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YTD MARKETSHARE AT THE SEVEN-MONTH MARK
7/31/15

There’s an apples-and-oranges wrinkle to these year-over-year stats—not unlike the deflated balls-and-deflated boobs crap we’ve been bombarded with this week... 


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
7/31/15

With Turnover Tuesday a receding memory, it’s time to coin a new term—how about Fresh Friday? The Brits get started five hours before New York and eight hours before L.A., offering an opportunity for an early snapshot of U.K. trends for the coming week. And look who just crashed the party...


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"DOWN" IS THE NEW DIRECTION
7/31/15

SYCO/Columbia's One Direction set the web (and many hearts) ablaze last night when they dropped brand new single, "Drag Me Down." The announcement was first made by band member Liam Payne via Twitter, who described it as a "bit of a surprise." Take a listen, luv...


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TIDAL: PLAN OVERBOARD, OR JAY Z'S 100TH PROBLEM
7/31/15

Following the loss of Tidal’s second CEO, Peter Tonstad, an array of upper-management executives have been jumping of the Tidaltanic. Sources tell us that not only has SVP Label and Artist Relations Zena Burns bailed, but that in the past two weeks Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Geisler has accepted a similar post at Saatchi & Saatchi. Roc Nation EVP Jennifer Justice is also rumored to have abandoned the Good Ship Jay...


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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
7/31/15

This week, HITS' man behind the scenes looks back on the distinguished career of outgoing MTV chief Van Toffler and locates the tipping point at which the storied channel ceased to be recognizable as Music Television. I.B.'s column also delves into the latest action in the label and streaming sectors. We strongly suspect you’ll come across some information you didn’t know.


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BIG DEAL GETS BIGGER
7/31/15

Expansion was the buzzword of the week at Big Deal Music, which on Monday moved into significantly larger quarters on Ventura Blvd. in Encino, and yesterday announced the formation and launch of Global Music Initiatives, to be headed by industry veteran Mark Tindle.


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FORSYTH GOES FROM BLUE TO BLACK
7/31/15

Last time we looked, Hank Forsyth was GM of Blue Note, working alongside top dog Don Was. But Forsyth is one the move, taking the job of COO at NYC-based Blackbird Production Partners, a specialized outfit best known for producing tribute concerts for, among others, Jerry Garcia, Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and the Neville Brothers


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PLASTIC BONO BAND
7/30/15

A newly light-haired Bono and bandmate The Edge joined the legendary Yoko Ono at the unveiling of the John Lennon Amnesty International Tapestry at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The 24'x10' tapestry's showing marked the 40th anniversary of Lennon receiving his green card...


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iHEART MUSIC FEST: VEGAS, BABY!
7/30/15

Kanye WestSam SmithThe Who, Lil WayneKenny Chesney, The Weeknd and Coldplay are among the artists slated for the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas on 9/18-19...


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STRAIGHT OUTTA SHERMAN OAKS
7/30/15

“Say, Dr. Dre,” asks our own Karen Glauber during this vintage fuck-the-genre-police #TBT shot with N.W.A., “what do you think you’ll be doing in the far-off year of 2015?” Given his track record of making confrontational music that terrified the establishment, Dre reasoned that he would be given billions by a tech company and have his band’s story told in a blockbuster Hollywood movie...


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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
Van's the man, says I.B., and his final VMAs will be must-see TV. (7/31a)
YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
We said it yesterday and we reiterate: Three labels keep hogging the spotlight. (7/30a)
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
Don't look now, but here come the heartthrobs with a surprise single. (7/31a)
"DOWN" IS THE NEW DIRECTION
Like we just said (7/31a)
TIDAL: PLAN OVERBOARD, OR JAY Z'S 100TH PROBLEM
Which has a bitter chance of outlasting the competition, Tidal or Trump? (7/31a)
25 YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE
President Glauber's Anniversary and the History of a Revolutionary Format.
NASHVILLE CATS
Who's moving the needle in Music City.
APPLE, SPOTIFY AND PERCEPTION
Reflections in the stream.
STREAM WARS
The Force awakens.
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