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THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: POWER ALLY EDITION

The career trajectory of Lady Gaga, who graces the cover of our most recent print edition, is utterly unique—and ever more impressive. Her latest triumph: the epochal A Star Is Born movie, which showcases her musical and dramatic chops in equal measure. (You'll recognize her look her as her character, Ally, in the film.) Expect to see a lot more of the Interscope megastar through awards season—though she may wish that the idea to put her on the cover of our ill-starred magazine had never been Born.

Our Contents Page VIP, meanwhile, is Capitol boss Steve Barnett. Steve and his Tower Team are celebrating a stratospheric 25% marketshare bump, reflecting the label’s ultra-successful pivot to hip-hop and other stream-heavy genres. With major contributions from the Quality Control/Motown crews, as well as renewed vigor at pop (thanks to monsters from Halsey and Marshmello/Bastille and new signing Freya Ridings), Barnett has a lot of reasons to dance on the Tower rooftop. Though he thinks this HITS Contents shout-out belongs in the basement.

 

YOUR TOP 20
IS LEGENDARY
Whoa (7/14a)
CHART STORY: POP SMOKES THE COMPETITION
A "Moon" shot. (7/10a)
PHOEBE BRIDGERS LOOKS AT LIFE FROM BOTH SIDES NOW
Is a Best New Artist nom in the cards for acclaimed writer/artist? (7/13a)
JHEN√Č AIKO'S REIGN
The gradual ascent of a gifted, prolific artist. (7/13a)
SPANKY'S SMASHES
Baby-faced killer is crushing it. (7/14a)
THE 2021 CONCERT RUSH
Would you like some Swiss cheese with your nachos?
ALEXANDER HAMILTON
Oh, sorry--we were just singing to ourselves.
MARY TRUMP
Family is everything.
K-POP STANS
Are they coming for Kanye? Yes.
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