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8/23/16

How deep is the Ocean? Well, how high is the sky? We have projections for Frank Ocean's Blonde.


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8/23/16

As the strum and drang over the Copyright Royalty Board rate proceedings heats up, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) sent a letter to Sony-affiliated songwriters, and Sony issued a statement of its own...


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8/23/16

HITS' Michelle Santosuosso renews her musical bond with the artist formerly known as Lonny Breaux, exploring the new album and "the visceral power of Frank Ocean's music."


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8/23/16

Amazon is exploring a music subscription service that would cost half as much as Apple Music and Spotify—but there’s a catch. The listener has to use Amazon’s Echo speaker.

 


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8/23/16

Hit songwriter and former RCA and Def Jam artist Sterling Simms is joining UMPG as Director of Creative. He’ll be based in L.A. and will report to Ethiopia Habtemariam, the pubco’s President of Urban Music/Co-Head of Creative, and EVP/Head of West Coast A&R David Gray.


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8/23/16

"Indulge," a sultry banger from 2015 by JONES, is the #1 Biggest Mover on the Shazam USA Top 100 chart this week. Why? Power. A recent episode of the Starz series—currently in its third season—apparently got fans reaching for their phones to discover the PIAS-released track.


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8/23/16

The debate over the U.K. Singles Chart is raging on in Blighty as battle lines draw wider between radio and streaming. Sony act Olly Murs has told Digital Spy the charts formula has prevented his latest single from reaching No.1. But is it really that simple?


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8/23/16

The astute among you will note that we ran new pictures of both these gentlemen late last week: broadcasting icon Scott Shannon for celebrating two years at WCBS morning drive and hosting the NAB's Marconi Awards; quintessential rock star Steven Tyler with his Big Machine Label Group peeps. But here we find the two bonding a few decades back, when rock ruled the airwaves and the arrival of the FedEx guy occasioned much rejoicing. This photo is brought to you by the HITS 30th Anniversary Issue...


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8/22/16

Frank Ocean’s Blonde is heading for #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart on iTunes downloads and Apple Music streams alone. So how are the numbers stacking up?


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8/22/16

Frank Ocean's Apple Music-exclusive Blonde will be the week's biggest release: Monday morning it's #1 album on the service and its tracks occupy slots 1-17 (meanwhile, his prior album, Channel Orange, sits in the Top 10). But what about the week's other two significant releases?


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BLONDE'S BOMBSHELL OF A DEBUT
This Ocean is huge. (8/23a)
AMAZON TUNING IN $5 STREAMING SERVICE?
Oh, Alexa. (8/23a)
OLLY MURS: ADD RADIO TO U.K. CHARTS
Another voice for change. (8/23a)
LOU PEARLMAN,
1954-2016
A precipitous fall from grace end here. (8/22a)
HITS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
FRANK OCEAN'S NEW ONE
Some folks are already calling it a masterpiece.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
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