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HITS HIGH 5: PUT A CORK IN IT

Still trying to figure out who uncorked your jeroboam of vintage Dom? Did your guests have the decency to leave you a sip of the Pappy Van Winkle '15? While we were fighting over the last PBR tall boy during the Taxslayer Gator Bowl, we came up with the week's HITS High 5.

Our Grammy whisperer notices that the Recording Academy has a history of passing over “new” artists in the Best New Artist category while rewarding them with Record and/or Song of the Year noms. And Childish Gambino, meanwhile, makes a rare triple play. 

Streaming of holiday songs is bringing so much revenue that even Ebenezer Scrooge would smile at this bottom line.

 Childish GambinoTame Impala and Ariana Grande will headline Coachella this year.

Streaming now accounts for 62% of the U.K. recorded-music market, which was up 8.9% to an estimated retail value of £1.33b ($1.68b). 

We have been providing tastes of chapters from our latest History of the Music Biz: The Rainmakers. We have Jon Platt and the story of his rise from being a DJ. John Branca on closing deals. Marty Bandier and one of his best hires, Jody Gerson. And three men who popped across the pond, Lucian Grainge, Rob Stringer and Max Lousada

 

SURF’S UP
FOR HITS LIST
Good vibrations (3/8a)
SPEAKING OF BESPOKE: THE BEN WINSTON INTERVIEW
Carpool Karaoke dude's in the driver's seat. (3/8a)
BHASKAR MENON,
1934-2021
EMI architect had a remarkable career. (3/8a)
GRAMMY PERFORMER LINEUP REVEALED
Is there more to come? You better believe it. (3/8a)
GRAMMY WEEK KICKS OFF
Hear we go again... but virtually this time. (3/8a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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