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2/24/20

Our Black History Month special issue includes an in-depth history of funk; this first installment traces the origins of the form and locates its "Big Bang" in a groundbreaking cut by James Brown.


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paul rosenberg
2/24/20

Paul Rosenberg first saw Marshall Mathers at a sparsely attended club gig in 1996. It was, unbeknown to both at the time, the beginning of one of the most stratospheric career trajectories in modern biz history.


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BTS as The Beatles
2/24/20

Based on very early reads, K-Pop phenoms BTS are on their way to a big #1 bow...


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pinging-3 (002)
2/24/20

In our new semi-regular feature, we shine a light on tracks that are buzzing in all the right places and pinging the radar. Don't take our word for it—just check out the numbers...


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Bey
2/24/20

Beyonce dominated the NAACP Image Awards, taking home seven awards at the 51st annual ceremony Saturday. It was Rihanna, who was honored with the 2020 President’s Award for her philanthropic efforts, who left a lasting impression in her call for action.


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Paul-Rosenberg
2/24/20

UMG confirms that Paul Rosenberg will exit as head of Def Jam to focus on management of Eminem and launching a new JV label with the group, while...


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Laura Monks and Tom Lewis
2/24/20

Decca Records Group in the U.K. has two new Managing Directors in Tom Lewis and Laura Monks, who step up to the plate as part of a series of promotions as the label enters its 10th decade. They both report to President Rebecca Allen.


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JUSTIN BIEBER   CHANGES
2/21/20

Justin Bieber's Changes (RBMG/Def Jam) takes #1 on the HITS Top 50 with a healthy bow of 235k units, giving Bieber his 7th chart-topping album. Tame Impala earn the largest first-week total of their career, as The Slow Rush (Modular/Interscope) debuts at #3 with 97k. Monsta X (Epic) cracks the top 10...

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donkey kicking donkey
2/21/20

Of our latest batch of industry action figures, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Randy Goodman, Mike Chester and Steve-o Carless may be battling for streams and spins, but there’s ultimately more that unites them than sets them apart.

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BTSNMF
2/21/20

K-Pop heroes BTS grace the cover of Spotify's rebranded New Music Friday, behind the release of their new album, Map of the Soul: 7 (Big Hit/Columbia). Also, new cuts from Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, Lauv, Trippie Redd, Kenny Chesney, CHIKA, 5SOS, Grimes, Jimmie Allen f/Noah Cyrus...


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NO DEBATING THIS HITS LIST
Can't we all get along? (2/21a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
Sorry, Donald, the South Korean invasion can't be stopped. (2/21a)
REBA RETURNS TO UMG NASHVILLE
She's back to where she once belonged. (2/21a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
THE FOREVER MARCH
The struggle continues. (2/21a)
PINGING: BABY KEEM
What's that buzz? (2/24a)
DON'T TALK TO THE PRESS
Also, don't leak the memo about not talking to the press to the press. Please.
GRAMMY VOTING
How the sausage is made.
BIEBER'S BIG BOW
Changes changes the conversation.
PRIMARIES
So hard to decide...
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