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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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ON RECORDS: JAMES BAY BREAKS
5/28/15

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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WALK OFF THE PLANE
5/28/15

Walk Off The Earth’s Sarah Blackwood, traveling to the Columbia band’s sold-out Vancouver concert, was removed from a SkyWest plane (operated by United Airlines) yesterday because her two-year-old son was—wait for it—crying loudly.  


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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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SEVEN DAYS IN MAY
5/28/15

Are you suffering from advanced CRS (can’t remember shit)? Having trouble recalling what happened just the other day? No problem! Your Cliffs Notes of the week’s most noteworthy events in the music are just a click away in HITS List. Just. Don’t. Forget. To. Click.

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PANDORA GETS WILDER
5/28/15

In partnership with Glassnote, Pandora will livestream Mumford & Sons' upcoming concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.


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CHAMPERS AND BEATS
5/28/15

Sony/ATV U.K. toasts inking a worldwide pact with British hip-hop duo Krept and Konan (about whom you may have read in our recent New & Developing spread). Seen wondering when the Cohibas will arrive are...


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WE RAN THIS PHOTO A$AP
5/28/15

OK, you got us—this pic of RCA rulers Peter Edge and Tom Corson with Polo Grounds head Bryan Leach isn't brand new. But it seems an apt moment to spotlight their collaboration, which brought A$AP Rocky (among other projects) to the world and will next week celebrate a #1 chart bow. Later, Leach produced a blunt the size of a polo mallet and Corson attempted to spit a verse.

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WE'RE DREAMING OF A P!NK CHRISTMAS
5/28/15

RCA's Grammy-winning songstress P!nk is officially set to perform at UNICEF's 11th annual Snowflake Ball. The black-tie affiar is set for 12/1 in NYC; the evening's emcee is yet to be announced. The org hopes to raise $3.4m to aid in their quest to provide developmental assistance, protection, quality education and AIDS prevention to children and mothers in developing countries. Click here for more info.

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HOT COCO
5/28/15

Wu Tang Clan founding member and acclaimed producer turned actor/filmmaker RZA has tapped Azealia Banks to star in his upcoming rap drama, Coco.


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IN PRAISE OF THE RECORD MAN
Bruce, Stan, Mo, Lenny, Ahmet, Walter, Doug, Lucian... (5/28a)
ON RECORDS: JAMES BAY BREAKS
Our choice for early frontrunner in the Best New Artist race. (5/28a)
WALK OFF THE PLANE
TSA nips toddler security threat in the bud. (5/28a)
PANDORA GETS WILDER
Livestream: one word? We're dubious. (5/28a)
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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