HITS Daily Double
Leah Kate (10K Projects)
WHAT IT IS: N.Y. native Leah Kate has staked her claim as a rising star in the pop realm. The singer/songwriter, who’s been making music since she was 12, embodies a go-getter attitude while showcasing her own style of ’90s-pop-meets-the-2020s. Since the release of her TikTok-assisted viral hit, “Fuck Up the Friendship,” which notched 50m+ streams, Kate’s taken the Internet by storm. Her latest viral hit, “10 Things I Hate About You,” is once again exploding on TikTok, which has already generated 170k+ video creations. With her retro-drenched sound and addictive lyrical wit, this pop chameleon pulls in the listener track after track.SINGLE: “10 Things I Hate About You”RELEASE DATE: 3/22LIVE: Direct support for Madison Beer on her current Life Support Tour (EU)INTERNET: 4m+ streams on “10 Things I Hate About You” in first two weeks; 4.4m+ monthly Spotify listeners (+40% since last month); jumped from 277k Spotify daily streams to 377k streams in one day to 750k+ daily streams at presstime; 170k+ TikTok creations, support from creators like Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, moreRADIO: Impacting Top 40PRESS: Rolling Stone, CLASH, OTW, Ladygunn, Wonderland, moreMANAGEMENT: Jenn Tolman Hurst/MDDN
JNR Choi (Epic/Black Butter)
WHAT IT IS: Before JNR Choi turned his hybrids of hip-hop, R&B and pop into hits, he walked the runway for name designers like Givenchy, Philipp Plein and AMIRI. Creating a genre he calls “Afro-drill,” the U.K.-based artist crossed over to the U.S. with “TO THE MOON,” which topped Spotify’s Viral charts and has since landed on coveted playlists like Today’s Top Hits while peaking at #3 on TikTok’s U.S. Top Tracks chart. With his major-label debut album still ahead, JNR recently tapped Gunna for a remix of “TO THE MOON.”SINGLE: “TO THE MOON”INTERNET: 7.4b+ global video views; 128m+ Spotify streams, 9.2m+ monthly listeners, peaked #1 on the Viral Hits chart, #3 TikTok U.S. Top Tracks and #1 Instagram charts; #52 on Spotify’s Global Top Chart; certified gold in Australia, Canada and France; added to Spotify’s A-List Pop, Pop Rising, Viral 50 USA, Hot Hits, Future Hits (France), moreRADIO: Impacted on 2/15, peaked #1 at Urban and Rhythm; #28 at Top 40 at presstime; #3 airplay in FrancePRESS: YouTube Artist on the Rise; Complex, HotNewHipHop, HipHopDX, moreMANAGEMENT: Louis Savage
Muni Long (Supergiant/Def Jam)
WHAT IT IS: Before her stirring and soulful signature style caught fire around the world with the platinum-certified “Hrs and Hrs,” Muni Long, aka Priscilla Renea, spent a decade writing multiplatinum hits for the likes of Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Selena Gomez, among others. Prior to inking with Def Jam earlier this year for her solo project, Long released the highly anticipated Public Displays of Affection, which immediately became a Top 10 Apple Music R&B Album and put the longtime hit writer on the map as an artist to watch in 2022.ALBUM: Public Displays of AffectionRELEASE DATE: 11/19/21SINGLE: “Hrs and Hrs” and “Another”TV: FallonINTERNET: 3.8m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 150m+ global streams on “Hrs and Hrs”; nearly 2m TikTok video creations made with sound; selected for iHeartRadio’s On The Verge program; BET Amplified Artist of the Month (April); YouTube’s Artist on the Rise; Spotify Frequency Artist; Snapchat Artist to Watch; AmazonBreakthrough Artist of the Month.RADIO: “Hrs and Hrs” peaked #1 at Urban and Rhythm radio; “Another” impacting RhythmPRESS: Vogue, Elle, Rolling Stone, New York, Vibe, Complex, Genius, Variety, moreBOOKING: CAAPUBLISHING: Warner ChappellMANAGEMENT: Chris Anokute & Rashad Tyler/Supergiant
Austin George (SELENE/S10)
