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TOP 50 HOLIDAY SONGS: A MERRY LOT
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/7a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/6a)
NEW LEADERS AT COLUMBIA U.K.
The post-Ferdy era begins. (12/6a)
JIM STEWART,
1930-2022
Remembering an indie-label legend. (12/6a)
GRAMMY NOMS:
THE LIST
For your consideration (12/6a)
GRAMMY HANDICAPPING
Who's likely to win in the major categories? We have no idea.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
TRUMP CORP II
Totally less fraudulent than Trump Corp.
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
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REPUBLIC: Taylor dominates Q4 conversation with album, stadium tour and overall marketing mojo, while Drake/Savage remains huge. The Lipman holiday celebration is lit.
2
MOTOWN: With news that Ethiopia will step down, the biz is abuzz with what’s next for her and the storied label. Who’s keeping the motor running?
3
SZA: TDE/RCA star gets a big SNL look—is her new set coming soon? Given her social-media S.O.S. signals, we’d say so. Top, Punch, Edge, Fleck, et al. are SZA-ling with excitement.
4
BEATA MURPHY: KIIS PD is trimming the tree as Jingle Ball rocks this weekend in L.A.—and wise men Sykes and Poleman ride their sleigh into town.
5
METRO BOOMIN: 110-120k forecast for Republic producer/artist makes for a pretty big story in the Metro section. Could his business get even more Boomin?
6
THE ORCHARD: Big marketshare increases have boutique distribbery/ services company feeling magnifico, as strategy of Navin and team bears serious fruit. What seeds are they planting for ’23?
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TIM HINSHAW: Amazon Music head of hip-hop/R&B earning huge kudos as he plays major role in DSP’s growth in biz and culture. We Echo that sentiment.
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TRAVIS SCOTT: Chatter abounds regarding a new Epic album and tour in ’23, as David Stromberg puts a new plan on the board—and shows there’s plenty of juice in this Cactus, Jack. Who else is powering Team Travis?
9
HOLIDAY MUSIC: The streams are filled with eggnog as holiday standards rule—except for Drake, Tay, new acts like Lacy, JVKE and d4vd, and Sam Smith’s super-naughty “Unholy.” But Brenda Lee is coming on strong.
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JACKING THE ALGO: Have certain labels been able to manipulate YouTube views, as analysts have charged for years? With new claims, there’s a bot—er, a lot to think about. Then again, all’s fair in love and chart-juking.