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HITS' HIGH FIVE: OUR CUP RUNNETH OVER

Like the Dodgers' opening day barrage of runs, the music industry was full of news last week. Today, though, while we’re thinking home runs, hot dogs and cold beer, the one sports term we can’t shake is “hockey puck.” So while we mourn the loss of Don Rickles—did you see the heartfelt tribute from our neighbor Jimmy Kimmel last night?—here are the HITS High Five stories of the week.

Universal Music Group and Spotify have struck a new, multi-year global license agreement that opens the door for exclusives and an IPO for the streaming service.

Warner Music U.K. exec Max Lousada will step into the post of CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group, at the beginning of the new fiscal year in October.

Rob Stringer’s debut week as Sony chief is on fire with Harry Styles’ first solo single and The Chainsmokers’ first full-length blowing up out of the gate.

Former Republic West Coast EVP/GM Tom Mackay is heading to Sony where he will be President, Sony Music Film and Television A&R.

Kendrick Lamar  revealed the iTunes pre-order of his new album, due 4/14 via TDE/Aftermath/Interscope.

OUT IN THE OPEN: THE LONG JOURNEY TO NASHVILLE PRIDE
Music City Pride. (6/24a)
ACKMAN ON UMG: "THE PERFECT BUSINESS"
Hedge fund chief is a big fan of Sir Lucian. (6/24a)
JEFF HARLESTON:
IT'S A NEW WORLD, MOST DEF
Wit and wisdom from a renaissance man (6/22a)
PRINCE: THE TRUTH COMES OUT
Purple prose. (6/24a)
JUSTIN TRANTER: THE HITS PRIDE SPECIAL INTERVIEW
An inspiring success story (6/24a)
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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