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SONGS OF HOPE TURNS 12
Pharrell to be honored by Clive Davis at star-studded City of Hope fundraiser. (8/24a)
RETAILERS ENDORSE UMG'S
ANTI-EXCLUSIVES STANCE
U.K. stores like Lucian's direction. (8/24a)
THE ETHOS SUPERSTORE
Varvatos, Michael Martin and Chopper Charlie. (8/24a)
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
Tim Bock-dick clark productions
8/25/16

Tim Bock has been named Senior Vice President of Production for dick clark productions, where he will oversee production of American Music AwardsDick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest and a variety of other projects. 

 


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levy cyrus kronfeld
8/25/16

Truly, it is an international business, as this vintage pic of Polygram's Alain Levy and Eric Kronfeld with Billy Ray Cyrus amply demonstrates. "Mon ami, your country-and-westairn swaggair, eet ees magnifique," Levy gushed. "Ze boots of ze world will scoot forevair on your behalf." Added Kronfeld, "Quite." This photo is brought to you by the forthcoming HITS 30th Anniversary Issue, and three decades of outrageous fake accents.


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8/24/16

Industry luminary Clive Davis will present hitmaker Pharrell with the 2016 Clive Davis "Legend in Songwriting" Award at Songs of Hope XII, which will be held on 9/15 at Stefanie and Ron Fair's Los Angeles home. Also, The Jungle Book composer John Debney will receive the Electronic Arts Composer Award from Steve Schnur, and Pandora will honor Mike Posner with the Pandora Trendsetter Award.


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8/24/16

Along with the bombshell release of Frank Ocean’s Apple exclusive Blonde comes the bombshell news that the artist is no longer signed to Universal.


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Lucian Grainge
8/24/16

Insiders are calling the Frank Ocean situation the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of online exclusives for UMG releases, as outlined in a highly confidential memo from label group chieftain Lucian Grainge to top company execs.


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chainsmokers halsey
8/24/16

"Closer," the runaway smash by Disruptor/Columbia's Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, is not only #1 at iTunes but is outselling the rest of the chart by a factor of 2-1. The cut is #1 at Spotify in the U.S., #1 at Shazam and #12 on the Mediabase real-time Pop radio chart. What's more, the song's explosion has ignited Halsey's music at the streaming services. Rob Stringer, Joel Klaiman and Lee Leipsner at Columbia and Disruptor's Adam Alpert are having a nonstop dance party.


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thompson guy o
8/24/16

"Say, Guy," says Maverick's Greg Thompson during the recent iHeartMedia Music Summit, "Remember that time we were in that suite at The Mirage and there was a kiddie pool full of tequila and 17 girls dressed as sumo wrestlers, and we got that reggae track added in Duluth?" "No, Greg," replied Maverick kingpin Guy Oseary, "I sure don't." "Me neither!" said Thompson. "Thank God for the Polaroids."


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8/24/16

The U.K.’s Entertainment Retailers Association has welcomed Lucian Grainge’s strict stance against exclusives in the wake of the fall-out over Frank Ocean’s self-released Blonde


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varvatos michael martin
8/24/16

Fashion icon and music maven John Varvatos welcomes CBS Radio's Michael Martin to a retail shopping spree, noting that he had just the right duds "to make you look like a million bucks on the radio." A dazzling makeover montage ensued, after which Republic's Chopper Charlie Walk swooped down in his whirlybird and took his pals out for an egg cream.  


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8/24/16

Yesterday, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel hosted a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at their L.A. home. Obviously, a bunch of A-Listers were in attendance. There were ten tables of ten guests to be exact, and at one point, tickets were reportedly priced at $33,400, according to Page Six. One attendee who was proud to be there—and mortified to be mentioned here—was Scooter Braun.


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Niykee Heaton, "Bad Intentions"
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RT @MichelleSFresh: My review for @HITSDD on #Blonde & the bond with Frank Ocean: https://t.co/cJQX4hk1Mg #Timeless #NewMusic
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RT @MusicBizAssoc: .@HITSDD Rumor Mill - REVENUE CHART: HERE’S WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON https://t.co/Bc2cvCtDXF
RT @ZipperClubMusic: Super fun to play with our good friend @James_Iha last night. Thks everyone for coming out and @KROQ for presenting https://t.co/9EDzcU36xd
Listen to our #VibeRaters playlist on @Spotify for our fave buzzing tracks: https://t.co/MH6UIUE6Pt @ZipperClubMusic @KungsMusic @lilyachty
Is there a new @taylorswift13 album on the way? @BigMachine head @scottborchetta has the answer: https://t.co/NBLjxZYznM