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5/25/16

We’ve been wondering what Max Lousada’s Warner Music U.K. has been up to since they tweeted a cryptic sparks/fire idiom earlier this week. Now we know, the label has launched a creative content division, The Firepit, akin to UMG U.K.'s Globe. The Firepit’s new production company and creative content agency will be headed up by Stefan Demetriou as VP Content.


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5/25/16

Our most recent print edition featured Republic siren Ariana Grande on the cover and label chieftain Monte Lipman as Contents VIP. They both probably wish they didn't have it on their permanent record.


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5/24/16

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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5/24/16

Republic labelmates Ariana Grande and Drake stay locked in a dead heat for #1 on our Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart. On the album side, Ariana remains in an equally tight fight with Warner Bros. Nashville’s Blake Shelton. Here’s how it looks at midweek. We’ll update tomorrow as new info becomes available.


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5/24/16

Epic continues to close out Meghan Trainor's "Me Too" at Top 40, while Republic delivered new artist Marc E. Bassy to Rhythm and at Modern Rock, RCA's Nothing But Thieves stole away the #1 Most Added for "Wake Up Call"...


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5/24/16

Tonight, on the season finale of The Voice, Little Big Town will open the show performing the new song "One of Those Days." It’s the first track from Wanderlust, an upcoming album the group made with Pharrell Williams, who produced and co-wrote the eight new songs, and it’s strikingly original. 


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5/24/16

It's looking like a battle for #1 on both the HITS SPS and album charts this week, as debuting Republic siren Ariana Grande faces off against labelmate Drake for SPS supremacy, while dueling with Warner Music Nashville's Blake Shelton for the top album spot.


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5/24/16

During the afterparty celebrating Alice Through the Looking Glass, Disney Music Group chief Ken Bunt checks in with our own Samantha Hissong. "What did you think of the Lewis Carroll-themed refreshments?" Bunt asked. Sam replied that the cakes that said "eat me" reminded her of the HITS editorial style guide. The Alice ST, btw, comes out on Friday.


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5/24/16

With the momentum of her third album release, Dangerous Woman, fully underway, Republic's Ariana Grande dropped a new music video for her next single, "Into You," this morning... 


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5/24/16

iHeartMedia has triumphed in a lawsuit over debt transfer. In a statement, the company hailed "the strong performance of our operating business" before skywriting a portrait of Bob Pittman with his jet.


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