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ON RECORDS:
JAMES BAY BREAKS
5/29/15

One thing is eminently clear at the end of the first quarter of 2015—James Bay is the New Artist at the front of the line as the early projections for Grammy nominations begin to be compiled...


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David Ventura and Janice Brock
SONY/ATV ROLLS A JOINT IN THE U.K.
5/29/15

Sony/ATV has upped Janice Brock and David Ventura to the newly created positions of Joint Head of A&R, U.K., effective immediately.


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YOUR TOP 15: ROCKY STREAMS AHEAD
5/28/15

A$AP Rocky scores #1 next week on both the HITS Album Sales and SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) charts. A$AP’s SPS number surges thanks to some very strong streaming. This year, only Drake and Kendrick Lamar have seen single week SEA (streaming-equivalent albums) over 20k. Will A$AP join that club? Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend...


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WALK OFF THE PLANE
5/28/15

Walk Off The Earth’s Sarah Blackwood, traveling to the Columbia band’s sold-out Vancouver concert, was removed from a SkyWest plane (operated by United Airlines) yesterday because her two-year-old son was—wait for it—crying loudly.  


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THROWBACK THURSDAY: MASSEY FOR THE MASSES
5/28/15

This week's #TBT nugget finds current Island chieftain David Massey in his Epic days, alongside promo hitter John Boulos, artist Jimmy Ray and then-VP Marketing Ron Cerrito. Shortly after this shot was taken, Boulos ordered a hit on the guy who brought him the wrong sandwich. For more...


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IN PRAISE OF THE RECORD MAN
5/28/15

The recent passings of Stan Cornyn and Bruce Lundvall brought back a flood of memories, because, in very different ways, these two legends exemplified the golden age of the record business. Each exuded class, and each in his own way was a quintessential record man. 


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SEVEN DAYS IN MAY
5/28/15

Are you suffering from advanced CRS (can’t remember shit)? Having trouble recalling what happened just the other day? No problem! Your Cliffs Notes of the week’s most noteworthy events in the music are just a click away in HITS List. Just. Don’t. Forget. To. Click.

Mumford and Sons Press Shot 2015
PANDORA GETS WILDER
5/28/15

In partnership with Glassnote, Pandora will livestream Mumford & Sons' upcoming concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.


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CHAMPERS AND BEATS
5/28/15

Sony/ATV U.K. toasts inking a worldwide pact with British hip-hop duo Krept and Konan (about whom you may have read in our recent New & Developing spread). Seen wondering when the Cohibas will arrive are...


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IT'S JUST LIKE NASHVILLE, BUT WITH WAY BETTER WEED
5/28/15

So, how was your Memorial Day weekend? Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Cam and other Nashville luminaries spent theirs in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, for Boots on the Beach, a "vacation event" organized  by CMT's Katie Cook to benefit the Boot Campaign. Seen feeling patriotic with a side of the munchies are...


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IN PRAISE OF THE RECORD MAN
Bruce, Stan, Mo, Lenny, Ahmet, Walter, Doug, Lucian... (5/28a)
ON RECORDS:
JAMES BAY BREAKS
Our choice for early frontrunner in the Best New Artist race. (5/29a)
WALK OFF THE PLANE
TSA nips toddler security threat in the bud. (5/28a)
PANDORA GETS WILDER
Livestream: one word? We're dubious. (5/28a)
iTUNES TOP 10S
Downloading is still a thing, you know.
THE BALLERS
Label heads go on the record throughout Q2 and beyond.
CRITICS' CHOICE: A ROUNDUP
We geek out about some new, old and new/old releases.
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