Music

Scooter Braun Projects

Scooter Braun Projects is a talent management company that is more than just a company. It is a family. Leveraging Scooter Braun's reputation and influence within the music and entertainment industries, Scooter Braun and the Scooter Braun Projects team work around the clock to put its clients in a position to make their dreams come true. While nothing comes easy, Scooter Braun Projects has an established track record of helping its clients achieve worldwide fame and commercial success within a short period of time after working together. Our past and present work includes Ariana Grande, Asher Roth, Black Eyed Peas, CL, Dan + Shay, David Guetta, EDEN, Hilary Duff, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Karlie Kloss, The Knocks, Lil Dicky, Martin Garrix, PSY, Rixton, Steve Angello, Todrick Hall, Tori Kelly, Usher, and more.

Ariana
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Ariana Grande

Music has always been Ariana Grande's first love. In fact, long before millions of fans fell in love with the singer and actress as Cat Valentine on the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious, she began professionally pursuing her musical career at only eight-years-old. Overcome with inspiration, she embraced her passion wholeheartedly and followed this dream. After performing with symphonies around her native Florida, Ariana made her national television debut, giving a powerful rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the first-ever broadcast of the national anthem for the Florida Panthers. In 2008, she appeared in the acclaimed musical 13 on Broadway shortly before joining the cast of Victorious. However, her breakout single for Republic Records, "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, is the best way to get to know Ariana. Over shimmering piano and a slick beat, her voice echoes soulfully before she carries an inescapable and impressive hook as Mac Miller drops a sly verse. It's an undeniable and unforgettable anthem, and you'll love the way it makes you feel. Still, it's simply a prelude to her forthcoming full-length 2013 debut. Across the record, she embraces influences as diverse as Mariah Carey and Imogen Heap, while cultivating her own style in the process. She's no stranger to standing out though. She went from playing a central character on Victorious, named "Favorite TV Show" at the 2012 Kid's Choice Awards, to garnering her very own spinoff, Sam & Cat. In addition, she voices "Princess Diaspro" on the Nickelodeon animated series Winx Club and voiced the title character of the 2013 animated film, Snowflake. Along the way, she built a staggering social media presence, making her one of the "Most Asked Actors" on the internet. The Huffington Post listed her as the "Third Most Influential Actress Online" above Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston, while Billboard even dubbed her "Most Influential Person to Watch Online". To date, she has amassed over 5 million Twitter followers, 3 million Facebook likes, 3 million Instagram followers, and 150 million YouTube/VEVO views. Ariana never forgets where she came from either and continues to give back. She co-founded the youth singing group Kids Who Care in South Florida, which raised over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone. She also traveled to Gugulethu, South Africa to teach music and dance to children as part of Broadway in South Africa. Ultimately, the new album will welcome everyone into Ariana's world, and It's a wonderful place.

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Ashley
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Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham is an American supermodel, designer, author and body activist who’s been featured on the covers of Vogue, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, ELLE, SELF, Cosmopolitan, and more. She has reshaped the fashion, media, and beauty industries with a mission encourages us to celebrate our authentic selves — no retouching required.

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Asher
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Black
Eyed
Peas

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Carly
Rae
Jepsen

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Carly Rae Jepsen

Multi-platinum GRAMMY ®, Juno and Polaris Prize nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen's 2015 album E*MO*TION, earned a host of rave reviews with several outlets - including TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, People, Stereogum, Vulture, Complex, and Noisey- declaring it the pop album of 2015. The set featured the platinum selling single "I Really Like You." One year later Jepsen released E*MO*TION Side B as a gift to her fans and saw it immediately rise to the iTunes Top 10. E*MO*TION followed the release of Jepsen’s U.S. debut album Kiss featuring the blockbuster break-out hit "Call Me Maybe" which climbed to #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, has sold over 20 million singles worldwide and is certified Diamond in the United States.  It earned Jepsen 2012 Grammy nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. Jepsen landed the lead role in the 2014 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and later starred as the iconic Pink Lady, 'Frenchy' in FOX's four-time EMMY award winning musical GREASE: LIVE. Most recently Jepsen voiced the character of Odette in the animated movie “LEAP!" “LEAP!” featured Jepsen’s song “Cut To The Feeling” which has been hailed by critics as a top song of 2017 showing up on year end “Best Of” lists for Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard, Noisey and more. Jepsen released the song “Party For One” in November 2018 and in February 2019 released two new songs, “Now That I Found You” and “No Drug Like Me,” both of which will be featured on her upcoming album which will be released on School Boy/Interscope Records later this year.

