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NEAR TRUTHS: THE BEAST FROM THE EAST
The Republic empire grows. (2/29a)
KYNCL'S BULLISH ON SUPERFANS
There's gonna be an app for that. (2/28a)
NIMENE TO LEAD UMG EAST'S URBAN PROMO TEAMS?
A change at the top? (3/1a)
TOP DAWG: THE HITS INTERVIEW
A talk with Top Dog's "Top Dawg." (3/1a)
OUR TOP 10 LIST FOR 2024
Just kidding. But we'll get there.
STRUM AND DRANG
How guitar music got big again.
GRAMMY GRAMMY GRAMMY
Start digging out your formal wear and let's do this.
THE NEXT BIG MONEY PLAY
it's not what you think.
THE B-SIDE
UTA INKS DARREN KIELY
2/29/24

UTA has inked folk singer-songwriter Darren Kiely for global representation in all areas.

With roots in Irish traditional music, Kiely's transition to NY sparked collaborations with producer David Baron (The Lumineers). His singles "How Could You Love Me," "Ella," and "Time to Leave" hit Ireland's Top 50 Viral chart, while “Mom & Dad” debuted Top 40 on the Irish Singles chart and Top 5 on the Irish Homegrown chart. His latest track, "Sunrise," from his EP Lost also soared to #1 on the Homegrown chart.

With 30m+ global streams, Kiely—the flagship artist for Sony Nashville’s newly announced non-country label Free Flight Records—hit the road last fall, stopping for headlining shows in Boston and NY before heading home to Ireland for a sold-out leg of his Road Home Tour in November.

In January 2024, he kicked off his expanded 33-date headline North American trek, The Lost Tour, selling out rooms in Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and more. Kiely will embark on the second leg of his NA tour in early March.

Seen above feeling extra grand are (l-r) UTA’s Josh Garrett, Beth Morton and Scott Clayton, Kiely, Rich MGMT’s Brendan Rich and Sarah Paravia, UTA’s Buster Phillips, Sarah Casey and Sydney Bryant.

Photo credit: Courtesy of UTA

BEARTOOTH GRINS AND BEARS IT
2/23/24

Fans of Red Bull Records’ billion-streaming rock outfit Beartooth converged on Los Angeles’ historic Wiltern on 2/22 for the band’s sold-out, high-octane show with all the trimmings. We can report, however, that prior to the band taking the stage, there appeared to be some sort of hostage situation deep in the bowels of the historic venue as innocent label execs and Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo were subjected to the indignity of an industry tradeshot. Seen yearning for a quiet pre-show moment by the deli tray are (l-r) Red Bull Records’ Kenny “Tick” Salcido, Shomo, HITS’ correspondent-at-large Elizabeth Daubel and Red Bull Records’ Greg Hammer and Storme Whitby-Grubb.

RICHARDSON IS SAADIQ'S KIND OF MUSIC SUPERVISOR
2/15/24

Raphael Saadiq's music production company, My Kind of Music/My Kind of Movies (MKOM), has brought Yancey Richardson on board to oversee music supervision for film and television projects.

Richardson served as music supervisor on Saadiq's latest endeavor, the Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden-directed film, Freaky Tales. The film, which centers on Bay Area rap staple Too $hort, earned a coveted spot at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

"We are thrilled that Freaky Tales premiered at Sundance 2024," Saadiq said. "The addition of Yancey Richardson to our team further solidifies MKOM's commitment to delivering exceptional musical experiences in the world of television and film."

MKOM continues to expand its portfolio. The second season of the Emmy-nominated animated Marvel series, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, debuted 2/2 on the Disney Channel.

Saadiq also worked and performed on the holiday song “Miracle” f/Kelli-Leigh for the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy’s Christmas movie, Candy Cane Lane (Amazon Prime Video). Watch the first look trailer for Freaky Tales below.