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I.B. BAD TUNES IN
New label bosses, Grammys, must-see TV, more. (1/19a)
NIPPER TAPS CO-PRESIDENTS
...or Riccenstein (1/19a)
MARKETSHARE
IN THE U.K., 2017 
They're pounding it across the pond. (1/19a)
HITS LIST & VINE
Not so lonely at the top (1/19a)
THE GRAMMY WHISPERER PICKS MORE  KEY WINNERS
Grein does some genre-jumping. (1/19a)
GRAMMY WHAMMY
Who's performing, for reals.
PLUGGING INTO POWER
Which major pop figure is pondering a move into politics?
BUILDING A BETTER PIZZA
Let's talk crust.
I'M A STABLE GENIUS
Pass the Big Macs.
RUMOR MILL
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1/19/18

YMCMB/Republic superstar Drake surprised fans with two new tracks, "Diplomatic Immunity" and "God's Plan" on Friday night, about an hour after teasing the news on Instagram. By midnight PT...


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1/19/18

It was just announced that DJ Khaled will perform at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in NYC next week. He'll be joined by his "Wild Thoughts" song collaborators, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.


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1/19/18

Following a heated race to the finish line, Camila Cabello wins by a nose. The SYCO/Epic set Camila has gone #1 on our Top 50 Chart with 109k, edging past The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which moves to #2 with 104.5k.


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Tom Petty
1/19/18

An accidental overdose of prescribed drugs was the cause of Tom Petty’s death on 10/2/16, the Los Angeles Coroner determined. The exact cause of death was “multisystem organ failure.” Petty’s wife Dana and daughter Adria posted the following statement on Facebook and tompetty.com following their meeting with the coroner.


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1/19/18

RCA has wasted no time confirming Friday morning’s lead post on the site, announcing the anointment of John Fleckenstein and Joe Riccitelli as Nipper’s co-Presidents. According to the release, the dynamic duo will oversee the day-to-day operations of the label, excluding A&R.


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1/19/18

Camila Cabello has landed at #2 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with her well-received debut Camila (Syco,) bettering the #6 peak she achieved as part of Fifth Harmony. The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) is still #1 with 40k combined sales this week, while The Cranberries’ sales and streams are up 1000% following the death of singer Dolores O’Riordan.


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1/19/18

The guy on top of this week’s list of trending topics is accustomed to the height. That’s because our #1—Steve Barnett—commands his troops from the top floor of the Capitol Tower. RCA also has a heavy HITS List presence between top dog Peter Edge and the upwardly mobile duo of Joe Riccitelli and John Fleckenstein. Columbia’s Ron Perry, who still needs a GPS to find his new office, is the third label head being chattered about...


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1/19/18

"Monte, you know I love you como un hermano," declares T.J. Martell Foundation honoree and Universal Music Latin chief Jesus Lopez to Republic boss Monte Lipman. "But if you sing 'Despacito' one more time I'm going to call an Uber." This spirited exchange took place during a Martell in Miami luncheon at Eden Roc. Seen thinking this caption's humor got lost in translation are...


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High5
1/19/18

Unlike D.C., we never shut down. We’ve been hard at work in between trips to the clinic—some of us have the flu, others just have needs—and here we give you the best of the week’s lot, the HITS High Five.


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1/19/18

It's official: Laura Swanson has joined Warner Bros. Records as Executive Vice President, Media & Strategic Development, the first major appointment by WBR Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson, who started at the label less than three weeks ago.


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Moneybagg Yo, "Doin' It"
A strip club, a downpour of paper and a murderously cool groove: the N-Less/Interscope rapper keeps the flame of the classic hip-hop clip lit, all the better to showcase what the New York Times called his "casually robust rhymes." This cut comes from his acclaimed mixtape Federal 3X. Just try getting it out of your head.
RT @falloutboy: staring deep into @hitsdd's soul on the cover of this week's mag 😳 https://t.co/auRo019qZS
We have a winner. @Camila_Cabello has edged past #TheGreatestShowman ST to debut at #1: https://t.co/jEMwssIW5s https://t.co/Tvpe8JothJ
RT @spotifyartists: .@LuisFonsi emphasizes the importance of #Despacito’s major Grammy nominations: Latin music finally receiving the m… https://t.co/5J3JF7jG4f
What the heck is a Fleckitelli? https://t.co/VryjATx0h1 @RCARecords @joeRiccRCA @pyklz https://t.co/uH08jUVv4A
Overheard in the HITS offices: "How do you still have a job?!"
@Meghan_Trainor Ponytail might even be higher than us at 4:20
It's a tight race for #1. Who will come out on top? @Camila_Cabello or #TheGreatestShowman ST? Stay tuned... https://t.co/qAwQvIdOn8
Mazel tov, @scooterbraun. Your @midem #HallOfFame honor is well-deserved: https://t.co/Xmu00ba4Sj @SB_Projects https://t.co/EqaGsSH1Ff
RT @brothersosborne: Beyond grateful to be asked to perform on the #Grammys with our friends @MarenMorris & @EricChurch and to honor the… https://t.co/EmUk2jD6An
RT @theRonPerry: Please call him back @imran1231 https://t.co/p10AtHn9UP
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