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MTV VMAs: WINNERS
& HIGHLIGHTS
You could read it four times or listen to Kanye's speech once. (8/31a)
THE WEEKND SPEAKS: FOR APPLE MUSIC
Breakout star shows America how to stream. (8/31a)
HOT TIMES
AT EPICFEST
L.A. kicks it up a few degrees in L.A. (8/31a)
MILEY'S BIG FINISH: FREE DEAD PETZ REVEAL
That's a figurative reveal, not the literal one.. (8/30a)
THE WEEKND
GOES KABOOM
Record are falling by the hour. (8/31a)
BEATS 1'S UNDERDOGS
How Apple touts outside-the-mainstream artists.
THE WEEKND, HALSEY AND MORE
Buzzing releases around the bend.
THE VMAS: MILEY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
How will she use this huge platform?
SONY NASHVILLE'S NEW CREW
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RUMOR MILL
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THE WEEKND
GOES KABOOM
8/31/15

With his big debut—likely boosted by a literally incendiary VMAs perf and his appearance on two Apple ads—The Weeknd is on track to have the #2 debut and #8 seller of the year in his first week. Numbers are still flowing in, but with his three huge hits, the XO/Republic breakout is on track to do around 900-925k TEA, with projected album sales in the 325-340k region. And that's not all, folks...


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WEEKND THREATENS DRAKE'S STREAMING RECORD
8/31/15

Can The Weeknd top Drake’s record 48m streams in its first week? That’s the question this morning, after Beauty Behind The Madness raked in 20m+ streams in only three days. This new piece of info raises our overall SPS projection to 375-390k. Album sales are now projected at 325-340k.

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THE WEEKND SPEAKS: FOR APPLE MUSIC
8/31/15

He's been there since Day One of Apple Music at the WWDC, so it makes sense The Weeknd would star in a special two-part TV ad featuring his music and some fantasy...


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MILEY'S PETZ SOUNDS: A PRELMINARY TOKE
8/31/15

Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz is many things, but there’s one thing it most assuredly is not: a mainstream commercial album with songs anything like  “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.” So put that expectation aside, if you were still harboring it, before assessing this new collection, announced on last night’s VMAs and posted for free online streaming...


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BIEBS JOINS THE STREAMING WAVE
8/31/15

According to Def Jam, “What Do You Mean,” the lead single off of Justin Bieber’s upcoming album, dropping 11/13, has registered the second most one-day and two-day streams of 2015 on Spotify. The track did 1.2m on Friday and 1.3m Saturday, for a two-day total of 2.5m. Only One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” has exceeded either of those totals. 

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MTV VMAs: WINNERS
& HIGHLIGHTS
8/31/15

Van Toffler had to be doing backflips when the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards—his last as executive producer—was over. The show, which took place at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater Sunday night, turned out to be timely, socially charged and provocative. It was fittingly and capably hosted by America’s favorite walking controversy, Miley Cyrus (who did indeed announce a new album). After the premiere of Tay Tay’s cinematic video for "Wildest Dreams," the big show was off and running...


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REPUBLIC'S
LATE NIGHT
8/31/15

Judging by this afterparty of monumental proportions, we hope everyone at Republic Records has consumed at least one handful of aspirin and 15 cups of coffee by now. Seen celebrating Taylor Swift's four VMA wins, Nicki Minaj's one and standout performances from Swift, Minaj, The Weeknd, Nick Jonas are the aforementioned, along with label honchos Monte and Avery Lipman, key exec Charlie Walk, BMLG chief Scott BorchettaLordeFall Out BoyHailee Steinfeld and more.


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Tidal claims Apple is suing
TIDAL vs.APPLE: HE SAID, HE SAID
8/31/15

Apple did not stop Tidal from streaming Drake’s performance at a Hurricane Katrina benefit, despite a claim to the contrary from Jay Z’s streaming service, sources familiar with the situation told BuzzFeed over the weekend. What’s more, Apple did not threaten Tidal with a $20m suit over said performance. How do these things get stated, anyway? Oh, right. The whole thing reeks of desperation.  

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THINGS THAT MAKE US GO HMMMM: WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR THIS FALL
8/31/15

The problem with "consumption" charts, Bieber's big return, Alternative radio's lack of discovery, the Grammys, The Weeknd and Halsey—these are the topics obsessing us at the moment.


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TORI KELLY'S "US" FEST
8/31/15

Capitol's Tori Kelly was indisputably one of the big beneficiaries of last night's VMAs, as her all-in performance of "Should've Been Us" vaulted the single to #8 at iTunes and her Unbreakable Smile full-length to #5...


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Building Album Sales Chart
Status: Final
LWTWArtists, Album, Label
-1
DISTURBED
IMMORTALIZED
REPRISE
12LUKE BRYAN
KILL THE LIGHTS
CAPITOL NASHVILLE
33DR. DRE
COMPTON
AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE
--4KIP MOORE
WILD ONES
MCA NASHVILLE
--5ROB THOMAS
GREAT UNKNOWN
WARNER MUSIC GROUP
46NOW 55
VARIOUS ARTISTS
NOW/LEGACY
--7BON JOVI
BURNING BRIDGES
ISLAND
--8GHOST
MELIORA
LOMA VISTA
59N.W.A.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
PRIORITY/UME
910TAYLOR SWIFT
1989
BIG MACHINE
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Justin Bieber, "What Do You Mean?"
He's back! Following his spectacular VMA performance, Def Jam's wunderkind wows with his latest EDM-spiced track. Watch it explode everywhere.
.@taylorswift13 @theweeknd @nickjonas @lordemusic & more spotted at @RepublicRecords' #VMAs afterparty. See pics: http://t.co/oylSfWD4yl
RT @justinbieber: #whatdoyoumeanmusicvideo http://t.co/kuntEnaDNe http://t.co/NpJIw8vXWv
After a fiery #VMAs perf, @theweeknd on track to have #2 debut & #8 seller of the year: http://t.co/UOAUpFHscJ #beautybehindthemadness @MTV
.@MileyCyrus' new album, @kanyewest's big announcement & more from @MTV's #VMAs: http://t.co/DmhEwsTlM7 #Kanye2020 #mileycyrusandherdeadpetz
Will @MileyCyrus drop her new album to coincide with Sunday night's @MTV #VMAs? http://t.co/PF8wSWZa7V @RCARecords http://t.co/begzqQ8TYn
RT @justinbieber: Finally!! get #whatdoyoumean on @applemusic now. Let's take it to the top!! Good to be back:) http://t.co/cBCrNNhooP http://t.co/vWPrvmNMU4
#NWA's role in ripping apart the dominant music group of the early 90s, & @billboard's double disaster: http://t.co/vPUq46NkRq
.@johnvarvatos celebrated the launch of his new fragrance #DarkRebel with a special performance by @wearebadflower https://t.co/qprvYUKY4c
RT @pitchfork: Listen to @alessiacara's debut EP Four Pink Walls, with visuals for every track http://t.co/773iCprwHY http://t.co/TFqUelhi44
Watch @taylorswift13 perform #Dreams with @beck & @st_vincent: http://t.co/HHCM401Wi4 #1989TourLA http://t.co/tpUnhTpXLZ
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