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THE WEEKND STARTS Q4 EARLY
9/4/15

Q4 may not officially start for another month, but today is the first Friday of the year’s home stretch, as XO/Republic’s  The Weeknd scores a monster #1 retail debut for his hit-studded Beauty Behind the Madness, moving...


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PTX: DON'T "SLEEP"
9/4/15

As their new single, "Can't Sleep Love," and its vibrantly colorful video roll out, RCA's a cappella fivesome Pentatonix have shot to #5 in iTunes preorders for their forthcoming, self-titled album (due 10/16). The track, meanwhile, is #19 on the singles side. Click the link below to check out the video.


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BIEBER'S BRITISH BOOM: HIS FIRST U.K. #1
9/4/15

Justin Bieber has finally achieved his first official U.K. #1 single. In addition to 84k first-week sales, Virgin EMI's “What Do You Mean” earned the highest first-week streams for a single ever in the U.K., racking up 3.2 million plays in its opening week...


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IT’S OFFICIAL: SAM SMITH IS BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES
9/4/15

Capitol crooner Sam Smith has today made history in the U.K., as his debut album In The Lonely Hour notches up its 67th consecutive week in the Official Albums Chart Top 10. It’s the longest unbroken run ever for a debut album, and knocks The Beatles off the top spot...


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BIEBER CONQUERS SPOTIFY
9/4/15

Those encouraging projections from Def Jam throughout the week have turned out to be on the money. Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” has broken the record for one-week streams on Spotify set recently by One Direction’s “Drag Me Down,” with north of 22m. In short, the song’s a smash and the Biebs is back, bigger than ever. That is all. 

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PAINTING OMAHA RED (AND GREEN)
9/4/15

RED's Bob Morelli, Alan Becker and team visit Mannheim Steamroller mastermind Chip Davis in Omaha, where everyone agreed that August is in no way too early to start putting up Christmas decorations. Mannheim is celebrating 40 years as a holiday juggernaut, although rumors that they have at last produced a set of Chanukah songs couldn’t be confirmed at presstime....


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PANDORA, SPOTIFY'S IOS DOMINANCE
9/4/15

Pandora is the #1 IOS app of all time by revenue, and Spotify is #5, according to a just-released App Annie report cited by RAIN


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
9/4/15

The Canadian takeover of British hearts and ears continues on this, the first global release day of September, as The Weeknd and Justin Bieber top the albums and singles charts, respectively. 


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A PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
9/3/15

It's almost time for the long Labor Day break, buddy. Before you reach for the margaritas and hit the links, though, take a peek into future of radio. At PopTaylor Swift goes nuts with "Wildest Dreams" (Big Machine), and Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" (RBMG/Def Jam) looks set for Greatest Gainer honors. The Weeknd is #1 at Rhythm again, this time with "The Hills" (XO/Republic). As for AlternativeCold War Kids' "First" (Downtown) and Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's" (RCA) prepare for another battle; this one will end in a photo finish. Now excuse us while we go finish off what's in the freezer.

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HALSEY: UNDER THE RADAR, UP TO THE STRATOSPHERE
9/3/15

Had Astralwerks/Capitol’s Halsey debuted in a different week, she might well be a lock for a #1 chart bow. The Weeknd will take the top spot, but Halsey’s #2 debut is nonetheless remarkable.


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THE WEEKND STARTS Q4 EARLY
The race is on. (9/4a)
PTX: DON'T "SLEEP"
RCA's a cappella kids are making (extremely well harmonized) noise. (9/4a)
BIEBER'S BRITISH BOOM: HIS FIRST U.K. #1
No "Mean" feat for the Biebs. (9/4a)
IT’S OFFICIAL: SAM SMITH IS BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES
You may scream now. (9/4a)
PAINTING OMAHA RED (AND GREEN)
Start up that Steamroller, Santa. (9/4a)
BIEBER: THE ROLLOUT
Rebirth of a superstar.
GRAMMY WHISPERINGS
Fire up the speculation machine.
STREAMING WAVE BUILDS
Will it overtake e-tail?
APPLE'S NEW ARTIST CROP
New music by the bushel?
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