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NICKI SPEAKS HER MIND AFTER EPIC SHOWDOWN FOR #1
The numbers game. (8/20a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
NEW RELEASES:
A GRANDE-SIZED DEBUT (UPDATE)
Ariana's sweet start. (8/20a)
AMAZON MUSIC RAISES ITS "VOICE"
Alexa, sing to me. (8/20a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
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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NICKI SPEAKS HER MIND AFTER EPIC SHOWDOWN FOR #1
The numbers game. (8/20a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
NEW RELEASES:
A GRANDE-SIZED DEBUT (UPDATE)
Ariana's sweet start. (8/20a)
AMAZON MUSIC RAISES ITS "VOICE"
Alexa, sing to me. (8/20a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
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
nicki spot2
8/20/18

A Spotify rep responded to Nicki Minaj’s tweetstorm about the alleged neglect of her album Queen by the streamery (among others) with the following comment...


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amazon voice
8/20/18

How do you market a streaming service, at this point in the game, to draw segments that have thus far resisted or been unaware of the platform? Amazon Music's new campaign uses...


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astroworldtour
8/20/18

Produced by Live Nation, the ASTROWORLD: WISH YOU WERE HERE tour will hit arenas this fall in support of Travis Scott's chart-topping album.


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human pbj
8/20/18

it's National Radio Day, y'all (for those of you unable to read things outside of social media, that'd be #NationalRadioDay)! According to its backers, this festive occasion offers a unique opportunity to "engage in online conversations about your love of radio, what it means in your community, your station history, or what’s next." For us, though, it's a chance to run dignified photo ops, such as this nightmarish "human peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich" promotion, from our capacious archives—and to remind you that the HITS 32nd Anniversary Special is on the way, and there's precious little you can do about it. Book your ad now; heaven knows we've got old pics of you too.


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queenradio
8/20/18

Upon learning that Queen had lost the battle for #1, Minaj calls out Travis Scott, blasts Spotify and entertains chart-manipulation theories in a series of inflamed tweets.


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googlespeakers
8/20/18

As the tech world continues to integrate AI into different interfaces comes the big rumor that Google is planning to deliver a new smart speaker with a video screen...


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8/20/18

Ariana Grande’s Sweetener is shaping up as the second-biggest debut of her career, behind the 244k tally for My Everything. Here’s our initial projection...


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David Jacobs
8/20/18

David Jacobs has been upped to West Coast GM at Mom+Pop by co-owners Michael Goldstone and Thaddeus Rudd. He came to the indie label in 2015 as VP Promotion.


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8/20/18

Radio veteran Charese Frugé has secured a new programming post, having been tapped as CHR Format Captain and PD of Pop twins WNOW Indianapolis and KROI Houston (both RadioNOW outlets of Urban One).


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Webp.net-gifmaker (33)
8/20/18

Travis Scott’s second-week number was in fact big enough to keep Nicki Minaj from debuting at #1. The widely applauded Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic set, Astroworld, tacks on an additional 223k, while Minaj's Queen (YMCMB/Republic) enters at #2 with 190k.


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8/20/18

Ariana Grande is set for her second #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Sweetener (Island), so far shifting...


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insecure1
8/20/18

Three different TV shows powered four of the great gainers on this week’s Shazam USA Top 100. Insecure watchers were curious about two tunes in particular.


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8/20/18

Island Records EVP/GM Eric Wong has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and will run operations for the entire label. Island President Darcus Beese made the announcement.


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EaglesHits
8/20/18

Sales powerhouse The Eagles, who continue to rule the rock roost on streaming services, have had Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 certified 38x platinum, making it the #1 album of all time.


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north by northwest banner
8/20/18

Chart-topper Travis Scott, fierce silver medalist Nicki Minaj, Ron Perry's Columbia, debuting Ariana Grande, Def Jam's Nicki Farag, manager Gee Roberson and Sony's Jen Mallory are among the trending topics...


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8/20/18

Warner Bros. occupied the #1 and #2 spots at the domestic box office this weekend with Crazy Rich Asians, which debuted at the top with more than $25m, and shark flick The Meg, which scored approximately $21m in week two.


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8/20/18

Imagine Dragons (KIDinaCORNER/Interscope) have the Top 3 tracks on this week's Rock Streaming Chart and four in the Top 10. But they're not the only ones flying: Another Century's lovelytheband zooms #17-8 with "Broken," while Darkroom/Interscope's Billie Eilish debuts at...


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abacus
8/17/18

With a high percentage of precincts reporting, we're now calling this week's chart race for Travis Scott.


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nicki2
8/17/18

Nicki Minaj has the highest new album on the U.K.’s Official Charts this week with Queen (Island) entering at #5, while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Polydor) is still the Official Albums #1 for a fourth week. On the singles side, George Ezra is back on top...


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4-arethafranklinfamous1st
8/17/18

Aretha Franklin, the gospel singer trained in her father’s church who came to define American soul music and held court as one of pop music’s greatest vocalists, died Thursday, 8/16. She was 76.


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A Grande-sized debut? Early reads on @ArianaGrande 's likely first-week numbers: https://t.co/h8cjcWIkIT https://t.co/Atg6NhnqKM
Looks like it's down to the wire in the chart battle between @NICKIMINAJ & @trvisXX https://t.co/0wtfFxdqs6 https://t.co/n1ec8AT12H
Rock isn't dead--it's just really stoned. Crank up our Alternative Route: X-Intern Selects playlist featuring… https://t.co/zoCxuoVzju
@SethAbramson Can we talk about "your name will go down on history?" There's a slogan for the Trump era.
Farewell to the Queen of Soul https://t.co/J9XdUGVSMx https://t.co/0881zvXMnf
The chart battle between @NICKIMINAJ & @trvisXX is heating up bigtime, as #FEFE is stripped onto her album...… https://t.co/9P7H1v8UkZ
Birthday #donuts, followed by a spate of self-loathing. https://t.co/SEuabFizch
You gonna finish that? #StupidQuestionsForZombies