ISLAND'S HAVING
A BALL

We may be contending with some June gloom here at HITS HQ, but Island is hot. The House of Majid and Eshak now owns the top two spots on Spotify's U.S. chart and the #1 and #3 positions on the global chart thanks to bona fide breakout Sabrina Carpenter, whose new single "Please Please Please" takes the top stateside berth, followed by her prior monster, "Espresso." "Please" also sits at #1 at Apple Music, where "Espresso" is Top 5. Her hotly anticipated new album, Short n' Sweet, is due on 8/23.

Carpenter (pictured with guitar) was part of a sizable Island posse at the Governors Ball over the weekend, which included fellow hot rookie Chappell Roan (also pictured) and rock luminaries The Killers. Roan's "Good Luck, Babe" (from her sizzling set The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess) is currently Top 15 on Spot USA and Top 25 on the global chart. The inventive artist had five songs on the Spot's viral rundown simultaneously this month; unsurprisingly, she drew an enormous crowd at the aforementioned Ball, where her Statue of Liberty attire made a freedom-lovin' splash.

In other Island news, Bon Jovi is celebrating its 16th album, FOREVER, not to mention its 40th anniversary as a band, a milestone that was marked with a party and performance at JBJ's in Nashville. See below for a snap of that as well.

The eternally handsome Jon Bon Jovi, flanked by Island co-bosses Imran Majid and Justin Eshak, reports that he has now seen 28.6 million faces and rocked them all.

Republic promo hitter Ayelet Schiffman, Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers, Island's Jay Schumer, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, and Island's Eshak, Lauren Schneider and Shahendra Ohneswere are captured here demonstrating that the impromptu rock 'n' roll photo op is not dead. Cool folding chairs, you guys!

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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