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Good vibrations (3/5a)
NEAR TRUTHS: UNCORKED
Jay-Z's blingy mountain of cash keeps gaining altitude. (3/5a)
UMG PULLS IN NEARLY
$9B IN 2020
Value keeps rising ahead of IPO. (3/5a)
MILEY JOINS COLUMBIA
Like moving to the apartment next door. (3/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/5a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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UMG: Valuation is through the roof as 2020 earnings approach $9 billion and Sir Lucian and team make aggressive moves as IPO nears, to Universal acclaim.
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IRVING AZOFF: As catalog deals proliferate, he Swirvs into the copyright game bigtime with multifaceted Crosby, Beach Boys pacts. He's feeling Eight Miles High.
3
BEN WINSTON: Grammy’s new producer has his Eye on the prize ahead of one-of-a-kind presentation for Music’s Biggest Night. How will he push the envelope?
4
DRAKE: OVO/Republic star returns with EP, signaling his new full-length is on the horizon at last. It’s Scary how much we missed him.
5
ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM: Motown boss upped to Chairman and direct report to Sir Grainge. You can’t spell CEO without E.
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BRENDA ROMANO: IGA promo chief has a “license” to kill as she drives Olivia to #1 in just seven weeks. Pedal to the metal.
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RYAN PRESS: Warner Chappell A&R head feeling MAG-nificent after inking Bad Bunny collaborator, R&B trailblazers LVRN and more. Talk about good Press.
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SZA: “Good” looking great as TDE/RCA star has a SZA-ling run at DSPs, makes moves at radio. Edge, Pitts, Fleck and team say this one’s got vibe for “Days.”
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ANDRA DAY: Warner star earns Golden Globe with her acting debut as she transforms into Billie Holiday. She’s gotta be feeling pretty jazzed.
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HEIDRICK & STRUGGLES: Headhunting firm helping Grammyland narrow its search for new chief—kindly ignore what happened to the heads of the last two. The Struggles continue.