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2020 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
The competition is fierce. (7/6a)
POP SMOKE SET
FOR BIG DEBUT (UPDATE)
A "Moon" shot. (7/6a)
U.K. GOVT. OKS £1.57B ARTS RESCUE PACKAGE 
Fingers crossed for indie venues to return. (7/6a)
BLACK MUSIC MONTH:
LADIES FIRST
Latifah, Lauryn, Missy, Lil Kim, more. (7/6a)
JUICE WRLD'S LEGENDS NEVER DIE DUE FRIDAY
Juiced with a big D2C initiative. (7/6a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
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2020 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
The competition is fierce. (7/6a)
POP SMOKE SET
FOR BIG DEBUT (UPDATE)
A "Moon" shot. (7/6a)
U.K. GOVT. OKS £1.57B ARTS RESCUE PACKAGE 
Fingers crossed for indie venues to return. (7/6a)
BLACK MUSIC MONTH:
LADIES FIRST
Latifah, Lauryn, Missy, Lil Kim, more. (7/6a)
JUICE WRLD'S LEGENDS NEVER DIE DUE FRIDAY
Juiced with a big D2C initiative. (7/6a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
RUMOR MILL
juicewrld
7/6/20

Juice WRLD's estate has announced the late rapper's first posthumous album, Legends Never Die, will arrive Friday 7/10 via Grade A/Interscope. They also released a new song featuring Halsey, "Life's A Mess."


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popsmokeshootforthestars
7/6/20

The late Pop Smoke is on pace for a runaway #1 on this week's HITS Top 50 with his highly anticipated debut full-length, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon (Victor Victor/Republic).


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7/6/20

Sports analysts have recently adopted a system that groups the major college football programs into tiers, and that concept applies nicely to the major labels halfway through the marketshare season...


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BRENDA ROMANO
7/6/20

All eyes are on Brenda Romano and team Interscope as they attempt to maneuver Trevor Daniel's "Falling" (Alamo) to #1 on the Mediabase Top 40 chart...


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7/6/20

Jhené Aiko’s distinctive sense of visual style is evidenced by the striking portrait of the Def Jam artist that graces the cover of our new print issue. Quality Control’s Coach K and P, who head one of the hottest JV labels in the biz while doing double duty as top managers, get our Contents shout-out.


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dua (2)
7/6/20

New releases from Dua Lipa, Joel Corry, Eminem and J Hus are in the Top 10s of the best-selling singles and albums in the U.K. for the first half of 2020. Warner has the most entries on the singles chart while Universal wins with albums.


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7/6/20

In this latest excerpt from our history of hip-hop, author Miles Marshall Lewis assays the gender gap and the artists who broke rap's glass ceiling.


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7/6/20

While DaBaby maintains #1 on Spotify's daily U.S. streaming chart, Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" (Columbia) slowly climbed to a new peak (#3) seven months after its release. Pop Smoke holds four songs in the Top 25...


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pounds
7/6/20

After much lobbying, the British live music industry has been handed somewhat of a life raft by the U.K. Government in the form of a £1.57b rescue package to help cultural and heritage organizations weather the challenges brought about by the coronavirus crisis.


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together
7/6/20

We typically see a lot of anodyne quotes from our founding fathers this time of year, but not enough of this one from Benjamin Franklin upon the signing of our storied Declaration: “We must all hang together, or most assuredly, we will all hang separately.”


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Paul W
7/6/20

Paul Weller is heading for his first U.K. Official Albums #1 in more than eight years. On Sunset (Polydor) is ahead of its closest competition by 11,000 sales at the halfway point. Over on singles, AJ Tracey and Mabel’s “West Ten” (Sony) is currently the highest new entry at #7.


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CD
7/6/20

Charlie Daniels, the fiddler/guitarist/songwriter who rose to fame during the Southern rock movement of the 1970s and sustained his career with country and gospel efforts, died today in Hermitage, Tenn. He was 83.


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morricone
7/6/20

Ennio Morricone, one of the most influential and prolific film composers in history whose work can be heard in about 500 films, died today in Rome. He was 91.


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amahla
7/6/20

British songwriting and composing org The Ivors Academy has announced the five nominees for its new Rising Star Award with Apple Music. Say hello to Amahla, Carmel Smickersgill, Griff, lullahush and Mysie.


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babydurk
7/3/20

QC/Motown/Capitol's Lil Baby earns his fifth—and fourth consecutive—week at #1 on the HITS Top 50. My Turn tops with 67k units. Alamo's Lil Durk lands the top debut at #2. Post Malone and Harry Styles return, 6LACK and HAIM bow.

...Go to the chart


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DABABYmask
7/3/20

With another week atop our Streaming Songs chart, SCMG/Interscope's DaBaby has now spent eight weeks at #1 with "ROCKSTAR" f/Roddy Ricch. Lil Baby's "We Paid" hits Top 3 for the first time while Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" re-enters the Top 10.

...Go to Streaming Songs

POPSMOKENMF
7/3/20

Victor Victor/Republic's Pop Smoke graces the cover of Spotify's New Music Friday behind the release of his debut studio album. Also, new cuts from Kanye West f/Travis Scott, Ellie Goulding, Amy Allen, Old Dominion, Ingrid Andress, Disclosure...


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Haim (1)
7/3/20

Haim have topped the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Women in Music Pt. III (Polydor) taking the lead by 4,000 chart sales. Over on singles, “Savage Love (Laxed Beat—Siren)” (Columbia) by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo lifts three places to #1 on 57,000 sales.


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popsmokeShoot
7/3/20

Pop Smoke rules the iTunes and Apple Music albums charts on this fireworks-free flipover Friday.


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1990  (002)
7/3/20

This, the second of three playlists created to accompany our Black Music Month history of hip-hop, follows the evolution of the form...


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Featured Video
DaBaby f/Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar"
A zombie apocalypse might seem like a pleasant alternative to the reality we're all dealing with right now, but SCMG/Interscope's DaBaby, guest Roddy Ricch and filmmakers Reel Goats invest it with the requisite thrills. DaBaby recently released a #BLM remix of the song; watch for him on the upcoming BET Awards.
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