HITS Daily Double
Last week, Grammy-nominated duo ODESZA hit L.A.’s The Kia Forum for back-to-back sold-out shows. In support of their fourth album, The Last Goodbye—released via Foreign Family Collective/Ninja Tune—ODESZA, aka Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, made their way to venue on 8/11 and 8/12 with special guests Tycho and Golden Features as part of their 36-date The Last Goodbye Tour. Opening the show with their track “This Version of You,” ODESZA brought plenty of energy to their 26-song setlist, which included fan favorites like In Return’s “Bloom” and “Sun Models,” A Moment Apart’s “Higher Ground” as well as plenty of new tracks from The Last Goodbye. Boasting vibrant visuals, their dazzling drumline and proximate pyrotechnics, the show brought the album’s cinematic vibe to life, which fans can expect to see on the rest of their biggest headlining tour to date. For tickets and more info on ODESZA’s remaining shows, click here. Photo credit: Julian Bajsel
Steve Lacy (RCA)
WHAT IT IS: Compton native Steve Lacy had already made a name for himself by collaborating with Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, Solange, Mac Miller and more as a guitarist, producer and songwriter. He cemented his status in the music world with his independently released 2019 debut album, Apollo XXI, which earned a Grammy nom for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Filled with tales of modern heartbreak and courtship, his sophomore album and major-label debut, Gemini Rights, features breakout track “Bad Habit” and “Sunshine,” his standout collaboration with Fousheé. Combining melodic tones with wicked guitar licks and bars, the set deftly combines elevated alternative R&B and funk. ALBUM: Gemini Rights RELEASE DATE: 7/15SINGLE: “Bad Habit” LIVE: Touring announcement imminent INTERNET: “Bad Habit” featured on TikTok’s Trending Discover search page, #7 on TikTok Viral; reached #1 on Spotify U.S., #11 Global; #5 Apple Music U.S., #6 Global; Gemini Rights debuted Top 10; #1 Top Alternative Albums chart, #1 Top Rock Albums, #1 Top Rock and Alternative Albums, #2 Top R&B Albums, #3 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums; moreRADIO: “Bad Habit” impacted at Top 40, Rhythm, Alternative and AAA; #1 Most Added at Pop; single will be added to every iHeartRadio Top 40/Rhythm station in the next two weeks; named iHeart On the Verge Artist for Top 40 at Pop and RhythmPRESS: Rolling Stone, Complex, Pitchfork, FADER, Financial Times, NPR, HotNewHipHop, Okayplayer, PAPER, HipHopDX, Brooklyn Vegan, UPROXX, Audacy, moreMANAGEMENT: David Airaudi/3QTR
Stephen Sanchez (Mercury/Republic)
WHAT IT IS: Nashville-based singer/songwriter Stephen Sanchez has amassed over 22m likes and a half-million followers on TikTok, the platform that propelled his hit “Until I Found You” onto both the U.S. and Global Spotify Viral charts; the song became the longest-running entry on both charts this year. Not long after teaming up with Ian Fitchhuk (Kacey Musgraves) for his debut EP, What Was, Not Now, Sanchez has reunited with the songwriter/producer for his forthcoming EP, Easy on My Eyes, due 8/19. ALBUM: Easy on My EyesRELEASE DATE: 8/19SINGLE: “Until I Found You”TV: Colbert, Seth MeyersLIVE: Embarked on his first headline mini-tour, sold-out all dates in N.Y., L.A. and D.C.; performed Bonnaroo; opening for Noah Kahan on his Stick Season tour this fallINTERNET: 16m+ monthly Spotify listeners, Top 300 most-listened-to artist globally; “Until I Found You” nearing 300m global streams; 1m+ TikTok creations, averaging nearly 10k a day; Top 50 U.S. Shazam, Top 100 GlobalRADIO: “Until I Found You” Top 10 at Triple A radio; debuted at #40* at Top 40 at presstimePRESS: Rolling Stone, Clash, Pulse, The Honey Pop, Vents, Beyond the Stage, moreBOOKING: Tom Windish/WassermanMANAGEMENT: Rich Cohen & Emily Kennedy/LoyalT Management
