Quantcast
HITS HIGH FIVE: A GRAMMY WEEK UNLIKE ANY OTHER

Let other people discuss the impeachment hearing, the Super Bowl, the Lakers’ East Coast swing, the Iowa caucuses and the pending wine tariffs. We had a big week of our own in stories as the HITS High 5 will attest.

It's a wonder if anyone's January is still dry. 

Conversations throughout the industry during Grammy week focused on the fall-out from Deborah Dugan stepping away from the Recording Academy as its president and CEO. Acting Academy chief Harvey Mason Jr. sent out a letter saying he was “deeply disturbed and saddened by the ‘leaks’ and misinformation” regarding Dugan, who filed  a discrimination suit with the EEOC against the Recording Academy and went on GMA and CBS This Morning to give her side of the story. Neil Portnow and Joel Katz responded with statements denying her accusations. Katz’s employer, Greenberg Traurig said they await the results of the Academy’s investigation.

Manager Ty Stiklorius was among the first to defend Dugan. Women on the Executive Committee of the Recording Academy said “We stand ready to address all concerns, allegations and accusations with facts in hand.” And the Tina Tchen-led Task Force for Diversity and Inclusion noted “The Academy’s Board of Trustees and leadership must immediately commit themselves to real reform, take concrete steps to implement all of the Task Force reforms.”

Meanwhile, Grammy week got underway with Spotify holding a party where the Best New Artist nominees performed; Dr. Dre  was honored at the 13th annual  P&E Wing Grammy-Week Celebration; and Island Records,  Primary Wave and UMe  kicked off the yearlong celebration of the 75th birthday of Bob Marley. Wondering what you’ve missed? What’s coming up? Which invitation got lost in the mail? Check here.

UMG superstars, top biz figures and family members gathered for Sir Lucian Grainge's star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kid Kelly is exiting his post at SiriusXM.

Our most recent cover features a diverse and vibrant class of digital natives completely rewriting the rules of engagement in the music biz. 

NEAR TRUTHS:
THE CAKE AND
THE CANDLES
Marketshare machers. (10/27a)
KENDRICK INKS WITH UMPG
Lamar enters the House of Jody. (10/27a)
YTD MARKETSHARE: AND THE WINNER IS...
It's a lock. (10/27a)
MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, PT. 8,761: SURGERY IN THE TIME OF COVID
Planning for an Election Day hopped up on painkillers. (10/28a)
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Vote. Do it now. (10/28a)
RAINMAKERS 2020
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMY OUTLIERS
Mulling possible surprises.
HALLOWEEN IN QUARANTINE
Why not wear a mask indoors?
ELECTION 2020
What drugs will help us get there?
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)