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8/19/17

With no splashy debuts to block his path, Kendrick Lamar will likely return to #1 next Friday. Here's how things look on the new-release front.


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8/18/17

As expected, Kemosabe/RCA’s Kesha wins this week’s chart battle by a landslide. The highly anticipated Rainbow—her first studio album in five years, and the only collection we know of to feature both Dolly Parton and Eagles of Death Metal—has officially gone #1 on the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 119k.


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8/18/17

The RIAA has issued a response to YouTube Music chief and erstwhile party clown Lyor Cohen's recently blogged remarks about YT's payments (which he claims are bigger than Spotify's from its free tier). "Let's be real about what we know," goes the article, titled Five Stubborn Truths About YouTube and the Value Gap.


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TSWIFT
8/18/17

Taylor Swift is off the grid. Her Facebook and Twitter accounts have been cleared of the last 20 months of posts, her website is a black hole and her Instagram and Tumblr accounts are blank. Which means…


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8/18/17

Def Jam EVP/GM Faisel Durrani has announced that today (8/18) is his last one at the label.


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8/18/17

In the second installment of a two-part column, HITS' industry insider spotlights eight highly regarded individuals who possess the chops to become future music-industry moguls.


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8/18/17

Change occurs so gradually at the top of any streams-driven chart that it’s tempting to repeat what we wrote about the BuzzAngle-powered Song Revenue Chart last week—or the week before that. It’s hard to recall a time when Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/Justin Bieber's "Despacito" wasn’t #1, DJ Khaled wasn’t #2 or scrappy Epic wasn’t fighting over its weight—this week snagging 40% of the Top 10 real estate.


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21 SAVAGE   BANK ACCOUNT
8/18/17

Slaughter Gang/Epic's 21 Savage has the #1 streaming song in the land this week with the aptly titled "Bank Account," which rules the roost with 15.5m streams, displacing prior champ "Despacito." Epic has three of the Top Four songs this week.


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8/18/17

While the music-biz focus is squarely on Spotify’s subscriber growth, the service is spotlighting the free tier in the run-up to the direct listing—because ad revenue is a big deal indeed to potential investors. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, marketing chief Seth Farbman, who came to Spotify from Gap in 2015, made the company’s dual priorities crystal clear.


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8/18/17

Chart watchers have noted another significant breakthrough in progress, as rapper Dave East unleashes his long-awaited full length album Paranoia: A True Story via Def Jam and immediately launching to #1 on iTunes...


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CHART STORY: KESHA MAKES IT RAIN
She's back and she's big. (8/18a)
TAYLOR SWIFT IS SIGNALING SOMETHING
Gird your loins. (8/18a)
THE RIAA TEARS LYOR
A NEW ONE
Put that in your YouTube. (8/18a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
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