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MORRIS TO KEYNOTE MIDEM 2015
5/29/15

Doug Morris will be the keynote speaker at MIDEM next weekend in Cannes. The subject will be “Lessons Learned.” 


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IS TIDAL DEAD
IN THE WATER?
5/29/15

Seven of the 15 artists with an ownership stake in Jay Z’s Tidal—including Beyoncé—may have their music pulled from service as a result of Jay's inability to reach a licencing deal with Sony.

 


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AMERICA (i)HEARTS COUNTRY
5/29/15

The numbers are in and Wednesday night's broadcast of the iHeartRadio Country Festival raked in a total of 4.1m viewers for NBC from 9-11pm ET. In its final half-hour, the show turned out to be #1 for men 18-34. In a related story, a network executive recently asked for his kale salad with a side of grits.

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WE'RE GIVING CROWE’S ALOHA A CHANCE
5/29/15

We approach the release of each Cameron Crowe film with more than a passing interest, though it appears that Aloha, which opens today, is doomed from the get-go by what L.A. Times reviewer Mark Olsen calls its “bummer buzz,” due in part to WikiLeaks revelations of badmouthing from Sony Pictures execs. But none of that will stop us from seeing Aloha this weekend. Here's why...


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ON RECORDS:
JAMES BAY BREAKS
5/29/15

One thing is eminently clear at the end of the first quarter of 2015—James Bay is the New Artist at the front of the line as the early projections for Grammy nominations begin to be compiled...


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SONY/ATV ROLLS A JOINT IN THE U.K.
5/29/15

Sony/ATV has upped Janice Brock and David Ventura to the newly created positions of Joint Head of A&R, U.K., effective immediately.


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
5/29/15

It’s another week of domination by American artists in the U.K.—topping both charts at the moment—and various artists, accounting for six of the Top 10 albums, counting the Pitch Perfect 2 ST. 


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RADIO 1 GETS ITS FOAM ON FOR IBIZA 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
5/29/15

Grab your glowsticks, love; BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac has announced plans for the 20th anniversary of Radio 1 Ibiza. The highly anticipated weekend of dance music will run from 7/31-8/2. During which, expect Mac and Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Danny Howard to host a variety of special events and live shows. Stay tuned for the lineup & ticketing info, which will be released in the coming weeks.

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IN PRAISE OF THE RECORD MAN
5/28/15

The recent passings of Stan Cornyn and Bruce Lundvall brought back a flood of memories, because, in very different ways, these two legends exemplified the golden age of the record business. Each exuded class, and each in his own way was a quintessential record man. 


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YOUR TOP 15: ROCKY
STREAMS AHEAD
5/28/15

A$AP Rocky scores #1 next week on both the HITS Album Sales and SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) charts. A$AP’s SPS number surges thanks to some very strong streaming. This year, only Drake and Kendrick Lamar have seen single week SEA (streaming-equivalent albums) over 20k. Will A$AP join that club? Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend...


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IS TIDAL DEAD
IN THE WATER?
Giving new relevance to the classic line from Jerry Maguire, "Show me the money." (5/29a)
ON RECORDS:
JAMES BAY BREAKS
Our choice for early frontrunner in the Best New Artist race. (5/29a)
WE'RE GIVING CROWE’S ALOHA A CHANCE
Not least because he's one of our own. (5/29a)
MORRIS TO KEYNOTE MIDEM 2015
The address will be billed as "Lessons Learned." (5/29a)
SONY/ATV ROLLS A JOINT IN THE U.K.
Two heads of A&R are better than one, Marty and Guy concluded. (5/29a)
iTUNES TOP 10s
Downloading is still a thing, you know.
THE BALLERS
Label heads go on the record throughout Q2 and beyond.
CRITICS' CHOICE: A ROUNDUP
We geek out about some new, old and new/old releases.
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