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HITS HIGH FIVE: HOT ENOUGH FOR YA?

While we're baking in this heat wave, we’ve set down our Aperol spritz long enough to type up this week’s HITS’ High 5, a collection of highlights so engaging you’ll gladly turn away from a round of penalty kicks in the World Cup.

While Drake didn’t hit 1b streams, tracks from Scorpion still shattered the previous first-week record by registering some 770m total streams in the U.S. The album is his second #1 in the U.K.

Part 2 of Holly Gleason’s conversation with Miranda Lambert picks up the thread with an extended gaze at her creative process, the price paid for her career, being honest to a fault, expectations, the need to feel your feelings and marveling at how far she’s come.

Members of European Parliament voted to return in September to debate the Copyright Directive despite the plea for immediate passage from Paul McCartney.

Our spotlight on Nashville issue includes a look at how the executive playing field is being leveled; how RCA Nashville’s Old Dominion went from being nice guys who could play to a major force in today’s country; and a chat with Big Machine breakout and ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young.

Nothing says July 4 like fireworks, and this week’s Airhead cartoon featured industry fool Lyor in past and present pyrotechnic panoramas.

 

 

 

YOUR TOP 20 IS
MUY GRANDE
How will the Grammys affect who follows Ariana? (2/14a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: FEMALE POWER
Ari! Halsey! Billie! (2/15a)
UMG POSTS $7B YEAR,
WITH SALE ON TRACK
Who wants a piece of this? (2/15a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
A pair of dynamic duos leads the pack. (2/15a)
HITS LIST KEEPS FALLING ON MY HEAD
These rainmakers are anything but all wet. (2/15a)
THE WINNERS
What the Grammys tell us about a changing landscape.
COMMITTED TO ROCK
The biz players who are determined to get the volume back up.
MANAGEMENT DO-SI-DO
Big changes among big acts.
THE NEW SUPERSTARS
The old pop rules just don't apply.
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