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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/17a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/17a)
A HARD DAY’S
HITS LIST
Stars across the board (9/17a)
GRAMMYS HAVE A NEW AWARDS CHIEF
Will she be able to clean up the mess? (9/17a)
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
FOR BOWIE CATALOG
WMG snags a cornucopia of sound and vision. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
RUMOR MILL
CLB KACEY KEEM CHART
9/17/21

Drake’s blockbuster Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic) is enjoying a second week at #1 on the HITS Top 50. The 6-God’s sixth studio album earned 233k in week two; it's already surpassed 1 billion U.S. streams. Kacey Musgraves earns the top debut at #3, followed by Baby Keem at #4...


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9/17/21

With the UMG IPO approaching, we asked chieftain Sir Lucian Grainge a few questions about the biz landscape and the fortunes of his company. For some reason, he decided to answer them.


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marchand
9/17/21

The Recording Academy has put Ruby Marchand in charge of the Grammy Awards process as the Academy restructures its Awards Department. Joanna Chu has been elevated to Vice President of Awards.


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Plastic Collector knight
9/17/21

In our latest gathering of trending industry topics, chess master Sir Lucian Grainge—who’s renowned for his decisive moves—finds himself amid an array of stars, including Kacey Musgraves, David Bowie, Lil Nas X and Frank Ocean. That’s fitting, because art drives commerce in this business.

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v walker
9/17/21

Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like” (Monument) logs its 11th consecutive week at #1 on our Country Song Streams chart, increasing...


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LIL NAS X THATS WHAT I WANT
9/17/21

Check out the steamy video for Lil Nas X's "That's What I Want" from his new album, MONTERO (Columbia). The Stillz-directed clip sees LNX finding locker-room romance, pays homage to Brokeback Mountain and boasts a cameo by Billy Porter.


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audacy
9/17/21

Audacy’s eighth annual We Can Survive concert, which will raise awareness of mental illness, is set to return to the Hollywood Bowl on 10/23 with headliners Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Doja Cat, Shawn Mendes and The Kid LAROI.


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Lil-Nas-X-Montero
9/17/21

Lil Nas X is leading a significant parade of new releases this Flipover Friday as his much-anticipated MONTERO (Columbia) takes the top slot at iTunes and is #3 at Apple Music.


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ManicNo.1
9/17/21

Manic Street PreachersThe Ultra Vivid Lament (Columbia) claims this week’s top spot on the U.K. Official Albums Chart with 27k. Ed Sheeran replaces himself at #1 at singles.


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foos keith sam
9/17/21

To mark the occasion of a right ripping rock show by Foo Fighters at Coney Island Amphitheater, some biz folk huddled up for a semi-incognito photo op. Later, RCA promo co-head Sam Selolwane won the giant panda at the ring toss. Seen just before hallucinating from the Boardwalk Lobster Rolls are (l-r) Amazon Music’s Tracy Cloherty, RCA’s Pam Kaye, Virgin’s Marni Halpern, RCA promo co-head Keith Rothschild and Selolwane.


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Featured Video
CNCO, "Tan Enamorados"
The Latin-American lads came up with a pretty cool concept for the visuals surrounding their forthcoming covers set Déjà Vu (Sony Music Latin), due 2/5: the songs are Spanish-language chart monsters of the last few decades, this one being Ricardo Montaner's 1988 behemoth, while the vids pay tribute to U.S. pop touchstones (in this case NKOTB's "The Right Stuff"). The trailers, like this one, tie the larger visual narrative together. Talk about creativity during quarantine.
Elton pushes back Europe dates https://t.co/7X900yhAev https://t.co/O6LtsQXpkf
Insiders are chirping that Frank Ocean is shopping a new album… https://t.co/UJtXejfvHx https://t.co/aGfLNVl421
[email protected] hits the road with @theestallion and more in 2022 https://t.co/bBclS4Dzjg https://t.co/Mp2bpgeM1h
It’s blockbuster season: @Drake and @kanyewest will hold the top 2 for a second week running https://t.co/HsNRlVSTxD https://t.co/usEuGyc9xS
New releases: @KaceyMusgraves and @babykeem head for career high debuts with new projects https://t.co/3JjeTXNUd3 https://t.co/VSUCDIPeAK
#CertifiedLoverBoy by @Drake smashes 2021 record, debuts at #1 with second biggest streaming week… https://t.co/7TYgUUXT24
With a fully developed brand, @Saweetie looks destined for heavy pop-cultural visibility: Could she land a Best New… https://t.co/v5VGBRtxvM
#DONDA by @kanyewest joins the billion club in just 10 days https://t.co/RDo5JQPVGd https://t.co/woiqhXppHP
[email protected] opens its doors to YoungBoy Never Broke Again https://t.co/NoQEvcmHd9 https://t.co/JHtNwLHAXo
#BlueBanisters by @LanaDelRey will be out on October 22nd! https://t.co/DnVVunjs1M