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iHeartMedia Indianapolis has announced the debut of Real 98.3, the new home of Hip Hop and R&B for Indianapolis. The station launched at noon today.
      Real 98.3 will kick off with “10,000 joints in a row” commercial-free, featuring hits from major Hip Hop and R&B artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
      “We are Nap’s new home for Hip Hop and R&B,” said Mike Killabrew, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Indianapolis. “There’s no better way to establish that than by kicking things off with 10,000 songs in a row!”
      In addition, Real 98.3 will be anchored by The Breakfast Club. The nationally syndicated, award-winning talk show is set to air on Real 98.3 beginning November 3 and features DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.
      “This is an exciting and powerful addition to the iHeartMedia Indianapolis portfolio,” said Earl Jones, President for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana Region and Senior Vice President of Urban Operations. “Hip Hop is thriving and I can’t wait to get things rolling.”

Academy Award-nominated, two-time Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum alternative R&B The Weeknd makes history yet again, capturing the record for “Most Release Weekend Streams Ever” with his brand new single “Starboy” featuring Daft Punk. It’s the title track and first single from his mega-anticipated fourth full-length album Starboy [XO/Republic Records], arriving November 25.
      “Starboy” went live at digital partners on Thursday September 22. Between Thursday and Sunday, it amassed over 17 million streams globally and 6.5 million streams in the United States alone, shattering the previous record in the process. Meanwhile, at radio, “Starboy” stands out as the “One Week Most Added Record of All Time in North America,” becoming #1 Most Added at Top 40, Rhythm, Urban, and Hot AC—yet another history-making accolade. This sets the stage for Starboy to become one of the biggest albums of 2016.
      The official “Starboy” music video premiered today on Vevo at 12pm ET. Directed by frequent collaborator Grant Singer, it offers up an explosive visual companion to the song. Watch HERE.

Is a new Bruno Mars album on the way? Atlantic Records announced this morning that a new single from Mars will arrive at radio this Friday, October 7, titled "24 Magic" (and pronounced "twenty-four karat magic). No other information has been revealed though there has been speculation for some time that Mars could have a new album in the works.

Drake's hit album Views continues to make history, as it is now the first release to reach one billion streams on Apple Music. Drake announced the news via Instagram, showing off a plaque awarded to the artist from Apple. Earlier this week, Drake released a short film titled Please Forgive Me exclusively via Apple Music, which is soundtracked by tunes off of Views.

Jay Z has signed a TV and film deal with The Weinstein Co. for any future projects. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hip-hop mogul has a two-year "first look" agreement with the Weinsteins for the production of scripted and unscripted television and film projects. "I'm excited to tell stories from real-life prophets who, through their struggles, have changed the world for the better and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight," said Jay Z in a statement. "Harvey and David [Weinstein] are visionaries, both of whom have done this time and time again. I'm already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline, and I'm looking forward to discovering others." Some projects under this deal are already in development and will be announced in the near future.

Lady Gaga will perform a handful of surprise gigs at bars around the country to promote her upcoming album Joanne. Gaga and Bud Light are teaming up for three performances, starting Wednesday, at undisclosed locations this month. The other two surprise concerts are set for October 20 and 27, and all three will stream via Bud Light's Facebook page. "My first performances were in dive bars in New York City and around the country, so working with Bud Light to go back to my roots to perform songs from my new album Joanne is such an exciting way to connect with my fans and share this music with them for the first time," Lady Gaga said in a statement.

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Jon Zellner
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