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STRONG Q1 FOR UMG
DRIVES VIVENDI
The crown jewel sparkles. (4/16a)
COACHELLA VS. COUCHELLA: NO CONTEST
One weekend down, one to go. (4/15a)
BECK BRINGS "LIGHTNING" TO BEATS
The Tower of sync power. (4/15a)
NEW RELEASES: A BTS MAP (UPDATE)
K-Pop is a thing, it looks like. (4/16a)
CROSSCURRENTS: NEW FRONTIERS
The final chapter of the Black Music History overview (4/15a)
THE NEXT RECORDING ACADEMY HEAD IS...
(The envelope, please.)
THE WHOLE SPIEL ON BILLIE
We're handing out crowns.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
THERE'S PIZZA IN THE BACK
The pepperoni's all gone, though.
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SIR LUCIAN GRAINGE: UMG’s knight posts boffo Q1 growth, further fueling Vivendi spinoff push. You can take that to the bank(s).
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BTS: BigHit/Columbia K-Pop kids are on the MAP in a big way with #1 chart bow and Halsey-fueled single. How far will radio “Luv” go?
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SONY MUSIC: House of Stringer enjoying some sunny marketshare thanks to Lil Nas, BTS, Bey, Khalid, more, with Thrones set dropping. Release the dragons.
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TAYLOR SWIFT: Countdown to mystery drop has speculation from fans and biz folk in overdrive. Monte says it sounds like money.
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GUY O: Madonna returns with “Medellín” ahead of Madam X set via Live Nation/Maverick/Interscope, and her consigliere is pulling out all the stops.
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MARTY DIAMOND: Paradigm player gets blingy new Global Head of Music title as he continues to oversee a gem of a roster. Shine on.
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DEB DUGAN: Grammy’s new boss is in the catbird seat after leaked story is widely (RED). But does she know what she’s getting into by accepting this trophy?
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DADDY YANKEE: “Con Calma” is soaring—and Barnett’s Tower team is ready to take it higher with Katy remix. Marella is learning to say “Hey Buddy” en español.
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BEYONCÉ: Live set and Netflix doc give Parkwood/Columbia superdiva a multimedia Homecoming—and another set of twins.
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JIM DONIO: Music Biz chief brings the show to Music City, where many guys named Morty are expected.