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MORGAN
1/15/21

Morgan Wallen has a very big #1 bow with his 30-track Big Loud/Republic set, Dangerous: The Double Album, which instantly becomes the top-streaming country album in history by a wide margin. Republic owns the Top 3 and half of the Top 10.

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olivia drivers license
1/15/21

Olivia Rodrigo sits atop our Streaming Songs chart after a historic first week. The Geffen star's "drivers license" racked up 62m on-demand audio streams, the second-most debut-week streams in the streaming era, trailing only Drake's "Gods Plan."


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1/15/21

With the Biden-Harris inauguration serving as the historic backdrop, change is in the air—and on the airwaves, among other popular platforms. Its harbingers include smashes from 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo and regular dude Morgan Wallen, a brilliant strategy that’s lifting Justin Bieber to new heights, a Mark Pitts post-up move at RCA and a prediction of fans returning to arenas this fall. Bring it on.

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1/15/21

Word has it that the Recording Academy and former head Deborah Dugan are close to a settlement in the arbitration surrounding her ouster just 10 days before the 2020 Grammys.


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flo milli radar
1/15/21

Alabama-raised, Atlanta-based rapper Flo Milli has been chosen as Spotify's fourth U.S. RADAR artist. Listen to the RCA talent's new single, "Roaring 20s," to find out why "flo milli shit" has entered the cultural lexicon.


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1/15/21

RCA boss Peter Edge is making some changes as the House of Nipper navigates a rapidly evolving marketplace.


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1/15/21

In another peek at our newly published Rainmakers volume, we retrace the transformation of Steve Cooper from turnaround specialist to forward-thinking CEO of Warner Music Group.


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powerhittersV2
1/15/21

In our new feature, Power Hitters, we shine a spotlight on the brilliant songwriters and producers behind the biggest smashes in the biz. These are the players who regularly step up to the plate and deliver a hit—and frequently drive it clear out of the park.


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RodrigoNo1
1/15/21

Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” (Polydor) set an Official Charts record this week, racking up 2.407m streams in a 24-hour period on its way to #1. On the album chart, Barry Gibb claims his first U.K. #1 as a solo artist with Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook, Vol. 1 (EMI).


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1/15/21

In one of his final acts as the Department of Justice’s top antitrust official, Makan Delrahim has determined that it’s best to leave unchanged the consent decrees that have long governed ASCAP and BMI, despite the urging of the two PROs for modifications to the legislation.


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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
BIG CHANGES AT RCA: EDGE UPS PITTS TO PREZ, FLECK TO COO; RICCITELLI TO EXIT
Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.