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CHART MURMUR: ZAC ATTACK
5/4/15

Jekyll + Hyde, the new album by Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLG/Republic's Zac Brown Band, will debut atop the HITS Album and SPS charts this week, while Reprise's Josh Groban will nab a #2 bow with his Broadway-based Stages. How will it all shake out? Where will chart veterans Taylor Swift, Drake, Sam Smith and Fifty Shades land? Keep an eye on that chart as it builds.

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MEANWHILE, AT THE MOUSE HOUSE
5/4/15

Karen Lieberman has been tapped for the newly created position of VP Sales & Digital at Disney Music Group, SVP Global Business Operations and Distribution David Abdo announced today. 


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iHEART COUNTRY FEST RETURNS TO AUSTIN
5/4/15

The second annual iHeartRadio Country Festival, which went down Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, encompassed the entire spectrum of the rapidly expanding genre. 


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DOJ SAID TO BE LOOKING INTO APPLE AND FREEMIUM
5/4/15

The Verge reports that Apple is pushing to kill “freemium” streaming at Spotify and elsewhere, prompting Justice Department scrutiny.


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BROADWAY THE HITS WAY
5/4/15

The lion remains the king of the concrete jungle this week, as The Lion King earns just below $2m, locking it in as the highest grossing show on Broadway...


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YOUR U.K. RADIO HIGHLIGHTS
5/4/15

Pour yourself a hot cuppa, buttter up a crumpet and let's survey the chart action at BBC Radio 1 and 2 and Global's commercial-broadcast biggies Capital FM and Heart, starring Iggy, Meghan, Taylor, Hozier, Florence, Catfish and more.


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"PRETTY" GOOD, "PRETTY" QUICK
5/4/15

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's "Pretty Girls" collab (RCA), which leaked over the weekend, is now #2 at iTunes. The track, hitting Pop and Rhythm radio now, was co-produced and co-written by Turn First-repped Anglo-American troupe The Invisible Men, who also worked on Iggy's smash "Fancy."

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A MUCH COOLER VALLEY
5/4/15

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

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YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
5/4/15

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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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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DOJ SAID TO BE LOOKING INTO APPLE AND FREEMIUM
Others looking into who benefits from advancing this story. (5/4a)
YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
Britney + Iggy = yes, please. (5/4a)
MEANWHILE, AT THE MOUSE HOUSE
Karen Lieberman made SVP Sales & Digital at Disney, meets Bunt in Hall of Presidents. (5/4a)
MUSIC BIZ PLUGS IN
First-night music, direct to acetate. (5/4a)
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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