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RECORDING ACADEMY RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS
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THE NEW LEADERS
We chat with the top label execs about changing times.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS SPECIAL
They're young, they're happening and we've got 'em.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
THE B-SIDE
THEY FEEL PRETTY
5/14/18


The Greek Theatre reopened its doors last week for its summer concert series, starting with Khalid’s The Roxy Tour. Before Right Hand Music/RCA’s rising star hit the stage with his electrifying show, the crowd got hyped with SYCO/Columbia boyband PRETTYMUCH. The five-piece group mix a fresh R&B sound into your prevalent pop. As they harmonize on cue and whip out choreographed dance moves, you wouldn’t be able to tell that they met only a little over two years ago, but as member Nick Mara says, “We have a sort of swagger to us that just really shows our R&B side.” Brandon Arreaga mentions that they pull inspiration from songs like “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe saying, “We believe in being cultural. Even in our music and the way we present ourselves. It makes sense for us to let that message come across. We’re pop, but we’re also very urban.”

It’s worth pointing out that their latest music video, for “Hello,” features Tony The Tiger (yes, you read that right), and the song is featured on the first-ever edible record—made of actual cereal, namely Kellogg’s Chocolate Frosted Flakes.

After begging publicist Mike Navarra to reconsider the HITS photo-op, the boys posed for this post-show pic. Seen here are (L-R): Zion Kuwon, Nick Mara, Austin Porter, the mag’s Claudia Villarreal, Arreaga and Edwin Honoret. And a few minutes later, the “cereal” really started to kick in.

See the full list of tour dates right here.

WATCHLIST: RAMPAGE BACK IN FULL EFFECT
5/14/18

BY JASON HASHAWAY

Rampage
, best known as a member of the multi-platinum group, Flipmode Squad, with his cousin Busta Rhymes, came back on the scene hard with a three-song self-titled EP. In a time where rap has fallen in love with mumble rap, Rampage's message was simple: "Got lyrics? Bring 'em!" The hip-hop vet wants all emcees to know fans are still listening and want more out of rap music. He comes from a long line of beat-crushing, word-jabbing, earth-rattling tracks and lyrics, a legacy permeated in this latest release.

Rampage opens the EP with "Barz & Thoughts," produced by 1Tekneek, then jumps into "No Explanation" which gives us the classic Rampage sound from the First Lieutenant of Flipmode Squad who lays it all out on this high energy track produced by Black.Water.llc. The final track, produced by Felony Muzik, uses a sample from Snoop Dogg's "Who Am I (What's My Name)" indicating the strength and resolve in his name and legacy. With When Hell Freezes Over Part 1 & 2 coming soon, Rampage is definitely a priority on our Watchlist.

Jorja Smith (The Orchard)
5/8/18

WHAT IT IS: The R&B songstress’ highly anti-cipated debut album serves as an evocative collection of songs written by her between age 17-20 and includes the singles “Blue Lights,” “Where Did I Go?” and “Teenage Fantasy.”
ALBUM:
Lost & Found
RELEASE DATE:
6/8
SINGLE:
“Blue Lights”
TV:
Made U.S. TV debut on Kimmel performing “Blue Lights” and “On My Mind”
LIVE:
Opened for Bruno Mars; recently performed at Coachella; festival followed by her third tour of the U.S.; European festival plans this summer, along with headline show at London’s Somerset House
INTERNET:
Nearly 5m monthly listeners on Spotify, 15m+ “Blue Lights” streams on the platform; 900k+ Instagram followers; approximately 45m total YouTube views
RADIO:
4/23 impact date
PRESS:
Pitchfork
, Fader, Complex, Dazed & Confused, Vogue, N.Y. Times, NPR (Tiny Desk con-cert), Noisey, L.A. Times, V (summer music issue), Playboy (summer music issue), Marie Claire, Pigeons & Planes, Pollstar, MTV, Uproxx, Vibe, HypeBeast, High Snobiety, Revolt, HotNewHipHop, more
BOOKING:
CAA
: Summer Marshall (ex-N.A.), Joe Hadley (N.A.)
PUBLISHING:
Sony/ATV
MANAGEMENT:
Zubin