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TAYLOR’S LOVER: READING BETWEEN THE LAYERS
It goes deep in places. (8/23a)
THE GRAMMY CHEW:
ALBUM CONTENDERS
These machers have one-track minds. (8/23a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
IT’S TAYLOR’S TIME
Looking at her big week from a different angle. (8/23a)
LOVE FOR LOVER FROM SCOTT AND SCOOTER
An olive branch? (8/23a)
UNDER HIPGNOSIS: MERCK CATALOGS HIS PLAN (PART 1)
From the horse's mouse (8/23a)
TAYLOR SWIFT!
Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift? Taylor Swift; Taylor. Swift. Taylor Swift!
TAYLOR SWIFT.
Taylor Swift...  
TAYLOR SWIFT?
Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift.   
TAYLOR. SWIFT.
Taylor!
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MONTE LIPMAN: Taylor’s new giant joins dominant Ariana, Lil Tecca, JoBros, Drake and Post (whose new set is due in fall). He’s having a whale of a time.
2
PETER EDGE: Normani, Khalid, Miley, P!nk, Childish, SZA, Chris Brown, Cage the Elephant, Tool, Whitney Houston/Kygo, Rex O.C. …
3
JAY-Z: A true baller goes long, calling plays on Roc Nation partnership with NFL—and allegedly lining up part ownership of a team. Will social-justice initiative gain real yardage?
4
JOHN JANICK: Having a peak year as Billie takes #1 from Lil Nas, passes 5m worldwide with album. Meanwhile, DaBaby grows big. Surf’s up in Santa Monica.
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MARIAN DICUS: Spotify exec upped to VP, Global Head of Artist & Label Services. She’s definitely on Nick Holmstén’s playlist.
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BRUCE GILMER: MTV exec plots his moon-man landing, as VMAs loom with Taylor lead-off. Are bigger things in store?
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GARY SPANGLER: Republic promo domo scores five of the Top 10 at Pop, led by two Shawns. Monte was kinda hoping for six, but it’s cool.
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TREE PAINE: Taylor’s inner-circle PR expert working Lover-time as multi-faceted campaign branches out.
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LORI KAMPA: Dualtone exec earns SVP stripes, to the tune of a delicately acoustic “Ho Hey Buddy.”
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AUGUST 31: As Grammy eligibility deadline approaches, a slate of big releases comes in under the wire. Who’ll be tweaking mixes at the eleventh hour?