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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

 

2018 MIDYEAR MARKETSHARE
UMG is dominating the first six months. (7/20a)
JACQUELINE SATURN: FEMALE AS FUCK
She runs rings around many of her male counterparts. (7/20a)
ANTE UP: I.B. BAD
ON VALUATION
Money changes everything. (7/20a)
AIRHEAD: A PAIR OF ARISTA-CRATS
Massey returns to Sony; His Cliveness returns to Cartoonland. (7/20a)
MAMMA MIA, WHAT
A HITS LIST
Includes the definition of dodecaphony. (7/20a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
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