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SPOTIFY SINGS A SONG OF ONG
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ADELE ADELE ADELE
Adele; Adele Adele?
ADELE ADELE ADELE ADELE ADELE ADELE
A... dele?
ADELE ADELE
Adele Adele; Adele.
ADELE ADELE ADELE ADELE
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THE B-SIDE
ICYMI: APPLAUSAPALOOZA
10/11/21

Two-way livestreaming platform Applause recently wrapped its five-day launch event, Applausapalooza, after a full week of virtual programming. 

The event kicked off with a masterclass on how artists can build their community online, led by Applause’s Artist Relations Manager Kelly Benini. The panel also featured Linktree’s Sammy Kaufman, Community’s Jordan Lawrence, platinum songwriter/2for2 ProjectsDanny Rakow and JustGold Mgmt’s Justin Goldman.

Other highlights included Wide Eye Entertainment A&R Noreen Prunier hosting over 50 songwriters/producers who shared their demos and gave feedback as part of her Pop Hang series, as well as performances and Q&As from emerging artists like BUZZ, Gayle, Chaz Cardigan, Tommy Boi and Bradley Kim.

The week-long event concluded with an acoustic performance from Jasiah, who also participated in a live, on-screen fan Q&A.

Founded in March of 2020 by CEO Matt Jaffe and CTO Nitin Khanna—spun out of Mark Pincus’ incubator—Applause is backed by investors like Reid Hoffman, Box Group and Neo. For more info on Applause, click here.

PLATOON SENDS OUT THE TROOPS BY LAUNCHING ARDEN RECORDS
10/7/21

Platoon, the label-services tech firm owned by Apple, has announced a partnership with the new lo-fi label Arden Records, co-founded by the Nepalese hip hop star/producer sagun along with Jordan Smith (S+ MGMT), and Andrew Kwan (Romantic Music Group).

Sagun and Arden hope to provide a resource for early-stage artists and producers who may be in the dark when making crucial business decisions. "I always carried the dream of starting a label and creating opportunities to positively impact talented upcoming artists,” said sagun. "I want to help artists achieve their goals by offering the proper resources I never knew I needed.”

Sagun, who has racked up more than 200 million streams, just released his new EP Solitude, a collaboration with lo-fi pop artist Carl Storm.

RON POPE’S PLATINUM DROP
10/6/21

Independent singer/songwriter Ron Pope has earned RIAA platinum certification on his 2007 hit, “A Drop in the Ocean.” Co-written by Pope and Zach Berkman, the single was the first off Pope’s Daylight album and picked up syncs on shows like The Vampire Diaries and 90210.

With a career spanning over a decade, the Georgia native has sold out shows in 20 countries and has accumulated nearly 500m Spotify streams and 864m Pandora streams. After inking a major-label deal in 2009, Pope returned to his indie roots to release through TuneCore and started his label, Brooklyn Basement Records, in 2015.

“Ron Pope is a prolific singer songwriter who embodies the independent spirit that TuneCore is all about,” said TuneCore CEO Andreea Gleeson, who announced the certification. “This RIAA platinum award is an indicator of things to come in the indie world, with Ron leading the way,”

“It seems unreal, but I am so excited. And to know that we did it completely independently is even better,” added Pope, who recently released a series of tracks every two weeks for an entire year, entitled The Builder, to showcase his journey through the pandemic.

Pictured thinking what kind of drop the plaque would make in an ocean is (l-r) TuneCore COO Matt Barrington, Pope, Berkman and TuneCore Director, Artist & Partner Relations, Amy Lombardi.