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8/23/16

Along with the bombshell release of Frank Ocean’s Apple exclusive Blonde comes the bombshell news that the artist is no longer signed to Universal.


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8/23/16

Insiders are calling the Frank Ocean situation the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of online exclusives for UMG releases, as outlined in a highly confidential memo from label group chieftain Lucian Grainge to top company execs.


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8/23/16

Frank Ocean will be the third biggest debut of the year in both sales and SPS, following Drake and Beyoncé. Streams for Blonde could top 75 million.


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8/23/16

There's new music happening at several key formats on XM/Sirius this week, including new adds for We The Best/Epic's DJ KhaledKungs vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (Casablanca/Republic) and breakout band Zipper Club (Bee & El/Epic)...


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8/23/16

In this genteel throwback pic, two gents from Blink-182 take to the gentlemen's room to express their feelings about our publication. This moment of micturition is brought to you by the forthcoming HITS 30th Anniversary Issue, something you might hesitate to piddle on even if it were on fire.


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8/23/16

How deep is the Ocean? Well, how high is the sky? We have projections for Frank Ocean's Blonde.


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8/23/16

As the sturm and drang over the Copyright Royalty Board rate proceedings heats up, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) sent a letter to Sony-affiliated songwriters, and Sony issued a statement of its own...


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8/23/16

RCA continues to dominate T40 with another Most Added tally, this time for Pitbull's "Greenlight," while Columbia edges out the competition at Rhythm with new artist Russ and at Modern Rock, Caroline's Judah & The Lion score the #1 position with "Take It All Back"...


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8/23/16

HITS' Michelle Santosuosso renews her musical bond with the artist formerly known as Lonny Breaux, exploring the new album and "the visceral power of Frank Ocean's music."


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8/23/16

Amazon is exploring a music subscription service that would cost half as much as Apple Music and Spotify—but there’s a catch. The listener has to use Amazon’s Echo speaker.

 


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OCEAN’S NEW ONE SETS SAIL FROM UMG
A sea change for the biz? (8/23a)
UMG DROPS THE HAMMER ON EXCLUSIVES
Things are about to change. (8/23a)
ROYALTY WARS HEAT UP; NSAI, SONY WEIGH IN
A war over pub royalties to boot? (8/23a)
BLONDE'S BOMBSHELL OF A DEBUT
Controversy aside, this looks big. (8/23a)
HITS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
FRANK OCEAN'S NEW ONE
Some folks are already calling it a masterpiece.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
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