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HITS LIST’S TOP GUNS
OF AUGUST
Who's flying high right now? Take a look. (8/5a)
FLYING COACH
The Barnett clan will be on hand when Grandpa Dick Vermeil gets his Hall of Fame jacket. (8/5a)
MO OSTIN: THE 2017 INTERVIEW, PART ONE
Available online for the first time (8/3a)
RENAISSANCE WOMAN: BEYONCÉ
A captivating return (8/2a)
MO OSTIN,
1927-2022
The archetypal label head (8/2a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
THE B-SIDE
WizKid (RCA)
8/5/21

WHAT IT IS: Nigerian-born singer/songwriter WizKid, born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, moves easily between his native Afrobeat, R&B and classic hip-hop. After first gaining regional success with his 2011 hit, “Holla at Your Boy,” the crossover act has collaborated with Skepta, Chris Brown and Drake on his #1 track, “One Dance.” His latest track, “Essence” f/Tems, from his Made in Lagos album, is currently Top 20 and climbing at Urban radio and #2 on the U.S. Shazam chart at presstime.
ALBUM:
Made in Lagos
RELEASE DATE:
10/30/20
SINGLE:
“Essence” f/Tems
LIVE:
17-city North American Made in Lagos Tour; performing at London’s O2 Arena on 11/28; Lost in Riddim Festival, more
INTERNET: 108m+ global career streams, 46m+ U.S.; 6.1m+ monthly Spotifylisteners; “Essence” #67 on Hot 100, #2 on U.S. Top 200 Shazam, #13 on Apple Music U.S. charts, #20 on Apple Music Global charts; #76 on ODA chart at presstime; playlists: cover on Apple Music’s Today’s Hits, R&B Now (cover), #OnRepeat (cover); Spotify’s Are& Be, Pop Rising, Hot Rhythmic, Afrobashment, more
RADIO:
Top 20 at Urban, debuted #36 at Rhythm at presstime
PRESS: NPR, GQ, Rolling Stone, Forbes, WSJ, Vanity Fair, FADER, HYPEBEAST, Noisey, HighSnobiety, OkayAfrica, Vulture, Pitchfork, UPROXX, “Essence” on Barack Obama’s Favorite Music of 2020
BOOKING: UTA
MANAGEMENT: Starboy