WHAT IT IS: Hailing from Dallas, 21-year-old singer/rapper/songwriter Austin George kicked off his music career in 10th grade when he got his hands on an FLStudio interface and started selling beats. Not long after graduating, he managed to get his demos in front of Ryan Tedder, soon thereafter dropping out of Texas Tech and moving to L.A. to pursue music full-time. After dropping his first two tracks, “bluebonnets” and “Hands on You,” George returned with his latest offering, “Freak Like That,” which racked up nearly 1m views in a week, contributing to his 30m+ global cross-platform streams in six months. You’ll be hearing more from this up-and-comer in 2022.SINGLE: “Freak Like That”RELEASE DATE: 4/15INTERNET: Nearly 1m+ TikTok followers, amassed 34.5m+ combined TikTok likes; “Freak Like That” featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Varsity Bars, singled out, young, wild, and free, more; nearly 1m+ global streams on single within a weekRADIO: Top 40 airplay on “Hands on You”; spins on over 50 iHeartMedia stations, including KIIS; interview with Nashville’s 106.7; morePRESS: Sheesh Media (5 Artists Pinned for a Massive 2022), Fashionably Early, Banger of the Day, morePUBLISHING: Avex USA/S10 MANAGEMENT: Corey Goldglit & Nevin Sanitsky/Guest MGMT
KA$HDAMI (Republic)
WHAT IT IS: Rising out of the D.C. area, KA$HDAMI has been making waves since he started releasing music on SoundCloud. Following his debut mixtape, epiphany, and breakout hits like “Reparations!” and “Look N the Mirror!”—the latter of which debuted Top 20 on the Spotify Viral chart, Top 25 on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 chart and was named Pitchfork’s “Must Hear Rap Song of the Day”—the Vegas-born rapper dropped his sophomore album, HYPERNOVA., last year. He’s now gearing up for his new mixtape, WORLD DAMINATION. His latest single, “Phoenix,” arrived on 4/29, having amassed 1m+ TikTok views ahead of its release.ALBUM: WORLD DAMINATION RELEASE DATE: Summer 2022SINGLE: “Phoenix”LIVE: Strong Music Festival (April 2022), Rolling Loud Miami (July 2022), Rolling Loud L.A. (2022)INTERNET: 1.5m+ monthly Spotify listeners; epiphany secured Top 10 U.S. album debut on Spotify; “Look N The Mirror!” debuted Top 20 on Spotify Viral chart. 220m+ global career streams; 40m+ combined video viewsPRESS: Complex (“Best New Artists”), Pitchfork, XXL, HotNewHipHop, NME, Lyrical Lemonade, HipHopDX, HipHopSince1987BOOKING: Ryan Thomson/CAAMANAGEMENT: Based Nas
Benson Boone (Night Street/Warner Records)
WHAT IT IS: Since making his major-label debut last year with “GHOST TOWN,” Benson Boone has amassed 250m+ global streams and delivered striking live renditions on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show and Late Night With Seth Meyers. Boone’s latest offering, “In the Stars,” showcases his unflinchingly honest lyrics, soaring vocals and emotive delivery. Arriving alongside a music video, the track further cements his status as an artist to watch.SINGLE: “In the Stars”LIVE: Ellen, Kelly Clarkson, Seth MeyersINTERNET: 250m+ global streams; 4.7m+ monthly Spotify listeners; “GHOST TOWN” charted in Australia, Canada, Denmark, the U.K., Sweden and Norway (#1); added to Spotify’s New Music Friday, Today’s Top Hits, Pop Rising and Apple Music’s Today’s Hits on release; 56k+ TikTok video creations on “In the Stars” ahead of release with 76m+ total views; 29m+ combined YouTube video viewsRADIO: “GHOST TOWN” peaked Top 25 at Top 40 Top 20 at Hot ACPRESS: Consequence of Sound (“an exciting new voice”), ABC Audio, Boys by Girls, J-14, Pop Culturalist, MOOD, Sweety High, moreBOOKING: Corrie Martin & Kathryn Callahan/WassermanMANAGEMENT: Jeff Burns/Reynolds Management
Kay Flock (Capitol)
WHAT IT IS: Known for his signature gruff vocals, lyrical chops and unmatched flow, 19-year-old Bronx native Kay Flock creates music that’s equal parts raw and free-spirited. The drill innovator’s 2021 debut project, The D.O.A. Tape, featured standout tracks including the G Herbo-assisted “Being Honest” and “Is Ya Ready,” the latter named one of The N.Y. Times’ “Best Songs of 2021.” Boasting over 250m streams across his catalog, Flock has earned co-signs from the likes of Cardi B, Lil Tjay, Meek Mill and Fivio Foreign. Most recently, he dropped his Boogie Down Bronx anthem, “Shake It,” a collaboration with Cardi B, Dougie B and Bory300, which has garnered 11m+ video views at presstime.ALBUM: The D.O.A. Tape RELEASE DATE: 11/5/2021SINGLE: “Shake It” w/Cardi B, Dougie B, Bory300LIVE: Previously performed Rolling Loud NY 2021; Meek Mill’s concert at MSG, moreINTERNET: 250m+ global streams; 3m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 134m+ combined YouTube video views, 418k+ subscribers; 310k+ Instagram followers; 173k+ TikTok followers, 750k+ likesRADIO: Impacting UrbanPRESS: N.Y. Times, Rolling Stone, Vulture, Pitchfork, Stereogum, ESSENCE, Paper, FADER, XXL, Complex, moreBOOKING: Jordan Stone/APAMANAGEMENT: JD Banks/Banks Management & Stacks
