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THE GRAMMY NOMS: A PRELIMINARY CHEW
"Uh-huh" vs. "huh?" (11/21a)
AND THE NOMINEES ARE...
The list. (11/21a)
A TOP 20 OF TITANIC PROPORTIONS
Best enjoyed with a good belt. (11/21a)
SONY'S BIG WEEK
And that was before the Grammy deluge. (11/20a)
DABABY IN GERSON'S CRIB
Talk about pub crawling. (11/20a)
THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
They're here. What do they mean?
U.K. SPECIAL
Forget Brexit--it's our yearly survey of doings in Blighty. And if you still can't forget Brexit, try drinking.
WHAT'S GOING ON BENEATH OUR WINDOWS?
The latest in Hollyweird.
WEED!
That's what Hollywood smells like. Seriously. 24/7.
Critics' Choice
RCA INSPIRATION TAPS RON HILL
9/30/19

RCA Inspiration has appointed Grammy winner and biz vet Ron Hill as VP of Artist Development. He will report to SVP and GM Phil Thornton, and Hill will oversee all A&R/Creative matters along with the newly-launched Brand Partnership division for RCA Inspiration, Essential Sound and Verity—encompassing the label's breadth of new releases from Gospel to hip-hop, nurturing its diverse roster of talent and focusing on its award-winning catalog. 

Hill joins RCAI from Fo Yo Soul Entertainment, where he was most recently President for Kirk Franklin's DFW-area company and Franklin's manager for the past six years. The young visionary began his career interning at Fo Yo Soul in 2007 and started managing Franklin in 2013, along with rising to President at the label where he worked in A&R, music production, tour management and other creative endeavors. 

Hill on his new gig, stated: “I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve in this new role. Our genre is at a very pivotal moment in time and I believe now more than ever, Artist Development and A&R will help build lasting careers. I’m excited to have a hand in helping artists grow and reach a wider audience for the kingdom. I would like to thank Terry [Hemmings, Provident Music Group President/CEO] and Phil Thornton for this incredible opportunity, and Kirk Franklin for his continued support.”

Photo of Hill by Michael J. Patton

BEST NEW ARTIST: THE FIRST BALLOT
9/25/19

Craig Abaya

Nola Ade

Ala Jaza

Jimmie Allen

Altin Gün

Amigo The Devil

Jazzy Amra

Amyl And The Sniffers

Hamish Anderson

Gretje Angell

Appalachian Roadshow

Edan Archer

Calvin Arsenia

A$H.

Louis Atlas

Sophie Auster

Badflower

Bailen

Ras Baraka

Bedouine

Big Wild

Jade Bird

Black Belt Eagle Scout

Black Pumas

Blackpink

Shelby Blondell

Blondeultra

Jonas Blue

Blueface

Bones UK

Deb Bowman

Branko

Bishop Briggs

Analea Brown

Blanco Brown

Bülow

Burrows And Dilbeck

Calandra An Eloquent Blending Of Strings

Calboy

Call Me Ace

Lewis Capaldi

Brynn Cartelli

Castlecomer

Chad LB & Sonic Magic

Charly Bliss

Che Apalache

Tyler Childers

chloe mk

Stef Chura

Gabriele Ciampi

City Girls

Clairo

Cat Clyde

Combo Chimbita

The Comet Is Coming

V. Contreras

Cuco

Culture Abuse

Madison Cunningham

Cyn

DaniLeigh

Daughter Of Swords

Dave

Lise Davidsen

Jordan Davis

Demob Happy

Jordon Dixon

Dounia

Drax Project

Dwayne Shivers

88Glam

Billie Eilish

Morgan Evans

Ever More Nest

The Falm

Father Goose Music

Kari Faux

Dominic Fike

Izo Fitzroy

Fontaines D.C.

