HITS HIGH FIVE:
TACH IT UP

Ever since we moved to Hollywood there’s been talk about a “wall” at our offices, but that’s more to keep us in rather than let anyone through. We're old school: Say “shutdown” around us and we think of a Beach Boys song. Still, we're up to date as the HITS High 5 bears out.

You read it here first: Guy Moot is taking over for Jon Platt at Warner/Chappell. WMG chief Steve Cooper let the troops know Carianne Marshall would be joining him as co-chair.

How much would you pay for Universal Music Group? Now, how much do you think it’s worth? Hint: Think Kareem’s old number and add a bunch of zeroes.

We continue to offer a sneak peek into History of the Music Biz 3: The Rainmakers, this week with a look at the career of Michele Anthony.

The Lifetime TV series on R. Kelly earned huge ratings and has started a firestorm in the socials and elsewhere. Will it now result in the end of Kelly’s label deal?

Ahead of its next financial report in February, Spotify announced that it has topped 200m Monthly Active Users. They call them “MAU” and if you don’t immediately sing “you put the oo mau mau back into my smile child” after reading that you’re either a) not a fan of Otis Redding or The Rivingtons; b) have never seen Animal House or c) are not old.

ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
KEN & FRIENDS FILL THE FORUM
High times in Inglewood (6/20a)
BEADS! FEEDS! TIKTOK EXPANDS TAY'S ERAS TOUR HUB
Collect 'em all (6/20a)
FESTIVAL FORECAST: IT'S MUDDY OUT THERE
Sloshing through the fun (6/20a)
WELCOME TO ATLANTA
Black Music Month in the ATL (6/18a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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