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I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/18a)
GRAMMYS, BLACK ARTISTS AND OCEAN'S "KAEPERNICK MOMENT"
Grammy whisperer Paul Grein dives in. (1/18a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: SONG AND DANCE EDITION
Janick and Childish deal with being associated with us. (1/18a)
PROPHETS OF RAGE TO STAGE PROTEST CONCERT ON INAUGURATION DAY
Political performance battle heats up. (1/18a)
GRAMMY BATTLES
Trophies, performers, rules and more.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
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I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/18a)
GRAMMYS, BLACK ARTISTS AND OCEAN'S "KAEPERNICK MOMENT"
Grammy whisperer Paul Grein dives in. (1/18a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: SONG AND DANCE EDITION
Janick and Childish deal with being associated with us. (1/18a)
PROPHETS OF RAGE TO STAGE PROTEST CONCERT ON INAUGURATION DAY
Political performance battle heats up. (1/18a)
GRAMMY BATTLES
Trophies, performers, rules and more.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
RUMOR MILL
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1/18/17

In his first column of 2017, our man behind the scenes points out that two oppositional sectors of the marketplace are responsible for the 2.5% year-over-year growth of the music business in 2016. He also speculates about how the majors might make use of Spotify’s paid-only tier option, which most believe is primed for launch, and reveals the motive behind Lyor Cohen’s frantic search to find his own replacement at 300 Entertainment. Will anybody bite?


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toby
1/18/17

Who’s performing at Donald Trump’s inaugural celebration and swearing-in ceremony? The top of the lineup includes...


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1/18/17

Prophets of Rage will host the Anti-Inaugural Ball Friday at L.A.’s Teragram, with guest performers including Chris Cornell, Vic Mensa, Jackson Browne, Jack Black and the Los Angeles Freedom Choir.


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mccartney
1/18/17

Sir Paul McCartney has filed suit against Sony/ATV over the rights to the Beatles catalog. The pub rights for Macca's portion of those mighty copyrights will begin running out next year, per the Copyright Act of 1976; 2018 will mark the stipulated 56-year interval since the earliest Beatles songs. Sony/ATV issued the following statement in response...


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legend
1/18/17

It has just been confirmed that John Legend and Metallica will perform during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as Carrie Underwood, who will be joined by Keith Urban.


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Grammy
1/18/17

Grammy whisperer Paul Grein explores Frank Ocean's recent comments on black artists and the awards competition, surveying the history and digging into the stats.


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Event+Details
1/18/17

Inauguration Day is Friday, and as you've probably already heard, folks are gathering in protest the following day (Saturday, 1/21) for The Women's March on Washington. Get the details on the D.C. event, as well as some key satellite marches, right here.


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1/18/17

Buzzers buzzing about Triple 8/Bruce Kalmick-managed indie alternative outfit Missio, whose "Middle Fingers" went on SiriusXM's Alt Nation as an exclusive and, after just a few spins, moved up to #78 at iTunes Alternative. Don't expect this project to stay indie for long.


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1/18/17

The Weeknd gets the edge to repeat at #1 SPS, as The XX nips at its heels and could prove a spoiler. On the sales chart, however...


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1/18/17

Glassnote's Childish Gambino graces the cover of our most recent print edition, while Interscope chief John Janick is the Contents page VIP. They're both dealing with the experience admirably.


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1/18/17

Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett are getting their own channels on Big Machine TV as Scott Borchetta finds a way to control and better monetize video content. The online platform launches in February.


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SammyDavis
1/18/17

Yes, he can: Lionel Richie is leading a team to produce a biopic on Sammy Davis Jr. The project is the first since Davis’ heirs settled 27 years of disputes over the rights to Sammy in April.


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Elvis-cash
1/18/17

The Financial Times has taken a look at the recorded music industry and decided “the Internet may resurrect the business it almost killed.” They base this on streaming services topping 100m paid subscribers worldwide and the U.S. industry looking at two consecutive years of growth for the first time since 1999.


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1/18/17

Chief of U.K. government lobbying trade body UK Music, Jo Dipple, is to step down in June 2017 after five years as CEO. A replacement is currently being sought. Dipple joins a number of recent leadership changes across the British trade bodies.


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resnikoff
1/18/17

Pandora's Jason Feinberg has exited the Internet radio giant to join the catalog champions UMe as SVP Marketing. Consequently, President and CEO Bruce Resnikoff has been prancing around with two thumbs up since the move was confirmed.


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1/18/17

"Edelweiss is a flower that blooms in the worst of conditions," Tony-winning Broadway star Billy Porter says, referencing the Richard Rodgers classic best known from The Sound of Music. "It's a song of hope, of peace, a healing prayer for a country in time of crisis." Porter will perform his soulful new rendition, due out this week from Sony Masterworks (and from his forthcoming Rodgers songbook album) as part of the star-studded inauguration day Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! on 1/20 in NYC...


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1/18/17

If you did indeed miss the latest episode Saturday Night Live that aired last weekend, you missed out on some real comedy. With inauguration day rapidly approaching, we suggest you take a peek at the show's cold open. It'll leave you feeling all warm and tingly...and perhaps a little empty.


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1/18/17

There’s been three additions to the rosters of Universal, Sony and BMG in Blighty of late as Hannah Jane Lewis joins Polydor, 5 After Midnight (pictured) sign to Sony and The Sherlocks join Infectious.


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1/17/17

A report from The Trichordist blog finds that Spotify’s per-stream payout has declined 16% since 2014, from $0.00521 to $0.00437. At the same time, however, Spotify’s volume has exploded since then...


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1/17/17

Columbia scored a Most Added bow at both T40 and Rhythm for The Chainsmokers' new single "Paris," while Capitol came in for the win with Bastille's "Blame" at Modern Rock...


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RT @JonesJourno: New UK signings: @hannahjane001, @5AfterMidnight and @TheSherlocks @HITSDD https://t.co/kmIs8Mrwp8
.@johnlegend @Metallica @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban will perform at the #GRAMMYs: https://t.co/X2g290749l… https://t.co/7HhsFbgKfF
Who'll be #1 this week in Sales Plus Streaming? @theweeknd or @The_xx? And how's #LaLaLand doing post-@goldenglobes… https://t.co/qyOrgru8ie
Broadway stars come together on 1/20 in support of human rights: https://t.co/TfLYTb3aj5 #Concert4America… https://t.co/o7TsAYxzYX
RT @theebillyporter: 1/20/17 #BLESSOURHOMELAND https://t.co/isU8i5nGEJ
.@SonyNashville's @jakeowen inks with @WME https://t.co/fhBwumhqOP https://t.co/2loj9IfENU
Co-penned by @princecharlez, "Man" [on TV's @Star] = "amazing original music, " says @Complex. Vid & more here:… https://t.co/YyIC0UgnBT
The numbers are in. @RepublicRecords is the 2016 streaming-marketshare champ: https://t.co/2a4KRBj4xj @Drake @theweeknd @ArianaGrande
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