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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)
NEAR TRUTHS: SECRETS AND BUYS
We'll miss those smoke-filled rooms. (5/11a)
GRAMMYLAND'S CEO SEARCH: CLUSTER
OR PANTOMIME?
It's turning out to be a tough sell. (5/11a)
1 TRENDING TOPIC: BILLIE AND THE GATEKEEPERS
Alert the media: She can really sing. (5/11a)
KG's HOT ALT SUMMER
Our resident redhead praises girl in red, other colorful Alt comers. (5/11a)
'IT'S THE REAL SCHOOL'
Alan Jackson brings back hard country. (5/10a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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