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THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: GRAND SLAM EDITION

A few short weeks ago, Geffen artist Olivia Rodrigo’s name was rarely heard in biz chatter. But my, how that’s changed—the 17-year-old High School Musical star has a supernova of a song with “drivers license,” burning up the DSPs and taking Spotify’s single-day streaming crown from Drake. The teen sensation is a fitting cover choice for our New & Developing Artists special. But she wishes her “drivers license” could help her motor away from us.

Monte Lipman has added a new peak to his historic hot streak, as Republic holds the Top 4 titles on our chart—and six of the Top 10. This multi-genre assortment of smashes is led by #1 Nashville breakout Morgan Wallen and includes Pop Smoke, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, while Ariana Grande and Taylor’s prior set stay strong in the Top 10. Monte, the only promo exec from back in the day currently serving as a major-label CEO, has a nose for hits to rival any of his A&R-bred competitors. His grand slam is a rare achievement indeed, though Monte would rather read about it anywhere but here.

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STREAMING SONGS:
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HITS LIST: RULES
FOR ENTRY
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U.K. CHARTS: SWIFT TOPS THE BEATLES
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The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
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JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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