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HITS HIGH 5: A KLUTZ TRIES A LUTZ

After catching Olympics fever and throwing curling stones down Hollywood Boulevard with little success, we have decided that we best stick to the games we know, tiddlywinks and rock/paper/scissors. Before we throw out the score from the Russian judge, here are the week’s top stories.

In our weekly #MeToo roundup, we have Paradigm’s Tom Windish gathering men to back a call for changes at the Recording Academy; former RIAA chief Hillary Rosen is advising Tristan Coopersmith; three respected music attorneys broke down the issues facing women in the music business and offer possible solutions; and Vince Gill unveiled an empowerment anthem.

Six high-level female executives co-signed a letter that slams Neil Portnow and the Recording Academy.

Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther music is off to a roaring start.

Here’s the marketshare breakdown of Spotify’s Top 20 markets.

Negotiations for Lil Pump continue—who’s in the running?

Meanwhile, we’re getting greased up for our Tonga flag carrier impersonation contest. It will be ugly.

 

I.B. BAD CURATES
YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/15a)
YOUR TOP 20: TRAVIS, NICKI BATTLE FOR #1
A royal dust-up (8/15a)
QUEEN TINGS
Michelle S. on Nicki. (8/15a)
NOISEMAKERS
The new kids in town. (8/15a)
JUST FUH YOU: MACCA, TEDDER & CORDEN
A new single and a new special (8/15a)
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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