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J. COLE GETS TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Artist opens door to new album. (4/20a)
FROM SIR, WITH LOVE (UPDATE)
An embarrassment of riches (4/20a)
YEEZY'S ONE-TWO PUNCH
Kanye's been busy; now he can dive back into Twitter. (4/20a)
VIVENDI EXPLORING UMG IPO
Pass the cheese puffs, s'il vous plaît. (4/20a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: DRAKE AND CARDI CLEAN UP
It's not fair to the rest of the kids. (4/20a)
ASK YOUR TASK FORCE
Tina gets advice, whether she wants it or not.
WHEN PUBLISHERS GET MASTERFUL
Why the recording side still holds an allure.
DOES THIS PIZZA TASTE WEIRD TO ANYBODY ELSE?
I actually ate, like, five pieces. But still.
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J. COLE GETS TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Artist opens door to new album. (4/20a)
FROM SIR, WITH LOVE (UPDATE)
An embarrassment of riches (4/20a)
YEEZY'S ONE-TWO PUNCH
Kanye's been busy; now he can dive back into Twitter. (4/20a)
VIVENDI EXPLORING UMG IPO
Pass the cheese puffs, s'il vous plaît. (4/20a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: DRAKE AND CARDI CLEAN UP
It's not fair to the rest of the kids. (4/20a)
ASK YOUR TASK FORCE
Tina gets advice, whether she wants it or not.
WHEN PUBLISHERS GET MASTERFUL
Why the recording side still holds an allure.
DOES THIS PIZZA TASTE WEIRD TO ANYBODY ELSE?
I actually ate, like, five pieces. But still.
ROBOT MUSIC SUPERVISORS
It's already happening.
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4/20/18

Following the 53rd ACM Awards, Broken Bow/BMG’s Jason Aldean—who accepted his third consecutive Entertainer of the Year trophy—celebrates a #1 Top 50 Chart bow for Rearview Town, which crossed the finish line with more than 181k.


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4/20/18

City of Hope Spirit of Life honoree and Warner/Chappell boss Jon Platt is joined by the extremely heavy COH industry board, all of whom agreed on the urgent need to find a cure for us. Seen just before collectively consuming enough caffeine to power a small country are (l-r) Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown's Don Passman, Phil Quartararo, CAA's Rob Light, Loeb & Loeb's John Frankenheimer, UMe topper Bruce Resnikoff, UMPG Chairman Jody Gerson, Platt, Kathy Nelson, Warner/Chappell's Clark Miller, Morey Management's Jason Morey, Spirit Music Group's David Renzer, UMPG's Evan Lamberg, The Davis Firm's Doug Davis and AEG Presents' Larry Vallon.


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4/20/18

J. Cole has created a powerful trailer for the just-released KOD, which, as he explains at the top of the piece, as well as at listening events in New York and London, stands for “kids on drugs.” The album has flown to #1 at iTunes in the U.S. and 35 other territories (including Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Burkina Faso and The Cayman Islands) and top 5 in more than 100 others.


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4/20/18

DJ/producer/recording artist Avicii, best known for the 2013 hit “Wake Me Up,” died Friday in Oman. He was 28.


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4/20/18

Drake enters the Top 5 at T40, while Post Malone muscles his way to #1 at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Lovelytheband stay on top...


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4/20/18

Two days after a breathtaking, sold-out show at L.A.'s Novo, The Orchard's Jorja Smith has announced that her debut album, Lost & Found, is due to drop 6/8. Pre-orders are available now.


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4/20/18

Sir Lucian Grainge’s UMG, already in a commanding marketshare position, has a big new J. Cole release and is due to drop sets from Kanye, Post Malone and Drake—which, in combination with...


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4/20/18

Think of this and every HITS List as a sort of textual playlist—a New Music Friday for industry fans of boldface, all-caps proper nouns, as we render the week’s rainmakers. If you didn’t lose your mobile device in recent days, you can probably guess the identities of several of the chosen 10. No-brainers include...


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4/20/18

At the "Digital Disruption: Up Close and Personal" confab hosted by AIMP L.A. at Lawry's Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, a group of extremely disruptive industry figures assembled for this strongly disruptive photo op. "Streaming is having a transformative impact on our industry," pronounced Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown's Don Passman. "However, it brings with it unique challenges. For example, the many label executives I represent are running out of places to put their yachts." Seen just before tucking into a slab of beef the size of a coffee table are...


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4/20/18

It's 4/20. We’ve got some ridiculously dank bud stuffed into the bong. We’ve also got some girthy joints, a dropper of cannabis tincture, some sublingual strips that taste like garbage but add a floaty dimension to our buzz, and an array of infused chocolates that should blast us into the stratosphere. But what to listen to?


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jonplatt
4/20/18

"It's not just my turn," said City of Hope Spirit of Life honoree Jon Platt at Wednesday's kickoff breakfast at the Viceroy L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. "It's my culture's turn to do our part."


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Harris-Lipa
4/20/18

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa have registered the largest weekly tally this year for a song, sending “One Kiss” (Columbia/Warner Bros.) to #1 on the Official Singles Chart. At Albums, The Greatest Showman soundtrack returns to #1.


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High5
4/20/18

The office Karaoke machine is being overworked today with “One Toke Over the Line,” “Hi Hi Hi,” “Legalize It” and “Pass the Kouchie” on heavy rotation as we count down to 4:20. While we try to locate an instrumental version of Miley’s “Dooo It!,” take a peak at the week’s HITS High 5.


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4/20/18

J. Cole's KOD (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) is #1 at iTunes and Apple Music on this flipover Friday and eight of the album’s tracks are in the Top 10 on Apple Music’s Top Songs chart. Does KOD stand for King of On-Demand?


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4/20/18

"Have you always been covered in glittery rainbow fish scales?" HITS' Michael Dominguez asked officemate Kenz Meadows at Lykke Li's listening party earlier this week. "I think so," she answered. "Also, what the fuck was in that party punch?" When the duo then reached for the YOLA Mezcal shots, Crush Head of A&R Evan Taubenfeld and the RCA songstress suggested they'd had enough... Only after a rousing round of Pin the Tail on the Weasel, though.


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4/20/18

Def Jam megastar Kanye West took to Twitter to reveal that his album is seven songs. It also appears that the set is expected to drop on 6/1. And it looks like a second album, apparently a collaboration Kid Cudi, will be released under the name Kids See Ghost the very next week (6/8).


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4/20/18

Between them, Drake and Cardi B took all the big bucks and left the rest of the field scrambling for the Benjamins they dropped on the way to the bank.


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4/20/18

Vivendi has started to review the possibility of listing UMG, CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine confirmed on Thursday. “We have started work that will allow us to present the benefits of a potential listing of UMG to the supervisory board,” de Puyfontaine said at Vivendi’s annual general meeting in Paris.


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4/20/18

Perhaps we misheard over the din at Citizen, but we could’ve sworn someone said that Jason Owen’s Sandbox Entertainment will step in as new management of Nashville breakout Kelsea Ballerini.


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4/20/18

Former Paisley Park employees are banding together to create the PRN Alumni Foundation in an effort to continue the philanthropic legacy of the late Park's patron...


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