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HITS HIGH FIVE: DINGERS & DOTARDS

Major League Baseball set a new record for home runs in a season, a saxophone-playing dancer won MasterChef and a world leader revived a word from Shakespeare’s times, dotard, to refer to the current president, but none of those stories made our HITS High Five. Instead…

I.B. Bad looks at the hot, hot, hot music publisher SONGS and what it could command now that it’s on the sales block.

The Best New Artist candidacy of Def Jam’s  Alessia Cara could be a hot button issue at the Grammys. Does she qualify for a nod under the category’s fluid rules—we feel she does—and if so, should she be voted into or awarded one of the five coveted slots? 

How big is Post Malone's "rockstar"? The Republic-released track has had more first-week streams than Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" (Big Machine) and Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes" (Capitol).

Thoughts on Kanye West? Justin Bieber? Philanthropy and politics? Scooter Braun spoke about ‘em all with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King.

Not every sound coming from the Korean peninsula is threatening. The sound of BTS is quite welcome around the world: The K-pop group’s new album—their fifth—went to #1 on iTunes album charts in 73 markets around the world.

 

COUNTRY'S NEW KING
The Gospel of Luke (11/11a)
BIEBER BY CHRISTMAS?
How's that for a tease, Bieber Nation? (11/12a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MEET
THE NEW BOSSES
Not the same as the old bosses (11/11a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/11a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS II:
SARAH TRAHERN
It's a marathon, not a sprint. (11/11a)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KANYE
And lo, there was much earned media.
MOE, MARSHMELLO AND MONEY
The story of a "faceless" brand that got very, very big.
THE NEW WORLD OF A&R
The trap they all fell into.
GRAMMY NOMS
Who deserves consideration in the genre categories?
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