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HITS HIGH FIVE: THE FLYNN-FLAM MAN

What a week: Grammy nominations, a guilty plea from a Trump associate and the Standard in WeHo starting to clear space for an edibles shop. To ease the agita generated by the Republicans’ tax plan, may we suggest a dose of the HITS High Five?

Our Grammy nerds spewed their opinions after poring over the nominations list for the 60th annual Grammy Awards.

With no noms in the major categories, will Ed Sheeran sit out the upcoming Grammy show?

The bible is  revamping its Top 200 album chart, adjusting the weight of paid vs. ad-supported streams. Whose lobbying efforts will pay off?

Capitol Music Group EVP Dion No I.D. Wilson earned five Grammy nominations this week … and he was still willing to answer our questions.

We rolled out tea, crumpets, beans on toast, spotted dick, McVitie’s Digestives and Pimm’s Cups to get the U.K. music industry to take our calls. It worked!

Check out interviews with Sony U.K.’s Jason IleyUMG U.K.’s David JosephWMG’s Max LousadaColumbia President Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, UMPG's Daryl WattsAtlantic Records’ Ben Cook and Asylum’s Ed HowardPolydor co-Presidents Ben Mortimer and Tom MarchCapitol’s Jo Charrington and Jamie Oborne of All on Red management and label Dirty Hit. And if many of the acts mentioned by this illustrious crowd are a bit of a mystery, we’ve created a playlist to make it easy for you to check them out.

 

TWO GRAMMY NERDS DISH ABOUT THE NOMINATIONS
Let the opinions fly. (12/13a)
TOP 20: XXX-RATED
Decking the halls with hip-hop. (12/13a)
A NEW FACET OF
WARNER BROS. RECORDS
Justin Tranter and Katie Vinten start a label. (12/13a)
RAINMAKERS: IT'S POURING DOWN VISIONARIES
The Max factor. (12/10a)
ROCK HALL ELECTS RADIOHEAD, ZOMBIES, FIVE MORE
What? No Todd! (12/13a)
GRAMMY NERDS BREAK IT DOWN
Wow, they really are nerds, huh?
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.
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