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LUKE VS. DRE: CHART BATTLE OF THE TITANS?
Place your bets. (8/4a)
WORDEN-UP
KROQ veteran in a mighty Alternative interview. (8/4a)
I.B. BAD'S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
Write them down. (8/4a)
25 YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE
President Glauber's Anniversary and the History of a Revolutionary Format.
NASHVILLE CATS
Who's moving the needle in Music City.
APPLE, SPOTIFY AND PERCEPTION
Reflections in the stream.
STREAM WARS
The Force awakens.
RUMOR MILL
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LUKE VS. DRE: CHART BATTLE OF THE TITANS?
8/4/15

8/14 is starting to look like a tight battle for #1 between two giants. Luke Bryan’s new Capitol Nashville set, Kill the Light and Dr. Dre’s star-studded Compton, A Soundtrack (Aftermath/Interscope) will come out the same day. Based on preorders and other data...


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I.B. BAD'S NAMES IN THE RUMOR MILL
8/4/15

As always, our industry insider ends his latest column with a series of names, leaving it to the reader to determine how these individuals are connected to the storyline(s). We don’t believe you’ll have much difficulty solving the puzzle in this instance...


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LIVE NATION: DEUTSCH TREAT
8/4/15

Michael Rapino's Live Nation has made a major global move, acquiring promoter Marek Lieberberg's MLK, Germany's top concert promoter, to launch Live Nation Concerts Germany. MLK is the fifth largest promoter in the world, and when LN's German division kicks off on 1/1/16, it'll add 700 shows and some 2 million fans to Rapino's empire; Ticketmaster will handle ticketing. The LN chief called the deal "an ideal fit" and noted his 20 years of experience with Lieberberg, who'll serve as CEO of the German unit (Marek's son Andre will take the role of President). Marek Lieberberg called the pact "the dream of every promoter."

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8/4/15

Here’s a snapshot of action in the iTunes Store on the morning of what is now (if Monday is the new Wednesday) the new Thursday. Points of interest include tangible evidence of the horse race between Dr. Dre and Luke Bryan as it plays out in terms of dueling preorders...


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WORDEN-UP
8/4/15

As APD/MD of L.A. Alternative-radio flagship KROQ, Lisa Worden has been integral in the development of the format. During the last two decades at the CBS station, she, PD Kevin Weatherly and OM Gene Sandbloom have helped pilot everything from ska-pop to nu-metal to neo-folk into the mainstream—while always maintaining KROQ’s distinctive voice and brand. But after sitting down with us, she’s probably longing for a bout of silence.


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NUMBERS WITH ALTITUDE: DRE'S COMPTON BLOWS UP IN PREORDER
8/3/15

Compton is coming on strong. Just two days after Dr. Dre announced the existence of his inspired by-soundtrack to the wildly buzzing N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton (due 8/14), the star-studded Aftermath/Interscope set, Compton, A Soundtrack, is making mad stacks in preorder ahead of its 8/7 release. Preliminary numbers suggest...


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iHEART SUMMIT: STRAIGHT INTO BURBANK
8/3/15

iHeartMedia programmers are converging on Burbank this week for the semi-annual iHeartRadio Summit, which commences tomorrow—so naturally record weasels will arrive in force for the event, hosted as ever by Tom Poleman and John Sykes. Majors and indies alike will offer presentations on new music, and there will be performances by buzzing artists...


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DEF JAM'S NEW ENERGY
8/3/15

Steve Bartels’ Def Jam is showing signs of renewed energy, thanks to a couple of breaking acts and two returning stars...


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THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: ALTERNATIVE EDITION
8/3/15

The cover of our most recent print publication is graced by none other than Beck, to commemorate the 25th HITS anniversary of President and Alternative Queen Karen Glauber. Our Contents shout-out, meanwhile, goes to Epic ruler L.A. Reid...


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BIG FISH IN FISHEYE
8/3/15

Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney broke Pink Floyd's attendance record on 8/1 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, and Sony Nashville's new management team, among other heavyweights, joined him to celebrate and possibly catch some bluefin...


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Disclosure and Sam Smith team up again for the second of a four-part video series from the duo's upcoming Capitol release, 'Caracal.'
A chart battle of the titans? http://t.co/wvqQ6ITTNI @drdre @LukeBryanOnline @iHeartRadio @Beats1 @ComptonMovie @GMA
RT @CapitolRecords: IT'S HERE #5SOSFAM! Go watch the @5SOS #SHESKINDAHOTMUSICVIDEO now! 🎉🎉🎉 http://t.co/dfOCp0FRGo
Numbers With Attitude: @drdre's #ComptonTheSoundtrack blows up in pre-orders http://t.co/ehRgi1Pjaf #Compton @ComptonMovie
RT @cliprguy: R.I.P. Peter :( http://t.co/6zzsigxMPB
Video: @drdre announces Compton A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre http://t.co/T7NYvn3Z9R via @applemusic
Compton soundtrack by @drdre includes colabs with @kendricklamar @icecube @xzibit @SnoopDogg @Eminem @MarshaAmbrosius
Compton A Soundtrack By @drdre available for pre-order now: #AppleMusic https://t.co/Gp9MOy0zf5
The Compton Soundtrack by @drdre. True sequel to #TheChronic. Coming Aug 7. @Interscope @AppleMusic #StraightOuttaCompton #ThePharmacy
RT @sassantha: .@marybdavies brings @JanisJoplin back to life in #ANightWithJanisJoplin. Peep my review: http://t.co/YC1nZ1EBpR @PasPlayhouse
Which labels lead in frontline & TEA marketshare? http://t.co/B1kIfT4cnm @UMG @ColumbiaRecords @RepublicRecords @CapitolRecords
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