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spiderverse
12/16/18

Santa's sleigh is barreling in our direction, carols are blasting out of every retail space and industry folk are daydreaming of sugarplums during their year-end meetings. If you can scrounge up a few more drops of giving-a-crap before your seasonal gorging on eggnog and elf porn, here's what we're envisioning for the week's new releases, including Springsteen and Spider-Man.


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12/14/18

XXXTentacion’s posthumously released third album, Skins (Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE), has bowed at #1 on the HITS Top 50 Chart, moving more than 140k.


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Grammy
12/14/18

Our man on the inside reflects on the issues facing the Grammys, from the snubs to the broadcast.


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abacus
12/14/18

WTF is going on at Nielsen? There have been no Music Connect charts published since Mumford & Sons’ #1 a few weeks back, and there’s no building chart for this week—and may not be one next week.


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grammy HL
12/14/18

It’s that time of the year when certain individuals get an early Christmas present or right-on-time Chanukah gift—a Grammy nomination—while others get the music-biz equivalent of coal in their stockings. Join us as we deck the halls with the chosen ones and empathize with some of those on the outside looking in, with a nod to Ken Ehrlich as Santa and a sneer at a Secret Committee of Grinches.


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shm
12/14/18

Major labels are reportedly drooling at the prospect of a new deal with EDM trailblazers Swedish House Mafia...


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Grammy old
12/14/18

As you surely know by now, the 61st annual Grammy nominations were announced on Friday. For your favorite Grammy nerds, that's like Super Bowl Sunday and Oscar night rolled into one. Lenny and Paul couldn’t wait to compare notes on who was blessed and who was passed over. They'll be having these nerd sessions until the envelopes are opened on 2/10—and no doubt beyond.


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12/14/18

Bruce Springsteen’s live album and the major label debut from “Drunk Me” singer Mitchell Tenpenny are bouncing between #1 and #2 at iTunes this flipover Friday while Ariana Grande’s early morning drop has a film hold on #1 at songs.


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def jam party
12/14/18

At Def Jam's opulent holiday throwdown at NYC's China Chalet, Paul Rosenberg and team threw down in style. Here's Paul with hoops star Chris Bosh, who later faced off against Nicki Farag in a marathon shoot-off from the three-point line. For more pics, see within.


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12/14/18

Republic lands two tracks at the top of Spotify's playlist: Nicki Minaj & Anuel Aa f/Bantu's "Familia" from the Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack and Ariana Grande's follow-up to mega-hit "thank u, next," "imagine."


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Let the opinions fly. (12/14a)
AN ALL-GRAMMY
DOUBLE HITS LIST
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FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
Action in the Apple-verse (12/14a)
MEDIABASE 2018 AIRPLAY TOTALS ARE HERE
All the "Hey Buddy"s your heart desires (12/14a)
REVENUE CHART: RED, WHITE, BLUE & GREEN
...i.e., "Rudolph," "Pure Cocaine," Ol' Blue Eyes and currency (12/14a)
GRAMMY NERDS BREAK IT DOWN
Wow, they really are nerds, huh?
REVERBERATIONS OF TAYLOR'S DEAL
What does it all mean? What did it cost? Answer the second question first.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
It's fine, really. We'd just like to feel our extremities again.
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