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4/28/16

During his appearance at Jeff Jampol's Music Business NOW class at UCLA, Republic President and Marketing Ace of the Skies Chopper Charlie conducts a helicopter safety drill, using the tops of his colleagues' heads to indicate cruising altitude. Later, Jampol and Jampol Artist Management's Arron Saxe tore off after a passing ambulance.


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4/28/16

Look for new music from RCA's Justin Timberlake very soon, with a Max Martin-helmed track from the DreamWorks ST Trolls in early May. A new JT album, featuring contributions from Pharrell Williams and Timbaland as well as Martin, could hit by...


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4/28/16

Beyoncé looks to do 475k-525k in album sales for her new Lemonade set (Columbia), and a whopping 575k-640k SPS. Track sales fuel a TEA contribution to the latter total of 80k-90k, while exclusive Tidal streaming adds 20k-30k SEA. Meanwhile, Prince will have another blockbuster week with multiple titles...


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OVOSR
4/28/16

Drake has begun his official unveiling for the exclusive Apple Music debut of Views (YMCMB/Republic), starting with an in-depth conversation with Beats 1 commander Zane Lowe. The special-edition OVO Sound Radio episode will air at 7pm PST/10pm EST tonight, with the album being released to the world for streaming immediately after. Drake also tweeted out the tracklist...


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4/28/16

The legacy of Prince, the return of Beyoncé, the erosion of sales from streaming, the Sony-UMG rivalry, the Sony executive bonuses and Greg Thompson's new job are among the topics broached in the latest dispatch from HITS' man behind the scenes. 


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4/28/16

At the recent UJA brunch honoring RCA's Peter Edge and Tom Corson, label EVP John Fleckenstein discusses creating a station of Yiddish favorites with Pandora's JP Evangelista and Lars Murray. Later, the online giant's execs—whose firm was just profiled by Fast Company and RAIN—pondered the acoustic properties of unleavened bread.


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4/28/16

For the third time in the last five years, Warner/Chappell Music has been named 2016 Music Publisher of the Year. The honor was bestowed at Wednesday night’s 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards


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gauloises
4/28/16

A meme going around compared the enormous lists of writers on a new superstar release to the credits on several albums by the late, lamented Prince: Dude wrote, played, sang, produced and, for all we know, catered every damn track on a lot of his finest albums. As a writer, he was


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4/28/16

With YMCMB/Republic’s Drake hitting on Friday, it’s anticipated the megastar will have a massive first week, with some insiders asking if Views could debut with two million.

 


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4/28/16

Columbia's Beyoncé will once again top the chart with her latest release, Lemonade. Though it didn't have the sneak-attack jolt of her last album, 2013’s Beyoncé, Lemonade is currently projected to sell somewhere around 500k albums, 900k tracks and generate up to 45m streams. While those album sales represent a 19% decline over her previous first week, Lemonade is likely to come out ahead when revenue is compared...


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That's, um, a lot. (4/28a)
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On the cover, in Contents and in our hearts. (4/27a)
A HITNRUN PRINCE ALBUM AT RETAIL
More product to cry to. (4/27a)
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Or: What do streaming customers want?
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS ISSUE
Where Adele, Katy Perry and other stars were first seen.
MUSIC BIZ 2016
Whatever happened to Morty?
OH, GEE
He's cool.
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