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HITS ' HIGH 5: HISTORY LESSON

While the world was watching a U.S. presidency go off the rails and rednecks learned their first Latin phrase (that would be quid pro quo) this year, we were busy watching the music business stream along.

IB Bad pushed rewind on the efforts of the big three, reporting on Sir Lucian Grainge’s dominant Universal Music Group, Rob Stringer’s second full year atop the Sony Music empire and  the changes at Warner Music.

Here are the year’s Top 50 Albums and Top 50 Songs.

The Recording Academy Diversity & Inclusion Task Force issued recommendations for the Recording Academy that include a restructure of its Board of Trustees and potential  changes in the Grammy Award voting process. They also had thoughts about how the music industry could do better. And of you’re trying to remember how this all got started, reach back two years to this issue of HITS.

Harvey Mason Jr. is part of the new power at the Grammys, an effective partner for chief Deborah Dugan as they plan a soup-to-nuts realignment of the Recording Academy. We called his office and he answered his phone.

Merck Mercuriadis used his latest bankroll to bring the catalogs of Jack Antonoff  and Jeff Bhasker into his Hipgnosis Songs. The company deliver a report on how things have gone this year.

 

 

 

NEAR TRUTHS:
THE AGENCY SAGA
What do you want from live? (6/11a)
REVENUE CHART: OLIVIA’S ARMY
Looks like she's got staying power. (6/11a)
SIGNS OF HITS LIST
We're reading the tea leaves. (6/11a)
WATCH THE FIRST OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR "FEELING GOOD"
The Black Music Month celebration continues with a classic from a legend, (6/10a)
MUSIC’S HOTTEST FIRMS: HERTZ LICHTENSTEIN YOUNG & POLK LLP
Is there a lawyer in the house? (6/11a)
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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