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Dua Lipa Stormzy BRITs 2018
2/23/18

Wednesday night’s BRIT Awards was a typically slick affair, with a few surprises, a quick save and the cherry on top of an excellent year for Max Lousada’s WMG. As noted here, the major label took home six out of the 11 trophies handed out on the night, following Sony’s record-breaking year in 2017 and the rule of UMG and Adele in 2016.


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Drake money
2/23/18

Drizzy’s been giving it away, but not as fast as it keeps coming in, to the tune of another $320k from “God’s Plan” and $235k from Blocboy JB’s “Look Alive,” debuting on the Song Revenue Chart at #$2, on which he’s featured. Oh, and he also owns the label, OVO Sound. It’s good to be king.


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Lucian
2/23/18

UMG ruler Sir Lucian Grainge will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the group’s induction ceremony in New York on 6/14.


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2/23/18

More women have come forward to accuse Republic President Charlie Walk of sexual misconduct, a new Rolling Stone article reveals.


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Jubelirer Airhead
2/23/18

The industry’s top athletes battle each other for the gold—and take some embarrassing spills—in Airhead’s salute to the Winter Olympics. Stick this in your halfpipe and smoke it.


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watercooler
2/23/18

Our latest assemblage of virtual-watercooler topics—led, of course, by The BRITs, the awards show that got it right—is on the money, literally and figuratively. There’s an estimated $17-18b in Spotify alone, and Sir Lucian’s operation took in nearly $7b last year, while Drake and Kendrick Lamar are collectively worth more than numerous Fortune 500 companies...


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2/23/18

Post Malone f/Ty Dolla $ign's "Psycho" (Republic) sits atop the latest edition of Spotify's New Music Friday. The rapper also snags the playlist's cover photo. 5 Seconds of Summer's "Want You Back" (Capitol) and Logic's "44 More" (Def Jam) can be found in the Top 5.


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2/23/18

The debut mixtape from Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine rises to the top of the iTunes chart on this flipover Friday and settles in at #4 at Apple Music while three new singles enter the iTunes Top 10.


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5sos
2/23/18

In addition to a tour announcement, Capitol's 5 Seconds of Summer have revealed new track "Want You Back." We have to assume they're not referring to us...


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goldenhour
2/23/18

MCA Nashville will release Kacey Musgraves’ fourth album, Golden Hour, on 3/30. The two tracks she performed at the UMG pre-Grammy showcase last month, “Space Cowboy” and “Butterflies,” are available now.


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SONG REVENUE CHART:
DRAKE IS MONEY
The most earnest of earners (2/23a)
THE BRITS: A FIRSTHAND TAKE
Rhian Jones reporting from the O2 Arena (2/23a)
SONGWRITERS HALL TO HONOR SIR LUCIAN
Once upon a time, the mogul was a humble song plugger. (2/23a)
5SOS DROPS A NEW ONE
The saucy Aussies are back. (2/23a)
KACEY'S GOOD
AS GOLDEN
Check out two new tracks from upcoming set. (2/23a)
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Investment in the biz and the coming speed bumps.
A NEW STREAMING PLAYER?
Who's getting into the game?
MY DOCTOR SAID NO MORE PIZZA
But she's not here.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
At least try to be less obvious about it.
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