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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 work includes Ariana Grande, Asher Roth, Black Eyed Peas, CL, Dan + Shay, EDEN, Hilary Duff, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Karlie Kloss, The Knocks, Lil Dicky, Martin Garrix, Moxie Raia, PSY, Rixton, Sheppard, Steve Angello, Todrick Hall, Tori Kelly, Usher, Vic Mensa, 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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Asher
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Black
Eyed
Peas

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Carly
Rae
Jepsen

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Carly Rae Jepsen

You know your song has become a bonafide cultural phenomenon when both Colin Powell and the Cookie Monster have covered it. The irresistible earworm “Call Me Maybe” was inescapable this summer, its ubiquity turning its co-author, Canadian singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, into a breakout star. The 5x-platinum “Call Me Maybe” has sold more than 9.1 million singles worldwide and climbed to No. 1 in more than 37 countries, including the U.S. where it spent a record-breaking nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. “I remember playing the song for my family for the first time,” Jepsen says. “My aunt started dancing and she never dances so I thought that was a good sign. But I never expected it to take off quite like this.” Although she’s been an established artist in Canada for several years — with a third-place finish on Canadian Idol, two gold singles, two albums, and two Juno Award nominations to her name — Jepsen was a virtual unknown in the U.S. when “Call Me Maybe” hit it big. Now she’s looking forward to showing the rest of the world what else she has in her bag of tricks with the release of her U.S. debut album Kiss, which showcases her rich, distinctive voice, heartfelt lyrics, and down-to-earth charm. “I definitely wanted to make a pop album,” Jepsen says. “My love affair with pop music has been growing stronger and stronger each year. I’m a bit of a hippy at heart so it’s kind of like flower-child pop. My intention was to make an album that really felt like me and shows what I have to offer the music world. It’s inspired by Robyn and The Cars and it’s all about matters of the heart.” Jepsen wrote or co-wrote nearly every song on the album, collaborating with songwriters and producers Max Martin, Dallas Austin, LMFAO’s Redfoo, Toby Gad, Marianas Trench singer Josh Ramsay, and Cherrytree/Interscope artist Matthew Koma. “I flew to Sweden to work with Max Martin and I’ve always wanted to witness his process so that was huge for me,” Jepsen says. “But I really owe a lot of people thanks for investing their time and talent to my project. The RedFoo and Matthew Koma collaboration on [first single] ‘This Kiss’ is a bit of a funny story. We wrote the entire song via e-mails, telephone calls, and text messages. It’s probably my favorite track on the album. It’s all about temptation and lust. Another track I really enjoyed working on was ‘Your Heart is a Muscle’ with Toby Gad. The concept was something I had been thinking about for a while. It’s kind of gruesome, but true: You can make your heart stronger if you try. ‘Turn Me Up’ is fun because it’s not your typical break-up song. It’s about the ending of a relationship, but in a positive light.” “I have a life-long fascination with the subject of love,” Jepsen continues. “When I meet people for the first time and we get past the surface-y conversations, I am always dying to know what their ‘love story’ is. Everyone has one. It’s not always happy, but it’s a story, and I like putting it to music.” Other highlights on Kiss include “Good Time” — a duet with Owl City that hit No. 3 on the Billboard Pop chart and has sold over a million copies since its release in June. “I’ve been a big fan of Owl City since ‘Fireflies,’” Jepsen says. “I remember seeing Adam perform live in Vancouver and thinking he was brilliant, so when he asked me to feature on the track I was beyond flattered.” Then there’s the acoustic guitar-tinged “Beautiful,” which Justin Bieber wrote with Toby Gad and presented to Jepsen the day he and Jepsen first met. “I thought the song was lovely,” she recalls. “Not only did he ask me to sing on it, but he encouraged me to try it right then