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WE TIP OUR HATS TO JAY Z...
Dude's got a pair of big ones. (5/1a)
MARCUS, MEET LEON
Football hero and soul standard bearer team up for moving spot. (5/1a)
FRONTING WITH VEVO
New shows, new tentpole event; they deserve a big Huggers. (5/1a)
MENDES AT WORK
Canadian goodwill ambassador vists UMPG, notices strong aroma. (5/1a)
BEN E. KING’S
LAST DANCE
It's been a tragic week for legends on both sides of the desk. (5/1a)
DON'T CALL IT NARM!
It's Music Biz, bitch.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
The next batch is being cooked up.
APPLE'S STREAMING ROLLOUT
Will iTunes-Beats hybrid be a Spotify slayer or an also-ran?
RUMOR MILL
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YOUR RADIO CHART PREVIEW PREVIEW
5/1/15

It's the battle of the Fifty Shades at Pop radio, where Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" will hold off The Weeknd's "Earned It" on next week's chart. "Earned It" remains at #1 at Rhythm, meanwhile, while Rihanna, Tinashe and Jidenna, among others, make strides. AWOLNATION will spend a third week atop the Alternative heap. Click the links for further details, buddy.

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PARSONALITY
5/1/15

Singer/songwriter Parson James puts his autograph on his deal with RCA as a bevy of label execs anticipate a lavish celebratory deli tray. James, who made his performance debut at Coachella with Kygo, recently inked a pub deal with Sony/ATV as well...


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REPORT: SPOTIFY RACKS UP ANOTHER $350 MIL
5/1/15

The rumors you read here a while back appear to have been borne out: Spotify has scared up another $350 million in its latest fundraising round, according to a CNBC report. Even before this most recent infusion, Spotify had reached an $8 billion valuation; with the new funds it just about matches the valuation of Universal Music Group...


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WHITE PEOPLE (SIGH)
5/1/15

Not that our expectations are high for the journalistic integrity of Fox News and CNN, but both networks hit a new low yesterday on the streets of Baltimore...


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TALKIN' 'BOUT iGEN-ERATION
5/1/15

Ted Volk! Ted Freakin' Volk! Mr. iGen has been especially prolific of late, with new entries on Florence + The Machine, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Modest Mouse, Bleachers, Alabama Shakes and much more (including a chart preview and his cool airplay and singles rundowns). Head on over to iGen World and get your Ted on.

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BBC DEPARTURE DERBY: NOW IT’S NIGEL
5/1/15

And then there were five—or six, counting Zane Lowe. A day after breaking the news that four BBC Radio 1 producers were following Lowe to Apple, Music Business Worldwide’s Tim Ingham reports that Nigel Harding, the station’s Music Policy Executive for the last nine years, is also leaving the Beeb. 


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WE TIP OUR HATS TO JAY Z...
5/1/15

...for putting his own ass on the line. True, those TV spots for his exclusive Tidal concert and livestream during the NBA Playoffs on TNT probably won’t move the needle enough to make a difference...


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MARCUS, MEET LEON
5/1/15

Yesterday, in the hours leading up to the NFL Draft on ESPN, Beats by Dr. Dre premiered a spot featuring former Oregon QB and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota at home in Hawaii with family and friends. The two-minute piece bears the title “Ohana,” which means “family.” 


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FRONTING WITH VEVO
5/1/15

Right on the heels of Thursday’s coronation of new President/CEO Erik Huggers, Vevo unveiled a pair of new original series as well as confirming the return of 14 existing series. The company also announced the launch of a brand new live event, The Year in Vevo, and the second annual Certified Live concert.


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BEN E. KING’S
LAST DANCE
5/1/15

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Ben E King, whose grittily elegant baritone expressed yearning like few others, has died at the age of 76. 


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RT @rainnwilson: .@Common rap battle?
.#UMGD era ends; @UMG reshapes commercial functions into teams: http://t.co/YUesLBgWII http://t.co/9JdSgWe7U9
QUIZ: Which was not a @billboard eblast subject line this week? The first to email us with the correct answer wins... http://t.co/LTcnIF7JHi
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