The Dudes on Our Cover and Contents Page: How Bummed Are They to Be Associated With Us?

The cover of our most recent print edition features a striking portrait of G.O.O.D./Def Jam's Big Sean. The hip-hop phenom is celebrating the recent #1 bow of his Dark Sky Paradise, which battled its way to the top of the HITS Album Sales Chart and won the top spot on the SPS (Sales Plus Streaming) Chart handily. The Kanye protege's set, featuring guest spots from 'Ye, Drake, Chris Brown, John Legend, Jhene Aiko and more, marks another big win for Steve Bartels and team. But appearing on the cover of our wretched publication may bring some foul weather to Sean's Sky.

Our latest Contents Page VIP, meanwhile, is legendary hitmaker Timbaland. As the musical maestro of Fox’s smash hip-hop drama Empire, the super-producer is turning out a dizzying range of memorable music on a mad schedule. With the show’s forthcoming soundtrack album headed for a big bow and show ratings breaking all kinds of records, Tim would be forgiven for feeling like a member of Empire’s Lyon dynasty. But this HITS Contents shout-out is probably the last beat he ever wanted to hear.