and there. So literally 30 minutes after meeting Justin for the first time, I was thrown into the studio to start tracking.” Bieber, with whom Jepsen will tour North America this fall, is of course the catalyst for Jepsen’s new life in the spotlight, having jumpstarted her career in the U.S. in February when he began Tweeting about a song he had heard on the radio while home for Christmas vacation: “Call Me Maybe.” He and his manager Scooter Braun signed Jepsen to Braun’s Schoolboy Records and Interscope Records and watched “Call Me Maybe” race up the charts. Its rapid rise was initially fueled by a video that Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and others shot of themselves lip-synching and dancing to the song and subsequently posted on YouTube, where it inspired fans and such celebrities as Katy Perry and James Franco to post their own homemade videos in response. “I first saw Justin and Selena’s video along with everyone else when it was posted on Carlos Pena’s YouTube channel,” Jepsen says. “I had to watch it three times before it actually registered. It’s still hard to believe all of this is actually happening to me. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be in this position, I wouldn’t have believed you. I would not have written this experience into my story.” Jepsen’s story begins in Mission, British Columbia, where she grew up the daughter of educators and music lovers. “Since I was a kid, my parents and step-parents could see that I was really passionate about music,” Jepsen says. “I sang to anything I could mimic.” Jepsen’s father played guitar and would sing her James Taylor songs at night before bed while her mother taught her lyrics to Leonard Cohen songs. “Music was the way I connected with everyone and my family encouraged that in me,” she says. Jepsen caught the musical theater bug in high school, starring in Annie, The Wiz, and Grease, and attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria after graduating. At 17, she got her first guitar and, because her parents were in the school system, thought she might become a music teacher, although singing her own songs eventually won out. Jepsen performed in pubs, challenging herself to win over indifferent audiences. “I knew I had done well if they got quiet and were watching me by the end,” she says. “It felt like, ‘I had to fight for that one, but it was so worth it.’” By 2007, playing in pubs had gotten old and somehow becoming a music teacher didn’t seem too appealing either. Jepsen’s high-school drama instructor, whom she describes as “a Mr. Holland’s Opus type,” encouraged her to try out for Canadian Idol. “I wasn’t convinced, but my teacher said, ‘The only way that any of these doors are going to open is if you knock on every single one of them. Don’t decide your path. Let it decide you.’ The day of the audition, I remember thinking, ‘I could have a long bath, or I could just go audition.’” Jepsen placed third on Canadian Idol and released her first album Tug of War independently through Fontana/Maple Music in August 2008. The album spawned two gold singles, “Tug of War” and “Bucket,” and earned her a Canadian Radio Music Award for Song of the Year along with a new signing to Canada’s 604 Records. Carly was also nominated for Juno Awards for New Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (with her producer Ryan Stewart) and a Much Music Video Award for UR FAVE New Artist. In February 2012, Jepsen released Curiosity, a six-song EP that showcased a poppier sound than she had delivered on the folk-flavored Tug of War. “I knew that I had changed as an artist after being on the road with bands like Marianas Trench and The New Cities,” Jepsen says. “I saw the effect they had on the crowd, how they inspired the audience to get up and dance and that appealed to me. I wanted to create that kind of energy with my music. I was also listening to different things, like Robyn, La Roux, and Dragonette, and I just felt a change in myself. I didn’t know how it was going to be accepted, but I couldn’t deny that it was happening.” Following her instincts has paid off for Jepsen. Kiss is a killer dance-pop set that is poised to launch her even further into the stratosphere. “I just want people to enjoy it,” she says. “I hope it’s music that makes you feel happy and want to sing or dance along. And maybe it will inspire people to be brave in love.”

