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BELLA SETS WARNER VID RECORD, HITS THE SPOT (UPDATE)
New and massive (5/17a)
OLIVIA ROCKS
THE STREAMS
Coming-out party for a rockstar (5/17a)
WE’VE LOOKED AT CLIVE FROM BOTH SIDES NOW: GRAMMY PARTY PART 2
He's ageless and tireless. (5/17a)
WANT FRIES WITH
THAT HITS LIST?
It's a metaphor. (5/17a)
NEW RELEASES: STILL A COLE WORLD
Dude, that's some vertical leap. (5/17a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
THE B-SIDE
JOY OLADOKUN RETURNS
4/30/21

Rising singer/songwriter Joy Oladokun has unveiled her latest single, “sorry isn’t good enough.”

Featured on her forthcoming major label debut album, the powerful track marks Oladokun’s first release since inking a joint partnership with Amigo Records, Verve Forecast and Republic.

Earlier this year, Oladokun shared two additional album tracks, “jordan” and “wish you the best” f/Jensen McRae. The singles build on her 2020 release, in defense of my own happiness (the beginnings), as well as her breakthrough single, “breathe again,” which she performed on NBC’s Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The single rocketed to #3 on Shazam’s U.S. Top 200 while charting globally after a sync on NBC’s This Is Us. She also hit the Top 5 of Shazam’s Discovery chart twice in one month and has seen placements on shows like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Showtime’s The L Word and MTV’s Catfish

Blending contemporary folk, R&B and pop, the Arizona-born and Nashville-based Oladokun shares her perspective living as a Black queer woman and a first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants through her music.

Part of YouTube Music’s Black Voices Class of 2021, Spotify’s RADAR U.S. program, NPR Music/Slingshot and Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch lists and more, Oladokun was recently highlighted in Hulu’s Your Attention Please: The Concert alongside artists like 24kGoldn, Kiana Ledé, Lil Yachty and Swae Lee

Stream “sorry isn’t good enough” here.

THEY’RE THE PLUGS
4/28/21

Icons+giants’ Founders Billy Mann and Benton James have officially launched their new series, The Plug.

Allowing creators to submit beats and song for a chance to be featured and reviewed by the icons+giants’ A&R team, The Plug series arrives on the heels of their exclusive partnership and JV with Warner’s ADA Worldwide.

“There’s always a shortage of access to decision makers even while the internet is, of course, packed with scouts hunting data-driven artists in search of ‘safer bets.’ But we want to find matching ambition and to hear from artists who let their music do the heavy lifting and leave the hype at home,” said Mann.

“‘The Plug’” is an opportunity to meet today’s social media centric creative community more closely and give more opportunities for talent to take a swing at submitting music to executives who can actually move the needle,” added James.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Grammy-nominated Mann has sold 110m+ albums as a producer/songwriter. As an exec, he’s served as President of International and CCO of EMI Music Global as well as President of Creative at BMG North America. A longtime collaborator of P!nk, Mann has discovered the likes of Teddy Geiger, Emma Stone, Alex Aiono, Pablo Alboran and TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio.

James began his career penning songs for TV and producing alongside the likes of RedOne and Mutt Lang before discovering and signing Grammy-nominated talent like Supah Mario (Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez) and Ciscero. Previously the Head of Urban A&R for Red Bull Songs, James also inked K-so Jaynes, Mike Gazzo and TwhyXclusive and delivered records with artists like of Trippie Redd, Drake, Wiz Khalifa and Kelly Rowland.

A SWEET AND SALTY RELEASE
4/16/21

Porsh Bet$ is gearing up for a busy 2021 with his first release the year, “Peanut Butter.” The single arrived on 4/15 via Virgin Music alongside a music video.

“I really wanted to make it the anti-music video. It’s not flashy, it’s awkward, I’m all over the place, I don’t get the girl in the end. But you know that’s what makes it cool tho because this is how I am in real life and I felt like people would relate more to that,” said Bet$. 

Bursting on the scene in 2020, the 21-year-old Harlem native has a knack for crafting earworms, showcased by his debut track, “Apple Eyes,” which garnered attention from Spotify editorial playlists upon its release.

“Peanut Butter,” along with his previous tracks like “Handle” and “Run with Me,” will be featured on the up-and-comer’s forthcoming EP, I Used to Think Forever. A melting pot of alt-R&B and pop, the debut set was created alongside KoOoLkOjAk (Kesha, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat) and will undoubtedly highlight Bet$ artistic prowess.

Stream “Peanut Butter” here and check out the music video below.