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GLOBAL RELEASE DAY:
THE STATE OF THE ARGUMENT
2/27/15

As the dust starts to settle on the IFPI’s announcement of Friday as a global release day, the state of the conversation can more or less be summarized thusly...


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THE "GLORY" STORY
2/27/15

A song has the unique ability to make you feel a moment in a way that a speech or a photo cannot. Paramount Pictures President of Motion Picture Music Randy Spendlove tells the backstory of the song that won the Oscar.


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REPORTS OFF-TARGET, SAYS TARGET
2/27/15

It now appears that Target’s proverbial knickers are not in a twist about the adoption of a worldwide Friday release date. 


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I.B.’s HISTORY LESSON:
THE ’90s “SUPER LABEL”
2/27/15

In his latest column, I.B. Bad find a precedent for Republic’s business model in a company that existed shortly before the end of the last century. 


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
2/27/15

Two days after the BRIT Awards, the aftereffect remains strong.


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I.B. BAD: MARKETSHARE MOVES HAVE RIVALS
SEEING RED
2/26/15

The addition of RED to Columbia is being viewed by some as a tactical ploy intended to rattle the competition and by others as an unabashed marketshare grab—with Rob Stringer bolting on some marketshare of his own (to use his terminology) in response to enhancements made at UMG during the last two years at both Republic and Capitol.


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LIVE NATION'S RECORD-SETTING YEAR
2/26/15

Michael Rapino's Live Nation has released its financial results for 2014. Not wishing to baffle you with arcane economic jargon, they are big.


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LORD AND TAYLOR
2/26/15

At Universal Music's BRIT Awards afterparty, International Female Solo Artist winner Taylor Swift asks UMG chieftain Lucian Grainge...


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YOUR TOP 15: BIG SEAN GETS BIGGER
2/26/15

Big Sean blows away expectations with sales nearly double the first week of his previous release, 2013's Hall of Fame, which opened with 72k. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend...


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FRIDAYS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME—UPDATE
2/26/15

It's official: The IFPI has announced Friday as a global release day, with summer as the target for implementation.


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GLOBAL RELEASE DAY:
THE STATE OF THE ARGUMENT
Not everybody's saying TGIF. (2/27a)
REPORTS OFF-TARGET, SAYS TARGET
"Target has absolutely no plans to stop selling music." (2/27a)
THE "GLORY" STORY
A true marriage of song and picture. (2/27a)
I.B.’s HISTORY LESSON:
THE ’90s “SUPER LABEL”
"Daddy, what was PLG?" (2/27a)
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
The BRITs effect continues. (2/27a)
YOUR TOP 15
Next week's chart winners, way ahead of time.
GLOBAL RELEASE DATE REACTION
Bringing a new meaning to "everybody's working for the weekend."
DISNEY'S FROZEN FEVER
The snowy franchise is about to heat up again, shortly.
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