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5/5/15

Mumford & Sons are the story on the iTunes album chart at the moment as Wilder Mind takes the top TWO positions, while on the singles side it's all about The Voice...


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APPLE’S PLAY IN WIDER FOCUS
5/5/15

When an Apple product or service is on the way, it tends to fuel widespread speculation. But that chatter usually has a narrow focus. Consider iTunes/Beats as part of a much larger media-consumption universe.


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BALLERS: DYNAMIC DUO
5/5/15

The next installment in our ongoing series of conversations with industry leaders: an in-depth chat with RCA toppers Peter Edge and Tom Corson. The pair touch on everything from the "Uptown Funk" phenom to the streaming marketplace. Look for it in print and online very soon.

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KURT COBAIN ALBUM TO ARRIVE
THIS SUMMER
5/5/15

The above headline, which appears in The New York Times, was likely designed to draw a double-take. While ownership and rights details remain hazy, Brett Morgen, the director of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, says he plans to issue an album of unreleased material from the more than 200 hours of music he came upon while researching the documentary. 


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BOB'S YOUR APP
5/5/15

Following the news that her YouTube channel had passed 1 billion views, along with the release of the deluxe version of her 1,000 Forms of Fear, Monkey Puzzle/RCA's Sia has added a new job to her resume: app designer. The chanteuse has created what seems like her own take on Bejeweled. The game, entitled Bob Job, supports Best Friends Animal Society, and plays songs from the album, as gamers match up bobs (aka Sia's thoroughly branded hair/wig style), dogs and unicorns.

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BOSSIN' UP ON AUSTIN
5/5/15

As the official festival season plays on, Austin City Limits announces an incredibly eclectic lineup for their 2015 gathering featuring The Foo Fighters as headliners and 140 acts over two weekends in October...


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"GIRLS" GONE WILD
5/5/15

Presenting the audio-only clip for the Britney Spears-Iggy Azalea collaboration "Pretty Girls" (RCA), which zoomed to #2 at iTunes upon its release yesterday.


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CHART MURMUR: ZAC ATTACK
5/4/15

Jekyll + Hyde, the new album by Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLG/Republic's Zac Brown Band, will debut atop the HITS Album and SPS charts this week, while Reprise's Josh Groban will nab a #2 bow with his Broadway-based Stages. How will it all shake out? Where will chart veterans Taylor Swift, Drake, Sam Smith and Fifty Shades land? Keep an eye on that chart as it builds.

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MEANWHILE, AT THE MOUSE HOUSE
5/4/15

Karen Lieberman has been tapped for the newly created position of VP Sales & Digital at Disney Music Group, SVP Global Business Operations and Distribution David Abdo announced today. 


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iHEART COUNTRY FEST RETURNS TO AUSTIN
5/4/15

The second annual iHeartRadio Country Festival, which went down Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, encompassed the entire spectrum of the rapidly expanding genre. 


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BALLERS: DYNAMIC DUO
Coming soon: an in-depth chat with Peter and Tom. (5/5a)
APPLE’S PLAY IN WIDER FOCUS
"Thinking different" about iTunes/Beats. (5/5a)
BOSSIN' UP ON AUSTIN
Austin City Limits with the Foo Fighters, y'all! (5/5a)
KURT COBAIN ALBUM TO ARRIVE
THIS SUMMER
There'll be "Heck" to pay. (5/5a)
DON'T CALL IT NARM!
It's Music Biz, bitch.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
The next batch is being cooked up.
APPLE'S STREAMING ROLLOUT
Will iTunes-Beats hybrid be a Spotify slayer or an also-ran?
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