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THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM,
PART 13,428

Our newest cover model is Astralwerks/Capitol’s Halsey, who's building major buzz ahead of the release of her full-length, Badlands. Having racked up killer preorders and a streamrolling presence on the socials, the hot singer/songwriter has now scored a massive pub deal with Jody Gerson's UMPG. As her zeitgeisty "New Americana" singles makes its way at radio, all looks rosy for the blue-haired siren. Still, she'll need a lot of "legal marijuana" to cope with this HITS cover appearance.

Our Contents page VIP is longtime MTV/VH1/CMT chief Van Toffler. When Van announced in February that he was leaving the company after 28 years of service- the bulk of that stretch as its face and voice-it marked the symbolic end of an era. But before Toffler heads off to do his own thing, he's throwing himself a star-studded going-away party, and it promises to be as wild and wacky as basic cable will allow. Indeed, the more chaos (to use his favorite term) Van's final Video Music Awards generates, the happier the show's executive producer will be. Let's hope this Contents appearance (hopefully not his last) doesn't spoil his party before it starts.

SPENCER-SMITH LANDS WITH AG MANAGEMENT, WCM (UPDATE)
New manager, pub deal (6/28a)
BIZ RESPONDS TO ROE V. WADE DECISION (UPDATE)
Artists and companies unite. (6/27a)
PERFORMERS SPEAK OUT AT GLASTO
Singers voice their dismay over the Supreme Court's latest decision. (6/28a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Whose gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (6/30a)
BIG RED'S BIG POP RUN (UPDATE)
Nine in the Top 40 (6/27a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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