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Dynamic duos (12/6a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
WINNING NOMINATIONS
I.B. Bad on music's biggest comeback (12/6a)
ON THE COVER: LADY GAGA & TONY BENNETT
It's De-Lovely. (12/6a)
CALLING THE PLAYS:
JOHN JANICK
We salute the winner and still champ. (12/6a)
SONG STREAMS:
'TIS THE SEASON
It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas. (12/6a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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WENDY GOLDSTEIN: Distaff half of Monte and Avery’s newly minted Co-President team having a particularly happy Chanukah. Being L.A.-based, though, she still runs the risk of running into us.
2
JIM ROPPO: Label veteran joining Wendy in Republic’s “dynamic duo” as East Coast Co-Prez. He’s the Wamba to her Chumba.
3
ADELE: Columbia megastar follows up year’s biggest bow with a huge second week, locks down Vegas residency as “Easy” radio re-fuels streams. Her Christmas stocking runneth over.
4
STEVE BERMAN: As offensive coordinator for Super Bowl hip-hop halftime show, Interscope Vice Chairman hopes for biggest score yet after string of NFL wins (notably Gaga’s game-changer). Go long!
5
SETH ENGLAND: Big Loud boss quietly scores year’s top album with Morgan Wallen, as Dangerous safely coasts to 3.2m close. It’s a Jolly old holiday for England.
6
JENIFER MALLORY & PETER GRAY: Columbia pair owns Top 3 at radio, streaming with Adele, Kid LAROI, Lil Nas X. Svengali Ron hopes for an extended “Stay.”
7
LADY GAGA/TONY BENNETT: After strong ratings for CBS special, all eyes on ring-a-ding-ding pair’s Porter-palooza for Grammy Love. Jack Sussman doesn’t mind a little Cole in his stocking.
8
GEE ROBERSON: Ye advisor leads assembly of Donda Touring Company as freestanding live entity. Ask and Ye shall receive.
9
GET BACK: Mammoth Disney+ Beatles doc seizes the moment as genius/ superfan Peter Jackson puts us all in the room with the Fabs (with guest wailing by Yoko). Spoiler alert: They never got to Tripoli.
10
MATT MORRIS: IGA A&R hitter upped to SVP after playing key role in Olivia signing as team dreams of a sweet Grammy night for SOUR.