NEAR TRUTHS:
HOWDY, PARTNER
Redrawing the Mason-Dixon Line (5/23a)
A SHINY TOP 20
Ladies' choice (5/23a)
A SPIRITED BUNCH: COH'S KICKOFF PARTY
Rollin' with Jay (5/23a)
APPLE MUSIC’S BEST 100 ALBUMS SPURS DEBATE
Let's agree to disagree. (5/23a)
THE COUNT: UPPING THE HEADLINER ANTE
The latest action from the live sector (5/22a)
THE NEW UMG
Gosh, we hope there are more press releases.
TIKTOK BANNED!
Unless the Senate manages to make this whole thing go away, that is.
THE NEW HUGE COUNTRY ACT
No, not that one.
TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN PLAYLIST
Now 100% unlicensed!
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BILLIE EILISH: HIT ME HARD AND SOFT shows massive impact of Darkroom/Interscope star, whose artistic vision shines through on 10-song set. How hard a punch will she deliver in her opening week?
2
POST MALONE & MORGAN WALLEN: “Help” has never arrived quite like this. Big Loud/Mercury/Republic monster devours country market share like a case of Bud Light with a bourbon chaser. Boom.
3
JON PLATT: Sony Publishing boss reaching new heights with #1 pub marketshare for 12th straight quarter, led by top Q1 writer Noah Kahan. That’s Big.
4
SETH ENGLAND: Big Loud boss just gets bigger and louder as Post/Morgan collab goes through the roof. In case you were wondering who was on the “Help” desk.
5
SONY EARNINGS: House Stringer ends its fiscal Q4 by marking second straight $10b year, with big revenue gains for recorded music and publishing. But they’ve always got a yen for more.
6
ACMs: Damon Whiteside and Team Amazon cheer country trophyfest, with Stapleton, Lainey among big winners. Alexa, order more beer.
7
HOZIER: DSP audiences have a serious “Sweet” tooth, judging by monster action for Columbia’s Irish troubadour, who’s now entering the second decade of a great career. Not to sugarcoat it.
8
CHILDISH GAMBINO: RCA’s multitalented star returns with new iteration of 2020 set (with another album possibly on the way) and hot tour. His “Foot” print is substantial.
9
DAVID ISRAELITE: NMPA boss stands up for songwriters, who get short end of the stick in the current ecosystem. Can he get more revenue streaming in?
10
JONATHAN COHEN: Talented writer finds himself bamboozled into an editorial gig at HITS. He’d really rather not talk about it.