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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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THE GRAMMY WHISPERER LOOKS INTO RECORD OF
THE YEAR
Grein's latest fearless forecast (10/16a)
I.B. BAD: NEW BEGINNINGS
Lots of action on the biz chessboard (10/16a)
A&R IN 2017: CUTTING THROUGH THE BULLSHIT
Determining the "it" factor. (10/16a)
AN OPEN LETTER TO
JOHN AMATO
So is this. (10/13a)
REVIEW: SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY
Phil Gallo got a ticket! (10/13a)
HITS GRAMMY SPECIAL
You buy ad now, yes?
WE WILL NEVER EAT PIZZA AGAIN
Of course, we said that last time.
EMINEM
The cypher vs. the cipher.
A WHOLE NEW CHESSBOARD
You can't tell the players without a trade rag.
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