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8/16/17

In the first installment of a two-part column, HITS' man behind the scenes presents the music-biz equivalent of the Big Bang Theory: the audacious moves made by a legendary mogul that would send the salaries of top executives into the stratosphere.


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SCOTT GREER
8/16/17

Scott Greer is moving to Def Jam as EVP of Marketing & Commerce.


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make racists afraid
8/16/17

I am not black. So there is truly no way I can ever fully absorb what it is like in the parallel world—and there absolutely is one in America now, sadly, increasingly more than ever—for people of color.


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kesha-hed
8/16/17

We won't have a race for #1 this week—Kesha will easily win both charts. Moneybagg Yo will be the only other debut this week to make the top 20.


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Ferdy
8/16/17

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is enjoying a prime debut year as head of Sony label Columbia in the U.K. with four #1 albums, half of which were debuts, and two #1 singles under his belt so far. Which got us thinking, how does that compare with the label’s track record? And how are the new leaders of the Universal label he left behind, Polydor, faring?


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v 21 savage
8/16/17

21 Savage splashed into the marketplace with his first full-length project, Issa Album (Slaughter Gang/Epic), which debuted at #2, and whose lead single “Bank Account” is on the verge of exploding.


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8/16/17

Details have been released about the next stop on RapCaviar Live’s six-city tour. Spotify, along with Live Nation Urban announced that show #2 will be at Rebel in Toronto on 9/28.


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goggles
8/16/17

The potential for an immersive experience to electrify fickle consumers has dollar signs dancing in many industry melons. But how big an impact is VR likely to have, and how soon?


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8/16/17

SYCO/Columbia's Little Mix, whose album Glory Days spent five consecutive weeks atop the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart this winter, have teamed up with Latin boy band CNCO. Considering the success of Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/Justin Bieber's "Despacito"—as well as J. Balvin f/Willy William's "Mi Gente," currently spinning at Top 40 radio—could a smash be in store?


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8/16/17

Paradigm Talent Agency has opened a Canadian office in Toronto, continuing its global expansion, which recently included some noteworthy European ventures. For what it’s worth, we’re also considering heading to Canada, but more for reasons of sanity than success.


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GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/16a)
TOP 20: KESHA
AND CARRY
Just how big is Rainbow's pot of gold? (8/16a)
VR AND THE BIZ: ROSE-COLORED GOGGLES?
Reality bites. (8/16a)
RATING THE BRITS
Ferdy on fire. (8/16a)
I.B. BAD: THE EVOLUTION OF MONEYBALL
When Walter upped the ante... (8/16a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
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