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7/28/16

Look for Spotify VP Content Steve Savoca to announce that he’ll be exiting the company at the end of August for a new adventure. Stay tuned for details. Before joining the company in 2011, the well-respected Savoca—one of the streamery’s first U.S. employees...


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7/28/16

Buzzing rock/hip-hop supergroup Prophets of Rage have released “Prophets of Rage,” the first single from their forthcoming EP (due 8/19) via Caroline. The song, which was originally made available to stream only on the band’s website, is now at all major DSPs. Caroline co-GMs Jacqueline Saturn and Piero Giramonti donned their Che Guevara T-shirts to make the announcement...


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stryper, bitches
7/28/16

With our 30th Anniversary Issue swinging toward us like a proverbial wrecking ball, we present yet another find from the seemingly boundless HITS photo archives...


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7/28/16

Rob Stringer, Joel Klaiman, Lee Leipsner and Team Columbia join Red Light Management folks in celebrating the platinum certification of breakout artist Ruth B's "Lost Boy." Seen just before Vladimir Putin hacked the lunch order are…


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7/27/16

Spotify has taken a lot of heat from the music biz over the years for seemingly not trying hard enough to convert users of the unlimited free tier to premium-tier subscribers, but newly disseminated stats indicate a heightened effort to enlarge the subscriber base... 


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don and bhaskar
7/27/16

"So, when you referred to that gentleman as a 'hockey puck,'" the great exec Bhaskar Menon queries comedy legend Don Rickles, "was it because he glides gracefully across frozen surfaces, or because multiple Canadians seek to hit him with sticks? In any event, it was most excellent japery." This classic music-biz moment is brought to you by the HITS 30th Anniversary Issue…


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7/27/16

A Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha track is set to drop on 7/29 via Sony as the Dutch DJ leaves behind his indie deal with Spinnin’ Records to sign to RCA in the U.S. and Columbia in the U.K. “In the Name of Love” will be Garrix’s major label debut with rising Warner star Rexha. 


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7/27/16

Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito has made two significant promotions: Peter Strickland has been tapped for the newly created post of Chief Marketing Officer and, effective Jan. 1, Matt Signore will assume the post of Chief Operating Officer.

 

 


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platten
7/27/16

After Bill Clinton spoke at the DNC last night, a brand new video for Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" (Columbia) premiered. The clip features a selection of actors, musicians and other Hillary supporters working together to perform the song a cappella. Celebrities seen include Elizabeth Banks, Mandy Moore, Rob Reiner, Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria, Alan Cumming, Mary-Louise Parker, America Ferrera, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Even Sia makes a surprise appearance at the end. Watch within.


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Sandy Pearlman
7/27/16

First-gen rock critic turned record producer Sandy Pearlman died Tuesday morning in Novato, Calif. He was 72. Pearlman had been in failing health since suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in December.


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SAVOCA TO SPLIT
THE SPOT
Spotify pioneer streaming into a new adventure. (7/28a)
CAROLINE HOPING TO PROFIT FROM RAGE
Presenting Donald Trump's least favorite band. (7/28a)
"LOST" LEADERS
Teams Columbia and Red Light toast Ruth B. (7/28a)
ANNI ARCHIVES: BEELZEBUBBLE GUM
Remember Stryper? Bet they're still traumatized from this. (7/28a)
STREAMING HITS ITS STRIDE
Is the new marketplace reaching maturity?
30 YEARS OF HITS
With the incriminating photos to prove it.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CATALOG IN THE WORLD
Purple prose on a pricey panoply of Prince.
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