Music

SB Management

Scooter Braun Management (“SB Management”) 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 SB Management team work around the clock to put its clients in a position to make their dreams come true. While nothing comes easy, SB Management has an established track record of helping its clients achieve worldwide fame and commercial success within a short period of time after working together. Clients include Amber Riley, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen, CL, Cody Simpson, Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, Krishane, Madison Beer, Martin Garrix, PSY, Rixton, Sheppard, Steve Angello, The Wanted, Todrick Hall, Tori Kelly and Who Is Fancy.

Artists

Amber
Riley

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Amber Riley

Amber Riley, best known for her role of “Mercedes Jones” on FOX’s Golden Globe and SAG Award winning musical comedy “Glee,” recently won season 17 of ABC’s hit competition series “Dancing with the Stars” alongside her partner Derek Hough. She got her first big break when Ryan Murphy cast her in the pilot "St. Sass." Although the pilot was not picked up to series, she was able to use that experience to land a role on the television series "Cedric the Entertainer Presents.” Amber has performed in numerous theater productions, including "Alice in Wonderland," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Into the Woods" and "Mystery on the Docks" with the Los Angeles Opera. In November 2012, she made her New York stage debut to rave reviews in New York City Center’s Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade. “(Riley) offered a note-perfect take on “Stormy Weather,” – Entertainment Weekly. Amber has received two individual NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for her work on “GLEE.” In 2011, she was nominated for a second Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer and in 2010 received the Most Popular Geek Award at AOL’s 1st Annual Geek Awards. Amber previously served as an Ambassador for VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation and as a member of Seventeen Magazine’s Body Peace Council. She is currently in the studio working on her debut solo album.

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Ariana
Grande

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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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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

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CL

CL, the team leader of 2NE1, is the epitome of a perfect entertainer - she is a versatile rapper, vocalist, and dancer. Her explosive charisma and live performance is what sets her apart from your typical K-Pop artist as she embodies WOMAN POWER on stage. Style.com has labeled her "a fashion icon" as she is muse to Jeremy Scott and can often be seen hanging with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Terry Richardson at Fashion Weeks worldwide. She has featured on Skrillex's "Recess" album alongside Diplo and label-mate G-Dragon, on the hit track "Dirty Vibe". With her solo cut "Mental Breakdown (MTBD)" from 2NE1's best-selling and highest charting album in US Billboard 200 History, "Crush", and her first solo song, "The Baddest Female", CL demonstrates a unique musical style with coupled with a powerful image and style.

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Cody
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Cody Simpson

