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HITS' HIGH FIVE: LATHERED IN SPF30

Before we head out the door to work on our tans—or at least neutralize our blue skin, as George Carlin once said—here’s a quick round-up of week’s top stories. Sand, saltwater and chronic not included.

The iTunes store’s front page tells us a lot about major-label strategies in the breaking of new releases. Make sure you’re looking in the right column, though.

The Cannes Lions honored Sir Lucian Grainge and he explained his role at Universal: “I scout for brands and digital platforms and new forms of technology as well as great people to collectively work on behalf of our artists."

I.B. Bad weighs in on the effects of streaming, chiefly bigger budgets and big-money signings.

With Volume Two of our History of the Music Business being stapled together by costumed superheroes from Hollywood Boulevard during their off-hours, author Michael Sigman explains how he got so many legends on the horn.

We keep humming “Despacito” to the tune of “Desperado,” but for a new generation we’re just showing our age. Commercially, this is a song for the ages.

 

 

 

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, PART 9: WHAT MADE CHARLIE GREAT?
GOAT? We sing of a promo giant (in a major key). (5/22a)
DYANA WILLIAMS, EBONY MOONBEAMS AND THE BIRTH OF BLACK MUSIC MONTH
The Mother of Black Music Month tells it like it was. (5/22a)
REASONS TO LOVE
THE "RAIN"
Why the new Gaga/Ari jam gives us the feels. (5/22a)
MEDIA: THE NEXT-GEN GLOBAL DISRUPTORS
ByteDance and other potential world dominators. (5/22a)
VIDEO SUPPLY & DEMAND IN THE
COVID-19 ERA
How to fill the pipeline when everyone's isolated. (5/22a)
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
We're having a BBQ in the hallway.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
Celebrating the music that fuels the biz.
INSTACART
Dammit, we said DILL pickles!.
TRUMP SAID WHAT, NOW?
Just wondering if you still give a fuck.
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