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8/29/16

Universal and the other rights holders have been struggling with the value of Apple exclusives and their impact on business globally...


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Steve Bannon
8/29/16

How’s this for an ironic intersection? Steve Bannon, the ultra-right-wing rabble-rouser who was recently named Trump’s campaign manager, once worked in the entertainment biz...


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8/29/16

Republic’s DNCE, who snagged the Best New Artist VMA last night, are celebrating a U.S. success story that has since gone global...


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MOONMAN
8/29/16

We quote The Wrap for our headline; that site reports that the MTV VMAs plummeted 34% in ratings, scaring up a mere 6.5m viewers across the multiple Viacom properties via which it was simulcast. That's against last year, when ratings were already substantially down; the show's 2011 peak saw 12.4m viewers.


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8/29/16

This week’s Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) chart marks the first time in 2016 in which three new releases will debut with numbers higher than 100k.


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8/29/16

What was once one of the most important events of the fall season around Labor Day has become an end-of-summer ho-hum event. At any rate, Beyoncé was the big winner in terms of trophies and a show-stopping performance, Rihanna got multiple looks and Kanye West debuted a new video after a rambling, stream-of-consciousness speech.


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8/29/16

The Chainsmokers f/Halsey's "Closer" (Columbia) has been the #1 Most Streamed record in the U.S. for three weeks now. And Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MO's "Cold Water" (Mad Decent/Def Jam) has been the top dog globally and in the U.K. for four weeks now. This week, however, "Closer" looks hot on the heels of "Cold." Could it unseat the Diplo-produced hit from the worldwide throne as soon as next week? 


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8/29/16

During Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the U.S. Open, Capitol artist Troye Sivan explains to promo exec Joe Rainey that increasing the spin on a tennis ball cannot be accomplished over the phone. Meanwhile, Radio Disney's Phil Guerini awaits texted instructions from Goofy


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BRIT
8/29/16

Britney Spears invariably makes an impression whenever she takes the stage; her appearance at the MTV VMAs with G-Eazy last night gave her a spike in sales and streams, so much so that RCA has serviced the new "VMA Eazy Remix" to radio.


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8/29/16

During Republic Records' post-VMAs soiree—"presented by GUESS® in celebration with Cîroc® and water by FIJI® with additional partnerships from Chromecast and Heineken," as the press release helpfully points out—the label's Monte Lipman, Chopper Charlie Walk and Wendy Goldstein and manager Phil McIntyre join Best New Artist VMA winners DNCE and pal Nick Cannon for a victory op. Later, CW took all and sundry on a whirlybird tour of the five boroughs.


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POSTSCRIPT: OCEAN, UMG AND APPLE
Exclusives and their impact. (8/29a)
I.B. BAD: SEA CHANGE
The week that was will have plentiful repercussions. (8/26a)
NEW RELEASES: FGL, BABS, BRIT GO BIG
Three new albums expected to top 100k for the week. (8/29a)
NEW RELEASES: FGL, BABS, BRIT GO BIG
You up for a three-way? (8/29a)
VMAS: BIG WINS FOR BEYONCÉ
The Queen saved the show from drowning in mediocrity. (8/29a)
HITS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (NOT)
A conundrum of the streaming age.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
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