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HITS LIST’S TOP GUNS
OF AUGUST
Who's flying high right now? Take a look. (8/5a)
FLYING COACH
The Barnett clan will be on hand when Grandpa Dick Vermeil gets his Hall of Fame jacket. (8/5a)
MO OSTIN: THE 2017 INTERVIEW, PART ONE
Available online for the first time (8/3a)
RENAISSANCE WOMAN: BEYONCÉ
A captivating return (8/2a)
MO OSTIN,
1927-2022
The archetypal label head (8/2a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
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HITS LIST’S TOP GUNS
OF AUGUST
Who's flying high right now? Take a look. (8/5a)
FLYING COACH
The Barnett clan will be on hand when Grandpa Dick Vermeil gets his Hall of Fame jacket. (8/5a)
MO OSTIN: THE 2017 INTERVIEW, PART ONE
Available online for the first time (8/3a)
RENAISSANCE WOMAN: BEYONCÉ
A captivating return (8/2a)
MO OSTIN,
1927-2022
The archetypal label head (8/2a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
RUMOR MILL
benny bts
8/6/22

The unlikely alliance of Benny Blanco, BTS and Snoop Dogg has produced an instant streaming rocket.


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youngboytop
8/6/22

With the drop of YoungBoy Never Broke Again's The Last Slimeto, the prolific rapper—who is, pound for pound, a Top 5 most-streamed artist in the U.S.—becomes one of the hottest free agents in the biz. Thanks to heightened interest in his next chapter, the set is expected to debut with...


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Beyonce Renaissance
8/5/22

Parkwood/Columbia's Beyoncé scores her first #1 on the HITS Top 50 since 2016 as RENAISSANCE opens with 335k+—the second-biggest bow of the year. She's also the first female artist to top the album chart in 2022.


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8/5/22

We owe our survival (which has been likened to that of cockroaches after a nuclear war more times than we’d care to admit) to you, gentle reader. We look forward to expressing our gratitude in the customary way—with a tree-killing doorstop jammed with old photos and dumb jokes, aka the HITS Anniversary Special.


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stream
8/5/22

Steve Lacy's "Bad Habit" remains #1, while three cuts from Beyoncé's RENAISSANCE (which just took the #1 spot on our Top 50 chart) occupy the Top 10; "BREAK MY SOUL" leads, flying #25-3.

Float on over to the Overall Song Streams chart

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8/5/22

At Laguna's Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters, two vocal greats, Billy Valentine and Lorna Luft, are joined by someone who is vocally grating, HITS Editor in Chief Lenny Beer, for a photographic summit. In keeping with the festival's tradition of bringing classic works of art to life, Beer later recreated LeRoy Neiman's classic canvas Five-Iron Wrapped Around a Tree in Despair at Augusta.


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8/5/22

As the biz showers love on Mo Ostin, who kept Warner/Reprise on top during rock’s golden age, modern-day dynasties Live Nation and Sony Music rack up ginormous quarterly numbers, Beyoncé dances back to #1, NBA YoungBoy gets ready to ball for a new team and Ryan Tedder’s OneRepublic takes off from the flight deck of the Top Gun: Maverick ST.

Climb aboard HITS List

super-bowl
8/5/22

Dick Vermeil, the onetime head coach of the UCLA Bruins, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, who won a Super Bowl as coach of the St. Louis Rams (remember them?) in 2000, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. There's a connection here...


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prince and mo
8/5/22

Prince’s signing, nurturing and incremental rise to superstardom stands as a classic example of what made Warner/Reprise such an extraordinary record company. Mo Ostin’s 2016 recounting of this fascinating story provides us with an object lesson in artist development at its most inspired.


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rapino POLLSTAR
8/5/22

Live Nation has shattered previous financial records as every key operating metric is at an all-time high for the concert-promotion giant.


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8/5/22

The class of Q3 2022 includes such beguiling artists as Steve Lacy, Doechii, Bailey Zimmerman, Benson Boone, Nate Smith, Jagwar Twin and Yung Gravy, among other buzzing newcomers. Which of these will be tearing up the charts in the near future?


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rosalia tth
8/5/22

Columbia's ROSALÍA earns the cover of Spotify's TTH as "Despechá" moves into the #3 slot. New entries go to DJ Khaled w/Drake & Lil Baby, Yung Gravy, Beyoncé and benny blanco w/BTS & Snoop Dogg.


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Steve Lacy funny hat
8/5/22

Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” seizes #1 on the HITS Song Revenue Chart, jumping Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” which had held that spot for five non-consecutive weeks. The top new entry is Billie Eilish’s “TV” at #25, while the unstoppable Bad Bunny lands eight tracks in the Top 50, with a total take north of $400k.

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8/5/22

Nicky Youre’s “Sunroof” f/dazy hits the Top 5 at Top 40, while Post Malone’s “I Like You” f/Doja Cat looks to capture the #1 spot at Rhythm and Måneskin’s “SUPERMODEL” holds atop the Modern Rock chart for a third week…


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B
8/5/22

Beyoncé has her fourth U.K. #1 album with RENAISSANCE (Columbia/ Parkwood). Over on singles, LF System claims a fifth week at the top.


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Phearts
8/5/22

YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Sofia Carson find themselves cracking the Top 20 at iTunes and Apple Music this Flipover Friday, while yet another BTS collab shoots straight to #1 on the sales chart.


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mackenzie
8/5/22

CBS’s specials and live events guru Jack Sussman has promoted former temp Mackenzie Mitchell to VP, Specials, Music and Live Events, at CBS.


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8/5/22

Columbia’s Calvin Harris takes the cover and top slot of Spotify’s New Music Friday behind the release of Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2. The album's “Obsessed” w/Charlie Puth and Shenseea leads the set. Also, new cuts from DJ Khaled f/Drake & Lil Baby, benny blanco x BTS x Snoop Dogg...


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Johnta Austin, Kawan Pranther, Vince Phillips (lawyer to NBA Youngboy), Satchel, Bems (Atlanta Influences Everything).SM
8/4/22

At Kendrick Lamar’s Atlanta show—where reps from Amazon Music and its live-radio app, Amp, brought music and media VIPs together with student-government reps from HBCUs Morehouse, Clark and Spelman—the following influential creators posed without realizing the photo would fall into our grubby little hands…


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Joe Smith and Mo Ostin Billboard ad(1)
8/4/22

Part one of this in-depth conversation began with Mo Ostin’s Brooklyn childhood and the family’s move to L.A. and concluded with the development of Warner/Reprise, with stories about Sinatra, the Kennedys, Carl Sandburg and other luminaries enriching the narrative. The second half begins in 1966 with the arrival of the guy who’d be ampersand-close to Mo for the next four decades.


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