HITS Daily Double
MO OSTIN: Farewell to a giant of the biz, Sinatra whisperer and an architect of the rock era. We’ll sing his praises forevermo.
BEYONCÉ: Renaissance earns a regal #1 debut as Grammy buzz intensifies well beyond the Beyhive—and socials are “Thique” with kudos for Parkwood/Columbia set. You may kneel.
SONY MUSIC: Big earnings cap a hot quarter as House of Stringer celebrates smashes by Bunny, Harry, Bey, Future, Doja, LNX, Combs and multiple new-artist breakouts. Quite the Verano they’re having.
LIVE NATION: Q2 financials find Team Rapino hitting new high notes amid rebounding concert market, with $4.4b in revenue, concert attendance up bigtime. Encore!
RYAN TEDDER: OneRepublic mastermind and smash tunesmith ruling the skies with Top Gun soundtrack giant, “I Ain’t Worried.” Laffitte now prefers to be addressed as Goose.
CRIS LACY: Warner Nashville co-boss has no tears in her beer as Bailey Zimmerman, Cody Johnson, Ingrid Andress deliver. She’s in-Klined to be upbeat.
NBA YOUNGBOY: Hot rapper delivers last album on Atlantic deal, becomes hot free agent. Who’ll get him as a lottery pick?
C3 PRESENTS: Charlies in charge as Lollapalooza drives boffo ticket sales and audience ovations. Messrs Attal and Walker have the golden ticket.
ERIN BURR: New RIAA VP of Media Relations is not throwing away her shot. But she’d rather face Hamilton in a duel than deal with our editorial staff.
HITS ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: We turn 36, continue to crank out the same old crap. Wait, we’re still in print?