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FUTURE'S 11 MILLION
APPLE STREAMS
7/29/15

One of our moles has some intriguing info about Apple Music’s impressive stream numbers. Our Deep Throat says Epic’s chart-topping Future, who got 14 million+ streams on Spotify, scored 11m on Apple Music...


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ZAYN IN THE STUDIO: A NEW DIRECTION?
7/29/15

One Direction alumnus Zayn Malik has been recording with producer Malay, who helmed Frank Ocean’s Grammy-winning Channel Orange. The former 1D member remains signed to SYCO via the “leaving member” clause of his contract. It remains unclear which U.S. Sony label will release Malik’s album, but with 1D bringing out a new set this fall...


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SONY NASHVILLE UP IN THE CLUB
7/29/15

Backstage at her recent acoustic benefit, Arista Nashville's Miranda Lambert greets Sony Nashville's new Chairman/CEO, Randy Goodman, EVP/COO Ken Robold and EVP Steve Hodges. The group recalled the "saladgate" controversy, and how comparing female artists to tomatoes is ridiculous, with Lambert noting that if being compared to lettuce is the alternative, maybe a new analogy is in order. Then everybody enjoyed some BBQ. 


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L.A.'S CYCLE OF HITS
7/29/15

Epic’s L.A. Reid has succeeded over the last two years by breaking a handful of new acts—A Great Big WorldKONGOSMeghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony and, most recently, hip-hop chart-topper Future. With a new smash from AGBW, his string of recent hit acts now enters its second cycle.


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TOM CRUISE CAN'T FEEL HIS FACE
7/29/15

The Weeknd is already having a pretty fine week, but it's hard not to imagine him losing his shit watching this Late Night With Jimmy Fallon "Lip Sync Battle" featuring Tom Cruise. Cruise works all available cameras in a go-for-broke pantomime to the XO/Republic breakout's  "Can't Feel My Face," which he calls the song of the summer. 


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ISLAND, THE WEEKND SPEND WEEKEND ON ISLAND
7/29/15

 Island U.K. ruler Darcus Beese welcomes The Weeknd to a music fest and retreat at Osea Island in the South of England. The artist arrived via helicopter for a special performance, and there was a BBQ, a campfire and a nice game of Rounders, a British predecessor of baseball that’s somehow more obscure than cricket...    


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IS APPLE MUSIC BEHIND THE DECLINE IN SALES AND STREAMS FROM RIVAL SERVICES?
7/29/15

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


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A HOLLYWOOD "LOVE" STORY
7/29/15

On a sultry late-July afternoon, iHeartMedia's Beata Murphy and John Ivey dropped by Hollywood’s Conway Studios for a heavy hang with Republic rising star Hailee Steinfeld and her creative posse. In this high-end photo op, Steinfeld makes nice with the two radio rainmakers flanked by songwriters Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter (l), and producers Mattias Larsson and Robin Frediksson. The group then repaired to the artist lounge for margaritas and Seinfeld reruns while brainstorming sitcom concepts for Hailey. Steinfeld’s “Love Myself” launches 8/7.

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A DOC THAT ROCKS
7/29/15

The newly made rock doc Keith Richards: Under the Influence is set to be released 9/18 on the surging Netflix. The film was directed by Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), who also helmed the just-uploaded clip for Keef's latest single, "Trouble," which is now ready to view...


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SMILE AND SAY "HEY BUDDY"
7/29/15

Artist Leona Lewis joins Def Jam promo players for a festive photo op. Only later did EVP Rick Sackheim reveal the sad news that the photo would be appearing here. Seen feeling pretty darn Def, if the do say so themselves, are (l-r) Sr. Director Adult Formats Cheryl Broz, VP Pop Keith Rothschild, Midwest Regional Jim Kelley, Lewis and Sackheim.

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FUTURE'S 11 MILLION
APPLE STREAMS
Golly gee, he's really popular. (7/29a)
L.A.'S CYCLE OF HITS
Here's why we've been writing "They Love L.A." and "Reid His Lips" all these years. (7/29a)
IS APPLE MUSIC BEHIND THE DECLINE IN SALES AND STREAMS FROM RIVAL SERVICES?
Well, is it? (7/29a)
ISLAND, THE WEEKND SPEND WEEKEND ON ISLAND
See what we did just then? (7/29a)
A DOC THAT ROCKS
Keef is coming to Netflix. (7/29a)
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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