HITS Daily Double
RAYE (Human Re Sources/The Orchard)
WHAT IT IS: South Londoner RAYE, neé Rachel Keen, has become a dynamic force since dropping her first EP in 2014, notching 3b+ career streams, eight Top 20 U.K. singles and four BRIT noms—plus 3.5b+ streams for hits she’s penned for the likes of Beyoncé and John Legend. “Escapism.” f/070 Shake, RAYE’s highest-charting single to date and first-ever #1 in the U.K., sets the tone for her long-awaited debut album, My 21st Century Blues. She has writing credits on all 13 songs and co-produced six tracks on the LP, which is executive-produced by Mike Sabath.ALBUM: My 21st Century Blues RELEASE DATE: 2/3SINGLE: “Escapism.” f/070 ShakeTV: Graham Norton (U.K.) LIVE: Sold out My 21st Century Blues 2023 headline world tour; joining Lewis Capaldi on his sold-out Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent IE/U.K. tour dates INTERNET: 33m+ monthly Spotify listeners; nearly 200m+ global streams on “Escapism.” at presstime; 1m+ TikTok creations, 2b+ total views; #5 Spotify U.S. Viral chart, #10 Global Top 50, #20 U.S.; was #1 on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits (cover), moreRADIO: Impacted Pop and Rhythm on 1/9; #23 at Pop (Top 10 Most Added week of 1/24), #22 at Rhythm at presstimePRESS: Cosmo U.K. (cover); V, Rolling Stone, N.Y. Times, PAPER, UPROXX, moreBOOKING: Marty Diamond, Tom Schroeder & Eli Gelernter/Wasserman PUBLISHING: Warner Chappell U.K.MANAGEMENT: Tia Ferguson, Paul Keen & Sarah Keen
NewJeans (ADOR/Geffen)
WHAT IT IS: NewJeans is the first group to launch from ADOR, HYBE’s independent label, led by Min Hee-Jin. Since making their debut last year, the quintet has amassed a devoted following, thanks to a sound that pushes the boundaries of K-pop. Their latest release, “Ditto,” from album OMG has become the fastest K-pop single to hit the Hot 100. At presstime, “Ditto” is #11 on Spotify’s Global Weekly chart with 500m+ streams.ALBUM: OMGRELEASE DATE: 1/2/2023SINGLE: “OMG” INTERNET: 16m+ monthly listeners and 500m+ Spotify streams, listed on Spotify’s most-streamed K-pop songs globally in 2022; 10m+ combined social followingPRESS: Rolling Stone (#46 on Best Albums of 2022, #6 on Best K-pop Songs of 2022), NPR (#85 on Best Songs of 2022, “a refreshing alternative to the maximalist ethos defining K-pop”), N.Y. Times (#11 on best songs of 2022, “NewJeans point a way forward”), Grammy.com’s 10 emerging K-pop girl groups in 2023, moreBOOKING: HYBEPUBLISHING: HYBEMANAGEMENT: ADOR
Lola Brooke (Arista)
WHAT IT IS: Brooklyn native Lola Brooke has been honing her craft since childhood. At 23, she dropped her debut music video, a freestyle titled “2017 Flow.” Since then, with the help of Team 80 and Arista, the budding rapper-songwriter has made a name for herself with tracks like “On My Mind,” “Here I Come” and “Don’t Play With It” f/Billy B, the latter earning praise from the likes of Cardi B, SZA and Meek Mill. Most recently, Brooke performed “Don’t Play With It” onstage with Future and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. SINGLE:Don’t Play With It”RELEASE DATE: 5/14/21LIVE: Opening for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie on his 2023 U.S. and U.K. tour dates; previously performed at Nets half-time show, Break the Internet Fest, Hot 97’s Who’s Up Next, Rolling Loud N.Y.; opened for Rich the Kid at NYC’s PlayStation TheaterINTERNET: 500k+ TikTok creations, “Don’t Play With It” #9 on TikTok viral chart, 100m+ views across content, added to Spotify’s Rap Caviar, more; cosigns from Cardi B, Saucy Santana, JT from City Girls, moreRADIO: #8 most-played record in NYC, in power rotation at Hot 97 and Power 105; major support from Hot 97, Power 105, Sway in the Morning, morePRESS: Vogue, Rolling Stone, Notion, XXL, UPROXX, moreMANAGEMENT: Team 80 Productions
Ice Spice (10K/Capitol)
