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MERCURY ORBITS AJR
The Met brothers have a new label home. (5/17a)
NEW RELEASES: KING
KENDRICK RETURNS
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/17a)
PRIDE & JOY
From the archives (5/17a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Place your bets here. (5/17a)
STREAMING SONGS: SUMMER HEAT
His lucky number is 23. (5/16a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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ROB STRINGER: Sony Music boss starts his fiscal year with a bang following record earnings as Future, Bad Bunny roil the charts, Harry’s single flies ahead of album drop, Luke Combs tees up. Cue new album Rob’s House.
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BAD BUNNY: Verano is blazing hot, as Rimas superstar rules DSPs and stadiums worldwide. Noah Assad says it’s good to be Bad.
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KENDRICK LAMAR: Morale is high at Interscope as “Heart” pumps up fan excitement and stunning album drops. It’s been a Lang time coming.
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STEVE COOPER: WMG boss savors strong Q1 earnings, with big revenue spike and growth in all sectors. Correction, shmection.
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LADY GAGA: This megastar can do anything, as she proves on a daily basis—now she’s soaring with Top Gun: Maverick theme, sparking awards buzz. Interscope continues to Cruise at a dazzling altitude.
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GREG MARELLA: As Sam Smith and 10k’s Leah Kate move at radio, Tower promo boss excels at both “Love” and “Hate.” Though more of the latter when Hensley calls.
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DIDDY/ETHIOPIA: R&B/hip-hop visionary brings Love to Motown with new imprint, artist deal. Who could pass on Puff?
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LYNN GONZALEZ: Formidable exec and change agent upped to EVP, Biz Affairs at Def Jam. She’s another of Balogun’s ballers.
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CHRIS BLACKWELL: No, not that Chris Blackwell—Republic player promoted to EVP, A&R & Content Strategy. So stop asking if he has a rum hookup.
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KEVIN WEATHERLY: Radio wizard returning to KROQ, much like MacArthur returning to the Philippines. Will he put a sock back on the station’s cock?