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NEAR TRUTHS: CAVEAT EMPTOR
Our favorite cartoon character is back on our minds. (8/4a)
SONY MUSIC PREDICTS IMPRESSIVE FISCAL YEAR
The planets are aligning. (8/4a)
LIVE NATION AMPED UP ON Q2 RETURNS
Rapino makes change for a quarter. (8/4a)
THE HAPPIEST TOP 20
Billie's back...on her own terms. (8/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: SEEING BIEBER
It's high time for Justice in the Academy. (8/4a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
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MICHAEL RAPINO: Live Nation boss feeling festive as Rolling Loud, Lolla, Hella Mega move a million tix in two weekends. Encore.
2
SIR LUCIAN GRAINGE: UMG’s boffo $4.5b+ at the half-year mark sets the perfect tone as IPO looms. More champagne?
3
RON PERRY: Columbia Chairman is more than a Lil stoked, and we’re not Kidding, as LNX, LAROI occupy #1 and #2 U.S. Spotify spots and LAROI tops Top 50. He’s living the stream.
4
BILLIE EILISH: Darkroom/Interscope superstar cues up sophomore set, with massive vinyl component moving the needle. This should make Team Janick a bunch more scratch.
5
JD & BOB MCLYNN: Multifaceted rock machers toasting Hella Mega’s big Crush at the box office. They’ve really struck a (power) chord.
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SHAWN GEE: Live Nation Urban boss enjoying the results of his fest Quest with Lights On, One Music, Roots Picnic, Broccoli City, more. Gee, what’s next?
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NICK PETROPOULOS: Arista promo hitter coming on strong—Greco-Roman style—as he helps prepare Måneskin’s U.S. radio domination with global smash. He’s earned his leather pants.
8
JUSTIN LUBLINER: His Darkroom is lighting up as Billie’s return makes things Happier. We hear he’s gone blonde too.
9
TARIQ CHERIF & MATT ZINGLER: Rolling Loud founders celebrating spectacular sales for star-studded fest. They know you can’t spell “Rapino” without rap.
10
ALLEN KOVAC: Manager faces Wolves at the door as ex-member files suit alleging verbal abuse. Steven Tyler will probably not be called as a character witness.