ON THE COVER:
KIM PETRAS

When she appeared in last year’s HITS Pride special, Republic’s Petras seemed poised for greatness. In the interim, she’s achieved it—thanks to a massive smash with Sam Smith, “Unholy,” and a series of huge mainstream looks, most notably a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover.

Now she’s delivering album Feed the Beast, her strongest and most personal musical statement yet. The soulful and outspoken artist has become the most visible trans person in music, as evidenced by the interview in this issue. Though ours may be one beast she regrets feeding.

THE VIEW FROM
HITS LIST
Time to get the hell outta Dodge. (7/23a)
TOP 25 DEBUTS, 2023 TO NOW
We're impressed but not surprised. (7/23a)
YOU'LL FORGIVE US IF WE'RE A LITTLE DISTRACTED RIGHT NOW.
Today feels different. (7/22a)
EMINEM'S STREAK AT #1: LET'S DO THE NUMBERS
He's a one-man dynasty. (7/22a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MIDYEAR MOMENTUM
The score at the half (7/19a)
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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