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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
Playboi Carti (AWGE/Interscope)
5/10/17

WHAT IT IS: Playboi Carti’s entire world changed in March 2015. Fresh out of high school, the rising Atlanta rapper traveled to SXSW and started performing the songs he’d been emailing to his friends. Already known for his trendsetting fashion taste and sizeable Instagram following, the 21-year-old creative landed a coveted spot opening for Wiz Khalifa and met A$AP Rocky, who invited him to a mansion party the A$AP Mob was having during SXSW. Soon thereafter, the newcomer signed with Rocky, who subsequently brokered a deal for him at Interscope. Today, he stands among a new breed of rappers representing what’s happening in music now and next.
ALBUM: Playboi Carti
RELEASE DATE: 4/14
SINGLE: “Magnolia”
LIVE: Opened for Gucci Mane’s TrapGod Tour this April; popped up as a surprise guest performer with Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane at Coachella; headlining at CenterStage in Atlanta on 5/4; set to perform at Rolling Loud Festival in Miami on 5/5; summer touring in the works
INTERNET: Featured in top-streaming playlists including Spotify’s Rap Caviar, Get Turnt and Most Necessary, also in Apple Music’s A-List: Hip-Hop and It’s Lit
RADIO: TBD
PRESS: Vogue, W, Pitchfork (“‘Magnolia’ is a classically carefree rap anthem”), Fader, Vulture
BOOKING: Erin Larsen/Paradigm
MANAGEMENT: Pat Afeku