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HITS HIGH FIVE: NO CLARIFICATION NECESSARY

Welcome to this week’s HITS High 5 where you can be confident we have never confused the word “would” with “wouldn’t.” Now, wouldn’t it be nice to see the highlights of the week? We think it would.

The story of the first six months of 2018 is the take-no-prisoners offensive of Sir Lucian Grainge’s UMG, which has ridden the streaming wave aggressively and with impressive precision.

Valuations of music properties are at an all-time high, rising higher than at any time since Edgar Bronfman Jr., bought Polygram for $10.4 billion in 1998.

The future of branding in Nashville has never been brighter.

Evoking the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” with its sweep and swoop, Eric Church’s “Desperate Man” (EMI Nashville) is a song for the moment.

The latest, needle-moving trailer for forthcoming 20th Century Fox biopic Bohemian Rhapsody pushed seven Queen songs into the iTunes Rock Top 50.

 

 

COUNTRY'S NEW KING
The Gospel of Luke (11/11a)
BIEBER BY CHRISTMAS?
How's that for a tease, Bieber Nation? (11/12a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MEET
THE NEW BOSSES
Not the same as the old bosses (11/11a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/11a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS II:
SARAH TRAHERN
It's a marathon, not a sprint. (11/11a)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KANYE
And lo, there was much earned media.
MOE, MARSHMELLO AND MONEY
The story of a "faceless" brand that got very, very big.
THE NEW WORLD OF A&R
The trap they all fell into.
GRAMMY NOMS
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