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9/30/16

Illuminate, Shawn Mendes’ follow-up to debut full-length Handwritten, has bowed at #1 on the HITS Sales Plus Streaming Chart, earning 144k for the Island artist. On the Album Sales Chart, it also appeared at #1 with 119k. The chart-topping bow amplifies the Best New Artist Grammy buzz on the 18-year-old troubadour.


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9/30/16

In a week where we struggled with the end of Vin Scully’s fabled careerDonald Trump’s lies and the passing of one of the greatest earworm creators ever, we soldiered on with thoughts about the Grammys,  the industry’s new world order and a kooky hire over at YouTube. Yes, you’re very glad it’s 4:20 somewhere.

 


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9/30/16

HITS’ newest chart has just been updated. The Top 50 Streamed Songs Chart, powered by BuzzAngle Music, which made its debut a week ago, joins the Songs Plus Streaming (SPS) and Album Sales charts, each of which turns over every Friday for the week ending the previous day. How do we turn it around so fast? Simple—it's magic. Click here to access it.


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9/30/16

Disruptor/Columbia's The Chainsmokers get another week at #1 at T40 with "Closer" while YMCMB/Republic's Drake gets his third week on top at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Warner Bros.' The Head and the Heart go Top 5...


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9/30/16

Sony/ATV supremo Marty Bandier fired up a Cohiba to celebrate the announcement that Sony Corporation's purchase of the Michael Jackson Estate's 50% stake in the pubco was complete. Bandier hailed “an exciting new chapter” and expressed his gratitude to John Branca, John McClain and Karen Langford


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9/30/16

At this 9/29 MusiCares benefit event hosted by Live Nation (which made a $250k contribution to the org), Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow feels his Grammy senses tingling. "I just felt a massive disturbance in the Force," he intoned, "as though thousands of forms were being submitted all at once." Seen smiling as they ponder the filing deadlines are (l-r) MusiCares Board chair Alexandra Patsavas, Portnow, Coldplay frontman and event performer Chris Martin and MusiCares VP Dana Tomarken.


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9/30/16

Mary J Blige, nine-time Grammy winner and one of R&B music's greatest treasures, has launched a new interview show on Apple Music called "The 411," and her first booking was someone most major talk shows would die to get: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton...  


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9/30/16

Our own Michelle S. debriefs last night's dazzling L.A. concert by Drake, featuring guests Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Future, Big Sean and more, wild visuals and the star attraction's relentless charisma.


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9/30/16

Passenger managed to hold off The Boss and secure his first #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart.  Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea (Black Crow), his fourth full-length, topped Bruce Springsteen’s Chapter and Verse (Columbia) by combined sales of 704 units.


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9/30/16

At the recent iHeartRadio fest in Vegas, RCA's Joe Riccitelli and iHeart's Tom Poleman lay odds on how long it'll take us to make a "Pittman's jet" joke. Well, we didn't, so pay up, fools. Oh, shit... will you take a check? Later, the pair enjoyed a refreshing rum punch served out of Sia's wig.


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