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I.B. BAD: GRAMMY REWIND, 2017 FAST-FORWARD
The latest inside edition (2/24a)
MICHELE ANTHONY NAMED UJA MUSIC VISIONARY
She's really busy... (2/24a)
BEEB BRAIN DRAIN
Hey, where'd everybody go? (2/24a)
OSCAR SO ... WHAT?
Politics and pluralism at the Academy Awards.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
PLAYLISTS AND POLITICS
How it really works.
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
How indie artists break through in the new reality.
Pub Crawling
UMPG SPITS A VERSE AND CHASES IT WITH WHISKEY
2/22/17

UMPG will be toasting a #1 chart bow by writer Future this week (via A1/Freebandz/Epic), with another #1 likely for the artist’s follow-up next week. The pubco’s Metro Boomin also contributed to Future’s new trove of tunes. The House of Jody is also celebrating the explosive success of Migos, who recently inked with Capitol on the label side. These victories follow the #1 debut for Big Sean (G.O.O.D./Def Jam), among other wins.

On the other end of the musical spectrum, UMPG writer Sam Hunt has another smash with “Body Like a Back Road,” and the pubco sees ACM nominations for Keith Urban (seven nods), Lori McKenna (Song of the Year for Tim McGraw’s “Humble & Kind”), Luke Laird (Songwriter of the Year), Kane Brown (New Male Vocalist) Bill Satcher of  A Thousand Horses (Best New Duo or Group). Drinks are on Kent Earls

I DON'T KNOW; ALASKA
2/21/17

Singer/songwriter Maggie Rogers celebrates inking a worldwide pub deal with Sony/ATV. Alternative fact: The title of her single “Alaska,” which appears on her new Capitol EP (and which she recently performed on Fallon), is also the name of a place from which you can see Russia. Seen swallowing the incriminating microfilm are (l-r) Sony/ATV SVP, Head of East Coast A&R Rich Christina, Mick Management’s Jonathan Eshak, Sony/ATV’s Clio Massey and co-prexy Danny Strick, Rogers, manager Zeke Hutchkins and attorney Jeff Worob.

TROLLING FOR FAME
2/20/17

At a recent Songwriters Hall of Fame event that featured a screening of Trolls and a panel discussion, Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback chatted about their contributions to the film’s soundtrack and other subjects with SHOF inductee and bona fide legend Bill Withers. Seen just before debating the subject of trolls as a security threat in Sweden are (l-r) SHOF’s Mary Jo Mennella, Timberlake, Withers, Shellback, Martin and SHOF Board Member/UMPG prez North America Evan Lamberg.