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UMGD ERA ENDS; UMG RESHAPES COMMERCIAL FUNCTIONS INTO TEAMS
4/24/15

UMG CFO Boyd Muir and EVP Michele Anthony have issued an internal memo detailing a reshaping of the company’s commercial functions in the U.S. Distribution wing UMGD will cease to exist as a freestanding entity, with teams supervising the various functions incorporated into the UMG structure...


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YOUR RADIO CHART PREVIEW PREVIEW
4/24/15

Republic's Pop radio dominance continues on next week's Mediabase Top 40 chart, as the label holds half the Top 10 with Natalie LaRose,The Weeknd and Ariana Grande leading, while RCA's Walk the Moon moonwalks into the Top 10 and S-Curve/Hollywood's Andy Grammer looks "Good" in the Top 30...


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DALLAS COWBOYS
4/24/15

Big Machine Label Group chief Scott Borchetta enjoys a rollicking photo op with Rascal Flatts at the ACMs. Later, Borchetta's business manager issued a financial report that read as follows: "Yeeeeeee-hawwww!"

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YELAWOLF HAS FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
4/24/15

Shady/Interscope's Yelawolf heads to church with Eminem in his new video for "Best Friend"...


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ON RECORDS:
10 ROOKIE PICKS
TO CLICK
4/24/15

As I.B. Bad mentions in his latest column, the business has become increasingly reliant on new acts and their breakthrough first records. And while we continue to follow the activity of The Weeknd on Republic and WB’s Royal Blood, both of whom hit home runs with their first big radio singles last year, 10 newcomers have caught our attention. 


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BIBLE QUIZ
4/24/15

Which of the following was not a Billboard eblast subject line this week? The first reader to email us with the correct answer wins...


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I.B. BAD ON THE LABEL PLAYMAKERS & THE
NEXT-GEN HITMAKERS
4/24/15

This week, our industry insider looks at the field generals of the top labels, the youth movement at the top of the charts and a pair of UMG label deals heading in opposite directions.


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
4/24/15

The Various Artists trend continues in Britain, with collections taking up the first six slots as well as #10, sandwiching Sia, Hozier and Alabama Shakes.


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PUB CRAWLING: COUNTRY MEETS AFRIKA
4/24/15

Nashville's evolving song culture, Tay TayX Ambassadors, MoZella, Afrika Bambaataa, future stars on Vine and mo'.


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DRUGS GIVE ELLEN RED EYES
4/24/15

In one of the more unlikely bookings of the year, The War on Drugs, on the West Coast for Coachella, played Ellen on Monday. Turns out she’s a fan, so much so that she had the Adam Granduciel-led band perform a second song just for ellentube, a rare occurrence.


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UMGD ERA ENDS; UMG RESHAPES COMMERCIAL FUNCTIONS INTO TEAMS
A quick note from Michele and Boyd. (4/24a)
ON RECORDS:
10 ROOKIE PICKS
TO CLICK
Meet the shining lights of the Class of 2015. (4/24a)
BIBLE QUIZ
Your prayers have been answered: Friday fun! But reverent. (4/24a)
PUB CRAWLING: COUNTRY MEETS AFRIKA
This headline's called a tease in journalistic parlance. (4/24a)
DRUGS GIVE ELLEN RED EYES
So is this one. (4/24a)
HOW SWEET IT IS
Berry Gordy Jr. Brings Motown: The Musical to Hollywood
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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