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IS ANOTHER CHUNK OF UMG BEING SOLD?
IPO set for 9/27. (5/18a)
OLIVIA ROCKS
THE STREAMS
Coming-out party for a rockstar (5/17a)
WE’VE LOOKED AT CLIVE FROM BOTH SIDES NOW: GRAMMY PARTY PART 2
He's ageless and tireless. (5/17a)
WANT FRIES WITH
THAT HITS LIST?
It's a metaphor. (5/18a)
NEW RELEASES: STILL A COLE WORLD
Dude, that's some vertical leap. (5/17a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
RUMOR MILL
j.cole
5/18/21

J. Cole’s The Off-Season is headed for a resounding #1 on this week’s HITS Top 50. Meanwhile, debuts by Nicki Minaj and Alan Jackson...


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graingebigHit
5/18/21

Vivendi is considering selling between 5% and 10% of Universal Music Group to an American investor prior to listing its IPO on 9/27.


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olivia arrives
5/18/21

The next pop phenom has arrived. As with Billie Eilish, IGA's development of Olivia Rodrigo is a perfect mix of timing, patience and A&R execution.


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hella mega art
5/18/21

The rock is coming back, kiddies. The Hella Mega Tour, which like so many hotly anticipated treks was sidelined by the pandemic, is gearing up for U.S. stadiums this summer. Crush-repped Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer will share stages for this amplified adventure, starting...


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Machuca
5/18/21

Edgar (Edd Grand) Machuca has been named to the specially created position of Senior Vice President of A&R for both Capitol Records and Virgin Music Label & Artist Services.


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bella poarch video
5/18/21

New Warner Records inking Bella Poarch has owned YouTube since the release of her debut single, "Build a Bitch," which has racked up 44m+ global views. The song has now jumped into the Top 50 at Spotify Global and U.S.


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spotify frequency
5/18/21

Spotify has launched Frequency, a global initiative celebrating Black art, entertainment, creativity, culture and community, both on and off-platform. Through the rollout of new content, cultural partnerships, and an ambassador program, Frequency aims to further connect the Black community to upcoming and established Black creators.


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Webp.net-gifmaker (64)
5/18/21

Arista has tapped Khristopher Riddick-Tynes as VP, A&R and Co-Head, Urban Music (based in L.A.) and Kendell Freeman as VP and Co-Head, Urban Music (situated in NYC).


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Kedntish
5/18/21

Joe Kentish, who has been with Warner Records U.K. since 2014, will be promoted to president of the label on 6/1, taking over from Phil Christie.


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In-N-Out
5/18/21

There’s something for every palate on our menu of trending biz topics. You want moguls? Choose between two of the best in town, 100% prime. Stars? We offer both carbonated Cole and a zesty Grande. There are awards galore—with a popular Parham among the specials. And check out our Jr. fare. So feast your eyes on what we’ve grilled up—you’ll be in-N-out in a jiff.

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Featured Video
CNCO, "Tan Enamorados"
The Latin-American lads came up with a pretty cool concept for the visuals surrounding their forthcoming covers set Déjà Vu (Sony Music Latin), due 2/5: the songs are Spanish-language chart monsters of the last few decades, this one being Ricardo Montaner's 1988 behemoth, while the vids pay tribute to U.S. pop touchstones (in this case NKOTB's "The Right Stuff"). The trailers, like this one, tie the larger visual narrative together. Talk about creativity during quarantine.
[email protected], @NICKIMINAJ, @ENHYPEN, @st_vincent & more to debut in the top 20 this week https://t.co/DPrAcM0k0H https://t.co/HbIKmdrhYy
Is another chunk of UMG being sold? https://t.co/hOLI1t8NNi https://t.co/gUrJPY8ujy
[email protected] announces lossless audio coming soon at no additional charge https://t.co/Rtp1Dp0zJ1 https://t.co/qbGFvKYEd2
[email protected] sets Warner record on YouTube with #BuildABitch https://t.co/gozhc3UMqj https://t.co/LaHa93HTEt
#BeamMeUpScotty mixtape by @NICKIMINAJ headed for solid albums chart start https://t.co/pg6SW4P5BQ https://t.co/V9z1xnQojF
It’s a cole world: @JColeNC aiming for #1, could earn year’s top start with #TheOffSeason https://t.co/0DOOnWdzMT https://t.co/7xqIT7zXHd
‘A Gangsta’s Pain’ is back to #1 on our albums chart this week @MoneyBaggYo @Interscope https://t.co/dFtkY7nPsl https://t.co/qiY08qGARx