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2018 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE
UMG is dominating the first six months. (7/20a)
JACQUELINE SATURN: FEMALE AS FUCK
She runs rings around many of her male counterparts. (7/20a)
ANTE UP: I.B. BAD
ON VALUATION
Money changes everything. (7/20a)
AIRHEAD: A PAIR OF ARISTA-CRATS
Massey returns to Sony; His Cliveness returns to Cartoonland. (7/20a)
MAMMA MIA, WHAT
A HITS LIST
Includes the definition of dodecaphony. (7/20a)
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. (7/20a)
JACQUELINE SATURN: FEMALE AS FUCK
She runs rings around many of her male counterparts. (7/20a)
ANTE UP: I.B. BAD
ON VALUATION
Money changes everything. (7/20a)
AIRHEAD: A PAIR OF ARISTA-CRATS
Massey returns to Sony; His Cliveness returns to Cartoonland. (7/20a)
MAMMA MIA, WHAT
A HITS LIST
Includes the definition of dodecaphony. (7/20a)
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
drake
7/20/18

Drake’s Scorpion (YMCMB/Republic) is #1 on the HITS Top 50 Chart for a third consecutive week. Down a mere 18%, it pulls in another 266k. Meanwhile, the highest-charting debut—and the only one to make the Top 20—belongs to Atlantic’s Wiz Khalifa.


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1245 Jacqueline Saturn HEADSHOT ONLY
7/20/18

Jacqueline Saturn discusses heading both Caroline Distribution and Harvest Records, breaking the ceiling and working with the likes of Steve Barnett, Michelle Jubelirer, Ethiopia Habtemariam and Elliot Grainge.


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Airhead 7-18-18
7/20/18

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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Sheet music
7/20/18

Ariana Grande, Weezer channeling Toto, ABBA and Arnold Schoenberg, creator of the 12 Tone method of musical composition, provide the eclectic soundtrack for this week’s star-studded episode of Let’s Make a Deal: Music Biz Edition. Without further ado, let's meet the contestants...


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cash
7/20/18

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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DrakeUK
7/20/18

Drake has scored a hat trick with “In My Feelings” (Island) earning him a third U.K. Official Singles #1 this year on 91k combined sales—88% of which come from streaming. He’s also #1 on albums with Scorpion for a third week.


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Webp.net-gifmaker
7/20/18

Earlier this week, Interscope revealed that Imagine Dragons “Natural” (KidinaKorner/Interscope), a brand-new track, will be the official theme song of the 2018 ESPN college football season. This is the fourth straight year ESPN has used a song from an Interscope act for the coveted slot—and it isn’t a coincidence...


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TaylorIG
7/20/18

Taylor Swift climbs to #1 at T40, while Post Malone and Drake continue to dominate Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Panic! gets another week on top...


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Contents 1208 lucian
7/20/18

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
7/20/18

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
7/20/18

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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Anuel-AA-Real-Hasta-La-Muerte-Frontal
7/20/18

The dog days of summer make an early arrival this flipover Friday at the Top 10s at iTunes and Apple Music. Blame ABBA.


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dictionary
7/20/18

Welcome to this week’s HITS High 5 where you can be confident we have never confused the word “would” with “wouldn’t.” Now, wouldn’t it be nice to see the highlights of the week? We think it would.


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Capture
7/20/18

Darkroom/Interscope's Billie Eilish snags the cover photo for this week's edition of Spotify's New Music Friday, while her "you should see me in a crown" takes the top spot.


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v greta van fleet
7/20/18

Lava/Republic band Greta Van Fleet joins our Vibe Raters roundup of buzzing act's poised to break this week. See what's new with the first artists in 16 years to have consecutive singles from a debut release go #1 at Active Rock.


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louis
7/20/18

Louis Tomlinson has secured new management after splitting with James Grant Group in May, with his career now set to be guided by Three Six Zero’s Mark Gillespie and Matt Vines.


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whiskey Myers
7/20/18

East Texas band Whiskey Myers has three albums in the iTunes country Top 10: #1 Mud, #2 Firewater and #8 Early Morning Shakes. The 888-repped group got a big boost when their music popped up on the soundtrack to the new Kevin Costner miniseries Yellowstone. Whiskey Myers will get even greater visibility when they...


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rihanna-621743838
7/19/18

Rihanna is in the final stages of assembling her Dancehall-focused new album, according to a new report...


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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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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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