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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
7/30/15

This week, HITS' man behind the scenes looks back on the distinguished career of outgoing MTV chief Van Toffler and locates the tipping point at which the storied channel ceased to be recognizable as Music Television. I.B.'s column also delves into the latest action in the label and streaming sectors. We strongly suspect you’ll come across some information you didn’t know.


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TIDAL: PLAN OVERBOARD, OR JAY Z'S 100TH PROBLEM
7/30/15

Following the loss of Tidal’s second CEO, Peter Tonstad, an array of upper-management executives have been jumping of the Tidaltanic. Sources tell us that not only has SVP Label and Artist Relations Zena Burns bailed, but that in the past two weeks Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Geisler has accepted a similar post at Saatchi & Saatchi. Roc Nation EVP Jennifer Justice is also rumored to have abandoned the Good Ship Jay...


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iHEART MUSIC FEST: VEGAS, BABY!
7/30/15

Kanye WestSam SmithThe Who, Lil WayneKenny Chesney, The Weeknd and Coldplay are among the artists slated for the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas on 9/18-19...


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STRAIGHT OUTTA SHERMAN OAKS
7/30/15

“Say, Dr. Dre,” asks our own Karen Glauber during this vintage fuck-the-genre-police photo shoot with N.W.A., “what do you think you’ll be doing in the far-off year of 2015?” Given his track record of making confrontational music that terrified the establishment, Dre reasoned that he would be given billions by a tech company and have his band’s story told in a blockbuster Hollywood movie...


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YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
7/30/15

Here we go again. While there’s constant shifting in the bottom of the big board from week to week, the top three slots have consistently been occupied by Columbia, Republic and Capitol Music Group, the order of finish among the big three labels providing the only drama. 


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SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
7/30/15

One takeaway from this week’s leaderboard is that the biz clearly has a reigning triumvirate in year-to-date and weekly marketshare leaders Republic, Columbia and Capitol, who’veglommed up seven of the 10 slots... 


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PUB CRAWLING: FUTURE TALK
7/30/15

UMPG celebrates Future's #1, Warner/Chappell on Broadway, Sony/ATV 's marathon session, Timbaland's new deal and more...


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SHANNON EXTENDS HIS MORNING
7/30/15

Our balls may be deflated, but Scott Shannon is still scoring bigtime. The broadcasting legend has inked a multi-year contract extension with WCBS-FM in NYC, stretching his tenure as morning-drive host. Scott Shannon in the Morning, which kicked off in March of 2014, airs weekdays from 6-10am; since its bow, WCBS’ weekly cume has shot up 20%, reaching about 4 million listeners.


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PTX PUT THE COOL IN SCHOOL
7/30/15

RCA's platinum-selling, Grammy-winning a cappella kids Pentatonix have filmed a summer TV spot for Macy's All-School A Cappella Challenge. As back-to school season nears, the company is encouraging schools to submit a cappella versions of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." The competition is open to students, faculty and school staff; three winners will win $25k each. Watch the national, PTX-fronted clip here.


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ARTISTS NOT GETTING SCREWED BY THEIR LABELS, IFPI INSISTS
7/30/15

Research conducted by the IFPI in response to allegations of thievery revealed that "record [companies] have actually safeguarded artists’ incomes as best they can as they have rebuilt their businesses for the digital age.


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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
Van's the man, says I.B., and his final VMAs will be must-see TV. (7/30a)
YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Three labels keep hogging the spotlight. (7/30a)
SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
Did we mention that three labels keep hogging the spotlight? (7/30a)
ARTISTS NOT GETTING SCREWED BY THEIR LABELS, IFPI INSISTS
But Roger Goodell's not buying Frances Moore's claims. (7/30a)
SPOTIFY WANTS TO KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT APPLE MUSIC
Michelle S. has a take on Spotify's surprisingly transparent questionnaire. (7/30a)
25 YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE
President Glauber's Anniversary and the History of a Revolutionary Format.
NASHVILLE CATS
Who's moving the needle in Music City.
APPLE, SPOTIFY AND PERCEPTION
Reflections in the stream.
STREAM WARS
The Force awakens.
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