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niall
9/29/16

One Direction alumnus and fresh Capitol signing Niall Horan has dropped his first solo single, “This Town,” on all major digital providers. It's already flown to #1 at iTunes...


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Thumbprint
9/29/16

Pandora’s Thumbprint Radio, the radio station that tracks user listening habits and creates custom radio stations, says it now has 20 million listeners nine months after launching. 


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beer walkhead
9/29/16

Who's that behind the giant ceremonial head of Republic prexy Charlie "VIPLife" Walk? Welcome to the first installment of our continuing photo series, which carries the spirit of the exec's now-legendary birthday bash into the work week. We cannot guarantee that posing with C-Dub's outsized punim will cause Guess models to materialize, but stranger things have happened.


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sonny takhar
9/29/16

Rumors are flying around Buckingham Palace that SYCO’s Sonny Takhar may be departing the label. Takhar has played a big role on the SYCO team; his departure, if confirmed, would leave sizable shoes to fill at Simon’s Cowell’s company—a JV with Sony—which has enjoyed an impressive run over the last several years with such acts as One Direction, Olly Murs, Fifth Harmony, Susan Boyle, James Arthur, Ella Henderson and Little Mix, and recently inked 12-year-old America’s Got Talent phenom Grace VanderWaal. Without Takhar, where does the label fit into the Sony U.K. ecosystem, and what are the well-liked exec’s plans going forward?


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LYORJULY4
9/29/16

Who took a stupid pill at YouTube? The company has appointed none other than Lyor Cohen as its Global Head of Music, placing one of the most noxious personalities in the biz in a senior post at the site most often blamed by industryites for the devaluation of music. Rather than healing the yawning rift between rights holders and Google’s video giant, the installation of the biz’s bumbling blowhard has the potential to make things far worse. All of which renders the headline of Claire Atkinson’s story in the Thursday edition of the New York Post—“YouTube signs music legend to put friendly face on operations”—unintentionally hilarious.


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9/29/16

The boards of Viacom and CBS both received a letter from Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements Thursday morning requesting that the two companies explore a potential merger. Speculation about such a scenario has been rampant for months, amid questions about Redstone’s mental capacity, while CBS has concurrently been taking steps to spin off CBS Radio


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meet the hey buddies
9/29/16

In this vintage #TBT shot, a bevy of broadcasting and biz folks scrimmage in 1995 after Captain Kevin Weatherly's team prevailed following a 58-yard TD pass from Monte Lipman to Andy Arnold. Seen just before Tom Poleman had a dazzling vision of people listening to radio on portable phones are…


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Sia-acting
9/29/16

A deluxe version of Sia’s This Is Acting featuring her smash “The Greatest” and six additional songs will be released 10/21. Besides the song she used to endorse Hillary Clinton, the RCA/Monkey Puzzle star’s set will include the multi-million seller “Cheap Thrills” featuring Sean Paul.


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NittyGrittyDirtBand
9/29/16

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrated the release of Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years of Dirt with a performance on the patio of Espo's Warner Music Nashville... 


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ALBUM OF THE YEAR logo
9/29/16

It doesn’t take a genius to know that Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Adele’s 25 are headed for Grammy nominations for Album of the Year. Two of Beyoncé’s last three albums—I Am… Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé—were nominated in the category. Adele won the award with her previous album, 21. But who will these megastars face in the finals?


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IOVINE REFINES
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Q4 KILLERS
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GRAMMY SEASON HAS BEGUN
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