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1 TRENDING TOPIC:
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STREAMING SONGS:
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"RAPSTAR" is accurately titled. (4/16a)
HITS LIST: RULES
FOR ENTRY
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She's huge on both sides of the pond. (4/16a)
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
Stormzy (unsigned)
11/10/15

WHAT IT IS: The South London-based grime MC of Ghanaian heritage launched his career clashing at youth clubs around his hometown. He was thrust into the limelight when he snagged third place on BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2015 poll. He went on to win Best Grime Act at 2014 MOBO Awards and International Artist at this year’s BET Awards, and is nominated for three MOBOs this year. He’s already broken a world record by charting at #18 with his “WickedSkengMan 4” freestyle—the first freestyle to ever chart in the UK.
SINGLE: “Shut Up”
TV: First unsigned rapper to ever perform on BBC’s prestigious Jools Holland
LIVE: Recently sold-out his debut seven-city U.K. tour; shared the stage with Kanye West at the Brit Awards
INTERNET:
Most viewed U.K. freestyle video online ever with 9.3m views for single; 2m YouTube views for “WickedSkengman4”; 100k YouTube subscribers, 25m combined YouTube Views; 145k Twitter followers, 60k Facebook likes
RADIO: All tracks have been playlisted on BBC Radio1 & Radio1Xtra; huge support from DJ’s Annie Mac & Trevor Nelson
PRESS: Fader (“Stormzy’s a problem for anyone who still thinks grime is a movement that’s seen its best days already”), Time Out, Evening Standard, The Guardian (“Stormzy has garnered a huge reputation for his charisma, witty flow and regular grime freestyle videos”), Complex, FACT
BOOKING: Craig D’Souza/
Primary Talent International
PUBLISHING: Warner Chappell
MANAGEMENT: Tobe Onwuka
/#Merky