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HITS'  HIGH FIVE: SMOKIN' AT THE BALLOT BOX

HITS  isn’t about to start getting into political endorsements, but if we did, the five states with marijuana initiatives on their ballots Tuesday would be a good place to start. Three of them—California, Arizona and Nevada—ask voters to OK recreational use, to which we say yes; Maine wants to classify pot as an agricultural product and allow marijuana social clubs; and Massachusetts’ bill would allow you carry around a lid. While you put that in your pipe and smoke it, here are the HITS High Five music stories of the week.

UMPG’s Jody Gerson starts her purple reign as the keeper of Prince’s music publishing.

Nashville was dressed to the nines for the CMA Awards, and as we have seen before, the CMAs drive sales like few other TV shows.

HITSLenny Beer asks Grammy voters to listen to The Lumineers, Leslie Odom Jr., Justin Bieber and others before marking their round one ballots.

Max Lousada’s Warner Music showed a 0.7% rise in marketshare from 2015 to this year while the gap between Jason Iley’s Sony Music and David Joseph’s Universal is shrinking.

Capitol Records will celebrate its 75th birthday this month with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, a TASCHEN and a 75-album vinyl collection that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

 

DUO TO RULE ISLAND
Two heads are better than one. (6/18a)
GUETTA GOES GLOBAL WITH WARNER MUSIC
Bugs is dancing in the street. (6/18a)
REVENUE CHART:
LIL BIG BUCKS
Pull up the Brinks truck. (6/18a)
TOP 20: POLO MATCH
Looks like we have a horse race. (6/17a)
MUSIC’S HOTTEST FIRMS: GREENBERG TRAURIG
Myriad lawyers, no waiting. (6/18a)
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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