Cody Simpson's third full-length album and first for his very own Coast House Records, Free, signals the start of something new. "This is the beginning of a long musical journey for me," he declares. "I’m sticking to my guitar. I know who I am. I know where I’m headed, and that’s all I have to say.” In 2014, the Australian-born Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter found himself independent for the first time as he thought this was the best path for him moving forward in his musical career. That independence invigorated and inspired a flurry of creativity as well as an insatiable desire to collaborate. Through a serendipitous introduction, he ended up in a Malibu studio overlooking the ocean with producer Cisco Adler. Within hours, Cody realized he had met his “musical soul brother.” They immediately began working on what would become Free. “The moment I finally felt I had the tools necessary to execute my vision was when I met Cisco in Malibu,” he shares. “I was looking at the ocean, and I felt home. It was the perfect environment with the perfect partner to make the album I had always wanted to make. The universe brought us together. I had so much peace, and I was able to move on from the frustrations of my prior situations. I was finally on the right path.” That path saw early morning surfing give way to late night studio sessions marked by laughter, smiles, and countless memories. Nodding to lifelong influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Sublime, Cody cooked up a sun-kissed sound of his own driven by sandy acoustic guitars, steel drums, soaring solos, and unforgettable hooks. “It sounds like me,” he declares. “I just wrote, and this is what came out. For the first time, I felt like I properly represented who I am as an artist. Being free from the pop world is the most incredible feeling. I don’t have to conform to anything. I didn’t think about anyone except for myself and the people who are going to be with me for a long time. I want to bring real music with live instruments back.” He does just that on tracks like “Flower.” A hummable riff blossoms into a shimmering hook that instantly shines. “The sun was just coming up,” he recalls. “We could hear the crashing waves, and we came up with this magical little guitar lick. It was so natural. You’ve got that imagery of picking petals off flowers, and it paints a picture.” Then, there’s “New Girls New Problems,” which tempers his sharp storytelling with a cleverly catchy refrain. “I wanted to get a little edgier,” he admits. “I wanted to do something derived from the negatives of the relationship I’ve been in now for a little while. It’s ultimately a positive situation, but we’ve broken up twice. Musically, there was no layout, and we captured this flow.” “Happy Little Hippy” is the ultimate ode to flower children everywhere with its wistful western twang, surf rock swagger, and carefree chorus. “We wanted to write a song about a girl who doesn’t conform to society,” Cody continues. “Personally, I think society keeps people in boxes. This is about a girl who doesn’t know there are any boxes. It’s your ideal free-spirited woman.” Meanwhile, “Love Yourself” proved to be a dream come true for Cody. One of his idols, G. Love of G Love & Special Sauce, joined him in the studio for this spirited call-and-response. “I’m a big fan of his music,” he says. “He has an awesome blues vibe. In the song, I’m wishing that I lived during the time G. Love was growing up. He’s telling me it’s not as good as I thought it was .We both share this message to love yourself, just cruise, and live life.” Cody has enjoyed quite the impressive career. His 2013 album Surfer’s Paradise featured collaborations with Ziggy Marley and Asher Roth and landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. He toured Europe and the U.S. as direct support for Justin Bieber and released his official autobiography, Welcome To Paradise: My Journey, through Harper Collins. Along the way, he performed on television programs including The Today Show, Live! with Kelly, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and garnered the award for “Favorite Aussie Star” at the 2012 Kids Choice Awards as well as International Male Artist Award at the 2015 Huading Awards in China. However, Free opens the first page of his biggest chapter yet. “To me, this feels like the first project I’ve ever put out,” Cody concludes. “I want the music to speak for itself. This is meant to allow listeners to feel timeless, happy, and free. The world needs music back."

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Dan
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Shay

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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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Justin
Bieber

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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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Krishane

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Krishane

Born in Jamaica, Krishane grew up in a world of music being the son of Veteran reggae star Barrington Levy. With a strong passion for music from an early age Krishane started writing and singing from the tender age of just six. At age 11 his singing was spotted at prep school and he was to be known as the “Melodic Bird”. At just 19 Krishane moved to London to sign and world-wide recording and publishing agreement with 1 2 One Entertainment and is now in the recording studio with the likes of hit producers Will Simms ( Sean Kingston, Girls Generation, Exo, & Nabiha.) Michael Angelo ( Sam Smith, Jacob Banks, Rascals. & Justice Crew) Bless Beats ( Wiley, Roll Deep. Da La Soul. Jess Glynne) to name just few. Many of which are already saying he is one of the most original and talented artists they have ever worked with. Krishane’s music is best described as colourful urban pop crossover. It’s fun, upbeat with a real global appeal.

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Madison
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Madison Beer

Madison Beer has quickly solidified herself as one of the more promising up and coming talents in music. Hailing from Long Island, New York, Madison first gained recognition on YouTube in 2011 and rapidly became a viral hit - garnering millions of views on her page. Manager and media mogul Scooter Braun, and pop R&B sensation Justin Bieber took notice, signing Madison to a management and label deal. Madison released her first single and music video, “Melodies”, under Island Def Jam in September 2013. Shortly thereafter, MTV endorsed her as the “Fresh Face of Pop.” The music video alone has 9.8 million+ views and counting on VEVO. In June 2014, Madison released her second single and music video for “Unbreakable,” produced by the team responsible for Demi Lovato’s “Let It Go.” The music video has generated more than 6.8 million views on VEVO and continues to grow. Most recently, Madison performed at the 2014 Arthur Ashe Kid's Day. She is currently working on her debut album. In addition to music, Madison has served as a Brand Ambassador for Ralph Lauren’s global child literacy initiative. The program was launched in May at the 2014 Ralph Lauren Children’s Fashion Show hosted at the New York Public Library. In conjunction with child literacy, Madison has further spread the importance of education and teacher appreciation, partnering with Scholastic. Recent charitable programs involved include “Wags and Walks”, “Teens for Jeans”, "MyMusicRx", “Grandparents Gone Wired” and singing for in-patients at the Mattel UCLA Children’s Hospital.

