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BIG CHILL AT THE BRITS
3/5/15

That hyper-competitiveness that exists in the U.S. between UMG and Sony Music—creating a tense atmosphere and chilly relations between most executives at the two companies—is mirrored by their U.K. counterparts, and was dramatically apparent last week at the BRIT Awards. 


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COMING SOON:
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
3/5/15

We’re getting our collective game face on for the first New & Developing Artist Special Issue of 2015, which will be printed on high-quality paper stock (disguising the third-rate editorial content, as usual) next week. 


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THROWBACK THURSDAY:
AN OLD-SCHOOL JAM
3/5/15

In this classic #tbt shot from the heyday of IDJ, we see Steve Bartels, who's gone on to lead Def JamL.A. Reid, who subsequently became head of EpicUsher, who later joined the roster of RCA; and our own Michelle S. who ... is still at HITS. Our sympathies, Michelle.


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FUN FACT #3167
3/5/15

Did you know that the RIAA has been counting streams as part of the calculation for singles certifications for the last two years? Neither did we.

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HITS LIST: THE PEOPLE THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
3/5/15

What would you do without it? That’s a rhetorical question. We suiggest that you memorize the this week's Top 10.


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LAIRD HAVE MERCY
3/5/15

To celebrate the renewal of their pact with hit songwriter Luke Laird and company, UMPG execs posed for this rollicking photo.


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GEFFEN'S GIFT IS HUGE HAUL FOR HALL
3/4/15

David Geffen has gifted Avery Fisher Hall, the home of the New York Philharmonic with a $100 million donation. Unsurprisingly, the venue will become David Geffen Hall.


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RITTBERG GETS GM STRIPES AT VERVE
3/4/15

Verve Music Group has officially upped Mike Rittberg to GM, reporting to Chairman David Foster. Based in the company's Santa Monica offices, Rittberg will oversee operations, artist development and release schedule, interface with Interscope Geffen A&M (which handles sales, marketing and film/TV licensing for Verve) and pretend to understand jazz. 

 


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PUT SOME ENGLISH ON IT
3/4/15

In the aftermath of the BRITs, critics' choice James Bay moves #12-4 at BBC Radio 1 with "Hold Back the River," while winners Royal Blood and Sam Smith fly up 20 or spots apiece. Meanwhile, Ben Howard, Fall Out Boy, Olly Murs, BRIT winner Paloma Faith and some surviving Beach Boys are among the playlisted.


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YOUR NEW RELEASES: KELLY'S GREEN
3/4/15

RCA's Kelly Clarkson, fresh off her history of duets with Jimmy Fallon (and a brace of national magazine covers), is set to have next week's biggest album chart and SPS bow. Here's a look at the week's key debuts.


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BIG CHILL AT THE BRITS
In the U.K., UMG and Sony are engaged in a Cold War. (3/5a)
HITS LIST: THE PEOPLE THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
We're here to help. (3/5a)
COMING SOON:
HITS N&D Q1 SPECIAL
Watch today's unknowns become tomorrow's career artists. (3/5a)
THROWBACK THURSDAY:
AN OLD-SCHOOL JAM
They haven't changed a bit! (3/5a)
THROWBACK THURSDAY PHOTO
Remembering those golden days when you had a really embarrassing haircut.
POT LEGALIZED IN D.C.
Finally. The prez could really use a bong hit.
GLOBAL RELEASE DAY: MORE CHATTER
What about the upside?
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
Our print mag puts on weight.
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