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THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: MULLET EDITION

Morgan Wallen shattered records—and expectations—with massive streams for recent single “7 Summers,” and soon thereafter Republic came calling to ink a JV deal for him with Seth England’s Nashville indie Big Loud. Wallen is positioned for plenty more success; with any luck, even this HITS cover appearance won’t slow his roll.

Merck Mercuriadis and his disruptive Hipgnosis operation have been making huge moves lately—acquiring Kenny MacPherson’s Big Deal Music Group as its frontline U.S. biz (now Hipgnosis Songs Group) and hiring Ted Cockle and Amy Thomson as key execs. These developments come on the heels of a huge catalog-acquisition run that has occasioned massive buzz. With everything Merck and his team

HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
BIG CHANGES AT RCA: EDGE UPS PITTS TO PREZ, FLECK TO COO; RICCITELLI TO EXIT
Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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