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AN ASTRONOMICAL MIDWEEK TOP 15
9/1/15

September’s here, boys and girls. This is turning out to be a week to remember, as the market shakes off its summer doldrums and sales, tracks and streams explode. Chalk it up to a welcome slate of strong new releases and impact of the Video Music Awards. Let’s not worry about that asteroid that’s on target to hit the earth until later in the month, OK? Here’s how things look at midweek...


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BIEBER RE-LAUNCHES
9/1/15

Justin Bieber is back. The RBMG/Def Jam superstar, having cracked the Top 10 with his Diplo collabo, “Where Are U Now” clearly now has a new hit all his own with “What Do You Mean?”


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THE WEEKND’S BIG WEEK KEEPS GETTING BIGGER
9/1/15

The Weeknd is on track to have the #2 debut and #8 album with TEA of the year in his first week—and he’s also lined up to break a streaming record. His incendiary VMAs performance and his appearance in two Apple ads are just the icing on the cake for a breakout star with enormous and still accelerating momentum. 


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MILEY FLOATS ON SOUNDCLOUD
9/1/15

Interesting to note that Miley Cyrus' highly experimental new set, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, is available for free streaming on Soundcloud without any RCA or Sony branding. The set is only listed as a Smiley Miley Inc. production. Sony currently has no deal with Soundcloud; it's been reported that the album does not count against Miley's deal with RCA.


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SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALRIGHT
9/1/15

Set those DVRs, buddy. NBC's Saturday Night Live will return for its 41st season come 10/3, which is somehow already right around the corner. After reminding everyone of her emcee chops on MTV's VMAs, RCA's Miley Cyrus will return as host and provide the tunes on the season premiere. The Weeknd and Demi Lovato have been announced as the second and third musical guests, airing 10/10 and 10/17, respectively. Lovato's appearance is nicely timed, as her new album, Confident, streets one day prior. Ah, fall; so many excuses to embrace our couch potato tendencies. We can't wait.

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ROGERS' LUXE
NEW GIG
9/1/15

After the surprise announcement of his departure from Apple Music, Ian Rogers has revealed his new destination: Paris-based luxury brands company LVMH, home of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon, Dior, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Bvlgari, TAG Heuer and many more. Rogers will serve as Chief Digital Officer. And no, he doesn't want to know what you'd like for Christmas.


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TAG, THEY'RE IT: SHAZAM'S BIG MOVERS
9/1/15

MA debuts abound among the greatest gainers on Shazam's USA Top 100 chart, as stars Macklemore, Biebs, Tay Tay and Nick Jonas drop new singles, while the new one from The Chainsmokers—the folks who brought you "Selfie"—makes a giant leap...


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CHARLES IN CHARGE
9/1/15

"Of course I can hook you up with some Cuban cigars, chief," declares Latium's Charles Chavez (c) during this jolly photo op commemorating his publishing joint venture with Marty Bandier's Sony/ATV. Meanwhile, SVP/Head of East Coast A&R Rich Christina wondered what else was available to smoke.


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THINGS THAT MAKE US GO HMMMM: WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR THIS FALL (UPDATE)
9/1/15

The problem with "consumption" charts, Bieber's big return, Alternative radio's lack of discovery, the Grammys, The Weeknd and Halsey—these are the topics obsessing us at the moment.


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MUSIC CITY: NO SHOES NATION-BUILDING EDITION
9/1/15

Kenny Chesney smashes another record, Sam Hunt has a platinum party and Maddie & Tae go deep: those are just the latest stories in our Music City section, which is chock-full of Nashville updates. Truck on over and check it out.

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THE iHEART OF
ROCK & ROLL
Poleman and Hardin turn it up to 11.. (9/1a)
BIEBER, THE WEEKND RULE THE WORLD
#1 in how many territories? (9/1a)
ROGERS' LUXE
NEW GIG
Ooh la la. (9/1a)
MILEY FLOATS ON SOUNDCLOUD
sans any Sony branding. (9/1a)
VMA RATINGS: THE
UPS AND DOWNS
TV down, Twitter up. (9/1a)
APPLE MUSIC: WHAT'S NEXT?
What's brewing in Cupertino?
THE WEEKND: HOW BIG?
And how many more hits has he got?
STREAMING WAVE BUILDS
Will it overtake e-tail?
KANYE VS. TRUMP
The debate you've been waiting for.
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