ruler will rule for at least five more years: http://t.co/lkJSexXsZx @vivendi http://t.co/ga1mUCwseV
RT @onedirection: HEY GUYS! So, #DragMeDown dropped earlier! Check out what the guys had to say about it. https://t.co/Z2E32BMjn1
Executive exodus from @TIDALHiFi? http://t.co/CM9kiCcu8D #100Problems @zenaburns #JenniferJustice @S_C_
.@iHeartRadio Fest lineup features @kanyewest @samsmithworld @TheWho @LilTunechi @kennychesney @theweeknd @Hozier: http://t.co/BdDV2i1ODs
How relevant is @MTV today? http://t.co/6VAGQxXPmB #VMAs2015 @MileyCyrus @UMG @Darcus @AppleMusic @TIDALHiFi
RT @Epic_Records: Pick up @LambOfGod's new album 'VII: #SturmUndDrang' NOW on sale at Amazon for just $3.99! http://smarturl.... https://t.co/J6lwqH9aN8
Former @onedirection member @zaynmalik signs with @RCARecords: http://t.co/w9NKZ21AF7 http://t.co/kYUZfbXL0D
Debut single off @robinthicke's new album (out this fall) just cracked the Top 10 at Urban Hot AC radio. #MorningSun http://t.co/fEbwlUp14L
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