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HIGH FIVE: THE WEEK'S MOST POTENT STORIES

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em—it’s time for this week’s HITS High Five, the top stories you may have missed while clearing the bong.

RCA’s Britney Spears and Capitol’s Katy Perry dropped new singles and instantly ruled the iTunes singles chart.

Grammy Whisperer Paul Grein surveyed the field and picked the likely contenders—so far—for Album of the Year, ROTY and SOTY and Best New Artist

Drake’s Views became the first album to score 1m in SEA (Streaming-Equivalent Albums). 

We unpacked a trove of material from our Nashville Spotlight issue, including an in-depth conversation with Mike Dungan, a chat with Jason Aldean, Nashville by the Numbers, State of the State, digital execs on Music City and more.

Airhead explained streaming revenue, Schoolhouse Rock-style

Now pass that blunt; we need to be baked for today's meetings.

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He has a few thoughts. (6/22a)
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JEFF HARLESTON:
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LEADING OFF:
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Out and proud (6/22a)
PRIDE SPECIAL:
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An inspiring success story (6/22a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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