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THE STRINGER ERA BEGINS
Rob picks up his keys to the kingdom on 4/3. (3/28a)
FISHER KING
ACM boss talks Nashville (3/27a)
UNDERWOOD MOVES TO CAPITOL NASHVILLE
Grainge and Dungan lure the superstar (3/28a)
STREAMING SONGS: UNIVERSALLY DOMINANT
75% marketshare ... that's good, right? (3/24a)
SPOTIFY DEALS
If they don't come soon, what happens to the IPO?
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
LABEL BIGWIGS SPILL THE BEANS
We go deep with a couple of top execs.
THE STRINGER ASCENDENCY
This adventure coming soon to a trade website near you.
THE B-SIDE
James Arthur (Columbia)
3/14/17

WHAT IT IS: This breaking global artist’s platinum certified single “Say You Won’t Let Go”— featured on his chart-topping album Back From the Edge—continues its massive ascent here in the U.S., where the song has more than 40m in radio audience across multiple formats. It’s also gone Top 5 at iTunes in the U.S., has since gone on to sell more than 3m downloads and be streamed on Spotify more than 350m times. At Vevo/YouTube, meanwhile, it has racked up a quarter of a billion total views around the globe.
ALBUM: Back from the Edge
RELEASE DATE: 10/28/2016
SINGLE: “Say You Won’t Let Go”
TV: TodayCorden
LIVE: 45-date support tour with One Republic this summer
INTERNET: 2.2m Twitter followers, 2m Facebook likes
RADIO: Top 25 at Pop, Nearing Top 10 at Adult Pop, Top 30 at AAA, Top 25 at AC
PRESS: Idolator (“A future wedding staple…the pretty ballad falls somewhere between Ed Sheeran and John Legend”), Buzzfeed (“British singer-songwriter James Arthur’s voice will make you feel like you’re being cradled by a thousand beautiful fluffy clouds”), more
BOOKING: Brian ManningLee Goforth/CAA
PUBLISHING: Sony/ATV
MANAGEMENT: Martin Hall/Hall or Nothing Management

Lil Yachty (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
3/14/17

WHAT IT IS: In 2016, at 19 years old, the hip-hop artist and his whimsical brand of “boat music” (along with his signature beaded red braids) took the Internet and music scene by storm. His mind-blowing “1 Night” video went viral; it’s earned 89m views to date. His first headlining tour sold out in minutes. He modeled for Kanye West during his Yeezy Season 3 event at MSG, became the face of the Puma x Pink Dolphin line, shut down Times Square and starred alongside NBA champion and All-Star Lebron James in a Sprite ad. His first mixtape, Lil Boat, has amassed north of 335m streams, and “1 Night” is now platinum. With a full-length album on the way, fans can expect big things from this rising star.
ALBUM: Teenage Emotions
RELEASE DATE: Spring 2017
SINGLE: TBD
TV: 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards; Target ad with Carly Rae Jepsen ran during 2017 Grammys
LIVE: Sold out his first 25-date headlining tour; recently wrapped 35-city tour with Rae SremmurdBuku on deck
INTERNET: 82m “1 Night” Spotify streams, 3.7m monthly listeners at press time; 89m YouTube views on official video; 2m+ Instagram followers
PRESS: New York TimesXXL (2016 Freshman cover), Forbes (“30 Under 30”), Fader, Esquire (“The Future of Hip Hop”), New York Magazine, W Magazine, Pigeons & Planes, PitchforkComplex, NoiseyInterview, Rolling Stone (“The Stylistic Vanguard of Modern Rap”), more
BOOKING: ICM
MANAGEMENT: Quality Control

MISSIO (RCA)
3/14/17

WHAT IT IS: Matthew Brue and David Butler—two bearded, Austin, TX-based musical misfits with an affinity for D.I.Y. electro-trap production, clever lyrical quips and sticky alternative hooks—were introduced to audiences everywhere with the aptly titled breakout single, “Middle Fingers.” At the beginning of 2017, the track exploded on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation and became #1 Most Added at Mediabase Alternative in week two at terrestrial radio.
ALBUM: Loner
RELEASE DATE: Summer 2017
SINGLE: “Middle Fingers”
LIVE: Playing an official SXSW artist showcase at Swan Dive patio on 3/13; festivals include Edgefest in Dallas (4/1), Buzzfest in Houston (4/15); kicking off Sirius XM’s Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour (4/4-5/5); opening for Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars on June 15; more tour dates TBA
INTERNET: Included on Apple’s A List Alternative playlist; #19 on iTunes Alternative Top Songs chart; Vevo and YouTube views up 112-116% in past two weeks; Spotify monthly listeners up by 113%
RADIO: #17 at Alternative radio and #33 at Active Rock as of 2/28
BOOKING: Ron OpaleskiRobbie Brown/WME
PUBLISHING: Greg Sowders/Warner/Chappell
MANAGEMENT: Bruce Kalmick/Triple 8 Management

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