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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.

JEFF HARLESTON:
IT'S A NEW WORLD, MOST DEF
A fascinating conversation with a renaissance man (6/21a)
ROCKIN' THE GARDEN
Iconic arena is packed again. (6/21a)
VIVENDI FINALIZES 10% UMG SALE TO BILL ACKMAN
He's SPAC-ed up and ready to move. (6/21a)
PRIDE SPECIAL:
LIL NAS X IN 3D
Out and proud (6/21a)
PRIDE SPECIAL:
ON THE COVER
An inspiring success story (6/21a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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