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DAILY BEAST: AMATO PUSHED OUT OVER HARASSMENT CHARGES
Not a good look. (7/16a)
I.B. BAD: BROADWAY TO MAD AVE.
Building a new Arista. (7/17a)
THIS BRAND IS MY BRAND
Nashville's new endorsements (7/17a)
QUEEN TO GRAMMYS: WE WON’T ROCK YOU
But other honorees will. (7/16a)
MIRANDIZED
Includes a Holly Gleason sighting. (7/16a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
THE B-SIDE
DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION
6/21/18

Rise/BMG’s Dance Gavin Dance scored the #1 Independent Album of the week with their set Artificial Selection, taking BMG’s recent tally of indie #1s to five, following chart-toppers by Blessthefall (also on Rise) A Perfect Circle, Godsmack and Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (the last three of which ruled the chart consecutively). BMG U.S. Prez Zach Katz is doing some kind of dance of his own right now, though it’s far too avant-garde for us to understand.

Seen just before enjoying some very independent beers during the Warped Tour kickoff in beautiful Pomona, California, are (l-r) the band’s Tim Feerick and Will Swan, Rise’s Sean Heydorn, the band’s Tilian, Andrew Wells, Jon Mess and Matt Mingus and manager Derek Brewer.

PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK:
SOULECTION SUNDAY
6/18/18

From humble beginnings to a worldwide presence, the team at Soulection, a community-styled collective, have focused their efforts on cultivating an emerging scene around progressive music. The initiative started in 2011, when co-founders Andre Power and Joe Kay teamed up to create a cultural movement around a genre of music that sparked their interests. Over the years, they (with the help of a tightly knit team) grew the brand, representing ‘the sound of tomorrow’. Amassing over 1m followers across InstagramTwitter and other social platforms, it became clear that Soulection was illustrating the capability to build a one-of-a-kind digital experience.

Starting out as a radio show and record label, which morphed into an artist collective and music platform, the crew demonstrates many forms of creative spunk. Their hefty roster of contemporary artists includes Sango, Ta-Ku and Lakim. Though the brand didn’t appear on Spotify until 2016, their presence as curators began as early as the Mixcloud days. From dipping their feet into the pool when streaming first became relevant, to making a splash when playlists rapidly gained momentum, Soulection has since amassed more than 44.6k followers across their network.

Over time, Soulection’s playlist network has been able to promote various themes, moods and seasons. Curator Monty Anglade found his niche after launching their first community-styled playlist, Soulection Sunday. For the past year, the playlist has served as a growing haven for fans to discover new music that fellow Soulection supporters love. Anglade explains: “The playlist started out as a Twitter hashtag. Every week, I would ask our fans on Twitter what songs were stuck in their head. It ended up being a great success, so we expanded our efforts to Spotify.” Every Sunday, the playlist is switched to collaborative mode— allowing anyone to upload music onto the growing list." Anglade adds, “For me, you can never forget about the people that built your community. So I wanted to recognize them through the playlist."

With 4k+ followers, the non-genre-specific playlist proves to hold a sweet spot for everyone at Soulection, where the team has been able to cultivate a familial brand that compares to no other.

Intrigued? Click here to explore the rest of their growing endeavors. You can also catch a few of their artists performing at A Night at the Queen Mary (on Saturday, 7/28), hosted by the Soulection crew.

FUTURE HOUSE CLOUD: COLIN MAGALONG
6/17/18

BY NICOLE GHAPGHARAN

Colin Magalong—a San Francisco-born, L.A.-based artist—appears to be the newest act on the rise in the electro-funk scene. With his debut track, “Blossom” (released in early 2018), under his belt, Magalong has since put out three additional songs, accumulating around 200k Spotify streams.

Discovery sites such as SubmitHub and Hype Machine play a big role for independent artists like Magalong, helping their music reach a wider audience. His "Bodies in a Room" was ranked #1 on SubmitHub's popular independent artists landing page, where outside bloggers report about who's trending.

His six-track EP, Scrimmage, is set to drop late July, along with a set of music videos and remixes. Meanwhile, he'll be performing at festivals, such as Bonanza (6/23), and intimate venues like The Peppermint Club (7/9). And although dates are yet to be set, word has it that he'll soon be playing a round of shows throughout L.A. Thanks to curators at buzzing spots like Future House Cloud, which currently boasts over 120k followers across multiple platforms, artists like Magalong are finding support from an array of independent playlists that include Future of Pop. When I asked Future House Cloud Founder Bjarne Langenohl what his favorite part about curating is, he explained: “Supporting talented newcomers with our reach as well as our label artists.” 

Part of what makes curators like Langenohl special is their ability to support artists that are trying to find their niche in today’s market. While a majority of tracks supported by Future House Cloud comes from direct submissions, Langenohl also uses resources like SubmitHub’s popular page to find trending independent artists. To keep on discoverin', stream Future House Cloud’s playlist below.