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LUKE VS. DRE: CHART BATTLE OF THE TITANS?
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 Light 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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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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WORDEN-UP
8/4/15

As APD/MD of L.A. Alternative-radio flagship KROQ, Lisa Worden has been integral in the development of the format. During the last two decades at the CBS station, she, PD Kevin Weatherly and OM Gene Sandbloom have helped pilot everything from ska-pop to nu-metal to neo-folk into the mainstream—while always maintaining KROQ’s distinctive voice and brand. But after sitting down with us, she’s probably longing for a bout of silence.


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NUMBERS WITH ALTITUDE: DRE'S COMPTON BLOWS UP IN PREORDER
8/3/15

Compton is coming on strong. Just two days after Dr. Dre announced the existence of his inspired by-soundtrack to the wildly buzzing N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton (due 8/14), the star-studded Aftermath/Interscope set, Compton, A Soundtrack, is making mad stacks in preorder ahead of its 8/7 release. Preliminary numbers suggest...


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iHEART SUMMIT: STRAIGHT INTO BURBANK
8/3/15

iHeartMedia programmers are converging on Burbank this week for the semi-annual iHeartRadio Summit, which commences tomorrow—so naturally record weasels will arrive in force for the event, hosted as ever by Tom Poleman and John Sykes. Majors and indies alike will offer presentations on new music, and there will be performances by buzzing artists...


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DEF JAM'S NEW ENERGY
8/3/15

Steve Bartels’ Def Jam is showing signs of renewed energy, thanks to a couple of breaking acts and two returning stars...


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THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: ALTERNATIVE EDITION
8/3/15

The cover of our most recent print publication is graced by none other than Beck, to commemorate the 25th HITS anniversary of President and Alternative Queen Karen Glauber. Our Contents shout-out, meanwhile, goes to Epic ruler L.A. Reid...


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BIG FISH IN FISHEYE
8/3/15

Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney broke Pink Floyd's attendance record on 8/1 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, and Sony Nashville's new management team, among other heavyweights, joined him to celebrate and possibly catch some bluefin...


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BEATS 1 TO EXPAND ITS VISION?
8/3/15

Sources say the next phase of Apple's Beats 1 will include video. The recent clip of Dr. Dre announcing Compton, A Soundtrack on his Beats show The Pharmacy may be an indicator of the talk-show vibe a video-equipped version would take on, presumably with tosses to artist videos, live performances, and other segments.

1D's "DRAG" WINS SPOTIFY RACE BY A MILE
8/3/15

You're probably aware that "Drag Me Down" by SYCO/Columbia's superstar lad band One Direction has been dominating at iTunes. Well, it's also going apeshit at Spotify, becoming the fastest-ever global #1, as well as the #1 track in the U.S. and 15 territories worldwide, #3 in the U.K. and Top 5 in 37 territories, with 4.75 million streams and a 1.2m audience. It's also earned the most streams in a single day for any track, outpacing "See You Again" by nearly 500k. It's a huge showing for Stringer and Klaiman's Team Columbia and Simon Cowell and Sonny Takhar's SYCO. Even Daniel Ek is swooning, although Donald Trump suspects the band might be in the country illegally.

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1D's "DRAG" WINS SPOTIFY RACE BY A MILE
That's not a stream, it's a tsunami. (8/3a)
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Team Columbia has its own "Cheerleader" and "Fight Song." (8/3a)
NUMBERS WITH ALTITUDE: DRE'S COMPTON BLOWS UP IN PREORDER
How big? (8/3a)
LOLLA'S LOUD WEEKEND
Chicago-based fest was a force of nature over the weekend. (8/3a)
DEF JAM'S NEW ENERGY
Iconic label is plugged in again under Bartels. (8/3a)
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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