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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
BIG CHANGES AT RCA: EDGE UPS PITTS TO PREZ, FLECK TO COO; RICCITELLI TO EXIT
Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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