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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.

 

SWIFT STAYS IN THE
UMG FAMILY
...and makes an interesting request in her terms. (11/20a)
RAINMAKERS:
WHO ARE YOU?
We really wanna know. (11/21a)
I.B. BAD'S THUMBNAIL
HISTORY OF THE U.K.
MUSIC BIZ
School of Rock is in session. (11/21a)
A VISIT WITH
DAVID YAZBEK
Broadway genius is slumming bigtime by talking to us. (11/19a)
KANE BROWN: FUSING YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
He's the man. (11/20a)
GRAMMY NOMINEES
Collect 'em all!
REVERBERATIONS OF TAYLOR'S DEAL
What does it all mean? What did it cost? Answer the second question first.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
It's fine, really. We'd just like to feel our extremities again.
TURKEY AMNESTY
Isn't it time to end this outdated liberal practice and prevent these evil birds from entering our country?
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