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ICYMI: HISTORY OF DUETS
3/4/15

Kelly Clarkson went way beyond the call of duty promoting her new RCA set Piece by Piece Monday on The Tonight Show, with a big assist from the host. 


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HEY KIDS, IT’S GOLDEN POPCORN TIME AGAIN!
3/4/15

Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars and Neighbors lead the field of nominees for the 2015 edition of the MTV Movie Awards with seven nominations each, while Ansel Elgort and Seth Rogen are tied for individual noms with five apiece. 


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FLAT IS GOOD
3/4/15

Here’s a surprising stat, occurring as it does deep into a period when the single is king: Album sales are virtually flat year to date. What’s more, 12 albums have had 100k+ weeks during the first two months of this year vs. five at this point last year, while seven albums debuted with 100k or more vs. just two last year. Which proves the old saw that you’ve gotta release records to sell records. Releasing good records makes even more sense.


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ALOE: TAY TAY WENT TOO FAR
3/4/15

Aloe Blacc has criticized Spotify’s rates, but he doesn’t feel Taylor Swift should’ve yanked her music off the service. He told Page Six: “Musicians shouldn’t block their music…and probably shouldn’t remove their songs... We’re gonna fight our fights in Congress… I’m sure things will change. Streaming services are the way forward… It’s just a matter of getting the laws to work for the songwriter and…for the artist.” Blacc has said that “Wake Me Up,” his 2013 hit with Avicii, got 168m streams, but the three writers earned a piddling $12k.

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HITS LIST: THE PEOPLE THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
3/4/15

What would you do without it? That’s a rhetorical question. We suiggest that you memorize the this week's Top 10.

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COMING SOON:
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
3/4/15

We’re getting our collective game face on for the first New & Developing Artist Special Issue of 2015, which will be printed on high-quality paper stock (disguising the third-rate editorial content, as usual) next week. 


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AIN'T TALKIN' 'BOUT LOVE... ACTUALLY
WE ARE
3/4/15

Van Halen is releasing its first-ever live album with David Lee Roth on March 31. 


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THE SEARCH FOR STEWART'S
SUCCESSOR INTENSIFIES
3/4/15

Viacom may look outside for someone to take the helm of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart when the enormously popular host leaves the program, Variety reports. And Comedy Central management is believed to be open to bringing in a woman to replace Stewart. 


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YOUR RADIO ADD RECAP
3/3/15

The week's adds are safely in their format silos, but here's a brief overview. Team Interscope scores Most Added at Pop for Zedd f/Selena Gomez's "I Want You to Know"; the rest of the action is here. RCA's Tinashe f/Iggy Azalea takes the tiara at Rhythm with "All Hands on Deck," and the rest of the format rundown is here. At Alternative, ATO's Alabama Shakes have a huge post-SNL week. Details here.

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CHART ATTACK: THE FORECAST CALLS FOR DARK SKIES
3/3/15

Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise (G.O.O.D./Def Jam) tops BOTH the HITS Building Album Sales Chart and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) chart with 136k and 167k respectively. Warner Bros.Kid Rock put up one hell of a fight, though. See just how close the call was.


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AIN'T TALKIN' 'BOUT LOVE... ACTUALLY
WE ARE
Edward and Dave, together again in Japan. (3/4a)
HITS LIST: THE PEOPLE THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
This week's top 10 has 10 entries. (3/4a)
COMING SOON:
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
Now under construction. (3/4a)
THE SEARCH FOR STEWART'S
SUCCESSOR INTENSIFIES
We also watch TV. (3/4a)
FLAT IS GOOD
Reports of the death of the album are premature. (3/4a)
YOUR NEW RELEASES
One-day sales to give you visions of next week's chart.
POT LEGALIZED IN D.C.
Finally. The prez could really use a bong hit.
GLOBAL RELEASE DAY: MORE CHATTER
What about the upside?
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
Our print mag puts on weight.
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