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Martin
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Martin Garrix

Most teenagers celebrate their high school graduation at home, toasting their coming of age with apple cider and supermarket cupcakes with grandma, Aunt Jean and a few classmates. Martin Garrix celebrated finishing music academy classes in June by partying with hundreds of thousands, first in Warsaw, then Las Vegas (Electric Daisy Carnival) then Dover (Firefly Festival) and then back in Vegas (Hakkassan). Such is life when you’re the fastest-rising act in electronic dance music. In the span of 12 months, the 18-year-old Garrix not only completed school, but went from a being literal spectator at the world’s largest music festivals to performing on their main stages, propelled by a Top 10 hit, savvy business partnerships and a certain self-awareness that’s often lost on young stars. In 2004, Garrix experienced something of a revelation while watching TV at home in the Netherlands. "I had never been interested in electronic music," he admits. "Then, I saw Tiësto playing the Olympics on television. I hadn't heard that music before. My mom played classical piano, and my dad and I played guitar. It was the first time I witnessed the beats, tempo, and vibe electronic music gives you. From that point, I was hooked. I started listening to trance, and I slowly moved to house. I instantly began saving up money for my first DJ setup." That first setup allowed him to begin performing at parties for his parents' friends, weddings, and other local events. Simultaneously, he produced his own original music, honing his production skills and craft. In 2010, Garrix hit the stage at a club in Amsterdam. Only 13-years-old at the time, he instantly sent the venue into a frenzy. Fast forward two years later, he posted an unofficial remix of Enrique Iglesias's "Tonight" that sent the blog-o-sphere ablaze. As buzz and enthusiasm grew, iconic dance label Spinnin' Records offered him his first deal. Sander van Doorn lent support through releasing "Error 404" on his label, and collaborations with Sidney Samson ["Torrent"] and Julian Jordan ["BFAM"] followed. Garrix went on to do official remixes for the likes of Christina Aguilera ["Your Body"] and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Vs. Sander van Doorn ["Project T"]. 2013 saw him un-cage "Animals", his breakout international single. Fusing a tribal bounce to a seductively dark refrain, the track charges ahead like a dance floor stampede. Upon release, it climbed to #1 on the Beatport Top Songs Chart and impressively held the spot for four weeks. As a result, Garrix became the youngest artist ever to seize the top spot. It reached #1 in the UK, Holland and Belgium as well as Top 5 in Australia, France, Spain, and Germany. In the aftermath, the track saw release in the U.S. via Casablanca Records. The single had solidified him as a bona fide record-breaking phenomenon and even reached a Platinum status in the U.S. with over 1 million sales. "I've had that melody since I was 12," he smiles. "It stuck in my head, and I wanted to do something with it for so long. The drop is very different. It feels like you're in the jungle. It's just a blast of energy." Following up the success of "Animals", his remix of "Project T" and his collaboration with Jay Hardway ‘Wizard’ ascended #1 on Beatport and in the UK charts as well. As he rises through the ranks of EDM, he's also still finding time to enjoy growing up and keeping up with his friends. "It's so weird," Garrix laughs. "They join me on the road very often, and we have fun. They're pretty excited!" They're not the only ones who are excited though. Fans everywhere have gotten wild with Garrix and his sound. He goes on, "The most amazing thing is hearing how many people get inspired by my music and story. I want to show everyone that if you pursue your dreams, they can come true no matter what. That's what I want to do." 2014 has been all about releasing new music and touring. His collaboration with Firebeatz on ‘Helicopter’ already got to #1 on Beatport as well as all of his other releases in 2014; “Tremor” (with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike), “Gold Skies” (with Sander van Doorn and DVBBS), “Turn up the Speakers” (with Afrojack) and “VIRUS” (with MOTi). And just when things look like they can’t get any better, Martin lands on the #4 spot in the influential DJ Mag Top 100 list. Upcoming is his collaboration with Ed Sheeran, scheduled to come out early 2015. After selling out his debut clubtour with over 200 shows all over the world and headlining the biggest festivals, Martin is back in studio producing new music and gearing up for his debut album.

