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8/29/16

Universal and the other rights holders have been struggling with the value of Apple exclusives and their impact on business globally...


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8/29/16

During Republic Records' post-VMAs soiree—"presented by GUESS® in celebration with Cîroc® and water by FIJI® with additional partnerships from Chromecast and Heineken," as the press release helpfully points out—the label's Monte Lipman, Chopper Charlie Walk and Wendy Goldstein and manager Phil McIntyre join Best New Artist VMA winners DNCE and pal Nick Cannon for a victory op. Later, CW took all and sundry on a whirlybird tour of the five boroughs.


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8/29/16

This week’s Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) chart marks the first time in 2016 in which three new releases will debut with numbers higher than 100k.


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8/29/16

What was once one of the most important events of the fall season around Labor Day has become an end-of-summer ho-hum event. At any rate, Beyoncé was the big winner in terms of trophies and a show-stopping performance, Rihanna got multiple looks and Kanye West debuted a new video after a rambling, stream-of-consciousness speech.


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8/29/16

During Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the U.S. Open, Capitol artist Troye Sivan explains to promo exec Joe Rainey that increasing the spin on a tennis ball cannot be accomplished over the phone. Meanwhile, Radio Disney's Phil Guerini awaits texted instructions from Goofy


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Don
8/29/16

Screen Gems' new thriller, Don't Breathe, took the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, earning $26m. It also received rave reviews, which resulted in a solid 86% Rotten Tomatoes score. And the film is certainly a financial success, considering its low budget of $9.9m.


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8/29/16

Frank Ocean  scored his first-ever #1 in Blighty with Blonde, which was  released via his own Boys Don’t Cry. So how far off was that 40k prediction?


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8/29/16

Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will perform a duet with Phil Collins at tonight’s opening ceremonies for the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Odom’s native Queens, N.Y. It will be Collins’ first major public performance in six years.

 


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8/26/16

With the hot dragon breath of our 30th Anniversary issue now palpable on our necks, and with the unrelenting election season draggin' on, we offer this vintage Rock the Vote tableau featuring former President and (perhaps) future "First Laddie" Bill Clinton in full pop-culture pander mode with execs Ashley Newton and Ray Cooper, then of Virgin. When this first ran, it was captioned with a lusty "virgins" joke in Bubba dialect, but given the hellscape our politics have become, that just seems kinda quaint now.


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8/26/16

Frank Ocean has certainly been making headlines. His Blonde has officially topped the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 278k. Considering 232k is purely sales, it’s also #1 on the Album Sales Chart. That’s the year’s third-biggest debut, after Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia).


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All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (NOT)
A conundrum of the streaming age.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
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