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THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM, WIDENING-SCOPE EDITION

Bad Boy/Interscope breakout Machine Gun Kelly earned a chart-topping debut with Tickets to My Downfall, a bracing set of nervy guitar-driven rock tunes that looks set to remain strong for some time to come, aided by cuts featuring blackbear and Halsey. That said, appearing on the cover of this rag may make him want to unplug.

John Janick and Team Interscope are having a positively stellar year. The label is the marketshare leader, they just launched another #1 album—with legs—by Machine Gun Kelly and superstar Billie Eilish has announced a splashy livestream show. His roster is driven by real artists who perform by every conceivable metric. The only fly in Janick’s ramen? This HITS contents shout-out.

UMG'S VALUATION NEARS $55B
Day one begins. (9/21a)
SAVE THE DATE: GRAMMY NOMS REVEALED 11/23
Whoa, that's early. (9/21a)
A HARD DAY’S
HITS LIST
Stars across the board (9/21a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
THE LUCIAN DECADE
A history lesson from I.B. Bad (9/21a)
SIR LUCIAN TURNS IT UP
As UMG goes solo, Grainge discusses leading the band. (9/20a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
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