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NEWS BLAST

It’s been an unusually newsy couple of days in the biz, and given the swirl of activity we thought you might find the following digest useful.

Reports are surfacing of U.S. investors in ByteDance—including major VC firms General Atlantic and Sequoia Capitaldiscussing a buyout of TikTok from the Chinese-owned parent company. TikTok also inked a major deal with the publishers

 

The infringement case against The WeekndMax Martin and the co-writers and publishers of “A LA onely Night” from the artist's 2016 album Starboy—a case that made headlines when it was filed in April 2019—was dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge on 7/22.

 

 

Taylor Swift dropped her new album, and Holly Gleason offered a reflective review; new music also arrived from J. Balvin, J. Cole and more. Logic's new release coincides with his fat deal with Twitch; he's not playing around. Billie Eilish said she'll be dropping new music on 7/30. Justin Bieber rescheduled his tour and manager Scooter Braun (who also reps Balvin) hinted at a possible new album.

 

 

An effort to save indie music venues was driven by a rare bit of bipartisanship in D.C. Meanwhile, the U.K. government faced down the "existential threat" to cultural institutions posed by COVID.

 

The latest Revenue Chart is full of Juice, with the late hip-hop star absolutely dominating the Top 20.

 

 


Dua Lipa
 and Stormzy are among the newly announced Mercury Prize nominees.


That should just about have you caught up. Now go wash your hands.

 

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE:
MOBILE PHONES,
IMMOBILE HUMANS
Lenny Beer needs to cut down on his screen time. (10/1a)
RAINMAKERS: MICHAEL RAPINO, NATION BUILDER
A tease for the upcoming edition, eh? (10/1a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: GRAMMY PREVIEW EDITION
Gimme an "H." Gimme another "H." (9/30a)
NEAR TRUTHS: PARANOIA STRIKES DEEP—INTO YOUR LIFE
IT WILL CREEP*
A high-revving column (10/1a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS
FULLY LOADED
Prediction: There will be 20 albums in the Top 20 this week. (10/1a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
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