ON THE COVER:
HOZIER

Columbia singer-songwriter Hozier has one of the year’s biggest hits in “Too Sweet,” which remains in the upper reaches of the DSP charts despite a flurry of superstar drops—and the label’s Ron Perry and Jen Mallory are like kids in a candy store. “Sweet” is the Irish troubadour’s most massive song since the powerhouse “Take Me to Church” turned heads a decade ago, but he has been making consistently compelling music the whole time, and establishing himself as a very effective live act. Whether his present “Sweet” run will offset the bitter taste of this HITS cover appearance remains to be seen.

ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
NEAR TRUTHS: THE HITS KEEP COMING (PART TWO)
Born in 1986 by mad scientists; still lurking. (6/17a)
HITS LIST GOES COUNTRY
Pairs well with grits and gravy. (6/14a)
SUMMERTIME ROLLS: FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US
The latest tidbits from the bustling live sector. (6/17a)
IS MCK ABOUT TO
MAKE A BIG MOVE?
This would be a great get. (6/17a)
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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