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OBSERVER'S L.A. POWER 25: THE MUSIC GUYS
7/7/15

Michael Rapino and Lucian Grainge represent for the biz on the Observer's latest L.A. Power 25. The Live Nation chief is hailed as a "visionary" who "has utterly dominated the live music space"; his inaugural Live Nation Awards, due 10/1, gets a shout-out. UMG topper Grainge, meanwhile, in addition to his lordly marketshare, gets props as an "evangelist" for paid streaming. Non-music luminaries on the list include Steven Spielberg, Casey Wasserman, Jeffrey Katzenberg...


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JOHN DICKEY SPEAKS
7/7/15

John Dickey is the Executive Vice President of radio power Cumulus, working back to back, as he puts it, with his brother Lew, the President of the chain. John, who built the mammoth company from the ground up with his brother, is the man in charge of all content and programming, which includes...


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TAG, THEY'RE IT: SHAZAM'S BIG MOVERS
7/7/15

Demi Lovato has the biggest jumper on Shazam's USA Top 100. Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar zooms up. On the U.K. side, Birdy soars all the way to the top spot...


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KENNY CHESNEY
7/7/15

The Wall Street Journal called him “the King of the Road,” the L.A. Times deemed him “the People’s Superstar” and The Dallas Morning News recently weighed in with “two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen, one part Billy Graham.” Mostly, Kenny Chesney chronicles coming of age...


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CHACE JOHNSON TO JOIN CAM A$AP
7/7/15

Jordan Feldstein has announced that manager Chace Johnson has joined CAM as EVP. Johnson’s arrival means that A$AP Rocky will become part of the company’s talent roster.


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DAVID FOSTER GOES TO DISNEYLAND
7/7/15

Verve and Walt Disney Records have teamed up to create the compilation album We Love Disney, which will be released this October. The comp, which features interpretations of Disney classics from top acts from the rock, R&B, and country sectors, was produced by Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster.


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RDIO GETS PERSONAL (AND GLOBAL)
7/7/15

Streaming service Rdio is rolling out a fleet of new stations curated by labels and “influencers,” based in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India and Asia...


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SESAC BAGS A FOX
7/7/15

SESAC is about to become a one-stop licenser. The org is acquiring the Harry Fox Agency for an undisclosed amount, making it the first performing-rights org able to issue mechanical licenses. 


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SCOTT BORCHETTA
7/6/15

We kick off the week with the first taste of our second annual Spotlight on Nashville special, which is also the latest in our Ballers series: Holly Gleason's in-depth conversation with Big Machine Label Group mogul Scott Borchetta


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A GOODMAN IS NOT HARD TO FIND
7/6/15

Rumblings around Music City say that industry vet Randy Goodman will play a key role on the new Sony Nashville  team. The well-liked exec served at Maverick management, where he worked with Rascal Flatts, among others; worked at Disney Music’s Lyric Street; and spent several years at RCA Nashville...


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JOHN DICKEY SPEAKS
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SESAC BAGS A FOX
When the going gets weird, the PROs go pub. (7/7a)
RDIO GETS PERSONAL (AND GLOBAL)
Curation nation. (7/7a)
KENNY CHESNEY
The chief of the No Shoes Nation has us stuck to the bottom of his foot. (7/7a)
CHACE JOHNSON TO JOIN CAM A$AP
Rocky is in the house, but the exact nature of AWGE remains a mystery. (7/7a)
THE FRIDAY RELEASE DATE
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BEATS 1 IS GLOBAL, AND SO ARE YOU.
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