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OUR POST-GRAMMY CHEW TAKES LESS THAN FOUR HOURS TO READ
We'll let you get back to your day ASAP. (2/7a)
HITS LIST WINNERS
Here's who's lighting up the scoreboard before and after the Grammys. (2/3a)
GRAMMY-WEEK ALBUM: PICS TO CLICK
Including shots of several luminaries entrapped by a HITS nerd. (2/8a)
GRAMMY RATINGS SOAR
The emphasis on star power seems to have worked. (2/7a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JIM ROPPO
Building blocks of a singular career (2/8a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
Music City
JASON ALDEAN: WINNING BY KEEPING IT ROUGH
7/12/16

Interview by Holly Gleason

Jason Aldean came from nowhere with his breakout hit “Hicktown” and announced himself as a voice for the unrepentant new breed of rednecks, hillbillies and outliers. Aldean is truly an independent spirit—his label Broken Bow built itself alongside its breakout artist, his producer Michael Knox fired a sound known for its aggression and his touring strategy suggested a take-it-to-the-people-where-they-are ethos. The singer/songwriter has developed into one of country music’s emblematic superstars, with 15 #1 singles and six albums that have all been certified platinum...

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