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HITS LIST: ON-RAMP TO Q4

October starts Sunday. So does Max Lousada, who inevitably tops the latest iteration of our trending-topics Top 10. Lousada’s official start date is Oct. 1, a day after the annual deadline for the Grammys release year. Feels like a pivotal moment in our corner of the world.

Sure, the biz is Maxed out right now, but there’s also a ton of industry chatter about David Massey’s tropically hot Island and core band The Killers, who are lined up for a return to the top of the album charts; their fellow Vegas residents Imagine Dragons, riding a pair of rock crossover hits; newly anointed streaming king Post Malone; coveted free agent-to-be Steve Bartels; and more.

The dog days are over, boys and girls—welcome to Rocktober ’17.

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CHART STORY: BLACK PANTHER BOWS BIG
Will it Top itself next week? (2/16a)
FACES OF CHANGE
Hear them roar. (2/16a)
TOP 50 MONEYMAKERS:
TWINKLE, TWINKLE
These acts are stacking Benjamins like nobody's business. (2/16a)
LEADING THE LEAGUE IN POINTS
Oh right, it's NBA All-Star Weekend. (2/16a)
UMG REVENUES NEAR
$7B IN 2017
An ex-stream-ly strong earnings report (2/16a)
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Investment in the biz and the coming speed bumps.
A NEW STREAMING PLAYER?
Who's getting into the game?
MY DOCTOR SAID NO MORE PIZZA
But she's not here.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
At least try to be less obvious about it.
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