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THE GRAMMY WHISPERER LOOKS INTO RECORD OF
THE YEAR
Grein's latest fearless forecast (10/16a)
I.B. BAD: NEW BEGINNINGS
Lots of action on the biz chessboard (10/16a)
A&R IN 2017: CUTTING THROUGH THE BULLSHIT
Determining the "it" factor. (10/16a)
AN OPEN LETTER TO
JOHN AMATO
So is this. (10/13a)
REVIEW: SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY
Phil Gallo got a ticket! (10/13a)
HITS GRAMMY SPECIAL
You buy ad now, yes?
WE WILL NEVER EAT PIZZA AGAIN
Of course, we said that last time.
EMINEM
The cypher vs. the cipher.
A WHOLE NEW CHESSBOARD
You can't tell the players without a trade rag.
THE B-SIDE
MAX (DCD2/Crush)
9/27/17

WHAT IT IS: This NYC-born pop/soul singer, actor and dancer has been making waves since being signed to Pete Wentz’s DCD2 Records. His current single—a riveting song that features gnash, recently became RIAA-certified gold and boasts 200m+ global streams—is exploding at Top 40 radio with more than 150 Pop stations on board. MAX broke into the music scene, amassing more than 400k SEA for “Gibberish”—his first release on DCD2/Crush, which accrued 50m+ streams worldwide. A lifelong entertainer, music is not his only talent; he starred in the acclaimed Beach Boys biopic, Love & Mercy, as Van Dyke Parks and modeled for a Dolce & Gabbana campaign featuring Madonna. Currently, he’s out promoting the release of his album.
ALBUM: Hell’s Kitchen Angel
RELEASE DATE: 2016
SINGLE: “Lights Down Low”
TV: Performed on NBC’s Today
LIVE: North American tour starting in October
INTERNET: 1.5m+ YouTube subscribers, 408k Twitter followers, 923k+ Facebook likes; more than 200m global streams across all platforms; #56 on Shazam U.S. Top 200; at almost 3m streams per week globally (and growing); maintained the #1 spot on Hawaii’s Shazam chart for more than four weeks; added to many of Spotify’s biggest playlists (including Today’s Top Hits)
RADIO: #27 at Pop radio; airplay on SiriusXM Hits 1, Z100, KISS FM Chicago, Radio Disney, WNCI, WSMX, WNFN, WWHT; major feature on iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated John Jay & Rich Show, among many others; named KIIS-FM’s Artist of the Week
PRESS: MTV (“Artists to Watch” Summer Class list), Teen Vogue (“His voice is perfect for the kind of piercing falsetto that is the mark of a true male pop star”), Interview; named Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month
BOOKING: Ira Goldenring, Evan Hancock, Devin Landau/Paradigm
MANAGEMENT: Jonathan Daniel, Bob McLynn, Ian Planet/Crush Music


Ski Mask The Slump God (Victor Victor/Republic Records)
9/27/17

WHAT IT IS: With more than 100m streams on Soundcloud, 13m+ Apple Music streams, 40m+ video views and a co-sign from music legend Missy Elliot, it’s no surprise that Ski Mask the Slump God is “quickly emerging as one of the most talented rappers of the new school” (according to HotNewHipHop). Among a string of viral smashes, his “Take a Step Back,” which features XXXTentacion, surpassed a staggering 31m plays, and “Where’s the Blow,” featuring Lil Pump, ratcheted up 19m plays.
ALBUM: You Will Regret
RELEASE DATE: 6/30; upcoming project set to be released around Halloween (10/27)
SINGLE: “Catch Me Outside”
LIVE: Denver’s Summit Music Hall 9/17, Rolling Loud Music Festival 10/21-22, NJ’s Starland Ballroom 10/26, NYC’s Playstation Theater (supporting Getter) 10/28
INTERNET: 165k Spotify followers,
2m monthly listeners; 10m+ “Catch Me Outside” video views; 100m+ Soundcloud streams; 905k Instagram followers
RADIO: Rhythm and Urban date 9/19
PRESS: HNHH (“Ski Mask seldom sacrifices lyrics or flow, delivering both in equally dope measure”), Genius (“‘Baby Wipe’ is one of Ski Mask’s most popular songs, racking up over 4.7 million streams on Spotify and 6.8 million on SoundCloud. It appears on his June 2017 mixtape You Will Regret
BOOKING: Cara Lewis/Victor Victor
MANAGEMENT: Solomon Sounds


Moon Taxi (RCA)
9/27/17

WHAT IT IS: Nashville’s own alt/rock band gained national attention with four highly praised albums, including Daybreaker, which debuted at #2 on the New Artist Chart. The band has appeared on Letterman, Conan and more. McDonald’s, BMW, MLB and NFL have all used their music in TV spots. Known for their energetic live performances, Moon Taxi—Trevor Terndrup, Spencer Thomson, Wes Bailey, Tommy Putnam and Tyler Ritter—has played at major U.S. festivals, including Coachella—where they made their main-stage debut in 2016.
RELEASE DATE: TBD
SINGLE: “Two High”
LIVE: U.S. Put ‘Em Up Tour continues 9/21 through end of October; One Big Holiday 2018 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on 3/2
INTERNET: 93k Facebook likes, 29k+ Instagram followers, 20k Twitter followers; 4.9m+ Spotify listeners, 51m+ streams of single
RADIO: Currently in the Top 10 at AAA
PRESS: Rolling Stone (“Over the last few years, Nashville’s Moon Taxi have worked their way up from Bonnaroo buzzband to something approaching Kings of Leon country, playing a pleasingly cross-bred rock—a little indie, a little proggy, kinda poppy”), NPR (“Moon Taxi is a jam band—that is, if its instrumental excursions weren’t so concise, carefully thought-out and frequently refined in the years they’ve spent touring”), MagnetMagazine, Noisey, The Tennessean, PopMatters, more
BOOKING: Hunter Williams & Jeff Krones/CAA
PUBLISHING: 12th South Records, LLC (BMI)
MANAGEMENT: DVC Mgmt/GT Music Group