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CL

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CL

CL is the perfect entertainer - she is a versatile rapper, vocalist, dancer and songwriter. She began her career at the age of 17 as the leader of 2NE1. The group’s explosive debut shattered preconceived notions of the typical and manufactured K-Pop group. 2NE1 is the only Korean girl group to have not one but two solo headlining World Tours that have spanned across 20 cities around the globe. Their critically acclaimed live show got them  on the reputable NY Times “Best Concerts of 2012” list and that same year MTV Iggy crowned them “The Best New Band in the World”. CL began writing and co-producing for 2NE1’s 2014 album “Crush” which became the best-selling and highest-charting Korean album in US Billboard 200 history. Apart from her numerous campaigns with Maybelline New York & Vitamin Water, she was also heavily featured in Complex Magazine, Dazed & Confused, the cover of Highsnobiety, Paper Magazine, and Vogue.com dedicated their entire homepage to her during New York Fashion Week. Style.com has labeled her “a fashion icon” as she is a muse to Jeremy Scott and has close bonds with top designers like Alexander Wang who casted her in his Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign. She also performs and appears in the music video for Skrillex’s hit single “Dirty Vibe” alongside Diplo and label-mate, G-Dragon as well as on Diplo's “Doctor Pepper” with Riff Raff and OG Maco. Aside from her features, CL’s debut single, “The Baddest Female" racked up over 30 million YouTube views and her solo cut, “Mental Breakdown (MTBD)” from 2NE1’s “Crush” is the most downloaded track from the record-breaking album. In late 2015, Rolling Stone listed CL as one of the “10 New Artists You Need to Know” and soon after she dropped the choreography video to the critically acclaimed, “Hello Bitches”, as a teaser for her upcoming solo album. In 2016, she had been nominated by TIME Magazine for the 2nd year in a row for their "100 Most Influential People in the World" list tying Hillary Clinton in votes. In August of the same year she dropped "Lifted" the first single off her upcoming debut album.

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Dan + Shay

Meeting in December of 2012, Dan and Shay quickly hit it off with their musical similarities. The two began writing together and from those sessions their relationship grew to include performing together. From there, the duo discovered an infectious original sound all their own, mixing country rock/pop seamlessly throughout intimate power-ballads and stadium-worthy hits. Born and raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas, Shay has been singing since he was a young child. At 14-years-old he fell in love with songwriting and at 16 began learning the guitar. He officially moved to Nashville last year but grew up frequently visiting and recording in Music City. Musical influences include Rascal Flatts, Dave Matthews Band, Usher and Kenny Chesney. Dan was born and raised in suburban Wexford, Pennsylvania and has been writing and playing music since the age of 12. A Nashvillian since 2010, Dan has been on the local songwriting scene for several years. Musical influences range from Ryan Adams and Tom Petty to Kenny Chesney and Alison Krauss.

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David
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David Guetta

While there are many talented artists who achieve stardom and global popularity, few have such enduring and palpable influence as to reshape the dynamic of the entire music industry. Perhaps the greatest element of David Guetta’s illustrious story is not simply his countless personal successes, but his wider game-changing approach. From making dance music and DJ culture more of a viable and legitimised commercial success than ever before to finally uniting the worlds of electronic and urban music, the repercussions of his visionary attitude cannot be underestimated. David has established himself as arguably the world’s biggest and most successful DJ of all time by fusing dance music with urban artists. By teaming up with some of the biggest names in hip hop and R&B, and reinventing their sound for the electronic dancefloors, Guetta created pop alchemy. The ensuing hits such as ‘I Gotta Feeling’ with Black Eyed Peas, ‘When Love Takes Over’ with Kelly Rowland and ‘Sexy Bitch’ with Akon propelled him to superstardom. They also set a new template for the sound of commercial radio. This was instrumental in turning electronic music into the biggest youth movement since hip hop. Of course, his own groundbreaking accomplishments cannot be overlooked either. 50 million album and single sales; over 10 billion YouTube and Spotify plays; numerous #1 singles and Platinum and Gold certifications across the globe; two Grammys for Best Remixed Recording and four further nominations; one of the most successful club nights Ibiza has ever seen; one of the biggest social media followings of any DJ/producer; the first DJ to be on the cover of Billboard, the list goes on and on and on… With all his success as a chart-topping producer, it’s all too easy to forget about his hallowed heritage as a highly respected DJ. Promoting raves in his native Paris with nothing more than photocopied flyers, he rose through the influential ‘French touch’ era that saw the likes of Daft Punk come to fame, but was soon forging his own path through the dance music scene. Whether he’s playing at one of his residencies at XS and Encore in Las Vegas or Ushuaïa Ibiza or playing mega festivals like Tomorrowland (where he has performed since its first year) and Ultra Music Festival, he never forgets those humble roots. His ‘classical’ training in the art of mixing combined with his enduring appeal and continual relevancy ensured him the #6 spot on the DJ Mag Top 100 and a Billboard award for Top Dance/Electronic artist most recently. Citing his role in the studio in the vein of a classic producer, Guetta sits as the musical brain at the center of the project, bringing it all together. His incredible list of collaborators over the years has included Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Sia, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland, Showtek, Avicii, Ne-Yo, Akon, Afrojack and Nicky Romero for starters, but he has also been a keen supporter of lesser-known talent. The likes of Sam Martin and Chris Willis have both enjoyed continual support from Guetta, showing that he’s not just about the A-listers but also about championing hot new names. “Of course it’s amazing to work with famous people,” he explains, “but the reason behind their fame is their talent. But I also love finding talented people who are not famous, it’s equally amazing to put the spotlight on them.” Always in high demand outside of the clubs, festivals and studios, Guetta’s extra-curricular activities have ranged from providing the original soundtrack and musical direction for the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship to being a key partner for UNICEF and an early supporter of groundbreaking legal mix uploading platform Dubset. Never hesitating to help charities, David joined forces with the United Nations in support of ‘’The World Needs More’’ campaign to raise funds for humanitarian emergencies. Some of his latest releases include Would I Lie To You and Shed A Light. Would I Lie To You is seeing him return to the club dancefloors, it’s clear that he’ll never be defined by just one side of his career. His passion for music remains undying, and while the world continues to watch his every move with anticipation, he’ll ignore the pressure and continue his ongoing search for that perfect beat. Shed A Light is a dance pop ballad that is bound to leave a lasting impression across the globe. The track shot to the charts and has reached a Golden status in Italy, The Netherlands and Sweden up until now. More than anything the deeply moving song sends a message of hope, urging us to heed the call of our hearts. The track has the emotional fire that Guetta aims for in all his productions. Effortlessly bridging the gap between electronic and urban artists, his unique vision and innate ability to fuse the two worlds has seen him produce some of the hottest collaborations and his latest release, the first track of his next album, is a perfect example of that. For Light My Body Up he joined forces with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. The track received positive comments from the press, with Billboard stating ‘’The fierce, up tempo track is destined to be a smash in the club scene, with Guetta’s expert ability to craft theatrical peaks and valleys adding to the song’s intoxicating quality’’. Rolling Stone called it an ‘’an epic, scorching new single’’ and The New York Times defined it as a ‘’bubbly and slithering Missy Elliott-throwback production’’. After over three decades honing his talents it is safe to say that at this stage in his career, David knows exactly in which direction to take it. With a new album in the works he will soon show the world his next move.

