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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)
HITS LIST WINNERS
Here's who's lighting up the scoreboard before and after the Grammys. (2/3a)
GRAMMY-WEEK ALBUM: PICS TO CLICK
Including shots of several luminaries entrapped by a HITS nerd. (2/8a)
GRAMMY RATINGS SOAR
The emphasis on star power seems to have worked. (2/7a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JIM ROPPO
Building blocks of a singular career (2/8a)
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
Alaina Castillo (AWAL)
4/27/20

WHAT IT IS: Cultivating a diverse fanbase, 19-year-old Mexican-American Houston native Alaina Castillo has crafted a sound that is both youthful and wise. Working exclusively with producer RØMANS, the architect behind hits from Khalid, Ella Mai, Demi Lovato, on her debut EP, Castillo combines her Latin roots and love of R&B, pop and hip-hop with her fiery pop vocals, while seamlessly transitioning between English and Spanish, to create her captivating sound. Castillo’s new EP, the voicenotes, has been released in both languages, reflecting the bilingual nature of her music.
ALBUM: the voicenotes (EP)
RELEASE DATE: 4/24
SINGLE: “Pass You By”
LIVE: Performed at Mala Luna Festival in San Antonio
INTERNET: 19m+ global streams, 31m+ YouTube video views; 2.69 monthly Spotify listeners, landed cover of Spotify’s Viva Latino playlist, “No Importa” on 3 viral charts
PRESS: First Spotify Radar 2020 Artist, Amazon 2020 Artist to Watch, NME, Complex, Clash, Rolling Stone (“Castillo was developing a vastly different vocal style, characterized by a hyper-controlled but lightweight soprano tailor-made for lullabies”), OTW, Wonderland (“A YouTube prodigy turned bop churner”), more
BOOKING: Kirk Sommers & Michael Coughlin/WME
PUBLISHING: Kobalt
MANAGEMENT: Marc Fineman & Ryan Adelson/Fine Group Entertainment