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8/8/22

As UTA-repped Bad Bunny’s stadium tour is now well underway—having kicked off with a sold-out date at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium that now holds the record as the venue’s highest-grossing show—we thought we’d share this photo of his team at the final concert of his arena tour.


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Robert Gibbs
8/8/22

UTA continues its drive into Atlanta by naming music agent Robert Gibbs partner and co-head of the agency’s Atlanta office.


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youngboytop
8/8/22

With the drop of YoungBoy Never Broke Again's The Last Slimeto, the prolific rapper—who is, pound for pound, a Top 5 most-streamed artist in the U.S.—becomes one of the hottest free agents in the biz. Thanks to heightened interest in his next chapter, the set is expected to debut with...


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8/8/22

Eminem and Beyoncé are battling it out for the U.K.’s Official Albums #1 this week in an extremely tight race. Over on singles, KSI and Tom Grennan’s collaboration is gunning for the top.


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8/8/22

As the biz showers love on Mo Ostin, who kept Warner/Reprise on top during rock’s golden age, modern-day dynasties Live Nation and Sony Music rack up ginormous quarterly numbers, Beyoncé dances back to #1, NBA YoungBoy gets ready to ball for a new team and Ryan Tedder’s OneRepublic takes off from the flight deck of the Top Gun: Maverick ST.

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8/8/22

We owe our survival (which has been likened to that of cockroaches after a nuclear war more times than we’d care to admit) to you, gentle reader. We look forward to expressing our gratitude in the customary way—with a tree-killing doorstop jammed with old photos and dumb jokes, aka the HITS Anniversary Special.


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valentine luft beer
8/8/22

At Laguna's Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters, two vocal greats, Billy Valentine and Lorna Luft, are joined by someone who is vocally grating, HITS Editor in Chief Lenny Beer, for a photographic summit. In keeping with the festival's tradition of bringing classic works of art to life, Beer later recreated LeRoy Neiman's classic canvas Five-Iron Wrapped Around a Tree in Despair at Augusta.


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8/8/22

The class of Q3 2022 includes such beguiling artists as Steve Lacy, Doechii, Bailey Zimmerman, Benson Boone, Nate Smith, Jagwar Twin and Yung Gravy, among other buzzing newcomers. Which of these will be tearing up the charts in the near future?


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Joe Smith and Mo Ostin Billboard ad(1)
8/8/22

Part one of this in-depth conversation began with Mo Ostin’s Brooklyn childhood and the family’s move to L.A. and concluded with the development of Warner/Reprise, with stories about Sinatra, the Kennedys, Carl Sandburg and other luminaries enriching the narrative. The second half begins in 1966 with the arrival of the guy who’d be ampersand-close to Mo for the next four decades.


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8/5/22

Here are some names we might see on the nominations list this fall.


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HITS LIST’S TOP GUNS
OF AUGUST
Who's flying high right now? Take a look. (8/8a)
NBA FREE AGENCY (UPDATE)
Lots of suitors for the stat monster (8/8a)
NEW & DEVELOPING
ARTISTS: Q3 EDITION
The stars of tomorrow—and one star of the moment (8/8a)
BUNNY, BUBBLES AND BOX OFFICE
Irresistible force now filling stadiums (8/8a)
MO OSTIN: THE 2017 INTERVIEW, PART ONE
Available online for the first time (8/3a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
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