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8/30/16

Lots of talk at the label level about data-crunching company BuzzAngle, which is rapidly gaining traction and appears to be the new go-to analytics tool for marketing execs and radio programmers, who like the “drill-downable” features of the Jim Lidestri-led service. The integration of Mediabase radio data, meanwhile, in a deal spearheaded by Alissa "Force of Nature" Pollack, has accelerated...


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8/30/16

Epic EVP promo Todd Glassman poses with stars Meghan Trainor and Yo Gotti, who collaborated on Trainor's "Better," which they performed jointly on Fallon Monday. Later, the three enjoyed a five-day tour of L.A. Reid's new house.


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8/30/16

For the second week in a row, two U.S. acts are vying for the Official Albums #1 in Blighty on Friday as Barbra and Britney battle it out. So who’s ahead at midweek stage?


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shonen
8/30/16

"Our research tells us Shonen Knife is going to be huge," Jeff Ayeroff and Jordan Harris tell Phil Quartararo in this immortal shot from the Alternative boom. That research turned out to be a guy on Silverlake Boulevard who had a tattoo of a spider on his face...


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8/29/16

In looking at our release schedule we see that several more UMG digital exclusives will be coming in the near future, including offerings from Drake, Kanye West and Ariana Grande. But these should not be construed as defying or otherwise flying in the face of Lucian Grainge's recently revealed ban on the practice...


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8/29/16

Universal and the other rights holders have been struggling with the value of Apple exclusives and their impact on business globally...


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Steve Bannon
8/29/16

How’s this for an ironic intersection? Steve Bannon, the ultra-right-wing rabble-rouser who was recently named Trump’s campaign manager, once worked in the entertainment biz...


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dnce
8/29/16

Republic’s DNCE, who snagged the Best New Artist VMA Sunday night, are celebrating a U.S. success story that has since gone global...


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MOONMAN
8/29/16

We quote The Wrap for our headline; that site reports that the MTV VMAs plummeted 34% in ratings, scaring up a mere 6.5m viewers across the multiple Viacom properties via which it was simulcast. That's against last year, when ratings were already substantially down; the show's 2011 peak saw 12.4m viewers.


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Abudabi
8/29/16

An intriguingly cryptic billboard featuring a message with the logos of Drake's OVO label and Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music has emerged in Woodland Hills over the last 48 hours, which could be a harbinger of yet another surprise drop...


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POSTSCRIPT: OCEAN, UMG AND APPLE
Exclusives and their impact. (8/29a)
EXCLUSIVES THAT ARE
NOT EXCLUDED
So ignore all those tempests in a teapot. (8/29a)
NEW RELEASES: FGL, BABS, BRIT GO BIG
Three new albums expected to top 100k for the week. (8/29a)
VMA RATINGS "NOSEDIVE"
Yikes. (8/29a)
VMAS: BIG WINS FOR BEYONCÉ
The Queen saved the show from drowning in mediocrity. (8/29a)
HITS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (NOT)
A conundrum of the streaming age.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
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