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IS TIDAL DEAD
IN THE WATER?
Giving new relevance to the classic line from Jerry Maguire, "Show me the money." (5/29a)
ON RECORDS:
JAMES BAY BREAKS
Our choice for early frontrunner in the Best New Artist race. (5/29a)
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It's Rocky's road at iTunes. (5/29a)
MORRIS TO KEYNOTE MIDEM 2015
The address will be billed as "Lessons Learned." (5/29a)
SONY/ATV ROLLS A JOINT IN THE U.K.
Two heads of A&R are better than one, Marty and Guy concluded. (5/29a)
WHAT'S APPLE GONNA DO?
We might know something.
THE BALLERS
Label heads go on the record throughout Q2 and beyond.
CRITICS' CHOICE: A ROUNDUP
We geek out about some new, old and new/old releases.
RUMOR MILL
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5/29/15

A$AP Rocky sits atop the iTunes album chart, while Taylor Swift and her homie Kendrick Lamar take the top spot on the singles side, with The Weeknd posting up at #2 with new entry "The Hills"...


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YOUR PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
5/29/15

Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me" (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.) and Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" (RCA) continue to duke it out for the top spot on next week's Pop radio chart. The former is also hustling at Rhythm, alongside Rihanna's "BBHMM" (Roc Nation/Def Jam). Warner Bros.' Muse will rule PoMo for another week, but X Ambassadors (KidinaKorner) have their eyes on the prize. Click the links for deets on these artists as well as Rachel Platten, OMI, Jidenna, Taylor Swift and more. Now if you'll excuse us, the GPen needs reloading.

Jay Z in Bloomberg
IS TIDAL DEAD
IN THE WATER?
5/29/15

Seven of the 15 artists with an ownership stake in Jay Z’s Tidal—including Beyoncé—may have their music pulled from service as a result of Jay's inability to reach a licencing deal with Sony.

 


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MORRIS TO KEYNOTE MIDEM 2015
5/29/15

Doug Morris will be the keynote speaker at MIDEM next weekend in Cannes. The subject will be “Lessons Learned.” 


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AMERICA (i)HEARTS COUNTRY
5/29/15

The numbers are in and Wednesday night's broadcast of the iHeartRadio Country Festival raked in a total of 4.1m viewers for NBC from 9-11pm ET. In its final half-hour, the show turned out to be #1 for men 18-34. In a related story, a network executive recently asked for his kale salad with a side of grits.

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WE'RE GIVING CROWE’S ALOHA A CHANCE
5/29/15

We approach the release of each Cameron Crowe film with more than a passing interest, though it appears that Aloha, which opens today, is doomed from the get-go by what L.A. Times reviewer Mark Olsen calls its “bummer buzz,” due in part to WikiLeaks revelations of badmouthing from Sony Pictures execs. But none of that will stop us from seeing Aloha this weekend. Here's why...


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ON RECORDS:
JAMES BAY BREAKS
5/29/15

One thing is eminently clear at the end of the first quarter of 2015—James Bay is the New Artist at the front of the line as the early projections for Grammy nominations begin to be compiled...


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David Ventura and Janice Brock
SONY/ATV ROLLS A JOINT IN THE U.K.
5/29/15

Sony/ATV has upped Janice Brock and David Ventura to the newly created positions of Joint Head of A&R, U.K., effective immediately.


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
5/29/15

It’s another week of domination by American artists in the U.K.—topping both charts at the moment—and various artists, accounting for six of the Top 10 albums, counting the Pitch Perfect 2 ST. 


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RADIO 1 GETS ITS FOAM ON FOR IBIZA 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
5/29/15

Grab your glowsticks, love; BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac has announced plans for the 20th anniversary of Radio 1 Ibiza. The highly anticipated weekend of dance music will run from 7/31-8/2. During which, expect Mac and Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Danny Howard to host a variety of special events and live shows. Stay tuned for the lineup & ticketing info, which will be released in the coming weeks.

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Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
A Kill Bill-esque action extravaganza for Tay's new smash, co-starring Kendrick, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Jessica Alba, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld, Karly Kloss and Mariska Hargitay.
"All-or-nothing pop ... genuine darkness behind each treacherous romance" @Zelladay http://t.co/49wzb8Pnov http://t.co/YsM2Y2GMZp
RT @YahooShineCA: .@WalkOffTheEarth singer @SarahBlackwood1 kicked off flight because of her crying son: http://t.co/3Ez8jTwtpE http://t.co/h4O2cuzBka
LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/UMl3vRoQBm
Our choice for early frontrunner in Best New Artist category: http://t.co/SIG60QV17L @JamesBayMusic @TheGRAMMYs @RepublicRecords @cliprboy
"Songpluggers, schleppers and hit chasers." We praise the record man: http://t.co/dolP22GLOc @wbr @RCARecords @bluenoterecords #CBSRecords
HITSList: @UMG #Apple @asvpxrocky @CapitolRecords @charliewalk @IslandRecords @Philymack @flo_tweet @GeorgErgatoudis http://t.co/HitrHaLwHo
According to early reads, @asvpxrocky will have the #1 album in America next week http://t.co/ZZ2znU08uj #ALLA @RCARecords @PoloGroundsNYC
RT @RepublicRecords: 🚨🚨@theweeknd's #TheHills music video is now live on @Vevo: http://t.co/AKZYA8AQHU 🚨🚨
.@asvpxrocky comes out swinging w/ early release. How big will it get? http://t.co/XY2UoMH9vY @RCARecords @kanyewest @LilTunechi @MarkRonson
.@CapitolRecords' Steve Barnett talks to us: http://t.co/B65dB1Be9a, makes a major move: http://t.co/I1KrdI6ebY @UMG
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