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THINGS THAT MAKE US GO HMMMM: WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR THIS FALL
8/31/15

The problem with "consumption" charts, Bieber's big return, Alternative radio's lack of discovery, the Grammys, The Weeknd and Halsey—these are the topics obsessing us at the moment.


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MTV VMAs: WINNERS
& HIGHLIGHTS
8/31/15

Van Toffler had to be doing backflips when the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards—his last as executive producer—was over. The show, which took place at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater Sunday night, turned out to be timely, socially charged and provocative. It was fittingly and capably hosted by America’s favorite walking controversy, Miley Cyrus. After the premiere of Tay Tay’s cinematic video for "Wildest Dreams," the big show was off and running...


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THE WEEKND SPEAKS: FOR APPLE MUSIC
8/31/15

He's been there since Day One of Apple Music at the WWDC, so it makes sense The Weeknd would star in a special two-part TV ad featuring his music and some fantasy...


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HOT TIMES
AT EPICFEST
8/31/15

More than 1,000 movers and shakers reveled through a sunbaked SoCal Saturday afternoon at the first annual EpicFest, hosted by L.A. Reid. Performing were Ozzy Osbourne, Future, Big Boi and Phantogram, newly formed all-star group Big Grams, Jidenna, Travi$ Scott and young German rock band Audiodamn! 


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EPIC CHILL
8/31/15

Temps reached triple digits during EpicFest on Saturday, but you’d never know it from the cool demeanors of label media queen Laura Swanson, finance goddess Lynn Hazan and licensing gunslinger Alexandra Robertson. Clearly, these three live by the words “Never let ’em see you sweat.”

HOT NEW RELEASES: GOING FOR ADDS AT RADIO
8/31/15

The VMAs make a fine launching pad, as new tracks from Justin BieberTaylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, among others, go for adds at Pop radio.  Macklemore and Bieber also impact Rhythm

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YOUR WEEKEND
BOX OFFICE
8/31/15

Universal's Straight Outta Compton spends another week as the top grossing film in America, while Sony/Columbia's War Room and Weinstein's No Escape, which both received dismal scores on Rotten Tomatoes, debut in the Top 5.


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BIG LOVE FOR MISTERWIVES
8/31/15

What constitutes a hit these days? Misterwives’ “Reflections” (Photo Finish/Island) was just certified gold by the RIAA, although the cut peaked at #31 on the Pop charts. The public determined this one, not the chart compilers. In this pick, Photo Finish honcho Matt Galle (top row, third from lepresents the plaque to the band. Moments later, the whole gang rolled blunts, drew up protest placards and picketed SoundScan.

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TAYLOR AT
HER "WILDEST"
8/30/15

Taylor Swift is all over tonight's VMAs, and kicked things off with the video premiere of "Wildest Dreams." Here 'tis...


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NEW RELEASES: BEAUTY, BADLANDS IN THE MARKETPLACE
8/29/15

After one full day of sales, here's how the week's new releases are shaping up. The Weeknd held up on Friday after a late surge in preorders and a strong showing in the Thursday overnight sales. Will his VMA performance send the numbers even higher, or...


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THINGS THAT MAKE US GO HMMMM: WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR THIS FALL
Consumption, streaming, Grammys, Alt radio, more. (8/31a)
MILEY'S NEW ALBUM, "RAW" VMAS SHOW
Just Miley doing Miley. (8/28a)
THE BIEBER
HAS LANDED
He's back in a big way. (8/28a)
HITS  LIST, LITERALLY
Info on a need-to-know basis. (8/27a)
TRIANGLE OFFENSE
Sony Nashville's team talks turkey. (8/28a)
BEATS 1'S UNDERDOGS
How Apple touts outside-the-mainstream artists.
THE WEEKND, HALSEY AND MORE
Buzzing releases around the bend.
THE VMAS: MILEY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
How will she use this huge platform?
SONY NASHVILLE'S NEW CREW
Straight from the horses' mouths
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