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SUPER TROUPERS
3/30/15

The most talked-about moment at Sunday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was the unannounced onstage reunion of ABBA. In this historic post-performance photo, the legendary group is all smiles backstage. We have just one question: Which one’s Bjorn and which one’s Benny?

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BIEBER’S PUZZLING RESURFACING
3/30/15

Justin Beiber's return to the live-performance spotlight by way of a headlining spot at the Fusion Festival this August in Birmingham, England—which boasts a less than scintillating talent lineup including Rixton, Rudimental, DJ Fresh, Fuse ODG and McBusted—led some to question the strategy of manager Scooter Braun when it was announced last week. With Bieber’s career at a pivotal point, what value could this second-rate festival date possibly have? 


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REQUIRED READING: THE UNEXPECTED ALBUM RENAISSANCE
3/30/15

We recently noted—with some surprise—that album sales for the first quarter have been virtually flat following years of decline. Now, The Verge has posted a well-thought-out analysis of the phenomenon titled “The internet took the album away, and now it's giving it back,” and subtitled How the surprise release led to an album renaissance


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SURFING TIDAL: PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS
3/30/15

As we announced previously, the superstar co-owners of streaming service Tidal—led by Jay Z, who shelled out $56 million for parent company Aspiro—paraded before the press today to make big promises and sign some sort of declaration (the terms of which are as yet unknown). Here are some things we know about the service.


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TIDAL'S FIRST WAVE
3/30/15

Jay Z's Tidal streaming service announced its launch with a press conference featuring superstar owners including Jay, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, MadonnaNicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Jack WhiteDaft Punk and more today. 


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ABOUNDING JOY
3/30/15

Presenting “Woman (Oh Mama)” by Sensibility Music/Columbia singer/songwriter Joy Williams; the first single from Williams' forthcoming album, VENUS, it premiered today on iTunes, Vevo and joywilliams.com.


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LEN PICKS UP A FIFTH AVE. CRIB FOR A SONG
3/30/15

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has sold his five-bedroom duplex at 834 Fifth Ave. for $77.5m, making it the most expensive co-op transaction ever in NYC, the Daily News reports. The buyer, it turns out, is none other than fellow billionaire Len Blavatnik


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CELEB TSUNAMI
FOR TIDAL
3/30/15

Jay Z isn’t wasting any time in his efforts to put Tidal on the map. To celebrate the 2pm PT launch of the high-resolution premium service, high-profile artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Daft Punk and Hova himself have all switched their social-media avatars to Tidal blue.

 


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BMG INKS DIGITAL DEAL WITH CHINA'S ALIBABA
3/30/15

BMG has signed a distribution deal with Alibaba Group's Digital Entertainment unit, which gives the global rights-management firm unprecedented access to the Chinese music market.


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ALESSO: "COOL" FOR SUMMER
3/30/15

The enigmatic producer MHE has rolled out a summer-chillout mix of "Cool" by Def Jam's Alesso f/Roy English; it's one of several remixes of the song, which has racked up nearly 5 million video views.


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HITS ENDS THREE MORE PROMISING CAREERS
The cesspool claims three more victims. (3/29a)
NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS—
IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10
They have charts over there too. (3/30a)
YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: RIHANNA CALLS #1 HOME
..RiRi takes a big step in her plan to take over the world. What next, politics? (3/29a)
Q1 MARKETSHARE STANDINGS
It's a two-horse race for #1, and the same can be said for #4.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Guitars are back, so stop moping.
REISSUE BLISS
Set the DeLorean for 1974.
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