HITS Daily Double
WHAT IT IS: Hailing from Oakland, California, Frankie burst onto the scene last year with her EP, Dreamstate, which was released via RCA and features “Problems Problems,” as well as her second single, “New Obsession”—for which she also released a music video. Billboard included “New Obsession” in their list of “20 Pop Songs You Need for Your Summer Playlist,” calling it a “slick, wildly engaging highlight.” The track was also included in Taylor Swift’s New Songs That Will Make Your Life More Awesome playlist. Frankie released her latest single, “Blink,” along with the music video in October. She’s expected to release her first full-length album later this year. SINGLE: “Problems Problems” f/Marc E. Bassy LIVE: Toured previously with Troye Sivan; recently opened for all dates on Daya’s 2017 U.S. Tour Radio: 5/8 impact date Press Breaks: Nylon (“15 new singer-songwriters that will steal your heart”), Idolator (“head-bopping track” with a “catchy hook”) BOOKING: CAA PUBLISHING: Frankie Miller: Frankie The Girl; Petros Anastos-Prastacos [P]: parqwowjams; Joey Orton: Joseph Orton Publishing Designee; Ben Rose: Benjamin Rose Publishing Designee MANAGEMENT: Kevin Beisler/ The Creed Co.
Lil Yachty (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
WHAT IT IS: Teenage Emotions merges Lil Yachty’s signature gleeful sing-rap and auto-tuned transmissions with hip-hop bombast, pop and ’80s cultural touchstones. A multimedia celeb, he’s appeared in commercials with LeBron James and Carly Rae Jepsen and has modeled for Nautica and Urban Outfitters. Known for a playful style, he’s sampled sounds from Mario Bros., Charlie Brown and the Rugrats theme. Thematically, he’s managed to wax poetic on everything from cotton candy to scenes from Pixar films. But on his upcoming album Teenage Emotions, Lil Yachty is proving that he’s no joke. ALBUM: Teenage Emotions RELEASE DATE: 5/26 SINGLE: “Peek a Boo” & “Bring It Back” TV: Jimmy Kimmel LIVE: The Teenage Tour summer 2017 INTERNET: “Peek a Boo” 7m Spotify streams; 2m+ Instagram followers RADIO: “Peek a Boo” 5/8 Rhythm & Urban PRESS: New York Times, XXL (2016 Freshman cover), Forbes (“30 Under 30”), Fader, Esquire (“The Future of Hip-Hop”), New York Magazine, W Magazine, Pigeons & Planes, Pitchfork, Complex, Noisey, Interview, Rolling Stone (“The Stylistic Vanguard of Modern Rap”), more MANAGEMENT: Quality Control
Ayo & Teo (Columbia)
WHAT IT IS: Michigan-reared but currently residing in Atlanta, this teen sibling hip-hop duo–Ayo is 19 and Teo is 17—gained a massive online following for their dope dance skills. Together, they’ve been hoofing it since elementary school, using social media to create dance challenges, uploading YouTube videos from their basement and living room. They’ve parlayed their viral fame into dance appearances with Usher and Chris Brown, including the latter’s “Party” video. They’ve teamed up with multi-platinum producers Jazze Pha and Polow da Don to usher their music career, still in the embryonic stage—they’ve thus far released three songs commercially. SINGLE: “Rolex” TV: Appearing on an upcoming episode of MTV’s Wild ’N Out; BET Awards 2016 w/Usher LIVE: Upcoming tour dates and radio show appearances to be announced soon INTERNET: #rolexchallenge was #1 trending; song will be featured on homepage of musical.ly, several of the top videos have 1m likes; more than 230k videos have been posted to the app using the song throughout the four-day campaign and several of the top videos have 900k–1m likes each; 58m YouTube views; 46.2m Spotify plays RADIO: Going for Urban adds 4/3-4; 30 Urban adds, 20 Rhythm adds. PUBLISHING: Sony/ATV MANAGEMENT: Mogul Management LLC Group
Playboi Carti (AWGE/Interscope)
WHAT IT IS: Playboi Carti’s entire world changed in March 2015. Fresh out of high school, the rising Atlanta rapper traveled to SXSW and started performing the songs he’d been emailing to his friends. Already known for his trendsetting fashion taste and sizeable Instagram following, the 21-year-old creative landed a coveted spot opening for Wiz Khalifa and met A$AP Rocky, who invited him to a mansion party the A$AP Mob was having during SXSW. Soon thereafter, the newcomer signed with Rocky, who subsequently brokered a deal for him at Interscope. Today, he stands among a new breed of rappers representing what’s happening in music now and next. ALBUM: Playboi Carti RELEASE DATE: 4/14 SINGLE: “Magnolia” LIVE: Opened for Gucci Mane’s TrapGod Tour this April; popped up as a surprise guest performer with Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane at Coachella; headlining at CenterStage in Atlanta on 5/4; set to perform at Rolling Loud Festival in Miami on 5/5; summer touring in the works INTERNET: Featured in top-streaming playlists including Spotify’s Rap Caviar, Get Turnt and Most Necessary, also in Apple Music’s A-List: Hip-Hop and It’s Lit RADIO: TBD PRESS: Vogue, W, Pitchfork (“‘Magnolia’ is a classically carefree rap anthem”), Fader, Vulture BOOKING: Erin Larsen/Paradigm MANAGEMENT: Pat Afeku
