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HITS HIGH 5: EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL

Consider yourself warned. On Monday, someone might tell you an Internet company is buying half of Universal Music, a musician’s death was hoax and Brian Eno was in the audience at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. We’ll stick with the truth on April Fool’s Day. Or so we think.

Before anyone plays tricks with truth, let’s review the biggest facts of the last week in the HITS High 5.

Billie Eilish comes roaring out of the gate with her Darkroom/Interscope debut positioning her as the next major pop star. The importance of her position lies in the trailblazing route she created by ignoring the cliché break-your-pop-act checklist. Take a look at her recent past via video.

The Recording Academy has hacked a month off the eligibility period for the next Grammy Awards and the biz is in an uproar.

In our Crosscurrent series, we look at the growth of Motown and Stax against the backdrop of a burgeoning movement for enfranchisement and inclusion. Here are the songs of the mid-‘60s that provided a soundtrack for change.

Is Columbia’s freshly inked Lil Nas X a country act or not?

Warner Music says bye-bye to Burbank, the ski lodge and Bob’s Big Boy and says hello to the concrete banks of the L.A. River, Wurstkuche and Blade Runner design. 

THE MOST-STREAMED SONGS OF THE YEAR
You know it's not the same as it was. (12/2a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/2a)
2022 (NEARLY) FINAL MARKETSHARE
IGA and Republic are on top. (11/30a)
THE BIGGEST ALBUMS OF 2022
A Bunny, a Taylor and a Morgan walk into a bar... (11/30a)
SONG REVENUE:
XMAS IS COMING
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/2a)
GRAMMY SEASON
Artists sound off on the prospect of being nominated
CATALOG ECONOMICS
They're changing the game... for some.
VOTING AGAINST FASCISM
You're helping with the runoff, right?
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
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