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rock the vote
8/26/16

With the hot dragon breath of our 30th Anniversary issue now palpable on our necks, and with the unrelenting election season draggin' on, we offer this vintage Rock the Vote tableau featuring former President and (perhaps) future "First Laddie" Bill Clinton in full pop-culture pander mode with execs Ashley Newton and Ray Cooper, then of Virgin. When this first ran, it was captioned with a lusty "virgins" joke in Bubba dialect, but given the hellscape our politics have become that just seems kinda quaint now.


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FRANK OCEAN   BLONDE
8/26/16

Frank Ocean has certainly been making headlines. His Blonde has officially topped the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 278k. Considering 232k is purely sales, it’s also #1 on the Album Sales Chart. That’s the year’s third-biggest debut, after Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia).


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Todd Boehly
8/26/16

Sources say the recent rumor about WME buying Todd Boehly’s Billboard-Hollywood Reporter-Dick Clark Productions media portfolio is pure vapor, and that Boehly's Eldridge Industries is seeing very little interest in the marketplace as BB and THR continue bleeding money at the rate of about $20 million per year. Many believe such rumors are being leaked to ramp up interest in DCP—the one part of the media group that remains attractive to potential buyers—but that the $1 billion asking price is thought to be very aggressive. Stay tuned.


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output VyWvBo
8/26/16

Is what happened last week between Frank Ocean, UMG and Apple game-changing? It certainly was for Universal, in that it triggered... 


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ARIANA IG
8/26/16

Holy helicopters, Chopper Charlie! Republic Records has teamed with apparel giant Guess to launch Guess Music. The first project, launching on 8/28 on the Guess site, will be the premiere of Ariana Grande's "Side to Side" featuring Nicki Minaj.


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babs
8/26/16

Frank Ocean, Lucian Grainge, Apple, Spotify and ... Barbra! These and more are featured in the latest edition of our cheat sheet of industry doings, HITS List. Read it, learn it, sing it.


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fgl1
8/26/16

Celebrating their Budweiser presents One Night Only album-release show at the MSG Theater, the gents of Big Machine Label Group's Florida Georgia Line pose with Big Loud Management's Craig Wiseman, Seth England, Kevin "Chief" Zaruk and Joey Moi. Seth later pointed out that he was contractually entitled to drink 15% of the Budweiser.


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Execs
8/26/16

The debate over streaming exclusives has reached a fever pitch this week following Frank Ocean’s surprise Blonde, and Lucian Grainge’s subsequent ban. What do those working in the British music industry think about the issue du jour?


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8/26/16

Broken Bow superstar Jason Aldean joined some of his favorite biz folks for this cheery photo op, although once the following people learned it would be running on this website there was much need for whiskey: (l-r) BBR Music Group VP Marketing JoJamie Hahr, NASH FM's Jesse Addy, Aldean, BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba and VP Promo Lee Adams.


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Sande
8/26/16

Virgin EMI star Emeli Sandé has teased her first new music in more than three years...


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REVENUE CHART: SOMETHING YOU
CAN BANK ON
Time to fire up those calculators. (8/26a)
I.B. BAD: SEA CHANGE
The week that was will have plentiful repercussions. (8/26a)
EXCLUSIVES: YAY OR NAY? BRITISH EXECS SPEAK
In brief, they're not big fans of the practice. (8/26a)
HELP ME, WANDA
No, he's not the latest Bond villain determined to rule the world. (8/26a)
EMELI SANDÉ TEASES COMEBACK
Powerhouse singer has some unfinished business to take care of. (8/26a)
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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