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MAJOR LAZER AND JUSTIN BIEBER JUMP INTO "COLD WATER"
Will lightning strike twice? (7/22a)
“VICE”—MIRANDA’S COUNTRY NOIR
She's back, and she's got some attitude. (7/22a)
HITS LIST: LOCK IT UP!
This is the week America learned the term "dystopian." (7/22a)
BBC TV’S BLANKET BAN ON U.S. MUSIC
Now they hate us too. (7/22a)
INSIDE SPOTIFY'S SUCCESS
How a Swedish streamery changed the biz.
30 YEARS OF HITS
And they're still trying to appeal the sentence.
ANOTHER SUPERSTAR RETURN
Shield your eyes from the brilliance.
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MAJOR LAZER AND JUSTIN BIEBER JUMP INTO "COLD WATER"
Will lightning strike twice? (7/22a)
“VICE”—MIRANDA’S COUNTRY NOIR
She's back, and she's got some attitude. (7/22a)
HITS LIST: LOCK IT UP!
This is the week America learned the term "dystopian." (7/22a)
BBC TV’S BLANKET BAN ON U.S. MUSIC
Now they hate us too. (7/22a)
INSIDE SPOTIFY'S SUCCESS
How a Swedish streamery changed the biz.
30 YEARS OF HITS
And they're still trying to appeal the sentence.
ANOTHER SUPERSTAR RETURN
Shield your eyes from the brilliance.
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drake
7/22/16

Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) earns another 88k to hold at #1 on HITSSales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart for a second week following blink-182’s usurpation. Since its May release, though, it’s been on top for eleven nonconsecutive weeks. And guess what? Views is officially the first album to score 1m in SEA (Streaming Equivalent Albums) thanks to 1.5b+ streams.


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7/22/16

Sia's "Cheap Thrills" (Monkey Puzzle/RCA) takes over the #1 slot at Pop while Rihanna holds on to #1 for another week at Rhythm with "Needed Me" (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) and RCA's Weathers makes big moves at Modern Rock with "Happy Pills"...


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rudy and daniel
7/22/16

Long before he was making RNC delegates crap their pants with fear about the swarthy-hued boogieman under their beds, Rudy "Subject Verb 9/11" Giuliani was available for photo ops like this one with Glassnote chief Daniel Glass, who clutches a publication that should strike terror into all but the stoniest heart. Speaking of which, our 30th Anniversary Issue is coming soon...


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7/22/16

 "Cold Water," the long-awaited new track from Mad Decent/Def Jam's Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber, dropped tonight, with pop radio world premiering the song at midnight while streaming on Spotify and for sale on iTunes, where it's already flown to #1.


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arenastadium
7/22/16

The Irving Azoff-Tim Leiweke arena alliance, in conjunction with Live Nation, which will be promoting shows in affiliated venues, is making AEG...


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risetease
7/22/16

Capitol's Katy Perry has issued another of her video teases. This preview of the undoubtedly lavish "Rise" clip promises the kind of sweep worthy of an Olympic anthem. Check it out at the link below. The song, meanwhile, remains Top 5 at iTunes; prepare to hear it a lot this summer.


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v jordan fisher
7/22/16

Hollywood newcomer Jordan Fisher is the latest artist to join our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing acts poised to break. His debut single, "All About Us," which has been streamed around 3m times at Apple Music alone, is already almost half way up the Pop radio chart. And the music video for that quickly nabbed 2.5m views. Hear the song and learn more here.


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iheart bb
7/22/16

Behold iHeartMedia's piece of the New York skyline, in the form of the city's largest rooftop billboard. The outsized outdoor landmark, atop the historic Ruppert Ice House, is one of three such billboards along the East River. This showy branding move emerges as the media giant confronts its debt load ahead of next month's deadline...


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MirandaLambert
7/22/16

In the starkness, Miranda Lambert emerges with her first new music since last year’s tabloid divorce from fellow country star Blake Shelton. Our own Holly Gleason delves below the shimmering surface of “Vice”...


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Lil-Durk-Lil-Durk-2x
7/22/16

American hard rock and rap make a strong showing this week as six new releases from those genres debut on iTunes’ Top 10 on flipover Friday. And a new track from Diplo’s Major Lazer beams to #1 on the songs chart.


