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VAN’S GRAND FINALE: TOFFLER TALKS VMAs, MTV
8/28/15

It’s a HITS tradition: Every year around this time, we toss questions to MTV/VH1/CMT honcho Van Toffler about the Video Music Awards, which he’s been executive producing since the late 20th century. This February, Toffler announced that he was leaving the company he’s called home for the last 28 years, which gives this Q&A special significance.


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TRIANGLE OFFENSE
8/28/15

When Randy Goodman was tapped as Sony Nashville’s new Chairman/CEO, he wasted no time defining his vision for the company by bringing in two key team members: EVP/COO Ken Robold and EVP Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges. Sony’s three new Nashville cats recently elucidated the primary points of their shared vision as they sat down with HITSTodd Hensley, who dusted off his Texas drawl for the occasion. 


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I.B. BAD RECOUNTS
THE RISE & FALL
OF TWO MAJOR
MUSIC GROUPS
8/28/15

Our industry insider's latest column begins with a history lesson that is newly relevant, just like the hit film that prompted this recollection. I.B. also recaps a catastrophic week for what was once known as the bible of the music industry, and praises Jody Gerson for her rapid revitalization of UMPG.


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VANITY FAIR'S 2015 NEW-ESTABLISHMENT POSSE
8/28/15

On Oct. 5-7, in San Francisco, Vanity Fair will assemble the titans of technology, politics, business and media for the 2015 New Establishment Summit. This year’s summit has some killer guest speakers...


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BELIEB IT
8/27/15

Def Jam's Justin Bieber drops his new single, "What Do You Mean?" tomorrow in tandem with his VMAs appearance, and the song is expected to go everywhere at radio. Coming off his smash collabo with Diplo, Bieber has serious momentum, and ready is ready for his comeback record. Stay tuned. 

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FOR FURTHER READING: FRED
8/27/15

Those of you who enjoyed the saga of N.W.A and WMG chronicled in the latest edition of I.B. Bad's column will doubtless enjoy the in-depth take offered by author Fred Goodman in Fortune's Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music and an Industry in Crisis. Fred, whose new book on Allen Klein has also earned stellar reviews, is one of the most compelling chroniclers of the biz now writing. If you don't know his work, check it out.

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OH, MAMA: NICKI TO KICK OFF VMAS
8/27/15

YMCMB/Republic's hip-hop megastar Nicki Minaj has finally put a stop to those pregnancy rumors by posting a sonogram on her Instagram account. It looks like she'll be welcoming a Moonman into the world. In actuality, she'll be welcoming the world to the Moonman by kicking off MTV's VMAs this Sunday. This isn't the first time the rapper has poked fun at the recent motherhood gossip, but it is the first announcement of her opening performance slot. Mazel tov, Nicki. We couldn't be happier for you. For more info about VMA performers, go here.

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HITS  LIST, LITERALLY
8/27/15

What’s the latest on the exploits of Irving, Marty, Harry and the Swedish chef? No, they weren’t surprise guests onstage during Taylor’s just-concluded five-night run at Staples Center, but they are rubbing elbows (no, not literally) in this week’s HITS List, accompanied by some other high-profile characters, none of whom is running for President.

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MADDIE & TAE & TAY
8/27/15

Buzzing Country duo Maddie & Tae posted the above shot to Instagram recently. Posing with BMLG labelmate Taylor Swift after making an appearance at the 1989 Tour's Monday night Staples Center stop must have been a dream come true. On the other hand, they probably found doing a Q&A with us—coming soon to this very site—to be more like a nightmare come true. The pair's debut full-length, Start Here (which features Country radio chart-topper "Girl in a Country Song"), drops tomorrow.


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ISLAND PARADISE
8/27/15

David Massey's Island is enjoying some fine weather this week. Nick Jonas was Most Added at Pop radio and then some, with a whopping 67 stations on his new "Levels" (via the new Safehouse imprint). And that's not all, folks...


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I.B. BAD RECOUNTS
THE RISE & FALL
OF TWO MAJOR
MUSIC GROUPS
A history lesson for our readers and a historically bad week for the bible (8/28a)
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PART 13,428
Blue is the color of our cover girl's hair; Van's grand finale. (8/27a)
ISLAND PARADISE
It's good to be David Massey. (8/27a)
HITS  LIST, LITERALLY
Info on a need-to-know basis. (8/27a)
CHVRCHES GET
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...or 2 million eyeballs. (8/26a)
BEATS 1'S UNDERDOGS
How Apple touts outside-the-mainstream artists.
THE WEEKND, HALSEY AND MORE
Buzzing releases around the bend.
THE VMAS: MILEY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
How will she use this huge platform?
SONY NASHVILLE'S NEW CREW
Straight from the horses' mouths
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