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I.B. BAD: RISE OF THE
NEXT-GEN BALLERS
A hot list of buzzing execs and entrepreneurs (8/18a)
REVVING IT UP: TOP 50 MONEYMAKERS
So what else is new? (8/18a)
CHART STORY: KESHA MAKES IT RAIN
She's back and she's big. (8/18a)
TAYLOR SWIFT IS SIGNALING SOMETHING
Gird your loins. (8/18a)
THE RIAA TEARS LYOR
A NEW ONE
Put that in your YouTube. (8/18a)
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.
RUMOR MILL
todd and sam hunt.sm
8/18/17

Prior to his show at L.A.'s Greek Theatre, MCA Nashville superstar Sam Hunt is reminded why he avoids Hollywood during his visits here, as our own Todd Hensley unspools a mind-numbing anecdote about this one time when his boat didn't work.


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plant
8/18/17

“The May Queen,” the first song released from Robert Plant’s upcoming Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records album Carry Fire, incorporates gospel, blues, Middle Eastern rhythms and a deployment of the guitar in circular style that’s part raga, part Leo Kottke. It goes without saying that his voice is simply divine...


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montecito
8/18/17

"What's Spanish for 'a staggeringly large pile of money?'" asks Republic chief Monte Lipman during this photo op marking the presentation of the RIAA Diamante Award to "Despacito" manufacturer Luis Fonsi. Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula head Jesus Lopez replied...


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ibb1224-pt2-animated
8/17/17

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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Ferdy
8/17/17

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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friends
8/17/17

Justin Bieber and BloodPop’s “Friends” (GENPOP Corp./RBMG/Schoolboy/Def Jam/Republic) was released at noon ET today; it's currently #1 at iTunes.


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kesha-hed
8/17/17

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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witness-tour
8/17/17

The start of Katy Perry’s tour has been pushed back 12 days and will now start 9/19 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. And she has picked her opening acts…


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shaniaNow
8/17/17

Shania Twain will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW (Mercury Nashville) starting 5/3 in Tacoma, Wash. It will be her first tour since 2015.


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SCOTT GREER
8/17/17

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


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Featured Video
Fall Out Boy, "Champion"
It's a VR free-for-all in this clip for the DCD2/Island rockers' new single, which is taking off at radio now. Strap on your goggles and let's do this.
The @RIAA tears @lyorcohen a new one over @YouTube payouts, transparency, more. https://t.co/Azxr7432RB https://t.co/8QWnwITl74
RT @JoeArmenia: oh, you know how it goes...kesha, bieber, joe armenia. obvs. thanks @HITSDD for the honour https://t.co/OjZIImnQIn
It's three years to the day since @taylorswift13 dropped "Shake It Off." Are we right to think #TS6IsComing?… https://t.co/ZDpeyWiMqH
RT @justinbieber: #Friends lyric video https://t.co/b7DmNCbX6O
With her social blackout, "@taylorswift13 is signaling something"--let's check the dates of prior drops.… https://t.co/xz0WU6b9ul
Hey, Pollack's dog just ran off with my joint!
The @royalblooduk fan club @wiltern https://t.co/C1kEBA3iLX @allihagendorf @robgoldklang @mattpinfield @wbr https://t.co/SVjF0LqRzX
.@justinbieber does it again, and with an assist from @bloodpop. New single #Friends is red-hot:… https://t.co/rMAYgrGkdL
.@ShaniaTwain impresses us much. She's hitting the road in 2018 supporting album #NOW with 42 tour stops:… https://t.co/oj3vZHQO7S
ICYMI: @KeshaRose graces the cover of our most recent print edition. We'll make it up to her somehow. @RCARecords https://t.co/wYoB3Xvhxf
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