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Marissa is the first artist to be signed under WBR's new triumvirate of Rob Cavallo, Todd Moscowitz and Livia Tortella.
WHEELS 2.0 TURNS IT UP TO ’11
New Year, New Music, New Success Story

By Jesse Beer-Dietz

We’re back in the swing of things with a bevy of top-notch talent to tell you about as we roll into the new year. We begin with some great news: While you were enjoying your holidays, Marissa Renee Jack, one of our 2010 picks to click, was quietly signed to Warner Bros. Records by Rob Cavallo and Craig Aaronson. Marissa has the distinction of being the Bunny’s very first inking under the new senior management triumvirate of Cavallo, Todd Moscowitz and Livia Tortella. Congrats to attorney Eric German, as well as to artist developers/managers Loren Israel and Brooke Heller, who continue their hot streak. Loren and Brooke had huge success last year with Neon Trees, and on deck is a sizzling new band they plan to unleash later in 2011. Keep feedin the inbox: [email protected]

SPOTLIGHT
The Suit
(www.myspace.com/thesuitmusic): This hardcore punk band from Fargo, ND, won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 2010 and is featured in November 2010 and January 2011 issues of Alt Press. Track to check out: “The Way That We Fall.”

ON DECK
Dane Estok (www.myspace.com/daneestok): Up-and-coming Nashville-based singer/songwriter who’s just released a debut EP boasting a great sound. Check out the track “Semiautomatic Kind of Love.” For more info, contact Bret: [email protected].

COUNTRY'S NEW KING
The Gospel of Luke (11/11a)
BIEBER BY CHRISTMAS?
How's that for a tease, Bieber Nation? (11/12a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MEET
THE NEW BOSSES
Not the same as the old bosses (11/11a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/11a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS II:
SARAH TRAHERN
It's a marathon, not a sprint. (11/11a)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KANYE
And lo, there was much earned media.
MOE, MARSHMELLO AND MONEY
The story of a "faceless" brand that got very, very big.
THE NEW WORLD OF A&R
The trap they all fell into.
GRAMMY NOMS
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