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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. 

1 TRENDING TOPIC:
OLIVIA’S LANE
Talk about an overnight sensation. (4/21a)
UMG STANDS UP WITH MARLEYS ON TUFF GONG COLLECTIVE
Bob's daughter stirs it up. (4/20a)
CATALOG SONGS YTD:
"SUNFLOWER" AND
ALL THE REST
Post Malone, Fleetwood Mac and Juice WRLD on one chart. (4/21a)
HITS LIST: RULES
FOR ENTRY
It's exclusive, but you're invited to come on in. (4/20a)
BLACK MUSIC MONTH FOREVER
We've got a plan. (4/21a)
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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