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I.B. BAD TUNES IN
New label bosses, Grammys, must-see TV, more. (1/19a)
NIPPER TAPS CO-PRESIDENTS
...or Riccenstein (1/19a)
MARKETSHARE
IN THE U.K., 2017 
They're pounding it across the pond. (1/19a)
HITS LIST & VINE
Not so lonely at the top (1/19a)
THE GRAMMY WHISPERER PICKS MORE  KEY WINNERS
Grein does some genre-jumping. (1/19a)
GRAMMY WHAMMY
Who's performing, for reals.
PLUGGING INTO POWER
Which major pop figure is pondering a move into politics?
BUILDING A BETTER PIZZA
Let's talk crust.
I'M A STABLE GENIUS
Pass the Big Macs.
THE B-SIDE
TOUR ALERT: MT. JOY
1/17/18

BY RANYA KHOURY

What happens when a lawyer and a grad student join forces to live out their passion for singing and songwriting? Expect magic, dedication and a whole lot of backbone. Philadelphia natives Matt Quinn (vocalist) and Sam Cooper (guitarist), lead members of Mt. Joy, decided to put their careers on hold, despite the underlying risk, to form a band and follow their dreams. The band started gaining momentum in 2017 after the release of second single “Sheep”—now totaling 7m+ streams. The bold move to focus their efforts got the attention of prevailing bands in the indie-folk scene, such as The Head and the Heart and Whitney, for whom they've opened. With surprises coming from every end of the spectrum, Mt. Joy continued to drop singles off their not-yet-announced debut album while playing festivals that included Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and SXSW.

Now, almost a year later, they continue to sweep fans off their feet with the announcement of their full-length, as well as a tour supporting Neko Case; they kicked off the eastern leg last Thursday (1/11) in Massachusetts. With back-to-back showcases, interviews and appearances at festivals such as Shaky Knees, BottleRock and SXSW the band certainly has embraced their path to success.

After years following their music, I finally had a chance to connect with the members of the Dualtone quintet. “We worked on the album over the course of about a year, with constant experimenting and tweaking. The final product turned out to be a collection of diverse songs,” said Cooper in answering a question about what fans can expect. “We can only hope people enjoy it as much as we loved working on it.”


Their self-titled set will be available everywhere 3/2, and Mt. Joy will play their first post-release show in Los Angeles, where the band currently resides.

Their most recently released track, “Jenny Jenkins,” dropped today; take a listen below. Catch them on tour while you can, with details found here.

BIRD'S THE WORD
1/15/18

Glassnote's Jade Bird, a singer/songstress included in BBC Music's Sound of 2018 Longlist and named one of Rolling Stone's Country Artists You Need To Know, just released her latest single, "Lottery."

Building on the success of her debut EP, Something American, the U.K. native will be embarking on a European tour come March. All the details can be found here.

YEBBA: A VOICE YOU DIDN'T
KNOW YOU NEEDED
1/13/18

Through his album, The Thrill of it All, which rose to #1 in 2017 and remains Top 10 into 2018, Capitol's Sam Smith introduced us to YEBBA, the vocalist on “No Peace,” and the sole credited feature on his album.

Previously known as Abbey Smith, the Arkansas native changed her name to YEBBA, a switch she made in honor of her late mother. Since performing original song “My Mind” at Sofar Sounds in NYC, the gut-wrenching ballad, which reportedly made Ed Sheeran cry, has pulled in more than 1.6m video views, resulting in a well-deserved fanbase.

Comparable to the likes of Adele and Andra Day (as well as Smith), the independent artist started posting videos of herself singing on Facebook early in 2016. She has since provided backing vocals for Chance the Rapper and Tribe Called Quest, opened for Sheeran, duetted with Smith and released her first single official, “Evergreen.”

YEBBA embodies all the characteristics of a star and yet remains unique and authentic. She digs deep with her emotionally exposed lyrics and raw vocal talent, tugging at heart strings you didn't know you had.

Albeit somewhat elusive at this point, she's an artist to keep an eye out for—and one that could be headed for greatness.

YEBBA's repped by Park Avenue Artists. You can get more information on what's next for her here and listen to her performance of "My Mind" below.