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Carrie is having a Pretty good first week. (9/19a)
NEW MUSIC FROM
LIL PEEP AND XXX
The two late rappers collaborated. (9/19a)
MMA PASSES SENATE, BIZ WHOOPS IT UP
Bill is one step away from becoming law. (9/19a)
THE LUMINEERS
GO ACTIVIST
Hey ho, who's getting them. (9/19a)
BIG MOVE: PLATT SUCCEEDING BANDIER AT SONY/ATV
One of the year's biggest stories (9/19a)
RAINMAKERS
The ones making history now.
WHO'S NEXT?
Who will be the next big pub and label players?
THOUGHTS ON LUNCH?
Like, will it ever get here?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
RUMOR MILL
Maroon 5
9/19/18

The rumors are true—Maroon 5 will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII on 2/3 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. CBS has the game.


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peepx
9/19/18

Ron Perry's Columbia has released a song by Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, "Falling Down."


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sept 18
9/19/18

Carrie Underwood will debut at #1 on this week’s HITS Top 50 with Cry Pretty, her first album for Capitol Nashville. 6lack (LVRN/Interscope) will bow in the Top 5.


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david israelite
9/19/18

The Senate passed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) by unanimous consent on Tuesday. Naturally, the news was greeted enthusiastically across the music biz, from David Israelite to Irving Azoff.


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Jon Platt
9/19/18

Warner/Chappell chieftain Jon Platt will replace Marty Bandier when he steps down as head of Sony/ATV at the end of March.


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Tom Brady Super Bowl LI trophy
9/19/18

We’ve got ourselves some building drama, folks, as the fourth quarter looms. Remember Super Bowl LI in early 2017, when Tom Brady led the New England Patriots back from a seemingly insurmountable 25-point deficit in the middle of the third quarter to overtake the stunned Atlanta Falcons in overtime? The 2018 label marketshare contest could provide us with the music-biz equivalent of that improbable comeback.


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leon and sonyatv.sm
9/19/18

Columbia breakout, Sony/ATV writer and Texas native Leon Bridges cozies up with some folks from his pubco (including the killer sync team) and reveals that he'll be performing at a benefit for Lone Star State Senate Candidate Beto O'Rourke. "But I thought Ted Cruz said that guy would outlaw BBQ and everybody in Texas would have to eat tofu," queried SVP A&R/Head of Research & Analytics Jake Fain. "I don't eat tofu unless it's been killed in a humane way that's consistent with the laws of Kashrut," declared SVP and Co-Head of West Coast A&R Jennifer Knoepfle. Seen hoping to break their Yom Kippur fast very soon are...


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killshot
9/19/18

The rap beef between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly has certainly paid off in sales, as Em's "Killshot" replaces MGK's "Rap Devil" as the top track at iTunes (and Interscope owns the Top 3).


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Tencent Music
9/19/18

Tencent Music Entertainment, China’s biggest streamery, with a massive user base, is looking to raise about $2 billion in a U.S. IPO, roughly half of the up to $4b that parent company Tencent Holdings had initially been targeting, three people close to the deal told Reuters.


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Smokey Robinson and Marty Bandier
9/19/18

Marty Bandier, who has just confirmed that he’ll be leaving the top post at Sony/ATV next March, didn’t enter the music business until he was 34, but he made up for lost time, as this excerpt from History of the Music Biz Vol. 3: The Rainmakers recounts.


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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.
The #MusicModernizationAct passes the Senate & the @NMPAorg rejoices, as do such fans as @PaulMcCartney @katyperry… https://t.co/lBqLKx3Auv
The members of @bts_twt cement their legacy on Hollywood's #walkoffame. #JUNGKOOK #RM @bts_bighit https://t.co/09T2fMyusV
From a sporting-goods store to the top of the pub world: the early days of a dazzling career:… https://t.co/Vw388CCaac
Early reads on @carrieunderwood's new one, not to mention @6LACK & @torikelly https://t.co/cMIHeDgFfa https://t.co/0D4QBPOdSy
The morphing meaning of A&R, featuring an all-star cast of players and moderated by @MichelleSFresh:… https://t.co/62bZvZaqen
Sir @PaulMcCartney scores his first #1 chart debut as a solo artist. Also: @Lauren_Daigle, @Eminem, @russdiemon… https://t.co/WBF7YNrh9g
It's sorta like New Music Friday on a Thursday: the @HITSDD Fresh & New @Spotify playlist. https://t.co/98GQiuZI6g,https://t.co/hzAWrpoV5g
RT @pitchfork: Pussy Riot’s Peter Verzilov hospitalized, is reportedly in critical condition https://t.co/hpXC1CeR4s
The latest Lyor Rypor features @Eminem, @taylorswift13, @carolinemusic boss #JacquelineSaturn, @estrainge and rap s… https://t.co/dBTEFarPOp
Hey @DJD, will there be brisket? #DaysOfAwe https://t.co/4yHvCRFu4x