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3/24/17

At a time when the wildest accusations splatter across the political landscape and the very currency of truth itself is debased, there's comfort in the certainty of this week's HITS List. This cheat sheet of trending industry topics features unquestionably important folks like Drake, Doug Morris, Ted Cockle, Gee Roberson and Randy Goodman, among others. Enjoy it with a refreshing Moscow Mule.


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3/24/17

After wiping his Instagram page clean Wednesday and putting up one cryptic post signaling something was coming, TDE/Interscope's Kendrick Lamar released the track "The Heart Part 4" Thursday night...


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3/24/17

Insiders say Tom Mackay is signing a deal to become head of a new division concentrating on music, film and TV for Sony Music. The veteran exec spent nearly 20 years at Republic, having joined the company at its inception, and most recently serving as West Coast EVP/GM. He enjoyed huge success there with...


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3/24/17

While Ed Sheeran remains atop our BuzzAngle-powered Song Revenue Chart this week, Nicki Minaj (aided by Drake and Lil Wayne) crashes the party at #4 with "No Frauds"—which distributes its dough almost evenly between streams and sales—while...


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3/24/17

Kendrick Lamar’s new single has dethroned Ed Sheeran atop the iTunes songs chart, but there’s no budging Drake from the top of the albums and Apple Music charts. Six new releases, though, are in the Top 10 at iTunes on this flipover Friday.


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3/24/17

In a meeting of the caps lock brigade, ZAYN and PARTYNEXTDOOR partner on “Still Got Time” (RCA), which is found at the top of this week’s New Music Friday playlist on Spotify. The playlist also includes two tracks each from Drake and Gorillaz and a tune from our new favorite band name, Bipolar Sunshine.


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3/23/17

Many observers have questioned how Drake’s More Life earned 38m+ more first-day worldwide plays on Apple Music than it did on Spotify, given the latter’s larger user base. One contention is...


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3/23/17

Drake has extended a helping hand across the Atlantic in featuring a host of talented British artists on More Life. Indie acts Giggs, Jorja Smith (pictured) and Skepta are seeing a considerable rise in the popularity of their catalogs on Spotify...


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3/23/17

Billboard/Hollywood Reporter's Shirley Halperin and Jem Aswad are departing the company for rival trade Variety. The pair's exit further underscores the Bible's declining interest in music-industry coverage. Is Variety owner Jay Penske getting ready to buy Todd Boehly's media properties and end the misery? Stay tuned. In the meantime...


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3/23/17

Drake will debut this week with the year’s biggest total so far, while Ed Sheeran stays well into triple digits, Rick Ross scores the week's second-biggest bow and Beauty transforms into something big.


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