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HITS HIGH FIVE: TAYLOR MADE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT

It’s Taylor’s day today, though Eminem grabbed a few headlines, too. We’re here to tell you that there was other news last week—and it didn’t involve flying to Japan and overfeeding fish. Naturally, this week’s HITS High Five starts with our Taylor roundup.

Taylor Swift’s latest from Big Machine reputation had a rollout that involved Target, a performance on ABC and listening events. Our reviewer declares it “a song cycle of self-ownership” and our resident millennial has an eye-opening initial experience.

The Grammy nominations are less than three weeks away. We look at how top artists are playing the Grammy game, talk to Neil Portnow about the return to New York and our  two Grammy nerds try to get a jump on this year’s big races.

The CMA Awards are in the books and they seemed to represent a transitional moment, musically, politically and inclusively. Then they had some parties.

Eminem tweeted early Friday he would release a new song and sure enough, come noon on the East Coast, “Walk on the Water” f/Beyonce was live.

Speaking of Walk, the always trustworthy TMZ says Republic prexy Charlie Walk will be joining the judges of new Fox music-competition series The Four

 

J. COLE GETS TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Artist opens door to new album. (4/20a)
FROM SIR, WITH LOVE (UPDATE)
An embarrassment of riches (4/20a)
YEEZY'S ONE-TWO PUNCH
Kanye's been busy; now he can dive back into Twitter. (4/20a)
VIVENDI EXPLORING UMG IPO
Pass the cheese puffs, s'il vous plaƮt. (4/20a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: DRAKE AND CARDI CLEAN UP
It's not fair to the rest of the kids. (4/20a)
ASK YOUR TASK FORCE
Tina gets advice, whether she wants it or not.
WHEN PUBLISHERS GET MASTERFUL
Why the recording side still holds an allure.
DOES THIS PIZZA TASTE WEIRD TO ANYBODY ELSE?
I actually ate, like, five pieces. But still.
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