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Little Big Town at iHeartRadio Country Fest 2015
iHEART COUNTRY FEST RETURNS TO AUSTIN
5/4/15

The second annual iHeartRadio Country Festival, which went down Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, encompassed the entire spectrum of the rapidly expanding genre. 


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DOJ SAID TO BE LOOKING INTO APPLE AND FREEMIUM
5/4/15

The Verge reports that Apple is pushing to kill “freemium” streaming at Spotify and elsewhere, prompting Justice Department scrutiny.


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YOUR U.K. RADIO HIGHLIGHTS
5/4/15

Pour yourself a hot cuppa, buttter up a crumpet and let's survey the chart action at BBC Radio 1 and 2 and Global's commercial-broadcast biggies Capital FM and Heart, starring Iggy, Meghan, Taylor, Hozier, Florence, Catfish and more.


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"PRETTY" GOOD, "PRETTY" QUICK
5/4/15

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's "Pretty Girls" collab (RCA), which leaked over the weekend, is now #2 at iTunes. The track, hitting Pop and Rhythm radio now, was co-produced and co-written by Anglo-American troupe The Invisible Men, who also worked on Iggy's smash "Fancy."

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A MUCH COOLER VALLEY
5/4/15

Alternative breakouts In the Valley Below celebrate inking with Sony/ATV by posing with A&R VP Jacob Fain. Later, everyone followed Jake to Brooklyn for the weekly Craft Beer and Fanciful Mustache Marathon.

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YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
5/4/15

A plethora of Pop hits radio this week: the hotly anticipated pairing of Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea, the brand new Mariah Carey, the juggernaut from OMI, chart-topper Shawn Mendes and Nashville crossover Sam Hunt. Three of these also impact Rhythm. Click the links for details, buddy.

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MUSIC BIZ PLUGS IN
5/4/15

The first full day of next week’s Music Biz 2015 confab in Nashville, Tuesday, 5/12, ends with music—specifically a Universal Music showcase and a "live-to-acetate" performance courtesy of Jack White's Third Man Records.


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NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS -- IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10
5/4/15

With their eighth studio album, The Magic Whip—first full-length in 12 years—Blur has topped the U.K. album chart. And that's not the only thing making waves across the pond. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's 1989 flies #10-2; OMI's "Cheerleader" is the #1 single.


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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
5/4/15

The Avengers destroys at the box office, as sequel Age of Ultron earns the second-biggest box office opening ever with $188m, coming up just short of its predecessor's record...


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DAVE GOLDBERG, R.I.P.
5/3/15

Dave Goldberg, chief executive of tech research powerhouse SurveyMonkey, digital-music industry pioneer and former Yahoo Music chief, died on Friday night of undisclosed causes; he was 47.


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DOJ SAID TO BE LOOKING INTO APPLE AND FREEMIUM
Others looking into who benefits from advancing this story. (5/4a)
YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
Britney + Iggy = yes, please. (5/4a)
YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Avengers: Age of Ultron only earned $188m? How pathetic. (5/4a)
MUSIC BIZ PLUGS IN
First-night music, direct to acetate. (5/4a)
DAVE GOLDBERG, R.I.P.
Farewell to a tech pioneer and a genuine mensch. (5/3a)
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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