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MERCURY ORBITS AJR
The Met brothers have a new label home. (5/17a)
NEW RELEASES: KING
KENDRICK RETURNS
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/17a)
PRIDE & JOY
From the archives (5/17a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Place your bets here. (5/17a)
STREAMING SONGS: SUMMER HEAT
His lucky number is 23. (5/16a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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MERCURY ORBITS AJR
The Met brothers have a new label home. (5/17a)
NEW RELEASES: KING
KENDRICK RETURNS
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/17a)
PRIDE & JOY
From the archives (5/17a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Place your bets here. (5/17a)
STREAMING SONGS: SUMMER HEAT
His lucky number is 23. (5/16a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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AJRnew
5/17/22

AJR, currently somewhere in the wilds of Pennsylvania on their way to a show in Pittsburgh, have signed with the newly relaunched Mercury Records/Republic Records.


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weatherly new
5/17/22

"Dear Kevin," writes Lenny Beer, "Congratulations on your return to KROQ. The timing is auspicious; present conditions provide a huge opportunity to revitalize the Alternative format you previously helped pilot to greatness."


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kdcot crown
5/17/22

Acclaimed writer Miles Marshall Lewis assesses Kendrick's deep and cathartic new album.


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5/17/22

While telescopes have been trained on the blood moon and the black hole, industry eyes have been gazing at stars: supernova Bad Bunny, the supermassive Kendrick Lamar and super-diva Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, the future’s so bright for Stringer and Cooper they’ve gotta wear shades.

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5/17/22

At the L.A. kickoff breakfast for the City of Hope's Spirit of Life campaign honoring Republic founding bros Monte and Avery Lipman, the pair fixed their smiles gamely for a gauntlet of photo ops with fellow industry heavyweights. Here they flank prior Spirit of Life honoree, Sony Music Publishing boss and recent Music Biz keynoter Jon Platt, who predicted that the value of this shot would ultimately exceed 20x earnings. For more images, click the link.


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5/17/22

The class of Q2 2022 includes such beguiling artists as Muni Long, KA$HDAMI, JNR Choi, Leah Kate and Pheelz, among other buzzing newcomers. Which of these will be tearing up the charts in the near future?


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kendrick album big steppers crop
5/17/22

For the third consecutive week, the bar for the biggest opening this year has been raised. Kendrick Lamar's fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is on pace for the year's largest debut and a slam-dunk #1.


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5/17/22

There's much joy in Silverlake (or "Silver Lake," if you're in the Chamber of Commerce) as multifaceted L.A. music company Pulse Music Group celebrates the participation of its writers in the Top 3 songs in the U.S.


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MingusThree Trio LP
5/17/22

Rhino Records is joining in the centennial celebration of Charles Mingus’ birth with a panel discussion of the influential bassist/bandleader/ composer’s accomplishments and the reissue of his 1957 album Mingus Three.


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5/17/22

As we prepare our Pride 2022 special, we revisit this revealing conversation with acclaimed singer/songwriter Joy Oladokun, who addresses the challenges and inspirations associated with her background and identity. "As a human, I happen to intersect with three groups of people who experience prejudice and stereotyping: women, queer people and Black people," she says. "As a musician, it’s part of my goal to be really human."


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ppl
5/17/22

U.K. music-licensing company PPL collected £252.8m (about $341m) in revenues in 2021, a 12% spike over 2020’s collections.


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5/17/22

Allison Russell, Yola and Brandi Carlile have secured three nominations each for the 21st annual Americana Music Association’s Americana Honors & Awards.


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5/16/22

As we prepare our Black Music Month special, we present the online debut of musical icon Nile Rodgers' conversation with the Mother of Black Music Month, Dyana Williams.


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5/16/22

In case you missed it—which, is extremely likely—viewership for Sunday's Billboard Music Awards broadcast reportedly fell to a new low for the event, totaling just over 2m viewers.


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5/16/22

Milk & Honey clients are heating up the Pop chart at the moment, with Ed Sheeran's "2 Step" f/Lil Baby (David Hodges) and Doja Cat's "Get Into It Yuh" (Y2K) in the Top 20 and rising.


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dancefever
5/16/22

The fifth studio album by Florence + the Machine is on its way to becoming their fourth U.K. #1, while, at singles, Harry Styles may have two challengers threatening his shot at a seventh week at #1.


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5/16/22

UTA has announced 54 promotions in more than 20 divisions in multiple offices, with seven of them in the music division.


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5/16/22

Over the weekend, Arista/Sony Latin's Roman rock breakout Måneskin returned to the birthplace of its global fame—the Eurovision Song Contest—to perform new single "Supermodel." The performance is captured below for your delectation. The song is getting early love at radio—don't touch that dial.


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5/16/22

Carrie Underwood will perform in 43 U.S. cities on her Denim & Rhinestones Tour. Promoted by AEG Presents, it kicks off 10/15 in Greenville, S.C., and wraps 3/17 in Seattle.


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5/16/22

Posing for this gleeful photo op at SiriusXM, Republic artist John Legend did his utmost to go to his happy place as label promo boss Gary Spangler regaled the crew with a sprawling anecdote about the egg-salad sandwich he'd enjoyed earlier. Somehow, when the story ended, John's spins had been upped. Seen thinking this is really what music is all about are (l-r) Hits1's Mikey Piff, Republic's Manny Simon and Spangler, SXM's Jared Fox, Legend, Republic's Lucas Romeo and Mario Vazquez, SXM's Alex Tear and Rachael Spangler, Republic's Blair O'Brien and SXM's Medina Skoro.


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Imen Siar, "Lonely People"
It is OK to sing "Lonely People" (Icons + Giants) into your remote while standing on the couch, tears streaming down your cheeks. We have. Milan-bred, London-based Imen has understandably drawn comparisons to Adele, but she has a warmth and power all her own. And she can make you cry in six languages. The song, produced by Isa Machine and written by Jeff Franzel, John Adams, and Shelly Poole, has been getting some love on SiriusXM's The Pulse, among other places.
“Dear Kevin, Congratulations on your return to @kroq. The timing is auspicious; present conditions provide a huge o… https://t.co/LShPSeMLM7
#BadBunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti (Rimas) will land at #1 on the HITS Top 50 in the biggest debut of the year.… https://t.co/UM6Mryfw8N
On our latest cover: @RCARecords’ @Latto https://t.co/4M1ZfNhsvL
[email protected]'s anthemic theme from Top Gun: Maverick (in theaters on 5/27) brings precisely the old-school pyrotechni… https://t.co/gb8hVNxgPC
[email protected]_bighit will drop Proof on 6/10. The anthology album includes three new tracks and serves as a celebration of… https://t.co/TjwD35EHFy
[email protected]’s Twelve Carat Toothache will arrive on 6/3 https://t.co/83VVMsP3eP
[email protected]’s “I feel funny” drops tonight https://t.co/FTPS42XtoL
In honor @Harry_Styles gracing the cover of our latest #HitsMagazine, we’re giving away 2 copies -- like/retweet fo… https://t.co/QlrRdk6O4N
[email protected] brings out @paramore’s Hayley Williams to perform “Misery Business” for #Coachella weekend two
[email protected]'s "Thousand Miles" (Columbia) drops tonight at 9pm PT https://t.co/pstVkr2jqk https://t.co/el5Qs5wwg9