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12/17/18

I.B. Bad surveys the state of play on the label side in this, the first installment of his year-end dispatch.


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12/17/18

Between wrapping boxes of Cohibas and stuffing the stockings of low-paying song users with coal, Marty Bandier wrote the folks at Sony/ATV a final, heartfelt year-end message. He gives shout-outs to Drake, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Queen, Brian Monaco, Joe Puzio and Guy Moot, among others.


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spiderverse
12/17/18

Santa's sleigh is barreling in our direction, carols are blasting out of every retail space and industry folk are daydreaming of sugarplums during their year-end meetings. If you can scrounge up a few more drops of giving-a-crap before your seasonal gorging on eggnog and elf porn, here's what we're envisioning for the week's new releases, including Springsteen and Spider-Man.


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tricky-stewart
12/17/18

Merck Mercuriadis got his checkbook out again, this time acquiring the catalog of Christopher “Tricky” Stewart that includes writing credits Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”


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JINGLE BALL
12/17/18

In the midst of the Miami Jingle Ball, Warner Bros. Records breakout and Grammy Best New Artist contender Bebe Rexha joins iHeart's programming guru Tom Poleman, on-air stalwart Elvis Duran and fellow artist Bazzi for a jolly photo op just before indulging in the wintry seasonal tradition of mojitos and cigars in the pool. Just before this pic was snapped, Tom asked Elvis if it wasn't about time for him to change into his contractually mandated elf costume and caper about.


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radio
12/17/18

Could U.S. radio stations be required to pay for playing U.K. music after Brexit? That’s the demand from British trade body the BPI, which has urged ministers to rectify the lack of payment for airplay when negotiating a free trade agreement with the U.S. after Britain leaves the EU in March.


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12/17/18

Marvel and Sony's new addition to the Spider-Man world, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, was the #1 flick at the box office this weekend, scoring the biggest December opening for an animated movie with more than $35m.


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12/17/18

Paul Clements is exiting PRS for Music to join The Music Publishers Association Group as CEO, and Vick Bain, Chief Officer at The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), is leaving for pastures new.


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osborn-joe
12/17/18

Studio musician Joe Osborn, The Wrecking Crew bassist whose work can be heard on Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Neil Diamond’s “Holly Holy,” Johnny Rivers’ “Memphis” and America’s “Ventura Highway,” died Friday in Greenwood, La., at the age of 81. The cause was pancreatic cancer.


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Grammy
12/14/18

Our man on the inside reflects on the issues facing the Grammys, from the snubs to the broadcast.


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