WHAT IT IS: Bronx native Ice Spice has established herself as one of the most notable names in the rap game. After first gaining attention with “No Clarity,” she has raised her profile with tracks like “Munch (Feelin’ U).” Her self-written debut EP, Like..?, named after one of her signature catchphrases, is laden with inventive instrumentals from Ice and her frequent collaborator, RIOTUSA. More music is on the way from this rising artist.ALBUM: Like.. ? (EP)RELEASE DATE: 1/20LIVE: Rolling Loud California (March)INTERNET: 4.7m+ monthly Spotify listeners, 3m+ Apple Music; 2.6m+ TikTok followers; 2.9m+ Instagram followers; 190k+ YouTube subs; 650k+ Twitter followers; TikTok #1 Emerging Artist of the Year; Vevo 2023 DSCVR Artist to Watch; Shazam Top 2023 Artist Prediction; BET Amplified Artist of the month, moreRADIO: “Munch (Feelin’ U)” hit Top 25 at Urban and RhythmPRESS: N.Y. Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, XXL, Interview, Washington Post, BET, FADER, Revolt, moreBOOKING: Cara Lewis/Cara Lewis Group (CLG)MANAGEMENT: James Rosemond Jr./Mastermind Artists
Mimi Webb (Epic)
WHAT IT IS: In just two years, Mimi Webb has garnered 875m+ global streams on hits including “House on Fire” (139m) and “Good Without” (262m). In conjunction with the 3/3 release of her debut album, Amelia, Webb will embark on a 31-date U.K./EU headline tour, with all U.K. and Dublin shows already sold out, as she prepares for a busy 2023.ALBUM: AmeliaRELEASE DATE: 3/3SINGLE: “Red Flags”TV: Colbert (1/16), U.K. BBC One Show (1/23), Fallon (2022), Ellen (2021)LIVE: Headline U.S. tour (2022), EU and U.K. Amelia tour (2023); performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Isle of Wight Festival, Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball and Summertime Ball (2022), BBC Music Radio 2 Piano Room, BBC Music Radio 1 Big Weekend 2022, moreINTERNET: 1.3m+ TikTok followers, combined 2.6b+ views; 875m+ global streams, 6m+ monthly Spotify listeners, 35 Global NMFs for “Red Flags,” #11 NMF U.S. RADIO: “Red Flags” impacts 1/30; upgraded to A-List at BBC Radio 1 and 2, headed toward a Top 10 debut on U.K. airplay chart in second week of releasePRESS: 2023 BRIT Award nom for Best New Artist; cover of DORK (U.K.), Vogue U.K., Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Notion, Teen Vogue, moreBOOKING: Carole Kinzel & Ben Buchannan/CAA (U.S.); Bilge Morden/CAA (ex-U.S.)PUBLISHING: Sony U.K. PublishingMANAGEMENT: Rob Ronaldson; Brandon Goodman & Clara Taroncher/Best Friends
Luke Grimes (Range Music Partners/Mercury Nashville)
WHAT IT IS: Known for his role as Kayce Dutton in Taylor Sheridan’s juggernaut, Yellowstone, Luke Grimes launched his music career with the release of “No Horse to Ride” and its sync in Yellowstone’s midseason finale. His soulful, brooding voice and songwriting skill have made him a favorite with Nashville’s creative community. His dedication to carving out a unique lane has excited enough folks to earn him a recording deal with UMG Nashville and upcoming appearances on a multitude of country music-festivals, including Stagecoach and Under the Big Sky. SINGLE: “No Horse to Ride”TV: Yellowstone; Today; Kimmel; FallonLIVE: Stagecoach, Under the Big SkyINTERNET: 1m+ monthly Spotify listeners within the first month of release; 500k+ Instagram followers; editorial playlist support on Spotify’s New Boots, Yellowstone Official, Indigo, Next From Nashville, Apple Music’s Country Risers, New in Country, Amazon’s Brushland, Pandora’s Backroads, Country Grit, more RADIO: Recently added to SiriusXM’s The HighwayBOOKING: Jeff Krones, Bennett Beckner/CAAMANAGEMENT: Matt Graham, Cameron Lutz, Jack Whigham, Austin Lantero/Range Media Partners
SASH (Apex Sound)
WHAT IT IS: Last year, N.Y.-based multi-hyphenate SASH became the first artist inked to Apex Sound, a new joint venture formed by producer Mike Dean and Apex Martin. Executive-produced by the pair, SASH’s six-track project, Bittersweet, which included singles “biscayne” and “lemon sorbet,” put his laidback vocals and earworm melodies on full display. The artist was also one of the first signings Nat Pastor oversaw when he came aboard as Virgin Music co-head. The up-and-comer has already received support from Hot 97, WJMN-Boston, Shade 45, Zane Lowe, DJ Enuff & the Heavy Hitters, DJ Pup Dawg, Spotify and Apple Music. His next single, “ROSSI,” continues his dark and sophisticated “music-noir” style. ALBUM: Bittersweet Pt. 2RELEASE DATE: 4/28SINGLE: “ROSSI” (2/10)LIVE: N.Y. and L.A. club shows and upcoming radio promo performancesINTERNET: 67m+ reach on TikTok; 25k+ Instagram followers; 430k+ combined YouTube video viewsPRESS: Variety, Complex, ET, Our Generation Music, Hypebeast, HotNewHipHop, moreMANAGEMENT: Self-managed
