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DAILY BEAST: AMATO PUSHED OUT OVER HARASSMENT CHARGES
Not a good look. (7/16a)
I.B. BAD: BROADWAY TO MAD AVE.
Building a new Arista. (7/17a)
THIS BRAND IS MY BRAND
Nashville's new endorsements (7/17a)
QUEEN TO GRAMMYS: WE WON’T ROCK YOU
But other honorees will. (7/16a)
MIRANDIZED
Includes a Holly Gleason sighting. (7/16a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
THE B-SIDE
PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK —
WAVE MUSIC: WEEKLY TAKEOVER
7/15/18

While many people think of dorm rooms as a hub for late night shenanigans, Alex Bruski, owner of WaveMusic, saw it as an opportunity to share his passion of finding undiscovered artists with the rest of his bunkmates. Bruski’s effort to help his friends unearth new music was a hit, and eventually led him to create a YouTube channel in 2013. By creating Pop, Electronic and Chill lyrical videos, Alex quickly saw his channel grow into a community of followers—now accounting for more than 1.3m subscribers. His Spotify network, on the other hand, was created as an extension channel, and features tracks you may not find on the YouTube page.

Although there's some overlap, Alex wanted to make his Spotify network unique in its own way. By working with artists such as electronic music noisemaker Anki, Alex was able to cultivate strong relationships with other producers in the game. His friendships eventually allowed him to curate a collaborative playlist, The Reef, which has over 10 producers uploading tracks to this list, including Conro and Beauz.

WaveMusic’s most recent collaborative playlist, however, has turned into a weekly segment that features an artist takeover each Friday. Wave Music: Weekly Takeover serves as a focal point for music discovery right from artists themselves. “I’ve always liked learning more about an artist, such as what they listen to on the daily, rather than just the music they make.” Exclusively on Spotify, the playlist is a great way to discover hidden talent — enjoy this week’s takeover below.

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHTSEASON
7/1/18

BY NICOLE GHAPGHARAN

Nightseason, the independent duo composed of drummer/producer Patrick Zeinali and singer/guitarist Jordan Caiola, debuted their music like any other artists would, for the most part. Interestingly, the pair didn’t meet until after they finished writing their first EP, and even then it was via email. In an attempt to find a voice fit for his vision, Zeinali searched through Spotify until he came across indie-rock band Mo Lowda and The Humble. Caiola’s soulful, howling pipes struck Zeinali as the missing link, and once the two found common ground between painful breakups, living on opposite coasts couldn’t hinder their chemistry.

Caiola’s raw vocals, combined with Zeinali’s electro-infused alt-rock/ambient-pop production has made waves in the music scene, bending genres and drawing in comparisons to alt-J, Sir Sly and NomBe. The duo made a sizeable impression after their first release, “Calm My Mind,” which held the #1 position on HypeMachine.

“Strangers”—the first single off their forthcoming EP—dropped 6/29 and has undoubtedly earned a permanent spot on my own playlist. Caiola explains, “[The track] revolves around the concept that two people who could eventually end up in a very intimate, meaningful (or sometimes superficial and fleeting) relationship at some point... always start the same way - as strangers."

Fans can expect the arrival of the five-track EP later this year. In the meantime, you can follow Nightseason on Spotify and stay up to date with any future releases through their Facebook.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
6/30/18

Canadian-born singer/songwriter Sara Diamond recently dropped “Latter” and “Foreword,” two tracks that embody R&B’s new wave of soulful beats. While she’s more widely known for her collaborations with electronic producers such as Adventure ClubParis & Simo and Naji, these new releases express a different side of Diamond that we’ve yet to see.

Featured on SubmitHub’s Best of the Week (6/28), “Latter” exposes the all-too-real emotions that relate to feeling out of control. With lyrics like, “Didn’t know where I was going / then the road ended with no warning,” Diamond opens up about what it means to confront moments of self-reflection.

“Foreword,” on the other hand, touches on past feelings and the inevitability of moving on. Both tracks are undeniably intimate and showcase Diamond’s ability to connect with others. Although an album hasn’t been mentioned yet, there have been plenty of single releases hinting that a collection could well be on its way.

Check out both tracks below, and keep an eye out for a potentially forthcoming set.