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5/30/16

 The week's two biggest debuts, by Capitol Nashville's Dierks Bentley and Epic's Fifth Harmony, are likely to come in at #2 and #3 on this week's Sales Plus Streaming chart behind YMCMB/Republic's streaming colossus, Drake.    


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5/30/16

Leading lights of the music biz consider windowing in the latest installment of our cartoon catastrophe, Airhead. Please accept our heartfelt apologies in advance.


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5/30/16

Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse scored biggest at the domestic box office with $65m from the three-day holiday weekend. Although the number does fall within the studio's predictions, it happens to mark only the sixth most successful three-day cume in the franchise's history. The only other debut in the Top 5—Alice Through the Looking Glass—landed at #2 with $28m, bringing Disney right up to about $4b earned at the global box office so far this year.


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5/28/16

Republic’s Ariana Grande and labelmate Drake remained neck-and-neck to the wire for the #1 spot on the HITS SPS chart, with Drake holding a lead of a mere 2k. 


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5/27/16

The scorched-earth policy of William Morris Endeavor’s John Marx with respect to Bruno Mars has been effective, as the superstar will remain at WME rather than defecting to CAA. Mars’ decision to stay with WME follows a tumultuous episode involving...


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5/27/16

Epic's Fifth Harmony will have the #1 song at Top 40 as "Work From Home" (SYCO) ascends to the top, while YMCMB/Republic's Drake successfully fends off G.O.O.D./Def Jam's Desiigner for #1 at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, The Lumineers are on pace to be the new #1 with "Ophelia" (Dualtone)...


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5/27/16

Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton, two artists with much in common, including TV stardom and a chart competition, are locked in the two top slots in HITS List, your set of 10 talking points for the three-day weekend. 


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FameHouse
5/27/16

Universal Music Group has acquired digital marketing agency Fame House from SFX Entertainment. CEO and founder Mike Fiebach and Eric Hahn, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, will continue to lead the agency, reporting to UMG EVP/CFO Boyd Muir and EVP Michele Anthony.


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5/27/16

In another sampling of our recent special issue History of the Music Biz: The Mike Sigman Interviews, we explore how Bhaskar Menon, then head of Capitol, broke Pink Floyd in the U.S.


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5/27/16

Martin Kierszenbaum's Cherrytree Records will be exclusively distributed through Warner Music Group’s ADA as it begins to operate as a wholly independent operation...


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A PHOTO FINISH
Ariana-Drake battle is down to the wire. (5/28a)
BRUNO STAYING
WITH WME
The CAA-WME conflict just hit a new level of intensity. (5/27a)
CHERRYTREE GOES INDIE WITH ADA
Whaddaya wanna do tonight, Marty? (5/27a)
NEWCOMER JOHNSON, CLEAN BANDIT MOVE U.K. WITH "TEARS"
SYCO has just launched another prospective career artist. (5/27a)
HISTORY LESSON: DARK SIDE OF THE MENON
The erudite onetime Capitol ruler had a way with words. (5/27a)
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PUB WINNERS
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