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arethastar
8/16/18

The Queen of Soul has died, and the music community (and the wider world) is mourning her loss and celebrating the gift of her life and work.


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4-arethafranklinfamous1st
8/16/18

Aretha Franklin, the gospel singer trained in her father’s church who came to define American soul music and held court as one of pop music’s greatest vocalists, has died. She was 76.


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Lucian
8/16/18

On the occasion of his receiving the 2018 Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at The Songwriters Hall of Fame, UMG topper Sir Lucian Grainge offers some thoughts about the songwriter's gift, the power of songs and the qualities required to write something that endures.


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NICKIGIF
8/16/18

This week's tight chart battle for #1 between Nicki Minaj's Queen and Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD is another skirmish in the longstanding competitive rivalry between Republic boss Monte Lipman and Epic prexy Sylvia Rhone. Earlier in the week the odds seemed very much in Scott's favor...


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Webp.net-gifmaker (15)
8/16/18

Jimmy Iovine, Troy Carter, Oliver Schusser, Nick Holmstén, Ron Perry and Eric Wong are among the industry personages whose moves are the subject of the latest dispatch from our inside man...


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cash
8/16/18

Travis Scott dominates this week's Song Revenue Chart, with eight of the Top 10 songs and all 17 tracks from his ASTROWORLD (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) in the Top 30. Those tracks together earned in excess of $2.6m. "FEFE," the 6ix9inine track featuring Scott's chart rival, Nicki Minaj, lands at #4 and earns a tidy $215k.


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Webp.net-gifmaker (32)
8/16/18

With fresh D2C offers appearing today on his web site, we’re giving Travis Scott the edge in a tight race with Nicki Minaj for #1.


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MMA
8/16/18

Sax player/singer Mindi Abair and writer/producer Harvey Mason Jr. have been appointed co-chairs of the Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee, whose immediate focus is ensuring that the Senate passes the Music Modernization Act. The Committee is also focused on...


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dan shay
8/16/18

During the #1 party for "Tequila" by Warner Music Nashville duo Dan + Shay, the following people imbibed enough of the titular beverage to strike up a conversation with a potted cactus...


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Simon Jones
8/16/18

AEG Presents has named Simon Jones to the newly created post of SVP Live Music International. Jones—who has been with AEG since the construction and launch of the O2 Arena—will head up the promotional operations for AEG Presents U.K., while also working closely with the AEG offices in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/16a)
YOUR TOP 20: TRAVIS, NICKI BATTLE FOR #1
A royal dust-up (8/16a)
I.B. BAD CURATES
YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/16a)
NICKI MAKES A
MIDWEEK MOVE
Queen gets some special sauce. (8/16a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: WORLD BANK
A Travis takeover (8/16a)
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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