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DIGITAL DRIVES RECORD YEAR FOR WARNER MUSIC
Stop us if you've heard this story before. (12/8a)
RAG'N'BONE MAN NAMED BRITS
CRITICS' CHOICE
This chap is a comer, it appears. (12/8a)
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: VINYL OUTSELLS DOWNLOADS
Money is no object to those who follow the needle in the groove. (12/8a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: STARBOY JUKEBOX
One artist, 18 tracks, $1.23m. (12/8a)
I.B. BAD: BETTING ON THE COME
Increased profits have triggered increased investment in A&R. (12/9a)
YEAR-END CHAMPEENS
Who ruled 2016?
GRAMMY NOMS: SURPRISES
Stay tuned.
ANOTHER HISTORY LESSON
More jaw-dropping tales and pics from the archives.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
THE B-SIDE
BIBANG THEORY
12/7/16

Meet a genuine, bona fide rock star: Gutxi Bibang (pronounced, approximately, "Gucci BeBang"), a second-generation African from the Basque country of Spain who channels the fury of hard rock and punk through the fulcrum of swashbuckling psychedelic style. His "System of a Gun" clip below says it all, but we also like this quote from Atwood Magazine: "Gutxi Bibang has established himself as not only a major international force, but a veritable force for making modern, accessible rock music that inspires change–all while flipping a finger (or two, depending on your country) at dysfunctional systems everywhere."

His debut U.S. performance last night at Communion NYC, we're told, left behind smoking ruins and blown minds.

 

Anne-Marie (Atlantic U.K.)
11/24/16

WHAT IT IS: “I heard a song from a producer and was immediately moved, I could hear an incredible tone and a great character—and having already been crowned a three-time world Shotokan karate champion, I knew she had great stamina, crucial to compete at a global level,” says Atlantic U.K. President Ben Cook. “She was introduced to Rudimental, who took her out on tour globally, helping her hone incredible performance skills. We signed her with Rudimental to their label with us, Major Toms/Asylum, in the summer of 2015 and have been working on her development ever since.” Anne-Marie smashed through the 100m barrier on Spotify with “Alarm,” becoming the U.K.’s third-biggest breakthrough—behind only ZAYN and Callum Scott. “Alarm,” which has been A Listed at Radio 1, Capital, Kiss, 1Xtra, Kiss Fresh and Capital Xtra and has 25k radio plays to date with over 320m impacts, has 1.1m sales including streams worldwide. “Rockabye,” her new song with Clean Bandit (which also features Sean Paul) is a smash that went #1 on Shazam U.K. after a week, and is heading for #1 at OCC for a second consecutive week. “We have high hopes that it’ll be another huge record ahead of her next single and debut album in 2017,” says Cook. Coming out of the Rudimental camp, she has a foothold in a credible underground culture, as well as a brilliant voice, great personality and powerful songs that can compete at a mainstream level. She’s managed by Andy Wells at Rocket Management.

Billie Marten (RCA/Chess Club)
11/24/16

WHAT IT IS: “I mean this honestly when I say I don’t think I’ve ever worked with someone as naturally talented as Billie,” says RCA U.K./Chess Club A&R Manager Will Street. “Her music genuinely moves people, which has become a rare gift in today’s world. Her songwriting is so pure and honest and conjures genuine emotion within the listener and her voice is angelic, vulnerable and yet so strong. A beautiful juxtaposition.” Marten’s debut album was released in September and received four- and five-star reviews across the board. Latest single “Live” is currently at radio. Her debut U.K. tour sold out and kicked off in October. The Sunday Times summed it up with, “It isn’t an excellent debut for a 17-year-old. It’s an excellent debut, period. With Writing of Blues and Yellows, Marten places herself in the company of Nick Drake, John Martyn, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell.” Her team consists of Frances O’Connor and Lucy Francis (management), Nick Matthews (agent) and Hugo Turquet (Chrysalis publishing), to name a few.