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SONY ACQUIRES MUBADALA'S SHARE IN EMI PUBLISHING
So, yeah, that's big. (5/23a)
I.B. BAD: PERFECT STORMS
Spotify, Vivendi, Childish, more. (5/23a)
DOWN THE TUBE: LYOR'S PRESS TOUR
He's the Wile E. Coyote of the music biz. (5/23a)
YOUR TOP 20: MIDWEEK SHOWDOWN (UPDATE)
Looks we have a horse race. (5/23a)
IRVING ISN'T BUYING
LYOR'S HYPE
One succinct, well-aimed tweet (5/23a)
THE NEW LEADERS
We chat with the top label execs about changing times.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS SPECIAL
They're young, they're happening and we've got 'em.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
THE B-SIDE
STING & SHAGGY: THEY CANNES AND THEY WILL
5/22/18


Sting and Shaggy held court at the Cannes Film Festival's closing ceremonies this week (5/21) performing "Morning Is Coming," a track off their collaborative album, 44/876. The album has been in the Top 10 albums charts in France, Poland and Germany for four weeks and continues to top Reggae charts in the U.S. 

The pair is headed stateside for a Good Morning America performance (5/25) when they'll also be dropping 44/876 - The Remixes featuring re-imagined tracks by the likes of Chris Baio of Vampire WeekendDave Audé, TropKillaz, iLLWayno and Cherry Cherry Boom Boom.

They'll be taking off on a European tour over the summer, and return for a U.S. tour together in September, find more details here

Pictured above, shortly before digging into a refreshing platter of buttered snails, are Shaggy, Cherrytree Music Co. Chairman/Sting manager Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum and Sting. 

PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK: CHILLYOURMIND
5/17/18

HITS in-house playlist aficianado Ranya Khoury has done it again, she's stopped at nothing to bring you the best in playlist curation for your listening pleasure. 


From a Youtube channel to a record label, ChillYourMind’s Pavle Piscevic filled me in on how he was able to use his curating skills to develop various underground producers, such as Alex Schulz and Axero. Piscevic’s involvement on Youtube dates back to 2014. Little did he know, his hobby of sharing his favorite tropical and deep house tracks would soon become a full-on career.

After realizing the impact his channel made, Piscevic became determined to take his brand to the next level. By keeping his uploads current and selectively sharing only the newest and hottest releases, ChillYourMind has been able to accumulate over 500k monthly subscribers on Youtube alone.

Pavle’s involvement in the industry became increasingly valuable−building both a Spotify network and a record label. His label has signed a plethora of electronic artists including We Are Friends, PROVI and Balco. ChillYourMind’s Spotify network on the other hand has racked up 50k+ followers. Converting many devoted fans from his platform on Youtube to Spotify, Pavle has proven his ability to strive on a highly competitive platform.

His main playlist, Chill Music, has over 40k followers−a constant growth haven for music lovers who enjoy chill electronic beats. Featuring artists such as Mr. Probz, Bearson and ZHU, Chill Music serves as a perfect gateway for those who are interested in getting into the genre. “While a majority of the songs on the playlist are a replica of the Youtube uploads,” Pavle mentions that there are a handful of hits you can’t find on Youtube. 

The best way to stay updated on ChillYourMind’s releases is to follow the official profile on Spotify, but you can check out the namesake playlist below... 

A WELCOME FRIGHT
5/17/18

California-born indie punk band The Frights just released their Epitaph Records debut with "CRUTCH," a track produced by Zac Carper of FIDLAR, mixed by Rob Kinelski and mastered by Grammy winner Greg Calbi, who has worked with the likes of Arcade Fire and Tame Impala among others.  

Managed by Brian Harris Frank of BFrank Management, the group planned the drop to coincide with their Shaky Knees festival performance which preceded a few U.K. stops, dates and details here. Indulge in a high-energy jaunt with the track below while anticipating their next album, due to drop this year.