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RIC OCASEK,
1944-2019
Bandleader, producer, A&R exec—an extraordinary career (9/16a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/16a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/16a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
PTX UNWRAPS XMAS BEST OF, TOUR
Fa-la-la-la-la...cha-ching (9/16a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
THE B-SIDE
BLAME THE PREMIERE ON US
9/11/19

Independent pop/rap duo 2XO just dropped their debut single “Blame It On You," alongside a music video directed by Nayip Ramos, today (9/12).

The duo consists of sisters Jaz, who gained exposure after winning season 2 of Disney’s Next Big Thing in addition to opening for Justin Bieber, and Tally, the 20-year-old rapper from Jermaine Dupri’s The Rap Game, blending elements of hip hop and pop to create their sound.

Produced by Jreid, whose credits include Nicki Minaj, and The Sound Filter, the track was also mixed by Kevin KD, who has previously has worked with artists like Little Mix, Sam Smith, and Normani.

2XO is set to release more music this year and into 2020. For more info on the sister duo, click here. In the meantime, check out the premiere for “Blame It On You” below.

MONUMENT SIGNS SAM DEROSA OF SONGLAND
9/5/19

Pop singer/songwriter Sam DeRosa has signed to Monument Records, a JV with Sony Music Entertainment, and released her first single, “Pill For This,” on 9/5.  DeRosa is best known for co-writing lovelytheband's hit "broken."

DeRosa performed “Pill For This” 9/4 on NBC’s show, Songland. Producers Shane McAnally, Ester Dean, and Ryan Tedder, along with guest recording artist Charlie Puth, watched in awe as she belted out the lyrics. Working with multi-Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer McAnally on the episode, the two attempted to turn the song into something that Puth might eventually record.

After the performance, everyone in the room knew that she couldn’t give the song away, and McAnally saw a bona fide pop artist. He promptly brought DeRosa in to Monument Records, the record label he is co-president of with Jason Owen, to meet Owen and Monument Senior Vice President Katie McCartney. They fully agreed.

McAnally said: "Working with Sam on Songland gave me a front row seat to her ability to write, produce, perform, and connect. I instantly knew I wanted to work with her beyond the show, and have been amazed by her depth and heart."

Pictured L-R are Monument Co-President Shane McAnally, Sam DeRosa, Monument SVP Katie McCartney, Monument Co-President Jason Owen.

Photo: Robert Chavers

eONE STRIKES DEAL WITH SHA MONEY XL
9/5/19

eOne has announced a new, exclusive distribution deal with multi-platinum producer and A&R exec Sha Money XL (aka Michael Clervoix) and Teamwork Music. The label is home to emerging and buzzworthy artists Tedy Andreas and Eubanks.

Sean Stevenson, eOne’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Music, says “We are excited to have Sha Money and Teamwork in the eOne family. He has been a staple in the Hip-Hop world and we are honored to distribute his artists and contribute to his vison for the future of the industry.”

Sha Money XL says, “I’m so ready to usher in some future legends in Hip-Hop. My gift for picking the right artists is deep rooted from my love for all genres of music. Teamwork Music is a reflection of the most talented, creative, and innovative Hip-Hop artists. The ‘Chain is on the Bike!’”

Teamwork Music is prepping Tedy Andreas' new album Andreas Soriano for an October release, followed by a Eubanks project in November. 

While serving as President of G-Unit Records until 2007, Sha Money XL helped bring 50 Cent’s label to the mainstream. Managing a staple of producers, Sha A&R’d multiple projects for G-Unit. His next venture landed him in the offices of Def Jam as VP of A&R, where he worked on projects for Big K.R.I.T. and signed 2Chainz. After fulfilling his time at Def Jam, Sha Money took the position as EVP of A&R at Epic, where he worked with Bobby Schmurda and Yo Gotti. More recently, Sha, lent his expertise to Joyner Lucas, working intensely on the viral hip-hop star’s management team.