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HITS REVIEWS A WEEK’S
WORTH OF DOG DAYS

UMG Buys Rondor, Dominates Charts, Jumps Into Download, Clear Channel Locks Up SFX
A summary of the week's top stories, as brought to you by hitsdailydouble.com:
  1. UNIVERSAL GOES RONDOR HUNTING: UMG adds a publishing jewel to its crown, but is it one company or two? (8/2)
  2. UMG IS UP ON THE DOWNLOAD: Universal is the third of the Big Five to enter the digital fray. (8/1)
  3. CLEAR CHANNEL IS CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF AFTER SFX DEAL: The 900-lb. Gorilla of radio, billboards, sports agencies, etc., gets a lot bigger after bagging concert promotion giant. (8/2)
  4. FAITH IS KING OF CMA HILL: Country superstar squares off against hubby Tim McGraw for "Entertainer of the Year" honors. Hee-haw! (8/1)
  5. CHARTS BOAST UNIVERSAL ACCLAIM WITH UMG GRABBING SIX OF TOP TEN: With "Now" leading the way, Universal Music Group nails 60% of Top Ten albums. (8/1)
  6. MP3.COM MUST PAY PER ALBUM, NOT TRACK: Finally, some good news for the beleagured Music Service Provider as it heads for trial phase. (7/31)
  7. VIACOM RESULTS IN: EBITDA, EBITDA, EBITDA: It's hot fun in the Sumner time, with MTV results leading the way. (8/3)
  8. ARISTA GETS DOWN WITH A LITTLE SHE'KSPERE: Arista ruler L.A. Reid hits the ground running, inking a label deal with renowned producer/songwriter Kevin Briggs. (8/1)
  9. NAPSTER TRAFFIC JAM IS ON AFTER COURT RULING: If you didn't know better, you might have thought getting sued by the RIAA was all part of Hummer Winblad's business plan. (8/2)
  10. WILL EMUSIC STAY JUST A LITTLE LONGER TO MAKE NAPSTER DEAL?: EMusic is among several companies eagerly awaiting the outcome of Napster's fate before swooping in. (8/1)
BIG RED'S BIG THREE
How's this for a power trio? (10/26a)
HITS LIST, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Grammy-themed, just like our latest print magazine. (10/26a)
NEAR TRUTHS: ROLLING IN
THE STREAMS
Audiences embrace Adele regardless of the platform. (10/26a)
KAREN KWAK TO LEAD
WARNER A&R
Aaron's latest hire. (10/26a)
ON THE COVER:
OLIVIA RODRIGO
Can you hear the Grammy buzz? (10/26a)
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