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BUNDLE MAGIC
The ducat strategy is legit. (6/18a)
JANICK OPENS UP ABOUT HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER
Kinda puts things in perspective, doesn't it? (6/15a)
LOUVRE STORY: JAY & BEY DROP JOINT SET
Meet the Carter family. (6/18a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: WESTWORLD
Yeezy money (6/15a)
AIRHEAD: STREAMING DOWN THE TUBE
Fox News has got nothin' on this rypor. (6/15a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
HOW ROCK IS STREAMING FORWARD
Amps sold separately.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
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BUNDLE MAGIC
The ducat strategy is legit. (6/18a)
JANICK OPENS UP ABOUT HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER
Kinda puts things in perspective, doesn't it? (6/15a)
LOUVRE STORY: JAY & BEY DROP JOINT SET
Meet the Carter family. (6/18a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: WESTWORLD
Yeezy money (6/15a)
AIRHEAD: STREAMING DOWN THE TUBE
Fox News has got nothin' on this rypor. (6/15a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
HOW ROCK IS STREAMING FORWARD
Amps sold separately.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
RUMOR MILL
The Carters Louvre stairs
6/19/18

Everything Is Love is, of course, the joyous ending of a tumultuous trilogy about Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the seeds of which began to spill out back in 2014 with the leaked security-cam footage of a fateful elevator ride with the couple and the ride-or-die sister, Solange. The saga exploded through the surprise release of Lemonade, an album that laid bare Bey’s stories of deep betrayal and a personal rebounding for the sake of motherhood and family. It was then further explored...


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Troy Carter
6/19/18

Rumors continue to swirl around Troy Carter, with the New York Post's Page Six the latest to jump in the swim with the suggestion (citing "sources") that the recent UJA honoree will be moving to Epic Records, a claim it says Spotify and Epic have both denied.


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xxx
6/19/18

In the hours after his passing, XXXTentacion's music has climbed to the top of Apple Music and iTunes.


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xxxtentacion
6/18/18

As TMZ first reported, rapper XXXtentacion has been killed in a shooting in Florida. The Broward County Sheriff's Department confirmed the news.


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jay bey
6/18/18

The long-rumored Jay-Z/Beyoncé tandem album (as The Carters), Everything Is Love, has been released as a joint Roc Nation/UMG-Parkwood/Sony drop, initially as a Tidal exclusive. The nine-song set, which has now gone wide (premium-only on Spotify), hit #1 at iTunes at 9am ET on 6/18 and #8 at Apple Music around noon ET. Check a video for song "Ape Shit," filmed at the Louvre in Paris, within...


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KeshaDrLukeLadyGaga
6/18/18

The entire music business is speculating about the identity the CEO who, according to Dr. Luke, is now denying he told Kesha that Katy Perry had revealed to him that she was raped...


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v juice wrld
6/18/18

19-year-old Juice WRLD is making serious waves. What made the rapper, now signed to Grade A/Interscope, stand out from a sea of SoundCloud movers and shakers?


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Tickets-in-hand
6/18/18

How do adult-skewing acts fight for chart share in a youth-dominated, streaming-driven market? They leverage their strengths. RCA has proved particularly effective in this sphere with...


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ADM
6/18/18

Universal Music Group is expanding its relationship with All Def Media, the hip-hop brand that creates programs for YouTube and Facebook such as Arts and Raps and The Crate. Included in the deal are three new series.


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RIHANNA   ANTI
6/18/18

The greatest gainers on Shazam’s USA Top 100 land there for three reasons this week: Radio airplay; Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale; and a first, walkup music for a boxer.


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YOUNGBLOOD
6/18/18

5 Seconds of Summer are challenging The Greatest Showman for the U.K. Official Albums #1 this week with Youngblood (Capitol) just 3k combined sales behind the long-running front-runner at midway stage.


