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THE POP LOGJAM: RADIO'S STAR-STUDDED IMPACT WEEK
Standing-room only on the airwaves (5/22a)
HARRY STYLES LIGHTS UP TROUBADOUR WITH SURPRISE GIG
...with a little help from Stevie Nicks. (5/22a)
IRVING ON VALUE OF YOUTUBE TO BIZ: "NONE"
But what does he really think? (5/22a)
IN OTHER NEWS,
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY
Same as it ever was. (5/22a)
RATINGS DROP FOR BIBLE'S AWARDS SHOW
At least the reviews were... Never mind. (5/22a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
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THE POP LOGJAM: RADIO'S STAR-STUDDED IMPACT WEEK
Standing-room only on the airwaves (5/22a)
HARRY STYLES LIGHTS UP TROUBADOUR WITH SURPRISE GIG
...with a little help from Stevie Nicks. (5/22a)
IRVING ON VALUE OF YOUTUBE TO BIZ: "NONE"
But what does he really think? (5/22a)
IN OTHER NEWS,
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY
Same as it ever was. (5/22a)
RATINGS DROP FOR BIBLE'S AWARDS SHOW
At least the reviews were... Never mind. (5/22a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
RUMOR MILL
5/23/17

UMG chief Sir Lucian Grainge sent this internal note to the company today expressing what a lot of us are feeling in the wake of the horror in Manchester.


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5/23/17

An explosion at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester, U.K. has resulted in 22 fatalities and more than 59 injuries, police say, and a 22-year-old man has been identified as the bomber. Grande was unharmed...


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5/23/17

"Mask Off" has quickly become one of Future's biggest hits to date, and now the Freebandz/Epic superstar has enlisted Kendrick Lamar for the remix...


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5/23/17

Here’s the truth about “Bad Liar”: Since its release Thursday, Selena Gomez’s new Interscope single has caught the attention of Shazam users, pushing it up 168 slots to #33 and making it the week’s biggest mover on the USA Top 100 chart.


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5/22/17

Earlier this month, we wrote about the logjam at Pop radio and the current blitz of releases by star artists. Well, this week we see one of the biggest rushes at the format in recent memory, with four high-profile acts vying for adds...


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Irving Azoff
5/22/17

"My report about the ‘Value of YouTube to the Music Industry’ would be really brief because I can summarize the benefit of YouTube to artists in a word: none,” says Irving Azoff, responding to a controversial study commissioned by Google...


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5/22/17

For 27 years, President Karen Glauber has been an integral member of the HITS team and part of our family—and her writing has been key to our collective voice ever since she came aboard. A leader in the music community, Karen has taught us a lot about gender politics in the industry. In light of recent events at Epic, we wanted to share her perspective. – Lavinthal and Beer


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5/22/17

Liam Payne has started at #3 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart with solo debut “Strip That Down” f/Quavo (Capitol) while Linkin Park have the highest new entry on the midweek Albums tally with One More Light (Warner Bros.) at #2.


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5/22/17

Columbia heartthrob Harry Styles celebrated the release of his album with an invigorating, 14-song show Friday night at L.A.’s iconic (and quite intimate) Troubadour. And guess what? He brought out Stevie Nicks.


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ABC
5/22/17

The Billboard Music Awards keep sliding. In early numbers released by Nielsen, 7.74m viewers tuned in, the telecast’s smallest audience since 2012, down nearly 2m viewers from last year.


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Sigrid
5/22/17

The British answer to SXSW, The Great Escape, took place in rainy Brighton last week and our London correspondent Rhian Jones was there to hear some new musical talent. Queues kept her away from the most hyped acts (although you’ll find the critics’ verdict of Sigrid within) so she went off the beaten track to find a number of talented baby acts.


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5/22/17

The latest edition of the Alien franchise debuts at the top of this weekend's box office, just barely surpassing Buena Vista/Marvel/Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy sequel (now in its third week out).


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5/22/17

UMPG went home from the Ivor Novello Awards with more honors than any other pubco this year with icons like Bill Withers and Florence Welch taking home awards.


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5/19/17

That’s right. Harry Styles—the debut, eponymous effort from the former One Direction member, which opened to rave reviews—has topped the HITS Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with a snazzy 240k. Zac Brown Band’s Welcome Home (Southern Ground/Atlantic) bows at #2 with 152k.


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Superunknown
5/19/17

The death of singer Chris Cornell continued to impact iTunes on Friday, a day after the news broke, as numerous Cornell-associated songs and albums remain high on the charts even after the store’s weekly turnover.


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5/19/17

In the latest instance of apparent fallout from last week’s firing of Epic chief L.A. Reid following allegations of sexual misconduct, his longtime associate, EVP of Media & Strategic Development Laura Swanson, has left the company as well, Variety reported late Thursday.


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5/19/17

There is a new #1 song at T40 as The Chainsmokers land another pop smash with their Coldplay collab, while at Rhythm Kendrick Lamar stays "HUMBLE" at #1 and at Modern Rock, Imagine Dragons go for an eighth week on top...


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5/19/17

The Bieber-enhanced "Despacito" from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic) tops this week's Streaming Songs Chart, up 24% with 25.5m+ streams. Meanwhile, RCA's Miley Cyrus is the biggest debut by far, bowing at #7 with "Malibu," which garners 13.2m+.


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5/19/17

The main event of Harry Styles' week on James Corden's show came with a spirited Carpool Karaoke session. It began with the Columbia star's "Sign of the Times," the lead single from his #1 album (replete with killer falsetto and much air drumming). The pair also harmonize on the ballad "Sweet Creature" and shout rocker "Kiwi" from Styles' set. They then cement their bond by...


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5/19/17

For the fourth time in five years, Marty Bandier’s Sony/ATV won Publisher of the Year honors at Thursday night’s ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Marty is seen here, flanked by Co-Presidents Danny Strick and Rick Krim, just before meeting the Cuban delegation for the ceremonial Rolling of the Montecristo...


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The Vested in Culture/Epic pop siren kicks things up a notch in this rambunctious clip to the first single from her forthcoming project, exec-produced by Jerome "J Roc" Harmon. The track blends classic '80s vibe with current sonics for a heady, club-ready groove.
.@wbr is expanding their Urban A&R squad, calling on @Mr_morgan: https://t.co/HIl3IxAmK9 @OVOSound @partynextdoor @majidjordan @RoyWoods
.@selenagomez, @katyperry, @LiamPayne and @Camila_Cabello battle it out for adds at radio this week:… https://t.co/j1nkaCXokc
RT @irvingazoff: I can summarize the benefit of @YouTube to artists in a word: none. https://t.co/agsW8pZXCZ
Team @Interscope closes the hotly competitive deal for @Daya https://t.co/Jo84DVv4b9 @brandoncreed https://t.co/jh89r2eegP
Value of @YouTube to artists "in one word, " courtesy of @irvingazoff: https://t.co/raV0uYQiD5 https://t.co/yuwADHRU1L
Pictures and remarks from @Harry_Styles' sold-out, surprise gig at @theTroubadour: https://t.co/tFJALi0GdD @ColumbiaRecords #HarryStyles
RT @JonesJourno: A must-read from @HITSDD President Karen Glauber on gender politics across a 35 year career in the music industry https://t.co/TkL8at31r7
.@katyperry and @NICKIMINAJ collab on #swishswish, a dancey track rumored to be about feuding with @taylorswift13:… https://t.co/2KHB1CDagn
.@Pharrell speaks out on gender inequality while receiving honorary Doctorate in fine arts from @nyuniversity:… https://t.co/FC9adY6JVo
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