HITS Daily Double
USHER: Things go from “Good Good” to great for R&B dynamo, who gets the ball for Super Bowl halftime. L.A., Kenny Meiselas and Ron Laffitte are calling plays, Kim K runs the Jumbotron and the Colorado Buffaloes are learning the choreography.
JAY-Z: The head of the Nation and undisputed leader of the culture has his fingerprints on every important moment—and now helps Usher in a perfect halftime play for a Vegas-adjacent game. He wins in Hova-time.
ZACH BRYAN: With five songs in Spotify’s Top 25, three albums in the Top 15 and a sold-out AEG stadium tour, country disruptor is absolutely on fire. Aaron says: Have Faith—there’s a lot more to come.
THE SPHERE: U2 kicks off MSG’s state-of-the-art Vegas venue as Swirv, Rapino, Grubman, other titans converge on Sin City. This is Sphere it’s at.
DOJA CAT: Sold-out arena tour, second pop smash taking off are like catnip to Doja and manager Gordan Dillard. Beyond the “Hills” lies a mountain of money.
SUPERSTAR DROPS: Bad Bunny, Rolling Stones, U2 all deliver in an “Atomic” week for new music. Q4 is starting to feel like Q4.
BRANDON SILVERSTEIN: His client Myke Towers is soon to be a free agent and his pubco is getting traction with signings like GENT! If only he could dodge our calls.
KENYA GRACE: She’s a Major breakout for Warner as “Strangers” gets familiar with Spotify global Top 5 and goes ballistic in Europe, U.K. after TikTok surge. Talk about a Grace note.
NICOLA TUER: Respected Sony U.K. veteran takes her leave, having been COO since 2014. What’s the next leg of her Tuer?
GRAMMY-PALOOZA: Genre selection, backscratching, big-room meetings—it’s game on as the journey to Music’s Biggest Night winds through the secret chambers of the Academy.