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montecito
8/17/17

"What's Spanish for 'a staggeringly large pile of money'?" asks Republic chief Monte Lipman during this photo op marking the presentation of the RIAA Diamante Award to "Despacito" manufacturer Luis Fonsi. Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula head Jesus Lopez replied...


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ibb1224-animated
8/17/17

In the second installment of a two-part column, HITS' industry insider spotlights eight highly regarded individuals who possess the chops to become future music-industry moguls.


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Ferdy
8/17/17

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is enjoying a prime debut year as head of Sony label Columbia in the U.K. with four #1 albums, half of which were debuts, and two #1 singles under his belt so far. Which got us thinking, how does that compare with the label’s track record? And how are the new leaders of the Universal label he left behind, Polydor, faring?


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friends
8/17/17

Justin Bieber and BloodPop’s “Friends” (GENPOP Corp./RBMG/Schoolboy/Def Jam/Republic) was released at noon ET today; it's currently Top 5 at iTunes.


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kesha-hed
8/17/17

We won't have a race for #1 this week—Kesha will easily win both charts. Moneybagg Yo will be the only other debut this week to make the top 20.


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witness-tour
8/17/17

The start of Katy Perry’s tour has been pushed back 12 days and will now start 9/19 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. And she has picked her opening acts…


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shaniaNow
8/17/17

Shania Twain will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW (Mercury Nashville) starting 5/3 in Tacoma, Wash. It will be her first tour since 2015.


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SCOTT GREER
8/17/17

Scott Greer is moving to Def Jam as EVP of Marketing & Commerce.


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racism stops
8/17/17

I am not black. So there is truly no way I can ever fully absorb what it is like in the parallel world—and there absolutely is one in America now, sadly, increasingly more than ever—for people of color.


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schnur and mayor barry
8/17/17

During an orchestral score session for Madden 18 Longshot at Nashville's Ocean Way Studios, EA's Steve Schnur explains to Nashville Mayor Megan Barry that the entire brass section will soon be controllable via joystick...


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What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
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Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
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