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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
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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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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 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 is an American super model, spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris and 34-time Vogue cover model as well as a philanthropist, NYU student, and entrepreneur. Raised in St. Louis, Karlie was discovered at a local charity fashion show at age 13. Since, Karlie has walked for top designers including Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Versace, to name a few. She has also been the face of campaigns for Kate Spade, Jason Wu and Nike, among others. In 2014, Karlie was named the global ambassador for L'Oreal Paris. Outside of modeling, Karlie partnered with Momofuku Milk Bar, combining her passion for baking, nutrition and philanthropy to create her own line of vegan, gluten-free cookies benefiting FEED and the CFDA. Karlie's personal passion for coding lead her to launch the Kode With Karlie scholarship to support young women learning code. The scholarship provided 21 young women with the opportunity to take the Flatiron School’s summer program. In the summer of 2015, Karlie launched her YouTube channel, Klossy, to share her story and the stories of others.

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The
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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
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Lil Dicky

Lil Dicky is the voice of the voiceless. His debut mixtape, So Hard, has been categorized as “funny,” and “impressive” by his friends. His first commercial album, Professional Rapper, debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 200 and #1 on both the comedy and rap charts. A non-traditional rapper originally from Philadelphia, Dave Burd aka Lil Dicky uses a mix of comedy, lyrical ingenuity, and self-deprecation to spew out entertaining and relatable content. When he was 14, he opened up for the R&B group 112 at his overnight camp. He’s been rapping ever since. Currently, he’s had sex with nineteen women, but he’s hoping that number goes up with time, patience, and a positive outlook. At night, he’ll pee sitting down, due to fatigue. Join him on his quest to change rap forever.

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Martin
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Martin Garrix

In these fickle times, success stories come and go with shocking regularity. At just 20 years of age however, Martin Garrix has proven his uncanny ability to expertly navigate the competitive entertainment industry, and has established himself as a behemoth of both the electronic and pop worlds. This speaks volumes about his talent, maturity and vision. If 2013 was his breakthrough year, 2016 was the year he staked his claim as more than a dance music A-lister. Indeed, dance music remains his love and focus—but as was evident from his all-conquering #1 hit “In The Name Of Love” with Bebe Rexha - Garrix's horizons have broadened dramatically. Racking up over a billion cumulative streams since the release and dominating airwaves across the world, the track was the sound of Garrix laying a marker in the sand. A marker that reminded us that he leads and doesn’t follow, breaking away from the status quo and showing that his musicality translates potently from the dancefloor to the world of pop. This smash hit was also set to elevate him to household name status, as well as marking the beginning of Garrix's global deal with Sony Music International. On top of that, his own STMPD RCRDS label - launched in 2016 as an output for his original tracks and collaborations - has already begun to support and release new music from other great artists and up-andcoming talent alike.  Becoming a mentor for other artists at the age of 20 is just another of Garrix’s remarkable feats and his commitment to using his position to bring through more new talent is highly admirable. “There’s so much music out there in this whole EDM thing that sounds so similar” he says. “I want to make my label more diverse.” Martin's move into the world of pop and the mainstream at large should come as little surprise. His 2013 debut Animals went to No. 1 in the UK, a true crossover track that was created with nothing more than the dancefloor in mind. He quickly embraced his appeal to the wider world, collaborating with megastars like Tiësto, Avicii and Usher.  “In The Name Of Love” sent Garrix stratospheric, and marked the next chapter in his efforts for crossover domination, including an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he performed live on guitar and two wins at the MTV Europe Music Awards where he once again brought out his guitar. The several high-profile live performances are a testament to his expert musicianship that got him interested in music in the first place. Most recently, in January 2017, he released another stunner of a single: “Scared to be Lonely” featuring Dua Lipa. Yet he doesn’t seem phased in the slightest, keeping a cool head, carefully choosing his next move. He hasn't followed some tried-and-tested route to success: instead he’s ripping up the rule book and doing what he believes in.  Whether that’s working on crafting a slew of club bangers, trying his hand at film scoring or working on his hip, top secret new alias, he's sticking to his guns - and it seems to be working pretty well so far.  Despite all these exciting new opportunities and challenges, there’s no chance of him letting up his DJing activities any time soon. The synergy between his studio and live shows is undeniable, and has propelled him to the #1 spot on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll for 2016, just three years on from the release of his debut single as an unknown. The biggest festivals in the world clamor for him to perform, from havens of populist cool like Coachella and Lollapalooza, to the cream of the dance scene like Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland. Perhaps the cherry on his cake right now would be his massive residencies in dance music capitals Ibiza and Las Vegas. Highlighting his phenomenal global reach, this year will see him hold down a residency at Omnia, Las Vegas as well as not one but two season-long shows on the white isle. After a wildly successful summer at Ushuaïa Ibiza last year, Martin will be returning to the iconic open air club as well as taking on a residency at the brand new Hï venue, giving him the perfect opportunity to indulge even more of his creative desires. ‘’This year I will have not one, but two residencies on my favorite island – Ibiza’’ he says. ‘’This time I got the chance to return to Ushuaïa with a brand new concept to give the crowd a unique Martin Garrix experience. While at the same time, I can bring back Multiply to Ibiza at Hï. The two residencies will have their own unique vibe, showing different sides of myself’’. Forging a phenomenal career that belies his age, in just four years, Martin Garrix has achieved what many could only have dreamed of in a lifetime. Yet for someone who has yet to have his 21st birthday, one thing is for certain, Garrix is only just getting started.

