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ON RECORDS: RANDOM GRAMMY THOUGHTS
Admit it, you have these kinds of thoughts too. (2/5a)
CHART STORY: RIHANNA’S HARD “WORK” PAID OFF
Sia's latest arrives as well. (2/5a)
RIHANNA TAKES
THE STAGE
Add another megastar to the Grammy-night list. (2/5a)
HITS LIST PUTS YOU ON THE 50-YARD LINE
Are you ready for some football? (2/5a)
ADELE WADES INTO THE STREAM AGAIN
Still no album, but another single is streaming. (2/5a)
GRAMMY SURPRISE GUESTS
Will the formerly snubbed return to steal the show?
TRUMP VS. ADELE
It's gonna get nasty. We wouldn't bet on the The Donald.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
Which Grammy moments will spike sales, streams and tickets?
RUMOR MILL
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BEY DROPS A SONG BEFORE KICKOFF
2/6/16

On the eve of her Super Bowl halftime appearance with Coldplay, Columbia's Beyoncé has dropped a new song and video, "Formation," with the track available as a free download on Tidal and the clip viewable on YouTube...


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GRAMMY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: THE REMIX
2/6/16

Check out this ingenious Grammy ad focusing on the Album of the Year contest, done as a "remix" of the various nominees animated on the surfaces of the city.


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FUTURE DELIVERS EVOL (UPDATE)
2/6/16

Future dropped his new Epic album, EVOL, on Apple Music and iTunes Friday evening (2/5), and as soon as it took over the iTunes slowcase it shot to #1 on the album leaderboard.


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DAN HICKS, 1941-2016
2/6/16

Dan Hicks, whose inventive and often comic twist on Western swing-based music stood out from all music springing from the rock underground of the late 1960s and early ‘70s, died Saturday in Mill Valley, Calif., after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.


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 U.K. CHARTS: BOWIE ON TOP IN BLIGHTY AGAIN
2/5/16

Sia has been knocked off her midweek #1 peak by David Bowie, twice, as This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA) finishes at #3 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. ZAYN’s “Pillowtalk” (RCA), meanwhile, is a roaring success and the title of the fastest-selling single of 2016 so far. So where’s Rihanna? Glad you asked...


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ON RECORDS: RANDOM GRAMMY THOUGHTS
2/5/16

It’s time to spark another blunt and ponder some of the more compelling questions swirling around the Grammys. We find the Grammy process endlessly intriguing—don’t you?


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CHART STORY: RIHANNA’S HARD “WORK” PAID OFF
2/5/16

Westbury Road/Roc Nation’s Rihanna has dethroned another megastar, Adele, by topping the HITS Album Sales Chart with 125k for ANTI, even after the Samsung-backed giveaway of a million copies. Keep in mind that the set—her eighth studio album—was only available digitally at presstime. 


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LIVE NATION PREVAILS IN COURT
2/5/16

The Fourth Circuit upheld Live Nation Entertainment Inc.’s legal victory over the operators of Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland who had contended Live Nation had monopolized and restrained competition in the Washington, D.C., area.

 


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A PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
2/5/16

For a second week in a row, Def Jam's Justin Bieber sits at #1 on the Top 40 chart with "Love Yourself," while XO/Republic's The Weeknd stays hot on his heels at #2 with "In the Night." At Rhythm, after closing the entire panel out of the box last week, Rihanna's "Work" f/Drake (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) will rack up a 1,100+ spin bump and at Modern Rock, RCA's Cage The Elephant will spend another week at #1 with their sixth chart-topper at the format. Click the links to find out more, buddy! 


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COUNTRY COMFORTS
2/5/16

"Whisper" from Dack Janiels/Columbia Nashville phenom Chase Rice evokes much whispering, Sugarland's Kristian Bush inks with BBR Music Group and Big Machine welcomes new arrival Tara Thompsonthese are among the latest dispatches in our Music City section, your destination for Nashville/country news. Meanwhile, we take a look at country legend Willie Nelson's beguiling set of Gershwin tunes in Critics' Choice.


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Tobtok f/River, "Fast Car"
This version of the Tracy Chapman hit (on Latium) retains the soulful melody but injects a serious party groove. It may even make you drive faster.
RT @ChaseRiceMusic: Forget midnight. It's up. Grab WHISPER now @AppleMusic. https://t.co/xiBLrRsOyi
.@Adele's #WhenWeWereYoung is now on streaming services: https://t.co/8UOfXWffDk @XLRECORDINGS @ColumbiaRecords https://t.co/6hmViSstap
Random @TheGRAMMYs thoughts on @kendricklamar @taylorswift13 @Alabama_Shakes @littlebigtown @MarkRonson & more: https://t.co/rn6GqhHdHX
#ANTI is officially the #1 album in America: https://t.co/18whLSNxTS @rihanna #RihannaNavy https://t.co/qzsuuDf48i
Watch @AGreatBigWorld's touching new video for #HoldEachOther. Just make sure you're stocked up on tissues: https://t.co/blH98bTwaN
.@rihanna added to the @brits' list of performers? Talk about star-studded: https://t.co/14Cch2DHiZ #BRITAwards https://t.co/zyN4q0CNwD
Who will win what at @TheGRAMMYs? Our insider makes his educated guesses: https://t.co/EHxnebVCtm @kendricklamar @theweeknd @taylorswift13
.@ladygaga will be the 1st musician to perform at the @SuperBowl @TheGRAMMYs & @Oscars_Live in the same year: https://t.co/EUcXPBcaWd
RT @JonesJourno: Dirty tactics by @billboardbiz re. the @ModestMgmt and @Harry_Styles exclusive statement, summed up by @HITSDD https://t.co/6chdM1tzhG
#PillowTalk blows up out of the box w/ impressive sales and streams: https://t.co/2Fg3DOSWhU @zaynmalik @RCARecords https://t.co/epXbmuDB8C
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