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EDEN

In the early stages of finding his voice as an artist, singer/songwriter/producer EDEN made only one rule for himself: “make something you’d be proud of even if no one ever hears it” says the Dublin-based 20-year-old otherwise known as Jonathon Ng. With his upcoming EP i think you think too much of me, EDEN channels that passion for innovation into a guitar-heavy take on electronic pop and proves himself an artist of uncompromising originality.On i think you think too much of me, EDEN presents a four-song series that perfectly embodies his confessional yet nervy sensibilities: “sex,” “drugs,” “and,” “rock & roll.” “The EP’s really about expectations, and how things only mean as much as you want them to,” says Ng. “There’s also this idea of how, underneath something superficial, there can be something real—it all just depends on your outlook.” Along with leading the listener through a journey-like experience, complete with interlacing emotional arcs, that concept-driven artistry serves a deeper purpose for EDEN.Hailed by Consequence of Sound as a “vulnerable synth-tinted pop track that’s about so much more than what’s happening between the sheets,” i think you think too much of me’s lead single “sex” earned more than 2.5 million listens across platforms within just a few weeks of its release. The hooky and hypnotic track also won the adoration of Lorde, who posted on EDEN’s Facebook wall a few days after its premiere. “i love 'sex' a lot. it does something very simple and intense to my brain,” she wrote, then praised the song as aptly “messy and emotional and twitchy.”Made alone in his bedroom, i think you think too much of me shows a poetic candidness inspired by such artists as Frank Ocean. “I tend to sing about a lot of stuff that I’d never actually talk about with anyone. That’s just my way of dealing with everything.” On i think you think too much of me, that raw emotionality imbues the heartsick urgency of “sex,” the woozy desperation of “drugs,” and the stark fragility of “and.” And on the epic “rock & roll,” EDEN brilliantly merges jagged guitar riffs, heady beats, and feverish meditations on ambition or lack thereof (“I got ten weeks of talking bullshit on repeat ‘til I’m burnt out and disappear”), before the song sweetly dissolves into distorted movie dialogue.Throughout i think you think too much of me, EDEN achieves a sonic expansiveness sourced partly from what he describes as “this ridiculous to-and-fro of musical tastes I’ve gone through in my life,” pointing out that past phases have included everything from boy bands to Guns N’ Roses to screamo to Eminem. Growing up in Dublin, Ng learned to play violin at age seven at the urging of his parents and—through that classical training—discovered his natural musicality. “After that I started playing the piano at our house, and then later I borrowed my auntie and uncle’s guitar and taught myself to play that too,” he says. “I still can’t read piano or guitar sheet music, but I just had this knack for picking up instruments and figuring out chords.” By his early teens, music had become Ng’s main obsession. “My two goals in life were to be an astronaut or a musician, and somehow being a musician seemed like less of a longshot.”Ng later joined in several bands with friends, but felt frustrated by his lack of creative control. Then, after witnessing the success of such artists such as Skrillex and Deadmau5, he realized he could make music without a band, by himself on the computer. At age 16 he began creating electronic music, experimenting with production and eventually releasing songs as The Eden Project. The solo approach suited his prolific nature, and in three years he turned out nearly 100 tracks. “Once I get an initial idea, I know exactly what the completed song is going to sound like,” he notes. “Basically everything I do is out of instinct. I get a feeling and I run with it.” As his music evolved and took on a more melodic and vocal-centric aesthetic, Ng rechristened himself as EDEN and newly embraced his pop inclinations. In August 2015 EDEN made his debut with End Credits and—despite making zero effort to promote it—soon found the EP gaining major attention and ultimately amassing more than 30 million streams as well as selling out his first US tour. That momentum continued to build as EDEN released a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” in November 2015, a soulfully cinematic track that hit #1 on HypeM's popular chart and racked up a million cumulative streams in one week.Now set to tour North America and Europe in support of i think you think too much of me, out on MCMXCV/Astralwerks, EDEN remains guided by a restless creativity. “I’m not one of those people who could create ‘sex v2’ and be happy with that—it’s progress or nothing,” he says. “I very much write from how I’m thinking or feeling right now, so if I do the same thing twice that’s kind of worrying. You need to constantly progress as a human, let alone as a musician.” And for EDEN, that evolution is closely linked to personal catharsis. “I’m just trying to make something that feels very real and honest to me,” he says. “And if it helps people that’s great, but I’m not really thinking about that when I’m writing. Making something that I can stand by forever, without caring about what anyone else thinks of it—for me that’s always the goal.”

