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THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM, TRANSATLANTIC EDITION

For the cover of our U.K. special print issue, we offer a tweak of The Sex Pistols’ iconic “God Save the Queen” artwork for the COVID era (limned by deranged genius Van Arno). It’s a timely graphic as we deliver our yearly survey of musical happenings in Blighty—and continue binge-watching The Crown.

Mike Caren’s nonexclusive mega-deal with WMG, which secures free-agent status for him and a windfall of big acts and catalog for the label group, marks the beginning of a new era for the biz trailblazer. Caren’s APG is now set to play a dominant role in the indie sector. He just wishes he could be independent of us.

JAY-Z SELLS A CHUNK OF TIDAL TO SQUARE
Twitter founder likes the sound of this deal. (3/4a)
NEAR TRUTHS: UNCORKED
Jay-Z's blingy mountain of cash keeps gaining altitude. (3/4a)
UMG PULLS IN NEARLY
$9B IN 2020
Value keeps rising ahead of IPO. (3/4a)
MILEY JOINS COLUMBIA
Like moving to the apartment next door. (3/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/4a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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