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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. 

TOP 20: HOUSE
ON A HILL
Harry is popular. (5/26a)
SONG REVENUE: HIGHFLIERS
A combined 30 of 50 (5/26a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
SAFE KEEPING
What's the big deal? I.B. Bad has the answers. (5/26a)
STRINGER TOUTS SONY MUSIC TO SHAREHOLDERS
Rob lays out the company strategy (5/26a)
EVP STRIPES FOR UMe'S MURTHY
A total pro gets her due. We bow down. (5/26a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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