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HITS LIST: HEAT CHECK

Our latest assemblage of virtual-watercooler topics—led, of course, by The BRITs, the awards show that got it right—is on the money, literally and figuratively. There’s an estimated $17-18b in Spotify alone, and Sir Lucian’s operation took in nearly $7b last year, while Drake and Kendrick Lamar are collectively worth more than numerous Fortune 500 companies. Sony/ATV West Coast topper Jennifer Knoepfle should see a nice bump in her next paycheck, and Republic promo domo Gary Spangler is looking at a handsome bonus if he continues hogging all the spins. As for Dan McCarroll, those Amazon shares he just picked up make him feel as cozy as a comforter stuffed with Benjamins.

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HITS LIST: AMPERSANDS
Dynamic duos (12/7a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
WINNING NOMINATIONS
I.B. Bad on music's biggest comeback (12/7a)
ON THE COVER: LADY GAGA & TONY BENNETT
It's De-Lovely. (12/7a)
ELVIS COSTELLO'S SONGS IN THE KEY
OF IF
He's got a new record to talk about. (12/8a)
RAINMAKERS: COMING GRAMMY WEEK
The hitmakers speak. (12/8a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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