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WMG MINES DIGITAL DIAMONDS IN A ROUGH FISCAL YEAR
Steve Cooper shines up the 2020 stats. (11/23a)
TOP 100 WEEKLY MARKETSHARE:
THE TIGHTENING
Cue Archie Bell & the Drells. (11/23a)
ROBSON TAKES REINS FOR WMG INT'L
He's got the whole world in his hands. (11/23a)
THE BRITISH ARE HERE: JOEL CORRY
On your home-office desk now. (11/23a)
DOWNTOWN WE GO: FOUR QUESTIONS FOR JUSTIN KALIFOWITZ
Answers include Peloton and "the democratization of music creation." (11/23a)
RAINMAKERS 2020
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMY OUTLIERS
Mulling possible surprises.
ZOOM THANKSGIVING
We're virtually stuffing ourselves.
TRUMP'S LAWSUITS
He's lost 25 out of 26, and so tired of winning!
THE B-SIDE
Leon Bridges (Columbia)
3/13/15

WHAT IT IS: This singer/songwriter’s rise from his roots in Fort Worth, TX, can be traced to his savant-like ability to deliver self-penned songs that instantly sound classic. Bridges’ unique sound, an impassioned reset of gospel-tinged soul, was adroitly captured via vintage production techniques from White Denim members Austin Jenkins and Josh Block. An eruption on SoundCloud followed, as the songs garnered over a million listens in a short span of time. Critics are praising him for resuscitating soul-stirring R&B with an unblemished batch of original songs that—as NPR noted—reminds us “why gospel meeting soul worked so magically at the dawn of the 1960s…yet the nimble, precise, vocalization Bridges provides feels so fresh.”

ALBUM: Coming Home EP

RELEASE DATE: 2/3

SINGLE: “Coming Home”

LIVE: Performing at SXSW; on tour with Lord Huron April-May

INTERNET: 1.1m SoundCloud streams on single, 1.2m Spotify streams WW; added to The Indie Mix Playlist and Spotify’s Viral 50 Playlist; “Lisa Sawyer” hit #1 HypeMachine. Website, Twitter, Instagram.

RADIO: 2/24 AAA impact date; adds WRLT, KCSN, WXRV, WEHM, KGSR, WMMM, SiriusXM The Spectrum, WFUV, WTMD

PRESS: Featured in EW’s The Must List, Gorilla vs. Bear’s Best Songs of 2014, Hillydilly’s #1 Song of 2014; NME, Stereogum, Vulture, Pigeon & Planes, Man Repeller

BOOKING: Bobby Cory & Jeffrey Azoff/CAA

MANAGEMENT: Jonathan Eshak & Zeke Hutchins/Mick Mgmt.