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THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE AND REALLY REAL
Moving in the right direction (9/18a)
2020 EIGHT-MONTH MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Interscope #1 in latest power rankings (9/17a)
WASSERMAN SEALS THE DEAL
But what's behind door #2? (9/17a)
SURFACES LEVEL UP
Peaking at just the right time (9/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: HERE'S THE DEAL (AND THE ROAD AHEAD)
This column pairs well with BBQ sauce. (9/15a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
THE B-SIDE
Lil Tjay (Columbia)
10/22/19
 

WHAT IT IS: Before the 18-year-old NYC native became an internet heartthrob with streams in the multi-millions, he was just a kid from the Bronx, who expressed an equal love for Jay-Z and Justin Bieber. His mother’s favorite artists (Usher, Michael Jackson) taught him melody, a catalyst for Tjay’s embryonic hip-hop stardom. The infectious hook in “Brothers” would lead to his first smash hit, earning him 180m combined streams. Follow-up “None of Your Love” delved into deeper R&B waters to express a pitbull’s puppy love. With 10.2m Spotify listeners and platinum SoundCloud status, Tjay is a rapidly rising star.
ALBUM:
True 2 Myself
RELEASE DATE:
10/11
SINGLE:
“F.N”
LIVE:
Headlining U.S. tour through 10/26; international dates in Canada, Ireland, U.K. this November; performances at Rolling Loud N.Y. 10/12, Day
N Vegas
11/2, Rolling Loud L.A. 12/14
INTERNET:
245m combined video views on YouTube, 850k YouTube subscribers; 10.2m monthly Spotify listeners; 3m+ in combined social following
RADIO:
#5 Most Added Urban radio at press time with 31 adds
PRESS:
Earmilk (“Lil Tjay is skillful as he is confident”), N.Y. Times (“An exuberant, sweet-voiced singer-rapper...with an easy instinct for melody”), Rolling Stone (“[An] artist you need to know”), Billboard (“All signs are pointing to a bright future”), Pitchfork (“Hip-hop heartthrob”); one of Complex’s “Best New Artists of The Month” in August, Pitchfork’s “10 Rappers to Watch In 2019”; additional coverage from Genius, Hypebeast, HotNewHipHop, Brooklyn Vegan, XXL, Variety, Spin, more
BOOKING:
Jordan Stone/APA
MANAGEMENT:
Deon Douglas/11AM Co.; Clay Barmore/Doperoots.