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DUO TO RULE ISLAND
Two heads are better than one. (6/17a)
GUETTA GOES GLOBAL WITH WARNER MUSIC
Bugs is dancing in the street. (6/17a)
REVENUE CHART:
LIL BIG BUCKS
Pull up the Brinks truck. (6/17a)
TOP 20: POLO MATCH
Looks like we have a horse race. (6/17a)
MUSIC’S HOTTEST FIRMS: GREENBERG TRAURIG
Myriad lawyers, no waiting. (6/17a)
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
Joji (88Rising)
2/22/19

WHAT IT IS: This Japanese singer and producer with a cult following from every corner of the Internet released his first studio album, BALLADS 1, in the fall. He made history as the first-ever Asian-born artist to top the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts, debuting at #3 overall. The set has since surpassed 300m global audio streams. He defies convention. His songs are characterized by down-tempo, melancholic themes and soulful vocals, layered over lush but grimy textures, as he blends elements of trap, folk, electronic and R&B. 2018 was a landmark year for Joji, and he’s just getting started
 ALBUM: BALLADS 1
 RELEASE DATE: 10/26/18
 SINGLE: “YEAH RIGHT”
 LIVE: Ballads 1 Tour 1/29-2/23; each date on this tour leg sold out within an hour of its public on-sale
 INTERNET: 895k Spotify followers, 5.8m monthly listeners; 29m+ official video views on YouTube for single, 2.6m+ 88Rising YouTube
 subscribers; 242k Facebook likes, 688k Twitter followers, 2.5m Instagram followers; 490k SoundCloud
 PRESS: Forbes (“Intensely introspective, Joji’s new 12-track album evocatively grapples with the reality of life, love, and everything in between”), Pitchfork, more
 BOOKING: UTA
 MANAGEMENT: 88Rising