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A TICKING HITS LIST
Surely you have the time to take a look. (8/7a)
THE GREAT CATALOG GOLD RUSH
Is mining the past the future? (8/10a)
TIKTOK RESPONDS TO TRUMP'S BAN
The kids are not alright with Trump. (8/7a)
POP SMOKE GAINS, DABABY LEADS OUR SONG CHART
And the streams just keep on coming. (8/7a)
THE BABE & THE MULE
Interscope's co-MVPs (8/7a)
BTS BRINGS IT
They're so dreamy.
VOTE BY MAIL
It's a conspiracy, because everyone does it.
IS IT CHRISTMAS?
No, but we're thinking about cookies.
WOKE MUSIC
Protest songs that sound like now.
Pub Crawling
JOZZY JOINS SONY/ATV
8/11/20

Columbia Records artist Jozzy, who wrote Billy Ray Cyrus's verse on Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” has signed a worldwide publishing administration agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Jocelyn Donald, aka Jozzy, has collaborated with Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Lil Wayne, and many others. She is working on an EP, Soul Therapy: Apartment 215, and has released the singles “Sucka Free,” f/Lil Wayne, “Let You Down Let You Go” and “I’m Gone” f/Tommy Genesis.

“Jozzy is an incredibly accomplished songwriter with once in a generation talent,” Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt said. “We are pleased to welcome her to Sony/ATV, and I am confident we will earn major success as a creative team.”  

"LOVE" LIGHTS UP
8/6/20

Maroon 5's "Nobody's Love" (222/Interscope), a plea for sensible cannabis laws rolled up in an ear-candy package, is now inside the Top 20 at Pop radio, having been #1 Most Added in its first week with 143 adds out of the box.

The tune was co-penned by Maroon's Adam Levine with J. KashNija, Michael Pollack, B Ham, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Kareen Lomax, Ryan Ogren and Soaky Siren. Kash, Pollack and Ogren, you may recall, are part of the Nonstop Management roster. 

In a related story, a HITS editor made a passionate plea for cannabis by ordering a metric ton of weed via a delivery app on his phone.

WC TAKES A HIATUS
8/6/20

Warner Chappell Music has signed an exclusive administration agreement with Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote covering all past and future work.

The Melbourne-bred band released their debut, Tawk Tomahawk, in 2012 and they expect to release their third album later this year. They have developed a following among hip-hop stars: Drake sampled their song “Building a Ladder” on "Free Smoke"; Jay-Z and Beyoncé used “The World It Softly Lulls” on “713”; and their “Nakamarra” with Q-Tip was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.

Warner Chappell Music Co-Chair and CEO Guy Moot called himself a fan, noting “Their unique sound and songs have also captivated top artists and music lovers alike around the world. We’re proud to represent their work and partner with them as they prepare to release their highly anticipated new album.”

Hiatus Kaiyote call their music “wondercore”: “Although some may refer to our songs as R&B in one moment, and electronica or proggy-tropicalia in another, we don’t think about sounds in terms of genres, but look at them more from a cinematic way. We’re always trying to get to that moment where people are overwhelmed in joy, in confusion, in sadness, or in the magnitude of emotion or disbelief—as well as sometimes feeling all of these simultaneously.”