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WESTERN SWING
5/6/15

Backstage at the Jason Aldean-Kenny Chesney show at Levi StadiumBroken Bow Records Music Group EVP Jon Loba reflects on the differences between Tennessee and California. "The bourbon costs way too much here," he noted, "but those medical cigarettes sure go down smooth"... 


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THE SHARPEST KNIVES IN THE DRAWER
5/6/15

During a festive Cinco de Mayo party with Team Prospect Park at L.A.’s Troubadour starring Red Bull band Five KnivesThe Spectacle Group’s one and only Andy Gould and Red Bull’s Joe Guzik compare tasting notes on a flight of tequila...


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THIS IS LITERALLY ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS
5/6/15

Forbes' just announced the five richest people in hip-hop. No, Dr. Dre is not in fact a billionaire. He's also not at the top of the list. Diddy reigns at #1 with $735m (thanks, in large part, to his deal with Ciroc), and Dre follows with $700m. Jay Z rounds out the Top 3 with $550m. 50 Cent and Birdman (aka Baby of Cash Money) complete the list with $155m and $150, respectively. The results were tabulated based on current holdings, earnings and the assessments of other industry types. In a related story, a hedge-fund manager would now like to spit a verse.

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YOUR NEW RELEASES, NOW 100% WILDER
5/6/15

Mumford & Sons will debut at #1 on both our sales and SPS charts next week with their highly electric Wilder Mind. Here are this week's key debuts...


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BIG PROPS FOR THE BIG MAN
5/6/15

Warner/Chappell Prexy North America Big Jon Platt collected the Visionary Award at the SESAC Pop Awards in NYC on 5/4.


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TAG, THEY'RE IT: SHAZAM'S BIG MOVERS
5/6/15

When a indie band's cover of a Snow Patrol song is the biggest mover on Shazam's USA Top 100 Tags Chart—outpacing even the hot new Nicki Minaj track, as well as several other big singles—you know it's had a mighty TV sync...


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SIA + GIORGIO = DISCO'S BACK, BABY
5/6/15

Sia (not pictured here) plays more games with anonymity and romantic entanglement as featured vocalist on disco legend Giorgio Moroder's ravishing new track, "Dèjá Vu" (RCA), the video for which is premiering now on Vevo. The song just entered Spotify's U.S. Viral Top 10.


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WE POINT OUR PHONE AT SHAZAM’S PETER SZABO
5/6/15

We asked Shazam SVP, Head of Music & U.S. Ad Sales Peter Szabo about the role of the tech giant’s data in predicting big hits. For some reason he agreed to talk to us.


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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND
5/6/15

Mariah Carey, who has more No. 1 songs than another other solo artist in history, opens her much-heralded "#1 to Infinity" show in Las Vegas at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace tonight. 


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MUSIC BIZ BUSTS OUT A NEW AWARD, AND JACK’S NAME IS ON IT
5/6/15

Jack White will receive the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) inaugural Innovator Award during the Music Biz 2015 Business Session...


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THE SHARPEST KNIVES IN THE DRAWER
Put some Red Bull in that tequila! (5/6a)
WE POINT OUR PHONE AT SHAZAM’S PETER SZABO
Picks to click, with actual clicking. (5/6a)
BIG PROPS FOR THE BIG MAN
Jon Platt honored with SESAC Visionary award, because he really is a freakin' visionary. (5/6a)
MUSIC BIZ BUSTS OUT A NEW AWARD, AND JACK’S NAME IS ON IT
White vinylly gets credit where credit is due. (5/6a)
THE BALLERS:
DYNAMIC DUO
Coming soon: a wide-ranging chat with Peter and Tom. (5/6a)
DON'T CALL IT NARM!
It's Music Biz, bitch.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
The next batch is being cooked up.
APPLE'S STREAMING ROLLOUT
Will iTunes-Beats hybrid be a Spotify slayer or an also-ran?
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