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Paul McCartney receives Official Chart Record Breaker award - 60 Years of the Official Albums Chart
7/22/16

Paul McCartney has been named the U.K.’s most successful albums act of all time on the Official Albums Chart 60th birthday, after scoring 22 #1 albums across his career and spending more weeks at #1 (191) than anyone else...


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Air kiss
7/22/16

The latest edition of our weekly top 10 talking points arrives between the RNC and the DNC (not affiliated with DNCE—beyond the likelihood that its members are registered Democrats). This was the week of Ted Cruz going rogue, which was no big deal, and of Melania Trump’s inadvertent homage to her BFF Michelle Obama, who responded to the flattering appropriation by jumping in a car with James Corden and putting a ring on it. And let us not forget the air kiss. None of the above is referenced directly in HITS List, which instead has an international flavor...


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Broadchurch
7/22/16

The BBC is said to have issued what is virtually a blanket ban on the use of North American repertoire on its TV shows that are distributed stateside. It’s a boon for British songwriters, who’ll get more attention than they did previously for sync opportunities in some of the U.K.’s most-watched TV programmes, but U.S. writers are likely to be left out in the cold.


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Slash mag first issue
7/22/16

This week in Critics’ Choice: A new book and exhibition focused on the iconic L.A. punk zine Slash, Rhino’s expanded, even more essential collection of Led Zeppelin’s BBC sessions, Legacy’s interactive browse through Jeff Buckley’s record collection, and a record-breaking four-day weekend in B.C. at the picturesque Pemberton Music Festival.

LIAM1
7/21/16

Expect One Direction star Liam Payne to announce a solo deal with Capitol U.K.’s Nick Raphael and Jo Charrington—the first 1D solo signing outside the Sony system. The question of which U.S. label Liam will be on within the UMG system remains to be decided by the artist, but...


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PRINCE   THE HITS THE B SIDES
7/21/16

We now know which of those who'd claimed to be potential heirs to the humongously valuable Prince estate are legit.  


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Knickers in a twist
7/21/16

You might remember our friends over in Blighty getting into a tizzy about the way we reported their Q1 2016 marketshare numbers. Sony wanted the figures printed one way, Universal another. Since then, we’re glad to report they seem to have come to an agreement. 


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7/21/16

Def Jam's Desiigner is coming off the heels of "Panda" — arguably the viral hit of the year— yet has still managed to rebound with another infectious new groove, called "Tiimmy Turner"...


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scott igoe
7/21/16

Jimmy Kimmel music booker/producer Scott Igoe has wrapped up his final week in the post, after nearly 14 years, and will be stepping into the post of VP Alternative Programming and Specials at ABC.


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7/21/16

As our 30th Anniversary Issue barrels down on us like a sentient trash compactor, we're reviewing a shit-ton of old pics. Here's another one that seemed ideal for RNC week. During this Jay Leno-mediated summit, Republican maverick John McCain and legendary trio Crosby, Stills & Nash got vulnerable together. "You hippie punks and your one-world commie kumbayah bullshit make me sick," McCain confided. "But I do like to roll a fatty of Thai Stick and jam out to 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.'" Later, Donald Trump ran over McCain's foot with his Bentley, and McCain bought him lunch.


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Zipper Club, "Going the Distance"
A summer road trip turns decidedly dark in the clip for this Epic alternative troupe's ridiculously catchy jam, which unfolds like a stylish exploitation flick that goes from merriment to mayhem. Speaking of which, that hook will lodge in your head like a hatchet.
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RT @people: .@KeithUrban is opening up about the learning curve in his relationship with Nicole Kidman https://t.co/DooaBvcSmC https://t.co/6WRzdVgTEq
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Check our chat w/ @ACMawards Entertainer of the Year @Jason_Aldean https://t.co/aEz7yfLZGI @brokenbowrec @Maverick https://t.co/Xc5VuFNh4l
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Who'll win #BestNewArtist at @TheGRAMMYs next year? https://t.co/zzsIXw2mFn @chancetherapper @LukasGraham @alessiacara @brysontiller
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