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THE POP LOGJAM: RADIO BATTLE ROYALE
Standing-room only on the airwaves (5/22a)
HARRY STYLES LIGHTS UP TROUBADOUR WITH SURPRISE GIG
...with a little help from Stevie Nicks. (5/22a)
IRVING ON VALUE OF YOUTUBE TO BIZ: "NONE"
But what does he really think? (5/22a)
IN OTHER NEWS,
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY
Same as it ever was. (5/22a)
RATINGS DROP FOR BIBLE'S AWARDS SHOW
At least the reviews were... Never mind. (5/22a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
THE B-SIDE
Playboi Carti (AWGE/Interscope)
5/10/17

WHAT IT IS: Playboi Carti’s entire world changed in March 2015. Fresh out of high school, the rising Atlanta rapper traveled to SXSW and started performing the songs he’d been emailing to his friends. Already known for his trendsetting fashion taste and sizeable Instagram following, the 21-year-old creative landed a coveted spot opening for Wiz Khalifa and met A$AP Rocky, who invited him to a mansion party the A$AP Mob was having during SXSW. Soon thereafter, the newcomer signed with Rocky, who subsequently brokered a deal for him at Interscope. Today, he stands among a new breed of rappers representing what’s happening in music now and next.
ALBUM: Playboi Carti
RELEASE DATE: 4/14
SINGLE: “Magnolia”
LIVE: Opened for Gucci Mane’s TrapGod Tour this April; popped up as a surprise guest performer with Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane at Coachella; headlining at CenterStage in Atlanta on 5/4; set to perform at Rolling Loud Festival in Miami on 5/5; summer touring in the works
INTERNET: Featured in top-streaming playlists including Spotify’s Rap Caviar, Get Turnt and Most Necessary, also in Apple Music’s A-List: Hip-Hop and It’s Lit
RADIO: TBD
PRESS: Vogue, W, Pitchfork (“‘Magnolia’ is a classically carefree rap anthem”), Fader, Vulture
BOOKING: Erin Larsen/Paradigm
MANAGEMENT: Pat Afeku

Luke Combs (River House Artists/Columbia Nashville)
5/10/17

WHAT IT IS: With gritty, grizzled vocals, brazen songwriting talent and one hell of a live show, this 27-year-old Asheville, NC, native stormed onto the country-music landscape as a force to be reckoned with. Named a “2017 Artist to Watch” by Amazon Music, Bobby Bones, CMT, Huffington Post, Nashville Lifestyles, Pandora and Rolling Stone, he is set to release his debut album, This One’s for You, on 6/2. His debut smash radio single, “Hurricane,” has amassed a staggering 75m streams and is quickly becoming a staple anthem for country fans.
ALBUM: This One’s For You
RELEASE DATE: 6/2
SINGLE: “Hurricane”
LIVE: Completed more than 200 shows in 2016; on Brantley Gilbert’s Devil Don’t Sleep Tour through September; recently performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Tortuga and Stagecoach; set to perform at Bonnaroo, CMA Fest and Windy City Smokeout this summer
INTERNET: 109m+ streams; 21.6m+ video views
RADIO: Storming up the charts, on the path to #1 at Country radio; 375m+ audience impressions
PRESS: Rolling Stone; CMT, HuffPost, Nashville Lifestyles, more
BOOKING: Aaron Tannenbaum, John Huie, Scott Clayton, Sam Forbert/CAA
PUBLISHING: Big Machine Music/ 50 Egg Music/Straight Dimes
MANAGEMENT: Kappy/Make Wake Mgmt.

Judah & The Lion (Cletus The Van/Caroline)
5/10/17

WHAT IT IS: Nashville’s most genre-bending band is poised for a breakthrough in 2017. “Take It All Back,” which spent three weeks at #1 at Alt and is currently Top 25 and growing at Adult Pop, has been streamed 20m+ times and repeatedly held spots in the Top 30 on U.S. Shazam charts. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know in 2017” and graced the cover of Pollstar in April.
ALBUM: Folk Hop N’ Roll Deluxe Edition
RELEASE DATE: 3/10
SINGLE: “Take It All Back”
TV: Corden, Conan and upcoming Good Morning America
LIVE: Opened for twenty one pilots, direct support for Kaleo; sold-out spring North American headline tour; KROQ Weenie RoastBottlerock, Governors Ball, Firefly, Forecastle; Support on Summer Incubus/Jimmy Eat World stadium tour; iHeartRadio Show in Vegas this September
INTERNET: 27m+ album streams; Spotify averaging over 1.2m+ monthly listeners; in past year daily streams have grown +1,115% and daily listeners 1,475%; in past year Instagram followers are +969%, YouTube subs +928% Twitter +266%, Facebook +151%
RADIO: impacted Hot AC 2/6; “Suit And Jacket” Impacted Alt 3/6
PRESS: Corden, Conan, GMA, Rolling Stone, HuffPost, Pollstar, CMT, NPR, USA Today, COS, Paste, Slant, Teen Vogue, more
BOOKING: Jeff Krones/CAA
PUBLISHING: Warner/Chappell
MANAGEMENT: Ben Hutto & Paul Steele/Good Time Inc.