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MR. MARKETSHARE
4/28/15

Monte Lipman is once again atop the marketshare heap. The label boss is riding high with the smash Fifty Shades soundtrack and hits from a panoply of affiliated and feeder labels. We find him now preparing to break two homegrown acts, James Bay and The Weeknd. All in all, these are good times for the ethos—though sitting down with us might have Lipman feeling fifty shades of regret.


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AZEALIA BANKS IS THE REAL DEAL
4/28/15

Last week I went on a reconnaissance mission. Azealia Banks had scheduled a show in DTLA at Club Nokia, in between two very high-profile Coachella dates...


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SOMETHING WILDER
4/28/15

iHeartMedia will host an exclusive iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Mumford & Sons in conjunction with Monday’s release of Wilder Mind (Glassnote). The event—set for next Friday (5/8) EDT at the iHeartRadio Theater in Manhattan—will feature a live performance, and you can bet that the band will work the recent singles "Believe" and "The Wolf" into the setlist.

 


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LOU MAGLIA,
1943-2015
4/28/15

Lou Maglia, the colorful exec who led Elektra, Island and Zoo Entertainment, his venture with BMG, passed away on Monday of a heart attack while in recovery from exploratory surgery following the discovery of two large masses in his chest. He was 72. Lou had been living a laidback life in Warwick Neck, R.I., after cleaning up his act in 2008.


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BIG BONNAROO NOOZE
4/28/15

Live Nation has completed a deal with Superfly and AC Entertainment, the founding partners of Bonnaroo, to create a new partnership through which LN assumes a controlling interest in the festival.

 


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TAG, THEY'RE IT: SHAZAM'S BIG MOVERS
4/28/15

Beat-driven jams make the biggest moves on this week's Shazam USA Top 100 Tags Chart; beyond the top 5 jumpers we mark sizable gains by Jamie Foxx, OMI, Alesso, Martin Garrix and Major Lazer. X Ambassadors continue to grow...


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APPLE REVAMPS MUSIC APP FOR SECOND iOS 8.4 BETA
4/28/15

On Monday, Apple seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4 with a revamped Music app that will be integrated into the Apple/Beats Premium Streaming Service, MacRumors, among other geek sites, reported. The update arrives two weeks after the seeding of the first iOS 8.4 beta, and six weeks before the June 8 kickoff of the WWDC , when we expect the Apple/Beats service to be unveiled.


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FUTURE FORTUNES
4/27/15

ATO's Alabama Shakes are on their way to a #1 bow on this week's HITS Album Sales and SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) charts. Look for Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLG/ Republic’s Zac Brown Band to rule the following week, with Glassnote's Mumford & Sons slated for a chart-topping bow the week after that...


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Jay Z
UPDATE: PAGE SIX DIVES INTO THE TIDAL NARRATIVE
4/27/15

Sources at Sony say this weekend’s Page Six story about the alleged “streaming war” surrounding Jay Z’s Tidal music service got the facts all wrong. These sources say the label group is allowing Tidal to use its music while negotiating a deal that’s considered industry standard—and very similar to the terms of their deals with iTunesSpotify and other streaming services. Stay tuned.


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OFFSPRING'S ETERNAL
4/27/15

When you think EdgeFest, you think edgy. And when you think edgy, you think iHeartMedia ruler Bob Pittman, seen here with Time Bomb alt-rock heroes The Offspring and iHeart and KDGE Dallas/Ft. Worth folks at the modern-rock confab. Shortly after this shot was taken, Pittman threw a flaming TV set out a hotel window and then hurled himself into a nearby mosh pit. Later, he discussed microbiology and hot sauce with Dexter while they took turns piloting Pittman's jet. Seen feeling edgier than ever are (l-r) the band's Greg K, iHeart's Brad Hardin, the band's Pete Parada and Dexter, Pittman, the band's Noodles, KDGE's Kelly and the band's Todd.


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MR. MARKETSHARE
Republic field general talks it likes he walks it. (4/28a)
AZEALIA BANKS IS THE REAL DEAL
...and a force of nature (4/28a)
LOU MAGLIA,
1943-2015
One of the good guys is gone. (4/28a)
APPLE REVAMPS MUSIC APP FOR SECOND iOS 8.4 BETA
The tinkering continues leading up to June 8. (4/28a)
BIG BONNAROO NOOZE
Live Nation takes a controlling interest in the fest, and Red Bull will livestream it. (4/28a)
DON'T CALL IT NARM!
It's Music Biz, bitch.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
The next batch is being cooked up.
APPLE'S STREAMING ROLLOUT
Will iTunes-Beats hybrid be a Spotify slayer or an also-ran?
CHART SHAKE-UP
Tuesday's chart-topper pushes the envelope.
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