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LUKE VS. DRE: CHART BATTLE OF THE TITANS? (UPDATE)
8/4/15

8/14 is starting to look like a tight battle for #1 between two giants. Luke Bryan’s new Capitol Nashville set, Kill the Lights and Dr. Dre’s star-studded Compton, A Soundtrack (Aftermath/Interscope) will come out the same day. Based on preorders and other data...


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YOUR RECAP OF RADIO ADD RECAPS
8/4/15

One Direction is the Most Added champ at Pop radio this week, scoring 100 stations on impact, while Disclosure f/Sam Smith ignites pre-impact, Jason Derulo advances and A Great Big World makes solid gains. Rhythm finds J.Cole and The Weeknd in a tie for the top honor, while Drake is truly "Back." Foo Fighters roar back to supremacy at Alternative, while Muse, CHVRCHES and Coleman Hell, among others, get amped up. Click the links for more, buddy; it'll help you make your mix tape for Thursday night's GOP debate.

TAG, THEY'RE IT: IF IT'S DRAKE YOU'D BETTER DUCK EDITION
8/4/15

Drake's brilliantly combative answer record "Back to Back" is the biggest gainer on Shazam's USA Top 100 Tags Chart this week, while his own "Hotline Bling" the explosive new track from One DirectionDisclosure's reunion with Sam Smith and the new smash from A Great Big World also make major leaps...


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YOU'RE GONNA MEET SOME
GENTLE PEOPLE THERE
8/4/15

As new single "Hold Each Other" blows up, Black Magnetic/Epic duo A Great Big World join Epic promo chief Todd Glassman in savoring a San Francisco promo photo op par excellence. Seen just before a locally sourced lunch of steamed kale, vegan cheese and a blunt the size of a rolling pin are...


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I.B. BAD'S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
8/4/15

As always, our industry insider ends his latest column with a series of names, leaving it to the reader to determine how these individuals are connected to the storyline(s). We don’t believe you’ll have much difficulty solving the puzzle in this instance...


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11 QUESTIONS: AN ALTERNATIVE ODYSSEY
8/4/15

As part of her special section commemorating her 25th anniversary at HITS (aka "The Career Cul de Sac"), our own Karen Glauber invited a diverse group of friends—including industry heavyweights, legendary artists and other influential peeps—to answer 11 questions about their careers, influences and grudges, among other vital topics...


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CUE THE ROCKETTES
8/4/15

RCA siren Kelly Clarkson joins labels chiefs Peter Edge and Tom Corson and manager Narvel Blackstock for a photo op at NYC's storied Radio City Music Hall celebrating more than 21 million worldwide album sales. Later, they all took Nipper for a walk around nearby Manhattan landmarks, and the company mascot took a leak on The Museum of Modern Art.

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LIVE NATION: DEUTSCH TREAT
8/4/15

Michael Rapino's Live Nation has made a major global move, acquiring promoter Marek Lieberberg's MLK, Germany's top concert promoter, to launch Live Nation Concerts Germany. MLK is the fifth largest promoter in the world, and when LN's German division kicks off on 1/1/16, it'll add 700 shows and some 2 million fans to Rapino's empire; Ticketmaster will handle ticketing. The LN chief called the deal "an ideal fit" and noted his 20 years of experience with Lieberberg, who'll serve as CEO of the German unit (Marek's son Andre will take the role of President). Marek Lieberberg called the pact "the dream of every promoter."

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DOWNLOAD THIS
8/4/15

Here’s a snapshot of action in the iTunes Store on the morning of what is now (if Monday is the new Wednesday) the new Thursday. Points of interest include tangible evidence of the horse race between Dr. Dre and Luke Bryan as it plays out in terms of dueling preorders...


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BILLY SHERRILL, R.I.P.
8/4/15

Legendary Country producer, arranger and songwriter Billy Sherrill passed away today; he was 78 years old. Read more about his extraordinary career in our Music City section.

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LUKE VS. DRE: CHART BATTLE OF THE TITANS? (UPDATE)
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WORDEN-UP
KROQ veteran in a mighty Alternative interview. (8/4a)
I.B. BAD'S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
Write them down. (8/4a)
LIVE NATION: DEUTSCH TREAT
Schnitzel for everyone! (8/4a)
TAG, THEY'RE IT: IF IT'S DRAKE YOU'D BETTER DUCK EDITION
A strong response to Meek, plus 1D, Disclosure/Sam, AGBW and more. (8/4a)
25 YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE
President Glauber's Anniversary and the History of a Revolutionary Format.
NASHVILLE CATS
Who's moving the needle in Music City.
APPLE, SPOTIFY AND PERCEPTION
Reflections in the stream.
STREAM WARS
The Force awakens.
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