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SALES AND STREAMING PATTERNS: LISTENING TO THE DATA
7/28/15

Today we're introducing a chart showing sales and streaming consumption patterns year-to-date, with the data updated through 7/23. 


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TAG, THEY'RE IT
7/28/15

In addition to hitting #1 at retail, Future's DS2 has spawned the biggest gainer on Shazam's USA Top 100 Tags Chart. Meanwhile, it's clear that Calvin Harris & Disciples are  exploding, and a couple of hip-hop hitters achieve big gains. Also making strides: Nashville buzz band Old Dominion and Alternative trailblazer Beck...


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AN APPLE PREMIERE YOU CAN REALLY "FEEL"
7/28/15

The video for The Weeknd's smash (and current #1 iTunes single) "Can't Feel My Face" (XO/Republic) premiered on Apple Music Connect today. Check it out here.


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BALLERS: GRUDGE MATCH EDITION
7/28/15

The A&R squads of Def Jam and Interscope recently took to the court in a friendly game of basketball. “But you got to be LaBron James last time! Why do I always have to be Muggsy Bogues?” said Interscope’s Joie Manda to Def Jam’s Dion “No I.D” Wilson. “We would’ve let you be James Harden, but your defense is too good,” Wilson retorted. (See the whole lineup at the link.)


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FARM FRESH
7/28/15

The 30th anniversary of the Farm Aid benefit concert will take place in Chicago at FirstMert Bank Pavilion on 9/19. Imagine Dragons are among those featured. In addition to founder Willie Nelson and regulars Neil YoungJohn Mellencamp and Dave MatthewsFarm Aid 30 will feature performances from...


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APPLE MUSIC OVER 10 MILLION
7/27/15

Inside sources at some of the major labels—who are bound by ironclad NDAs—say that Apple Music has attracted more than 10 million subscribers in a mere four weeks.


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COUNTRY COMES TO THE ROSE BOWL
7/27/15

When country came to the Rose Bowl—following the domination of Eminem & Rihanna, Jay-Z with JT and three nights of One Direction—it seemed like a lower-impact alternative for a whole different crowd. But the seven-hour, five-act merger of the Big Revival/Burn It Down tours gave Pasadena a master class in country music’s real stopping power.


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WEEKND READING
7/27/15

The New York Times Magazine's cover story on The Weeknd is a fascinating read, tracing the breakout star's trajectory from his aimless, druggy, impoverished teen years in Toronto to the top of the charts and featuring cameos by Republic's Monte Lipman and Wendy Goldstein and SONGS Music's Ron Perry, among others...


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ADVANCED GRAMMER
7/27/15

S-Curve/Hollywood breakout Andy Grammer collects a plaque for double platinum sales of his high-fidelity smash, "Honey, I'm Good," from the staff of The Today Show. On Friday, Grammer performed three songs live in Rockefeller Plaza as part of The Today Show Summer Concert Series...


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YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES: GOING FOR ADDS AT RADIO
7/27/15

"Hold Each Other" by Black Magnetic/Epic's A Great Big World goes for adds at Pop radio this week, while IGBM/Columbia's Dej Loaf f/Big Sean and EP/Def Jam's Alessia Cara are among the contenders at Rhythm. Warner Bros.' Foals and Republic's Misterwives impact Alternative. Click the links for more, buddy.

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SALES AND STREAMING PATTERNS: LISTENING TO THE DATA
With handy graphics. (7/28a)
BALLERS: GRUDGE MATCH EDITION
Interscope vs. Def Jam. (7/28a)
TAG, THEY'RE IT
The Future of Shazam. (7/28a)
FARM FRESH
Dragons get agricultural. (7/28a)
25 YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE
President Glauber's Anniversary and the History of a Revolutionary Format.
NASHVILLE CATS
Who's moving the needle in Music City.
APPLE, SPOTIFY AND PERCEPTION
Reflections in the stream.
STREAM WARS
The Force awakens.
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