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GRAMMY PERFORMERS: WHO'S ON? WHAT'S UP?
The incremental rollout begins. (1/26a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JACK SUSSMAN
Nobody's got more experience in putting music on the tube. (1/25a)
RIHANNA, GAGA LEAD OSCAR SONG NOMS
David Byrne and Diane Warren have noms as well. (1/24a)
HIPGNOSIS NABS
BIEBER CATALOG
Merck's a belieber. (1/25a)
HITS' BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL: NOT EVERY WOMAN, BUT SEVERAL
Sisters doin' it for themselves (1/24a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
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JACK SUSSMAN: CBS exec prays the Academy doesn’t kneecap him any further by alienating more top artists, as he and team plan Grammy telecast. These are “moments” he could do without.
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CLIVE DAVIS: Legendary impresario can still put some shine on Grammy week, even as Academy loses its luster. The biz is ready to put on the Doug the party of the year.
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SYLVIA RHONE: Biz icon in the spotlight for a dazzling career as BMC bestow honors and Epic stands in the center of the hip-hop world. All hail the Queen.
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SCOOTER BRAUN: Newly crowned sole CEO of HYBE America feeling pretty hyped about fat Bieber catalog deal. Put some caviar in that kimchi.
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MERCK MERCURIADIS: Hipgnosis topper and team are true Beliebers, as latest huge acquisition with Blackstone silences the naysayers. “Peaches” all around.
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MUNI LONG: Def Jam breakout is definitely no Long shot for BNA, as buzz grows and insiders feel Affection. Smart Muni’s on her.
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SABRINA CARPENTER: Island thrush (and erstwhile Disney girl) proves “Nonsense” can be persuasive, as TikTok-boosted track makes noise at DSPs. Justin, Imran, Jackie and company have sped up the process.
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LARRY MESTEL: Primary Wave boss kicks the Doors open with Krieger, Manzarek Estate rights deal. Can we start calling him the Lizard King?
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HARDY: Country-rock disruptor buzzing hugely with new Big Loud set, splashy L.A. shows. Seth England has a lot to CROW about.
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DJ KHALED: Producer/party host with the most lands big new label deal and major Grammy look, as We the Best just gets better.