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DarcusBeese
5/24/18

Island Records U.K. President Darcus Beese will indeed cross the pond to take over David Massey’s role as the head of the label’s U.S. imprint. His ship docks on 7/1.


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5/24/18

Following a Variety story detailing allegations from a former MusiCares executive, the Recording Academy has issued a rebuttal...


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Childish
5/24/18

Post Malone continued to rake in the dough on the third week of release of beerbongs & Bentleys, with two tracks in the Top 5 of our Songs Revenue Chart and 14 remaining in the Top 50 (compared to 17 the previous week). There has been some slippage on every one of those tracks’ tallies, but that’s typically how it goes. By contrast, Childish Gambino’s game-changing “This Is America” remained the top earner in its second week with its revenue essentially flat—and that is not typical.


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lyor control
5/24/18

Those who’ve followed Lyor Cohen’s checkered career detect more than a whiff of snake oil in his latest blather.


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5/24/18

BTS has inched ahead of Post Malone, but it remains a tight race for #1. Both the sales-driven K-Pop band and the stream-powered rapper have ticked up since our prior read.


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5/24/18

The Estate of Michael Jackson has issued a sternly worded rebuke to ABC-TV and parent The Walt Disney Company over TV special The Last Days of Michael Jackson, due to air tonight, noting that it is wholly unauthorized. The show, the dispatch reads, "is not sponsored or approved by the Estate," adding...


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5/24/18

Sony Music chieftain Rob Stringer emphasized diversification in terms of both streaming platforms and investment opportunities during a presentation to Sony Corp. investors at the parent company’s Tokyo headquarters earlier this week.


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Brynn Elliott
5/24/18

Big Yellow Dog Music, the Nashville-based indie pubco and artist-development incubator founded by Carla Wallace and Kerry O’Neil, has launched a label in partnership with Atlantic through WMG Nashville. The first release is “Time of Our Lives” a single from singer/songwriter Brynn Elliott. It drops today—which is also Elliott’s graduation day from Harvard.


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5/24/18

Vevo is responding to the arrival of YouTube Music by phasing out its mobile apps and web site to focus on its music video distribution efforts.


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5/23/18

AWGE/Interscope's Playboi Carti, whose Die Lit is still going strong and who made his Saturday Night Live debut recently by joining Nicki Minaj on her "Poke It Out," poses with a starry array of guests. Rumors that one of the sketches from the show is still going on couldn't be confirmed at presstime...


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