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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
8/17/18

Fans are mourning the loss of Aretha Franklin and taking solace in her extraordinary musical legacy. Could the surge in marketplace activity make Aretha a candidate for a posthumous #1 chart week?


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8/17/18

On the night of her album Sweetener's release, Ariana Grande was scheduled appear on Fallon. She was not, however, supposed to sing—according to TMZ—but the powerhouse vocalist ended up doing an impassioned, remarkably deft rendition of "Natural Woman" with The Roots. The Republic star, reportedly overcome by emotion following the passing of one of her idols, then broke down in tears. Watch her generation-bridging performance within.


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STREAMING
8/17/18

Travis Scott retains the #1 position with "Sicko Mode" on this week's Streaming Songs Chart, while the influx of songs from Nicki Minaj nets her...


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lelepons
8/17/18

The social media superstar's deal is a partnership between 10:22 pm, UMG's imprint run by Celine Joshua, and Shots Studios.


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drakechamps
8/17/18

Maroon 5 & Cardi B are #1 for a fourth week at T40, while Drake is #1 for his third week at Rhythm and Weezer is on top for their third week at Modern Rock...


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j erving
8/17/18

Human-Re-Sources, the independent, hybrid distribution company founded by J. Erving, has hit the 500m streams mark in 10 months...


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8/17/18

Ariana Grande's much-anticipated fourth studio album, Sweetener (Republic) has spiced up the flipover Friday Top 10, rising to #1 at iTunes and #6 at Apple Music. Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin’s catalog is receiving considerable respect from fans.


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arethastar
8/17/18

The Queen of Soul has died, and the music community (and the wider world) is mourning her loss and celebrating the gift of her life and work.


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republic iheart
8/17/18

Monte Lipman, Gary Spangler and Team Republic celebrate being named iHeart Label of the Year at the iHeart Summit in NYC. Gary may appear to be napping but he is in fact getting his spins upped at seven formats while in an alpha brainwave state. Later, everyone called everyone else "Buddy" and Tom Poleman wondered whatever happened to Chumbawamba.


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NOAH GOLDSTEIN
8/17/18

Columbia has tapped Noah Goldstein as SVP of A&R. Big cheese Ron Perry made the announcement. Goldstein—who spent the last eight years as Kanye West’s official engineer—will report to Perry and Co-Heads of A&R Justin Eshak and Imran Majid.


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Sugarland f/Taylor Swift, "Babe"
This midcentury melodrama, in addition to showcasing the Big Machine duo's steamy song, features Tay (who penned the concept for the cinematic clip) as a femme fatale. Pass the popcorn.
How @Badflower's "Ghost" Tackles Suicide and Is Making Them Rock Stars: https://t.co/3s3AUTqqgX @Forbes… https://t.co/SLYW0XqXv2
A @Spotify insider responds to @NICKIMINAJ's comments: https://t.co/08m6nYM2zS https://t.co/oajenQ5u44
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