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2018 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE
UMG is dominating the first six months. (7/19a)
AT THE HALF:
U.K. MARKETSHARE
Universal builds a lead. (7/19a)
ANTE UP: I.B. BAD
ON VALUATION
Money changes everything. (7/19a)
SPOTIFY OPENS ACCESS TO PLAYLIST CREATORS
Send in the songs. (7/19a)
YOUR TOP 20: NOBODY BEATS THE DRAKE
"Scorpion" still stinging. (7/19a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
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2018 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE
UMG is dominating the first six months. (7/19a)
AT THE HALF:
U.K. MARKETSHARE
Universal builds a lead. (7/19a)
ANTE UP: I.B. BAD
ON VALUATION
Money changes everything. (7/19a)
SPOTIFY OPENS ACCESS TO PLAYLIST CREATORS
Send in the songs. (7/19a)
YOUR TOP 20: NOBODY BEATS THE DRAKE
"Scorpion" still stinging. (7/19a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
RUMOR MILL
Contents 1208 lucian
7/19/18

The story of the first six months of 2018 is the take-no-prisoners offensive of Sir Lucian Grainge’s UMG, which has ridden the streaming wave aggressively and with impressive precision, giving new meaning to the term “dominance.”


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Webp.net-gifmaker
7/19/18

Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys was on top at the midpoint of the year, but labelmate Drake, whose new Scorpion had dropped the previous week, was breathing down his neck.


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Webp.net-gifmaker
7/19/18

One label and two artists racked up four of the Top 5 most-streamed songs of the last six months. Care to take a wild guess as to who hogged all the prime real estate?


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cash
7/19/18

Our inside man on the stratospheric rise of music valuation, co-starring Sir Lucian, Len Blavatnik, Irving, Mubadala, Tencent and more.


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july17
7/19/18

Drake will remain at #1 for a third week in a row, with a weighty total of...


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ibmasseygif
7/19/18

Now that David Massey has been officially announced as the head of the relaunched Arista, with a JV pub and management deal also part of Rob Stringer’s Sony, the biz is buzzing over...


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rapcaviar
7/19/18

Spotify is introducing a beta feature for artists, managers and labels to share unreleased music with the streaming service’s team of editors. The new service will provide efficient and easy access to Spotify's entire global editorial team, potentially giving artists a better shot at landing on playlists.


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Airhead 7-18-18
7/19/18

David Massey’s return to Sony Music inspired a company legend to rollout the welcome mat, inspiring this reenactment of the momentous occasion. We’re delighted to welcome back one of our all-time favorite cartoon characters—who, by the way, invented Airhead back in the 1980s.


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1221 JOEL KATZ WEB
7/19/18

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.


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scales
7/19/18

How are the British major labels faring marketshare-wise at 2018's halfway point? Year-on-year, Universal is up, and Sony and Warner are down, while the independent sector—including “fourth major” BMG—is up by 2.6%.


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Willie My Way cvr 10x10
7/19/18

After discovering a pile of old sheet music and a copy of Frank Sinatra’s Ring-a-Ding-Ding that sat underneath a Hefty bag of weed in his kitchen, Willie Nelson went into the studio and recorded 11 Great American Songbook tunes for his next Legacy album.


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chance the rapper
7/19/18

Chance the Rapper surprise-released four new songs Wednesday night and, in the process, announced he is the new owner of the web site Chicagoist. We look forward to a list of the 10 best places to buy ballcaps with the No. 3 on them.


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bono jimmy clive
7/19/18

"Did I ever tell you the story of how I discovered Piazza Umberto?" asks legendary industry icon Clive Davis during this jolly, impromptu photo op with rock luminary Bono and biz giant/tech innovator Jimmy Iovine after their paths crossed in Capri. "It was scarcely even a square at the time, more of a quadrilateral, really. Carlos Santana, Mike Douglas and I were searching for a truly authentic scialatielli, when across the tiles there came the plaintive tones of an ocarina…"


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Cat Stevens 70
7/19/18

Yusuf/Cat Stevens has signed a new umbrella agreement with BMG that includes his songs, numerous recordings, a feature documentary and other audio-visual and literary content.


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RodStewart
7/19/18

Rod Stewart continues his recent deep dive into songwriting on his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, which Republic Records will release on 9/28. Stewart has written 13 songs and covered three on the album, his first in three years.


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truman
7/19/18

RCA’s BROCKHAMPTON shared a new song, "1998 TRUMAN," on the second episode of the group's Beats 1 show, "Things We Lost in the Fire Radio." They also released a video directed by Kevin Abstract.


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JOSH.CROP
7/19/18

Lest you thought Pulse Music Group co-head Josh Abraham was just taking phone calls and ordering scallop rolls from What the Fish, be advised that the Silver Lake music company’s exec has also been in the studio making records, including Foster the People's Top 20 Pop track...


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7/19/18

HITS team member and acclaimed book editor Holly Gleason will head to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Woman Walk the Line: How the Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives—one of the Rock Hall's 2018 Author’s Series Selections. For more of the latest on all things Nashville...


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1245 Branding CAR
7/19/18

The conversation about brand partnerships is shifting. Country music is crossing over, and Nashville is diversifying. Country fans are loyal and engaged. The artists are passionate storytellers—ones who take pride in what they do, eat, drink, drive and wear. They have direct personal relationships with their fans because of their shared, similar lifestyles. And the format thrives on careers, as opposed to singles. The future of branding in Nashville has never been brighter.


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Seymour Stein
7/18/18

Four days after Seymour Stein was honored by the Recording Academy with its Trustees Award, WMG revealed that the legendary talent scout, Sire Records co-founder and noted eccentric will be leaving Warner’s after 42 years.


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