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THE WEEKND STARTS Q4 EARLY
9/4/15

Q4 may not officially start for another month, but today is the first Friday of the year’s home stretch, as XO/Republic’s  The Weeknd scores a monster #1 retail debut for his hit-studded Beauty Behind the Madness, moving...


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BIEBER'S BRITISH BOOM: HIS FIRST U.K. #1
9/4/15

Justin Bieber has finally achieved his first official U.K. #1 single. In addition to 84k first-week sales, Virgin EMI's “What Do You Mean” earned the highest first-week streams for a single ever in the U.K., racking up 3.2 million plays in its opening week...


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IT’S OFFICIAL: SAM SMITH IS BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES
9/4/15

Capitol crooner Sam Smith has today made history in the U.K., as his debut album In The Lonely Hour notches up its 67th consecutive week in the Official Albums Chart Top 10. It’s the longest unbroken run ever for a debut album, and knocks The Beatles off the top spot...


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BIEBER CONQUERS SPOTIFY
9/4/15

Those encouraging projections from Def Jam throughout the week have turned out to be on the money. Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” has broken the record for one-week streams on Spotify set recently by One Direction’s “Drag Me Down,” with north of 22m. In short, the song’s a smash and the Biebs is back, bigger than ever. That is all. 

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PANDORA, SPOTIFY'S IOS DOMINANCE
9/4/15

Pandora is the #1 IOS app of all time by revenue, and Spotify is #5, according to a just-released App Annie report cited by RAIN


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
9/4/15

The Canadian takeover of British hearts and ears continues on this, the first global release day of September, as The Weeknd and Justin Bieber top the albums and singles charts, respectively. 


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A PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
9/3/15

It's almost time for the long Labor Day break, buddy. Before you reach for the margaritas and hit the links, though, take a peek into future of radio. At PopTaylor Swift goes nuts with "Wildest Dreams" (Big Machine), and Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" (RBMG/Def Jam) looks set for Greatest Gainer honors. The Weeknd is #1 at Rhythm again, this time with "The Hills" (XO/Republic). As for AlternativeCold War Kids' "First" (Downtown) and Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's" (RCA) prepare for another battle; this one will end in a photo finish. Now excuse us while we go finish off what's in the freezer.

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HALSEY: UNDER THE RADAR, UP TO THE STRATOSPHERE
9/3/15

Had Astralwerks/Capitol’s Halsey debuted in a different week, she might well be a lock for a #1 chart bow. The Weeknd will take the top spot, but Halsey’s #2 debut is nonetheless remarkable.


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HITS LIST:
PRE-HOLIDAY BBQ EDITION
9/3/15

The Weeknd, Halsey, Miley, Monte, L.A.—these are just a few of the newsmakers featured in the brand-spanking-new HITS List, our weekly cheat sheet of industry happenings. Feel free to use it as an icebreaker during your Labor Day weekend gatherings.

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AIRHEAD: MASTER DEBATERS
9/3/15

It's the political showdown you've been waiting for: Trump vs. Kanye vs. ... Lyor? If you thought the Presidential race couldn't get any more ridiculous, the latest iteration of our animated abomination, Airhead, will prove you wrong.

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HALSEY: UNDER THE RADAR, UP TO THE STRATOSPHERE
Her #2 debut is big news. (9/3a)
HITS LIST:
PRE-HOLIDAY BBQ EDITION
An icebreaker for your Labor Day gatherings. (9/3a)
AIRHEAD: MASTER DEBATERS
Trump, Kanye and another candidate who's a real wild card. (9/3a)
SONY/ATV OFFERS SAMPLERS AMNESTY
Production Music only for now, but it's a big start. (9/3a)
BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWZ FOR VIACOM
Hint: VMA ratings are not the good news. (9/3a)
BIEBER: THE ROLLOUT
Rebirth of a superstar.
GRAMMY WHISPERINGS
Fire up the speculation machine.
STREAMING WAVE BUILDS
Will it overtake e-tail?
APPLE'S NEW ARTIST CROP
New music by the bushel?
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