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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
Kaleo (Elektra)
5/10/16

WHAT IT IS: Firmly a phenomenon in their home country of Iceland, Kaleo is bringing their gorgeous blend of folk, blues, country and rock to a wider audience this year in America. Rolling Stone named the band one of their 10 Artists You Need to Know in February. Their music has been featured in EA’s FIFA 2016 and TV shows Blindspot, Suits and Empire, as well as on the soundtrack of VinylHBO’s new drama series from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter.
ALBUM: A/B
RELEASE DATE: 6/10
SINGLE: “Way Down We Go”
TV: Late night TV debut on Conan 3/10
LIVE: The band’s first U.S. headlining Way Down We Go Tour sold out 11 of 12 stops across the country; 2016 festivals include Shakey Knees, Hangout Fest, Bottlerock Napa, Sasquatch, Pemberton and Firefly; string of sold-out headlining shows throughout summer in Dallas, Houston, Portland, Denver and Los Angeles
INTERNET: 2.3m monthly Spotify listeners, up 880% from same time last year; Twitter mentions up 3,000% in the last year; 10.3m+ YouTube views; Facebook followers up 206% since this time last year; 700k+ Shazams for single; Top 10 on Shazam in Ireland, U.K. & more countries
RADIO: #12 at Modern Rock & climbing; also impacting at Active Rock; “No Good” #21 at Active Rock & climbing
PRESS: Rolling Stone (“The band’s dark, spooky ballad ‘Way Down We Go’ is the perfect showcase of Julius Son’s otherworldly vocals”), EW, NPR, Nylon, FADER, Noisey
BOOKING: Seth Seigle, Ron Opaleski, Brian Edelman/WME
PUBLISHING: Jake Ottmann/Warner Chappell
MANAGEMENT: Bruce Kalmick/Triple 8 Management