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8/29/16

This week’s Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) chart marks the first time in 2016 in which three new releases will debut with numbers higher than 100k.


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8/29/16

What was once one of the most important events of the fall season around Labor Day has become an end-of-summer ho-hum event. At any rate, Beyoncé was the big winner in terms of trophies and a show-stopping performance, Rihanna got a multiple looks and Kanye West debuted a new video after a rambling, stream-of-consciousness speech.


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8/29/16

During Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the U.S. Open, Capitol artist Troye Sivan explains to promo exec Joe Rainey that increasing the spin on a tennis ball cannot be accomplished over the phone. Meanwhile, Radio Disney's Phil Guerini awaits texted instructions from Goofy


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Don
8/29/16

Screen Gems' new thriller, Don't Breathe, took the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, earning $26m. It also received rave reviews, which resulted in a solid 86% Rotten Tomatoes score. And the film is certainly a financial success, considering its low budget of $9.9m.


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8/29/16

Frank Ocean  scored his first ever #1 in Blighty with Blonde, which was  released via his own Boys Don’t Cry. So how far off was that 40k prediction?


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8/26/16

With the hot dragon breath of our 30th Anniversary issue now palpable on our necks, and with the unrelenting election season draggin' on, we offer this vintage Rock the Vote tableau featuring former President and (perhaps) future "First Laddie" Bill Clinton in full pop-culture pander mode with execs Ashley Newton and Ray Cooper, then of Virgin. When this first ran, it was captioned with a lusty "virgins" joke in Bubba dialect, but given the hellscape our politics have become, that just seems kinda quaint now.


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8/26/16

Frank Ocean has certainly been making headlines. His Blonde has officially topped the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 278k. Considering 232k is purely sales, it’s also #1 on the Album Sales Chart. That’s the year’s third-biggest debut, after Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia).


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Todd Boehly
8/26/16

Sources say the recent rumor about WME buying Todd Boehly’s Billboard-Hollywood Reporter-Dick Clark Productions media portfolio is pure vapor, and that Boehly's Eldridge Industries is seeing very little interest in the marketplace as BB and THR continue bleeding money at the rate of about $20 million per year. Many believe such rumors are being leaked to ramp up interest in DCP—the one part of the media group that remains attractive to potential buyers—but that the $1 billion asking price is thought to be very aggressive. Stay tuned.


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8/26/16

Is what happened last week between Frank Ocean, UMG and Apple game-changing? It certainly was for Universal, in that it triggered... 


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8/26/16

Holy helicopters, Chopper Charlie! Republic Records has teamed with apparel giant Guess to launch Guess Music. The first project, launching on 8/28 on the Guess site, will be the premiere of Ariana Grande's "Side to Side" featuring Nicki Minaj.


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