Luke Combs (River House Artists/Columbia Nashville)
WHAT IT IS: With gritty, grizzled vocals, brazen songwriting talent and one hell of a live show, this 27-year-old Asheville, NC, native stormed onto the country-music landscape as a force to be reckoned with. Named a “2017 Artist to Watch” by Amazon Music, Bobby Bones, CMT, Huffington Post, Nashville Lifestyles, Pandora and Rolling Stone, he is set to release his debut album, This One’s for You, on 6/2. His debut smash radio single, “Hurricane,” has amassed a staggering 75m streams and is quickly becoming a staple anthem for country fans. ALBUM: This One’s For You RELEASE DATE: 6/2 SINGLE: “Hurricane” LIVE: Completed more than 200 shows in 2016; on Brantley Gilbert’s Devil Don’t Sleep Tour through September; recently performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Tortuga and Stagecoach; set to perform at Bonnaroo, CMA Fest and Windy City Smokeout this summer INTERNET: 109m+ streams; 21.6m+ video views RADIO: Storming up the charts, on the path to #1 at Country radio; 375m+ audience impressions PRESS: Rolling Stone; CMT, HuffPost, Nashville Lifestyles, more BOOKING: Aaron Tannenbaum, John Huie, Scott Clayton, Sam Forbert/CAA PUBLISHING: Big Machine Music/ 50 Egg Music/Straight Dimes MANAGEMENT: Kappy/Make Wake Mgmt.
Judah & The Lion (Cletus The Van/Caroline)
WHAT IT IS: Nashville’s most genre-bending band is poised for a breakthrough in 2017. “Take It All Back,” which spent three weeks at #1 at Alt and is currently Top 25 and growing at Adult Pop, has been streamed 20m+ times and repeatedly held spots in the Top 30 on U.S. Shazam charts. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know in 2017” and graced the cover of Pollstar in April. ALBUM: Folk Hop N’ Roll Deluxe Edition RELEASE DATE: 3/10 SINGLE: “Take It All Back” TV: Corden, Conan and upcoming Good Morning America LIVE: Opened for twenty one pilots, direct support for Kaleo; sold-out spring North American headline tour; KROQ Weenie RoastBottlerock, Governors Ball, Firefly, Forecastle; Support on Summer Incubus/Jimmy Eat World stadium tour; iHeartRadio Show in Vegas this September INTERNET: 27m+ album streams; Spotify averaging over 1.2m+ monthly listeners; in past year daily streams have grown +1,115% and daily listeners 1,475%; in past year Instagram followers are +969%, YouTube subs +928% Twitter +266%, Facebook +151% RADIO: impacted Hot AC 2/6; “Suit And Jacket” Impacted Alt 3/6 PRESS: Corden, Conan, GMA, Rolling Stone, HuffPost, Pollstar, CMT, NPR, USA Today, COS, Paste, Slant, Teen Vogue, more BOOKING: Jeff Krones/CAA PUBLISHING: Warner/Chappell MANAGEMENT: Ben Hutto & Paul Steele/Good Time Inc.
Luis Fonsi (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
WHAT IT IS: The Puerto Rican actor and singer/songwriter might be the antithesis of an overnight success—he began his recording career in 1998, and has long been a Latin music star, but he is only now garnering attention in the U.S. “Despacito” is the highest charting Spanish-language record in history, with over 320m Spotify streams, and is #1 on the Global Viral 50 chart. Justin Bieber’s remix of “Despacito” has created immense buzz as well, jumping to #1 on the iTunes singles chart, reaching #1 on the Global Top 50 chart and #3 on the U.S. Top 50 chart. ALBUM: TBD SINGLE: “Despacito” Justin Bieber remix LIVE: Touring Spain in July and August  INTERNET: Top 3 on global Spotify chart; remix #1 most-streamed spanish song on Spotify; remix #2 Shazam; video 1b views and counting; YouTube’s #1 music debut of 2017 with 76m views in first week; 87m remix video (audio) views; 13m Facebook; 8m Twitter; 3m Instagram; 4m YouTube subscribers RADIO: Top 40: #37; 6m aud (+5.2), #19 Greatest Gainer; Rhythmic, #40, 673k aud (+652k), #18 Greatest Gainer PRESS: Rolling Stone, Fader, MTV News PUBLISHING: Sony/ATV MANAGEMENT: UMLE/TM Ent.
