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Warner Bros' New Era

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Warner Music Group announced its change in command at Warner Bros. Records a week ago Tuesday (9/14, see I.B. Bad's take on the events here), which just happened to be the street date for its Linkin Park album, the label’s most anticipated release in what has been a distressingly fallow year, with the most conservative in-house projections at a 400k debut. But the album (following up a May 2007 LP that sold 623k en route to 3m) moved just 254k units in its first week. That outcome echoes last month’s disappointing start for Katy Perry (194k, and now at 380k after three weeks), but not for the same reason. Whereas some believe Perry’s singles sales cannibalized her album, Linkin Park fell short of expectations in large part because of a poorly chosen first single. (9/23p)

SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
Bad Bunny makes the most of his turn at bat. (5/19a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/19a)
GREEN AS EVER
A think piece—cool! (5/19a)
LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT'S HARRY ON APPLE
Won't be long now. (5/19a)
LNX BATHED IN STARLIGHT BY SHOF
23 with a bullet (5/19a)
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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