The table has been perfectly set for the Grammy inner circle, with bona fide superstars Adele, Beyoncé and Drake all on board, offering them the opportunity to get it right next February—something for which they’ve been widely criticized in the recent past.
Interscope’s Lady Gaga will debut at #1 on both our Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart and Album Sales Chart this week. Reprise's Michael Buble looks set to follow her at #2, while RCA's Pentatonix are poised for a Top 5 bow on both charts. Also noteworthy: More than half of each Top 15 will be new releases.
The three veterans who collaboratively create the Grammy Awards attack the task of planning and mounting the show from distinct perspectives reflective of their skillsets. Shortly after the close of the eligibility year on 9/30, HITS’ Phil Gallo grilled them about...
When Thomas Rhett took the stage on 10/20 at the CMT Artist of the Year event, he made tangible what Nashville has been sensing for over a year: Rhett is a breakout star. In other of our recent Grammy Spotlight interviews, Rhett spoke to our own Holly Gleason about how he get here.
The cover shoot for our recent Grammy special issue is the subject of the latest animated misadventure known as Airhead, co-starring Grammy trio Neil Portnow, Ken Ehrlich, Jack Sussman, our own Lenny Beer, Lyor and more. The scene is Neil's office. Mayhem ensues. We are so, so sorry.
Republic has inked an artist deal with hit songwriter Julia Michaels. The talented tunesmith is now recording her debut EP, due out early next year. Michaels has penned or co-penned smashes (largely with longtime collaborator Justin Tranter) for Justin Bieber (“Sorry”), Selena Gomez (“Good for You”), Hailee Steinfeld (“Love Myself”) and plenty more. She performed “Carry Me” with Kygo before a global audience at the Closing Ceremonies of the Rio Olympics. Songs she’s worked on have earned 8m+ streams and the SPS equivalent of 50m songs sold worldwide.
Grammy’s tres hombres, Neil Portnow, Ken Ehrlich and Jack Sussman, grace the cover of the latest special issue of our print publication, while heir to the Sony throne Rob Stringer is our Contents page VIP. They are all busily arranging to have every extant copy destroyed.
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: TROPHY EDITION
Our Grammy special is out, and don't be fooled by the HITS logo...it's actually worth reading! (10/26a)
KALEO: "DOWN" IS THE NEW UP
We sit down with the frontman of the critically acclaimed new rock band. (10/26a)
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: THE WHOLE ENCHILADA, ON VINYL
New box sets get music nerds salivating. (10/26a)
AIRHEAD: OH, SNAP!
Ever wonder what it would be like to have Lenny Beer direct your latest photoshoot? We're sorry. (10/26a)