HITS HIGH FIVE: TAYLOR MADE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT

It’s Taylor’s day today, though Eminem grabbed a few headlines, too. We’re here to tell you that there was other news last week—and it didn’t involve flying to Japan and overfeeding fish. Naturally, this week’s HITS High Five starts with our Taylor roundup.

Taylor Swift’s latest from Big Machine reputation had a rollout that involved Target, a performance on ABC and listening events. Our reviewer declares it “a song cycle of self-ownership” and our resident millennial has an eye-opening initial experience.

The Grammy nominations are less than three weeks away. We look at how top artists are playing the Grammy game, talk to Neil Portnow about the return to New York and our two Grammy nerds try to get a jump on this year’s big races.

The CMA Awards are in the books and they seemed to represent a transitional moment, musically, politically and inclusively. Then they had some parties.

Eminem tweeted early Friday he would release a new song and sure enough, come noon on the East Coast, “Walk on the Water” f/Beyonce was live.

Speaking of Walk, the always trustworthy TMZ says Republic prexy Charlie Walk will be joining the judges of new Fox music-competition series The Four.

ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
KEN & FRIENDS FILL THE FORUM
High times in Inglewood (6/20a)
BEADS! FEEDS! TIKTOK EXPANDS TAY'S ERAS TOUR HUB
Collect 'em all (6/20a)
FESTIVAL FORECAST: IT'S MUDDY OUT THERE
Sloshing through the fun (6/20a)
WELCOME TO ATLANTA
Black Music Month in the ATL (6/18a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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