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bruno
5/27/16

The scorched-earth policy of William Morris Endeavor’s John Marx with respect to Bruno Mars has been effective, as the superstar will remain at WME rather than defecting to CAA. Mars’ decision to stay with WME follows a tumultuous episode involving...


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Paradise Cove
5/27/16

Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton, two artists with much in common, including TV stardom and a chart competition, are locked in the two top slots in HITS List, your set of 10 talking points for the three-day weekend. 


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menon top hat
5/27/16

In another sampling of our recent special issue History of the Music Biz: The Mike Sigman Interviews, we explore how Bhaskar Menon, then head of Capitol, broke Pink Floyd in the U.S.


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skylar and martin
5/27/16

Martin Cherrytree Records will be exclusively distributed through Warner Music Group’s ADA as it begins to operate as a wholly independent operation... 

 


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discoverweekly-1
5/26/16

Spotify's innovative Discover Weekly personalized playlist has drawn 40 million unique users since launching in July—that’s more than half of the service’s claimed 75m active users—while that vast constituency has streamed north of 5 billion tracks.

 


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wme
5/26/16

Word has that the war between William Morris Endeavor and CAA has seriously escalated in the wake of Bruno Mars' decision to defect (he has since changed his mind and will stay at WME). The situation has grown increasingly ballistic following Lady Gaga and Rage Against the Machine flipping to CAA and Maroon 5’s ankling from CAA to WME, with the Mars drama taking the conflict to Defcon 1. 


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5/26/16

Windowing—a term long used by the film industry—has been adapted by the music business to denote the granting of exclusives to premium streaming services. In his latest column, our industry insider details some of the iterations of windowing that the majors are experimenting with in their efforts to maximize streaming’s vast potential. 


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v kent jones
5/26/16

Kent Jones—signed to DJ Khaled's Epic imprint, We The Best—is the newest addition to our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing artists poised to break. His breakout smash, "Don't Mind," is currently spinning at Rhythm, Urban and Pop radio. Learn more here before he hits the stratosphere. That said, we'd like to point out that at HITS, we have forearm tattoos similar to Jones', except they read "WE THE WORST."


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odom
5/26/16

Leslie Odom, Jr., the Tony-nominated co-star of musical-theater phenomenon Hamilton (he plays Aaron Burr), is about to step out with a solo album on Steve Greenberg’s S-Curve. The self-titled set, due 6/10, goes into pre-order on Friday (5/27). Odom wraps his estimable pipes around “Autumn Leaves,” “Brazil” and other timeless standards...


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v grace
5/26/16

What will be the song of summer? Pandora has fired up the grill, put the umbrellas in the Mai Tais and pushed play on their predictions for the summer’s top jams. The list features household names (both Justins, Rihanna, Drake, Meghan), recent breakouts (Desiigner, Chainsmokers) and a couple of newcomers...


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