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Niykee Heaton

HEAT ON HEATON: 19-year-old Niykee Heaton's debut EP, Bad Intentions—onSteve Rifkind and Russell SimmonsAll Def Music, via Capitol—has ascended to #3 on the iTunes Pop chart on the day of its release. The Chicago-born Heaton demonstrates a silky assurance on the set's soulful tracks, and the lyric video above for the title cut has already earned in the neighborhood of 2 million views. All Def was co-founded by Rifkind and Simmons "specifically to sign, develop and promote artists on YouTube," as they announced in July. A video teaser for the six-song EP is here. (9/23p)

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They got a name for the winners in the world. (4/23a)
LEMONADE HITS STREAMERS
Has going wide ever taken this long? (4/23a)
LIGHTNING ROUND WITH ETHIOPIA AND JACQUELINE
They're packing for Nashville. (4/23a)
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DO-GOODER
A "step" in the right direction (4/23a)
THE NEXT RECORDING ACADEMY HEAD IS...
(The envelope, please.)
THE WHOLE SPIEL ON BILLIE
We're handing out crowns.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
THERE'S PIZZA IN THE BACK
The pepperoni's all gone, though.
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