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Hilary
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Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff stars as Kelsey Peters on the critically-acclaimed and buzzy TV Land series “Younger,” from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star. Ever since Hilary Duff first emerged on the public’s radar as the star of Disney’s enormously successful TV show “Lizzie McGuire,” the Houston native has distinguished herself as a highly relatable performer with a strong connection to her fans — thanks not only to the funny, pretty and smart character she played onscreen, but also because of Duff’s own natural warmth and girl-next-door charisma. Her popularity has led to a thriving career as both an actress and a singer-songwriter. On the screen, Duff starred in numerous feature films including “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” "Agent Cody Banks," "A Cinderella Story," "Cheaper by the Dozen" and more serious roles, co-starring in John Cusack's critically-acclaimed 2008 film "War, Inc." and "According to Greta," in which Hilary played the title character and co-starred with Oscar® winner Ellyn Burstyn. Duff also has a global prolific and successful singing career, entering the Top-40 music charts with the singles "So Yesterday" and "Come Clean." Her three studio albums, 2003’s multi-platinum blockbuster Metamorphosis, 2004’s self-titled platinum-seller, and 2007’s autobiographical dance-pop collection Dignity, have sold a collective 15 million copies worldwide. Her most recent album, 2015’s Breathe In. Breathe Out. is a stellar collection of catchy, electro-tinged pop gems, many of which she co-wrote with groundbreaking songwriters and producers such as Sean Douglas (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato), Tove Lo (Ellie Goulding, Icona Pop), Matthew Koma (Zedd, Alesso, One Republic), Bloodshy (Madonna, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue) and Ed Sheeran – one of Duff’s favorite artists – who wrote and vocal produced “Tattoo.” The album was released in June 2015 on RCA Records and rocketed to #1 on iTunes in the hours upon its release. Additionally, the album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Overall Album Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200, marking Hilary’s fifth straight top five debut.

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Justin
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Justin Bieber

An old soul is the last thing you would expect to find inside Justin Bieber. But all it takes is one listen to the 15 year-old soul-singing phenomenon to realize that he is light years ahead of his manufactured pop peers. After posting dozens of homemade videos on YouTube in 2007, where the multi-talented Bieber put his impeccable spin on songs from artists like Usher, Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder, Justin racked up over 10,000,000 views purely from word of mouth. “I started singing about three years ago,” says the Canadian native who grew up an only child in Stratford, Ontario. “I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol. The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches. I wasn't taking it too seriously at the time, I would just sing around the house. I was only 12 and I got second place.” In an effort to share his victory with his loved ones, Justin began posting his performance footage online. “I put my singing videos from the competition on YouTube so that my friends and family could watch them,” he says. “But it turned out that other people liked them and they started subscribing to them. That's how my manager found me. He saw me on YouTube and contacted my family and now I'm signed!” Seven months after Justin started posting his videos online, former So So Def marketing executive Scooter Braun flew the then 13-year old singer to Atlanta, GA to meet with his elite colleagues. As if Justin's natural singing talent wasn't enough to impress Scooter's inner circle, Braun knew Bieber was also a self-taught musician who plays the drums, guitar, piano and trumpet. “Right when we flew into Atlanta, Scooter drove us to the studio and Usher was there in the parking lot,” remembers Bieber. “That was my first time ever being out of Canada so I went up to him and was like, ‘Hey Usher, I love your songs, do you want me to sing you one?' He was like, ‘No little buddy, just come inside, it's cold out.'” All it took was a short time online for Usher to realize he was in the company of a future superstar. “A week later Usher flew me back to Atlanta,” says Bieber. “I sang for him and his people and he really wanted to sign me then and there but I still had a meeting with Justin Timberlake who also wanted to sign me. It turned out Usher's deal was way better. He had L.A. Reid backing him up and Scooter has alot of connections and is really smart. I always tease Usher now and remind him he how he blew me off the first time we met.” In October of 2008, Justin Bieber officially signed to a joint venture between Usher and Scooter Braun's new label RBMG and Island Records. His debut album, My World is an intimate look into the mind of a budding young renaissance man. With production from star hit men like The Dream and Tricky Stewart who produced “Umbrella” for Rihanna and Beyonce's latest smash, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Justin has everything he needs to achieve pop supremacy. His first single, “One Time” produced by Tricky, is about one of Justin's favorite topics, puppy love. Usher joins Justin on “First Dance” where the two share verses on a song that Bieber describes as, “A slow groovy song that people can dance to.” On the Midi-Mafia produced “Down to Earth” Justin digs deep to talk about growing up. “Bigger” finds the teenaged singer maturing at a steady rate, while motivating his listeners to strive for their goals. “I'm looking forward to influencing others in a positive way,” says Justin. “My message is you can do anything if you just put your mind to it. I grew up below the poverty line; I didn't have as much as other people did. I think it made me stronger as a person it built my character. Now I have a 4.0 grade point average and I want to go to college and just become a better person.” A virtually untapped well of natural artistic talent, Justin Bieber is primed to be a solid force in music for many years to come. “I think older people can appreciate my music because I really show my heart when I sing, and it's not corny,” he says. “I think I can grow as an artist and my fans will grow with me.” And just think, he's just getting started.

