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Doug Morris crop
2/24/18

Despite rumors that Jimmy Iovine is joining Doug Morris’ new venture, Iovine tells HITS, “There’s no way that’s happening.” He insists that he’s “never going back to the label business,” and that Apple is not an investor in Morris’s new label.


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2/24/18

ScumGang/TenThousand’s 6ix9ine will be the week’s top debut and should be a lock for a spot in the Top 5 with a first week total of...


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Simon and dad
2/24/18

The HITS family suffered a great loss with the passing on Feb. 18 of Richard B. Glickman, 91, the father of VP/Managing Editor Simon Glickman and the grandfather of utility man Jesse McMillan.


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BLACK PANTHER   SOUNDTRACK
2/23/18

The powerful, Kendrick Lamar-helmed Black Panther soundtrack spends its second week at #1 on the Top 50 Chart, moving nearly 125k via TDE/Aftermath/Interscope. That means it’s now approaching 300k.


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Dua Lipa Stormzy BRITs 2018
2/23/18

Wednesday night’s BRIT Awards was a typically slick affair, with a few surprises, a quick save and the cherry on top of an excellent year for Max Lousada’s WMG. As noted here, the major label took home six out of the 11 trophies handed out on the night, following Sony’s record-breaking year in 2017 and the rule of UMG and Adele in 2016.


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2/23/18

NF closes in on the #1 spot at T40, while Drake vaults to the top at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Alice Merton continues her reign...


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2/23/18

"I'm so excited for Harry! What a dream come true," exclaimed UMPG U.K. MD Mike McCormack at the BRITs. "Yes, 'Sign of the Times,' is quite special," UMPG's global ruler, Jody Gerson, replied. "Oh, right, of course," muttered a blushing McCormack. "He's great, but what about the Prince and Meghan Markle? The wedding! I can't stop giggling in anticipation!"


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Drake money
2/23/18

Drizzy’s been giving it away, but not as fast as it keeps coming in, to the tune of another $320k from “God’s Plan” and $235k from Blocboy JB’s “Look Alive,” debuting on the Song Revenue Chart at #$2, on which he’s featured. Oh, and he also owns the label, OVO Sound. It’s good to be king.


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Max, Stormzy
2/23/18

“I say, old chum, you stole the show,” says WMG topper Max Lousada to double BRITs winner Stormzy. “Now, what say we make a Brexit and you can show me where you got the suit?”


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Lucian
2/23/18

UMG ruler Sir Lucian Grainge will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the group’s induction ceremony in New York on 6/14.


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DRAKE IS MONEY
The most earnest of earners (2/23a)
THE BRITS:
A FIRSTHAND TAKE
Rhian Jones reporting from the O2 Arena (2/23a)
SONGWRITERS HALL TO HONOR SIR LUCIAN
Once upon a time, the mogul was a humble song plugger. (2/23a)
5SOS DROPS A NEW ONE
The saucy Aussies are back. (2/23a)
KACEY'S GOOD
AS GOLDEN
Check out two new tracks from upcoming set. (2/23a)
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Investment in the biz and the coming speed bumps.
A NEW STREAMING PLAYER?
Who's getting into the game?
MY DOCTOR SAID NO MORE PIZZA
But she's not here.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
At least try to be less obvious about it.
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