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HITS LIST’S TOP GUNS
OF AUGUST
Who's flying high right now? Take a look. (8/9a)
NBA FREE AGENCY (UPDATE)
Lots of suitors for the stat monster (8/8a)
NEW & DEVELOPING
ARTISTS: Q3 EDITION
The stars of tomorrow—and one star of the moment (8/9a)
BUNNY, BUBBLES AND BOX OFFICE
Irresistible force now filling stadiums (8/8a)
MO OSTIN: THE 2017 INTERVIEW, PART ONE
Available online for the first time (8/3a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
THE B-SIDE
Steve Lacy (RCA)
8/4/22

WHAT IT IS: Compton native Steve Lacy had already made a name for himself by collaborating with Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, Solange, Mac Miller and more as a guitarist, producer and songwriter. He cemented his status in the music world with his independently released 2019 debut album, Apollo XXI, which earned a Grammy nom for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Filled with tales of modern heartbreak and courtship, his sophomore album and major-label debut, Gemini Rights, features breakout track “Bad Habit” and “Sunshine,” his standout collaboration with Fousheé. Combining melodic tones with wicked guitar licks and bars, the set deftly combines elevated alternative R&B and funk. 
ALBUM: Gemini Rights 
RELEASE DATE: 7/15
SINGLE: “Bad Habit” 
LIVE: Touring announcement imminent 
INTERNET: “Bad Habit” featured on TikTok’s Trending Discover search page, #7 on TikTok Viral; reached #1 on Spotify U.S., #11 Global; #5 Apple Music U.S., #6 Global; Gemini Rights debuted Top 10; #1 Top Alternative Albums chart, #1 Top Rock Albums, #1 Top Rock and Alternative Albums, #2 Top R&B Albums, #3 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums; more
RADIO: “Bad Habit” impacted at Top 40, Rhythm, Alternative and AAA; #1 Most Added at Pop; single will be added to every iHeartRadio Top 40/Rhythm station in the next two weeks; named iHeart On the Verge Artist for Top 40 at Pop and Rhythm
PRESS: Rolling Stone, Complex, Pitchfork, FADER, Financial Times, NPR, HotNewHipHop, Okayplayer, PAPER, HipHopDX, Brooklyn Vegan, UPROXX, Audacy, more
MANAGEMENT: David Airaudi/3QTR

Stephen Sanchez (Mercury/Republic)
8/4/22

WHAT IT IS: Nashville-based singer/songwriter Stephen Sanchez has amassed over 22m likes and a half-million followers on TikTok, the platform that propelled his hit “Until I Found You” onto both the U.S. and Global Spotify Viral charts; the song became the longest-running entry on both charts this year. Not long after teaming up with Ian Fitchhuk (Kacey Musgraves) for his debut EP, What Was, Not Now, Sanchez has reunited with the songwriter/producer for his forthcoming EP, Easy on My Eyes, due 8/19. 
ALBUM: Easy on My Eyes
RELEASE DATE: 8/19
SINGLE: “Until I Found You”
TV: Colbert, Seth Meyers
LIVE: Embarked on his first headline mini-tour, sold-out all dates in N.Y., L.A. and D.C.; performed Bonnaroo; opening for Noah Kahan on his Stick Season tour this fall
INTERNET: 16m+ monthly Spotify listeners, Top 300 most-listened-to artist globally; “Until I Found You” nearing 300m global streams; 1m+ TikTok creations, averaging nearly 10k a day; Top 50 U.S. Shazam, Top 100 Global
RADIO: “Until I Found You” Top 10 at Triple A radio; debuted at #40* at Top 40 at presstime
PRESS: Rolling Stone, Clash, Pulse, The Honey Pop, Vents, Beyond the Stage, more
BOOKING: Tom Windish/Wasserman
MANAGEMENT: Rich Cohen & Emily Kennedy/LoyalT Management

Benson Boone (Night Street/Warner)
8/4/22

WHAT IT IS: Boone has come a long way since first being discovered by Imagine DragonsDan Reynolds. He made his major-label debut last year with the now-gold “GHOST TOWN” and recently returned with the heartfelt single “In the Stars,” igniting a TikTok trend that’s amassed over a billion views. With his unflinchingly honest lyrics, soaring vocals and emotive delivery, Boone is carving his own lane in the pop realm, and his debut EP, Walk Me Home…, continues to raise his profile. This collection of heartfelt songs is at once moving and addictively re-playable.
ALBUM: Walk Me Home…
RELEASE DATE: 7/29
SINGLE: “Better Alone” 
TV: James Corden, Seth Meyers, Ellen, Kelly Clarkson
LIVE: Recently sold out shows at L.A.’s Moroccan Lounge, N.Y.’s Mercury Lounge and London’s Colours; performed VGlista 2022 in Norway (50K+ attendees) 
INTERNET: 1b+ TikTok views across 475k video creates; 500m global streams; 11.4m+ monthly Spotify listeners 
RADIO: “GHOST TOWN” entered Top 25 at Top 40 and #11 at Hot AC
PRESS: Genius, People (“Summer Emerging Artist”), Consequence, Sweety High, Boys by Girls, American Songwriter, more
BOOKING: Corrie Martin & Sara Bollwinkel/Wasserman
PUBLISHING: Coulter Reynolds/Saint Sounds & Jon Chen/Warner Chappell
MANAGEMENT: Jeff Burns/Reynolds Management