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THE MOST-STREAMED SONGS OF THE YEAR
You know it's not the same as it was. (12/2a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/2a)
2022 (NEARLY) FINAL MARKETSHARE
IGA and Republic are on top. (11/30a)
THE BIGGEST ALBUMS OF 2022
A Bunny, a Taylor and a Morgan walk into a bar... (11/30a)
SONG REVENUE:
XMAS IS COMING
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/2a)
GRAMMY SEASON
Artists sound off on the prospect of being nominated
CATALOG ECONOMICS
They're changing the game... for some.
VOTING AGAINST FASCISM
You're helping with the runoff, right?
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
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REPUBLIC: Taylor dominates Q4 conversation with album, stadium tour and overall marketing mojo, while Drake/Savage remains huge. The Lipman holiday celebration is lit.
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MOTOWN: With news that Ethiopia will step down, the biz is abuzz with what’s next for her and the storied label. Who’s keeping the motor running?
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SZA: TDE/RCA star gets a big SNL look—is her new set coming soon? Given her social-media S.O.S. signals, we’d say so. Top, Punch, Edge, Fleck, et al. are SZA-ling with excitement.
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BEATA MURPHY: KIIS PD is trimming the tree as Jingle Ball rocks this weekend in L.A.—and wise men Sykes and Poleman ride their sleigh into town.
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METRO BOOMIN: 110-120k forecast for Republic producer/artist makes for a pretty big story in the Metro section. Could his business get even more Boomin?
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THE ORCHARD: Big marketshare increases have boutique distribbery/ services company feeling magnifico, as strategy of Navin and team bears serious fruit. What seeds are they planting for ’23?
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TIM HINSHAW: Amazon Music head of hip-hop/R&B earning huge kudos as he plays major role in DSP’s growth in biz and culture. We Echo that sentiment.
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TRAVIS SCOTT: Chatter abounds regarding a new Epic album and tour in ’23, as David Stromberg puts a new plan on the board—and shows there’s plenty of juice in this Cactus, Jack. Who else is powering Team Travis?
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HOLIDAY MUSIC: The streams are filled with eggnog as holiday standards rule—except for Drake, Tay, new acts like Lacy, JVKE and d4vd, and Sam Smith’s super-naughty “Unholy.” But Brenda Lee is coming on strong.
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JACKING THE ALGO: Have certain labels been able to manipulate YouTube views, as analysts have charged for years? With new claims, there’s a bot—er, a lot to think about. Then again, all’s fair in love and chart-juking.