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TikTok
9/21/20

While Oracle and Walmart will get minority stakes in the new U.S. operations for TikTok, China’s ByteDance will not be transferring any of its algorithms or technologies to Oracle.


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9/21/20

The planet doesn’t pause as it spins from summer into fall, and neither does the music biz. In this weekly snapshot, we see John Platt, Greg Marella and Mike Caren doing work, Casey Wasserman and Sam Kirby Yoh making moves, Mickey Guyton, Conan Gray and Rob Pascoe ascending—and us trying to survive in the office football pool.

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9/21/20

Who are the “locks” for the top Grammy categories? You say you don’t like “locks?” Fine, let’s say “favorites.”


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9/21/20

Top debuts on this week's HITS Top 50 will include projects from Alicia Keys, Lil Tecca, Keith Urban and Moneybagg Yo & Blac Youngsta. The battle for #1 remains up in the air...


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9/21/20

The 10th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival wrapped up on Saturday (9/19) after two days of virtual performances and more.


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Ingrassia
9/21/20

Former Sony Music exec John Ingrassia has joined the new podcast studio/platform Audio Up Media, overseeing all of its music endeavors as President of Music.


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9/21/20

CEO Kenny MacPherson and the four Co-Presidents of Big Deal Music have sent a closing note to their songwriters and managers as the indie pubco transitions to the U.S. arm of Merck MercuriadisHipgnosis Songs Group. “Eight years ago this week we started out on a mission,” it begins…


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9/19/20

Justin Bieber f/Chance The Rapper's "Holy" (Def Jam) dethroned "WAP"'s run at #1 on Spotify's daily U.S. streaming chart with 2m streams in its first day. Sam Smith, Lil Tecca and Luke Combs bow in the Top 25...


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9/18/20

Branding, folklore, Grammy and much more in the latest missive from I.B. Bad.


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9 18 2020
9/18/20

YoungBoy Never Broke Again is on Top of the HITS Top 50 this week by a substantial margin. Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD, Taylor Swift, and Hamilton round out the rest of a familiar Top 5.

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THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE AND REALLY REAL
Moving in the right direction (9/18a)
2020 EIGHT-MONTH MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Interscope #1 in latest power rankings (9/17a)
WASSERMAN SEALS THE DEAL
But what's behind door #2? (9/17a)
SURFACES LEVEL UP
Peaking at just the right time (9/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: HERE'S THE DEAL (AND THE ROAD AHEAD)
This column pairs well with BBQ sauce. (9/15a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
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