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BEESE DOCKS AT WARNER U.K.
Former Island chief gets his own label. (6/16a)
1 TRENDING TOPIC: “LEVITATING” TO #1
How'd they do that? (6/15a)
SIGNS OF HITS LIST
We're reading the tea leaves. (6/15a)
REOPENING DELAY CRIPPLES LIVE BIZ
"Variant" is a scary word right now. (6/15a)
MUSIC’S HOTTEST FIRMS: GRUBMAN SHIRE MEISELAS & SACKS
Is there a lawyer in the house? (6/15a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
THE B-SIDE
Krept & Konan (Def Jam/Virgin EMI)
5/9/15

WHAT IT IS: The U.K. invasion looks set to take an even more unimaginable twist with this English hip-hop duo. In a previously unforeseen U.K. move, they’ve locked down U.S. urban acts Rick Ross, YG, Wiz Khalifa and Jeremih for their album, due in July, as a testament to their talent and global sales potential. Further guests on the album include Kanye’s man in London, Skepta, along with Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran. The album already topped the iTunes U.K. chart when its pre-order became available.

ALBUM: The Long Way home

RELEASE DATE: 7/6

SINGLE: “Freak of the Week” f/Jeremih (video available in the U.K. here)

TV: Winners of MTV’s Brand New Artist of 2015 in the U.K., Best New Act voted by fans, Best International Act at

BET Awards, multiple wins at MOBO Awards; featured artists in BRIT Awards performance with Kanye West

LIVE: Toured the U.K. with Tinie Tempah last year; Nov. 2015 tour confirmed; Glastonbury, Wireless, Reading, Leeds festivals

INTERNET: 30m YouTube channel views, 10m+ Spotify streams in the last year; 300k Twitter followers

RADIO: Impacting U.K. 6/1; supported by BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, performed at 1Xtra Live with Rick Ross

PRESS: The Times, The Independent, Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Sun, Notion, Music Week On the Radar; Blues & Soul July cover, FHM eight-page shoot & interview, Bizarre; upcoming features from NME, MTV, Revolt, Complex

BOOKING: Live Nation

PUBLISHING: Sony/ATV

MANAGEMENT: Vash Khatiri & Riki Bleu