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4/29/16

Visitors to the iTunes Store hoping to cherry-pick choice cuts from Drake’s new Views are going to have to be patient—the album is bundled and will remain so for the first week. In this case, the move is as much an artistic decision as a retail strategy. 


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4/29/16

Drake premiered his fourth studio album, the insanely anticipated Views, with a special episode of OVO Sound Radio that aired Thursday night on Apple Music's Beats 1. The exclusive hang was billed as a "global listening party" for the fans. Not surprisingly, the album (with all songs bundled) has shot to #1 at iTunes...


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BBC Beyonce listening party
4/29/16

Beyoncé’s Lemonade had a somewhat subdued arrival in the U.K., where it goes through Colin Barlow’s RCA, arriving at iTunes around 11am on Monday morning. Without an HBO-style exclusive, the album was instead welcomed by an (impromptu?) BBC Radio 1 #BeyonceListeningParty later that day. So how are sales numbers looking?


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4/29/16

We’ve been wondering who’d be picked to replace Polydor boss Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, who’s left his job at the UMG U.K. label to form a joint venture with Jason Iley’s Sony Music, and HITS sources have revealed two names...


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4/29/16

Calvin Harris dropped a potential banger today with "This Is What You Came For" (Columbia), featuring the one and only Rihanna. It's not the first time the two stars have collaborated, of course; "We Found Love" (Def Jam) hit #1 worldwide in 2011. The new track is currently #2 at iTunes.


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4/29/16

Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Miranda Lambert are among the headliners at  the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.


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4/29/16

NBA dynasties typically have a Big Three, and so does this week’s edition of HITS List, which is topped by Beyoncé, Drake and Prince


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4/29/16

At the ASCAP Pop Awards, chief Paul Williams welcomes UMPG topper Jody Gerson, prexy North America Evan Lamberg and team to stand in a line and brainstorm a danceable hit about performance royalties. Later, Williams told harrowing tales of his years touring with Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Seen are...


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4/29/16

Sony Corp. has released its earnings report for fiscal 2016, which ended 3/31, and Sony Music plays a starring role. 


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4/29/16

Marc Anthony recently met for an interview with CBS Sunday Morning's Tracy Smith, dishing on life in the limelight. “The one regret would be that what I chose to do took so much of my time. What I would have done to have been a stay at home dad, and, you know, witnessed every second of everything,” he shares in the segment, which is set to air this Sunday 5/1.


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JOINT PRESIDENTS TO BE NAMED FOR POLYDOR U.K.
Here's Ferdy's replacement, er, replacements. (4/29a)
LEMONADE LIGHTS UP BLIGHTY
Pairs well with bangers and mash. (4/29a)
CALVIN AND RI RI
BACK TOGETHER
Will lightning strike twice? (4/29a)
WHAT GOOD IS A EXCLUSIVE?
Or: What do streaming customers want?
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS ISSUE
Where Adele, Katy Perry and other stars were first seen.
MUSIC BIZ 2016
Whatever happened to Morty?
OH, GEE
He's cool.
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