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Lewis Capaldi’s power ballad “Someone You Loved” grabs the No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart. It has also topped the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart. The LA Times says “it’s highly unusual for a stripped-down ballad to gain such impact when the Top 40 is crowded with busy hip-hop tracks by the likes of Post Malone and Travis Scott”. But that’s exactly why the track exploded, it’s different and makes you feel.

“Look at the records around it on Spotify, globally or in the U.S.,” said Capitol Records Group chairman and CEO Steve Barnett, who traveled to Boston from L.A. to present Capaldi with a plaque commemorating the song’s latest sales achievement. “There’s nothing like it.”

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Amazon continues to strong arm its way into the music business. Now, the tech giant is putting on a music festival that has Kacey Musgraves, Beck, Foo Fighters, Leon Bridges, Chvrches, Brandi Carlisle, and Jamie xx performing in the Las Vegas desert. The festival will take place on December 6th and 7th and will have a video arcade, games and activities along with a post-apocalyptic dodgeball stadium’ a ‘mega-sized ball pit with over 200,000 balls” and a light show with drones.

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Kanye West has released a trailer for his IMAX film Jesus Is King. The minute-long video has a white space in the center of the Roden Crater while West’s Sunday Service choir plays. The trailer ends with the Bible verse Mark 1:15 which reads: “In the words of Jesus Christ, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel’.” The film will be released on 10/25 and tickets are are on sale.

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Katy Perry just rolled another track titled “Harleys In Hawaii” as well as the video. She co-wrote the song with the in-demand Perry Charlie Puth as well as Johan Carlsson and Jacob Kasher. The video has Perry riding a Harley on a Hawaiian highway and singing karaoke at a tiki bar and playing along a shoreline. This is her third single release but the label hasn’t announced an official album – they are probably trying to find a place for her in the streaming era.  The newest single is definitely the strongest compared to her previous releases – ‘Never Really Over’ and ‘Small Talk’.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for 2020. To be eligible recordings must have been released 25 years prior to the year of induction. The voting board consists of a international body of a 1000+ voting members – fans can also vote on Oct. 15 through Jan. 10, 2020.

Nominees include: Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy and Whitney Houston are up for the honor for the first time. Returning nominees are Depeche Mode (two previous noms), Judas Priest (nominated for Class of 2018), Kraftwerk (nominated five previous times), MC5 (nominated four times before), Nine Inch Nails (nominated two times before), Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (three previous noms) and Todd Rundgren (nominated for Class of 2019).

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