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WALK CAPTURES THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION
2/11/16

Charlie Walk has been elevated to President of the Republic Records Group. Monte and Avery Lipman jointly announced the big news this morning. Walk, hitherto EVP, has played a huge role in a career-best year for the company.   


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PORTNOW,
THE SEQUEL
2/11/16

Our Grammy whisperer Paul Grein interviewed Grammy chief Neil Portnow in December, but much has changed since then. Several A-list music stars died. The #Oscarsowhite controversy rocked the Oscars. The Grammys announced that they will finally go live in all time zones. (Thank you, CBS.) So we asked Paul to check back in with Neil for an update.


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TOWER OF SONG
2/11/16

At an evening of song and celebration in Studio A of the Capitol Tower, Capitol chieftain Steve Barnett and team members prepare to engage in some impromptu duets with two of the evening's performers. Later, the L.A. Marathon ran through, but was diverted into Studio B. Seen feeling harmonious are (l-r) Barnett, Tori Kelly, Capitol's Scott Greer, artist Corinne Bailey Rae and Capitol's Ashley Newton.


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CLIVE'S ROYAL COURT
2/11/16

Our moles dumpster-diving at the Beverly Hilton have uncovered a fragment of a list of expected attendees for Clive Davis’ and the Recording Academy’s pre-Grammy party. It’s jaw-droppingly heavy...


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24-HOUR POTTY PEOPLE: THE SEQUEL
2/11/16

Reports are, um, streaming in describing the collapse of the cafeteria at 550 Madison Ave.—soon to be the former home of Sony Music—and subsequent flooding that damaged the building. Rumors that the flood originated in Joel Klaiman's private bathroom have yet to be confirmed.


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HERE COMES KANYE (UPDATE)
2/11/16

Kanye West's new set, now called The Life of Pablo, is due to drop early on Friday (most likely just after his sold-out Yeezy fashion show at Madison Square Garden on 2/11k which will stream for Tidal users and be beamed to venues worldwide). Early estimates for the digital-only first week are...


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RECORD HEAT: THE L.A. MARATHON
AND YOU
2/11/16

Great news: Sunday's L.A. Marathon shouldn't cause any disruption whatsoever in your meeting and socializing plans. Unless, of course, you need to go to the Four Seasons, the Peninsula or the Beverly Hills Hotel


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WBR UPS TWO IN
ROCK PROMO
2/11/16

Warner Bros. has upped Heather Luke to Senior Vice President, Rock Promotion & Music, and David Ravikoff to Senior Director, Alternative & Rock Promotion. Label EVP Peter Gray is throwing goat in celebration.

 

 


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GRAMMY LINEUP: AND THEN THERE WERE 30+
2/11/16

The final performers to be announced for Monday night’s Grammy Awards—bringing the total north of 30—are Alabama Shakes, Miguel and Joey Alexander. The Recording Academy also confirmed our 2/9 report that Taylor Swift will open the show.

 


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L.A. SHARES THE WEALTH WITH FORBES
2/11/16

A new Forbes Q&A with Epic topper L.A. Reid describes him as "leading by motivating instead of micromanaging." The interview, promoting Reid's new memoir, finds him reflecting on his leadership style, the artists he's discovered and broken, and an industry he finds more collegial than cutthroat. Check it out here.


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WALK CAPTURES THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION
Big news from the House that Monte built (2/11a)
RECORD HEAT: THE L.A. MARATHON
AND YOU
It's complicated. (2/11a)
GRAMMY LINEUP: AND THEN THERE WERE 30+
Soul rock and neo-soul will be capably represented. (2/11a)
THROWBACK THURSDAY: GRAMMY BEEFCAKE
Sorry, girls, he's married. (2/11a)
A "STORY" FIT
FOR KINGS
We the Kings invade Madison. (2/11a)
GRAMMY SURPRISE GUESTS
Will the formerly snubbed return to steal the show?
TRUMP VS. ADELE
It's gonna get nasty. We wouldn't bet on the The Donald.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
Which Grammy moments will spike sales, streams and tickets?
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