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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/16a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/16a)
DRAKE IS EXTREMELY WEALTHY
And not just in Canadian dollars. (9/16a)
KACEY TURNS A PAGE
A close reading of star-crossed (9/10a)
TOP 20: RE-CERTIFIED
The Toronto Raptor strikes again. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/16a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/16a)
DRAKE IS EXTREMELY WEALTHY
And not just in Canadian dollars. (9/16a)
KACEY TURNS A PAGE
A close reading of star-crossed (9/10a)
TOP 20: RE-CERTIFIED
The Toronto Raptor strikes again. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
RUMOR MILL
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9/16/21

With the UMG IPO approaching, we asked chieftain Sir Lucian Grainge a few questions about the biz landscape and the fortunes of his company. For some reason, he decided to answer them.


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9/16/21

Drake's Certified Lover Boy will remain at #1 in its second week, while debuts by Kacey Musgraves and Baby Keem look set to...


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9/16/21

Post Malone has revealed the lineup for his third annual Posty Fest, which will take place outside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Joining him will be Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, Polo G, Rod Wave, Roddy Ricch, Flo Milli, Koe Wetzel, Turnstile...


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9/16/21

Warner Music Group has added David Bowie’s 21st century works to its catalog, giving it control over all five decades of Bowie’s recordings. It takes effect in 2023.


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9/16/21

The latest in Music City: Drew Parker made his Grand Ole Opry debut; Ethan Hulse becomes the first Christian genre songwriter named NSAI’s Songwriter of the Year; and “The Bones” by Maren Morris is now certified 4x platinum.

…Go to Music City (in your mind)

DRAKE   CERTIFIED LOVER BOY
9/16/21

Drake owns the Top 20 spots on our current Song Revenue Chart, and with the #1 cut alone—"Way 2 Sexy" f/Future & Young Thug—the OVO/Republic megastar rakes in a cool third of a million bucks...


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9/16/21

Insiders are chirping that acclaimed artist Frank Ocean, who has been releasing material independently since exiting his Def Jam deal ahead of his 2016 masterpiece, Blonde, is shopping a new album.


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9/16/21

Rod Stewart returns to songwriting on his 31st studio album, The Tears of Hercules, which Rhino will issue on 11/12. A video for the first single, “One More Time,” was released today.


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SHAKIRA MAKERSPLACE CROP
9/16/21

Sony Music has announced a strategic partnership with MakersPlace, an NFT marketplace for digital art. Shakira, Tom Morello and T-Pain are among the artists offering original audio-visual NFTs on the platform.


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9/16/21

Hot off major features on WizKid's "Essence" and Drake's CLB, Tems is the latest Apple Music Up Next artist. The Lagos native has also released a new EP, issued via her just-announced partnership with Since '93/RCA.


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9/16/21

Elton John has moved his Farewell Yellow Brick Road dates in Europe and the U.K. to 2023 as he recovers from a fall.


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9/16/21

We don't have direct information about the economic outcome of Triller's 9/11 Fight Night event hosted (disgracefully) by Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. But we did come across this tidbit...


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9/16/21

Not content to furnish the soundtrack to your road trips, Spotify wants to provide some key visual landmarks. This Olivia Rodrigo billboard (located in San Diego) is one of a series commissioned by the streamery as a tribute to musical milestones referencing travel.


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9/16/21

WEA’s Matt Young is stepping away from the company after a 13-year tenure. WEA President Maria Weaver announced his departure in a memo obtained by HITS.


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9/16/21

Nine names from the music world have made it onto Time magazine’s 2021 100 Most Influential People list, among them Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Dolly Parton.


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Shawn Mendes at The Queen
9/16/21

The Island Records artist and his namesake foundation will make a grant to support the Youth Climate Finance Alliance...


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Bennett-Gaga
9/15/21

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s upcoming album, Love for Sale (Columbia/Interscope), will be promoted via three TV specials, one each on the ViacomCBS networks.


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9/15/21

How is this gathering, which finds Warner Music Nashville boss Espo and team bestowing a massive plaque on superstar Blake Shelton, different from a Zoom meeting?


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9/15/21

Aside from mighty Drake, the most compelling mid-September action is behind the scenes, as Habtemariam and Schnur strengthen their arsenals, Gillmer and Marciano fill arenas, Roberson does his artist-whisperer routine, Dave Free poses a spelling question and Susan Hilderley puts some records on.

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9/15/21

In our ongoing effort to present your content in easily digestible bites, we offer a fresh tidbit from our delectable list of Grammy Best New Artist hopefuls. Up next: Tate McRae.


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Featured Video
Kitt Wakeley, "Sinners and Saints" (Live)
If you've hit your limit with homemade bedroom pop, here's the remedy: The lavishly orchestrated rock-classical hybrid of mad musical scientist Wakeley, recorded live at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. This opening cut from album Symphony of Sinners and Saints is a stirring session studded with silken strings and searing solos. Wakeley (seen here on keyboards) was joined by Joe Satriani on the cut "Conflicted" and will have more big rock collabs to announce shortly. On 10/11, he'll bring this rocking orchestral experience to Carnegie Hall; ticket info here.
Elton pushes back Europe dates https://t.co/7X900yhAev https://t.co/O6LtsQXpkf
Insiders are chirping that Frank Ocean is shopping a new album… https://t.co/UJtXejfvHx https://t.co/aGfLNVl421
[email protected] hits the road with @theestallion and more in 2022 https://t.co/bBclS4Dzjg https://t.co/Mp2bpgeM1h
It’s blockbuster season: @Drake and @kanyewest will hold the top 2 for a second week running https://t.co/HsNRlVSTxD https://t.co/usEuGyc9xS
New releases: @KaceyMusgraves and @babykeem head for career high debuts with new projects https://t.co/3JjeTXNUd3 https://t.co/VSUCDIPeAK
#CertifiedLoverBoy by @Drake smashes 2021 record, debuts at #1 with second biggest streaming week… https://t.co/7TYgUUXT24
With a fully developed brand, @Saweetie looks destined for heavy pop-cultural visibility: Could she land a Best New… https://t.co/v5VGBRtxvM
#DONDA by @kanyewest joins the billion club in just 10 days https://t.co/RDo5JQPVGd https://t.co/woiqhXppHP
[email protected] opens its doors to YoungBoy Never Broke Again https://t.co/NoQEvcmHd9 https://t.co/JHtNwLHAXo
#BlueBanisters by @LanaDelRey will be out on October 22nd! https://t.co/DnVVunjs1M