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MAYBE, JUST MAYBE:
MOBILE PHONES,
IMMOBILE HUMANS
Lenny Beer needs to cut down on his screen time. (9/30a)
RAINMAKERS: MICHAEL RAPINO, NATION BUILDER
A tease for the upcoming edition, eh? (9/30a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: GRAMMY PREVIEW EDITION
Gimme an "H." Gimme another "H." (9/30a)
NEAR TRUTHS: PARANOIA STRIKES DEEP—INTO YOUR LIFE
IT WILL CREEP*
A high-revving column (9/30a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS
FULLY LOADED
Prediction: There will be 20 albums in the Top 20 this week. (9/30a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
Music City
MANAGERS WEIGH IN: MARION KRAFT (SHOPKEEPER MANAGEMENT)
7/28/20

Are your clients using TikTok?
Yes, they’re still sort of tinkering with it. Tenille, managed by Crystal Dishmon, has actively started on hers. It’s definitely an interesting platform to explore. Whereas it used to be the artists were in charge of their music and how it’s portrayed, now it’s the fans and their feelings on how they see the world.

With some fans wanting physical, how does that work?
We still deliver physical, make it available to purchase online. As a matter of fact, we just released the vinyl version of Platinum, one of Miranda’s albums, released in 2014. We are pretty old-school too and still love holding something in our hands. Hence, we will continue to service that fanbase as much as possible, while also embracing the streaming landscape.

What’s your vote for CMA Album of the Year?
Miranda’s Wildcard. It’s been out since last November, and every time I listen, I hear nuances I hadn’t noticed before. Her voice still lets me feel all the feels after all these years. It’s an incredible record, well-written and so fun to listen to. Plus, “Bluebird,” her current single, lifts you up when you need a little light, and right now we really need more of that.

What’s one thing you hope for the industry?
Find a way to continue to support one another, and not let divisive news put us in opposition. We are better together.