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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)

OSCAR LOVE FOR GAGA, STAR, RHAPSODY
The Oscars and Grammys will have lots in common this year. (1/23a)
THE BRITISH
ARE COMING
New music on the 2019 schedule. (1/23a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SONGWRITING BY COMMITTEE
Tunesmithing becomes a team sport. (1/22a)
A FUTURISTIC TOP 20
WIZRD is a true star. (1/23a)
ARIANA GETS INTO ALBUM MODE
Grande sets a date: 2/8. (1/23a)
THE NEW PUB WORLD
Serious musical chairs.
CURATING GRAMMY PERFORMANCES
The calculus of awards, ratings and moments.
THE FIRST BIG RELEASE OF 2019
...is not what you'd expect.
THE NEW SUPERSTARS
The old pop rules just don't apply.
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