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A TICKING HITS LIST
Surely you have the time to take a look. (8/7a)
THE GREAT CATALOG GOLD RUSH
Is mining the past the future? (8/7a)
TIKTOK RESPONDS TO TRUMP'S BAN
The kids are not alright with Trump. (8/7a)
POP SMOKE GAINS, DABABY LEADS OUR SONG CHART
And the streams just keep on coming. (8/7a)
THE BABE & THE MULE
Interscope's co-MVPs (8/7a)
BTS BRINGS IT
They're so dreamy.
VOTE BY MAIL
It's a conspiracy, because everyone does it.
IS IT CHRISTMAS?
No, but we're thinking about cookies.
WOKE MUSIC
Protest songs that sound like now.
Pub Crawling
"LOVE" LIGHTS UP
8/6/20

Maroon 5's "Nobody's Love" (222/Interscope), a plea for sensible cannabis laws rolled up in an ear-candy package, is now inside the Top 20 at Pop radio, having been #1 Most Added in its first week with 143 adds out of the box.

The tune was co-penned by Maroon's Adam Levine with J. KashNija, Michael Pollack, B Ham, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Kareen Lomax, Ryan Ogren and Soaky Siren. Kash, Pollack and Ogren, you may recall, are part of the Nonstop Management roster. 

In a related story, a HITS editor made a passionate plea for cannabis by ordering a metric ton of weed via a delivery app on his phone.

WC TAKES A HIATUS
8/6/20

Warner Chappell Music has signed an exclusive administration agreement with Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote covering all past and future work.

The Melbourne-bred band released their debut, Tawk Tomahawk, in 2012 and they expect to release their third album later this year. They have developed a following among hip-hop stars: Drake sampled their song “Building a Ladder” on "Free Smoke"; Jay-Z and Beyoncé used “The World It Softly Lulls” on “713”; and their “Nakamarra” with Q-Tip was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.

Warner Chappell Music Co-Chair and CEO Guy Moot called himself a fan, noting “Their unique sound and songs have also captivated top artists and music lovers alike around the world. We’re proud to represent their work and partner with them as they prepare to release their highly anticipated new album.”

Hiatus Kaiyote call their music “wondercore”: “Although some may refer to our songs as R&B in one moment, and electronica or proggy-tropicalia in another, we don’t think about sounds in terms of genres, but look at them more from a cinematic way. We’re always trying to get to that moment where people are overwhelmed in joy, in confusion, in sadness, or in the magnitude of emotion or disbelief—as well as sometimes feeling all of these simultaneously.”

ASCAP PROVIDES THE SPF
8/6/20

ASCAP has launched it’s first ever ASCAP PRESENTS SPF (Summer Performance Festival). The performance playlist series kicks off on 8/6 and runs through 8/20, bringing exclusive performances to the virtual stage with new summer festival-inspired lineups weekly.

Showcasing talent from publishers like Sony/ATV, UMPG and Warner Chappell, the virtual series will highlight artists including Grammy-winning Chris DeStefano, Amy Wadge, Colombian singer/songwriter Sebastián Yatra, Grammy-nominated songwriter/rapper Gizzle, songwriter/producer/artist LIIV and more on www.ASCAP.com/spf, YouTube and @ASCAP on social media with #ASCAPSPF.

“Right now the world is tuned in and listening to more music than ever before, so we wanted to bring that free-spirited, music-centric atmosphere to music fans at home by highlighting some of our favorite songwriters from the ASCAP family with these curated performance playlists,” said ASCAP Chief Creative Officer John Titta.

For more info on the summer performance festival series, click here.