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A WEIGHTY HITS LIST

We don’t play favorites—we just call ’em like we see ’em. This week, there’s no doubt about who’s captured the attention of the biz, as streaming psycho Post Malone sets a bunch of records that will stand until his Republic labelmate Drake goes hard to the hoop like LeBron (sorry about your Raptors, Drizzy) in a month or so. Interscope head coach John Janick also has his squad on an extended roll, while UMG U.K. ruler David Joseph deftly moves the pieces around his chessboard.

But Uni isn’t the only powerhouse in the 2018 field as midyear approaches. Sony Music chieftain Rob Stringer and Live Nation heavyweight Michael Rapino are printing money, as is Daniel Ek’s Spotify—although Wall Street can be a perplexing bedfellow. Speaking of perplexing, we give you Kanye, who has the populace wondering about the identity of the different drummer he's dancing to at the moment.

As we’ve been saying since 1986, this is a wacky business.

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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/16a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/16a)
DRAKE IS EXTREMELY WEALTHY
And not just in Canadian dollars. (9/16a)
KACEY TURNS A PAGE
A close reading of star-crossed (9/10a)
TOP 20: RE-CERTIFIED
The Toronto Raptor strikes again. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
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