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I.B. BAD: TRUE
OR FALSE?
Who you gonna trust on these matters? (9/22a)
POST STREAMS AHEAD
OF TAYLOR, SAM
Nothin' but net—dude can't miss right now. (9/22a)
ALL SLOW HANDS 
ON DECK
No, not Clapton. We're talking Horan. (9/22a)
THIS HITS LIST IS SEASONABLY COOL
This is the autumn equinox, after all. (9/22a)
TRIPPING & WORSHIPING
A compelling argument for physical product. (9/22a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Big. Papery. Stupid.
PIZZA NOT DELIVERED
Someone's in trouble.
SAM SMITH'S STATEMENT
How he captures our moment.
THE BIGGEST RELEASE OF Q4
It's not what you think.
Pub Crawling
ARCADE SONGS AIN'T PLAYIN'
9/22/17

Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Gregg Wattenberg, who's worked on songs with the likes of TrainFive For Fighting and the Goo Goo Dolls, has launched his own independent publishing company Arcade Songs, with Tom Lee, who also serves as VP A&R (and who previously worked in that capacity at Columbia and Island, developing such acts as Neon Trees and The Gaslight Anthem).

The new pubco has a label partnership with RED/Sony and has worked on the creation of such tracks as Why Don't We's "These Girls" and A Great Big World's "Come On."

They're also celebrating the debut Columbia set from America's Got Talent winner Grace Vanderwaal, due 11/3. Wattenberg and Derek Fuhrmann co-wrote and produced her single "So Much More Than This," while the former co-wrote and produced two other tracks from the album.

Vanderwaal has garnered over 1m Spotify streams in a week and is soon to break iTunes Top 50 Pop singles chart. You can stream her latest single below.   

SONGWRITERS HALL SETS LINEUP
FOR GRAMMY MUSEUM PANEL
9/21/17

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is bringing together a collection of recent hit writers to discuss their craft on 10/18 at the Grammy Museum.

Dave Bassettbusbee (pictured), Warren “Oak” Felder and Teddy Geiger will talk shop at “Chart Toppers: Songwriters/Producers” at the museum’s Clive Davis Theater beginning at from 7:30pm.

Bassett has worked with Rachel PlattenElle Kingand Gavin DeGraw; busbee has collaborated with Maren MorrisP!nk and Carrie Underwood;  Felder has teamed with Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara and Rihanna; and  Geiger has partnered with Shawn MendesOne Direction and Tiesto.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. We look forward to the Q&A section to grill them about why nobody writes in waltz time anymore.

HELLO, SONY/ATV RE-UPS WITH KURSTIN, LAUNCHES JV
9/20/17

Sony/ATV has re-upped with mega- songwriter/producer/ musician Greg Kurstin and kicked off a JV that will empower him to sign writers and artists. Seen just before building a fort out of Adele money are (l-r) SATV Co-Head of West Coast A&R Amanda Berman-Hill, Kurstin and manager Rachel Kurstin.

The multiple Grammy winner is best known for his work with Adele (he co-wrote monster "hello" as well as "Water Under the Bridge" and "Million Years Ago") and Sia (he co-penned and produced "Cheap Thrills"); he also produced the latest Foo Fighters set, which is barreling toward #1 on our chart. His work has been recorded by Beyoncé, P!nkKelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and countless others. He also contributed to Kendrick Lamar's juggernaut DAMN. and Halsey's hopeless fountain kingdom (showing great open-mindedness regarding title capitalization) and was Beck's primary collaborator on his forthcoming album.

So, yeah, he's kinda big.

The JV's first singing is writer/musician/producer Wendy Wang; Kurstin collaborator Jesse Shatkin (Sia, One Direction, Fall Out Boy) is also moving to the JV. 

SATV chief Marty Bandier and Berman-Hill sang Kurstin's praises loudly, but they were inside the office humidor so we couldn't hear them.