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TWO JEWS CHEW ON
THE GRAMMYS
Pass me a knish. (5/24a)
SONY STARS SET
HITS LIST ABLAZE
They're fire. (5/24a)
THE IVORS 2019: ALL THE WINNERS
Theresa May wasn't even on the shortlist. (5/24a)
CROSSCURRENTS: HITSVILLE USA
A Berry important chapter of the story (5/24a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: PLAYOFF FEVER
We're in a generational moment. (5/24a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Critics' Choice
FRANKLIN SPREADING LOVE WITH ALBUM AND TOUR
3/27/19

Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin has a new album, Long Live Love, coming on 5/31 on Fo Yo Soul/RCA. Lead single “Love Theory” is #16 at UAC and #4 at Gospel.

The artist/writer/producer dropped by the Steve Harvey Show (episode airing Wednesday) to perform “Love Theory,” talk about the album, his 13th, the 34th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which he’s hosting this Friday, and the 25-date Long Live Love Tour, which begins 7/11 in Austin. Show dates and ticket links can be found at KirkFranklin.com.

Prior to the tour, on 5/26, Franklin will headline the Exodus Music & Arts Festival in Irving, Tex. This year the festival, which was launched in 2018 in conjunction with Live Nation Urban, will feature Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, VaShawn Mitchell and Kelontae Gavin.

THREE LEFT-FIELDERS
3/14/19

By Lenny Beer

We’re all so jaded; we’ve heard everything, we’ve seen everyone. However, there are times when certain songs just catch our attention, simply because they’re great songs. Will they all be hits? Who knows? In the hopes of catching a few before they make it, we’re presenting you with three to listen to and follow.

Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up” (Polydor U.K./Capitol) is a bouncy, one-listen pop song. Greg Marella and team are crushing at radio with this worldwide smash-in-the-making. I found it high on the streaming charts and checked it out, and it left me wondering: How can anyone not like this?!

While Sharon Van Etten’s “Seventeen” (Jagjaguwar/Secretly Group) approaches the Top 10 at Triple A, it also begins the always-difficult cross to Alternative. Whatever happens happens, but I keep going back to it, after discovering it in our own Post Toasted column. The sentiment of longing for youth always gets me, as does a guitar track and a devastating hook. And the folks at Jagjaguwar seem to have a knack for continually churning out exciting and progressive sounds. Don’t miss this one, and make sure to listen to it more than once; when it locks in, it really locks in.

Thanks to Epic’s Joey Arbagey for drawing my attention to AJ Mitchell’s “All My Friends.” Longing strikes again in this beautiful midtempo ballad that grabbed me mid-song and still won’t let go. Rick Sackheim and his Epic squad have entered the treacherous Top 40 waters, and they’ll need endless patience and resolve. After all, “Shallow” just exploded in callout…finally. This will take time, but it’s worth it.

Now, if someone would just call Felicity Huffman and Photoshop us into left field, we might be able to get a college baseball scholarship.

THE SHOW AT AGUA CALIENTE TURNS 10: MASSAGE GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE ALWAYS IN GOOD TASTE
3/6/19

In celebration of The Show at Agua Caliente's 10th anniversary, a bevy of famed performers contributed to this video reel paying tribute to the performance venue at the resort, casino and spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. An extravaganza marking this milestone took place on 3/2 with headliners Jerry Seinfeld and Toni Braxton

In partially related news, some people have mentioned that they wish we were a mirage; unfortunately, we exist.