HITS Daily Double
Diamond Cafe
Warner Music Canada’s Diamond Cafe has released his latest offering, Diamond Cuts. The seven-track EP arrives on the heels of the 23-year-old’s debut L.A. show at the Peppermint Club on 8/31. Performing to a packed house, attendees for the night included Anderson .Paak, Zack Fox, Freddie Gibbs, Denel Curry and El Debarge, who also jumped on stage for an impromptu performance of “Someone” and “I Like It.” Hailing from Victoria, BC, the rising songwriter-producer has already garnered praise from the likes of Omar Apolloand Pitchfork, as well as landed multiple syncs on shows like HBO’s Ballers and Netflix’s The Lake. In addition to writing and producing his own music, Diamond was recently credited and featured on Zack Fox’s EP, wood tip, alongside BNYX. He’s also previously worked with the likes of Gashi, Genevieve and The Cool Kids, and is currently cooking up new music with PNAU, Free Nationals, Oren Yoel and Reuben James, among others. Diamond is slated to release more new music later this year. In the meantime, stream his new EP here.
Edward Crowe makes juggling his vast responsibilities look effortless. As a music manager for former Shady Records artist and Slumerican founder Yelawolf, photographer, entrepreneur and noted mushroom connoisseur, the Tennessee native can go to sleep in one state and wake up in another on any given day. Crowe has grown accustom to a life of constant motion. After a short break in Nashville, he'll continue on the road with Yelawolf and ultimately link up with Jelly Roll in Denver on 9/3. Even with his heavy tour schedule, he's managed to get a cigar company off the ground, Murder by Edward Crowe, put together a photography book capturing Yelawolf's 5150 Tour and craft another book about his experiences with psychedelic mushrooms. Being a creative himself, Crowe finds that only compliments his executive duties. "For me it’s easy to balance personally being a creative as well as an executive," Crowe tells us. "They feed each other and don’t compete. My ability to let loose and express my own personal creativity keeps me cool. Being creative brings me back to that feeling of no worries in the world and losing track of time like we all experienced as a child. "I have a lot of things in motion. My cigar line—Murder by Edward Crowe—is dropping under Slumerican. I have a photography book called 51/50 Tour: Photography by Edward Crowe and another book about my personal experiences with psilocybin mushrooms written from the perspective of the mushroom titled Hello From Another Lifetime set to release August 2024." Crowe didn't set out to be a manager. In fact, he thought he was going to be a musician himself. But in 2008, he signed his first artist and realized it was something he could seriously pursue. After reconnecting with Yelawolf, who he'd met in high school, he decided he'd become "the illest manager/executive to ever do it." Over the years, he's learned plenty about what it takes to succeed as a manager. "To be a true leader, you have to form a strong reliable team, know how to delegate and remember to empower, encourage, and uplift your soldiers and the people you have in your corner who keep the ball bouncin' and fire anyone who doesn’t get it—immediately," he says, matter-of-factly. "This business is cut throat, so my way of finding balance is by being professionally bipolar. Also, management is all about the relationship with the artist. Whether you’ve known them 20 years like me and 'Wolf or you just met them, if you’re both on the same frequency you’ll thrive. But a mutual respect and matched hustle are important for the business to evolve." The 51/50 Tour book is being released in February 2024 via Joker Brand Publishing, owned by legendary photographer and director Estevan Oriol. As for the cigars, they'll be available 11/14. In the meantime, for all things Edward Crowe, head to his website. We'll be over here basking in our own mediocrity. (Photo credit: Tyre Grannemann)
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Over the weekend, music industry folks gathered for the latest installment of Under the Radar. Hosted Jessie Land, Elliott Bush and Warner’s Ben Farber, the intimate showcase took place in L.A. and featured performances by PIAO, GUS, Hayley Warner, Braden Bales and Natalie Jane. "The whole goal of this showcase was to bring our music community closer together, while also highlighting incredible artists in an intimate and comfortable setting, and it's been incredible to see that blossom into a reality. More to come." said UTR Co-Founder Farber. Previous UTR rounds have included sets from the likes of Jake Wesley Rogers, Lizzy McAlpine, Teddy Swims, JP Saxe and CIL, among others. Peep past performances here and stay up to date with all things UTR here. Seen below blissfully unaware that a HITS staffer was among the crowd are Farber, Land and Bush.
