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I.B. BAD: MARKETSHARE MOVES HAVE RIVALS
SEEING RED
The bible is flummoxed by the label chess match. (2/26a)
MASTER & COMMANDER
Who's the king of England today? (2/26a)
SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
Republic gloms up half the leaderboard. (2/26a)
FRIDAYS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME—UPDATE
It's official: Friday will be the new Tuesday. (2/26a)
BRIT SPIKES DRAW BLOOD
Madge bounces up after going down. (2/26a)
YOUR TOP 15
Next week's chart winners, way ahead of time.
GLOBAL RELEASE DATE REACTION
Bringing a new meaning to "everybody's working for the weekend."
DISNEY'S FROZEN FEVER
The snowy franchise is about to heat up again, shortly.
RUMOR MILL
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I.B. BAD: MARKETSHARE MOVES HAVE RIVALS
SEEING RED
2/26/15

The addition of RED to Columbia is being viewed by some as a tactical ploy intended to rattle the competition and by others as an unabashed marketshare grab—with Rob Stringer bolting on some marketshare of his own (to use his terminology) in response to enhancements made at UMG during the last two years at both Republic and Capitol.


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LIVE NATION'S RECORD-SETTING YEAR
2/26/15

Michael Rapino's Live Nation has released its financial results for 2014. Not wishing to baffle you with arcane economic jargon, they are big.


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FRIDAYS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME—UPDATE
2/26/15

It's official: The IFPI has announced Friday as a global release day, with summer as the target for implementation.


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Royal Blood 2015 BRITs
BRIT SPIKES DRAW BLOOD
2/26/15

The primary initial beneficiary of BRIT Awards exposure is WMG’s Royal Blood, who picked up the award for Best British Group and unleashed a hammer-of-the-gods performance of “Figure It Out.” Fellow Warnerite Ed Sheeran is #2 this morning, followed by UMG’s Sam Smith at #4 and 9, with Sony’s Paloma Faith at #7 and George Ezra at #8.  


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MASTER & COMMANDER
2/26/15

Looks like Sony U.K. has turned the boat around—and quite quickly, considering Jason Iley officially took the reins just last summer. 


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Ellie Goulding BRITS 2015
SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
2/26/15

It was a meh week for the singles overall, but a fully awesome week if you were Republic. The 50 Shades tandem of Interscope ringer Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd is hot-hot-hot.  


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AIRHEAD: NEWS ON THE MARCH
2/26/15

The BRITs, Imagine Dragons and other monsters can all be found in the latest installment of our animated abomination, Airhead. View it here, and please accept our apologies in advance.


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YOUR BRITS WRAP-UP
2/25/15

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith took home two honors apiece at the BRIT Awards, while Taylor SwiftPharrell WilliamsOne DirectionMark Ronson f/Bruno MarsRoyal Blood and Paloma Faith were among the other big winners. In the company competition, Jason Iley's resurgent Sony led the way...


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THE VOICE RAISED
2/25/15

NBC’s The Voice ruled Tuesday night by a whopping 58% as the spring premiere of the vocal-competition series preserved 95% of its Monday premiere rating. That said, even Monday’s 4.0 with 18-49s was down significantly from 2014’s spring bow. The Tuesday show commanded more than 14 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/11 share in the crucial 18-49 demo.


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YOUR NEW RELEASES
2/25/15

Big Sean should easily take the #1 spot on our SPS chart next week. Here are this week’s key releases...


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Imagine Dragons "Shots"
The song that bum-rushed the Grammys (courtesy of a canny Target campaign) sets its sights on the rest of the world.
British Album of the Year goes to @edsheeran #BRITS2015 see the whole list: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ
British Artist Video: @onedirection @syco #BRITS2015 Winners and stream: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ
#BRITS2015 Int'l Group winners: @foofighters http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ
#UptownFunk takes Best British Single #BRITS2015 Follow along: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ @BRITAwards @markronson @brunomars
International Male Solo @BRITAwards goes to @pharrell while @samsmithworld gets a special achievement award. Follow: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ
British Female Solo Artist goes to @Palomafaith Winners and live stream: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ @BRITAwards
International Female Solo Artist at the @BRITAwards goes to @taylorswift13. More here: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ
RAWWWWWK! @royalblooduk take British Group honors. @samsmithworld performing now. Track the winners with us: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ
And British Male Solo Artist goes to @edsheeran Get the winners and watch: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ http://t.co/wwE4JdY2GT
All the @BRITAwards in real time. Follow along with us: http://t.co/xvnzbTNzRQ @samsmithworld @edsheeran @taylorswift13 @Hozier @Pharrell
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