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COLUMBIA'S CRUSHING IT
3/6/15

Word has it that after a fierce derby, Crush Music will be partnering with Columbia. According to sources familiar with the situation, one of the first releases will be from viral sensation MAX, slated for early spring. Look for a formal announcement in the coming weeks. 

Years & Years King
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
3/6/15

Polydor EDM trio Years & Years debuts at #1 on the singles chart, outpacing the new one from Kanye West, for the moment, at least. 


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LIFE IMITATES ART IN EMPIRE'S KINGDOM
3/6/15

As record-breaking ratings continue for TV's Empire, the show gets its first real hit at iTunes...


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A NEW WAVE, WITH EXTRA MUSTARD
3/6/15

Sleater-Kinney and Loren Bouchard, creator of the Fox animated series Bob's Burgers, collaborated on the video for "A New Wave," from the beloved indie-rock trio’s recently released No Cities to Love (Sub Pop). 


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YOU ALT TO KNOW
3/6/15

The Alternative Press Music Awards have announced the nominees for the new Best Music Video category, and Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon and A Day to Remember are among the contenders.


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Lucian Grainge
HANDS ACROSS
THE WATER
3/5/15

Lucian Grainge (or Lucian Grainge CBE, as he’s known across the pond) will receive the 2015 Creative Fusion Award at the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards. This award "recognizes an individual who exemplifies the special creative relationship between the U.K. and California, and whose creative talents and business acumen have had a profound impact on the way we live, work, and play." 


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YOUR TOP 15
3/5/15

RCA's Kelly Clarkson is due to top next week's album chart with the bow of her new set, but she'll fight it out with the Fifty Shades ST for SPS rule. Meanwhile, Beck gets a Google bday boost.


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BIG CHILL AT THE BRITS
3/5/15

That hyper-competitiveness that exists in the U.S. between UMG and Sony Music—creating a tense atmosphere and chilly relations between most executives at the two companies—is mirrored by their U.K. counterparts, and was dramatically apparent last week at the BRIT Awards. 


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SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
3/5/15

Another mediocre sales week, with seven of the eight holdovers from last week’s Top 10 experiencing slippage. The exception: Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” which enjoyed an 8% uptick. The biggest comer by a mile was the Zedd/Selena tandem. 


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COMING SOON:
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
3/5/15

We’re getting our collective game face on for the first New & Developing Artist Special Issue of 2015, which will be printed on high-quality paper stock (disguising the third-rate editorial content, as usual) next week. 


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COLUMBIA'S CRUSHING IT
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HITS LIST: THE PEOPLE THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
We're here to help. (3/5a)
YOUR TOP 15
The new mom fights it out with the bondage kids. (3/5a)
BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
Two new artists in Vibe-Raters. (3/5a)
SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
Two very different couples make the big board. (3/5a)
POT LEGALIZED IN D.C.
Finally. The prez could really use a bong hit.
GLOBAL RELEASE DAY: MORE CHATTER
What about the upside?
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
Our print mag puts on weight.
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