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HITS HIGH FIVE: GOBBLING THE NEWS

Next week, President Trump will undoubtedly uphold presidential tradition and pardon a turkey prior to Thanksgiving. Will that turkey be:

  1. Wilbur Ross
  2. Mike Flynn
  3. Jared Kushner
  4. The interruption from civility in public discourse

Feel free to debate dry vs. wet brining, stuffing vs. dressing and Lions blue vs. Cowboys blue, but don’t skip this week’s HITS High Five.

What can we tell you about Taylor Swift? Well, reputation is her fourth consecutive one-week million-seller; the album debuted at #1 in the U.K.; conventional wisdom says reputation will not be available to stream in its second week; Target.com offered a magazine-CD bundle; next summer, she’ll tour stadiums; and she and Scott Borchetta played nice with the Sirius XM folks.

We saw several shakeups at radio: AMP (WBMP-FM) New York and Dallas (KVIL-FM) flipped to Alternative in tandem with the closing of the CBS/Entercom merger.  iHeartMedia SVP of Programming Initiatives Sharon Dastur is joining  Republic Records. And KROQ APD/MD Lisa Worden is joining iHeartMedia as Alternative Brand Manager after 22 years at the L.A. Alternative flagship. What will KROQ do?

We gently grilled the men behind the Grammy AwardsNeil Portnow, Ken Ehrlich and Jack Sussman—and then wondered how they’ll deal with the “in memoriam” segment this year. We have ideas.

Syco co-founder Sonny Takhar has partnered with Live Nation to form Kyn Entertainment, an entertainment rights and management company.

UMPG chief Jody Gerson is repping UMG at USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, an effort to bring more diversity both onscreen and behind the camera—and to the music business as well via its Music Coalition.

 

NICKI SPEAKS HER MIND AFTER EPIC SHOWDOWN FOR #1
The numbers game. (8/20a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
NEW RELEASES:
A GRANDE-SIZED DEBUT
Ariana's sweet start. (8/20a)
AMAZON MUSIC RAISES ITS "VOICE"
Alexa, sing to me. (8/20a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
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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