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JAY-Z SELLS A CHUNK OF TIDAL TO SQUARE
Twitter founder likes the sound of this deal. (3/4a)
NEAR TRUTHS: UNCORKED
Jay-Z's blingy mountain of cash keeps gaining altitude. (3/4a)
UMG PULLS IN NEARLY
$9B IN 2020
Value keeps rising ahead of IPO. (3/4a)
MILEY JOINS COLUMBIA
Like moving to the apartment next door. (3/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/4a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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MICHAEL RAPINO: Raising the hopes of a Nation as stock stays strong amid market bumps, Reading & Leeds brings promise of better times. We’ll raise a Labatt to that.
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TIMBALAND & SWIZZ BEATZ : Verzuz duo exiting Apple for parts unknown—with a big check. Where will they be staging future battles?
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RON PERRY: Columbia boss and team smash another one outta the park with Lil TJay as #1 artist surges past 1.5m. Talk about working the “Phone.”
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SYLVIA RHONE: The Chairman’s having an Epic time pre-Grammys as GIVĒON breaks at DSPs and Bobby Shmurda is freed. “Heartbreak” never felt so good.
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BILLIE EILISH: There’s more developing in the Darkroom as superstar’s forthcoming album, new Apple doc add more fuel to IGA’s roaring fire. The World is her oyster.
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BRUCE GILLMER: ViacomCBS music boss reviving classic MTV, VH1 properties for Paramount+ streaming. We hear they’re even letting him veejay.
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MARIAN DICUS: Spotify Global Music Co-Head celebrates stratospheric stock price, mega-valuation as new markets open, new initiatives roll out. It’s a stream come true.
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KENNY MEISELAS: Hot attorney running point on deals for Puffy, The Weeknd, Gaga. He had to watch the Super Bowl at home, but we hear he still had amazing seats.
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DARCUS BEESE: He’s in, he’s out, he’s in, he’s out…
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WME: The Weeknd’s exit the latest in a series of departures as agency fallout continues. Are they Endeavoring to rebuild?