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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

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). With their live experience now including a summer 2014 headlining tour—as well as a June 2014 performance at London’s famed Wembley Stadium—Rixton are getting ready to join Ariana Grande on her upcoming North American and European tours, and then head out as a supporting act for Ed Sheeran on his North American tour. “It’s a huge honor to open for Ed,” says 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

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Sheppard

After developing into one Australia’s biggest acts on commercial radio last year (Top 10 on national radio), Sheppard returned in 2014 with their ARIA #1, and triple platinum hit single, ‘Geronimo’ - the first track from their highly anticipated debut album, titled ‘Bombs Away’, which will hit stores on July 11. The band’s breakthrough hit ‘Let Me Down Easy’ ignited radio airwaves around the world last year, hitting the Top 20 ARIA and airplay charts in Australia and the Top 10 in Thailand. The single, which is on its way to double platinum sales in AU/NZ, cracked the Top 100 on the CMJ college radio charts in the US last year and received further chart success in New Zealand, Holland and Thailand. Since touring to sold-out crowds in North America in 2012, Sheppard have played to audiences in the UK, The Philippines, Europe, Thailand, South Africa and India. Their second single ‘Geronimo’ has taken the world by storm, hitting the top of the ARIA charts in Australia achieving triple platinum status, and breaking the all-time record for longest running #1 single by an independent Australian artist. The success of Geronimo has led to a global signing to Decca Records (UK), who will release ‘Geronimo’ on 14 July 2014. The band will head out on the road with Keith Urban through June for his “Light the Fuse” national tour ahead of their much-anticipated album release in July.

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Steve
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Steve Angello

Though the days of finding Steve in an intimate venue may be limited, the memory of his early movements- having cut his teeth at the globes finest nightspots amid a time of genuine electronic elevation - Steve’s own live presence has become an increasingly agile display of showmanship and turntable dexterity. Under a host of monikers and set across more than a decade of persistent musical innovation Steve can still be found relishing in his inexplicable ability to make music that moves the masses. Dealing in goose bumps and unpretentious musical ecstasy at every larger than life outing Steve Angello has never lost his appetite for universal success. That hunger is was separates the men from mice and is sure to hold the throne for his ambitious maneuvers amid Sweden’s tectonically tuned man.

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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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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
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Tori Kelly

When singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Tori Kelly first played her new single “Nobody Love” for her friends, their initial reaction to the rhythmic, big-sounding pop track was, “Oh, this is really different for you.” “That was interesting to me because in my head, this is the style of music I always envisioned myself doing: urban pop with a hip-hop type of Lauryn Hill twist on it,” says Kelly, who first rose to attention with her intimate, acoustic guitar-driven EPs Handmade Songs and Foreword. “I was always a singer first, then the guitar made its way in on its own. A song like ‘Nobody Love’ was always the vision. This is where I knew I would end up.” Kelly co-wrote “Nobody Love” alongside Rickard Goransson and Max Martin, the Swedish songwriter and producer who has ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for over a decade with a string of No. 1 singles for Britney Spears, Katy Perry, P!nk, and Taylor Swift, to name a few. Martin says, "After hearing Tori sing, we felt so inspired that we had no choice but to get involved. It’s been such a pleasure to be a part of her journey.” Martin serves as executive producer on Kelly’s upcoming full-length debut album, which Capitol Records will release this spring. She also co-wrote with such vets as Savan Kotecha, Toby Gad, Claude. Kelly, Chuck Harmony, Wolf Cousins, and Ed Sheeran, whose show at Madison Square Garden Kelly opened in November 2013. The album, she says, does not depart from her soulful roots. “It’s like a marriage between that soulful urban thing and a mainstream pop vibe. It was hard to get to that place, but once we had ‘Nobody Love,’ I knew we’d cracked the code. It felt seamless.” Working with one of the most successful hit makers in the industry is a long way from Kelly’s early years making songs in her bedroom and posting them online. Born and raised in Temecula, California, Kelly is the daughter of musicians, her dad is a singer and bassist and her mom plays piano and saxophone. “Music was really big in my house,” she says, adding that one of her earliest influences was gospel singer Crystal Lewis. “My dad always played her records, along with Jill Scott, Jeff Buckley, and Maxwell. Hearing me hum around the house as a kid, I think he knew that he should fill my brain with really good technical singers.” Kelly began singing at age three, took up drums at 12, and asked for the music production software Logic for her fifteenth birthday. In 2009, she borrowed a guitar and posted her first cover, Paramore’s “The Only Exception.” In 2012, Kelly got a major break when her cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” went viral, racking up over 22 million views. To date Kelly’s YouTube channel boasts over ONE MILLION YouTube Subscribers with over 87 million views. Bolstered by her easy magnetism, Kelly’s 2012 self-penned, produced, mixed, and released EP Handmade Songs By Tori Kelly debuted at No. 6 on Soundscan’s New Artist chart and at No. 9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. It also went Top 10 on the iTunes Pop chart. Kelly began playing shows at local cafes to build more support for her music. Her first show in LA, at Room 5, was attended by music manager Scooter Braun (Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber). Impressed by her sweetly soaring vocals, graceful guitar-playing, and knack for blending breezy melodies with boldly heart-on-sleeve lyrics, Braun signed on to represent her and secured her a deal with Capitol Records. At the end of 2013, Kelly released Foreword, which debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200, propelled by the single “Dear No One” — a love song for the guy of her dreams she has yet to meet. All-Music wrote that Foreword added a “new sophistication to her sound without interfering with her subtle, emotionally expressive power as a vocalist and songwriter.” Over the past year and a half, Kelly has sold out shows in several major cities (including The Troubadour and The Roxy in Los Angeles, the Bowery Ballroom and Gramercy Theatre in New York City, and Bush Hall in London), headlined a nine-city sold-out U.S. tour, and supported Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith on tour. Smith says of seeing her for the first time at South by Southwest in March: “I saw her sing this song live, and I'd never reacted physically to a singer like that before in my life. I was grabbing people. Her vocal ability is unbelievable. She's a master of her voice, and this song showcases that voice, which is like candy covered in honey.” She began working on the songs for her new album after wrapping up her performance schedule and is excited for fans to hear “Nobody Love,” which she describes as a “breath of fresh air to sing.” “I'm excited to perform again,” she adds. “I really miss it. I've been in a cave writing, and sometimes I forget how to interact with people because I've been in studio-land. I'm excited to get out and play for people. That's always the dream.”

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Who
Is
Fancy

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Who Is Fancy

You might just feel like you can do anything after you hear Who Is Fancy’s major label debut single, "Goodbye," and that's the whole point. It's woven into the very fabric of his music. Everything comes back to his message of personal freedom and empowerment. Growing up in the tiny town of Bentonville, AK, Fancy always felt different. Saying that he didn't fit in at high school would be an understatement. As a result, the bullying became so bad that his parents allowed him to quit at 17-years-old and pursue his dream of music in Nashville, TN. It was in "Music City" that Fancy was born. "They started calling me Fancy," he recalls. "It was the first time I could identify with something that was unique and individual for me." Three sold out shows based off word-of-mouth alone led to a Big Machine publishing deal that sent him to Los Angeles where he linked up with super producer Dr. Luke's Prescription Music. His trip to Los Angeles also landed him in the office of acclaimed talent manager Scooter Braun who signed him to management and his SchoolBoy Records. At the start of 2015, Big Machine C.E.O. and founder Scott Borchetta tweeted the link to "Goodbye." There would be no pictures or information revealed. The world knew nothing about the voice behind the song. "Goodbye" went viral with praise from the likes of Meghan Trainor and Kacey Musgraves. Nobody knew his identity, but Fancy's message through "Goodbye" was clear and strong. Even following his dramatic reveal on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Fancy remains true to his message. “Fancy means freedom," he leaves off. "Everyone is Fancy. I want this to be a moment for people to see it’s okay to be you. This isn't about me or who's singing: it's about how the music makes you feel."

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