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REVENUE CHART:
ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS
Look who won the lottery. (1/21a)
ICYMI: THE MUSIC OF INAUGURATION DAY
Just what the doctor ordered. (1/21a)
NEAR TRUTHS: CHANGINGS OF THE GUARD
A big start to 2021. (1/19a)
THE CELEBRATION
MOVES TO iTUNES
America embraces songs of hope and uplift. (1/21a)
TOP 20: GUTEN MORGAN
Another big week for Republic. (1/21a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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REVENUE CHART:
ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS
Look who won the lottery. (1/21a)
ICYMI: THE MUSIC OF INAUGURATION DAY
Just what the doctor ordered. (1/21a)
NEAR TRUTHS: CHANGINGS OF THE GUARD
A big start to 2021. (1/19a)
THE CELEBRATION
MOVES TO iTUNES
America embraces songs of hope and uplift. (1/21a)
TOP 20: GUTEN MORGAN
Another big week for Republic. (1/21a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
RUMOR MILL
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1/21/21

You may have noticed numerous recent items on the site about Olivia Rodrigo and Morgan Wallen, and here’s another one. The 17-year-old supernova’s debut single, “drivers license,” took in a stunning $408k during its first week to top our updated Song Revenue Chart. That’s four times Wallen’s earnings on “Wasted on You,” which finished at #3, but Mullet Man can take solace in the fact that 16 tracks from his #1 debut Dangerous made the Top 50.

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1/21/21

The celebration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the new president and vice president of the United States included moving musical performances on inauguration day. Highlights within.


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1/21/21

The musical fare on Celebrating America, the 90-minute inauguration-night special, made an immediate impression on viewers, as seven songs performed on the show shot to the Top 10 of the iTunes Songs chart. Ant Clemons & Justin Timberlake’s rendition of their collab “Better Days,” filmed at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, is #1, followed by…


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glastonbury
1/21/21

The Glastonbury Festival has been officially called off for 2021 due to the pandemic, casting doubt on the entire festival season in the U.K. The event’s organizers, Michael and Emily Eavis, shared the news in a statement today.


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1/21/21

RCA Records and Hard 8 Working Group team members (and one special guest) duly assembled via Zoom on 1/15 to present breakout Tate McRae with a platinum plaque for single "you broke me first," while hoping nobody found out they were still in their pajama bottoms. Seen just before label chief Peter Edge dashed off a fleet of executive orders are...


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Tracy Cloherty
1/21/21

Mike Tierney has named Tracy Cloherty the U.S. Head of Programming for Amazon Music. The two radio vets got to know each other in 1990 while driving the Hot 97 van on the streets of NYC and were reunited in 2007, when Tracy was the PD at Alt powerhouse WXRK and Mike served as her MD.


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1/21/21

Morgan Wallen’s record-breaking double album drops less than 50% its second week as streams hold steady. Republic could hold this week’s Top 3 titles and half of the Top 10.


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1/21/21

When it comes to character and commitment, no music-business executive sets a more inspiring example than UMG’s Swiss Army Knife, the remarkable Jeff Harleston, who’s profiled in the latest edition of Rainmakers.


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Marketshare tease
1/21/21

A quick glance at the latest Top 50 Albums and Song Streams charts will tell you all you need to know about UMG’s dominance behind Republic, with a 35% share of the market for the week ending 1/14, and IGA, with 16%. That adds up to a mind-blowing 51% of the total marketshare pie for the two scorching-hot labels.


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1/21/21

Warner Chappell Music has promoted two executives—Natalie Madaj and Daniel Lang—to oversee the publisher’s commercial digital initiatives around the globe.


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1/21/21

Folk Alliance International has committed $25,000 from its reserve in the hope of raising an additional $75,000 in public support to initially distribute 200 grants of $500 each.


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whitehouse
1/20/21

The helicopter carrying the twice-impeached loser of the 2020 presidential election, Donald J. Trump, left the White House for the final time early on Inauguration Day. Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 46th President just before noon on the White House steps.


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van
1/20/21

This hopeful and historic day is tinged with terrible sadness for the HITS family; Van Arno, our brilliant, devoted cartoonist, has died.


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1/20/21

Billie Eilish and Rosalía have revealed that they will release a song titled "Lo Vas A Olvidar" and an accompanying video Thursday at 9am PT in conjunction with the collaboration's appearance on Euphoria's second special episode, "part two: jules," which hits HBO Max Friday.


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1/20/21

With the Biden-Harris inauguration serving as the historic backdrop, change is in the air—and on the airwaves, among other popular platforms. Its harbingers include smashes from 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo and regular dude Morgan Wallen, a brilliant strategy that’s lifting Justin Bieber to new heights, a Mark Pitts post-up move at RCA and a prediction of fans returning to arenas this fall. Bring it on.

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1/20/21

The three U.K. major label CEOs—David Joseph, Jason Iley and Tony Harlow—appeared before a government select committee on Tuesday to justify their share of the streaming pie and answer MPs’ probing questions.


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milk honey sports
1/20/21

Lucas Keller's Milk & Honey has officially rebranded as Milk & Honey Music + Sports + Ventures. The company launches its sports division, which will be led by Jacob Presser, with 15 NFL clients.


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migos
1/20/21

Shazamers are going nuts for TikTok crazes involving the EZRA remix of a 2013 Migos song and the recent second single from Jordanian singer Issam Alnajjar.


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1/19/21

I.B. Bad on emerging giants, evolving labels and ever-present challenges.


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1/19/21

Nearly 200,000 flags have been installed on the National Mall in advance of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The flags—which denote every state and territory, as do 56 pillars of light—are meant to represent Americans unable to attend Wednesday's inauguration. The spectacular display of light and color brings to mind a passage from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “Strength to Love” speech...


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MLK on the "New Phase" of the Civil Rights Movement
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