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IB on Lumineers, OMAM

THE MUMFORD EFFECT ALIVE & KICKING: As anticipation builds for the Sept. 25 release of Mumford & Sons’ sophomore album Babel, a pair of stylistically analogous acts are charging through the door kicked open by the neo-folk-rock avatars, I.B. Bad notes in his latest column, posting tomorrow morning. The Lumineers’ self-titled debut album (Dualtone, 260k) is well on its way to becoming the breakthrough indie record of 2012, hitting a new high of 21k last week as it continues to increase in weekly sales.  An ever-increasing slate of licensing uses are propelling the single “Ho Hey,” which has broken at Alternative and Triple A and is now crossing to Hot AC, selling 50k (+4%) in its 15th week.  Additionally, Republic’s Icelandic import Of Monsters and Men, while it hasn’t exploded, has continued to grow steadily and is now at 350k, quietly becoming a major project for Monte Lipman’s company. (9/6a)

HITS LIST IS HAVING
A HEAT WAVE
Pass the BBQ sauce. (7/3a)
TOP 20: A LIL MORE OF THE SAME
Like a broken record... (7/1a)
WATCH THIS
We aim to please. (7/3a)
BLACK MUSIC MONTH:
6 IN THE MORNIN'
Origin story of the real OGs (7/3a)
PRE-HOLIDAY PONDERING:
POP TOP EDITION
Have another Beer, we insist. (7/2a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
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