Rylo Rodriguez (Glass Window Ent./Motown/Capitol)
WHAT IT IS: Emerging from Mobile, Ala., up-and-coming rapper Rylo Rodriguez—born Ryan Adams—is known for his ingenuity in recontextualizing classic pop and R&B song into stories of his life. Last month the rising star dropped his second studio album, Been One, which includes features from Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, Est Gee, Fridayy and more. Rodriguez’s penchant for love-drunk ballads and seamless R&B flips is resonating with fans, as his album peaked at #3 on the Rap charts. Rodriguez is the inaugural signing to Dominque Jones aka Lil Baby’s label, Glass Window Entertainment, in conjunction with Motown/Capitol.ALBUM: Been OneRELEASE DATE: 6/30SINGLE: “Thang for You” f/NoCapLIVE: Currently opening for Lil Baby’s It’s Only Us TourINTERNET: Nearly 2m monthly Spotify listeners, 350k+ followers; 1b+ YouTube streams, 561k+ subs; “Been One” #1 Apple Music Hip-Hop; 1m+ Instagram followersRADIO: “Thang for You” f/NoCap” debuted at Urban with 50+ addsPRESS: Complex, HotNewHipHop, Audiomack (“Been One, packed with soulful reflection, outlandish punchlines”), moreBOOKING: Glass Window Ent.PUBLISHING: BMIMANAGEMENT: Lawanda Brooks/Glass Window Ent.
Laufey (AWAL)
WHAT IT IS: 24-year-old Icelandic-Chinese artist Laufey grew up playing cello and piano while getting hooked on Ella Fitzgerald. While studying at Berklee in 2020, she dropped debut single “Street by Street.” Her first full-length, Everything I Know About Love, debuted at #1 on the Alternative New Artist Album chart, while lead single “Valentine” hit #1 on Spotify’s Jazz chart as she became the platform’s most-streamed jazz artist of 2022. “From the Start” from her upcoming Bewitched has notched 60m+ streams and 650m+ TikTok views and is the most-streamed jazz song in the U.S.ALBUM: Bewitched RELEASE DATE: 9/8SINGLE: “From the Start”TV: Kimmel (January 2022)LIVE: Sold out 30k tickets in minutes for The Bewitched Tour (fall); the Kennedy Center w/National Symphony Orchestra (9/8), the Ford w/L.A. Philharmonic (9/16); wrapped sold-out headline tour in Australia and Asia, moreINTERNET: 500m+ career streams; 7m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 2m+ TikTok followers, 1m+ Instagram, 507k+ YouTube subs; 500k+ new fans per month; “From the Start” added to Today’s Top Hits; 1.5m+ daily streamsRADIO: Support from Music Choice, Coffee Shop Cuts, WFUV, Flood FM; sessions and interviews with WFUV’s Acoustic Café and KEXP; KCRW “Today’s Top Tune”PRESS: NPR Music, Genius, UPROXX, Ones to Watch, moreBOOKING: Zac Bluestone/WassermanPUBLISHING: Warner Chappell MANAGEMENT: Max Gredinger/Foundations Music
Davido (Columbia/RCA)
WHAT IT IS: Nigerian artist Davido’s latest offering, Timeless, brings together the sounds that have shaped his 11-year career. His first studio release since the platinum-selling award-winner’s critically acclaimed 2020 project, A Better Time, the new album homes in on his Afrobeats foundations on tracks like “FEEL,” “GODFATHER” and “PRECISION.” A Better Time broke several global records for an African artist, streaming over 133m in its first week, earning the most first-day streams ever for an African album on Apple Music and debuting at #2 the World Music chart. It also produced three top charting singles, including TikTok smash “UNAVAILABLE,” which debuted at #8 on the Afrobeats chart, followed by “OVER DEM” (#10) and “FEEL” (#11).ALBUM: TimelessRELEASE DATE: 3/31TV: Colbert; Mo Gilligan; BET AwardsLIVE: Recently rapped N.A. Timeless Tour; embarking on EU tour (9/13)INTERNET: 8.3m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 133m+ first-week streams on Timeless, broke several global records for an African artist on Apple Music; his highest-charting project, debuting at #2 on World Music chartRADIO: “UNAVAILABLE” impacting radio 8/24; 36 early adds, #41 at Urban at presstimePRESS: Rolling stone, Forbes (cover), UPROXX, BBC, Complex, Revolt, moreMANAGEMENT: LVRN, B.F.A. & THE PLUG
Wyatt Flores (Island)
