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5/18/22

As Wall Street’s romance with media and tech comes to a screeching halt, recorded music and publishing have combined to emerge as one of the most consistent and resilient sectors in business. Another quarter of positive earnings from UMG, Sony and WMG point to...


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5/18/22

Three Kendrick Lamar albums land on our midweek chart, with newly released Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers leading the way. Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs look to have multiple albums in the Top 20, while Florence + the Machine and The Black Keys appear headed for Top 10 debuts...


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AJRnew
5/18/22

AJR, currently somewhere in the wilds of Pennsylvania on their way to a show in Pittsburgh, have signed with the newly relaunched Mercury Records/Republic Records.


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5/18/22

Acclaimed writer Miles Marshall Lewis assesses Kendrick's deep and cathartic new album.


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greenberg
5/18/22

File it under life coming full circle: the inking of Steve Greenberg-managed AJR to Mercury comes 25 years to the week after another three-brother act, Hanson, reached #1 on the original Mercury label with the pop juggernaut "Mmmbop." The A&R head who signed Hanson and executive-produced their smash? The aforementioned Greenberg.


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zach bryan spotify radar
5/18/22

Warner's Zach Bryan has been tagged as Spotify's latest RADAR U.S. act. He is the first country artist to be selected for the program. Learn more about the rising singer and songwriter before his studio debut, American Heartbreak, drops Friday.


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weatherly new
5/18/22

"Dear Kevin," writes Lenny Beer, "Congratulations on your return to KROQ. The timing is auspicious; present conditions provide a huge opportunity to revitalize the Alternative format you previously helped pilot to greatness."


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5/17/22

While telescopes have been trained on the blood moon and the black hole, industry eyes have been gazing at stars: supernova Bad Bunny, the supermassive Kendrick Lamar and super-diva Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, the future’s so bright for Stringer and Cooper they’ve gotta wear shades.

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5/17/22

At the L.A. kickoff breakfast for the City of Hope's Spirit of Life campaign honoring Republic founding bros Monte and Avery Lipman, the pair fixed their smiles gamely for a gauntlet of photo ops with fellow industry heavyweights. Here they flank prior Spirit of Life honoree, Sony Music Publishing boss and recent Music Biz keynoter Jon Platt, who predicted that the value of this shot would ultimately exceed 20x earnings. For more images, click the link.


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5/17/22

The class of Q2 2022 includes such beguiling artists as Muni Long, KA$HDAMI, JNR Choi, Leah Kate and Pheelz, among other buzzing newcomers. Which of these will be tearing up the charts in the near future?


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AJR ORBITS MERCURY
The Met brothers have a new label home. (5/18a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/18a)
PRIDE & JOY
From the archives (5/17a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Place your bets here. (5/17a)
AN OPEN LETTER TO
KEVIN WEATHERLY
We can't wait to see what he's got up his sleeve. (5/18a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
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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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