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TAG, THEY'RE IT: SHAZAM'S BIG MOVERS
3/31/15

Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" surprised nobody by becoming Shazam's biggest U.S. mover this week, while Iggy Azalea's jailhouse duet with JHud also made huge strides. But why was a Nine Inch Nails track the second-biggest jumper, flying 169 spots? We blame zombies.


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3/31/15

The most talked-about moment at Sunday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was the unannounced onstage reunion of ABBA. In this historic post-performance photo, the legendary group is all smiles backstage. We have just one question: Which one’s Bjorn and which one’s Benny?

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BIEBER’S PUZZLING RESURFACING
3/31/15

Justin Beiber's return to the live-performance spotlight by way of a headlining spot at the Fusion Festival this August in Birmingham, England—which boasts a less than scintillating talent lineup including Rixton, Rudimental, DJ Fresh, Fuse ODG and McBusted—led some to question the strategy of manager Scooter Braun when it was announced last week. With Bieber’s career at a pivotal point, what value could this second-rate festival date possibly have? 


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WHEN KEN MET MUDDY: THE GENESIS
OF SOUNDSTAGE
3/31/15

Electric-blues avatar Muddy Waters, a number of his contemporaries and a posse of inheritors mixed it up in live performance 41 years ago for a TV show conceived and produced by then-young pup Ken Ehrlich. Soundstage: Blues Summit in Chicago, coming from Legacy on April 21, marks the first time this historic 1974 episode has been released on DVD. 


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TIDAL QUICKLY HITS PRIME TIME
3/31/15

Team Jay Z chose the first half-hour of The Voice to make their prime-time mainstream play with was a 120-second spot containing documentary-style footage of today's highlights, the vibe very much like the Magna Carta announcement during the 2013 NBA Finals, though this one was more star-studded. Those are the facts; we’re still trying to process the principals’ intent or what the reaction will be. At the very least, the spot should arouse the public’s curiosity about what “product” these stars are trying to sell them.

 


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STONES TO “ZIP” IT THIS SUMMER
3/30/15

The Rolling Stones have just announced their summer (mostly) stadium tour of North America, in conjunction with AEG, and there are a handful of changes in date and/or venue from the preliminary list we posted on Friday. The most striking aspect of this list is the absence of a date in L.A. or the Bay Area, but expect one or more likely both to be filled in. 


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REQUIRED READING: THE UNEXPECTED ALBUM RENAISSANCE
3/30/15

We recently noted—with some surprise—that album sales for the first quarter have been virtually flat following years of decline. Now, The Verge has posted a well-thought-out analysis of the phenomenon titled “The internet took the album away, and now it's giving it back,” and subtitled How the surprise release led to an album renaissance


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SURFING TIDAL: PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS
3/30/15

As we announced previously, the superstar co-owners of streaming service Tidal—led by Jay Z, who shelled out $56 million for parent company Aspiro—paraded before the press today to make big promises and sign some sort of declaration (the terms of which are as yet unknown). Here are some things we know about the service.


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TIDAL'S FIRST WAVE
3/30/15

Jay Z's Tidal streaming service announced its launch with a press conference featuring superstar owners including Jay, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, MadonnaNicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Jack WhiteDaft Punk and more today. 


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JOY WOMAN
ABOUNDING JOY
3/30/15

Presenting “Woman (Oh Mama)” by Sensibility Music/Columbia singer/songwriter Joy Williams; the first single from Williams' forthcoming album, VENUS, it premiered today on iTunes, Vevo and joywilliams.com.


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Look at all those sparkling-white choppers! (3/31a)
BIEBER’S PUZZLING RESURFACING
What's the plan, man? (3/31a)
TIDAL QUICKLY HITS PRIME TIME
The move recalled Jay's splashy 2013 NBA Finals reveal. (3/31a)
STONES TO “ZIP” IT THIS SUMMER
Here's why they called it the Zip Code tour. (3/30a)
REQUIRED READING: THE UNEXPECTED ALBUM RENAISSANCE
Just when you thought the album was dead... (3/30a)
Q1 MARKETSHARE STANDINGS
It's a two-horse race for #1, and the same can be said for #4.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Guitars are back, so stop moping.
REISSUE BLISS
Set the DeLorean for 1974.
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