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I.B. BAD: VAN'S SWAN SONG; MTV'S DECLINE & FALL
Van's the man, says I.B., and his final VMAs will be must-see TV. (7/31a)
YOUR WEEKLY MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
We said it yesterday and we reiterate: Three labels keep hogging the spotlight. (7/30a)
YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
Don't look now, but here come the heartthrobs with a surprise single. (7/31a)
"DOWN" IS THE NEW DIRECTION
Like we just said (7/31a)
TIDAL: PLAN OVERBOARD, OR JAY Z'S 100TH PROBLEM
Which has a bitter chance of outlasting the competition, Tidal or Trump? (7/31a)
25 YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE
President Glauber's Anniversary and the History of a Revolutionary Format.
NASHVILLE CATS
Who's moving the needle in Music City.
APPLE, SPOTIFY AND PERCEPTION
Reflections in the stream.
STREAM WARS
The Force awakens.
THE B-SIDE
CHART CHAT
7/27/15

HITS' own Jesse Beer (CliprKid) and Naomi Robin (RockinRobin) jump on the web to discuss the newest adds on the radio charts this week, and you've got an inside look at their chat. Find out what's hot on their radar.

CliprKid: Hey buddy, it’s good to have you back

RockinRobin: Thanks. It's nice to be a semi-functioning human again.

CliprKid: Let’s dive right in. Since you were out, we didn’t get to discuss the new single from MKTO, “Bad Girls,” which is a great song and seems to be gaining some traction

RockinRobin: I love hearing them on Top 40. They deserve the spotlight. Did you see their performance with Taylor Swift? #killedit 

CliprKid: Well I didn’t actually see it, but I saw the picture of them with Taylor... pretty amazing. Fans seems to really like them. They're already up to #57 on the Top 100 on Shazam.

RockinRobin: Dayum. Their writing partner, Evan Bogart, turned me on to them back when I was at UCLA. They’ve come a long way since then.

CliprKid: Yes major props to Eman and Evan!

RockinRobin: Mhhhm. Speaking of Top 40, Afrojack's "SummerThing!" just debuted and stole my heart. (Get it?)

CliprKid: Yes. Love the song and kudos to Sterling Simms and his hot new artist, Mike Taylor, who's featured on the track.

RockinRobin: Moving on to Rhythmic... My fav song by The Weeknd, "The Hills," FINALLY debuted 

CliprKid: Yes, been obsessed with that song, and it’s not just me. It’s #9 Pop and #10 on Top 100 at Shazam. The Weeknd is just dominating.

RockinRobin: Yeah, I’m dying to see him live. I'm also really digging Tame Impala's new single, “Let It Happen," which just hit AAA. It'd be the perfect soundtrack to a weekend at Outside Lands. I wish I weren't broken so I could go see them... *sigh*

CliprKid: Ya, so many people I know are obsessed with them. They're a little too dreamy for me, though.

RockinRobin: That's because you're straight edge. You needa open your mind, brah.

CliprKid: Or light one up...

RockinRobin: My point exactly ;)

CliprKid: Before we wrap this up, we need to talk about Halsey, who finally cracked the Alternative chart. Had been spinning on Beats 1.

RockinRobin: She owes Zane a giant gift basket.

CliprKid: Is she the next Lorde? I guess we will have to wait and see.

RockinRobin: I'm gonna hit my pain meds in the meantime.

CliprKid: Hope your ribs get better.

RockinRobin: Thanks! See you soon.

CliprKid: Peace

"XANAX" ON A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
7/22/15

It was my freshman year of high school, I was in detention and I was stoned. I wasn't in detention for being stoned; I just thought it would make the whole shindig a bit more enjoyable. My skater friend, who was really into EDM at the time, showed me the video for "Alice" by Pogo when the underwhelming supervisor left the room. My appreciation for electronic music has grown since then, but at the time, it was pretty nonexistent.

The clip definitely managed to stir something in me. It was breezy enough, cheeky enough and entrancing enough for me to push my prejudices aside.

I found myself revisiting "Alice" today after newcomer Elohim's "Xanax" brought back up an almost identical feeling, and I'm not even stoned (or at least that's what my bosses think). The tracks are in no way identical, but they certainly have similarities and are both beyond capable of inducing daydreams.

Released this morning, the alternative electro-pop song will simultaneously haunt and charm you with its shimmering yet welcoming hazy quality, which is also reminiscent of Portishead. Quite frankly, it reminds me of carelessly dozing under the mid-July sun. You may have ended up there because you just got evicted from your apartment, fired and/or dumped and suddenly without an agenda, but you discover that you're unexpectedly and inexplicably okay with it all.

The deliciously neurotic ode to the beauty of self-doubt is not as polarizing as its subject matter and is conversely comforting and relatable. I gotta say, I'm really enjoying soaking in this suddenly very noticeable sub-genre of music driven by introverted, female anti-heroes like LordeCourney BarnettAlessia Cara and now Elohim.

I'm certainly not the only one wrapping my mind up in this auditory blanket, as ultimate tastemaker Zane Lowe was the one who enthusiastically brought it to my attention this morning. He premiered the treat on Beats 1 and raved about it before pressing play, only to pause and exclaim "LISTEN" before restarting it from the beginning.

Go ahead. Find allure within your flaws with "Xanax," the follow-up to the L.A.-based songstress' debut single, "She Talks Too Much," and take a cat-nap on Cloud Nine.

A limited edition 12-inch vinyl is available for pre-order now.

xx,
Samantha Hissong

HER TAKE ON HIS "FACE"
7/21/15

Kina Grannis, whose YouTube page boasts north of one million subscribers, just dropped a video for her ethereal cover of The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face."

Check out at her recently released, folky takes on The Weeknd's "Earned It," Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds," and more if you find you can't get enough.

The songstress' sophomore album (of original content), Elements, was released last May through her own Kina Grannis Music.

Today, Tyler Ward's cover of Coldplay's "The Scientist," which features Kina, appeared on the U.S. Shazam Chart at #89, gliding past 112 spots and making it the #2 biggest mover.

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