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.

ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
NEAR TRUTHS: THE HITS KEEP COMING (PART TWO)
Born in 1986 by mad scientists; still lurking. (6/17a)
HITS LIST GOES COUNTRY
Pairs well with grits and gravy. (6/14a)
SUMMERTIME ROLLS: FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US
The latest tidbits from the bustling live sector. (6/17a)
IS MCK ABOUT TO
MAKE A BIG MOVE?
This would be a great get. (6/17a)
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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