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SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
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SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
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THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
THE B-SIDE
ASTN (Warner Records)
5/12/22

WHAT IT IS: In 2021, L.A.-based singer/songwriter/producer ASTN, neé Austin Sanders, went viral on TikTok for his R&B rendition of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever.” The clip garnered 4m+ views over night before hitting 56.6m+ views in two months, leading to the demand for—and release of—a full-length cover that’s generated nearly 60m Spotify streams and counting. Now, with the arrival of "Gradually" from his EP, You’re Almost There, ASTN has cemented himself as an emerging artist to watch.
ALBUM: You're Almost There
RELEASE DATE: 3/25
SINGLE: “Gradually”
LIVE: Upcoming headline show in NYC and a recent sold-out headliner in L.A. (March)
INTERNET: 26.1m+ likes on TikTok, 2.8m+ monthly Spotify listeners, 14.8m+ YouTube video views
RADIO: "Gradually" peaked at #43 on Rhythm radio
PRESS: Variety, OTW ("... leaving a palpable imprint with his emotionally expansive work), Sheesh Media ("... ASTN proves that he is not a trend; rather, he is an artist with the charisma, drive, and talent to build a career for himself outside of your for you page")
BOOKING: Chris Jordan, David Zedeck and Mike G/UTA
MANAGEMENT: Interlude Studios