OH, SNAP! IT'S THE HITS WEEKEND PHOTO GALLERY

A HITS editorial meeting is a bleak and torpid affair; the sound most often heard is chewing. So on those rare occasions when someone pipes up with an idea to fill the wretched white space on this website with content that will subtract a minimum of bandwidth from our editors' normal routine of vaping and searching for the remote, it's cause for celebration. In this case, that idea was this: (1) grab a bunch of photos we ran the previous week, (2) paste them into a "new" story and (3) give it some cutesy fucking title with a pun in it. Et voilà! A new "regular feature" is born. Hey, you don't have to look at it. Now, where the hell is that remote?

To commemorate the signing of EmanuelDaProphet as the first artist on the new Tamla Records (via Capitol Christian Music Group)—in partnership with Encouragement Music/Quality Control—these people posed together, and it was good. Seen trying to imagine how not to say our name in vain are (l-r) Quality Control co-founders Pierre “P” Thomas and Kevin “Coach K” Lee, SVP Marketing for CCMG & Executive Director of Tamla Records EJ Gaines, Encouragement Music founder/producer Thomas “Tillie” Mann, EmanuelDaProphet, Chair & CEO of Capitol Music Group Michelle Jubelirer and SVP CCMG Phil Thornton.

To mark the gold certification of 18-year-old Washington, D.C., singer Kanii's single “I Know,” Warner bosses Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson joined the artist and other team members for this stately photo opportunity. It was their 353rd trade pic of the week, yet the two industry pros kept it fresh. Seen knowing that if you know you know are (l-r) Corson, Kanii, Bay-Schuck, Masked Records founder Roger Gengo and manager Gio Roca.


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CEO Elizabeth Matthews (right) was feted at the annual Songwriters of North America Warrior Awards in Los Angeles; she's seen here with ASCAP Chairman/President Paul Williams and SONA founder/Executive Director Michelle Lewis. The entire evening was later transformed into a darkly satirical horror musical by Brian DePalma.


SoundCloud and A&R hitter Sickamore have partnered to launch IIIXL STUDIO, a Brooklyn-based enterprise focused on signing and developing NYC artists. To commemorate the alliance, the following people sat on a really comfy couch and pretended they were appearing on a classier website than this one (l-r): Sickamore, IIIXL co-founder & Creative Director Noah Hornik and co-founder & COO Skyler McLean.


Sony Music Latin recently hosted a celebration of música Mexicana and the expansion of its West Coast team, with artists, execs and label partners from Miami and Mexico making the trek to downtown L.A. Songs were sung, plaques were bestowed and in general it was, as they say in the Latin biz, a freilach occasion for all concerned. Seen just before splitting a knish are (l-r) Associate Director, Artist Relations & Marketing Carlos Quintero, artist Ramon Vega and Sony Music U.S., Latin President Alex Gallardo (right).


Hit producer-writer Poo Bear (Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Mariah Carey) and entrepreneur Jeremy Greene have launched Fwaygo, a streaming/social/collaboration platform dedicated to independent artists that offers free distribution; the company also announced a partnership with multimedia company DotComCrash. Seen just before the sports car behind them became sentient are Greene (left) and Poo Bear.

Warner Records co-Chairman/COO Tom Corson desperately tried to recall a few phrases of Canadian as he bestowed a gold plaque on band Mother Mother, which hails from British Columbia. Seen just before an epistemological discussion of what's meant by "real" maple syrup are (l-r) Watchdog Management's Sarah Fenton, Warner's Preston Rodie, the band's Molly Guldemond and Mike Young, Warner Music Canada President Kristen Burke, Mother Mother's Ryan Guldemond and Jasmin Parkin, Corson, Watchdog's Darren Gilmore and Warner's Ashley May.

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