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TAYLOR TAKES A DIP IN "CALM"-ING WATERS
Gay celebs and Katy Perry are down for video apperances.. (6/17a)
MADONNA, BRUCE HEADED FOR TOP DEBUTS (UPDATED)
The veterans duke it out. (6/18a)
SPICE GIRLS 2.0 ... AND FAN GIRL ADELE
Decades later, they're still huge. (6/17a)
DRAKE'S SLAM DUNK
Has Klay Thompson streamed the songs yet? (6/17a)
THE TOP 50 CHART:
OH, BROTHER (UPDATE)
Pure "Happiness." (6/14a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
THE B-SIDE
EMOTIONAL TO A HELLISH EXTENT
6/14/19

BY NICOLE GHAPGHARAN

On Wednesday 6/12, a sold-out crowd at L.A.’s Fonda Theatre welcomed Vertigo Berlin/Capitol's Lewis Capaldi to the last night of his U.S. leg. It’s been one month since the release of Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent—the first album this year to spend four weeks at #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart.

The 22-year-old, whose world tour is almost completely sold-out, has a stage presence and confidence that's unmatched when compared to any other performance I’ve seen this year; that energy is bound to impress future audiences. While Capaldi has made a name for himself with gut-wrenching emotional tracks, accompanied by gravely powerhouse vocals, his charisma and self-depreciating humor serve as a breath of fresh air after he’s tugged on those rusty heartstrings.

In prankster fashion, Capaldi ended the night calling out Niall Horan to join him on stage, only to follow with, “So does anyone know where he is?” With a beer in hand, he closed out the nine-song set with hit single “Someone You Loved,” reminding us that, although his music is packed with tear-jerking material, he has a real shot at stand-up comedy. Click here to see the rest of the world tour dates. 

In the photo below: Capaldi teaches me how to get more matches on Tinder.

RAMOS TO REPUBLIC
6/13/19

Republic Records has announced the inking of singer-songwriter Anthony Ramos. The Bushwick-born and raised artist, known for his roles in Hamilton and A Star is Born, first shared the news on his weekly YouTube series, It Take A Village. Ramos is expected to drop his forthcoming debut album later this year, with new music coming this summer.

“Anthony is a true game-changer,” says Republic’s EVP of A&R Wendy Goldstein. “His music not only brings genres together, but it unites people. This power immediately inspired Monte and I to sign him. There’s nobody quite like Anthony, and that’s a wonderful thing.” Ramos adds, “This is such a big moment. Music hits people in a way that talking to somebody doesn’t. I think we should never take that for granted. I’m just grateful that I’m with a company who supports that.”

Currently, Ramos stars in the Spike Lee series She's Gotta Have It as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights movie, directed by Jon M. Chu. Ramos is repped by Modest! Management and Door 24.

THAT'S THE "STUFF"
6/12/19

It's time to party like it's 1955 with courtship.—the L.A.-based duo with a knack for funky freshness.

Grab a cigar, pour some whiskey, kick back and enjoy the tongue-in-cheek clip for their new single, "Guy Stuff." The energetic, piano-driven song arrives ahead of forthcoming full-length The Art of Breaking Hearts—a set inspired in part by some of their favorite artists growing up: ELO, Daft Punk and Burt Bacharach.

Following a year on the road with the likes of Passion Pit, The Wombats, Weezer and more, the pair popped back into the studio to create the follow-up to their acclaimed Denial In Paradise album, which earned more than 9m streams on tracks like "Tell Me Tell Me" and garnered praise from an array of tastemakers.

Keep your eyes on these guys, and this "Guy" for that matter.

The B-Side Index