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MARELLA MOVES TO THE TOWER
Steve Barnett makes an announcement. (8/31a)
THE 2016 CMA NOMINATIONS ARE HERE
Church, Morris and Stapleton lead the way. (8/31a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: TWO SIRS, WITH LOVE
Sir McCartney's on our cover and probably wondering why he deserves such cruel & unusual punishment. (8/31a)
ACM CONCERT HONORS COUNTRY GREATS
The big shindig went down in Nashville last night. You'll have to wait a little longer to catch it on TV, though. (8/31a)
IT'S ELEMENT-ARY (UPDATE)
What's Michael Rapino up to? (8/31a)
HITS' 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
All the photos you thought you'd destroyed.
EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (NOT)
A conundrum of the streaming age.
THE NEW DEAL
Why are we still signing agreements based on albums?
RUMOR MILL
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8/31/16

While the drama surrounding Frank Ocean, Apple and UMG plays out, Spotify—a huge source of revenue for the rights holders—has begun to push back against those Apple exclusives by threatening to remove artists’ music from the service’s playlists, at the same time the Daniel Ek-led company is trying to secure better terms from the rights holders as they renegotiate their deals moving forward. 


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8/31/16

It’s official. Industry vet Greg Marella has been tapped to join Capitol Music Group as EVP Promotion, CMG Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced today.


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8/31/16

As I.B. Bad noted in a recent column, the streaming business is now throwing off real money, and we’re still in the early stages of the transition. Here’s a breakdown of the relationship between the Top 25 tracks in sales and their respective streaming totals for the week ending 8/25, and the estimated revenue each track generated from sales and streams during that period... 


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8/31/16

Sting strikes an "I'm pretty sure that's my Uber driver" pose on his new album 57th  & 9th, which A&M/Interscope will release 11/11. He unveiled the album cover of  his first pop-rock album in more than a decade today and debuted the first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” on KROQ.


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8/31/16

Eric Church, Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead this year’s Country Music Association Awards with five nominations each, signaling a closing of the gap between the two (unspoken) kinds of modern country: the critically acclaimed, street-connecting coterie vs. the classic, radio-driven mainstream. With this year's noms, the CMA continues the trend of recognizing more serious music rather than merely acknowledging radio velocity.


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8/31/16

The most recent issue of our print publication features the incomparable Sir Paul McCartney, newly returned to Capitol, while our Contents Page VIP is UMG ruler Sir Lucian Grainge, whose recently issued policy on digital exclusives seized the news cycle. Why these two knights agreed to be part of our benighted rag is a mystery.


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ACM Honors
8/31/16

Kelsea Ballerini paid tribute to Crystal GayleMaren Morris honored Tanya Tucker and The Band Perry performed “MacArthur Park” in a salute to songwriter Jimmy Webb at the 10th Annual ACM Honors, held Tuesday at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

 


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8/31/16

Sting, who dropped his upbeat new single and joined KROQ's Kevin and Bean for an interview and mini-concert on Wednesday morning, is one of many stars we somehow hornswoggled into posing with our print publication over the years...


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8/31/16

Tony winner and S-Curve crooner Leslie Odom Jr. joins Phil Collins for a duet on "In the Air Tonight" at the opening ceremonies of the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium (in Odom’s native Queens, N.Y.). The paring marked Collins’ first major public performance in six years. Later, Steve Greenberg played air guitar with a tennis racket.


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ELEMENT
8/31/16

It now seems that, contrary to prior rumors, Michael Rapino has done the deal to bring Chris Woltman's Elementary1 Marketing and Management company (which includes Twenty One Pilots) directly into Live Nation. Guy Oseary is said to have made the introduction, but the company will not be folded into Maverick.


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Niykee Heaton, "Bad Intentions"
The Capitol siren brings it in this steamy, cinematic new clip, the teaser for which alone earned 1m views.
While @OfficialSting brings rockin' new music, we churn out same crappy magazine. https://t.co/h4vb2VKRKY #HITS30th https://t.co/qWHoa1o7Mk
Is @Spotify pushing back against @AppleMusic exclusives by threatening to remove artists’ music from playlists? https://t.co/REDLFRxAek
Mazels to @gregmarella, newly anointed as @CapitolRecords EVP/head of promo. Hey buddy! https://t.co/JTkv93mxR5 https://t.co/d0qQrSNr7Y
.@FLAGALine looks set for a #1 bow but @BarbraStreisand & @britneyspears arent far behind. See our early projections https://t.co/jKgdunyNeY
.@BuzzAngleMusic is rapidly gaining traction & seems to be the new go-to analytics tool for execs & programmers: https://t.co/fRMVg096bb
"Why majors are majors": dancing over @DNCE success https://t.co/w5xU3X9LQT @charliewalk @RepublicRecords @Philymack https://t.co/6l8tK9lVck
"@ZipperClubMusic is #GoingTheDistance with new album release." @GaloreMagazine's interview: https://t.co/OTuTSHmGai https://t.co/tiHdFQG66q
.@Universal & other rights holders are struggling w the value of @AppleMusic exclusives & their impact on business: https://t.co/RPKEzxA8BW
Although the @vmas have become an end-of-summer ho-hum event, @Beyonce killed it & walked away as the big winner: https://t.co/Dg2UB8OUqq
Have you seen the new Revenue Chart yet? Find out which songs are earning the most https://t.co/TrXNoN4yOa @TheChainsmokers @MAJORLAZER @Sia
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