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SHINE ON, HARVEST HITS LIST
An equinox to remember (9/24a)
CARLESS TO DRIVE WARNER A&R
Steve-O takes the wheel. (9/24a)
GRAMMY CHEW: AOTY WILD CARDS
Going deep like Tom Brady (9/24a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
THE LUCIAN DECADE
A history lesson from I.B. Bad (9/23a)
SIR LUCIAN TURNS IT UP
As UMG goes solo, Grainge discusses leading the band. (9/20a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
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SHINE ON, HARVEST HITS LIST
An equinox to remember (9/24a)
CARLESS TO DRIVE WARNER A&R
Steve-O takes the wheel. (9/24a)
GRAMMY CHEW: AOTY WILD CARDS
Going deep like Tom Brady (9/24a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
THE LUCIAN DECADE
A history lesson from I.B. Bad (9/23a)
SIR LUCIAN TURNS IT UP
As UMG goes solo, Grainge discusses leading the band. (9/20a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
RUMOR MILL
DRAKE LIL NAS
9/24/21

Drake scores a third week at #1 on the HITS Top 50, as Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic) posts 169k this week, increasing its total activity to 1m+. Lil Nas X's debut album MONTERO (Columbia) is the top entry with 129k at #2, followed by SM/Virgin's NCT 127 at #3.

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Webp.net-gifmaker (5)
9/24/21

The two biggest albums of the year so far are separated by less than 380k.


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Harvest moon Paul Myers IG
9/24/21

As autumn arrives, investors and the entire music biz are over the moon about UMG’s astronomical market cap. But industry eyes are also gazing at Bunny-hopping Steve Carless, royalty-adjacent Will Tanous, Bowl-bound Michael Martin, the ubiquitous Walker Hayes and the irrepressible Lil Nas X, each of whom has shown he's got the right stuff.

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Steve-O
9/24/21

Steve Carless has joined Warner Records in the newly created post of President, A&R. The hotly pursued exec/manager will start his new job on 12/1 and report to Co-Chairman/CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck.


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drake ig
9/24/21

Drake has denied Lil Nas X the chance of a U.K. Official Albums #1 as Certified Lover Boy (Island) moves back to the top. Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” (Atlantic) scores a second week at the summit at singles.


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TomMarch
9/24/21

The BRIT Awards 2022 will take place at London’s O2 Arena on 2/8, with Polydor Co-President Tom March named Chair of the BRITs Committee for UMG U.K.’s third year at the helm.


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wildcard
9/24/21

If you missed our initial list of what we consider the top contenders for Album of the Year, go read that first. This time out we look at the rest of the field...


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9/24/21

The nexus of Coldplay and BTS dominates the iTunes songs chart this Flipover Friday: “My Universe” (Parlophone) holds three of the Top 4 slots.


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RHCP
9/24/21

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have some news: They’ll be playing stadiums around the world beginning in June.


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giveon nmf
9/24/21

Not So Fast/Epic star GIVĒON graces the cover of Spotify's NMF behind the release of "For Tonight." Also, new cuts from Coldplay w/BTS, The Lumineers, Elton John f/Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara, D Smoke, Remble f/Lil Yachty, Mickey Guyton...


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prochnik
9/24/21

UTA has bolstered its London-based team with the hiring of Rebecca Prochnik as Director of Creative Strategy, U.K. Music.


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dupler
9/24/21

Todd Dupler, who has been with the Recording Academy for nearly a decade, is its new Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy.


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MArobert
9/24/21

Marie-Anne Robert will head up Sony Music Entertainment France as Managing Director, overseeing all operations, signings and acquisitions.


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v walker
9/24/21

We've been busting out single-serving snippets about the possible contenders for Grammy's BNA. This time: Walker Hayes.


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Kid Laroi pink shirt
9/23/21

On the heels of his buzzing performance of the juggernaut “Stay” (Columbia) with Justin Bieber, which opened the MTV VMAs, UTA-repped breakout The Kid LAROI has sold out his End of the World global tour.


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Drake with rose IG
9/23/21

Drake continues his money grab in week two as 19 cuts from Certified Lover Boy make our Song Revenue Chart Top 50 for a grand total of $1,586,477. Repeating chart-topper “Way 2 Sexy" f/Future & Young Thug, one of his six Top 10 selections, pulls in another $203k.

…Go to Song Revenue Chart

drake owl sm
9/23/21

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic) remains at #1 for a third consecutive week. The first full-length album from Columbia’s Lil Nas X, MONTERO, lands at #2.


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UMGIPO
9/23/21

Universal Music Group's stock closed at €25.10 ($29.45) on its first day of trading Tuesday, 38% over its starting price, giving it a market cap of €46.636b ($54.68b).


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DaraM
9/23/21

Dara Michelle is returning to the label where her career began, Def Jam Recordings, this time as Executive Vice President & Head of Marketing.


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LIVE NATION URBAN DAVIES (2)
9/23/21

Live Nation Urban President Shawn Gee announced on Thursday that agent Mari Arionne Davies has joined LNU as Vice President of Booking & Talent.


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Ebhoni, "IYKYK"
Like the song says, if you know, you know. And those who've heard this 21-year-old Toronto native's mixtape Good Dick & Weed (True Panther Sounds/Harvest) definitely know. Merging dancehall vibes, hip-hop cool and a confident sense of R&B melodicism, Ebhoni is a bubbling-under artist to watch.
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