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HITS HIGH FIVE:
LIGHT MY FIRE

Pot smokers are having about 20% more sex than non-users according to a study that crunched the data supplied by 50K people between 2002 and 2015. Before we spark up and think about where our night might lead, here are the week’s top stories gathered in the HITS High Five. 

I.B. Bad dishes on the gigantic first-week sales of P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma, the YouTube-Billboard chart fiasco and the bundling gambit.

Look for a repeat of the showdown between mainstream pop and contemporary R&B and hip-hop that has been the dominant Grammy storyline the last two years, says our Grammy Whisperer.

Speaking of Grammys, we spoke with multiple artists in the conversation for top-tier Grammy nods. There’s Benny BlancoAlessia CaraJulia Michaels and others.

NBC NewsClaire Atkinson examines the issue of streams and how they’re counted on certain charts.

We lost one of the greats this week, Fats Domino. He fused the sounds of New Orleans—boogie-woogie piano, parade rhythms, early jazz—with an easy-going vocal style, simple stories and a steady beat to lay the groundwork for rock & roll. His influence was widely felt.

 

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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