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Kanye West

Kanye West: artist, producer, author, designer, icon. Named twice by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, he has sold over 35 million albums and over 85 million digital tracks worldwide. Over the course of his legendary career, he has released seven consecutive #1 albums and seven #1 singles, along with scores of radio hits and millions of concert tickets sold worldwide. West has garnered 57 Grammy nominations and has won 21 Grammys, along with numerous other awards and accolades. He is among the most acclaimed artists of his generation.

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Karlie
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Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss is an American supermodel, entrepreneur and philanthropist. After starting her career as a model, she has since discovered her passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and storytelling. When Karlie isn’t modeling, she spends her time working on her STEAM focused non-profit Kode With Klossy, her YouTube channel, Klossy, and supporting the next generation of designers on Project Runway.

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The Knocks

The Knocks are a New York story through and through. They met as 19-year-old college students, late one night in a studio at the New School. Ben Ruttner, known as “B-Roc,” DJ’ed clubs as a PM day job, and James Patterson, known as “JPatt,” played the organ at a church outside the city. Working out of their bedrooms, The Knocks remixed Jay-Z’s entire “American Gangster” album in two days, calling it American G-Funk. With remixes for Katy Perry and Passion Pit soon following, the Knocks were declared one of the "20 hottest producers in music" by NME and quickly became synonymous with a certain warm, retro-future, disco-kissed touch. Their debut album 55 was a triumph, a resolutely DIY dance album that pulses with the heart of the city. It’s a love letter to the old-school way of making music, and to that classic story of two kids who came to NYC to make it big. With a star-studded cast featuring a diverse range of musical styles and artistry, from New York’s hip hop legend Cam’ron to pop-darling Carly Rae Jepsen, the album embodies a city that’s constantly on the move and always changing. Idolator has called it “pop perfection”, Pop Crush adding that “they’re [The Knocks] coming for an early best album of the year”, and SPIN giving it an 8 out 10 album review and declaring it one of their top 66 albums of 2016. The album twists and turns with unexpected guests and genre-bending flavor. Artists like GRAMMY winner Wycelf Jean, X Ambassadors, Fetty Wap, and Walk The Moon each provide an unparalleled gusto best described by VICE’s NOISEY as “bombastic, funk-finagled, and fun”. The summer of 2016 proved to be a breakout year on the stage for The Knocks as well. Declared as “15 Best Things We Saw During NYC Fest Weekend” by Rolling Stone and “Best of Bonnaroo 2016” by BILLBOARD, The Knocks have had a busy season playing festivals and opening for A-level talent including Justin Bieber (World Purpose Tour), Troye Sivan, Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, and The 1975. With a new ep TESTIFY out now and a revamped live performance rolled-out, The Knocks are positioned to break through the ceiling in 2017. “The finished product is a polished piece of music that reminds you a bit of [Daft Punk’s] Random Access Memories, except even more radio friendly.” - By The Wavs

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Lil Dicky

Rapper, actor and underwear model Lil Dicky (but please, call him Dave) has cemented himself as a staple in the entertainment industry. Riding the commercial success of his debut album "Professional Rapper" (debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in Comedy, Rap and Independent), highlighted with the 2x platinum single "Save Dat Money", LD is poised to make 2018 his biggest year yet: new music, videos and a world tour on the horizon. And did we mention a scripted TV show? That too.

