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NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (10/3a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (10/4a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (10/3a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
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MAX LOUSADA: The biz wants to know what he’ll do now as the orchestra plays the overture for the WMG version of Robertetto.
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SAM SMITH: Capitol star achieves “Unholy” reinvention as TikTok sends new hit to the stratosphere and Michelle high-fives Marella, who blows it out. Tower’s powering up.
3
RIHANNA: With Super Bowl on the calendar, brand-rich superstar rumored to be back in the studio as she huddles with Jay Brown, Roc Nation team to plan her return to musical relevance. The best de-Fenty is a good of-Fenty.
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RON PERRY: Columbia boss inks Jeff Vaughn for JV label, Signaling A&R firepower to come—as Mike Caren tips his hat.
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TAYLOR SWIFT: Queen of the Socials gets ready to rumble as she Styles a massive stadium tour for ’23 to follow hotly awaited album. Could this be her biggest year since 1989?
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FRED DAVIS: Industry Raine-maker putting some clever new deals together. Is K-pop the new sauce in his master plan?
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ORLANDO WHARTON: New Capitol Music Group EVP opening a new school of business as he and MJ prepare a Priority delivery—and she continues reshaping Tower culture.
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OMAR APOLLO: “Evergreen” grows like crazy at DSPs as Bay-Schuck signing adds to Warner’s momentum at a fortuitous moment. Positively godlike.
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STEVE RIFKIND: Rap-label trailblazer honored with tribute on BET Hip-Hop Awards. The ovation should be LOUD.
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HARVEY MASON JR.: With Grammy season underway, Academy boss takes his bows for eliminating the Secret Committees he once claimed didn’t exist, as Music’s Biggest Night goes through the looking glass.