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Moxie Raia

Singing conscious pop music, with inspiration from 90s hip hop and soul, Moxie Raia is a singer songwriter living in downtown Los Angeles. Moxie released her debut mixtape 931 with features from Wyclef Jean, Jimi Tents, Post Malone, Pusha T, Goldlink and many others. The first song from the project, How To Feel, is a heart wrenching ballad that garnered vocal comparisons to Adele. Her lyrics are raw and honest; her melodies are both visceral and intimate; her vibe is down to earth but still elevated; and her voice is perfectly imperfect and undeniably her own. You can download 931 for free at YoMoxie.com. Moxie just finished 5 months as the opening act on Justin Bieber's Purpose Tour for all of North America and she was named Artist to Watch by Rolling Stone.

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PSY

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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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Rixton

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Rixton

The first full-length album from Rixton—the Manchester, England-based foursome whose debut single “Me and My Broken Heart” went platinum in the U.S. and hit #1 on the UK Singles chart in 2014—Let the Road takes its title from a soulful, harmony-powered a capella song that the band wrote in its earliest days. “We came up with ‘Let the Road’ years ago in a caravan in Danny’s back garden, when we were trying to make something happen with our music and nothing was working out,” says vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jake Roche, who formed Rixton with Charley Bagnall (vocals, lead guitar), Danny Wilkin (vocals, bass, keys), and Lewi Morgan (vocals, drums) in 2012. “It’s perfect to have that be the title track and the first song on this album,” Jake continues, “because it shows that you really never know where you’re going in life.” Produced by Benny Blanco (Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Rihanna, OneRepublic) and released via School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records, Let the Road serves as a prime showcase for the melody-fueled fusion of pop, rock, and R&B that’s propelled Rixton out of that backyard caravan and into the international spotlight. Along with “Me and My Broken Heart” and “Wait On Me” (Rixton’s second single, a reggae-tinged summer smash that landed on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart soon after its July 2014 release), the album features both new material and songs revamped from dozens of demos the band’s assembled over the years. Those newer tracks include their haunting third single “Hotel Ceiling,” penned by Ed Sheeran to reveal a darker, moodier, more intense side of Rixton. Further proof of the group’s magnetic versatility, Rixton weave their breathtaking four-part harmonies and high-energy, live-instrument-based brand of pop into tracks as diverse as the stripped-back party song “I Like Girls,” the aching piano ballad “Whole,” and the breezy but bittersweet breakup number “Beautiful Excuses.” “Our sound’s changed slightly over the years,” notes Lewi, “but one thing that’s stayed consistent is writing big songs that take the listener on an emotional journey.” To record Let the Road, Rixton headed to New York City and spent several months holed up in the studio with Blanco. “Benny’s an absolute genius,” says Charley. “Working with him puts you in a completely different head space, and he does all these crazy things to get you in the zone.” In making the album, that craziness included urging Jake to watch “hours and hours of Soul Train and Prince videos” before laying down the vocals for the disco-pop stomper “We All Want the Same Thing.” “After all that, when I finally got into the vocal booth, I found this part of my voice I’d never sung in before,” Jake says. “Benny just has a way of drawing out these things you didn’t even know you had in you.” And during the recording