WHAT IT IS: 22-year-old Oklahoma native Wyatt Flores is redefining the cultural landscape. Now firmly rooted in Nashville, the Mexican American artist crafts narratives with authenticity and individuality while drawing from country, rock, folk, pop and bluegrass. Flores tapped a vein with “Losing Sleep” and “Please Don’t Go,” which generated 50m+ streams across DSPs. Written for his family, his latest offering, “Holes,” vividly tells the story of the “cycle of poverty” prominent in family folklore. The artwork is inspired by a photo taken on the steps of his family’s mobile home. While conducting a headlining a tour across the U.S., Flores is recording his first full-length album.ALBUM: Losing SleepRELEASE DATE: November 2023SINGLE: “Holes”LIVE: Currently on his U.S. tour of 30+ dates, headlining sold-out shows in Oklahoma City, Ashville, N.C., and Huntsville, Tex., with festivals interspersedINTERNET: Nearly 2m monthly Spotify listeners; 8.6m+ combined YouTube video views; featured on Spotify editorial playlists including homegrown, Indigo, Country Rocks, Roots Rising, Next From Nashville, Fresh Folk, moreBOOKING: Jacob Lapidus & Meredith Jones Long/CAAPUBLISHING: OEGMANAGEMENT: OEG
Fridayy (Def Jam)
WHAT IT IS: Bursting onto the scene last year, R&B sensation Fridayy cemented his status as a sought-after hook maestro, contributing to DJ Khaled’s Grammy-nominated hit “GOD DID” and Lil Baby’s “Forever,” landing him on SNL prior to releasing his debut EP, Lost in Melody. He honed his musicianship in church choirs and a basement studio in Philly, adding a layer of authenticity to his artistry. Fridayy’s baritone soars over his meticulously self-produced beats, blending influences from hip-hop, R&B, gospel, Afrobeats and beyond, on his self-titled debut album, featuring standout tracks “When it Comes to You” and “Don’t Give It Away” f/Chris Brown. Album: FridayyRelease Date: 8/25Internet: 54.9m+ global streams; 4.2 m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 3.4m+ streams RTD on “When it Comes to You,” 16.9m+ on “Don’t Give It Away” f/Chris Brown; Top 20 hits as an artist and producer for “GOD DID” and “Forever”SINGLE: “When It Comes to You”LIVE: Performed at Rolling Loud Miami and Roots PicnicPRESS: XXL 2023 Freshman class, EBONY (“Six artists to know before 2023”), UPROXX, Essence, Revolt, Grammy.com, On the Radar, Wonderland, Our Generation, morePUBLISHING: Lost in Melody LLC/Def JamMANAGEMENT: Edgar Cutino & Chris Washington
Maria Becerra (Warner Music Latina)
WHAT IT IS: Argentine powerhouse Maria Becerra continues to elevate. The pop star was recently named the second-most-streamed Latin female artist on Spotify, gaining 26m monthly listeners, while her official YouTube channel boasts 2.7b+ views. Becerra’s 2021 debut album, ANIMAL has garnered 568m streams on Spotify, with its accompanying music videos amassing 100m+ views each. She hasn’t slowed her pace in 2023, landing two tracks on Spotify’s global chart with super-collab “Los del Espacio” and her latest single, “Corazón Vacío.” Both cuts have spent 50+ days in the global Top 200 on Spotify and hit #1 on Argentina’s daily chart. Becerra’s contribution to the FAST X soundtrack, "TE CURA," is approaching 100m streams.ALBUM: TBARELEASE DATE: TBA 2024SINGLE: “Corazón Vacío”TV: Mujeres Latinas En La Música (Telemundo/Peacock)LIVE: More concert plans TBAINTERNET: 26m+ monthly Spotify listeners, #2 most-streamed Latin female artist; 2.7b+ YouTube video views; 4.5m+ subs; 12.8m+ Instagram followers; 10.4m+ TikTok followersPRESS: Refinery 29, Variety, Rolling Stone, moreBOOKING: Jose Levy/LatinfluencePUBLISHING: Warner ChappellMANAGEMENT: Jose Levy/Latinfluence & Natanael Real/NOEND Projects
Tyla Yaweh (London Ent./Epic)
WHAT IT IS: Tyla Yaweh made waves with his platinum-certified anthem “High Right Now,” a standout from his debut project, 2019’s Heart Full of Rage. He then shared stages globally with Post Malone, who was featured on his second platinum hit, “Tommy Lee.” Based on his R.A.G.E. credo—release all good energy—Yaweh’s sophomore album, Heart Full of Rage 2, merges sunlit pop with heartfelt emo, bold rap and entrancing R&B, capturing the essence of his distinct sonic signature.ALBUM: Heart Full of Rage 2RELEASE DATE: 8/4SINGLE: “SUMMER VIBES”TV: Made his national television debut performing “Tommy Lee” with Post Malone at the 2020 Billboard Music AwardsLIVE: Performed to sold-out arenas on tour supporting Post Malone worldwide; played at Rolling Loud, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, ACL, moreINTERNET: 1b+ global audio streams; 278m+ combined YouTube views; 3.3m+ monthly Spotify listeners; “Tommy Lee” generated 320m+ global streams (158m U.S.)RADIO: “SUMMER VIBES” impacted 7/17 at Rhythm, currently #35; impacts Pop 9/4; “Tommy Lee” reached #24 at RhythmPRESS: Rolling Stone, FADER, Complex, NME, Wall Street Journal, High Times, Vice, Paper, Hypebeast, Wonderland, UPROXX, LA Weekly, Inked, moreBOOKING: Cheryl Paglierani/UTAPUBLISHING: Yaweh Publishing LLC (ASCAP)MANAGEMENT: Tes Siyoum/Last Wave Ent.
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