HITS' HIGH FIVE: HUFFING & PUFFING

In a week where we struggled with the end of Vin Scully’s fabled career, Donald Trump’s lies and the passing of one of the greatest earworm creators ever, we soldiered on with thoughts about the Grammys, the industry’s new world order and a kooky hire over at YouTube. Yes, you’re very glad it’s 4:20 somewhere.

Before you spark up, here’s a look at the week’s High Five.

Sales + streaming (SPS) is the only statistic the industry should be looking at.

One easy Grammy prediction is that Beyonce and Adele are looking at receiving healthy numbers of nominations. But who else will be up for awards in February?

SYCO’s Sonny Takhar may be departing the label, leaving sizable shoes for Simon Cowell to fill.

Former One Direction singer Niall Horan goes straight to #1 at iTunes with his first single for Capitol.

Who took a stupid pill at YouTube?

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