The DJ duo The Chain Smokers who could be the next LMFAO just signed to Universal Republic after a bidding war between Warner Bros., RCA, and others. The war was over the song #Selfie that hit 4 million views on YouTube. Their original tracks have all reached the Beatport top charts and their remixes hit #1 on the HypeM charts, all of which get hundreds of thousands of plays on Soundcloud and posted on countless blogs. The single “#Selfie” has climbed into the iTunes singles Top 20. They are managed by Adam Alpert of the management company 4AM.
Kings favorite Maggie Chapman who we picked as a top 8 emerging artist has landed in the top 15 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Her latest was produced by GRAMMY® winning producer Luke Laird (Kacey Musgraves) and she sparked the momentum with features and media support from outlets such as American Songwriter, Nylon Mag’s Daily Newsletter, Rolling Stone, USA Today and more. This past week, Daytrotter released a special acoustic studio session of Maggie Chapman available on their site. Check out Maggie’s full Kings artist profile.
Kings favorite Eddie Gomez has released a video for the song Monsters. He will perform tonight at The Hotel Café at 8pm in Los Angeles. Eddie’s debut EP titled “No,” was produced by Captain Cuts (Grouplove, Smallpools). His first single “Someday” generated a buzz and has been getting radio play here in the U.S. as well as in Europe, and beat out TV On The Radio’s “Mercy”, Haim’s “The Wire”, and The Vaccines’ “Melody Calling” for the number one song position on 96.3 K-TWIN. Check out Eddie Gomez Kings profile here.
Betty Who who we featured multiple times before signing with RCA has topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart this week with her track “Somebody Loves You” which will appear on her debut EP “The Movement”. Her EP will come out in April. Click on her Kings profile to view more information including past history.
Lady Gaga’s “ARTPop” album last fall certainly didn’t give Universal Music Group any pop.
Gaga’s fourth-quarter flop helped cut Universal’s revenue in the period 9.3 percent, the company said in a report Tuesday.
The tough Japanese economy — which accounts for 25 percent of global music sales — also hurt Earnings before interest, tax and amortization, or Ebita, was off 11.1 percent, or 7.8 percent on a constant-currency basis. The tough quarter cut profits for the year by 2.9 percent, to $702 million (511 million euros). They were up 1.4 percent on a constant-currency basis, the company said. Full-year revenue rose 7.5 percent to $6.7 billion (4,886 million euros) or 12.8 percent when adjusted for currencies. For the year, Universal Music’s best-selling albums were from EMI’s Katy Perry and Interscope’s Eminem. Read more…
Buzz Track: Planets
Little Earthquake has become a Kings favorite with their catchy brand of reggae indie pop. They offer a slice of hooky electronic pop reminiscent of The Naked and Famous and MGMT. Their first single Planets which was produced by Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels, Pnau) has been released this month on soundcloud and iTunes. Little Earthquake makes our watch list.
Buzz Track: Point Blank
The Vim Dicta are making noise, becoming media darlings with their indie signature sound. The trio have released 2 EPs and 2 digital singles helmed by producer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Fiona Apple, Keith Richards). Their song “Your Man” was featured on the Season 5 Premier of “Sons of Anarchy” and they have shows locked down at SXSW in March, definitely a band to be on the radar.