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GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
TOP 20: KESHA
AND CARRY
Just how big is Rainbow's pot of gold? (8/17a)
VR AND THE BIZ: ROSE-COLORED GOGGLES?
Reality bites. (8/16a)
RATING THE BRITS
Ferdy on fire. (8/16a)
I.B. BAD: THE EVOLUTION OF MONEYBALL
When Walter upped the ante... (8/17a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
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GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
TOP 20: KESHA
AND CARRY
Just how big is Rainbow's pot of gold? (8/17a)
VR AND THE BIZ: ROSE-COLORED GOGGLES?
Reality bites. (8/16a)
RATING THE BRITS
Ferdy on fire. (8/16a)
I.B. BAD: THE EVOLUTION OF MONEYBALL
When Walter upped the ante... (8/17a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
RUMOR MILL
ibb1224-pt2-animated
8/17/17

In the first installment of a two-part column, HITS' man behind the scenes presents the music-biz equivalent of the Big Bang Theory: the audacious moves made by a legendary mogul that would send the salaries of top executives into the stratosphere.


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Ferdy
8/17/17

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is enjoying a prime debut year as head of Sony label Columbia in the U.K. with four #1 albums, half of which were debuts, and two #1 singles under his belt so far. Which got us thinking, how does that compare with the label’s track record? And how are the new leaders of the Universal label he left behind, Polydor, faring?


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kesha-hed
8/17/17

We won't have a race for #1 this week—Kesha will easily win both charts. Moneybagg Yo will be the only other debut this week to make the top 20.


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witness-tour
8/17/17

The start of Katy Perry’s tour has been pushed back 12 days and will now start 9/19 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. And she has picked her opening acts…


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racism stops
8/17/17

I am not black. So there is truly no way I can ever fully absorb what it is like in the parallel world—and there absolutely is one in America now, sadly, increasingly more than ever—for people of color.


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SCOTT GREER
8/17/17

Scott Greer is moving to Def Jam as EVP of Marketing & Commerce.


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8/17/17

If you thought P!nk's latest single, "What About Us" (RCA), had a political tinge to it, you wouldn't be wrong. That said, her message comes across even clearer in the just-released video, which starts off with a flurry of voices from a protest scene. The cry, "We are going to attack racism," is followed by the words, "The government exists to protect our rights and serve our interests." Damn right.


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v 21 savage
8/16/17

21 Savage splashed into the marketplace with his first full-length project, Issa Album (Slaughter Gang/Epic), which debuted at #2, and whose lead single “Bank Account” is on the verge of exploding.


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Lil-Uzi-press-photo-2-web
8/16/17

Details have been released about the next stop on RapCaviar Live’s six-city tour. Spotify, along with Live Nation Urban announced that show #2 will be at Rebel in Toronto on 9/28.


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goggles
8/16/17

The potential for an immersive experience to electrify fickle consumers has dollar signs dancing in many industry melons. But how big an impact is VR likely to have, and how soon?


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8/16/17

SYCO/Columbia's Little Mix, whose album Glory Days spent five consecutive weeks atop the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart this winter, have teamed up with Latin boy band CNCO. Considering the success of Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/Justin Bieber's "Despacito"—as well as J. Balvin f/Willy William's "Mi Gente," currently spinning at Top 40 radio—could a smash be in store?


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8/16/17

Paradigm Talent Agency has opened a Canadian office in Toronto, continuing its global expansion, which recently included some noteworthy European ventures. For what it’s worth, we’re also considering heading to Canada, but more for reasons of sanity than success.


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mary-g-berner
8/16/17

A strong second quarter for Westwood One helped push up total revenue for Cumulus Media to $290.5 million in the quarter, a 1.2% rise from 2016.


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Dolly-Parton-Childrens-Album
8/16/17

Holly Gleason witnessed the awe-inspiring spectacle of Dolly Parton holding a roomful of kids spellbound with songs and stories as she teased her first-ever children's album. And as this picture indicates, her message resonates with kids of all ages.


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Uforia
8/16/17

Live Nation and Univision have announced a partnership promoting their Uforia Music series, which will kick off this fall in Miami, Dallas and L.A. and feature an array Latin performers.


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8/16/17

Manchester Arena will re-open on 9/9 with a benefit concert headlined by acts hailing from the north side of Blighty, including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Courteeners, Blossoms and ‘80s heartthrob Rick Astley. Gallagher, if you remember, was chastised by brother Liam for not playing One Love Manchester in June, despite not being booked for the show.


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JATL GOLD 5
8/16/17

Caroline/Harvest's Jacqueline Saturn and Piero Giramonti join alternative heroes Judah and the Lion and managers Paul Steele and Ben Hutto for a leonine photo op to commemorate the gold certification of single "Take It All Back." The track hit #1 at Modern Rock radio and is now crossing to Pop.


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8/15/17

Team RCA is currently celebrating three in the iTunes Albums Top 10, headed by #1 Kesha. Also on the leaderboard are two recent breakouts: Khalid, whose American Teen sits at #4, and SZA, now #9 with Ctrl...


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wtf bb
8/15/17

It's not easy to keep track of which pop superstar is which, especially when you're in the midst of your "indie power list." So we've created a little pop quiz to help Team Bible bone up on the mainstream.


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lenny and max
8/15/17

earMUSIC GM Max Vaccaro visits the HITS offices in Hollywood, where Editor in Chief Lenny Beer celebrated being photographed while pointing at someone for the 15,428th time. Later, Max viewed the office's rare bong collection.


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Dua Lipa, "New Rules"
The U.K. star is set to make her biggest Stateside noise yet with this pop jam, which breaks down the regulations for surviving a breakup. The video has garnered 80m+ views, and "Rules" rules at Spotify (it's #21 worldwide and #37 U.S.). Prepare to obey the "Rules" when Peter Gray and team impact radio on 8/22.
RT @Pink: I’ll be ready. Are you ready? #WhatAboutUs video premiere now on @Vevo ✊ https://t.co/g8EmGVofa6
RT @JonesJourno: Rating the Brits: how are the new leaders of Columbia and Polydor getting on? Read all about it @HITSDD https://t.co/HGIUqByYGv
"You must stand up and be counted" @MichelleSFresh on our obligation to confront the surging tide of racism:… https://t.co/RHNvG1uzzy
Breaking: @scottgreer heading to @DefJamRecords https://t.co/aQ6vQ5iKHx https://t.co/MkgwjK1AMq
It's easy to get pop superstars confused. Let us help. A pop quiz for @billboard https://t.co/zds0HKQoWq https://t.co/0utZtt9Slo
Congrats on your new #1, @ShawnMendes! https://t.co/Ua63pLDsm7 @IslandRecords @RepublicRecords #HoldinMeBack… https://t.co/0wN8RnE4t8
Our own @tedvolk celebrates @arcadefire - check it out here https://t.co/HrS8hSmr2b https://t.co/fCGnlokqTT
Who will drop new music ahead of 9/30 deadline for #GRAMMYs? @taylorswift13? @samsmithworld? @Eminem? @U2? @Beck?… https://t.co/WlB6iuG7hd
The jury sided with @taylorswift13. Check out this story about speaking up to harassment within and without the biz: https://t.co/grBooFJ2yP
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