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I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/19a)
BRUCE GIVES OBAMA
A SEND-OFF SHOW
How fitting is that? (1/19a)
BBC RADIO 1 HOSTSĀ FUTURE STARS
...including DIY up-and-comer Jorja Smith. (1/19a)
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT ON STREAMING
Political performance battle A companion piece to the SNL cold open. (1/19a)
GRAMMY BATTLES
Trophies, performers, rules and more.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
THE B-SIDE
Blonde (FFRR/Parlophone)
11/24/16

WHAT IT IS: “As part of the YT collective, Eton Messy in Bristol, Blonde always had their finger on the pulse of where club music was at. Their crossover sound of piano-driven R&B/house spawned three gold singles in the U.K. The ambition is to now build on this success internationally,” says Parlophone Chairman Miles Leonard. Blonde has sold more than 1m singles, went Top 10 in the U.K. with three singles and has racked up 100m Spotify streams. Blonde is managed by Jennie Harris at Lateral.

Camille (Virgin EMI)
11/24/16

WHAT IT IS: Camille has written for Little Mix (#1 “Shout Out to My Ex” and #1 “Black Magic”), Fleur East (#3 “Sax”), Ella Henderson (#7 “Glow”) and The Saturdays (#1 “What About Us”) and is now working as an artist in her own right. “The first solo music from Camille I heard blew me away, it wasn’t what I expected at all, which was straight down the line Little Mix B-side pop,” shares Virgin EMI SVP A&R Nick Burgess. “It was much more left-field. She has a really strong sense of self and of wanting to create something different to the music that she had created for other people… The direction she’s going in is very futuristic, left-field alternative pop music with lots of different influences and very organic production.” Camille’s currently in the studio and will be launching early 2017, with a debut album out Q4. “We’re not just going to roll her out straight to radio. We want to create a buzz about her before we unveil exactly what we’re going to do in terms of the mainstream market,” says Burgess. “We’re not going to take anything for granted just because she’s had success with other artists; that doesn’t give her a golden ticket for success as an artist, so we have to do as much groundwork and artist development with her as we do with any other act. Fortunately, we’ve got someone who can sing and write songs—songs we feel are good enough to eventually transcend over to U.S. radio. We feel that we will see her as one of the biggest pop stars in the U.K., who will hopefully take over internationally. ” Camille is managed by Rodney Williams and Nick Raymonde at Raw Kingdom Management, and Alex Hardee at Coda is her live agent. Publishing goes via BMG.

Darline (East West)
11/24/16

WHAT IT IS: Darline consists of Cara and Abby—two young and talented pop singer/songwriters from the U.K. “We’re incredibly excited about Darline. They’re brilliant songwriters and performers,” shares Dan Chalmers, President, Rhino, East West & ADA U.K. “As soon as I’d heard them singing, I spoke to our lawyer to immediately get them signed. We’re pairing them up with some great producers to work on their country-crossover sound, and their album is sounding phenomenal. We’re working closely with their management team (Steve Morton and Ben Earle) to gear up to introduce their amazing music.” Set-up single “Fall Deep” is coming late November and will move into the infectious and incredibly catchy “Her for the Weekend” (early 2017). They have huge potential to break into the mainstream market and are currently working with pop writer/producer Duck Blackwell (Saturdays/Lawson/Olly Murs).