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shonen
8/29/16

"Our research tells us Shonen Knife is going to be huge," Jeff Ayeroff and Jordan Harris tell Phil Quartararo in this immortal shot from the Alternative boom. That research turned out to be a guy on Silverlake Boulevard who had a tattoo of a spider on his face...


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DrakeSNL.ig
8/29/16

In looking at our release schedule we see that several more UMG digital exclusives will be coming in the near future, including offerings from Drake, Kanye West and Ariana Grande. But these should not be construed as defying or otherwise flying in the face of Lucian Grainge's recently revealed ban on the practice...


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UMG3
8/29/16

Universal and the other rights holders have been struggling with the value of Apple exclusives and their impact on business globally...


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Steve Bannon
8/29/16

How’s this for an ironic intersection? Steve Bannon, the ultra-right-wing rabble-rouser who was recently named Trump’s campaign manager, once worked in the entertainment biz...


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dnce
8/29/16

Republic’s DNCE, who snagged the Best New Artist VMA Sunday night, are celebrating a U.S. success story that has since gone global...


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MOONMAN
8/29/16

We quote The Wrap for our headline; that site reports that the MTV VMAs plummeted 34% in ratings, scaring up a mere 6.5m viewers across the multiple Viacom properties via which it was simulcast. That's against last year, when ratings were already substantially down; the show's 2011 peak saw 12.4m viewers.


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Abudabi
8/29/16

An intriguingly cryptic billboard featuring a message with the logos of Drake's OVO label and Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music has emerged in Woodland Hills over the last 48 hours, which could be a harbinger of yet another surprise drop...


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nick jonas and massey
8/29/16

Island chief David Massey congratulates artist Nick Jonas on his VMAs performance of new hit "Bacon." In a related story, a strip of bacon was used to lure a HITS editor out from under his desk today, so he could finish working on the forthcoming 30th anniversary issue.


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output 63EL0t
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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mtv-vma-nyc-msg-2016-1
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 performed multiple times and took home the Video Vanguard Award, and Kanye West debuted a new video after a rambling, stream-of-consciousness speech.


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POSTSCRIPT: OCEAN, UMG AND APPLE
Exclusives and their impact. (8/29a)
EXCLUSIVES THAT ARE
NOT EXCLUDED
So ignore all those tempests in a teapot. (8/29a)
NEW RELEASES: FGL, BABS, BRIT GO BIG
Three new albums expected to top 100k for the week. (8/29a)
VMA RATINGS "NOSEDIVE"
Yikes. (8/29a)
VMAS: BIG WINS FOR BEYONCÉ
The Queen saved the show from drowning in mediocrity. (8/29a)
HITS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (NOT)
A conundrum of the streaming age.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
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