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THE POP LOGJAM: RADIO BATTLE ROYALE
Standing-room only on the airwaves (5/22a)
HARRY STYLES LIGHTS UP TROUBADOUR WITH SURPRISE GIG
...with a little help from Stevie Nicks. (5/22a)
IRVING ON VALUE OF YOUTUBE TO BIZ: "NONE"
But what does he really think? (5/22a)
IN OTHER NEWS,
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY
Same as it ever was. (5/22a)
RATINGS DROP FOR BIBLE'S AWARDS SHOW
At least the reviews were... Never mind. (5/22a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
Critics' Choice
FOUR DECADES OF PETTY ON VINYL: THE CURE FOR WHAT AILS YOU
12/16/16

Sometimes a project is so huge it takes two burly major label outlets to lift it. Such is clearly the case with the two hefty Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th anniversary box sets, The Complete Studio Albums, Vols. 1 & 2—two glorious testaments to some of the finest rock and roll ever committed to vinyl (more of the details here). The nine-disc Vol. 1 (1976-91) and seven-disc Vol. 2 (1994-2014) are being delivered via UMe and Reprise/Warner Bros., and they sound like a million bucks—not only because of the outrageous catalog of great music but because they’ve been lovingly reissued on 180-gram vinyl. Several of the albums have been out of print for years (vinyl of the great Wildflowers, for one, has been fetching a pretty penny on eBay and elsewhere). In addition to the cavalcade of giants hits—“American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Breakdown,” “Last Dance With Mary Jane,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” and so on—the non-aficionado can discover a world of brilliant, incisive songwriting. Those of us who strive to write good songs tend to ask “What would Tom Petty do?” Here’s why.