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HITS FEELS WEEK IN THE KNEES

Suge Speaks, CDNow Finds a Suitor, L.A. Reid Gathers the Troops and Scour is Scoured
A summary of the week's top stories, as brought to you by hitsdailydouble.com:
  1. SUGE KNIGHT SPEAKS!: Death Row's infamous rap entrepreneur opens up to HITS' Roy Trakin, who brings him an M.O.T. CD and a nail file. (7/19).
  2. CD NOW FINDS A BUYER IN BERTELSMANN: Online retailer gets a last-minute reprieve from the Governor… of Munich. (7/20)
  3. NELLY'S FO REEL, AS "NUTTY PROFESSOR" AND EVERCLEAR BOW: It's the last significant chart race before the industry leaves for a month in East Hampton. (7/18)
  4. SCOUR GRAPES—MPAA, RIAA FILE… A SUIT: Looks like Mike Ovitz's search engine needs a new lube job after the netco gets hit with a pair of suits from the movie and music industries. (7/20)
  5. THEY LOVE L.A.: New Arista ruler L.A. Reid rolls out his new staff, which includes industry vets Larry Mestel and Jerry Blair. (7/17)
  6. BMG HAS A VERY GOOD YEAR: Things are bullish in Germany with some record-breaking fiscal year results. (7/20)
  7. MUSICLAND IS UP FROM THE MAT: Once-beleaguered retailer comes up smelling like a rose. (7/20)
  8. RIAA PICKS APART THE NAPSTER DEFENSE: The recording industry gets set for the July 26 court decision with a refutation of the file-sharer's strategy. (7/17)
  9. EMI GETS DIGITAL WITH IT: EMI Recorded Music is the first on the block to offer full album downloads. (7/19)
  10. DANISH GOVERNMENT COMES DOWN ON PEARL JAM: There's something rotten in Denmark as rockers get blamed for in-concert tragedy leaving nine dead. (7/20)
HITS LIST’S TOP GUNS
OF AUGUST
Who's flying high right now? Take a look. (8/9a)
NBA FREE AGENCY (UPDATE)
Lots of suitors for the stat monster (8/8a)
NEW & DEVELOPING
ARTISTS: Q3 EDITION
The stars of tomorrow—and one star of the moment (8/9a)
BUNNY, BUBBLES AND BOX OFFICE
Irresistible force now filling stadiums (8/8a)
MO OSTIN: THE 2017 INTERVIEW, PART ONE
Available online for the first time (8/3a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
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