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HITS HIGH FIVE:
LIGHT MY FIRE

Pot smokers are having about 20% more sex than non-users according to a study that crunched the data supplied by 50K people between 2002 and 2015. Before we spark up and think about where our night might lead, here are the week’s top stories gathered in the HITS High Five. 

I.B. Bad dishes on the gigantic first-week sales of P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma, the YouTube-Billboard chart fiasco and the bundling gambit.

Look for a repeat of the showdown between mainstream pop and contemporary R&B and hip-hop that has been the dominant Grammy storyline the last two years, says our Grammy Whisperer.

Speaking of Grammys, we spoke with multiple artists in the conversation for top-tier Grammy nods. There’s Benny BlancoAlessia CaraJulia Michaels and others.

NBC NewsClaire Atkinson examines the issue of streams and how they’re counted on certain charts.

We lost one of the greats this week, Fats Domino. He fused the sounds of New Orleans—boogie-woogie piano, parade rhythms, early jazz—with an easy-going vocal style, simple stories and a steady beat to lay the groundwork for rock & roll. His influence was widely felt.

 

THINGS THAT MAKE US
GO HMMMM
Lenny Beer's trending topics. (12/8a)
AIRHEAD: BLOWING SMOKE
Inside the Secret Committee. (12/8a)
PUB CRAWLING: BIG NOMS, HEAVY STREAMS AND FAT CHECKS
The year in music publishing (12/8a)
CTRL MEETS ALT-DELETE
A SZA-ling photo op (12/8a)
LUKE BRYAN KNOWS HIS COUNTRY
It'll be #1 next week...unless something crazy happens. (12/8a)
MORE GRAMMY SECRETS
The biz talks committee.
NOT PIZZA AGAIN!
Seriously, can we order something else?
A BIG FAT DEAL
With a gigantic check. Soon.
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