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HABTEMARIAM UPPED TO CHAIRMAN/CEO AT MOTOWN
A new chapter for Hitsville USA (3/2a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/2a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
PIE IN THE SKY
The stream is irrigating a money tree. (3/2a)
SOUNDCLOUD BANKS
ON FAN DEVOTION
A new approach to leveling the playing field (3/2a)
MICHAEL GUDINSKI,
1952-2021
Aussie music man left his mark everywhere. (3/2a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
THE B-SIDE
CJ (Warner)
2/4/21

WHAT IT IS: Staten Island native Chris Soriano, aka CJ, took the drill scene by storm when his viral single “Whoopty” hit N.Y. radio late last summer. With its breathless flows and ecstatic choirs, the TikTok-fueled smash quickly accumulated 320m+ global streams, earning the rising star coveted playlist slots on Spotify’s RapCaviar and Apple Music’s Today’s Hits while climbing the charts. Earning cosigns from the likes of French Montana and Cardi B, the track, already certified platinum in Canada, is the #1 song at YouTube U.K. and Top 10 at Spotify Global. With an explosive delivery, CJ is keeping his momentum going in 2021.
RELEASE DATE: 7/31/20
SINGLE: “Whoopty”
INTERNET: 18m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 320m+ global streams on “Whoopty,” 165m+ U.S. streams, 37m streams weekly; 140m+ YouTube views on single; reached #3 on Spotify Top 200 U.S., Top 10 Spotify Global; Top 10 Apple Music U.S. and Global
RADIO: Impacted Rhythm on 11/30/20; #8 at presstime; impacted Urban on 11/30/20; Top 15 on 89 stations at presstime; new adds include KQBT, KYMT, WKKV & WOWI
PRESS: HipHopDX (“CJ has been taking the Hip Hop world by storm”), New York Times (“‘Whoopty’ is insensitive fun, catchy and hair-raising”), Complex, Rolling Stone, Genius Verified, XXL, more
BOOKING: Mark Cheatham/CAA
PUBLISHING: Charalambos Antoniou Publishing, Christopher Daniel Soriano Publishing, Super Cassettes Industries Limited, Universal Music-MGB Songs
MANAGEMENT: James Cruz/Cruz Control