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TAY'S ON FIRST
2/8/16

After much back-and-forth with the Grammy powers, Taylor Swift will open the Grammy broadcast. Tay is said to have been pushing for the opening spot for some time. She continues to be the favorite to take home the Album of the Year trophy.


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FUTURE’S FIERY NEW ALBUM SPEARHEADS EPIC’S HOT STREAK
2/8/16

It’s a big look for Epic chieftain L.A. Reid to have the #1 selling album with Future’s EVOL (A1/Freebandz) going into the Grammys. The set is Future’s fourth studio album in five years, which he dropped by surprise on Friday 2/5—just after the release of Reid’s book, Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic and Searching for Who’s Next.


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NEW RELEASES: THE FUTURE OF FUTURE
2/8/16

Epic's Future, whose voice you may have noticed in a cool Beats by Dre Super Bowl spot, leads the pack of new releases and looks headed or #1 on Friday's HITS album sales and SPS charts. It's a nice look for L.A. Reid and team going into Grammy week. Rihanna, who debuted digitally last week, has delivered physical product...


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 U.K. MIDWEEKS: COLDPLAY TO SCORE SEVENTH #1
2/8/16

Parlophone’s Coldplay could claim their seventh U.K. #1 album as the band’s Super Bowl halftime headline show shoots A Head Full of Dreams to the top spot in the Official Albums Chart midweeks. Currently 8k sales ahead of Adele’s 25 (XL), the set is looking highly likely to improve its #2 peak.


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COLDPLAY'S SUPER BOWL PLAY MOVES NEEDLE AT iTUNES
2/8/16

Coldplay got snippets of four songs into their Super Bowl performance before Beyonce and Bruno Mars took over (and were heard in a few ads), but it was enough to pique the interest of iTunes shoppers. Three of the  band’s performed songs—the new “Adventure of a Lifetime,” “Viva La Vida” and “Paradise”—shot into iTunes’ top 10, while a $6.99 sale helped propel several albums.


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SUPER BOWL-GRAMMY COMBO:BIG WIN FOR CBS
2/8/16

This year will be the fifth time in the 2000s that CBS has aired the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards in the same year. Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Broncos and Panthers pulled an estimated average of 111.9m viewers. Could CBS parlay that audience into one the network’s biggest for Grammys?

 

 


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ZAYN: THE "TALK" CONTINUES
2/8/16

RCA’s ZAYN follows up last week’s strong start with more milestones. Having topped the iTunes singles chart worldwide (and moving 267k+ in the U.S. in his first week), “PILLOWTALK” added the top spot on the U.K. singles sales chart, the #1 spot on Spotify’s global chart (the fastest cut by a debut act ever to do so) and an array of chart-topping sales bows around the planet. What’s more, he’s earned...


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IT WAS SEAL'S SUPER BOWL, ACCORDING TO PANDORA
2/8/16

The numbers are in, and Pandora has revealed that more listeners sought out music by Seal than any other artist post-Super Bowl. The Warner Bros. singer/songwriter, whose "Kiss From a Rose" was featured in a game day commercial, saw a 327% week-over-week lift in station adds. See what other artists pulled in within.


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ON RECORDS: RANDOM GRAMMY THOUGHTS
2/8/16

It’s time to spark another blunt and ponder some of the more compelling questions swirling around the Grammys. We find the Grammy process endlessly intriguing—don’t you?


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THE MOMENT OF TRUTH: GREIN PICKS THE GRAMMY WINNERS
2/8/16

Expect Grammy voters to “share the wealth” this year. If my hunches are correct, no artist will take more than one of the “Big Four” awards. This would be the first time in six years that those marquee awards have been dispersed so widely.


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ON RECORDS: RANDOM GRAMMY THOUGHTS
Admit it, you have these kinds of thoughts too. (2/8a)
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH: GREIN PICKS THE GRAMMY WINNERS
Compare and contrast. (2/8a)
FUTURE'S MUSICAL EVOLUTION
Future doin' work. (2/8a)
NFL PUNTS ON COLDPLAY
The big short, Super Bowl halftime edition (2/8a)
CHART STORY: RIHANNA’S HARD “WORK” PAID OFF
Sia's latest arrives as well. (2/8a)
GRAMMY SURPRISE GUESTS
Will the formerly snubbed return to steal the show?
TRUMP VS. ADELE
It's gonna get nasty. We wouldn't bet on the The Donald.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
Which Grammy moments will spike sales, streams and tickets?
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