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The Chainsmokers f/Rozes "Roses" (Disrupter/Columbia) Click Hear for audio sample of Chainsmokers-Roses
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While the official announcements are forthcoming, Columbia Records has undergone a series of executive promotion changes effective immediately. Ayelet Schiffman has been elevated to the position of SVP/ Rhythm & Dance Promotion, Aimie Vaughan rises to the position of Vice President of Promotion and Brady Bedard has been promoted to Vice President/Alternative and Rock Promotion. We couldn’t be happier for this power trio of execs!

Missy Elliott finally dropped her long-anticipated new single, "WTF (Where They From)" Feat. Pharrell Williams. The track had its official world premiere on Thursday (11/12) with hourly plays across all iHeartRadio Urban Mainstream outlets and is available now via digital retailers. Missy and Pharrell also unveiled a video for the song, which can be seen below:

R. Kelly is set to release his 13th solo studio album, The Buffet, on December 11. The album title reflects the music, which offers a smorgasbord of sounds ranging from R&B to pop to blues, and even country. The Buffet also boasts guest features from Lil Wayne, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, Tinashe and Jhené Aiko. "I have fans from numerous generations listening to my music now and I wanted to provide everyone with something they could enjoy," explains R. Kelly. "With The Buffet, I wanted to showcase a variety of my musical sounds and include all the genres I love on one project." The album includes 13 tracks, although the deluxe edition offers 18 in total.

Ariana Grande has been added to the lineup for the 2015 American Music Awards, where she will perform her new single, "Focus." Grande joins a roster of previously-announced performers including Coldplay, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gwen Stefani, Pentatonix, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Carrie Underwood and Walk The Moon. ABC will air the AMAs on November 22, with Jennifer Lopez both performing and hosting for the first time. The AMAs also just announced the five nominees for the coveted Artist of the Year award, and they are Grande, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan.

Beats Music ends on November 30. Beats Music will cancel subscriptions at that time, but subscibers can move picks and preferences over to Apple Music.
      A blog post on the Beats Music's website read, "All the pros that curated music for you are still crafting more amazing experiences. Plus, on Apple Music, you’ll get even better recommendations based on music you already listen to and love, 24/7 global radio with Beats 1, exciting material from your favorite artist, and more."
      Beats Music was still up and running because of its lack of an Android app, which Apple Music did not offer at their launch. Last week, Apple finally released an Android app for Apple Music in the Google Play which now enables the Beats Music platform to cease operations.
      For more information on Apple Music click here.

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Manny Simon
VP/Adult Formats,
Republic Records

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