Foxwarren

Fragrance Of Yah

Future Cowboys

Future Fire

David Gab

Ollie Gabriel

Genesis Be

Tommy Genesis

Aaron Gibson

Rose Golan

Brandon Goldberg

Arlin & Michel Gonzalez

Grandson

Conan Gray

Oksana Grigorieva

half.alive

Hamzaa

Connie Han

Hand Habits

Perry Hayes

James Hersey

Holy Beach

Alice Howe

Ryan Hurd

Ider

In Real Life

Intellect

Iyla

Jade Jackson

Josean Jacobo & Tumbao

Yves Jarvis

Rayana Jay

Chantel Jeffries

Lauren Jenkins

J.I.D

Joanie & Matt

Jocelyn

Arnetta Johnson

Danielle Johnson

Joji

Jessica Jolla

Caroline Jones

Willie Jones

Joyous Wolf

Juice Wrld

Noah Kahan

Kaina

Isata Kanneh-Mason

Kash Doll

Mat Kerekes

Khatchadour Khatchadourian

Koffee

Rocky Kramer

Yara Lapidus

Lauv

Remy Le Boeuf

Ada Lea

Kiana Ledé

Leikeli47

Ari Lennox

Léon

Ivy Levan

Levels

Bubby Lewis

Dean Lewis

SG Lewis

Lil Nas X

Lil Tecca

Lil West

Lilnicky

Limon Jr.

Karen Linette

Little Days

Lexie Liu

Lizzo

Lost In Stars

Kelsey Lu

Luchy DR

Lucky Daye

Wei Luo

Mabel

Lillie Mae

Matt Maeson

Making Movies

Dona Maria

Mattiel

Maxo

Miraa May Featuring JME

Aaron May

Angie McMahon

Megan Thee Stallion

Mereba

Junius Meyvant

Micropixie

D Mills

Miss Kelli

Miz Tiffany

Cristina Morrison

MUNA

The Murder Capitol

Tsutomu Nakai

Brian Newman

Brady Novotny

Octavian

Joy Oladokun

J.S. Ondara

070 Shake

Jesse Palter

Doe Paoro

Tayla Parx

Carly Pearce

Orville Peck

Josh Pfeiffer

Phantoms

Annemarie Picerno

Picture This

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson

Ryan Pollie

Maddie Poppe

Samantha Preis

Queen Naija

Ray Ramon

Mason Ramsey

The Ransom

The Regrettes

Reptile Room

Jessie Reyez

Reyna Tropical

Rich Brian

Abigaii Rockwell

Roddy Ricch

Maggie Rogers

ROSALÍA

Runaway June

Casey Ryan

Ustad Saami

Sam Saint

Saint Sister

Salvation Music

Saweetie

Calum Scott

Edson Sean

Septimius The Great

Isaiah Sharkey

Shelita

The Sherlocks

Sh!tty Princess

Shura

Ski Mask The Slump God

Soak

Soulex

Anne Steele

Lennon Stella

Stone Mecca

Rajna Swamisthan

SWMRS

Tamino

Tank And The Bangas

The Teledynes

Mitchell Tenpenny

The Teskey Brothers

Jenny Tolman

Malu Trevejo

Marlana VanHoose

Vespers Nine

The Vics

Adia Victoria

Bryce Vine

Renee Wahl

Summer Walker

Alice Wallace

Morgan Wallen

Wallows

Wanz

Madison Ryann Ward

Matt Westin

Weyes Blood

Tierra Whack

White Reaper

Tal Wilkenfeld

The Mark Williams

Meg Williams

Jessy Wilson

Alison Wonderland

Jamila Woods

Yamit

Nilüfer Yanya

YBN Cordae

YK Osiris

YNW Melly

Yola

Yonaka

Denise Young

Yungblud

Jennifer Zetlan

THE GREAT LOST CARS LP
9/20/19

By Bud Scoppa


In 2011, 33 years after The Cars’ astonishing debut album, a record that sounded entirely new and yet instantly familiar, auteur Ric Ocasek and the three other surviving members (bass player/singer Ben Orr died in 2000) came remarkably close to achieving the contoured crispness and in-your-face immediacy of their greatest achievement on the little-known or -heard Move Like This (on the now-defunct Hear Music). Their potent chemistry was undiminished on super-sticky instant classics like “Blue Tip,” “Sad Song” and “Keep On Knocking,” with the taut interaction of guitarist Elliott Easton and synth player Greg Hawkes, the howitzer snare hits of David Robinson and Ocasek’s wry, terse vocal persona on full display. That these long-separated musicians were able to make a quintessential Cars LP a quarter century after releasing what was supposedly their sixth and last album constitutes a small miracle. With the late, great Ocasek very much on our minds, Move Like This is a buried treasure that demands to be unearthed and enjoyed.