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Martin
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Martin Garrix

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PSY

PSY may be best known for his international smash and electrifying phenomenon, "Gangnam Style" [Republic/ School Boy Records/YG Entertainment], but long before the Internet turned PSY into an international sensation, he spent the last 10 years building his career as one of South Korea's most beloved icons. Jai-Sang Park, known by his stage name, PSY, is a talented and prolific songwriter, who has written or co-written every song he has released during his career, as well as penning successful songs for many popular artists in Korea. More than just a singer/songwriter, PSY is known for his energetic and flamboyant performances both on stage and in his music videos. He is the master of weaving together music, dance, humor, theatrics and shocking visuals as evidenced in the video for “Gangnam Style.” Since its summer release, “Gangnam Style” has made history. Its music video is officially the "most-liked" video in YouTube history, smashing the Guinness World Record previously set by LMFAO with over 6.8 million "likes". The video has also become the most-viewed video on YouTube surpassing 1.4 billion views and counting. It's also cemented the Korean hip hop and pop star as a ubiquitous pop culture presence with an endless array of high-profile television appearances and glowing press. PSY also has been honored recently in the U.S. and across the Atlantic. At the 2012, MTV Europe Music Awards, "Gangnam Style" received the top honor for "Best Video", while at the American Music Awards, he took home their coveted trophy as this year's "New Media Honoree". He managed to give rousing performances at both events as well, even being joined on stage by the legendary MC Hammer for the much-talked about American Music Awards finale this year. On New Year's Eve Psy closed out his stellar chart-topping year with a performance of the hit song on ABC's Rockin' New Year's Eve w/ Ryan Seacrest live from Times Square. It followed up a string of successful high-profile TV appearances including the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Ellen DeGeneres, ABC's Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The View and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. PSY has graced the cover of Billboard and has been featured prominently in Time Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, L.A. Times, GQ, People, Maxim, and more. "Gangnam Style" declared PSY's arrival as a global superstar, and now he's here to stay.

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push baby

“Have you googled Push Baby? It’s horrifying.” That’s exactly what the UK band – Jake Roche (vocals, guitar), Charley Bagnall (guitar), Danny Wilkin (bass, keys) and Lewi Morgan (drums) expect to hear any time someone looks up their name. “No matter what we do we just want people to feel authenticity. Even with the name. People are going to love it or hate it, but at least it’s self-aware” says Jake. “‘Baby’ is the most overused word in pop, so we’re upfront about what this band is coming out of the gate.” This may be your first time hearing of them, but Push Baby is no stranger to the industry. In their past musical life, the four musicians made up pop band Rixton – known for their 2014 smash “Me And My Broken Heart,” which hit number-one on the UK Singles Chart. Despite that early success, the band wasn’t satisfied with the image they had presented the world. They had achieved the dreams of many, but it wasn’t exactly as they had hoped. Rixton just wasn’t them. As things began to slow down shortly after the release of their debut album, the band disappeared into a collective mourning period. They lost their confidence, and the insecurity was paralyzing. They stopped creating – in fact, they stopped everything. The band went totally silent. Four years later, Push Baby emerged. Thankfully, that period of stagnation gave birth to a creative metamorphosis. The band is now ready to deliver their most honest work to date. “We’re telling real stories” muses Roche. “We were away for years, and I come home to everyone thinking I’m now rich and famous. They think I’m getting all kinds of free stuff and living an amazing life. In reality, we’re back to square one.” For this band, square one looks pretty damn good. Armed with unmatched conviction and a wicked sense of humor, Push Baby holed up in the northwest of England and poured everything into their self-made music and delightfully puzzling visuals. Push Baby is doing it their way, and loudly. To be clear, this is not a comeback. While the band is comprised of all original members, they very much consider this a debut. Their first visual, The Running Jump, is an announcement of the dramatic rebrand to fans of the musicians, but appears as a trailer for a newly formed band to the unfamiliar. In the short clip, we see Jake set himself on fire at the edge of a diving board and literally – and metaphorically – dive into the unknown. And yes, he does his own stunts. “We’re giving listeners the truth,” Jake concludes. “The truth can be funny at times. It can be scary at others, but it’s always real” he grins. Push Baby is brutal honesty with a smile, and they’re daring you listen. “And hopefully by the time anybody is reading this,” Jake teases, “The search results for Push Baby will be more than just women giving birth.”

