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7/29/16

Just last week, for the first time in the digital era, a label employed a once-derided strategy—putting a sale price on a single—as the ultimate hammer...


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cam and neil
7/29/16

"Country is part of the very texture of the extraordinary quilt that is American music," intoned Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow to Arista Nashville/RCA's Cam during her visit to the Academy's Santa Monica offices. "Hey, you don't have to sell me, Neil—I'm a Nashville artist," chuckled the Grammy-nominated breakout before realizing that she was addressing a life-sized animatronic figure from the organization's "Great Moments With Mr. Portnow" exhibit...


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new music fri
7/29/16

Disruptor/Columbia's The Chainsmokers f/Halsey, S-Curve/Hollywood's Andy Grammer, Mad Love/Interscope's Tory Lanez, Island's Shawn Mendes, Republic's Phantogram, Glassnote's CHVRCHES, Harvest's Glass Animals and Epitaph's punk veterans The Descendants are among the artists featured on Spotify's New Music Friday playlist this week; dig in.


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WOLVES
7/29/16

This morning G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam's Kanye West presented yet another powerful example of the benefits from integrated marketing, debuting an artistic collaboration with his favorite fashion house, Balmain, that doubled as both elegantly photographed and styled music video (co-starring Kim and Sia) for the single "Wolves," and the brand’s campaign.


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major lazer
7/29/16

Surefire smash “Cold Water” (Because) by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and has toppled Drake from the U.K. Official Singles Chart summit on combined sales of 102k. Who said it’s near impossible to break new music?


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7/29/16

These days, there are so many different variables when it comes to how to judge a record at Modern Rock. We have the new request line: Shazam. We still have sales, though I’m not sure for how much longer. And we have the new phenomenon of streaming. In terms of Spotify and such, we haven’t yet seen...


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major-key-2
7/29/16

Epic’s DJ Khaled not only has the keys, he has the pole position as iTunes puts a new collection into the field. Not surprisingly, Major Key—an Apple exclusive for a week—shot straight to #1 and is one of seven new titles in the Top 10.

 


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Viola Beach
7/29/16

Viola Beach, the up and coming British band whose members were killed in a car crash in February, have one of the strongest new releases in Blighty this week. 


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7/29/16

As the thudding, Godzilla-like footsteps of our 30th Anniversary Issue echo ever closer, we continue our ramble through the HITS photo archive. In this indelible shot, Steve Bartels, Greg Thompson and Jerry Blair shanghai an Elvis impersonator at the Gavin convention, moments before the mescaline kicked in. 


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7/29/16

Epic's KONGOS brandish gold plaques from their South African label, Just Music, during their return home to headline the Oppikoppi Festival. Moments after this photo was snapped, manager Marc Pollack set off in search of the best blintzes in Limpopo Province. Commemorative figurines of everyone pictured here are available on Marc's eBay page.


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Is the new marketplace reaching maturity?
30 YEARS OF HITS
With the incriminating photos to prove it.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CATALOG IN THE WORLD
Purple prose on a pricey panoply of Prince.
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