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. 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

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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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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
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Hilary Duff

Hilary gained fame in the Disney Channel's top-rated series "Lizzie McGuire" in 2001. Shortly after, 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 such as, co-starring in John Cusack's critically acclaimed 2008 film "War, Inc." and "According to Greta," in which Hilary plays the title character and co-stars with Oscar winner Ellyn Burstyn. In addition to her acting, 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 first album "Metamorphosis," reached #1 on the Billboard 200, selling four million copies. Overall, Hilary has sold more than 15 million records worldwide. She has won two platinum awards and her concerts are routinely sold out across the country as she attracts a large and loyal fan base. In 2014, Duff signed with RCA Records and is currently finalizing her highly anticipated and buzzed about fifth studio album. Among her many accolades, Duff was honored with two separate Teen Choice Awards and was also named by Teen People as one of the magazine's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25." Hilary is passionate about several charitable causes, especially those involving children and animals. Her charity work includes the founding of Blessings in a Back Pack which helps inner city schoolchildren get the nutrition they need. She's also involved with March of Dimes and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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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
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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 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,” DJed clubs as a PM day job, and James Patterson, known as “JPatt,” played the organ at a church outside the city. Both in need of roommates, they moved into an apartment on Avenue C in The East Village that—in the DIY style that would go on to define their work in the industry—the two of them soon turned into a bootleg studio where rappers and bright-eyed vocalists came in to cut tracks. It was a tiny place, with walls as thin as the bugs were plenty. Their neighbors started banging brooms floor to ceiling, cracking knuckles on the walls. When the music got loudest, B-Roc and JPatt would go into each other rooms and say, “I just got the knocks.” The newly christened duo soon started gaining attention online. Working out of their bedrooms, The Knocks remixed Jay-Z’s entire American Gangster album in two days, calling it American G-Funk. They put it up in the early days of music virality, and got 60,000 downloads in a week. 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 remixes filtered every artist’s energy through a late night on the Lower East Side: whatever they made at the studio, they’d test out at the club, translating the heat of underground dance music to the mainstream. Their alchemy worked the other way around, too: future stars like Ellie Goulding and Icona Pop took note of the Knocks, asking them to produce for their own projects. In 2008, JPatt and B-Roc took out a loan and opened the HeavyRoc studio at 55 Chrystie, in the same broken-down building where the Beastie Boys used to rehearse. From there, in a dance music ecosystem increasingly dominated by reticent bedroom producers or big-tent corporate names, the Knocks stayed on a certain downtown grind. They put our their first big hit in 2010 with the filter-house party anthem “Dancing With the DJ.” The classic New York open- format DJ style suffused every record: this music could work a crowd from all angles, full of pre-dawn tenacity and the energy of a dance-floor crush. Their unerring instinct took the Knocks global: they toured the UK with Sleigh Bells and DJ Shadow, and started playing all around the world. At the studio, the Knocks developed and managed artists on their own label at the same time that they pushed their musical projects forward. Opening for Ellie Goulding on her US debut tour in 2011 and playing the main stage at Ultra in 2012, B-Roc and JPatt were a bridge between the indie dance world and the mainstream market; they threw parties, booked their own talent, and opened up new territory for their artists that often led to a record deal. Bringing Mandy Lee, now of Misterwives, to their smash 2012 remix for M83’s “Midnight City” and St. Lucia’s Jean-Philip Grobler to 2013’s heater “Modern Hearts,” the Knocks built steady credibility as producers with an ear for up-and- coming talent and party auteurs to boot. Now, B-Roc and JPatt have moved past being known as ideal collaborators to developing a sound that’s distinctly their own. In 2014, they hit a touchstone with “Classic,” a seductive track that whips up the sun-drenched sense of endless celebration. Fetty Wap jumped on for a guest verse, as befits the way the Knocks style synthesizes anything with energy: hip-hop, soul, house, disco and pop. They've been streamed over 12 million times, their audience in search of a particular feeling. It's a combination of nostalgia and forward propulsion: every song seems to belong to a late night of alchemical proportions, the rush of an anonymous day in New York. Their new album 55 is 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. It opens with none other than Cam’ron, rapping over uptown piano: gospel voices build in the background, as golden as the light when your plane lands in the outer boroughs, as big as the river when your cab speeds across the bridge. The collaborations on the album are spot-on and electric, with the distinction of being forged artist to artist rather than from label emails sent top down. Wyclef Jean comes out of nowhere to electrify the bump and groove of “Kiss the Sky," Carly Rae Jepsen takes a house diva turn on earworm “Love Me Like That," and Alex Newell aims his high range like a trigger in SPIN's best-101-of-2015 pick "Collect My Love." It’s an album laced with disco magic and hip- hop flow; it’s built for a crowd, but first it has to pass a bar that’s internal. “Would I spin this?” the Knocks still ask each other, every time they cut a track. They’ll be spinning this one for years.

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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

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers behind Martin Garrix’s meteoric rise. From his adolescent years to the onset of young adulthood, the Dutch superstar has already set precedents and scored landmarks at every corner of the music industry. Picked up by Spinnin’ Records and subsequently backed by Scooter Braun, Martin has become one of electronic dance music’s youngest superstars, amassing a chart-topping, high-streaming musical legacy along the way. They young producer has made both Billboard’s prestigious ’21 under 21’ as well as Forbes’ “30 under 30” list, he won a MTV European Music Award for Best Electronic Act, is holding the #3 position in the DJ Mag Top 100 and has hooked up with superstars like Usher and Ed Sheeran. And not only the music scene is impressed by the talent Martin Garrix posses, world renowned brands like 7UP and Tag Heuer are lining up to collaborate with him and that while Martin Garrix’s story has only just begun. Behind his humble attitude and encouraging smile is an artist wise beyond his years; setting a precedent for young and aspiring musicians across the globe. Martin has come a long way since DJing his parents’ parties, wandering music festivals as a fan and unofficially remixing Christina Aguilera. The young savant shows through hard work and talent. Garrix’s living testimony demonstrates that up and coming artists can realize their dream of topping global charts, scoring multi-platinum sales, and headlining festival main stages across the globe. By the time 2013 came knocking, the bar had been set notably high, but the whirlwind success of Martin’s breakout year was just around the corner. Hitting number one in the UK charts and reaching the double platinum status in the US, “Animals” has to date garnered more than 100 million streams on Spotify and over half a billion views on Youtube. Having subsequently linked up with such heavyweights as Tiësto, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dillon Francis, Sander Van Doorn and DVBBS, this who’s who of collaborators set a spotlight on Martin’s avant-garde studio prowess. Playing soundtracks to such prestigious festivals as Coachella, the main stage at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and with residencies at nightclubs like Omnia Las Vegas and Ushuaia Ibiza, Garrix’s sound has become ubiquitous around the world. Martin’s ambitions are ramping up for 2016. The year has just begun and Martin Garrix already had some major high lights. He began the year with a new free track; the long awaited ‘Bouncy Bob’, he accomplished a personal triumph by reaching the top of the Kilimanjaro, showing everybody he can do anything he sets his mind to. Not to mention he announced to launch his own record label and his first full length studio album is in the works. With loads of fresh new tracks on its way and a full agenda with every major festival worth attending on it, this young adult wiz kid shows that he's at the forefront of todays electronic music scene.

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Moxie
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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

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

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

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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The Wanted

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

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Usher

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Usher

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

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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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