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7/18/18

Our inside man on the stratospheric rise of music valuation, co-starring Sir Lucian, Len Blavatnik, Irving, Mubadala, Tencent and more.


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7/18/18

The conversation about brand partnerships is shifting. Country music is crossing over, and Nashville is diversifying. Country fans are loyal and engaged. The artists are passionate storytellers—ones who take pride in what they do, eat, drink, drive and wear. They have direct personal relationships with their fans because of their shared, similar lifestyles. And the format thrives on careers, as opposed to singles. The future of branding in Nashville has never been brighter.


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7/18/18

"Did I ever tell you the story of how I discovered Piazza Umberto?" asks legendary industry icon Clive Davis during this jolly, impromptu photo op with rock luminary Bono and biz giant/tech innovator Jimmy Iovine after their paths crossed in Capri. "It was scarcely even a square at the time, more of a quadrilateral, really. Carlos Santana, Mike Douglas and I were searching for a truly authentic scialatielli, when across the tiles there came the plaintive tones of an ocarina…"


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Seymour Stein
7/18/18

Four days after Seymour Stein was honored by the Recording Academy with its Trustees Award, WMG revealed that the legendary talent scout, Sire Records co-founder and noted eccentric will be leaving Warner’s after 42 years.


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1221 JOEL KATZ WEB
7/18/18

Our forthcoming special issue, History of the Music Biz, Vol. 3: The Rainmakers, takes the series into new territory: This time out we profile the top contemporary players who are making history right now.


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7/18/18

David Massey’s return to Sony Music inspired a company legend to rollout the welcome mat, inspiring this reenactment of the momentous occasion. We’re delighted to welcome back one of our all-time favorite cartoon characters—who, by the way, invented Airhead back in the 1980s.


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scales
7/18/18

How are the British major labels faring marketshare wise at 2018's halfway point? Year-on-year, Universal is up, and Sony and Warner are down, while the independent sector—including “fourth major” BMG—is up by 2.6%.


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7/18/18

Drake will remain at #1 for a third week in a row, with a weighty total of...


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7/18/18

Along with its Work of Art Music Publishing company, headed by daughter Clio Massey, David Massey’s JV with Sony Music is also launching Work of Art Management, headed by Ryan Chisholm, who gets the title of General Manager.


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7/18/18

HITS team member and acclaimed book editor Holly Gleason will head to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Woman Walk the Line: How the Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives—one of the Rock Hall's 2018 Author’s Series Selections. For more of the latest on all things Nashville...


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ON VALUATION
Money changes everything. (7/18a)
AT THE HALF:
U.K. MARKETSHARE
Universal builds a lead. (7/18a)
THIS BRAND IS MY BRAND
Nashville's new endorsements (7/18a)
EU FINES GOOGLE $5B
Alphabet's in the soup. (7/18a)
YOUR TOP 20: NOBODY BEATS THE DRAKE
"Scorpion" still stinging. (7/18a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
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