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ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/16a)
YOUR TOP 20: TRAVIS, NICKI BATTLE FOR #1
A royal dust-up (8/16a)
I.B. BAD CURATES
YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/16a)
NICKI MAKES A
MIDWEEK MOVE
Queen gets some special sauce. (8/16a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: WORLD BANK
A Travis takeover (8/16a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
RUMOR MILL
8/16/18

Music fans are mourning the loss of Aretha Franklin and taking solace in her extraordinary musical legacy. Could the surge in marketplace activity make Aretha a candidate for a posthumous #1 chart week?


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arethastar
8/16/18

The Queen of Soul has died, and the music community (and the wider world) is mourning her loss and celebrating the gift of her life and work.


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4-arethafranklinfamous1st
8/16/18

Aretha Franklin, the gospel singer trained in her father’s church who came to define American soul music and held court as one of pop music’s greatest vocalists, has died. She was 76.


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Lucian
8/16/18

On the occasion of his receiving the 2018 Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at The Songwriters Hall of Fame, UMG topper Sir Lucian Grainge offers some thoughts about the songwriter's gift, the power of songs and the qualities required to write something that endures.


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NICKIGIF
8/16/18

This week's tight chart battle for #1 between Nicki Minaj's Queen and Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD is another skirmish in the longstanding competitive rivalry between Republic boss Monte Lipman and Epic prexy Sylvia Rhone. Earlier in the week the odds seemed very much in Scott's favor...


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Webp.net-gifmaker (15)
8/16/18

Jimmy Iovine, Troy Carter, Oliver Schusser, Nick Holmstén, Ron Perry and Eric Wong are among the industry personages whose moves are the subject of the latest dispatch from our inside man...


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cash
8/16/18

Travis Scott dominates this week's Song Revenue Chart, with eight of the Top 10 songs and all 17 tracks from his ASTROWORLD (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) in the Top 30. Those tracks together earned in excess of $2.6m. "FEFE," the 6ix9inine track featuring Scott's chart rival, Nicki Minaj, lands at #4 and earns a tidy $215k.


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sweetener
8/16/18

Ariana Grande has partnered with iHeartRadio to premiere her new album Sweetener on stations across the country beginning at midnight.


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Webp.net-gifmaker (32)
8/16/18

With fresh D2C offers appearing today on his web site, we’re giving Travis Scott the edge in a tight race with Nicki Minaj for #1.


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MMA
8/16/18

Sax player/singer Mindi Abair and writer/producer Harvey Mason Jr. have been appointed co-chairs of the Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee, whose immediate focus is ensuring that the Senate passes the Music Modernization Act. The Committee is also focused on...


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Featured Video
Sugarland f/Taylor Swift, "Babe"
This midcentury melodrama, in addition to showcasing the Big Machine duo's steamy song, features Tay (who penned the concept for the cinematic clip) as a femme fatale. Pass the popcorn.
Farewell to the Queen of Soul https://t.co/J9XdUGVSMx https://t.co/0881zvXMnf
The chart battle between @NICKIMINAJ & @trvisXX is heating up bigtime, as #FEFE is stripped onto her album...… https://t.co/9P7H1v8UkZ
Birthday #donuts, followed by a spate of self-loathing. https://t.co/SEuabFizch
You gonna finish that? #StupidQuestionsForZombies
Have a seat. https://t.co/KeMA0ZsuVp
Last night at @Flora_Cash https://t.co/zvbhJqWJ4i @sassantha @davidbason @ShpresaLleshaj @RCARecords @TeragramLA… https://t.co/a4nmxQfV4M
Thoughts on @NICKIMINAJ's #Queen from our own @MichelleSFresh https://t.co/umzoVc5ZM4 @YoungMoneySite… https://t.co/nS4yM0dBVs
Final numbers on the second-biggest debut of the year, and more. https://t.co/J1ccK1D4nm @trvisXX @drake… https://t.co/x17yorv6Ik
We have a bet going in the office. What do YOU think #FEFE means?
A big change at @ColumbiaRecords https://t.co/DryuiK64Er