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GRAMMY PERFORMERS: WHO'S ON? WHAT'S UP?
The incremental rollout begins. (1/26a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JACK SUSSMAN
Nobody's got more experience in putting music on the tube. (1/25a)
RIHANNA, GAGA LEAD OSCAR SONG NOMS
David Byrne and Diane Warren have noms as well. (1/24a)
HIPGNOSIS NABS
BIEBER CATALOG
Merck's a belieber. (1/25a)
HITS' BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL: NOT EVERY WOMAN, BUT SEVERAL
Sisters doin' it for themselves (1/24a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
THE B-SIDE
BANNERS (Island)
5/10/16

WHAT IT IS: This alt/rock dynamo hails from Liverpool, U.K. and grew up singing in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Liverpool Kop. Influenced by myriad artists, ranging from The Beatles and Jeff Buckley to Arcade Fire, his music is both haunting and hopeful, sure to resonate with audiences across space and age. Debut songs “Ghost” and “Shine a Light” went Top 5 on HypeMachine and received strong licensing support, while garnering more than 10m streams. BANNERS has been named a U.S. Spotify Spotlight Artist, and first U.S. single “Start a Riot” has officially passed 20m global Spotify streams.
ALBUM: BANNERS (EP)
RELEASE DATE: 1/15
SINGLE: “Start a Riot”
TV: Played Kimmel 1/27; sync on E!’s Royals
LIVE: Just wrapped up a 25-city U.S. tour (SiriusXM Presents Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour); U.K. dates in May; N.A. summer festival run includes Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Bumbershoot
INTERNET: 20m global Spotify streams of single; 1.5m “Shine a Light” YouTube views; 1.5m total SoundCloud plays
RADIO: 4/25 AAA impact date; impacted Alt 5/2
PRESS: Featured by Infinite Legroom, SPIN, Buzzfeed, Interview, Indie Underground, more
BOOKING: Jeffrey Hasson/Paradigm
PUBLISHING: Nettwerk
MANAGEMENT: Steve Burksy, Brian Winton/Foundations Music