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MARKETSHARE SCORECARD FOR Q1
3/31/15

Comparing the first quarter of 2015 with last year’s Q1 is confusing, to say the least. We owe you an explanation…


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GRAINGE TO RECEIVE THE CITY OF HOPE’S HIGHEST HONOR
3/31/15

Lucian Grainge will receive the City of Hope's 2015 Spirit of Life Award this fall for his outstanding achievements in business and dedication to philanthropic causes.


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iHEART AWARDS: RIHANNA'S "MONEY" SHOT
3/31/15

Roc Nation's Rihanna rocked new single "Bitch Better Have My Money" on the iHeartRadio Music Awards; you can check out her performance at the link below. In the photo above, RiRi is seen with iHeart luminaries Tom Poleman and John Sykes, who helped unload her helicopter from Pittman's jet.


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"WORLD" PREMIERE
3/31/15

Columbia's Walk Off the Earth have dropped new single "Rule the World" and its attendant video. The tune is the first salvo from the Canadian band's forthcoming sophomore album (due this summer); WOTE begins a North American trek on 5/6. We take no responsibility for the song getting lodged in your skull like a hatchet.


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WHEELS OF STEVE
3/31/15

"Bring me my turntables at once," commands Def Jam chieftain Steve Bartels during this photo op with artists Axwell ^ Ingrosso. "I feel a remix coming on." A sick beat was summarily dropped, and all and sundry commenced to twerking.

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TAG, THEY'RE IT: SHAZAM'S BIG MOVERS
3/31/15

Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" surprised nobody by becoming Shazam's biggest U.S. mover this week, while Iggy Azalea's jailhouse duet with JHud also made huge strides. But why was a Nine Inch Nails track the second-biggest jumper, flying 169 spots? We blame zombies.


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SUPER TROUPERS
3/31/15

The most talked-about moment at Sunday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was the unannounced onstage reunion of ABBA. In this historic post-performance photo, the legendary group is all smiles backstage. We have just one question: Which one’s Bjorn and which one’s Benny?

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BIEBER’S PUZZLING RESURFACING
3/31/15

Justin Beiber's return to the live-performance spotlight by way of a headlining spot at the Fusion Festival this August in Birmingham, England—which boasts a less than scintillating talent lineup including Rixton, Rudimental, DJ Fresh, Fuse ODG and McBusted—led some to question the strategy of manager Scooter Braun when it was announced last week. With Bieber’s career at a pivotal point, what value could this second-rate festival date possibly have? 


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WHEN KEN MET MUDDY: THE GENESIS
OF SOUNDSTAGE
3/31/15

Electric-blues avatar Muddy Waters, a number of his contemporaries and a posse of inheritors mixed it up in live performance 41 years ago for a TV show conceived and produced by then-young pup Ken Ehrlich. Soundstage: Blues Summit in Chicago, coming from Legacy on April 21, marks the first time this historic 1974 episode has been released on DVD. 


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TIDAL QUICKLY HITS PRIME TIME
3/31/15

Team Jay Z chose the first half-hour of The Voice to make their prime-time mainstream play with was a 120-second spot containing documentary-style footage of today's highlights, the vibe very much like the Magna Carta announcement during the 2013 NBA Finals, though this one was more star-studded. Those are the facts; we’re still trying to process the principals’ intent or what the reaction will be. At the very least, the spot should arouse the public’s curiosity about what “product” these stars are trying to sell them.

 


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MARKETSHARE SCORECARD FOR Q1
Apples and oranges. (3/31a)
TAG, THEY'RE IT: SHAZAM'S BIG MOVERS
Riri and Iggy and ... Nine Inch Nails? (3/31a)
TIDAL QUICKLY HITS PRIME TIME
The move recalled Jay's splashy 2013 NBA Finals reveal. (3/31a)
STONES TO “ZIP” IT THIS SUMMER
Here's why they called it the Zip Code tour. (3/30a)
"WORLD" PREMIERE
Walk Off the Earth unleashes a mighty earworm. (3/31a)
Q1 MARKETSHARE STANDINGS
It's a two-horse race for #1, and the same can be said for #4.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Guitars are back, so stop moping.
REISSUE BLISS
Set the DeLorean for 1974.
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