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The
Spencer
Lee
Band

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The Spencer Lee Band

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Steve
Angello

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Steve Angello

It’s a rare feat for a musician to become so popular that the biggest obstacle to their art is the size of their own success. It’s even rarer for the ones who get that big to take a plunge and sacrifice the formula that’s brought them so far for the sake of pursuing a vision that means more to them than sales numbers and chart positions. David Bowie, Radiohead, Trent Reznor, and Kanye West have all done it. Now with his debut solo album Wild Youth, producer Steve Angello has joined their ranks. Angello is one of the most successful electronic musicians in history, a platinum-selling artist at a time where those have become an endangered species and a live performer who routinely plays for crowds the size of a small city. Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, he first discovered his passion for music through albums by Nas and Gang Starr, but became inspired to make dance music as a teenager after hearing Daft Punk’s Homework. He began releasing music alongside his childhood friend Sebastian Ingrosso in 2001, had his first breakthrough hit as a solo artist with his electro-tinged 2005 remix of the Eurythmics’s “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” and broke the UK Top 10 with “Tell Me Why,” his 2006 collaboration with fellow DJ/producer Axwell released under the name Supermode. After establishing his reputation as a formidable figure on the dance music scene, Angello teamed up with Ingrosso and Axwell to form the supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Together the trio released six platinum singles, including the massive “Don’t You Worry Child,” which achieved platinum status in nine countries, as well as two hit album-length compilations. Over the course of their collaboration they earned two Grammy nominations, became the first dance music group to headline Madison Square Garden, and released a concert film from their international farewell tour called Leave the World Behind that topped the iTunes charts in 34 countries. The trio rode the crest of the dance music wave that’s swept the globe, but when Angello reached the very top he decided that he was willing to put it all on the line in order to take a new path as an artist and make the album he’d been dreaming of. Two years ago Angello left Swedish House Mafia and signed a lucrative major label contract as a solo artist that reflected the level of crossover pop success he’d achieved. The problem was that he didn’t want to make pop crossover records anymore, so rather than making compromises to meet someone else’s expectations, he cut the label a check and bought himself out of the contract so he could release Wild Youth through his own Size Records. Free to work without constraints, Angello’s crafted an album that’s both deeply personal and universally accessible. The songs are stories about loss, his troubled childhood, and how he found solace in dance music, and the emotions that echo through them are richer, subtler, and more finely textured than anything he’s ever created. The sounds are also different from what he’s explored before–darker, moodier, and rooted in the analog sounds of the dance music that inspired him when he was a 15-year-old kid haunting his local record store. Despite what the title might suggest, Wild Youth is the self-portrait of a superstar who’s matured into a serious sonic craftsman, one who wrote the rulebook on how to make a smash EDM hit, and is now bending those rules in order to elevate his music to a new level, where platinum-level songwriting and production skills meet a newfound sense of patience and confidence as an artist. Wild Youth isn’t just Steve Angello’s first solo album, it might be the first time the world’s really heard what he’s capable of.

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Todrick
Hall

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Todrick Hall

Todrick Hall, also known as “Toddy Rockstar” or “Quing Toddy,” is living the new American Dream. His journey from Arlington, Texas to Broadway, to Hollywood and onto the computer screen was an incredible “hot mess” of a journey, but built a loyal empire of friends and fans, whom he refers to as his “Toddlerz.” Between assisting in the choreography of his idol, Beyoncé’s, groundbreaking “Blow” music video, writing musical YouTube parodies and masterminding Virgin America’s latest safety video, Todrick is a multifaceted artist and entertainment powerhouse. With a goal to one day be included among the entertainment industry’s elite group of EGOT winners, Todrick’s talents include everything from incredible vocal and acting abilities to cutting edge choreography. Todrick has already made a splash in entertainment, gaining recognition from USA Today and earning coveted spots on Business Insider’s “Hottest YouTube Stars Alive” and Forbes “30 under 30 Entertainment” lists. In 2014 Todrick embarked on his first headlining world tour, “Twerk du Soliel,” selling out shows in LA, NYC and London. With his eponymous MTV show expected out later this year, he plans to captivate the world with his filmed and live performances for years to come.

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Tori Kelly

Since making her debut with 2015’s Unbreakable Smile—a widely acclaimed album that entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2—Tori Kelly has lit up the pop landscape with her breathtaking vocals and full-hearted songwriting. Over the past year, the L.A.-based artist continued to captivate with her sophomore effort Hiding Place: a passion project whose R&B-tinged take on classic gospel won Best Gospel Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards (with the chart-topping single “Never Alone” taking the Best Gospel Performance/Song prize). And though Hiding Place marks a stylistic departure from Kelly’s work in the pop world, each song shows the steadfast commitment to uncompromising artistry that carries through all her music. To kick off 2019, Kelly is offering up a soulful new single called “Change Your Mind.” A pleading confession of an undeniable love, “Change Your Mind” finds Kelly’s voice shifting from tender to soaring to thrillingly gritty, each line delivered with pure, unbridled emotion. It’s exactly that blend of raw feeling and elegant vocal command that made Kelly a 2016 Grammy Award nominee for Best New Artist, and saw her recognized as a breakthrough artist at Billboard’s 2015 Women in Music ceremony. Produced by 12-time Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin, Hiding Place debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, amassing more first-week streams than any other gospel album in history. With “Never Alone” shooting to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart in early January, Kelly is now following her fall 2018 Hiding Place tour with The Acoustic Sessions—a 26-date North American run featuring stripped-back renditions of treasured songs throughout her catalog. Along with reprising her role as Meena in the forthcoming sequel to the 2016 animated movie Sing, she’s also already at work on her next album.