Benson Boone (Night Street/Warner)
WHAT IT IS: Boone has come a long way since first being discovered by Imagine DragonsDan Reynolds. He made his major-label debut last year with the now-gold “GHOST TOWN” and recently returned with the heartfelt single “In the Stars,” igniting a TikTok trend that’s amassed over a billion views. With his unflinchingly honest lyrics, soaring vocals and emotive delivery, Boone is carving his own lane in the pop realm, and his debut EP, Walk Me Home…, continues to raise his profile. This collection of heartfelt songs is at once moving and addictively re-playable.ALBUM: Walk Me Home…RELEASE DATE: 7/29SINGLE: “Better Alone” TV: James Corden, Seth Meyers, Ellen, Kelly ClarksonLIVE: Recently sold out shows at L.A.’s Moroccan Lounge, N.Y.’s Mercury Lounge and London’s Colours; performed VGlista 2022 in Norway (50K+ attendees) INTERNET: 1b+ TikTok views across 475k video creates; 500m global streams; 11.4m+ monthly Spotify listeners RADIO: “GHOST TOWN” entered Top 25 at Top 40 and #11 at Hot ACPRESS: Genius, People (“Summer Emerging Artist”), Consequence, Sweety High, Boys by Girls, American Songwriter, moreBOOKING: Corrie Martin & Sara Bollwinkel/WassermanPUBLISHING: Coulter Reynolds/Saint Sounds & Jon Chen/Warner ChappellMANAGEMENT: Jeff Burns/Reynolds Management
Feid (Universal Music Latino)
WHAT IT IS: Paper named multidisciplinary artist Feid “Literally the voice of Colombia,” while MiTu and Remezcla included his last album, Inter Shibuya – La Mafia, in their best of 2021 lists. This rising star in Latin music launched his own festival, FERXXO NITRO JAM in his hometown of Medellin, where he made history as the first Colombian act to sell out three consecutive dates at the legendary La Macarena. His latest release, “Normal,” received more than 35m global streams during its first week, debuting at #27 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart, as Feid becomes one of the fastest-growing acts in the world.ALBUM: Inter Shibuya – La MafiaRELEASE DATE: August 2021SINGLE: “Normal”TV: Univision’s Premios Juventud, Telemundo’s Premios Tu Musica UrbanoLIVE: Currently on tour across Spain, Italy, France, Belgium and the U.K.; sold out Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional in two hours; three-day fest in ColombiaINTERNET: 20.5m+ monthly listeners on Spotify; has quickly become one of TikTok’s rising Latin acts.PRESS: NPR Tiny Desk, Variety, Rolling Stone, Complex, Latina, Remezcla, MiTuBOOKING: Everything Is Gonna be AlrightPUBLISHING: UMPGMANAGEMENT: Everything Is Gonna be Alright
Armani White (Def Jam)
WHAT IT IS: Charismatic West Philly rapper Armani White’s electric single “BILLIE EILISH.” exploded this summer to the tune of 30m+ global streams and over 38b TikTok views. A high-energy homage to the eponymous pop singer’s renowned fashion sense, the track is set to a clever sample of N.O.R.E. and The Neptunes’ classic “Nothin’,” while its accompanying visual also nods to Eilish’s past videos, including “Bad Guy,” “When the Party’s Over” and “Lost Cause.” Having hit #1 on SoundCloud U.S. and #2 Global, the track has already earned cosigns from the likes of Tom Brady, who posted it on Instagram, and continues to push White to new heights.ALBUM: TBASINGLE: “BILLIE EILISH.” LIVE: Performing Rolling Loud New York (9/23)INTERNET: 2.4m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 30+m global streams, 4m+ YouTube views, 38b+ TikTok impressions, #1 SoundCloud U.S.RADIO: Airplay developing at Mixshow, spinning on 55+ stations PRESS: Genius, XXL, Complex, Boardroom, moreBOOKING: WMEMANAGEMENT: Clay Barmore & Deon Douglas/11am Mgmt.
