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Ariana Grande Claims #1 on Billboard Hot 100

Ariana Grande's new hit song "thank u, next" is number one with more than 55.5 million streams in the U.S.

When it comes to the Billboard Hot 100, it seems superstar Ariana Grande can not be stopped.  According to Republic Records, Grande's new hit song "thank u, next" has claimed the #1 spot with more than 55.5 million streams in the U.S.
Meanwhile, on Apple Music, Grande broke several records.  "thank u, next" now holds the global record for "#1 Most-Streamed Pop Song First-Week on Apple Music.” The pop star also represented for the ladies by being the “only female artist to chart in the Top 5 songs first-week of release on Apple Music.” Over on Spotify

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Deal Done: Sony / EMI Music Publishing Merger Completed

Sony / EMI Music Publishing Merger Completed

Sony has finished up its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. The news was discovered in a filing with the SEC Wednesday.  The merger is expected to give Sony nearly $1.3 billion in revenue. News of the deal comes about three weeks after the EU Commission gave the deal regulatory approval. However, back in 2012, Sony and other investors acquired EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 billion dollars.  To finish the outright ownership deal that was valued at $4.75 billion dollars, Sony paid about $2.3 billion to buy out the other investor groups. To get the deal done, Sony paid $287.5 million to the Jackson estate for its nearly 10 percent share.  Sony also agreed to assume $1.359 billion in debt. According to the SEC filing,

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AMP 92.3’s Rick Thomas Talks to All Radio News

The winner of the All Radio News Top 10 Rhythmic PDs, Top 40 Amp 92.3's Rick Thomas took a minute to give us an...