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abacus
8/17/18

With a high percentage of precincts reporting, we're now calling this week's chart race for Travis Scott.


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nicki2
8/17/18

Nicki Minaj has the highest new album on the U.K.’s Official Charts this week with Queen (Island) entering at #5, while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Polydor) is still the Official Albums #1 for a fourth week. On the singles side, George Ezra is back on top...


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4-arethafranklinfamous1st
8/17/18

Aretha Franklin, the gospel singer trained in her father’s church who came to define American soul music and held court as one of pop music’s greatest vocalists, died Thursday, 8/16. She was 76.


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8/17/18

Music fans are mourning the loss of Aretha Franklin and taking solace in her extraordinary musical legacy. Could the surge in marketplace activity make Aretha a candidate for a posthumous #1 chart week?


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8/17/18

On the night of her album Sweetener's release, Ariana Grande was scheduled appear on Fallon. She was not, however, supposed to sing—according to TMZ—but the powerhouse vocalist ended up doing an impassioned, remarkably deft rendition of "Natural Woman" with The Roots. The Republic star, reportedly overcome by emotion following the passing of one of her idols, then broke down in tears. Watch her generation-bridging performance within.


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8/17/18

Imagine Dragons (KIDinaCORNER/Interscope) have the Top 3 tracks on this week's Rock Streaming Chart and four in the Top 10. But they're not the only ones flying: Another Century's lovelytheband zooms #17-8 with "Broken," while Darkroom/Interscope's Billie Eilish debuts at...


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STREAMING
8/17/18

Travis Scott retains the #1 position with "Sicko Mode" on this week's Streaming Songs Chart, while the influx of songs from Nicki Minaj nets her...


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lelepons
8/17/18

The social media superstar's deal is a partnership between 10:22 pm, UMG's imprint run by Celine Joshua, and Shots Studios.


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drakechamps
8/17/18

Maroon 5 & Cardi B are #1 for a fourth week at T40, while Drake is #1 for his third week at Rhythm and Weezer is on top for their third week at Modern Rock...


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8/17/18

Ariana Grande's much-anticipated fourth studio album, Sweetener (Republic) has spiced up the flipover Friday Top 10, rising to #1 at iTunes and #6 at Apple Music. Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin’s catalog is receiving considerable respect from fans.


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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/17a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
STREAMING SONGS:
A LA "MODE"
That is totally sicko. (8/17a)
ARIANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA
Two generations of natural women (8/17a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
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