Reneé Rapp (Interscope)
WHAT IT IS: Getting her start starring as Regina George in the Broadway musical version of Mean Girls—and reprising her role in the upcoming feature film—North Carolina native Rapp has been catapulted into the spotlight. Following the release of her first solo track “Tattoos” in June 2022, Rapp’s fanbase quickly exploded going into her debut EP, Everything to Everyone, in November. She’s since sold out every headline show she’s performed while generating over 70m+ global streams. The rising star made her TV performance debut on James Corden and was named an MTV Global PUSH Artist for the month of December. ALBUM: Everything to EveryoneRELEASE DATE: 11/11/22SINGLE: “Too Well” TV: James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Jennifer Hudson Show, Watch What Happens Live; HBO Max’s The Sex Lives of College Girls; Mean GirlsLIVE: Sold out every date of her debut U.S. tour (December) and January London show in under two minutes (venue upgrades in L.A., NYC, London and Atlanta)INTERNET: 5m+ monthly Spotify listeners; three tracks charted on Spotify’s U.S. Viral Songs chart simultaneously; +130% overall audience growth since her first releaseRADIO: “Too Well” impacting Top 40 on 2/7PRESS: Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, People, Entertainment Tonight, Alternative Press, NPR, Vogue, Genius, Variety, V Magazine, moreBOOKING: Ben Totis/WMEPUBLISHING: UMPGMANAGEMENT: Adam Mersel/Immersive Management
Chenayder (Alamo)
WHAT IT IS: Chenayder’s brand of retro lo-fi music is making waves across the industry. Pulling in fans with her enigmatic sound, the 16-year-old Orlando, Fla., native has primarily been recording in her bedroom and teasing the tracks from her high school bathroom, leading to cosigns from the likes of Tyler, The Creator and Clairo, among others. With her emotive vocals and authentic lyrics, Chenayder has already gone viral several times on TikTok in the last year after her single “Fall” gained significant traction following several teaser videos. Since its release, the track has amassed nearly 6m views on Spotify alone and garnered 55m+ TikTok views. Her latest singles, “Paths” and “My My,” serve as a proper introduction to this budding singer-songwriter.SINGLE: “My My”RELEASE DATE: 1/19INTERNET: 6.4m+ global streams; 55m+ TikTok views, 1.8m+ likes, 88.4k+ followers; 12.9k+ Instagram followers; 491k+ combined YouTube video views, 13.5k+ subsPRESS: PAPER Magazine video premiere on 1/27; Lyrical Lemonade (“Chenayder is an authentic voice who writes with a certain wisdom that feels far beyond her years”), moreMANAGEMENT: Gita Williams
Hitkidd (Blac Noize!/Campsouth/BMLG)
WHAT IT IS: Injecting his own personality and modernized touch to the booming 808s and tension-heavy beats his city is known for, rising Memphis producer Hitkidd, né Anthony Lorenzo Holmes Jr., has experienced a banner 2022. His Grammy-nominated breakout single, “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” f/GloRilla, reached #1 at Urban Radio and was also nominated for Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the iHeart Radio Awards. Hitkidd continues his rapid ascent with follow-up single “Shabooya” f/Gloss Up, K Carbon, Slimeroni & Aleza. Along with 20m+ YouTube views, the track has racked up nearly 700k video creations on TikTok, setting up him for an even bigger 2023. ALBUM: DSDRELEASE DATE: March 2023SINGLE: “Shabooya” f/Gloss Up, K Carbon, Slimeroni & Aleza; “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” f/GloRilla nominated for Best Rap Performance Grammy INTERNET: Nearly 3m monthly Spotify listeners; 178k+ YouTube subs, 108k+ combined video views; 700k UGC TikTok creations and 20m YouTube views on “Shabooya”RADIO: Impacted Rhythm radio on 1/30 PRESS: NPR, Pitchfork, Vice, Vulture, L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, morePUBLISHING: Beatstars/Sony Music PublishingMANAGEMENT: Kadeem Phillips/Powerhouse Management
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