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I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/18a)
GRAMMYS, BLACK ARTISTS AND OCEAN'S "KAEPERNICK MOMENT"
Grammy whisperer Paul Grein dives in. (1/18a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: SONG AND DANCE EDITION
Janick and Childish deal with being associated with us. (1/18a)
PROPHETS OF RAGE TO STAGE PROTEST CONCERT ON INAUGURATION DAY
Political performance battle heats up. (1/18a)
GRAMMY BATTLES
Trophies, performers, rules and more.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
RUMOR MILL
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1/18/17

In his first column of 2017, our man behind the scenes points out that two oppositional sectors of the marketplace are responsible for the 2.5% year-over-year growth of the music business in 2016. He also speculates about how the majors might make use of Spotify’s paid-only tier option, which most believe is primed for launch, and reveals the motive behind Lyor Cohen’s frantic search to find his own replacement at 300 Entertainment. Will anybody bite?


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toby
1/18/17

Who’s performing at Donald Trump’s inaugural celebration and swearing-in ceremony? The top of the lineup includes...


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1/18/17

Prophets of Rage will host the Anti-Inaugural Ball Friday at L.A.’s Teragram, with guest performers including Chris Cornell, Vic Mensa, Jackson Browne, Jack Black and the Los Angeles Freedom Choir.


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mccartney
1/18/17

Sir Paul McCartney has filed suit against Sony/ATV over the rights to the Beatles catalog. The pub rights for Macca's portion of those mighty copyrights will begin running out next year, per the Copyright Act of 1976; 2018 will mark the stipulated 56-year interval since the earliest Beatles songs. Sony/ATV issued the following statement in response...


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legend
1/18/17

It has just been confirmed that John Legend and Metallica will perform during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as Carrie Underwood, who will be joined by Keith Urban.


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Grammy
1/18/17

Grammy whisperer Paul Grein explores Frank Ocean's recent comments on black artists and the awards competition, surveying the history and digging into the stats.


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Event+Details
1/18/17

Inauguration Day is Friday, and as you've probably already heard, folks are gathering in protest the following day (Saturday, 1/21) for The Women's March on Washington. Get the details on the D.C. event, as well as some key satellite marches, right here.


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1/18/17

Buzzers buzzing about Triple 8/Bruce Kalmick-managed indie alternative outfit Missio, whose "Middle Fingers" went on SiriusXM's Alt Nation as an exclusive and, after just a few spins, moved up to #78 at iTunes Alternative. Don't expect this project to stay indie for long.


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1/18/17

The Weeknd gets the edge to repeat at #1 SPS, as The XX nips at its heels and could prove a spoiler. On the sales chart, however...


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1/18/17

Glassnote's Childish Gambino graces the cover of our most recent print edition, while Interscope chief John Janick is the Contents page VIP. They're both dealing with the experience admirably.


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Dan + Shay, "How Not To"
An awkward moment at a 12-step meeting turns into a romantic connection in this clip for the Warner Music Nashville duo's infectious new single. Is it wrong to say we find it highly addictive?
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