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SURPRISE, SURPRISE

The first bombshell dropped when Len Blavatnik and Steve Cooper filed the paperwork for a WMG IPO. Then, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Vivendi dangled UMG, Sir Lucian Grainge’s dazzling crown jewel, leaving us mortals to wonder what the biz will look like in two or three years. Meanwhile, Apple’s Eddy Cue contentedly dropped a putt in the cup on a Pebble Beach green, which happens to be his favorite color.

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RICO WADE
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KEN & FRIENDS FILL THE FORUM
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BEADS! FEEDS! TIKTOK EXPANDS TAY'S ERAS TOUR HUB
Collect 'em all (6/20a)
FESTIVAL FORECAST: IT'S MUDDY OUT THERE
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WELCOME TO ATLANTA
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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
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