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The stealth record of the summer has obviously been The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” which, if current research, sales, MScores and airplay is any indication, has a strong chance of going to #1 in the next few weeks!

IVANA MUSES ABOUT HER VERY FIRST MUSICAL CRUSH

Among Ivana’s Reasons to Be Cheerful Are Muse’s “Madness,” Divine Fits Playing Three Consecutive Tuesday Nights and Neil Diamond at the Greek

M,M,M,M,M,M,M,M,MADNESS: With well-deserved fanfare, the new Muse single “Madness” arrived at radio on Monday and immediately went on the air everywhere, just as Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait” had done the week prior. Two event records that far exceeded everybody’s expectations of them! Both will be firmly entrenched in the Top 10 within a few days, where they will remain through next summer. Both are one-listen songs, with lyrics that melt my cold, cold heart. “I Will Wait” builds just like Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait” (the waiting is the hardest part, as you know), and the chorus is MASSIVE. Muse’s “Madness” also offers a huge pay-off, and we know how their songs tend to stand the test of time. What I like about the Muse single is how modern-sounding it is—definitely a band that keeps evolving, rather than resting on past laurels (although I hope the new record still has plenty of prog-rock to satisfy my crazy-time-signature/key-change-loving-soul)… The stealth record of the summer has obviously been The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” which, if current research, sales (#2 LP at iTunes—overall!), MScores and airplay is any indication, has a strong chance of going to #1 in the next few weeks! The record has sold over 200k, and the single has sold nearly 600k, and this is JUST from Triple A and Modern Rock airplay! And NO BURN. Nada. Zip. You’re welcome!… Today is the street date for the new Heavy record The Glorious Dead, featuring the most awesome single, “What Makes a Good Man?,” now heard nonstop on CBS’ fall lineup promos, as well as prominently featured last week on True Blood. The band will be on Late Night With David Letterman on Aug. 30, with a tour to follow. With more than a dozen stations already on “What Makes a Good Man,” the label is confident that the soon-to-be-pervasive syncs will add to the record’s already considerable momentum… We were sad to hear that both Dan Binder at WRMR and Mike Summers at KENZ have been downsized due to budget cuts. This has been a rough summer for some of our dearest radio friends, and I hope they land elsewhere soon. I know we’re all motivated primarily by our own self-interest (as it should be—with the exception of Rob Goldklang, every one of us is replaceable), but I encourage everybody in a position of “authority” to actively mentor someone whose star is on the rise…. Dennis Blair and John DiMaio have yet ANOTHER #1 song with a BRAND NEW ARTIST—this time it’s Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” which followed Gotye and Of Monsters and Men. Ho hum. Now they’re going to break Youngblood Hawke’s “We Come Running,” which we hail them for, although secretly we all wish that Dennis and John could please take an extended vacation, so the rest of us would have a shot…. In a perfect world, I’d be flying to the Reading Festival tomorrow to see Kasabian as the HEADLINER on Saturday night. I will have to content myself with spending the next three consecutive Tuesdays seeing Divine Fits in LA. YES, my dear Britt Daniel, the creator of some of the sexiest, smartest and most angular music of the past decade, is playing in a few hours! [Note: This was written on Tuesday afternoon. Rest assured, Divine Fits was godhead.] I’ve spent more time with Spoon than I have with my son in the past few years, but I’m still giddy at the prospect of seeing Britt’s new project for the first time!… My birthday present to myself this year is third row (in the pit) tickets to see Neil Diamond at the Greek this Saturday! Neil was my first concert (1969 at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC), and my first musical crush. And, believe it or not, the only living person I still want to meet! If only Amy Stevens would fly in to attend the show with me. I will be displaying heretofore unseen levels of dorkiness. Blackmail material, for sure… As expected, Alabama Shakes were the musical highlight of Boulder. She’s the biggest star of the format… Besides Divine Fits, new records by Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer and Blondfire are making me as happy as my current hormonal state will allow. Blondfire is an LA-based band, newly signed to Warner Bros., whose “Where the Kids Are” is a bona-fide smash on SiriusXM’s AltNation. Early response from radio is stellar, and you will add it on Sept. 10….KNRK’s Mark Hamilton and 91X’s Christy Taylor are already championing The Chevin’s “Champion,” which is currently KNRK’s “New Music Heaven” song of the week. Ask nicely, and I’ll send you a copy... I am, I said: [email protected]

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It's now or never. (7/1a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
It's the U.K. equivalent of July 4 fireworks. (7/1a)
SADDLE UP:
BEYONCÉ UNVEILS RENAISSANCE ART
She's not horsing around. (7/1a)
SONG REVENUE: DRAKE TAKES
THE CAKE
The rich get richer. (7/1a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Who's gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (7/1a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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