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SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
Bad Bunny makes the most of his turn at bat. (5/20a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/18a)
GREEN AS EVER
A think piece—cool! (5/19a)
FEET OF CLAY AND “TAPDANCING AROUND THE CONVERSATION”: KENDRICK LAMAR’S BREAKTHROUGHS
The K-Dot aesthetic examined (5/20a)
LNX BATHED IN STARLIGHT BY SHOF
23 with a bullet (5/19a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
THE B-SIDE
Leah Kate (10K Projects)
5/12/22

WHAT IT IS: N.Y. native Leah Kate has staked her claim as a rising star in the pop realm. The singer/songwriter, who’s been making music since she was 12, embodies a go-getter attitude while showcasing her own style of ’90s-pop-meets-the-2020s. Since the release of her TikTok-assisted viral hit, “Fuck Up the Friendship,” which notched 50m+ streams, Kate’s taken the Internet by storm. Her latest viral hit, “10 Things I Hate About You,” is once again exploding on TikTok, which has already generated 170k+ video creations. With her retro-drenched sound and addictive lyrical wit, this pop chameleon pulls in the listener track after track.
SINGLE: “10 Things I Hate About You”
RELEASE DATE: 3/22
LIVE: Direct support for Madison Beer on her current Life Support Tour (EU)
INTERNET: 4m+ streams on “10 Things I Hate About You” in first two weeks; 4.4m+ monthly Spotify listeners (+40% since last month); jumped from 277k Spotify daily streams to 377k streams in one day to 750k+ daily streams at presstime; 170k+ TikTok creations, support from creators like Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, more
RADIO: Impacting Top 40
PRESS: Rolling Stone, CLASH, OTW, Ladygunn, Wonderland, more
MANAGEMENT: Jenn Tolman Hurst/MDDN

JNR Choi (Epic/Black Butter)
5/12/22

WHAT IT IS: Before JNR Choi turned his hybrids of hip-hop, R&B and pop into hits, he walked the runway for name designers like Givenchy, Philipp Plein and AMIRI. Creating a genre he calls “Afro-drill,” the U.K.-based artist crossed over to the U.S. with “TO THE MOON,” which topped Spotify’s Viral charts and has since landed on coveted playlists like Today’s Top Hits while peaking at #3 on TikTok’s U.S. Top Tracks chart. With his major-label debut album still ahead, JNR recently tapped Gunna for a remix of “TO THE MOON.”
SINGLE: “TO THE MOON”
INTERNET: 7.4b+ global video views; 128m+ Spotify streams, 9.2m+ monthly listeners, peaked #1 on the Viral Hits chart, #3 TikTok U.S. Top Tracks and #1 Instagram charts; #52 on Spotify’s Global Top Chart; certified gold in Australia, Canada and France; added to Spotify’s A-List Pop, Pop Rising, Viral 50 USA, Hot Hits, Future Hits (France), more
RADIO: Impacted on 2/15, peaked #1 at Urban and Rhythm; #28 at Top 40 at presstime; #3 airplay in France
PRESS: YouTube Artist on the Rise; ComplexHotNewHipHop, HipHopDX, more
MANAGEMENT: Louis Savage

Muni Long (Supergiant/Def Jam)
5/12/22

WHAT IT IS: Before her stirring and soulful signature style caught fire around the world with the platinum-certified “Hrs and Hrs,” Muni Long, aka Priscilla Renea, spent a decade writing multiplatinum hits for the likes of Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Selena Gomez, among others. Prior to inking with Def Jam earlier this year for her solo project, Long released the highly anticipated Public Displays of Affection, which immediately became a Top 10 Apple Music R&B Album and put the longtime hit writer on the map as an artist to watch in 2022.
ALBUM: Public Displays of Affection
RELEASE DATE: 11/19/21
SINGLE: “Hrs and Hrs” and “Another”
TV: Fallon
INTERNET: 3.8m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 150m+ global streams on “Hrs and Hrs”; nearly 2m TikTok video creations made with sound; selected for iHeartRadio’s On The Verge program; BET Amplified Artist of the Month (April); YouTube’s Artist on the Rise; Spotify Frequency Artist; Snapchat Artist to Watch; AmazonBreakthrough Artist of the Month.
RADIO: “Hrs and Hrs” peaked #1 at Urban and Rhythm radio; “Another” impacting Rhythm
PRESS: Vogue, Elle, Rolling Stone, New York, Vibe, Complex, Genius, Variety, more
BOOKING: CAA
PUBLISHING: Warner Chappell
MANAGEMENT: Chris Anokute & Rashad Tyler/Supergiant