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I.B. BAD SEEKS ORDER
IN CHAOS
5/22/15

In his latest dispatch from the front lines, our man behind the scenes locates a narrative in the marketshare figures, works his way through the glut of 2015 awards shows and musical events, and breaks down the pros and cons of streaming-service exclusives.


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2015 YEAR-TO-DATE MARKETSHARE AT THE FOUR-MONTH MARK
5/22/15

There’s a familiar look to the tops of the TEA and frontline charts with one third of the year in the books, as Rob Stringer’s Columbia and Monte Lipman’s Republic continue to go toe to toe for the biggest piece of each pie. But another intriguing battle is shaping up in the next tier...


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SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
5/22/15

RCA’s Walk the Moon (+5% week over week) aren’t the only newcomers moving up the leaderboard—or the only contenders for song of the summer. 


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES
U.K. CHARTS
5/22/15

Taylor Swift is one of a handful of artists whose every gesture moves the needle on both sides of the Atlantic, but we were taken aback to discover the degree of Brandon Flowers’ appeal in the U.K.


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PUB CRAWLING: SPOILER ALERT
5/22/15

No matter how you feel about the Mad Men finale, it’s a reminder of the power of a big commercial sync—and the origins of Madison Avenue’s bottling of youth-culture idealism, rebellion and style...


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SONGS OF HOPE AT THE HOUSE OF FAIR
5/22/15

The 11th annual Songs of Hope benefiting City of Hope goes down on 6/11 at the L.A. home of Ron FairClive DavisBurt Bacharach, Sony/ATV, UMPG and Electronic Arts are among the sponsors and honorees.


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YOUR TOP 15: HOLIDAY-WEEKEND OBLIVION EDITION
5/21/15

Six debuts land in next week’s Top 15 led by Fueled By Ramen’s twenty one pilots. Taylor Swift may battle the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack for the runner-up spot on our SPS chart. Brantley Gilbert returns to the Top 15 ...


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"BLOOD" BANK
5/21/15

Taylor Swift's star-studded, action-packed "Bad Blood" video has broken the Vevo record for first-day views, racking up 20.1 million in its first 24 hours (following its network TV bow). Swift takes the top spot from prior record holder Nicki Minaj, whose "Anaconda" squeezed out 19.6m on its first day. 


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HITS LIST—NOW
17% BIGGER!
5/21/15

It’s a sight for sore eyes. More pictures too. See who’s trending this week at the cesspool by clicking here.

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THE IVORS: HOZIER, SHEERAN, CLEAN BANDIT TAKE TOP HONORS
5/21/15

Hozier's "Take Me to Church" took Best Song Musically and Lyrically honors at today's Ivor Novello Awards in London, while Ed Sheeran won for Songwriter of the Year. Clean Bandit won for Best Contemporary Song and Most Performed Work...


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I.B. BAD SEEKS ORDER
IN CHAOS
From marketshare hijinks to streaming services battling for exclusives, this is a nutty time for the biz. (5/22a)
2015 YEAR-TO-DATE MARKETSHARE AT THE FOUR-MONTH MARK
Same as it ever was...at the top of the heap, at least. (5/22a)
SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
We got yer song of the summer candidates right here. (5/22a)
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES
U.K. CHARTS
It's the British Invasion in reverse, thanks to Tay and Brandon. (5/22a)
REPUBLIC FINDS STEINFELD PERFECT FOR POP
A cappella meets ethossss... (5/21a)
POWER AT THE TOWER
Who's swinging on Vine.
YOUR TOP 15
Next week's chart, this week.
THE BALLERS
Label heads go on the record throughout Q2 and beyond.
PUB CRAWLING: SPOILER ALERT
I'd like to teach the world to sync...
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