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5/2/16

After its first full day of sales, Drake’s Views had generated around 630k in equivalent album sales, confirming what he announced from the stage at his album launch party in Toronto Friday night. By the end of Saturday, Views had sold more in two days than Beyoncé’s Lemonade sold in its first six.


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Drizzy
5/2/16

The debut of Drake’s #1 album VIEWS was preceded by Zane Lowe's in-depth, hour-long conversation that aired as a special edition OVO Sound Radio Show on Apple Music's Beats 1, and will soon debut on the service as a special video piece... 


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truecolors
5/2/16

“True Colors” (Interscope/Kemosabe/RCA) by Zedd & Kesha is the latter’s first new music in a while (“a triumphant return,” declared Rolling Stone), and is off to a fine start at retail. The song was co-written and produced by Rock Mafia (Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato), who are also behind the forthcoming Gomez single...


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Drawn&Recorded Blind Willie.CROP
5/2/16

Van Toffler took the pairing of music and image to new heights during his lengthy tenure at MTV, and now the exec has launched a new venture to tell music stories with innovative visuals. Via his new entity, Gunpowder & Sky, Toffler has partnered with T Bone Burnett, music TV producer Bill Flanagan and animator Drew Christie for an animated series, Drawn & Recorded, that will tell the stories of iconic artists.


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5/2/16

"This Is What You Came For" by Columbia's Calvin Harris f/Rihanna goes for adds at both Pop and Rhythm radio this week; the track is already poised near the top of the singles chart at iTunes. Columbia will be going for adds on Beyoncé's "Sorry," from the Lemonade album this week as well.  Meanwhile, Warner Bros. rockers Disturbed bring a very unusual flavor to Top 40… 


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5/2/16

Columbia megastar and Queen of the Universe Beyoncé tops the HITS Album Sales Chart with around 501k for Lemonade. On the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart, she snagged an additional 163k, bringing that grand total to 664k. And if you break the SPS number down, it’s approximately 92k TEA (with huge single sales) and 76k SEA.


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Prince While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5/2/16

Producer/director Joel Gallen, Tom Petty and Heartbreakers drummer Steve Ferrone recall Prince’s monumental extended solo on George Harrison’s Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which climaxed the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in a fascinating New York Times piece. Referencing the story is a great excuse to geek out over Prince’s mind-blowing three minutes again…


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BBC Beyonce listening party
5/2/16

Despite Beyoncé’s Lemonade having a somewhat subdued arrival in the U.K., where it goes through Colin Barlow’s RCA, the set has hit #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Charts based on Tidal streams and iTunes sales alone. So how did it do numbers wise?


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5/2/16

In a new partnership with McDonald's and Coca-Cola, buzzing Warner Bros. songstress and Grammy-nominated artist Andra Day has announced the Rise Up ESSENCE Festival Program. The program, launching today, features Day, the lyrics of her touching earworm, "Rise Up," and short film I Rise on 40m+ McDonald's Coca-Cola cups. And get this; you can Shazam the cups, thanks to new visual recognition technology.


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lily allen
5/2/16

Today is a bank holiday in Blighty, and the perfect occasion for the launch of Lily Allen’s new label under Warner U.K., named, quite aptly, Bank Holiday Records. It's her second foray into A&R; details are sparse at the moment, but here’s what we know so far...


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Pairs well with bangers and mash. (5/2a)
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Drake is gonna be massive. (5/2a)
ANDRA DAY, COCA-COLA, McDONALD'S & SHAZAM "RISE" TOGETHER
You want fries with that song? (5/2a)
WHAT GOOD IS A EXCLUSIVE?
Or: What do streaming customers want?
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Where Adele, Katy Perry and other stars were first seen.
MUSIC BIZ 2016
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