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SPOTIFY SPOTLIGHTS
GRAMMY BNA NOMS

The latest round of Spotify Singles, arriving during Grammy Week, brings together five Best New Artist nominees, with each one reimagining one of their own songs while also recording a tune from a past BNA nom.

In the first offering, a pair of artists bookending L.A.’s rich singer/songwriter tradition blend their voices, as Phoebe Bridgers is joined by Jackson Browne for a burnished intergenerational reworking of her Punisher standout “Kyoto.” She also inhabits John Prine’s elegiac “Summers End,” with Maria Taylor providing backing vocals. In 2018, Phoebe covered The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” for the series.

In the second, CHIKA, who turns 24 today, revisits “U SHOULD” from her 2020 debut album, INDUSTRY GAMES, and covers Billie Eilish’s “my future.” The Alabama-born rapper/singer picked it “because the song is beautiful and presents an interesting opportunity to talk about where I am as an artist, especially on the heels of this nomination,” she explains. “My present is moving so fast that each passing moment is practically the future already. And I’m in love with the ride I’m on.”

Next up is D Smoke, followed by Noah Cyrus and Ingrid Andress.

Below is what we refer to in trade lingo as a sizzle reel.

SUPERSTAR DREAMS?
Ain't too proud to beg. (1/27a)
BLITZ LIST
Burrowing into trending industry topics (1/27a)
RIHANNA, GAGA LEAD OSCAR SONG NOMS
David Byrne and Diane Warren have noms as well. (1/24a)
HIPGNOSIS NABS
BIEBER CATALOG
Merck's a belieber. (1/25a)
HITS' BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL: ALL THE SQUARES GO HOME
Sisters doin' it for themselves (1/28a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
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