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.

THE VIEW FROM
HITS LIST
Time to get the hell outta Dodge. (7/22a)
TOP 25 DEBUTS, 2023 TO NOW
We're impressed but not surprised. (7/22a)
YOU'LL FORGIVE US IF WE'RE A LITTLE DISTRACTED RIGHT NOW.
Today feels different. (7/22a)
EMINEM'S STREAK AT #1: LET'S DO THE NUMBERS
He's a one-man dynasty. (7/22a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MIDYEAR MOMENTUM
The score at the half (7/19a)
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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