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 UMG’S FERDY
TO SONY?
Team Iley beefing up? (2/9a)
I.B. BAD ON BRAND BUILDING & OTHER HOT TOPICS
He's not referring to the street in Glendale. (2/9a)
FUTURE’S FIERY NEW ALBUM SPEARHEADS EPIC’S HOT STREAK
L.A.'s got it all going on. (2/9a)
TAY'S ON FIRST
She's used to being #1. (2/9a)
GRAMMY SURPRISE GUESTS
Will the formerly snubbed return to steal the show?
TRUMP VS. ADELE
It's gonna get nasty. We wouldn't bet on the The Donald.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
Which Grammy moments will spike sales, streams and tickets?
RUMOR MILL
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I.B. BAD ON BRAND BUILDING & OTHER HOT TOPICS
2/9/16

Our man behind the scenes goes where the action is, and this week's installment offers plenty of just that, between RiRi, Queen Bey, Drake, ZAYN, Tidal, Todd Boehly, Jeffrey Azoff and CAA vs. WME.


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TOP 15:EVOL WAYS
2/9/16

Future will land at #1 on both our sales and SPS charts when finalized on Friday. Adele starts to build leading into Grammy weekend, as wonderers are wondering how high she’ll soar next week. Coldplay gets a big boost post-Super Bowl and thanks to sale pricing at Google Play (99 cents) and iTunes ($6.99). Here’s how the chart looks at midweek.


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 UMG’S FERDY
TO SONY?
2/9/16

The latest rumours coming out of Blighty have Ferdy Unger-Hamilton exiting the presidency of Universal’s Polydor to form a joint venture with Jason Iley’s Sony Music. There has been no confirmation as yet from either Sony or Unger-Hamilton, but informed sources say it’s going to happen, though both the name of the JV and the launch date are unknown.


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A RECAP OF RADIO ADD RECAPS
2/9/16

It's all about ZAYN at Top 40 radio as "PILLOWTALK" tops the Most Added column again, while Epic has a stellar impact week with new artist Zara Larsson. At Rhythm, Republic's Zendaya is on top with "Something New" f/Chris Brown and at Modern Rock, it's The Lumineers dominating with "Ophelia" (Dualtone). Click the links to find out more, buddy. 


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BIG CANDY MACHINE
2/9/16

"I really dug your Skittles Super Bowl commercial," says Big Machine Label Group chief Scott Borchetta to Dot/BMLG artist Steven Tyler during CRS in Nashville. "I understand it was filmed here in town." "Yep," Tyler replied. "I remember back in the day, when I would've done those Skittles off the nubile flesh of a teen groupie..."


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LET'S DISH
2/9/16

Rihanna f/Drake, Chase Rice and The Lumineers (pictured) are among the new arrivals at key SiriusXM stations this week. King of All Pop Kid Kelly, meanwhile, has been surging in New Hampshire.


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TORY'S STORY
AT RADIO
2/9/16

Mad Love/Interscope's Tory Lanez hit #1 at Rhythm and Urban radio this week with "Say It," and the single impacts Pop on 3/1. Team Interscope will shepherd a new track, "L.A. Confidential," to Urban and Rhythm in the coming weeks.


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A COVER BATTLE
TO "DIE" FOR
2/9/16

An old-school cover battle is underway as Thomas Rhett’s own megahit version of his song “Die a Happy Man” (on Scott Borchetta’s Valory/BMLG) finds itself selling alongside the rhythmic pop cover version by RECORDSNelly...


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TAY TAY LEADS THE WAY WITH MOST IHEART NOMS
2/9/16

With eight nods, Taylor Swift leads the pack of nominees for the third annual iHeartRadio Music Awards—set for 4/3 at L.A.’s Forum—which were just revealed. The Weeknd follows with seven nominations. Both are up for “Song of the Year” and the newly created “Album of the Year” categories. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor are the first performers to be announced.


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Beck + CMG
PHASE SHIFTERS
2/9/16

Last year’s Grammy Album of the Year winner, Beck, joins label and management luminaries to receive a plaque marking 1 million adjusted worldwide album sales of his Morning Phase. Seen hoping this photo doesn’t run on our site are (l-r) Capitol’s Greg Thompson, Arjun Pulijal and Ashley Newton, manager John Silva, Capitol chieftain Steve Barnett, Beck, Capitol’s Michelle Jubelirer and Robbie McIntosh and manager Michael Meisel.


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Tobtok f/River, "Fast Car"
This version of the Tracy Chapman hit (on Latium) retains the soulful melody but injects a serious party groove. It may even make you drive faster.
Is @polydorrecords prexy Ferdy Unger-Hamilton exiting to form joint venture with @SonyMusicUK? https://t.co/NZJsC1KjZk
.@taylorswift13 snags most nominations for 3rd annual @iHeartRadio #iHeartAwards https://t.co/9tnhFgQHRV @BigMachine https://t.co/GPXXwW7Auq
People can't stop talking about (or listening to) #PILLOWTALK: https://t.co/SWrIoJHRLV @zaynmalik @RCARecords https://t.co/fBDxfsQZ9q
Will @coldplay have their seventh #1 album in the U.K. following their @superbowl50 halftime performance? https://t.co/0cymTaPC0J
.@Epic's @LA_Reid enjoys his hot streak, as @1future's #EVOL prepares to be #1 leading into @TheGRAMMYs: https://t.co/XlL8prZxd7
.@taylorswift13 will open @TheGRAMMYs show: https://t.co/rCzbZtSSxo https://t.co/FwoOP8sCUv
RT @ChaseRiceMusic: Forget midnight. It's up. Grab WHISPER now @AppleMusic. https://t.co/xiBLrRsOyi
.@Adele's #WhenWeWereYoung is now on streaming services: https://t.co/8UOfXWffDk @XLRECORDINGS @ColumbiaRecords https://t.co/6hmViSstap
Random @TheGRAMMYs thoughts on @kendricklamar @taylorswift13 @Alabama_Shakes @littlebigtown @MarkRonson & more: https://t.co/rn6GqhHdHX
#ANTI is officially the #1 album in America: https://t.co/18whLSNxTS @rihanna #RihannaNavy https://t.co/qzsuuDf48i
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