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GRAMMY PERFORMERS: WHO'S ON? WHAT'S UP?
The incremental rollout begins. (1/26a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JACK SUSSMAN
Nobody's got more experience in putting music on the tube. (1/25a)
RIHANNA, GAGA LEAD OSCAR SONG NOMS
David Byrne and Diane Warren have noms as well. (1/24a)
HIPGNOSIS NABS
BIEBER CATALOG
Merck's a belieber. (1/25a)
HITS' BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL: NOT EVERY WOMAN, BUT SEVERAL
Sisters doin' it for themselves (1/24a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
THE B-SIDE
DJ HANZEL HEADS TO CREATE
12/15/22

Create Music Group has inked DJ Hanzel, Dillon Francis’ new DJ project, to a global distribution deal.

In comedic Francis fashion, the DJ’s alter ego is known as a German slipper-enthusiast who has “unintentionally taken 100 percent of Dillon Francis’ fan base.”

This year, DJ Hanzel has dropped three singles, including “Make Me Feel,” “Talkin” and his latest, “Gumby,” as well as hit the Coachella stage for a surprise performance.

“Like some kind of musical gladiator, I have slayed my inferior rival Dillon Francis, and he must now accept his defeat and with it, his new moniker I have bestowed upon him: Der Pottyman,” said the DJ. “It is truly an honor for me to embark on a new journey going one deeper with the amazing team at Create Music Group.”

“I have had the pleasure of watching DJ Hanzel build his career up over the years and gradually become a megastar,” added Create Music Group’s Director of A&R, Dance/Electronic, Thomas Garcia. “We are thrilled to be working with him and hope that he and Dillon never end up in the same room together at Create Music Group headquarters.”

In a related story, most people don’t want to end up in the same room as us.

APEX SOUND SASH-AYS INTO 2023
12/4/22

Mike Dean and fellow producer Apex Martin announced their new record label, Apex Sound, last month along with their first signee, SASH. On Friday (12/3), the New York City rapper returned with his six-song EP, Bittersweet, which includes the single, "biscayne." The accompanying visual for the track finds SASH spelling out his intentions to keep his head high as he navigates his blossoming career.

As noted in the YouTube credits, Dean mixed and mastered the production for Dean's List Productions at Dean’s List House of Hits in Cypress, Texas.

Martin was instrumental in putting SASH on Dean's radar. As he explained, "After seeing SASH's first music video for ‘Rondo' in 2017, I had a gut feeling I needed to work with him. We connected through a mutual friend. Since then we’ve become friends through working on music together. We’re on a wave right now. The sonics are the best they’ve ever been.”

Dean added, "Apex kept telling me, 'Check this artist; check that artist. Some are doing well, so I decided to follow his instincts with SASH. I believe we have a winning team."

Take a trip to "biscayne" with SASH below, while we try to figure out where that actually is.

MEASURE OF MUSIC RETURNS
12/1/22

Measure of Music—the free global music data and analytics conference and workshop—will return next year.

Curated by Christine Osazuwa, the three-day virtual event takes place from 2/24-26 and fosters innovation and equity with the data sector of the music business.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Downtown Music Holdings CMO Molly Neuman.

Other speakers include Osazuwa, Amethyst Collab CEO Olivia Shalhoup, RYLTY co-founder/Chief Royalty Officer Andrew Ullah, Chartmetric Business Development Manager Michelle Yuen and Marketing Manager Rutger Rosenborg, plus more.

“I created Measure of Music so participants could get to see more people that look like them on the virtual stage talking about music, tech & data – young people, people of color, women, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Osazuwa. “In 2023, we will amplify and expand by featuring new opportunities for enhanced networking and will bring back our virtual career fair which we hope will help those affected by recent unfortunate tech layoffs.”

Measure of Music 2023 is presented by Audiense and SoundCloud, and supported by Chartmetric, jump.global, Luminate, Musiio, The Orchard and TuneCore. The Digilogue, shesaid.so, Queer Capita and Women in Musicare promotional and media partners.

For more info and registration details, click here.