of “Make Out”—a supremely catchy track whose video earned serious attention for its sweet-natured spoofing, including a trash-bag-clad Charley posing as Lady Gaga—Rixton made the most of that day’s dead-of-summer weather. “It was about 105 degrees out and there was no way to get away from the heat,” says Danny. “There was one part where we had to do gang vocals and we were all just in a terrible mood, so we decided to take our clothes off and sing the whole part pretty much totally naked.” The brother-like kinship that carried Rixton through Let the Road’s recording first began to form more than a half-decade ago, when Jake dropped out of school at 16 to dedicate his life to music and quickly joined forces with Danny (who’d recently quit college for the same reason). After three years of collaborating on songwriting and playing covers in pubs around Manchester—and living in that caravan in Danny’s family’s backyard to make ends meet—the duo crossed paths with Charley and recruited him as their lead guitarist. With Charley’s years of experience in pop-punk group Rio instilling an edgier vibe into their pop/R&B-influenced sound, the trio spent a year writing together before rounding out their lineup with the addition of Lewi (who’d devoted the past seven years to sharpening his drum skills by playing in a series of rock bands). By the end of 2012, Rixton were steadily gaining a following both locally (due to frequent gigs at nearby hole-in-the-wall venues) and beyond (thanks to a growing presence on YouTube). While those YouTube videos mainly featured the band’s harmony-driven covers of R&B artists like R. Kelly and Usher, it was a cheeky rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”—complete with elf hats and barbershop-quartet styling—that earned Rixton their first big break by catching the ear of Scooter Braun (the talent manager known for his work with Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Ariana Grande). After flying to London to meet Rixton within 24 hours of tracking them down, Braun found himself struck by their refined songwriting skills (evidenced on early songs like “Speakerphone,” a strangely poignant drunk-dialing ode featured on Let the Road). Braun then connected the band with Blanco, who—just days later—asked to produce Rixton’s entire debut album. In the whirlwind year that followed, Rixton not only signed to School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records and set to work on Let the Road, but also established themselves as an unstoppable live act by playing major venues like Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (where they opened for Justin Bieber, performing for a crowd of 19,000 on just 24 hours’ notice). Their live experience has included a summer 2014 headlining tour—as well as a June 2014 performance at London’s famed Wembley Stadium— next was Ariana Grande’s North American and European tours, and then supporting act for Ed Sheeran on his North American tour. “It’s a huge honor to open for Ed,” said Jake. “We’ve been big fans since day one, and we’ve become fairly close with him since ‘Hotel Ceiling’ came about. We can’t wait to hit the road and watch him perform every night.” As their growing popularity takes them to bigger and bigger stages around the world, Rixton make a point of keeping it all in perspective. “It’s crazy that we started out being so excited to play for about 30 people in some pub in Manchester, but now we try to bring that same energy wherever we go,” notes Jake. And with the release of Let the Road, Rixton’s members all share a similar mission of keeping tied to their roots while following their musical passion into the band’s future. “One of the things we’re most proud of is that we’ve managed to take these songs that have meant a lot to us for so long, and finally get them onto an album,” says Danny. “Even though we’ve performed them so many times over the past years, the meaning is still as strong as ever for us, and we’re just really happy to put them out into the world.”