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nadel
6/18/18

Max Lousada’s WMG is launching the new Elektra Music Group on 10/1. The standalone label group, which will include the Elektra, Fueled by Ramen, Roadrunner, Low Country Sound and Black Cement labels, will be overseen by…


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columbia softball
6/18/18

"What is this club? I've never seen any bands here," marvels Columbia boss Ron Perry during the label's 11th Annual Softball tourney (and Ron's first) in Central Park. "It's called the outdoors, Ron," explains EVP/GM Joel Klaiman. "We're going to throw the ball and run around and stuff, and after that there'll be sushi." Later, Ron got some hella rad designer cleats.


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jonplatt
6/18/18

Our forthcoming special issue, History of the Music Biz, Vol. 3: The Rainmakers, takes the series into new territory: This time out we profile the top contemporary players, who are making history right now. Leaders like Jimmy Iovine, Marty Bandier, Bob Pittman, Jon Platt and John Branca...


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6/18/18

Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 dominated Father's Day Weekend, debuting at #1 with $180m. The family flick broke records, topping its predecessor, earning the biggest opening weekend for an animated film and bowing with one of the Top 10 openings ever for a movie of any genre.


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chopper gary
6/15/18

"Nervous? Why would I be nervous?" asks sole passenger and Republic VP Top 40 promo Lucas Romeo in response to pilot/promo chief Gary Spangler's query about their prop-plane flight. "I always vomit copiously into a paper bag around this time in the afternoon. Could we listen to something other than the Big Bopper?" Later, Gary expertly piloted the single-engine Cirrus into the overhead bin on Bob Pittman's jet.


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Dave Matthews
6/15/18

RCA’s Dave Matthews Band scores another #1, as Come Tomorrow lands atop the HITS Top 50 with 297k, supercharged by an impressive ticket bundle. Meanwhile, Kanye West and Kid Cudi (aka Kids See Ghosts) scare up...


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1216 JanickBerman Feature Image
6/15/18

In the midst of a torrid hot streak, IGA topper John Janick sat down with Variety’s Shirley Halperin to candidly discuss his frightening ordeal, after doctors discovered a brain tumor last fall. As he revealed, it wasn’t his first brush with the Big C.


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6/15/18

Sony Music plans to deliver on the promise to share the wealth with artists after divesting half of its stake in Spotify back in April...


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LucianWeeknd
6/15/18

The Weeknd spoke and Ariana Grande sang “No Tears Left to Cry” to honor Sir Lucian Grainge at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where he received the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award.


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Old Dominion, "Hotel Key"
A rambunctious tale of a memorable one-night stand gets a cheeky visual treatment in this clip for the RCA Nashville band's latest single, which they premiered during their CMA Fest perf at Nissan Stadium. Watch it with someone you just met.
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Oh, man--here come #TheCarters. https://t.co/NRyFMBExH8 @Beyonce @S_C_ @RocNation https://t.co/axKBsKXB0O
What's new on our #RockSativa playlist? Listen and find out. And throw some goat, damn it! https://t.co/8sTKmkmFVK https://t.co/uoeMXLnxYU
New $$ chart: @kanyewest dominates with 7 of Top 10 tracks: https://t.co/T0ixy9igZY @umg @maroon5 @Drake… https://t.co/lwr0qW4Umx
Head fake: Who wasn't really at the @UJAfedNY fete with @Spotify's #TroyCarter? https://t.co/cNXEjDyGTW @RIAA… https://t.co/pYfugCHvUZ
Top 20: @davematthewsbnd, @kanyewest @KidCudi #KidsSeeGhosts @DierksBentley, more. https://t.co/BHTA0rHjzC https://t.co/7n8rta5wz1
.@LIVVIAMUSIC's #gratitude lookin good on top of this @whphplaylists roundup: https://t.co/TqpgOVri8C #workhardplaylisthard
RT @MichelleSFresh: It’s been six-six-six-sixteen days since we’ve heard anything on IG from @Drake... 👻
"Wildly adventurous, inventive, transcendental no-rules beat-making and song production..." Our own @MichelleSFresh… https://t.co/zMhPMIdkjL
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