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OUR POST-GRAMMY CHEW TAKES LESS THAN FOUR HOURS TO READ
We'll let you get back to your day ASAP. (2/7a)
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The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
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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
Sam Fischer (Sony U.K./RCA)
2/4/20

WHAT IT IS: Chances are you’ve stumbled across TikTok videos with the sound of Sam Fischer’s “This City,” but that’s far from what the Australian singer/songwriter expected. As Fischer was losing faith that his single would gain traction, the platform catapulted the track, which now has over 40m streams at Spotify and 20m on Apple. With its delicate plucked-guitar melody and Fischer’s intoxicatingly raw vocals—which bear an uncanny resemblance to Sam Smith’s—it’s no surprise “This City” has become a viral sensation. The now-L.A.-based artist’s self-released debut EP, Not a Hobby, produced by Morgan Taylor Reid, was re-released via Sony U.K. late last year. He’s also written for such artists as Ciara, Clean Bandit, and Jennifer Hudson.
ALBUM: Not a Hobby (EP)
RELEASE DATE: 12/13/19
SINGLE: “This City”
LIVE: Recently opened for Lewis Capaldi on his North American tour
INTERNET: “This City” surpassed 60m global streams, 1m+ activity on TikTok, 2m+ monthly Spotify listeners
RADIO: Impacting Hot AC on 3/2 and Impacting Pop on 3/9; early support from The Pulse, WKXJ/Chattanooga and Zach Sang
PRESS: Ones to Watch (“His single ‘The City’ ready to cross over to become an Aussie radio hit”), The Music Site, B-Sides & Badlands
BOOKING: Janet Kim/CAA
PUBLISHING: Sony/ATV Sonata (SESAC); Extraordinary Alien, Pie Cost/WC Music, Ransom Quarter Note Music/WC Music, Round Hill Songs (ASCAP)
MANAGEMENT: Brad Beausir