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GRAMMYS VS. HOLIDAY IN THE SUN FOR WEST COASTERS
Baby it's warm outside. (2/10a)
DARIUS SPLITS WITH DOC
Breaking news out of Music City (2/10a)
MONDAY GRAMMYS, FRIDAY CHART: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME FOR RETAIL
Our charts dude breaks it all down for you. (2/10a)
CBS' APPROACH TO
THE GRAMMYS
Jack Sussman previews Monday's annual ritual. (2/10a)
HERE COMES KANYE (UPDATE)
But you gotta settle on a title, Ye. (2/10a)
GRAMMY SURPRISE GUESTS
Will the formerly snubbed return to steal the show?
TRUMP VS. ADELE
It's gonna get nasty. We wouldn't bet on the The Donald.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
Which Grammy moments will spike sales, streams and tickets?
THE B-SIDE
ARTIST DISCOVERY: PRETTY SISTER
2/5/16

Oooooooooh, baby! Turn it up to 11 for "Drive," by L.A.'s own Pretty Sister. A real panty-dropper, this earworm's arguably #1 in my book for the song of summer 2016. I know it's early, but after that first play, I've already removed two articles of clothing; I'll leave which ones up to the imagination.

Pretty Sister's genre is described as "Z-Funk," a hat-tip to '90s G-Funk and reference to dopamine elevator Zak Waters. Watch this space for updates on the promising, currently unsigned newcomer.

I'll leave you with Waters' own words: "hands up, radio on, singin' every word to a Tupac song."

xx,
Samantha Hissong

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: "INHERITANCE"
2/5/16

"They say God is in the details"; that's the introductory line of L.A.-based indie/rock treasure Harriet's new music video for "Inheritance," and it also reflects the group's whole M.O.

It's quite exhilarating to find artists who really give a shit these days, so consider this writer tickled pink. I've been following Harriet—led by Alex Casnoff (formerly of Dawes)—since the titillating "I Slept With All Your Mothers," so one could imagine my excitement last week, when they finally dropped their first full-length album—a concept I've been salivating over for some time now.

I like to think that American Appetite’s gestation period was so lengthy because of the extreme attention to detail and perhaps a slightly neurotic (yet much appreciated) thirst for perfection, at least perfection in the terms of getting their exact message across. That being said, the vibe generated from a straight listen-through is quite deceptive, considering that feelings of soothing, sunset-like comfort are being provided by stories riddled with anxiety.

The 12-track set—released via Harvest—takes listeners on a mathematical, multi-layered journey, tugging on your heartstrings with songs like “American Appetite” and "Burbank" and kicking your inhibitions to the curb with playful jams like “Ten Steps.” There’s an unavoidable dynamic quality to the overall sound, a clear reflection of deep-seated passion.

Touches of the ‘80s melt with an overall modern sensibility in a seemingly effortless fashion on this flavorful and truly exciting work. And since I find no discomfort in saying that Harriet has delivered my favorite album of 2016 so far, click here to stream it on Spotify. Bon appétit.

xx,
Samantha Hissong 

CHART CHAT
2/2/16

HITS' own Jesse Beer (CliprKid) and Naomi Robin (RockinRobin) jump on the web to discuss the newest adds on the radio charts this week, and you've got an inside look at their chat. Find out what's hot on their radar.

RockinRobin: Dude! Cage The Elephant got their 6th #1 with “Mess Around”!! Happy to see my fav song topping both Alternative and AAA 

CliprKid: Speaking of big records, can we discuss the Empire of The Sun record which is exploding 7 years after it’s release? It just re-debuted on the Alt charts and is #4 on Shazam. All due to a genius placement in a new Honda commercial

RockinRobin: It truly breathed new life into the song. Florence’s latest single, “Delilah” just charted on ALT and AAA. It’s hitting me much stronger than her previous tracks 

CliprKid: Yes. I really like it, her voice is amazing

RockinRobin: My fav Aussie boys Wolfmother are back on the Active Rock charts with “Victorious.” Give it some  time and I bet it’ll get a TON of syncs. They always do

CliprKid: It’s good to have some real rock on the radio

RockinRobin: Indeed. In the pop world, Selena’s “Hand To Myself” just hit Rhythm at 38. Her last single peaked at #5 on this format but I think this one is poised to hit #1

CliprKid: I just think this one has a much bigger hook than Same Old Love and that song was and still is a monster. Her songs keep getting sexier and sexier… 

RockinRobin: The racier, the better. Posner just returned to Rhythm “I Took A Pill in Ibiza.” After getting airplay in San Fran, it blew up on the NorCal Shazam charts hitting #1 in every market and is already #7 on the iTunes Top 100 USA chart. It’s a smash

CliprKid: Yes, should be noted that this is the Seeb Remix version. Sounds like a smash! 

RockinRobin: I first heard it when he played a stripped down version at UCLA 2 years ago. Amazing to watch the song’s trajectory since he first wrote it. Anyway, I gotta go take some pills, not feeling too well today. 

CliprKid: Go get some rest and let's chat again next week