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I.B. BAD: AN EPIC TALE
Contemplating scenarios in an extremely fluid situation. (5/26a)
BRYSON TILLER'S SURPRISE DROP
The latest nontraditional release shakes up chart picture. (5/26a)
LIL YACHTY, MEET
LIL JIMMY
Look who toured Hollywood Blvd. Thursday...all the way from the Capitol Tower. (5/26a)
YTD MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
...slice by slice (5/26a)
HOMB2: HE'S DeMANN
Right, said Freddy. (5/26a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
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I.B. BAD: AN EPIC TALE
Contemplating scenarios in an extremely fluid situation. (5/26a)
BRYSON TILLER'S SURPRISE DROP
The latest nontraditional release shakes up chart picture. (5/26a)
LIL YACHTY, MEET
LIL JIMMY
Look who toured Hollywood Blvd. Thursday...all the way from the Capitol Tower. (5/26a)
YTD MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
...slice by slice (5/26a)
HOMB2: HE'S DeMANN
Right, said Freddy. (5/26a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
RUMOR MILL
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5/26/17

Ariana Grande just took to social media to announce that she will be hosting a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the Manchester attack and their families, just four days after the terror occurred. Read her open letter within.


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Linkin Park, One More Light, album art final
5/26/17

Warner Bros.Linkin Park has debuted at the top of the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart, earning an impressive 100k+ with One More Light and inching just past TDE/Aftermath/Interscope’s Kendrick Lamar, whose DAMN. pulled in north of 96k in its sixth week out.


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5/26/17

Harry Styles’ #1-charting Columbia solo album debut was overseen by Grammy-winning producer/writer/musician Jeff Bhasker, who discussed with us how Harry's self-titled set came to be...


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candlebox
5/26/17

This classic pic of Freddy DeMann and friends is brought to you by The History of the Music Biz 2, our forthcoming follow-up set of profiles of industry greats, gathered by the brilliant Michael Sigman and coming your way soon.


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5/26/17

RCA's Bryson Tiller has dropped his new set, True to Self, way ahead of its previously announced 6/23 release date; the 19-track collection is available via all DSPs and flew to #1 at iTunes within hours. Tiller had the sixth most-streamed album of 2016...


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5/26/17

"So Frank and Joey Bishop were just about to toss this croupier off the roof of the Sands, when Grace Kelly shows up with some crazy reefer she got from Omar Sharif," recalls Tony Bennett to Tommy Mottola, Donnie Ienner and Bruce Springsteen. This classic shot is brought to you by The History of the Music Biz 2, coming your way soon. Ad space is limited; reserve yours today.


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5/26/17

With one third of 2017 in the books and the halfway point in sight, the most telling indicator of the marketshare rankings is the comparison between each label’s SPS percentage and that for on-demand audio streams...


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payne
5/26/17

Liam Payne has hit #3 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart with “Strip That Down” f/Quavo (Capitol), while Linkin Park’s One More Light (Warner Bros.) is the highest entry for a new album at #4. Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time” (Island) re-enters the Top 40 at #11 after the devastating attack at Manchester Arena.


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Future IG
5/26/17

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee make moves at T40 while Future drops a remix to best Kendrick with Kendrick at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Imagine Dragons continue to rule...


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5/26/17

Our inside man examines Rob Stringer’s Sony, the state of its labels—and the question of appointing heads of two of those labels—as well as the stateside adventure of WMG exec Max Lousada and one alleged meeting during that trip, among other topics…


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5/26/17

This pic of Kal Rudman with Bon Jovi and the crew from WPST Trenton makes us wanna do some bumpski off a hotel minibar. This and other classic pics will join the dazzling profiles in History of the Music Biz 2, our sequel ish with brilliant journalist Michael Sigman, coming soon. Ad space is limited...


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High5
5/26/17

After a week of difficult news, we press rewind and take a look at the music industry’s positive news from the last seven days. Wishing all our HITS’ High Five readers a pleasant and safe Memorial Day weekend.


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Daniel Ek Twitter foto
5/26/17

The New York Stock Exchange wants to list Spotify and is prepared to change its rules to attract Daniel Ek’s streaming service to the big board, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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mileyC
5/26/17

Nine days after her NBC takeover, Miley Cyrus returned to the Peacock’s Today Show to bring a bit of California beach atmosphere to Rockefeller Center this morning. Whadda ya know? She performed “Malibu” and the light drizzle stopped.


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5/26/17

Two happening label heads (Rob Stringer and John Janick), a trio of entrepreneurs (Coran Capshaw, Ron Perry and Daniel Glass), a celebrity face-off (guess who) and a Top 40 logjam are among the topics the biz is talking about heading into Memorial Day weekend.


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5/26/17

Two months into his reign at Sony Music, Rob Stringer says his next step is to find fearless executives unencumbered by the status quo.


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5/26/17

"Despacito," Miley and Harry: They're among the projects that figure prominently on this week's Song Revenue Chart...


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Anger
5/26/17

Harry Anger, a former EVP at Polygram and Motown’s Chief Operating Officer who helped revitalize the label during the New Jack Swing era of the early 1990s, died 5/20 at his home in Las Vegas after a 20-plus year battle with leukemia. He was 84.


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TruetoSelf
5/26/17

Dropping his sophomore album a month early has paid off for RCA’s Bryson Tiller, who sees his True to Self race to #1 at iTunes on flipover Friday. It’s one of three highly anticipated hip-hop albums in the iTunes Top 10.


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Yachty Kimmel
5/26/17

“Glad you could make it, brah,” said Jimmy Kimmel to Lil Yachty prior to the sizzling-hot ATL MC’s performance on Live! Thursday night. “We could use some Quality Control along this stretch of Hollywood Blvd."


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.@arcadefire has an upcoming tour, recently signed to @ColumbiaRecords & already has buzz around soon-to-drop LP:… https://t.co/bglswv9iPr
.@icecube signs with @Interscope and will release a 25th anniversary edition of the legendary #DeathCertificate:… https://t.co/GsyFdjPMf5
.@MileyCyrus dedicated her performance of #Malibu on @NBCTheVoice's finale to victims of the attack in #Manchester… https://t.co/37AaUYdgLI
.@SonyMusicGlobal continues forging ahead even with @Epic_Records short a CEO. Who'll take the reins? Rumors fly: https://t.co/B87rHfKTr4
7 dates of @ArianaGrande's #DangerousWomanTour are cancelled after tragedy in #Manchester: https://t.co/LSSbhLDOJu https://t.co/jENtkIoP9U
.@RCARecords has promoted @daddioraddio from Senior Director of Pop Promotion to VP of Pop Promotion:… https://t.co/j5WWSG7f17
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