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THIS HITS LIST IS NO
LAUGHING MATTER

Actually, just the opposite is true of this week’s gathering of names on industry lips. Republic emperor Monte Lipman and hip-hop hero J. Cole are laughing all the way to the bank, UMPG goddess Jody Gerson is all smiles after taking home an ASCAP award on behalf of her pubbery, Columbia remodeler Ron Perry is getting a kick out of signing big checks, UMG Nashville marshal Cindy Mabe can’t wait to watch SNLNMPA ruler David Israelite is happily envisioning the swelling bank accounts of the writers whose rights he’s battled for—and last but not least, the entire civilized world has been spewing coffee (or tea) over the comedy stylings of Kanye West.      

And here’s an amusing bit of trivia: This HITS List contains three Daves and a Darcus.

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Photo: Mary, Milwaukee, WI, 2014, Alec Soth. Inkjet print. The J. Paul Getty Museum

NEAR TRUTHS:
THE HOUSE WINS
I.B. Bad handicaps the Vegas Grammys. (1/18a)
ON THE COVER:
THE LUMINEERS
The downside of BRIGHTSIDE for Wes and Jer (1/18a)
HITS LIST MAKES
THE PLAYOFFS
A bunch of All-Pros takes the field. (1/18a)
COACHELLA LINEUP: HARRY, YE, BILLIE AND THE WHOLE THING
The poster has been printed. (1/13a)
UTA: A YEAR OF MOMENTUM
Agency reshuffles the deck. (1/18a)
I DON'T WANNA WORK
I just wanna bang on my drum all day.
I HAVE A HANGOVER
I like to call it "2021."
I DON'T WANNA HAVE A MEETING
My Zoom backgrounds are all outdated.
I MISS CHRISTMAS
When's the next holiday that involves eggnog?
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