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Barry Weiss
SONGS LABEL SAGA BEGINS
3/3/15

The brand new, as-yet unnamed label co-founded by SONGS Publishing’s Matt Pincus and Ron Perry and industry vet Barry Weiss is now underway, with Weiss spending his first day in the office this week. The company is still lining up distribution (rumors that Sony had locked that down were unfounded), but has hired Christine Chiappetta to handle Alternative and Triple A promotion—and is looking for a Pop/Rhythm radio specialist. Stay tuned.

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THE FACE OF RECORD STORE DAY 2015
3/3/15

The fit couldn’t be more perfect. Dave Grohl has been named Record Store Day Ambassador for 2015. Grohl expresses his love for brick-and-mortar music retail in two ways: recollecting in front of a film camera and taking pen to paper 


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Daniel Ek
ADVERTISERS ARE BULLISH ON SPOTIFY, BUT THERE’S A CATCH
3/3/15

Spotify is in a win-win situation, but successfully growing its two-tiered business will require some fancy footwork. 


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COMING SOON:
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
3/3/15

We’re getting our collective game face on for the first New & Developing Artist Special Issue of 2015, which will be printed on high-quality paper stock (disguising the third-rate editorial content, as usual) next week. 


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My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
MY MORNING JACKET PROJECT AN INDIE-MAJOR COLLAB
3/3/15

My Morning Jacket’s seventh full-length, The Waterfall, will be released on May 4 via a somewhat different label configuration: ATO/Capitol. The album was recorded in Stinson Beach Calif., with producer/engineer Tucker Martine, who helmed the previous LP, 2011’s Circuital.


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YOUNG LOWERY’S A SEASONED EXEC
3/3/15

At Epic, Courtney Lowery has been upped to VP Publicity, as EVP Media & Strategic Development Laura Swanson, who recently returned to Cali, tweaks her team. 


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YEEZY SEASON: "ALL DAY" EVERY DAY
3/2/15

Kanye West has a new banger on deck that will have you nodding your head "All Day"...


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LET'S PARTY AND ACHIEVE ENLIGHTENMENT
3/2/15

Andrew W.K. and Deepak Chopra having an in-depth conversation about the divine, consciousness and the nature of reality? We'd read that. Now you can too. The pair share their insights (spoiler alert: "We're all God in drag having a party") in a delightfully mind-bending exchange on the Paper website.

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YOUTUBE AWARDS: BY THE NUMBERS
3/2/15

The winners from the 2015 YouTube Music Awards have been revealed; the very long list of winners includes Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Pharrell, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Nicki Minaj, Hozier, Kendrick Lamar, Sia, Ariana Grande, Tove Lo, The Weeknd, Florida Georgia Line, Ella Henderson, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly and plenty more...


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SILVER BULLET POINTS
3/2/15

On the night of his recent show at L.A.’s Fabulous Forum, legendary Motor City rocker Bob Seger received a Capitol Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his nearly 50 years at the label and album sales in excess of 50 million. The honor was bestowed upon the rock icon by Capitol Music Group EVP Greg Thompson (rt) and UMe prexy Bruce Resnikoff (l). Then proud Detroiter and ardent fanboy Thompson donned his lucky briefs to re-enact the “Old Time Rock and Roll” segment from Risky Business, prompting Seger to observe that although rock and roll never forgets, sometimes it really, really wishes it could.

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SONGS LABEL SAGA BEGINS
The pubco hatches a label, in partnership with a dude who knows the territory. (3/3a)
ADVERTISERS ARE BULLISH ON SPOTIFY, BUT THERE’S A CATCH
Daniel Ek wants to keep everybody happy, but that's a major challenge. (3/3a)
THE FACE OF RECORD STORE DAY 2015
Dave's right here. (3/3a)
COMING SOON:
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
Now under construction. (3/3a)
MY MORNING JACKET PROJECT AN INDIE-MAJOR COLLAB
One of America's best bands has new major-label partner. (3/3a)
iTUNES: TURNOVER TUESDAY
Downloads in context.
POT LEGALIZED IN D.C.
Finally. The prez could really use a bong hit.
GLOBAL RELEASE DAY: MORE CHATTER
What about the upside?
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
Our print mag puts on weight.
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