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NEAR TRUTHS:
DEVELOPING STORIES
The kids are almighty. (8/2a)
LEADING OFF:
RON’S BIG RUN
Not your father's Columbia (8/2a)
ON THE COVER
Happier days are here again. (8/2a)
AN AUGUST HITS LIST
Look at the guns on these giants. (8/2a)
GRAMMY CHEW: SEEING BIEBER
It's high time for Justice in the Academy. (8/2a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
THE B-SIDE
Ricky Montgomery (Warner)
4/15/21

WHAT IT IS: Ricky Montgomery’s music has been ahead of its time—literally. The singer/songwriter’s “Mr. Loverman” and “Line Without a Hook” suddenly found new life on TikTok four years after their original release. Seemingly out of the blue, people began finding solace in the rising star’s music just as he was ready to call it quits. Now, the L.A. native’s indie-pop style has become a balm during a heavy time, comforting listeners with warm melodies and relatable lyrics. Montgomery balances melancholy-tinged music with a touch of sweet humor and loads of humanity, solidifying him as an artist to keep your eyes on this year.
ALBUM: Montgomery Ricky
RELEASE DATE: 4/1/16
SINGLE: “Mr. Loverman” 
INTERNET: “Mr. Loverman” and “Line Without a Hook” streaming 4-5m weekly; simultaneously appearing in the Spotify Top 200 and on the Viral 50 Chart with over 50 entries worldwide; 340m+ global streams to date, 6m monthly Spotify listeners; approaching 1m TikTok creations for both tracks with 1.1m followers; nearly 50m YouTube video views
PRESS: Alternative Press, Earmilk, Flood Magazine, Rolling Stone, Twitch Live, Spin, more
BOOKING: Marty Diamond & Zac Bluestone/Paradigm
MANAGEMENT: Joe Ruzicka/Clean Slate