WHAT IT IS: MISSIO was founded in 2014 as a new sonic outlet for Matthew Brue and David Butler. The Austin-based duo’s widescreen amalgam of inventive production technique, lyrical wit and endlessly insistent pop hooks instantly proved a sensation with breakout single “Middle Fingers,” “Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea” and “KDV”—featured on Spotify’s New Noise, Digging Now, Rock This and Totally Alternative playlists. At the beginning of 2017, “Middle Fingers” exploded on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation and became #1 Most Added at Mediabase Alternative in week two at terrestrial radio. ALBUM: Loner RELEASE DATE: 5/19 SINGLE: “Middle Fingers” LIVE: Recently wrapped up as one of three acts on SiriusXM’s Advanced Placement Tour; set to play their first run in Europe in June; opening for Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars this summer; headlining tour with Irontom as support also on deck; festivals to note include Live 105’s BFD, X-Fest, Firefly, Lollapalooza, Ohana Festival INTERNET: 516k monthly Spotify listeners, 2m+ streams; official video is #15 on Vevo’s Top 20 New Artist Videos in the U.S.; on cover of Spotify’s Digging Now playlist RADIO: 1/6 impact date; reached #9 at Alt radio and Top 15 at Active Rock PRESS: YouTube Artist on the Rise BOOKING: Ron Opaleski, Robbie Brown/WME PUBLISHING: Greg Sowders/Warner/Chappell MANAGEMENT: Bruce Kalmick/Triple 8 Mgmt.
Arkells (Last Gang/eOne)
WHAT IT IS: The most-played band at Alt radio in their native Canada, the gold-selling, 4X Juno-winning Arkells are making major strides in the U.S. with the release of their latest album, Morning Report. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes), Tony Hoffer (Beck), Brian West (AWOLNATION) and Gus van Go (The Stills), Morning Report is a sonically diverse step forward “that shows the band pushing the barrier of mainstream music (Paste).” Arkells spent most of the past year touring, playing some of the biggest festivals in the U.S., including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Firefly and Bonnaroo, building their audience and solidifying their reputation as a passionate, high-energy, live-rock authority. SINGLE: “Knocking at the Door” ALBUM: Morning Report: Deluxe Edition RELEASE DATE: 5/26 TV: “Knocking at the Door” featured in Budweiser/Toronto Blue Jays commercial; recent live performance on the 2017 Junos was the highest-rated point of the broadcast LIVE: Coachella, summer festivals include Shaky Knees, Bunbury, Sasquatch!, Osheaga and MoPOP; recently completed 20-city North American tour with Frank Turner in early 2017 INTERNET: Over 20m Spotify RADIO: Adds this cycle include WRLT, WZNE, WEQX, Music Choice; voted most favorite band at WRFF Summer Block Party PRESS: MTV Live concert special; Fader, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Time, Pigeons & Planes, AudioTree, Paste, MLB.com, Baeble BOOKING: Jack Ross & Rob Zifarelli/UTA PUBLISHING: Words & Music/Big Deal MANAGEMENT: Chris Taylor/Last Gang Mgmt.
Sundara Karma (Bee & El/RAL)
WHAT IT IS: This British alt-rock band is taking the States by storm. Their first official single, “She Said,” impacted at Alternative radio in late February and was the #1 Most Added song in its first add week. Last year, they made their debut opening the main stage at the U.K.’s biggest music festival, Reading & Leeds, and co-headlined a run of U.S. dates on the first-ever BBC Music Presents U.S. Tour, which was followed by a sold-out tour with Two Door Cinema Club. Following an intense run with key showcases at SXSW, they swiftly hopped on tour again as part of SiriusXM Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour. ALBUM: Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect RELEASE DATE: 1/6 (streaming only); physical release in spring SINGLE: “She Said” LIVE: Multiple SXSW showcases followed by SiriusXM Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour; True Music Fest in Madrid 6/9-10 INTERNET: 20m+ Spotify streams, 1m+ monthly listeners, included in Rock This and Digging Now playlist; 645k+ official video views, 54k+ Facebook, 37k+ Instagram, 27k+ Twitter RADIO: Climbing Alternative radio chart (#29) with new ads every single week PRESS: Fader, Paste, Forbes, New York Times, Spin, Stereogum, Harper’s Bazaar, Brooklyn Vegan, Marie Claire, Guardian, NME, 
Earmilk, Huffington Post, PopDust, Under The Radar, DIY, more BOOKING: Mike Greisch/Paradigm PUBLISHING: Sony/ATV MANAGEMENT: Simon Bobbett/SB Mgmt.
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