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KENDRICK RETURNS WITH "HEART"
What's gonna happen on April 7th...? (3/24a)
MACKAY: SONY-BOUND?
Insiders whisper over an exec's potential new deal. (3/24a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: CASH MONEY FROM THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX
Can you say "cha-ching?" (3/24a)
STREAMING SONGS: UNIVERSALLY DOMINANT
75% marketshare ... that's good, right? (3/24a)
SPOTIFY DEALS
If they don't come soon, what happens to the IPO?
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
LABEL BIGWIGS SPILL THE BEANS
We go deep with a couple of top execs.
THE STRINGER ASCENDENCY
This adventure coming soon to a trade website near you.
RUMOR MILL
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3/24/17

Sources close to the deal confirm that, as rumored in the item below, Warner U.K. ruler Max Lousada will indeed be getting a new worldwide position within WMG, although a company spokesperson declined to comment. While the exec's new title remains to be determined, the post is thought to be based in New York. Stay tuned for details.


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drake
3/24/17

It shouldn’t surprise you to know that, once again, a Drake release conquers all, but it remains impressive, especially considering that More Life is really more of a mixtape than an album. That said, the YMCMB/Republic set bows at #1 on the HITS Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with a whopping 505k—the new biggest debut of the year so far. More Life is also #1 on the Album Sales Chart with 230k.


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3/24/17

n this age of full-throttle power-divas, it’s intriguing Faith Hill’s return to the radio eschews the full-scale belting that made “It Matters To Me” a signature song for American women carving out priorities beyond the sheer bling of it all. Instead, the Mississippi-born superstar opts for a warm, confiding tone on “Speak to a Girl,” a slow-building duet with husband Tim McGraw...


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3/24/17

Though More Life commands 22 of the Top 24 places with the entirety of its tracks, there is one person who owns more of this week's Streaming Songs Chart than does Drake: Sir Lucian Grainge.


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DRAKE   MORE LIFE
3/24/17

Drake has improved two places since Monday to end the week at #2 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart with 63k combined sales of More Life (Island) in Blighty as “Passion Fruit” boasts this week’s highest new entry at Official Singles. Drizzy has a total of 12 songs in the Top 40 with Giggs collab “KMT” reaching #9.


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TravisScott
3/24/17

The Weeknd is closing in on #1 at T40 with "I Feel It Coming," while the top spot returns to Travis Scott at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Imagine Dragons begin what will no doubt be a long reign at #1...


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3/24/17

At a time when the wildest accusations splatter across the political landscape and the very currency of truth itself is debased, there's comfort in the certainty of this week's HITS List. This cheat sheet of trending industry topics features unquestionably important folks like Drake, Doug Morris, Ted Cockle, Gee Roberson and Randy Goodman, among others. Enjoy it with a refreshing Moscow Mule.


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Tool
3/24/17

Tool, one of the last hold-outs from digital services, is in talks with Spotify and Apple to make its catalog available on streaming services, according to a report in Bloomberg.


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High5
3/24/17

No need for backroom dealing, poll taking or abandoning ill-conceived campaign promises, we’re moving forward with this week’s HITS High Five, a compendium of alternative-fact-free stories from the week prior. As you try to get your eyesight back to normal after staring at the Oregon Ducks’ basketball uniforms, focus on these stories…


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kendrick
3/24/17

After wiping his Instagram page clean Wednesday and putting up one cryptic post signaling something was coming, TDE/Interscope's Kendrick Lamar released the track "The Heart Part 4" Thursday night...


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Featured Video
Jax Jones f/Raye, "You Don't Know Me"
The young star of the charming clip for this irresistible, slinky club jam out-divas the divas, and may inspire a fan club of her own. The track, meanwhile, is becoming well known on Spotify's Global Top 50.
April 7, @Harry_Styles fans? https://t.co/RMgSpmtVRv https://t.co/yRzKiOcsr1
Yes, @Drake has 22 of the Top 24 entries on the Streaming Songs Chart: https://t.co/NEbUYOOwit @UMG https://t.co/Xi7kjhpAeh
@hstvles1single Harry's not in the marketplace yet but he'll definitely have a huge debut when that record comes.
HITS List: @drake #DougMorris @rickyrozay @theBpgInc @CashMoneyRecrds @SonyNashville @TheOfficialACM @VirginEMI… https://t.co/PnhKMsJmNU
Guess who has the NEW biggest debut of the year? https://t.co/6N2ABCDsHm @Drake @rickyrozay @edsheeran… https://t.co/SQW8Q4G5On
RT @MichelleSFresh: My piece for @HITSDD on how @Drake continues to reinvent the "album" for popular music w his brilliant #morelife https://t.co/LomN6PEczz
We're eating BBQ in our minds. https://t.co/UevZBjd7FR
Industry giants #LennyWaronker and #EddieRosenblatt remember the legendary, wonderful #TommyLiPuma… https://t.co/aZN8JV44qL
HITS List: @drake @theRonPerry @NICKIMINAJ @MaxLousada @Spotify @pandoramusic @sxsw @beourguest @lorde… https://t.co/GWSznxM9ek
Rumor has it that @Drake's #morelife will be streaming-only for... https://t.co/n81ivSHiEr https://t.co/l0hqJwDRiP
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