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5/25/16

Windowing—a term long used by the film industry—has been adapted by the music business to denote the granting of exclusives to premium streaming services. In his latest column, our industry insider details some of the iterations of windowing that the majors are experimenting with in their efforts to maximize streaming’s vast potential. 


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5/25/16

Madison Square Garden execs have announced that they're planning to build a 17,500-seat arena just off the Vegas strip in a partnership between Madison Square Garden Co., Sands Corp., Azoff MSG Entertainment, Michael Rapino's Live Nation and entertainment advisory firm Oak View Group, it was revealed this morning.


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5/25/16

Alisan Porter was crowned the Season 10 winner of The Voice during last night's finale episode, marking the first win for Team Christina (and a female coach in general). Meanwhile, country singer Adam Wakefield finished as runner-up. As of this morning, there were six songs from Voice contestants in the Top 15.


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5/25/16

We’ve been wondering what Max Lousada’s Warner Music U.K. has been up to since they tweeted a cryptic sparks/fire idiom earlier this week. Now we know, the label has launched a creative content division, The Firepit, akin to UMG U.K.'s Globe. The Firepit’s new production company and creative content agency will be headed up by Stefan Demetriou as VP Content.


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5/25/16

Columbia Nashville breakout Maren Morris celebrates her Grand Ole Opry debut with label and Opry brass. After this photo was snapped, Sony Music Nashville chief Randy Goodman busted out a Wagner aria. Seen just before drinking their way through every whiskey song ever written in Nashville are...


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5/25/16

Our most recent print edition featured Republic siren Ariana Grande on the cover and label chieftain Monte Lipman as Contents VIP. They both probably wish they didn't have it on their permanent record.


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5/25/16

There are a few new kids on the block in Blighty, as Virgin EMI, Relentless and Sony/ATV add some names to their respective rosters. Former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Calum Scott, a singer/songwriter whose cover of Robyn’s "Dancing On My Own" is currently #36 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart after selling 100k worldwide, has signed (as seen above) with Ted Cockle’s Virgin EMI, and Steve Barnett's Capitol in L.A., for example.


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5/25/16

New free-trial members of Microsoft's Groove Music streaming service will receive a cool premium: access to the standards compilation The Great Lyricists: Carl Sigman. The anthology, featuring performances by some immortal vocalists, highlights the genius of a great American songwriter. Sigman was also the father of the brilliant journalist Mike Sigman, who crafted the profiles in  our recent History of the Music Biz special issue...


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5/24/16

Republic labelmates Ariana Grande and Drake stay locked in a dead heat for #1 on our Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart. On the album side, Ariana remains in an equally tight fight with Warner Bros. Nashville’s Blake Shelton. Here’s how it looks at midweek. We’ll update tomorrow as new info becomes available.


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5/24/16

Epic continues to close out Meghan Trainor's "Me Too" at Top 40, while Republic delivered new artist Marc E. Bassy to Rhythm and at Modern Rock, RCA's Nothing But Thieves stole away the #1 Most Added for "Wake Up Call"...


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IN VEGAS...
MSG execs set sights on the strip for new arena-sized venue. (5/25a)
THE VOICE DROPS
ITS CURTAIN
Who was crowned the Season 10 winner? (5/25a)
WARNER MUSIC U.K.'S ALL FIRED UP
Team Lousada makes a hot announcement. (5/25a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM, PART 42,319
HITS' new mag: different issue number, same crap. (5/25a)
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PUB WINNERS
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