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YOUR NEW RELEASES: ONE-DAYS SALES FORECASTS
8/1/15

Based on very early reads, Disney's Descendants ST is likely to...


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GRAINGE EXTENDS REIGN
7/31/15

UMG topper Lucian Grainge has inked a new five-year deal to continue his reign as Chairman/CEO until at least 2020, Vivendi has announced.


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CHART STORY:
STURM UND DRANG
AND CHA-CHING
7/31/15

Blues Babe’s Jill Scott has topped the HITS Building Album Sales Chart with 58k and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 61k for Woman. Meanwhile, Epic's Lamb of God, Shady/Interscope's Southpaw soundtrack and SYCO/Hollywood's Bea Miller all debut in the Top 5.


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YOUR PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
7/31/15

Heeeey, buddy! There's a whole lot goin' on in the radio world. For one, KidinaKorner/Interscope's X Ambassadors are going into their eighth week atop the chart at Alternative. At Rhythm, XO/Republic's The Weeknd defends his throne from potent charges by Ultra/Columbia's OMI and Capitol's Silento. However, OMI and his team will be cheering loudly, as he seizes the #1 spot at Pop. Follow the links for details, and remember, don't drink and DJ... or do. We really don't care. 

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"DOWN" IS THE NEW DIRECTION
7/31/15

SYCO/Columbia's One Direction set the web (and many hearts) ablaze last night when they dropped brand new single, "Drag Me Down," which is currently #1 at iTunes. The announcement was first made by band member Liam Payne via Twitter, who described it as a "bit of a surprise." Take a listen, luv...


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IRISH UP
7/31/15

During a visit to Y98 St. Louis, Capitol's gifted Irish troubadour Gavin James queries label promo goddess Patty Morris and station PD Marty Linck about the U.S. news cycle. "What's all this I'm hearing about deflated balls?" he asked. "Don't you Yanks have a pill for that?" Later, the three frolicked in a kiddie pool filled with Guinness.


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YTD MARKETSHARE AT THE SEVEN-MONTH MARK
7/31/15

There’s an apples-and-oranges wrinkle to these year-over-year stats—not unlike the deflated balls-and-deflated boobs crap we’ve been bombarded with this week... 


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PANDORA'S GOT A CRUSH
7/31/15

Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Steve Aoki will headline Pandora Summer Crush, a seasonal celebration at L.A. Live on 8/15. Derulo has also curated a mixtape for the occasion, which Pandora users can check out here


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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
7/31/15

This week, HITS' man behind the scenes looks back on the distinguished career of outgoing MTV chief Van Toffler and locates the tipping point at which the storied channel ceased to be recognizable as Music Television. I.B.'s column also delves into the latest action in the label and streaming sectors. We strongly suspect you’ll come across some information you didn’t know.


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TINDER LOVING CARE
7/31/15

Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" is available for exclusive streaming on Tinder. The Capitol Nashville superstar's new single—as well as a video message for fans—can be accessed on the social-media dating site by swiping Bryan's profile card. The song is the title track from Bryan's forthcoming album, due 8/7 and likely to be a monster.


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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
Van's the man, says I.B., and his final VMAs will be must-see TV. (7/31a)
YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
We said it yesterday and we reiterate: Three labels keep hogging the spotlight. (7/30a)
GRAINGE EXTENDS REIGN
Five more years! Five more years! (7/31a)
CHART STORY:
STURM UND DRANG
AND CHA-CHING
L.A. has two in the Top 5. (7/31a)
TIDAL: PLAN OVERBOARD, OR JAY Z'S 100TH PROBLEM
Which has a bitter chance of outlasting the competition, Tidal or Trump? (7/31a)
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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