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HIGH FIVE: THE WEEK'S MOST POTENT STORIES

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em—it’s time for this week’s HITS High Five, the top stories you may have missed while clearing the bong.

RCA’s Britney Spears and Capitol’s Katy Perry dropped new singles and instantly ruled the iTunes singles chart.

Grammy Whisperer Paul Grein surveyed the field and picked the likely contenders—so far—for Album of the Year, ROTY and SOTY and Best New Artist

Drake’s Views became the first album to score 1m in SEA (Streaming-Equivalent Albums). 

We unpacked a trove of material from our Nashville Spotlight issue, including an in-depth conversation with Mike Dungan, a chat with Jason Aldean, Nashville by the Numbers, State of the State, digital execs on Music City and more.

Airhead explained streaming revenue, Schoolhouse Rock-style

Now pass that blunt; we need to be baked for today's meetings.

SOME LIKE IT HITS LIST
Where's Vanilla Ice when we need him? (8/14a)
SONY MUSIC LAUNCHES VOTING INITIATIVE
Nothing's more important right now. (8/14a)
SCARYPOOLPARTY:
AS REAL AS IT GETS
A writer looks at Alejandro Aranda and sees his own reflection. (8/14a)
DRAKE TAPS LIL DURK FOR NEW SINGLE
The offensive begins... (8/14a)
AIRHEAD: THE BIBLE
HOUSE RULES
How do you parody what is already a parody of itself? (8/14a)
BTS BRINGS IT
They're so dreamy.
VOTE BY MAIL
It's a conspiracy, because everyone does it.
IS IT CHRISTMAS?
No, but we're thinking about cookies.
WOKE MUSIC
Protest songs that sound like now.
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