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Sheppard

There’s a story George Sheppard likes to tell about the night his life changed. It was April, 2014. Sheppard the band had travelled to the United States for MUSEXPO, the music, media and technology conference. But George and Sheppard guitarist Jay Bovino were more concerned with sitting in their shared Los Angeles hotel room, checking the single charts back home in Australia. The band’s giddy new release ‘Geronimo’ had already been out a month, but was choosing this particular night to begin its assault on the ARIA charts in earnest. Sitting in the hotel room, the bandmates kept refreshing iTunes every couple of minutes. And each time, the song climbed higher and higher. And higher. It reached number 12. “We were thinking, ‘Wow! This is crazy!’” Then George went to bed. “I woke up at maybe two in the morning,” George continues. “There was this tap-tap-tap on my shoulder and Jay’s voice in my ear: ‘George! It’s at number one!’ And I fell right back to sleep.” It wasn’t a dream. Rising in the morning, George opened his laptop and there it was. ‘Geronimo’ sat at number one. “It was crazy,” he says. Sheppard had created a phenomenon that quickly went international, the song’s call to follow your dreams packing a universal appeal. ‘Geronimo’ went six-times platinum in Australia and raced to the top of the charts throughout Europe. It became a sleeper hit in the United States, eventually peaking at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and achieving platinum status (1,000,000 sales). A debut album Bombs Away would go gold in Australia, the band would win an ARIA for ‘Best Group’ and complete what seemed like endless rounds of touring, including knock-out performances at Rock in Rio 2015, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. There were sold-out headline shows in New York and Los Angeles, performances for both the Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. All fuelled by little more than three and a half minutes of pop music. The question is, how do you follow ‘Geronimo’? That’s what the songwriting team of George, Jay and Amy Sheppard asked themselves when turning to record a follow-up to Bombs Away in March of last year. “It’s both a gift and a curse, for sure,” says George. “We’ve definitely gone through a process where we had to get over comparing everything to ‘Geronimo’.” Initially, an intensive series of writing sessions in April in Los Angeles didn’t seem to help. Sheppard wanted to expand their horizons with new collaborators, but George describes the experience as a “shotgun blast”. “Every day it was a different room, writing with different producers,” he says. “It was so overwhelming.” But the band ultimately hit it off with two pairs of producers: Peter Thomas and Kyle Moorman; and New Zealanders Gladius and Big Taste. “Pete and Kyle had actually been the first ones we wrote with,” George says. “We got off the plane, jumped in a room and wrote ‘Keep Me Crazy’.” And like that, Sheppard’s new album had a lead single. ‘Keep Me Crazy’ is a galloping ode to freewheeling relationships that’s both a logical progression from Bombs Away and a giant leap forward in songwriting and musicianship. It also marks a new direction for Sheppard, the band’s signature sense of adventure balanced by a greater romanticism. “It’s about the importance of keeping youthful,” George says. “I’ve always been a bit uneasy about the idea of settling down. Staying a little crazy and wild is an appealing idea. “‘Keep Me Crazy’ felt like the right choice [for the first single],” he continues says. “It has a real Sheppard vibe — a continuation of the old, becoming the new.” Most importantly, ‘Keep Me Crazy’ fits Sheppard’s ultimate brief of writing music that will translate live for their fans around the world. There’s the slinky, danceable riff; the rolling thunder of the chorus; the hair-raising key lyric It was love in a minute / Girl I admit it / Let’s make a break for the door. It’s a song you immediately envision played live at concerts in the United States, or music festivals in South Africa. “We belong to these different places, these different countries,” George says. “Trying to write music that sticks with our fans around the world — music that is fun but has a deeper underlying meaning that connects — that’s why we do this.”

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Steve
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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
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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

2016 Best New Artist Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter and producer Tori Kelly has been as an "Artist to Watch" by Rolling Stone, USA Today and Spin. The California native sold-out her US tour in support of her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hits “Nobody Love” and “Should’ve Been Us.” Unbreakable Smile was re-issued on January 29with two additional tracks: single, “Hollow,” which topped the Top 25 at Pop radio and climbed on the Rhythmic charts, and a brand new song entitled “Something Beautiful.” This December, Kelly stars as Meena, in the animated movie Sing alongside Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson.

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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

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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Vic
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Vic Mensa

At the age of 23, Grammy nominated artist Vic Mensa has already established himself as an integral part of Chicago culture, first co-founding the SAVEMONEY collective and releasing two mixtape in two years and now as a solo artist signed with the SB Projects family. In 2016 Vic Mensa released his critically acclaimed EP “There’s Alot Going On” which included the powerful song “16 Shots” about the tragic shooting of Chicago Teen Laquan McDonald and “Shades of Blue” which is a reflection on the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. Vic Mensa's live performances to date include Wireless Festival, Governors Ball Festival, 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, Budweiser’s Made in America Festival and many more.

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