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I.B. BAD SEEKS ORDER
IN CHAOS
From marketshare hijinks to streaming services battling for exclusives, this is a nutty time for the biz. (5/22a)
2015 YEAR-TO-DATE MARKETSHARE AT THE
FOUR-MONTH MARK
Same as it ever was...at the top of the heap, at least. (5/22a)
YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
Introducing a new supergroup: A$AP Rocky, Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson. (5/25a)
NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS—IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10
This one's a Killer. (5/24a)
POWER AT THE TOWER
Who's swinging on Vine.
A LOOK BACK AT THE TRUE MUSIC MEN
The losses of Lundvall and Cornyn got us thinking.
THE BALLERS
Label heads go on the record throughout Q2 and beyond.
RUMOR MILL
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YOUR HOT NEW RELEASES
5/25/15

Jessie J's contribution to the smash Pitch Perfect 2 ST and American Idol winner Nick Fradiani's first official single go for adds at Pop radio this week, while A$AP Rocky's infectious new track featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson is among the arrivals at Rhythm. Alternative welcomes a banjo-and-beats banger from Toronto troublemaker Coleman Hell. Follow the links for details.

The Desired Effect
NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS—IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10
5/24/15

Brandon Flowers certainly achieved his desired effect, topping the U.K. album chart this week with his second solo release, The Desired Effect. Albums from Paul WellerFaith No More and Mariah Carey all debut in the Top 10. Meanwhile, on the singles side, Taylor Swift snags the only debut. And that's not all that's moving across the pond.


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LOUIS “THUNDER THUMBS” JOHNSON,
1955-2015
5/23/15

Slap-bass pioneer Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson passed away last Thursday (5/21). He was just 60 years old. The cause of death has yet to be revealed. Producer Quincy Jones and Ed Eckstein, who worked with the Brothers Johnson at A&M, explain what made Louis special...


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"PHENOMENAL" CROSS-MARKETING
5/22/15

The tie-ns are every which way but loose, as Shady/Interscope announces the July release of the soundtrack to Weinstein Company feature film Southpaw, whose lead single, Eminem’s "Phenomenal," which will be used in the film trailer, is previewed in a new Beats by Dr. Dre commercial featuring the Golden State WarriorsDraymond Green. Got that?

 


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I.B. BAD SEEKS ORDER
IN CHAOS
5/22/15

In his latest dispatch from the front lines, our man behind the scenes locates a narrative in the marketshare figures, works his way through the glut of 2015 awards shows and musical events, and breaks down the pros and cons of streaming-service exclusives.


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2015 YEAR-TO-DATE MARKETSHARE AT THE
FOUR-MONTH MARK
5/22/15

There’s a familiar look to the tops of the TEA and frontline charts with one third of the year in the books, as Rob Stringer’s Columbia and Monte Lipman’s Republic continue to go toe to toe for the biggest piece of each pie. But another intriguing battle is shaping up in the next tier...


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SALES UPDATE:
TOP 10 TRACKS
5/22/15

RCA’s Walk the Moon (+5% week over week) aren’t the only newcomers moving up the leaderboard—or the only contenders for song of the summer. 


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YOUR PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
5/22/15

Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me" (Warner Bros.) vies with "Shut Up and Dance" by RCA's Walk the Moon for the Pop radio crown next week, while simultaneously making big gains at Rhythm. "Bad Blood" by Big Machine/Republic's Taylor Swift, meanwhile, bursts into both formats with guns blazing, and Warner Bros.' Muse continues to reign at Modern Rock. Follow the links for more radio action, co-starring Rihanna, Jidenna, Silentó, Tove Lo, Sam Hunt, X-Ambassadors and more.

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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES
U.K. CHARTS
5/22/15

Taylor Swift is one of a handful of artists whose every gesture moves the needle on both sides of the Atlantic, but we were taken aback to discover the degree of Brandon Flowers’ appeal in the U.K.


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STINGING B3
5/22/15

Cherrytree chief Martin Kierszenbaum cultivates his studio tan at MSR in NYC with pop/rock icon Sting and members of Cherrytree band Jukebox the Ghost...


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Featured Video
Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
A Kill Bill-esque action extravaganza for Tay's new smash, co-starring Kendrick, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Jessica Alba, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld, Karly Kloss and Mariska Hargitay.
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The @PitchPerfect ST rides a box-office smash to #1 on the album charts. How big is it? http://t.co/a2OBOHmjtl @UMeMusicTeam #PitchPerfect2
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