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SMILE AND SAY "HEY BUDDY"
7/29/15

Artist Leona Lewis joins Def Jam promo players for a festive photo op. Only later did EVP Rick Sackheim reveal the sad news that the photo would be appearing here. Seen feeling pretty darn Def, if the do say so themselves, are (l-r) Sr. Director Adult Formats Cheryl Broz, VP Pop Keith Rothschild, Midwest Regional Jim Kelley, Lewis and Sackheim.

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X MARKS THE VIEW
7/29/15

KidinaKorner/Interscope breakout band X Ambassadors, who are celebrating their seventh week at #1 Alternative, are now ready to reach a whole new audience, as they face the ladies of The View for a live performance of "Renegades" today.


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YOUR RECAP OF RADIO ADD RECAPS
7/28/15

5 Seconds of Summer repeats as Most Added at Pop radio this week, while A Great Big World's "Hold Each Other" racks up 33 adds on impact and Little Mix's "Black Magic" is among the other leaders. At Rhythm, YG wins in a squeaker, and The Weeknd's "The Hills" (also a Pop contender) earns more love. Foals take the crown at Alternative, while Halsey and AWOLNATION make more noise. Follow the links for details, buddy, and pass the dutchie.

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YOUR TOP 15: EYEBALLING THE RETAIL FIELD
7/28/15

Friday is the new Tuesday, so Tuesday is the new Thursday. Which is why we're giving you our Top 15 forecast for this week's Building Album Sales and SPS charts now, featuring debuts from Lamb of God, the Eminem-starring Southpaw ST and Bea Miller (pictured), among others. One thing that isn't changing: Every day is Bong Day.


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T-MOBILE DOFFS DATA CAPS FOR APPLE MUSIC STREAMING
7/28/15

Could T-Mobile help change the streaming game? The mobile provider has announced that Apple Music is now part of its Music Freedom initiative, which doesn’t apply monthly data caps to legal music-streaming services...


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TAG, THEY'RE IT
7/28/15

In addition to hitting #1 at retail, Future's DS2 has spawned the biggest gainer on Shazam's USA Top 100 Tags Chart. Meanwhile, it's clear that Calvin Harris & Disciples are  exploding, and a couple of hip-hop hitters achieve big gains. Also making strides: Nashville buzz band Old Dominion and Alternative trailblazer Beck...


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AN APPLE PREMIERE YOU CAN REALLY "FEEL"
7/28/15

The video for The Weeknd's smash (and current #1 iTunes single) "Can't Feel My Face" (XO/Republic) premiered on Apple Music Connect today. Check it out here.


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BALLERS: GRUDGE MATCH EDITION
7/28/15

The A&R squads of Def Jam and Interscope recently took to the court in a friendly game of basketball. “But you got to be LaBron James last time! Why do I always have to be Muggsy Bogues?” said Interscope’s Joie Manda to Def Jam’s Dion “No I.D” Wilson. “We would’ve let you be James Harden, but your defense is too good,” Wilson retorted. (See the whole lineup at the link.)


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FARM FRESH
7/28/15

The 30th anniversary of the Farm Aid benefit concert will take place in Chicago at FirstMert Bank Pavilion on 9/19. Imagine Dragons are among those featured. In addition to founder Willie Nelson and regulars Neil YoungJohn Mellencamp and Dave MatthewsFarm Aid 30 will feature performances from...


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APPLE MUSIC OVER 10 MILLION
7/27/15

Inside sources at some of the major labels—who are bound by ironclad NDAs—say that Apple Music has attracted more than 10 million subscribers in a mere four weeks.


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YOUR TOP 15: EYEBALLING THE RETAIL FIELD
Because Tuesday is the new Thursday. Or something. (7/28a)
BALLERS: GRUDGE MATCH EDITION
Interscope vs. Def Jam. (7/28a)
TAG, THEY'RE IT
The Future of Shazam. (7/28a)
FARM FRESH
Dragons get agricultural. (7/28a)
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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