IT WAS ALL A BIT OF A BLUR

"Why, you look nothing like your cartoon iteration," marvels Warner Records Co-Chairman/COO Tom Corson to Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn as they participate in a Coachella photo op that will be revered for generations. "This makes me realize we can be a lot more creative with our animated Zoom meetings—I'm going to have Mike Chester here rendered as a giant neon panda." Of course, Tom said nothing of the sort. But Gorillaz did turn in a killer Saturday night set, during which a HITS employee may or may not have whispered her innermost secrets to a saguaro. Seen vowing to coat their office floors with playa sand are (l-r) EVP Media/Head of Publicity Laura Swanson, SVP Rock & Alternative Promotion Rob Goldklang, Corson, Albarn, SVP A&R Daniel Werman, Co-Chairman/CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck, EVP Promotion & Commerce Chester, EVP Marketing & Artist Development Dionnee Harper and EVP/Head of A&R Karen Kwak.

ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
KEN & FRIENDS FILL THE FORUM
High times in Inglewood (6/21a)
BEADS! FEEDS! TIKTOK EXPANDS TAY'S ERAS TOUR HUB
Collect 'em all (6/20a)
FESTIVAL FORECAST: IT'S MUDDY OUT THERE
Sloshing through the fun (6/20a)
WELCOME TO ATLANTA
Black Music Month in the ATL (6/18a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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