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INTERSCOPE AIMS TO HEAT UP SUMMER

Following a first quarter that saw a hesitant release schedule across the biz, John Janick’s Interscope is catching fire ahead of a blockbuster summer.

April included two #1s debuts, from Alamo/Geffen’s Rod Wave and CMG/N-lessMoneybagg Yo, and May appears to be filled with more chart-topping albums, with Bagg’s A Gangsta’s Pain likely logging a second week at #1 this week as Dreamville/Roc Nation superstar J. Cole waits on deck with The Off-Season (5/14), which is almost certainly headed for a monster first week (2018’s KOD opened with just under 400k).

Then there's Geffen sensation Olivia Rodrigo, who will release her debut album, SOUR, on 5/21 following performances on the BRITs and SNL, while season 2 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series hits Disney+ today (5/14). The next-gen pop star has the year’s biggest song in “driver’s license.” Second single “déjà vu” proved "license" was no fluke.

And in late July, Gen Z icon Billie Eilish will release her sophomore full-length, Happier Than Ever (Darkroom/Interscope). Since her last album, the phenom has swept the 2020 Grammys, taken 2021 SOTY, dropped a critically acclaimed documentary and broken the Internet multiple times.

Beyond their all-but-assured #1 debuts, all of these albums have the potential to stick around at least until school is back in session. 

THEY'RE NO
JUAN SOTO
KD and Kyrie got nothin' on these two ballers. (8/16a)
GRAMMY CHEW: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT BRUNO
Giving Encanto its due. (8/16a)
HITS LIST, YUP
They're the cat's meow. (8/16a)
ON THE COVER:
MO OSTIN
The greatest (8/16a)
WE'RE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, BUT WE JUST HAD TO TELL YOU
Oh, no, not again. (8/12a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
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