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1/17/17

"Edelweiss is a flower that blooms in the worst of conditions," Tony-winning Broadway star Billy Porter says, referencing the Richard Rodgers classic best known from The Sound of Music. "It's a song of hope, of peace, a healing prayer for a country in time of crisis. We need it now more than ever." Porter will perform his soulful new rendition (from his forthcoming Rodgers songbook album) as part of the star-studded inauguration day Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! on 1/20 in NYC. The event at landmark venue The Town Hall—due to be streamed live on Facebook—will raise funds for human-rights organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and The Sierra Club Foundation, in what’s intended as the first of a monthly series of live benefits. Also slated to appear are, among many others...


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1/16/17

J. Cole has dropped a new song on SoundCloud. The track, "High for Hours," doesn't appear on his chart-topping Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope set 4 Your Eyez Only and will go wide to DSPs shortly as a standalone track; it's a pointed and provocative meditation on racism, violence and power, and even reflects on his experience meeting President Obama and asking him a difficult question. It's particularly potent in the context of MLK Day and the incoming regime. Check it out.


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the xx
1/16/17

The xx are heading toward their second U.K. #1 album on the British midweek charts, as Ed Sheeran stays firmly at #1 and #2 with his two new singles. The only question left is how long can he hold onto the top spots?


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1/16/17

As has become the tradition, social media is saturated with quotes from, pictures of and discussions about The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today. King's legacy of non-violent resistance to institutionalized racism is even being hailed on Twitter by the president-elect and leading Republic legislators. Meanwhile, prominent members of the music community have celebrated King in their own way; a few examples appear within.


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aluna
1/16/17

After facing criticism for not playing enough homegrown acts, BBC Radio 1 has pledged a commitment to playlisting three singles for up to six new U.K. acts. The idea is by the third they’ll have risen the ranks to its A List.


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JimmyIovine
1/16/17

Jimmy Iovine told a group of reporters that Apple Music is “trying to create an entire pop-culture experience that includes audio and video,” following up on last week’s report that the streaming service plans to offer original scripted programming by the end of the year.


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BRITS
1/16/17

The nominations for the BRIT Awards are in. Among the leading nominees: Little Mix, Skepta, Craig David, Michael Kiwanuka and Rag’n’Bone Man, who’s already secured the Critics’ Choice prize. Jonas Blue and the late David Bowie take two noms apiece. Complete list past the jump...


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MarianHill
1/16/17

Remember Feist’s “1,2,3”? How about The Caesars’ “Jerk It Out”? Certainly Bono shouting “uno, dos, tres, catorce” rings a bell. Well all those songs were prominently featured in iPod ads that led to hit singles. Could the first Apple AirPods ad have a similar affect for Republic’s Marian Hill?


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1/16/17

What's more deluxe than a 20k-a-night suite at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton? Why, the latest edition of HITS List, of course, featuring such power players as Guy O, Republic's Rob Stevenson, Apple's David Dorn, Spotify's Tuma Basa and more. Enjoy, and don't hesitate to call room service if you need anything ... anything at all.


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TheDan
1/16/17

Steely Dan has been booked for a nine-night residency at the Opaline Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas where Donald Fagen & Walter Becker and the gang will dig deep into the group’s repertoire as they have in recent years at New York’s Beacon. Live Nation is promoting the residency.


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Trophies, performers, rules and more.
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The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
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