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A MUCH COOLER VALLEY THAN THE ONE WE LIVE IN
5/4/15

Alternative breakouts In the Valley Below celebrate inking with Sony/ATV by posing with A&R VP Jacob Fain in a spooky abandoned shack. Later, everyone followed Jake to Brooklyn for the weekly Craft Beer and Fanciful Mustache Marathon.

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MUSIC BIZ PLUGS IN
5/4/15

The first full day of next week’s Music Biz 2015 confab in Nashville, Tuesday, 5/12, ends with music—specifically a Universal Music showcase and a "live-to-acetate" performance courtesy of Jack White's Third Man Records.


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YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
5/3/15

A plethora of Pop hits radio this week: the hotly anticipated pairing of Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea, the brand new Mariah Carey, the juggernaut from OMI, chart-topper Shawn Mendes and Nashville crossover Sam Hunt. Three of these also impact Rhythm. Click the links for details, buddy.

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DAVE GOLDBERG, R.I.P.
5/3/15

Dave Goldberg, chief executive of tech research powerhouse SurveyMonkey, digital-music industry pioneer and former Yahoo Music chief, died on Friday night of undisclosed causes; he was 47.


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YOUR RADIO CHART PREVIEW PREVIEW
5/1/15

It's the battle of the Fifty Shades at Pop radio, where Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" will hold off The Weeknd's "Earned It" on next week's chart. "Earned It" remains at #1 at Rhythm, meanwhile, while Rihanna, Tinashe and Jidenna, among others, make strides. AWOLNATION will spend a third week atop the Alternative heap. Click the links for further details, buddy.

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PARSONALITY
5/1/15

Singer/songwriter Parson James puts his autograph on his deal with RCA as a bevy of label execs anticipate a lavish celebratory deli tray. James, who made his performance debut at Coachella with Kygo, recently inked a pub deal with Sony/ATV as well...


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REPORT: SPOTIFY RACKS UP ANOTHER $350 MIL
5/1/15

The rumors you read here a while back appear to have been borne out: Spotify has scared up another $350 million in its latest fundraising round, according to a CNBC report. Even before this most recent infusion, Spotify had reached an $8 billion valuation; with the new funds it just about matches the valuation of Universal Music Group...


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WHITE PEOPLE (SIGH)
5/1/15

Not that our expectations are high for the journalistic integrity of Fox News and CNN, but both networks hit a new low yesterday on the streets of Baltimore...


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TALKIN' 'BOUT iGEN-ERATION
5/1/15

Ted Volk! Ted Freakin' Volk! Mr. iGen has been especially prolific of late, with new entries on Florence + The Machine, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Modest Mouse, Bleachers, Alabama Shakes and much more (including a chart preview and his cool airplay and singles rundowns). Head on over to iGen World and get your Ted on.

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BBC DEPARTURE DERBY: NOW IT’S NIGEL
5/1/15

And then there were five—or six, counting Zane Lowe. A day after breaking the news that four BBC Radio 1 producers were following Lowe to Apple, Music Business Worldwide’s Tim Ingham reports that Nigel Harding, the station’s Music Policy Executive for the last nine years, is also leaving the Beeb. 


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WHITE PEOPLE (SIGH)
TV dufus somehow manages to embarrass mainstream news still further. (5/1a)
PARSONALITY
Parson James inks with RCA, puts Trappist ale in Nipper's bowl. (5/1a)
REPORT: SPOTIFY RACKS UP ANOTHER $350 MIL
Ek-static. (5/1a)
WE TIP OUR HATS TO JAY Z...
Dude's got stones. (5/1a)
DAVE GOLDBERG, R.I.P.
Farewell to a tech pioneer and a genuine mensch. (5/3a)
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?
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