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The
Wanted

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The Wanted

Together as a group since 2009, the Wanted – Tom Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, and Nathan Sykes – have become front-page news with their ferociously infectious tunes, rock solid friendship and laddish charms. Since the UK release of “All Time Low” (from their self-titled debut album of 2010), they have become a sensation in the UK, Ireland, South East Asia, and across Europe, piling up a string of number 1 singles in the UK. They have artfully transcended the ‘boy band' mold and brought a blast of much-needed fresh air to British pop music. From their roots as a band who paid their dues performing in seedy nightclubs and working school tours that took them across the whole of the UK and the world, the Wanted have gone on to worldwide success, with smash hits such as “All Time Low” and “Glad You Came.” Whether its playing at the Summertime Ball at London's Wembley Stadium to a sold out crowd of 80,000 people, a BRIT Award nomination for Best British Single, sold-out nationwide Arena tours, or playing at the iTunes and V festivals with 15,000 hollering revelers packing out the Big Blue Tent at V for a set that many agreed was a highlight of the UK festival, The Wanted have had an amazing ride to the top of the pop crop.

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Usher

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Usher

Challenging himself creatively and testing musical boundaries are characteristics that have defined Usher's career since he was first discovered twenty years ago.  Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including  8 Grammy Awards and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album “Confessions” being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top-10 singles. This year is proving to be a big year for Usher not only in Music but also in Film and his philanthropic endeavors. Musically, Usher is currently recording his much-anticipated 8th studio album which is set for release this year. In the fall he released Chains, a powerful song and interactive experience that brings attention to the social injustices of our times. Usher continues his activism by lending his voice and time to various social awareness projects and organizations such as Art for Amnesty, The American Justice Summit and Sankofa.   Recently Usher completed the filming of his role as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film  “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez and costars Robert De Niro which is due in theaters August 26, 2016.  Last year, Usher finished the European leg of his world tour entitled “The UR Experience”. He also recently completed 2 seasons as a coach on NBC's Emmy award winning hit TV show "The Voice" where he proved his top-notch coaching capability by becoming the champion of season 6.     Realizing that with success comes responsibility. Usher has also proven to be a major philanthropic force. Founded in 1999, his New Look Foundation empowers youth from impoverished communities to become leaders. In recognition of his accomplishments, Usher has been honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Trumpet Foundation, Do Something, the NAACP, and as the 2010 Ford Freedom Award Scholar.  Usher's business ventures include a best-selling line of fragrances, and a business venture with RBMG (Raymond Braun Media Group).

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WATT

This New York-born and Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer has lit a fire with every project he touches within the music industry. His debut solo EP, Ghost In My Head, earned critical acclaim from the likes of Guitar World and boasted drumming courtesy of Chad Smith [Red Hot Chili Peppers] and Joey Castillo [ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Danzig]. He has been tapped to perform and share the stage with everyone from Sting, Slash, Justin Bieber, The Roots, Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Tommy Lee, One Republic, Martin Garrix, Jane’s Addiction, The Struts and more. Prior to the EP’s release, he worked as a producer, songwriter, and musical director for the likes of Justin Bieber & Skrillex, Kygo, DJ Snake, Marshmello, Steve Angello, SNBRN and more. In 2016, he co-wrote the highly successful song by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You,” and co-wrote & produced “Feeling Whitney” on Post Malone’s album Stoney. This year his songwriting and production has been featured all over 2017’s biggest hits including Kygo’s “It Ain’t Me” ft. Selena Gomez (co-wrote & produced),” Camilla Cabello’s “Havanna” ft. Young Thug (co-wrote), Avicii’s “Lonely Together ft. Rita Ora (co-wrote & production), Bebe Rexha’s “Comfortable” ft. Kranium as well as his own track “Burning Man” ft. Post Malone

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Zac
Brown
Band

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Zac Brown Band

The three-time GRAMMY-winning multi-platinum artists’ latest album, ‘WELCOME HOME,’ became the band’s fourth consecutive No. 1 country album. Zac Brown Band played to more than a million fans in 2017 and grossed more than $40 million for their ‘WELCOME HOME’ Tour. Two massive, sold-out stadium shows at Denver’s Coors Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field anchored the 50-market tour, which saw a 40% increase in ticket sales over the previous year. A return to the group’s classic sound, ‘WELCOME HOME’ was produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb and In the Arena Productions and recorded at Southern Ground Nashville Studio. Rolling Stone praised the album’s “southern storytelling, rootsy instrumentation and the sonic swell of eight bandmates who, once again, are firing on the same cylinder.” The chart-topping triumph of ‘WELCOME HOME,’ which also was the group’s fifth consecutive top 10 on the Billboard 200, follows three platinum-selling albums (‘Uncaged,’ ‘You Get What You Give,’ and ‘JEKYLL _+ HYDE’), the 5x-platinum ‘The Foundation,’ and their 2013 project, ‘The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.’ To date, the group has sold more than 25 million singles and 8 million albums. They have achieved 15 #1 radio singles and are the second act to top both the country and active rock formats. The band is represented by CAA, public relations firm Shore Fire Media and digital marketing agency Total Assault. Additional information can be found at http://www.zacbrownband.com/.

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