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SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
Bad Bunny makes the most of his turn at bat. (5/20a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/18a)
GREEN AS EVER
A think piece—cool! (5/19a)
FEET OF CLAY AND “TAPDANCING AROUND THE CONVERSATION”: KENDRICK LAMAR’S BREAKTHROUGHS
The K-Dot aesthetic examined (5/20a)
LNX BATHED IN STARLIGHT BY SHOF
23 with a bullet (5/19a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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HARRY STYLES: Columbia star’s open House begins—how much DSP real estate will it occupy on the way to huge #1? Perry, Mallory, Gray and team find him dreamy.
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KENDRICK LAMAR: Big #1 bow and rapturous reviews greet rap giant’s Steppers, as Morale swells among pgLang and Interscope crews—and Album of the Year buzz grows.
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J.J. ITALIANO: Veteran exec returns to Spotify as Head of Global Hits. Erlich and Ong say: Hey mambo!
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LISA WORDEN: iHeart luminary holding virtual court for Alt and Rock Summit, as labels seek to anoint new releases. Bow before your queen.
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ZACH BRYAN: Bay-Schuck and Corson's Warner tunes up campaign for hot troubadour, buoyed by Yellowstone love, Spotify RADAR honors. Heartbreak never felt so good.
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TOP DAWG: Much respect in wake of the long journey TDE boss, Kendrick and Dave Free have had together—which now comes to a fork in the road.
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MERCURY: Arnold and Adelson enjoying temperature surge as Republic-affiliated label gets boost from Post and Morgan, inks Greenberg-repped AJR. We’re just gonna say it: They’re rising.
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MARLEE EHRLICH: 10k EVP racing to the forefront as she helps break artist Leah Kate. Elliott, Zach and Tony don’t “Hate” that.
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PINK FLOYD: Big players said to be vying for rock visionaries’ recordings, with price tag floated at around $600m. And yes, that includes the song “Money.”
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BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: How low can you go? The Bible’s excruciating cheesefest dips to new ratings nadir—if you missed it, count your lucky stars.