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TWO NEW FIRMS ARISE FROM DAVIS SHAPIRO
New math: dividing and adding (7/15a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: LEGAL FINE PRINT EDITION
We're guilty as charged. (7/16a)
THE NEW CHEW:
GRAMMY ON RYE
The latest fearless forecast (7/15a)
BILLY RAY CYRUS: THE "ROAD" LESS TRAVELED
The zigzagging course of a singular career (7/12a)
HOT THOUGHTS
KG lets 'em have it. (7/15a)
EARTHQUAKE!
We thought it was just the hangover.
WEED!
What strain pairs best with sloth?
COPYRIGHTS!
They're complicated.
PIZZA!
Why haven't we been talking about it?
THE B-SIDE
ARISTA DANCING WITH KENZIE
7/11/19

David Massey’s Arista Records has signed kenzie, aka Mackenzie Ziegler, today (7/11). The announcement comes at the foot of the PRETTYMUCH FOMO TOUR, which kicks off tonight at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factor in Irving, TX with kenzie as the opening act. The singer is also set to release her new track “HOT,” on 7/17 and headline several dates in the UK and Poland following her support on the PRETTY MUCH tour.

The 15-year-old first appeared on Dance Moms, which also launched the career of her older sister, Maddie Ziegler, known for her frequent Sia collaborations. Since the drop of her debut album Mack Z in 2014, kenzie has since built quite a social media following, approaching 13m Instagram followers. Her sophomore album Phases followed up four years later and featured songs written by Sia. Most recently, her EDM collaboration with Johnny Orlando, “What If,” has garnered over 21m Spotify streams to date.

“We are so excited to welcome kenzie to the Arista family. We are looking forward to a very bright future together,” said Massey. kenzie adds, “I’m so excited for this new adventure with Arista Records and David Massey, I can’t wait to celebrate on the road with my fans and for them to hear new music coming out very soon!” kenzie joins a roster that includes One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Charlie Puth’s younger brother Stephen Puth, Dennis Lloyd, and most recent addition Greyson Chance, among others.

View the upcoming PRETTYMUCH tour dates here and pre-save kenzie’s single “Hot,” here.

EMPIRE OF THE FONDA
7/1/19

Alt-electro act Empire of the Sun just wrapped up the Walking on a Dream: 10th Anniversary Edition Tour with a sold-out, three-night stint at L.A.'s Fonda this past weekend (6/28-6/30). Frontman Luke Steele, accompanied by a band, celebrated the landmark debut of “Walking on a Dream,” which recently went gold. Sandwiched between bursts of jaw-dropping, cinematic production, Steele also included an acoustic performance, adding a new dimension to the show.

It's worth noting that, during the tour, an invitation was extended to audiences worldwide, as access was provided to the Australia natives’ Dallas show (6/12) via social VR app Oculus Venues—available on Oculus Go or GearVR. Fans were able to “attend” the show in virtual reality in real time if they weren't able to attend one of the 23 gigs.

On top of major festival looks like Coachella, Outside Lands and Governors Ball, Empire of the Sun will continue their fest run on 7/4 with a performance at Roskilde Festival in Denmark.


Pictured above is CMG Director of Artist Relations Kim Valderas, Steele, Astralwerk's Sr. Director of Marketing Luke Armitage, CMG's Director of Publicity MacKenzie Reynolds, and UMG's Sr. Director International Export Marketing Chris Nelson.

The duo also recently released a limited-edition vinyl of Walking on a Dream: 10th Anniversary Edition. Can’t wait for your vinyl to come? Stream the stuff via an official playlist below.

ICYMI: LANY AT THE GREEK
6/28/19

Interscope/Polydor's LANY played a sold-out show at the Greek Theatre in L.A. last night (6/27), bringing together over 6k fans for a hometown show. The indie-pop trio, consisting of Paul Klein, Jake Goss, and Les Priest, with touring member Giuliano Pizzulo, is currently on their biggest headlining tour, following the release of their sophomore album, Malibu Nights. Within the past year, they’ve headlined shows and main stage performances at major U.S. festivals including Coachella and Governor’s Ball.

Opening the show with their track “Thick and Thin,” LANY made sure to include songs from both their studio-length albums. Following their finale, the group quickly returned for a two-song encore, breaking up “Thru These Tears” and “ILYSB” with voicemail interlude “Parents.” 

Also bringing captivating vocals to the stage were opening acts Role Model (Mad Love/Interscope) and Sasha Sloan (RCA), the latter managed by Hills Artist Management’s Rupert Lincoln, who also reps LANY. Their Malibu Nights Tour has one more L.A. show at The Shrine tonight (6/28), selling out the 5k-cap venue for a total of 11k+ tickets sold in L.A. alone. The tour picks back up on in Brisbane, AU on 7/13 and officially wraps up the following month in Indonesia. Stream their latest single "okay" f/Julia Michaels below.