Bailey Zimmerman (Warner Music Nashville)
WHAT IT IS: Following an explosive trajectory after a whirlwind rise, Bailey Zimmerman continues to capture the hearts of fans through his plainspoken charm, contagious enthusiasm and gritty portrayals of life on the back roads. Earlier this year, he dropped “Fall in Love,” which impacted Country radio on 7/11 as the #1 Most Added debut single and is currently climbing up the charts after reaching #1 on Apple Music’s Top Country Songs. SINGLE: “Rock and a Hard Place” RELEASE DATE: 6/10LIVE: The Grand Ole Opry; performing GoldenSky Festival; upcoming shows with Parker McCollum in fall; moreINTERNET: 225m+ global streams to date; 4m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 100k+ YouTube subscribers; 100m+ U.S. streams on “Fall in Love,” hit #1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway and Apple Music Country chart; #15 U.S. Spotify Viral chart, #55 Global; 50m+ global streams on “Rock and a Hard Place,” #1 Country streaming song and download on debut week, #2 on the Hot Country chart at presstime RADIO: “Fall in Love” impacted Country radio on 7/11, #1 Most Added debut single; charting on both Country Aircheck & Country Airplay charts PRESS: MusicRow, Country Insider; Amazon Music 2022 Artist to Watch; YouTube Trending Artist on the Rise, moreBOOKING: WMEPUBLISHING: Warner Chappell MANAGEMENT: Simon Tikhman & Chief Zaruk/The Core Ent., Chris Nilsson & Scott Frazier/10th Street Entertainment
Doechii (TDE/Capitol)
WHAT IT IS: Tampa native Doechii has dominated the Internet since the release of her EPs, 2020’s Oh the Places You’ll Go and 2021’s BRA-LESS, singles including “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake” and “Crazy” and her feature on Isaiah Rashad’s Wat U Sed.” The up-and-coming rapper/singer was recently named one of Spotify’s “Most Necessary Artists to Watch in 2022,” while her latest offering, “Persuasive” w/SZA, was selected as one of the Best Songs of 2022 by the likes of Rolling Stone, the L.A. Times and more. Continuing her momentum, Doechii’s next project, she / her / black b*tch, drops this week.ALBUM: she / her / black b*tchRELEASE DATE: 8/5SINGLE: “Persuasive” f/SZALIVE: Received a standing ovation for her debut BET Awards performance at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater; performed at New Orleans’ Essence Festival; previously opened for SZA’s Good Days Tour; moreTV: Fallon, BET Awards INTERNET: 2.5m+ monthly Spotify listeners, named a Spotify RADAR U.S. cover artist; 144k+ YouTube subscribers; 251k+ Instagram followers; 233k+ TikTok followers; 74k+ Twitter followersRADIO: “Persuasion” f/SZA impacting Urban radio on 8/8 and Rhythm on 8/16PRESS: Vulture, XXL Freshman Class, VEVO DSCVR Artist (June), BET (Artist of the Month, June), MTV Global Push Artist (July); NPR, Elle, SPIN, V, moreBOOKING: WMEMANAGEMENT: TDE
Jnr Choi (Black Butter/Epic)
WHAT IT IS: Wielding his voice like an instrument, riffing on drill, grime, Afrobeats, alternative, reggae and pop, Jnr Choi initially made waves in the fashion world, gracing runways for Givenchy, Philipp Plein AMIRI and more. The U.K. based artist of Gambian descent 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 #1 on TikTok’s U.S. Top Tracks chart. While his major-label debut album is still ahead, JNR is teasing new music with Fivio Foreign. Keep your eyes out for a drop in late August.LIVE: European tour this summer; recently performed Hot97’s Summer Jam, KS107.5’s Summer Jam, Wireless FestivalINTERNET: 7.5b+ global video views; 4.8m monthly Spotify listeners; selected as a YouTube Artist on the Rise; gold certified “TO THE MOON” peaked #1 on the Viral Hits chart, TikTok U.S. Top Tracks and the Instagram chartsRADIO: “TO THE MOON” peaked #1 at Urban and RhythmPRESS: Flaunt, Complex, HotNewHipHop, HipHopDX, DJ Booth, moreBOOKING: Mike G/UTAMANAGEMENT: Louis Savage/Savage Management
Lakeyah (QC/Motown)
WHAT IT IS: Milwaukee-born singer/rapper Lakeyah’s latest release, No Pressure Part 1, puts her range, lyrical skills and powerful delivery—rivaling those of her most veteran QC labelmates—on full display. The five-track EP includes lead single “Mind Yo Business” f/Latto, the video for which has amassed 6m+ views since early June, as well as “Record Straight,” which showcases Lakeyah’s rhymes and growling delivery atop potent production work. Her latest offering continues to solidify her presence as an up-and-coming rapper to watch.ALBUM: No Pressure Part 1RELEASE DATE: 6/17SINGLE: “Mind Yo Business” f/LattoTV: The Impact ATL coming to BET+LIVE: Rolling Loud Miami (Ciroc Main Stage on 7/24)INTERNET: 1.5m+ monthly Spotify listeners; viral #mybchallenge on TikTok; 103.5 combined YouTube views; morePRESS: Complex (“On the heels of a breakout year”), XXL, PopSugar (“Gearing up to take over the summer airwaves”), BET.com, Paper, UPROXX, moreMANAGEMENT: Pierre “P” Thomas, Kevin “Coach K” Lee, Simone Mitchell/QC Music; Chad Roper
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