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SHINE ON, HARVEST HITS LIST
An equinox to remember (9/27a)
ON THE COVER:
KACEY MUSGRAVES
How do you follow an Album of the Year winner? (9/27a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
AOTY WILD CARDS
Going deep like Aaron Rodgers (9/27a)
SOUR VS. DANGEROUS: THE RACE FOR THE YEAR'S #1 ALBUM
Who would've thunk it nine months ago? (9/27a)
GRAMMY CHEW: ALBUM OF THE YEAR (12 FOR EIGHT)
Wild speculation with extra mustard (9/24a)
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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$51.4B/ €43.8B: UMG market cap is IPOMG, with stock closing at $27.31/€23.25. Good knight!
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STEVE CARLESS: Hot exec lands at Warner as A&R Prexy. Aaron and Tom say it’s easier to be Carless in New York.
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LIL NAS X: MONTERO makes strong chart bow, keeps racking up Gee-whiz streams as Industry Baby Ron Perry takes another victory lap. Call him Lil Big Red.
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WILL TANOUS: Boffo IPO action benefits strongly from Will power. Inside UMG he’s known as the Hand of the King.
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MICHAEL MARTIN: Audacy honcho helms star-studded We Can Survive extravaganza at Hollywood Bowl to aid suicide-prevention org. Bravo, buddy.
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WALKER HAYES: Monument’s country crossover goes nuclear, takes off at Pop radio. Keith Rothschild, Katie McCartney and teams “Fancy” up for strategy meeting at Applebee’s.
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JIM ROPPO: Republic’s man behind the curtain keeps the Lipman operation running smoothly. His new handle: Certified Lever Boy.
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MIKE G: UTA hitter running point on sold-out Kid LAROI global tour. Scooter and Team Columbia say he’s the king of the End of the World.
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JENNY SWIATOWY: Ace Capitol exec upped to SVP. Tower team says she’s totally in sync.
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RECORDING ACADEMY: Dropping noms just before Thanksgiving is pretty tone deaf—seems they’re telling the rest of the biz to get stuffed.