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Country Radio Preview: Zac Brown, Timberlake Cover, 8 More Debut
6 months ago

Country Radio Preview: Zac Brown, Timberlake Cover, 8 More Debut

From a Justin Timberlake cover, to the latest tracks from genre mainstays, to singles from aspiring male and female stars, the week of April 29 will bring something for everyone …
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Black Keys’ Auerbach Guides Lana Del Rey’s New “West Coast” – Listen
6 months ago

Black Keys’ Auerbach Guides Lana Del Rey’s New “West Coast” – Listen

Working to prematurely prevent any summertime sadness for her fans, Lana Del Rey officially released new single “West Coast.”

Owing greatly to the influence of producer and Black Keys singer …
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New Radio Songs: “Forever,” “Ten Feet Tall,” “GUY” Impact Top 40
7 months ago

New Radio Songs: “Forever,” “Ten Feet Tall,” “GUY” Impact Top 40

Update: An eleventh hour confirmation reveals that Cher Lloyd’s “Sirens” will also seek Top 40 adds this week. Details on that track have been added to the below report. ======


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Chart Story: Naughty Boy & Sam Smith’s “La La La” Makes a Run
8 months ago

Chart Story: Naughty Boy & Sam Smith’s “La La La” Makes a Run

Today’s music marketplace might be globally and digitally connected, but as “Pompeii” proved earlier this year, there is no guarantee that songs will break in all markets at the same …
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Chart Story: Paramore’s “Ain’t it Fun,” MKTO’s “Classic” Enter Top 50
8 months ago

Chart Story: Paramore’s “Ain’t it Fun,” MKTO’s “Classic” Enter Top 50

Update: Both songs continued to rise following this report’s original publication date.

As of press time, Paramore’s “Ain’t it Fun” was #32 on iTunes’ single sales chart; MKTO’s “Classic” was …
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Style is No Mirage on Pharrell’s Superb “G I R L;” Album Review
8 months ago

Style is No Mirage on Pharrell’s Superb “G I R L;” Album Review

In the wrong hands, “Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky” and “Happy” could have become the most cheesy, gimmicky releases of 2013.

In the hands of Pharrell Williams, they became three of …
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Songwriting Not Loud Enough on Lea Michele’s “Louder;” Review
8 months ago

Songwriting Not Loud Enough on Lea Michele’s “Louder;” Review

There were a lot of opportunities for Lea Michele’s debut album to go wrong.

Like her disastrous “Glee” rendition of “Baby One More Time,” it could have suffered from a …
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Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” Sparks Sales, Buzz Over Elton John Homage
9 months ago

Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” Sparks Sales, Buzz Over Elton John Homage

The soundtrack to a Beats commercial that features 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and aired during this weekend’s NFL Playoff Games, Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” has faced two notable consequences.

On …
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Lorde’s “Royals,” Vampire Weekend’s “Step” Named Best Songs of 2013
10 months ago

Lorde’s “Royals,” Vampire Weekend’s “Step” Named Best Songs of 2013

2014 is already here, but the best music of 2013 will deserve ample recognition from now until eternity.

Over the past few days, Headline Planet founder Brian Cantor has been …
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Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Returns to iTunes Top 10, Confirmed as Single
10 months ago

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Returns to iTunes Top 10, Confirmed as Single

Insofar as “Roar” was essentially the perfect realization of the sound Katy Perry had been developing throughout her “One of the Boys” and “Teenage Dream” album cycles, it made sense …
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