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HITS LIST:
’TIS THE SEASON
Like all the ones we used to know. (12/5a)
GRAMMY CHEW: (SORT OF) HANDICAPPING THE BIG 4
Your guess is as good as ours. (12/4a)
SPOTIFY LAYS OFF 17% OF STAFF
Streamer is Ek-specting significant savings. (12/5a)
RAINMAKERS: JORGE MEJIA
A taste of the latest annual edition (12/4a)
DOLLIMORE IS BUZZING (AND NOT JUST FROM THE COFFEE)
Something brewing... (12/4a)
AI: RISKS AND REWARDS
How the biz might use this powerful new tech—and the threats it could pose.
HOW LONG WILL TRUMP'S PRISON SENTENCE BE?
Oh, sorry... we were just daydreaming.
RAINMAKERS 2023
The stories behind the biggest industry careers.
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
THE B-SIDE
Laufey (AWAL)
8/17/23

WHAT IT IS: 24-year-old Icelandic-Chinese artist Laufey grew up playing cello and piano while getting hooked on Ella Fitzgerald. While studying at Berklee in 2020, she dropped debut single “Street by Street.” Her first full-length, Everything I Know About Love, debuted at #1 on the Alternative New Artist Album chart, while lead single “Valentine” hit #1 on Spotify’s Jazz chart as she became the platform’s most-streamed jazz artist of 2022. “From the Start” from her upcoming Bewitched has notched 60m+ streams and 650m+ TikTok views and is the most-streamed jazz song in the U.S.
ALBUM: Bewitched
RELEASE DATE: 9/8
SINGLE: “From the Start”
TV: Kimmel (January 2022)
LIVE: Sold out 30k tickets in minutes for The Bewitched Tour (fall); the Kennedy Center w/National Symphony Orchestra (9/8), the Ford w/L.A. Philharmonic (9/16); wrapped sold-out headline tour in Australia and Asia, more
INTERNET: 500m+ career streams; 7m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 2m+ TikTok followers, 1m+ Instagram, 507k+ YouTube subs; 500k+ new fans per month; “From the Start” added to Today’s Top Hits; 1.5m+ daily streams
RADIO: Support from Music Choice, Coffee Shop Cuts, WFUV, Flood FM; sessions and interviews with WFUV’s Acoustic Café and KEXP; KCRW “Today’s Top Tune”
PRESS: NPR Music, Genius, UPROXX, Ones to Watch, more
BOOKING: Zac Bluestone/Wasserman
PUBLISHING: Warner Chappell
MANAGEMENT: Max Gredinger/Foundations Music