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THINGS THAT MAKE US GO HMMMM: WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR THIS FALL
8/29/15

The problem with "consumption" charts, Bieber's big return, Alternative radio's lack of discovery, the Grammys, The Weeknd and Halsey—these are the topics obsessing us at the moment.


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NEW RELEASES: BEAUTY, BADLANDS IN THE MARKETPLACE
8/29/15

After one full day of sales, here's how the week's new releases are shaping up. The Weeknd held up on Friday after a late surge in preorders and a strong showing in the Thursday overnight sales. Will his VMA performance send the numbers even higher, or...


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SEX & DRUGS & FUNK: REVIEWING THE MADNESS
8/29/15

Prepare for another baby boom. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (XO/Republic) is about to be the biggest bedroom soundtrack since the heyday of Barry White...


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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE HALSEY
8/29/15

HITS' resident millenial, Samantha Hissong, offers her take on Halsey's Badlands, which streeted yesterday via Astralwerks/Capitol. "It's the closest thing today’s twenty-something has to Madonna’s Like a Virgin," she shares in her review.


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8/28/15

As highly anticipated albums from The Weeknd and Halsey street today, Reprise's Disturbed top the HITS Album Sales Chart with 89k and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 92k for their first album in five years, Immortalized


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MILEY'S NEW ALBUM, "RAW" VMAS SHOW
8/28/15

Rumor has it Miley Cyrus will drop her new RCA album—said to be strongly experimental and informed by her obsession with alternative torch-bearers Flaming Lips (and herbal supplements, as she notes herself below)—to coincide with Sunday night's VMAs. Meanwhile, Miley has pledged a "raw" and "psychedelic" VMAs show...


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EARLY READS: A VERY BIG WEEKND
8/28/15

Based on very early reads, The Weeknd looks headed to a first week in the ballpark of 250k. Preliminary numbers on Halsey suggest 70-80k. From what we expect for next week’s chart, these should be #1 and #2, barring any surprises at the VMAs. Look for more more extensive projections coming soon.

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iHEART UPS HARDIN, ZELLNER, MAYNARD TO EVP NATIONAL PROGRAMMING POSTS
8/28/15

iHeartMedia has upped Brad Hardin, Jon Zellner and Maynard to EVP National Programming posts, reporting to national programming overlord Tom Poleman. All three will be based in iHeart's NYC offices.


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YOUR PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
8/28/15

At Pop radio, The Weeknd will remain #1 for a fourth week, as he celebrates the release of Beauty Behind the Madness and gears up for his performance on MTV's VMAs. Meanwhile, new singles from Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Nick Jonas prepare to bolt up the chart. Nelly will have the highest debut on the Rhythm chart, while Selena Gomez and Big Sean break into the Top 10. And as X Ambassadors' 11-week reign at PoMo ends, we'll see a close fight for #1 between Cold War Kids and Elle King.

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SHOCKER: ROGERS SPLITS FROM APPLE
8/28/15

Ian Rogers, one of the architects of Beats Music and Apple Music, has abruptly left Apple, The Financial Times reports. He's heading to an as yet unnamed company in another field. More details as we get them. In June, Rogers joined Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson for an in-depth conversation that's worth re-reading now. 


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THINGS THAT MAKE US GO HMMMM: WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR THIS FALL
Consumption, streaming, Grammys, Alt radio, more. (8/29a)
MILEY'S NEW ALBUM, "RAW" VMAS SHOW
Just Miley doing Miley. (8/28a)
THE BIEBER
HAS LANDED
He's back in a big way. (8/28a)
HITS  LIST, LITERALLY
Info on a need-to-know basis. (8/27a)
TRIANGLE OFFENSE
Sony Nashville's team talks turkey. (8/28a)
BEATS 1'S UNDERDOGS
How Apple touts outside-the-mainstream artists.
THE WEEKND, HALSEY AND MORE
Buzzing releases around the bend.
THE VMAS: MILEY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
How will she use this huge platform?
SONY NASHVILLE'S NEW CREW
Straight from the horses' mouths
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