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8/21/18

As it pursues Atlantic in YTD market share, Republic appears poised to hold four of the Top 5 this week. Ariana Grande’s projection holds steady for the best opening of her career. Following her death last week, Aretha Franklin’s 30 Greatest Hits is set for a big increase.


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moonman
8/21/18

Last year, MTV’s VMAs hit an all-time record low in ratings—but records were made to be broken. Once again this year, the trophyfest hit a new nadir...


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8/21/18

Marshmello & Bastille score the Most Added track at both T40 and Modern Rock with their new collab, while Travis Scott holds down the top position at Rhythm...


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amazon voice
8/21/18

How do you market a streaming service, at this point in the game, to draw segments that have thus far resisted or been unaware of the platform? Amazon Music's new campaign uses...


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carrie umgn
8/21/18

Capitol Nashville superstar Carrie Underwood sparkles up a photo op with label heads Mike Dungan and Cindy Mabe, manager Ann Edelblute and co-producer David Garcia. Underwood's Cry Pretty album is due on 9/14. Later, everyone enjoyed the rough mixes of the forthcoming Michael Cohen-Paul Manafort album, Live From Leavenworth.


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postmalone
8/21/18

After news broke of an imminent emergency landing due to blown tires, Post Malone, Dre London and crew have landed safely in New York.


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nicki spot2
8/21/18

A Spotify rep responded to Nicki Minaj’s tweetstorm about the alleged neglect of her album Queen by the streamery (among others) with the following comment...


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Webp.net-gifmaker
8/21/18

In the centerpiece of a newly announced partnership between the New York Jets and Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam has been commissioned to create a Jets anthem. The song, whose writers have not been announced, will be heard during home games at MetLife Stadium, including accompanying the team as it takes the field.


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8/21/18

Notably missing from the 2018 MTV VMAs—which returned to NYC’s Radio City Music Hall—were the stars viewers have grown accustomed to seeing and hearing in recent years. Doing the heavy lifting instead were Ariana Grande, Logic, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone and Travis Scott. The ringer was Madonna—representing MTV’s golden age back in the previous century.


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David Jacobs
8/21/18

David Jacobs has been upped to West Coast GM at Mom+Pop by co-owners Michael Goldstone and Thaddeus Rudd. He came to the indie label in 2015 as VP Promotion.


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Ariana's sweet start. (8/20a)
AMAZON MUSIC RAISES ITS "VOICE"
Alexa, sing to me. (8/21a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
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