Lauren Spencer-Smith (Island/Republic)
WHAT IT IS: After sharing a clip of “Fingers Crossed” on TikTok, rising singer/songwriter Spencer-Smith quickly went viral, garnering 25m+ views on the platform and creating quite a buzz. With over 250m streams across DSPs on her debut breakout single, the Vancouver-based artist landed on various Spotify charts and peaked #1 on the U.S. and U.K. iTunes chart before reaching Top 10 at Pop radio and Top 15 at Hot AC. Her follow-up track, “Flowers,” debuted Top 10 on Apple Music, Top 15 on Spotify and #1 on iTunes. SINGLE: “Flowers”TV: Debut TV performance at the Juno Awards (5/15)LIVE: Currently on tour; sold out L.A.’s Troubadour (6/7), N.Y.’s Webster Hall (6/28), Toronto’s Velvet Underground (6/30)INTERNET: 12.3m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 3.3m+ TikTok followers, Instagram (448k), Facebook (509k+), Twitter (5.7k); 60m+ combined YouTube video views, 350k+ subscribersRADIO: “Flowers” impacting Top 40 and Hot AC; “Fingers Crossed” approaching Top 10 at Hot AC, Top 20 at PopPRESS: People, Stereogum, Zach Sang Show, ABC, Teen Vogue, Genius, OTW, moreBOOKING: Matt Galle/CAAMANAGEMENT: David Ehrlich
Kylie Morgan (EMI Nashville)
WHAT IT IS: At the age of 12, Kylie Morgan began writing songs in her hometown of Newcastle, Okla., and independently released music throughout her early teens before being named one of the CMA’s “Who New to Watch” artists at 16. Her forthcoming EP follows 2021’s Love, Kylie, which was co-produced by country hitmaker Shane McAnally. Morgan, who boasts a powerful voice, a sharp songwriting pen and a vivacious personality, was named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and was one of only three artists chosen for the CMA KixStart program; she’s also the only country artist to be selected as one of VEVO’s 2021 DSCVR Artists to Watch.ALBUM: TBARELEASE DATE: Summer 2022LIVE: Opening for Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kip Moore, Gavin DeGraw, Brett Eldredge, Billy Currington and Niko MoonINTERNET: 13m+ views and 20k+ TikTok video creations with “Independent with You,” 184m+ combined TikTok views; 81m+ global streams and 11m video views on Love, Kylie EP; 800k+ combined social following (doubled her reach in the last year)RADIO: Debut single shipping to radio late summer 2022PRESS: People, American Songwriter, moreBOOKING: Kylen Sharpe and Katie Germano/CAA PUBLISHING: SMACKSongsMANAGEMENT: Robert Carlton & Marissa Turk/SMACKManagement
Lyn Lapid (Mercury/Republic)
WHAT IT IS: Prior to releasing her debut EP, The Outsider, which features focus track “Pager,” earlier this month (4/15), rising songstress Lyn Lapid had already amassed over 285m global streams. The classically trained musician saw viral success on her 2021 hit “In My Mind,” which peaked #8 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 and #6 on the U.S. chart earlier this year, and now, she’s gearing up to join Ricky Montgomery on his 24-date headlining North American tour, which kicked off on 4/26.ALBUM: Outsider (EP)RELEASE DATE: 4/15SINGLE: “Pager”LIVE: Supporting Montgomery on his North American tour; previously supported Eric Nam on his headlining U.S. tourINTERNET: Nearly 3m monthly Spotify listeners; approaching 5m followers on TikTok and 500k Instagram followers; “In My Mind” peaked #8 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 and #6 on the U.S. chartPRESS: UPROXX, Atwood (“A dynamic, captivating mini-album that showcases the very best of 2022’s exceptional artist-to-watch Lyn Lapid”), Sweety High (“A unique and authentic approach to songwriting we can’t get enough of”), HYPEBAE moreBOOKING: Kasey McKee & Katie Germano/CAAPUBLISHING: Amanda Tufeld/Kobalt MANAGEMENT: Alex Bender/Revere Music Group
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