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MOTOWN GOES HOLLYWOOD
4/27/15

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. views the L.A. opening of Motown: The Musical later this month as a manifestation of “a fairytale that happened to come true.”


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JAY Z TWEETS...
AND TWEETS
4/26/15

Breaking his own traditional Cone of Silence on social media, Jay Z took to Twitter Sunday morning among a rising wave of backlash in order to defend his Tidal streaming service... 


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UN-WANTED ATTENTION
4/26/15

Nathan Sykes, frontman of The Wanted and the first Top 40 artist on Ashley Tabor and Randy Phillips' Global Entertainment, enjoys the Z100 stop on his promo tour with PD Mark Medina and promo legend Richard Palmese. Later, Sykes found out the photo would be running here, and ran screaming into the street. 

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YOUR WEEKEND
BOX OFFICE
4/26/15

Universal's Furious 7 dominates the domestic box office once again, becoming the first film since 2012's The Hunger Games to top box office charts for four weeks in a row—while bringing its total to a cool $320m. 


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NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS—IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10
4/26/15

Josh Groban lands his first U.K. #1 album with his seventh full-length, Stages. On the singles side, Major Lazer f/MO & DJ Snake's party-starting dance smash jumps #13-6, as it moves #14-3 at BBC Radio 1. And that's not all that's happening across the pond.


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UMGD ERA ENDS; UMG RESHAPES COMMERCIAL FUNCTIONS INTO TEAMS
4/24/15

UMG CFO Boyd Muir and EVP Michele Anthony have issued an internal memo detailing a reshaping of the company’s commercial functions in the U.S. Distribution wing UMGD will cease to exist as a freestanding entity, with teams supervising the various functions incorporated into the UMG structure...


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YOUR RADIO CHART PREVIEW PREVIEW
4/24/15

Republic's Pop radio dominance continues on next week's Mediabase Top 40 chart, as the label holds half the Top 10 with Natalie LaRose,The Weeknd and Ariana Grande leading, while RCA's Walk the Moon moonwalks into the Top 10 and S-Curve/Hollywood's Andy Grammer looks "Good" in the Top 30...


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DALLAS COWBOYS
4/24/15

Big Machine Label Group chief Scott Borchetta enjoys a rollicking photo op with Rascal Flatts at the ACMs. Later, Borchetta's business manager issued a financial report that read as follows: "Yeeeeeee-hawwww!"

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YELAWOLF HAS FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
4/24/15

Shady/Interscope's Yelawolf heads to church with Eminem in his new video for "Best Friend"...


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ON RECORDS:
10 ROOKIE PICKS
TO CLICK
4/24/15

As I.B. Bad mentions in his latest column, the business has become increasingly reliant on new acts and their breakthrough first records. And while we continue to follow the activity of The Weeknd on Republic and WB’s Royal Blood, both of whom hit home runs with their first big radio singles last year, 10 newcomers have caught our attention. 


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NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS—IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10
In the U.S. it's Brittany; in Britain it's Josh. (4/26a)
MOTOWN GOES HOLLYWOOD
Opening night Tuesday at the Pantages. (4/27a)
JAY Z TWEETS...
AND TWEETS
He's pissed off and he's not gonna take it anymore. (4/26a)
UN-WANTED ATTENTION
The band's on hiatus, but the front man is not. (4/26a)
YOUR WEEKEND
BOX OFFICE
We are Furious yellow. (4/26a)
MONTE ON A ROLL
Republic field general talks it likes he walks it.
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?
CHART SHAKE-UP
Tuesday's chart-topper pushes the envelope.
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