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New Zealand based RIIKI releases ‘High Heights‘. It’s a cool track and definitely worth a listen. The 20 year old indie pop artist worked on her latest track with producer Simon Gooding (Ed Sheeran, P!nk, Migos, Dua Lipa, Neil Finn). The new track follows her debut single ‘One Day’, which premiered on NZ’s hit radio network ZM, landing on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist.

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The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) named Scottland’s Lewis Capaldi the hardest working person in music. How do they arrive to the conclusion? It’s simple. They combine the number of domestic shows, number of international shows, and the total number of shows and number of countries.

Capaldi performed 195 total shows across 23 countries while 68 of them domestic and 127 of them international. The complete list:
1. Lewis Capaldi – 195 shows
2. Billie Eilish – 184 shows 3. P!nk – 167 shows
4. Ed Sheeran – 156 shows
5. Elton John – 150 shows
6. Killswitch Engage – 148 shows
7. Dua Lipa – 137 shows
8. Khalid – 136 shows
9. Shawn Mendes – 134 shows
10. Portugal. The Man – 132 shows

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Watch out for Haiti native Tedy. The Montreal based artist released the  dark-soulful pop track Stuck via Sony Canada. The track was co-produced with Herag Sanbalian alongside Mike Wise (Bulow, Ellie Goulding, Chainsmokers, Upshal). He racked over 16M+ global Spotify streams, 157K monthly listeners and 1M+ YouTube subscribers across his channels. His single Can I clocked 3.6M+ worldwide streams on Spotify while Hold on Tighter released July 27, 2018 has was streamed over 1M+ worldwide on Spotify. Give it a stream.

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The Weeknd dropped the new track Heartless.  The track jumped to #3 at iTunes. It’s his first new music since the 2018 EP My Dear Melancholy and his 2016 LP Starboy. The Weeknd will star in the upcoming film Uncut Gems, featuring Adam Sandler, due in December.

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Billboard is finally addressing the controversial practice of bundling albums and merchandise. Almost every No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart are bundled with merchandise or tickets. Nearly every artist have bundled albums with merchandise including Celine Dion, Luke Combs, Kanye West, SuperM, Post Malone, and Taylor Swift.

The new rules according to Billboard, “in order for an album sale to be counted as part of a merchandise/album bundle, all the items in the bundle must also be available for purchase concurrently and individually on the same website. In addition, the merchandise item sold on its own will have to be priced lower than the bundle which includes both the merchandise and the album.”

Some artist will see album sales plummet especially for those who heavily rely on merchandise.

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