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ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
NEAR TRUTHS: THE HITS KEEP COMING (PART TWO)
Born in 1986 by mad scientists; still lurking. (6/17a)
HITS LIST GOES COUNTRY
Pairs well with grits and gravy. (6/14a)
SUMMERTIME ROLLS: FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US
The latest tidbits from the bustling live sector. (6/17a)
IS MCK ABOUT TO
MAKE A BIG MOVE?
This would be a great get. (6/17a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
THE B-SIDE
Michael Marcagi (Warner)
4/18/24

WHAT IT IS: Michael Marcagi’s breakout single, “Scared to Start,” pushed his TikTok view counts into the millions and became his debut entry on the Hot 100. On 2/9, the buzzing, Cincinnati-based singer-songwriter made his Warner Records debut with American Romance, which highlights the timeless sound and emotive truth-telling that has made Marcagi’s music so immediately compelling. Using folk and bluegrass instrumentation, cavernous rock drums and luxuriant vocal harmonies, Marcagi—also the frontman of Midwestern rock band The Heavy Hours—makes music for listeners who prize specificity and sophistication in songwriting.
ALBUM: Title American Romance (EP)
RELEASE DATE: 2/9
SINGLE: “Scared to Start”
LIVE: Kicking off N.A. headline tour on 5/13; supported The Moss (March); more
INTERNET: 19m+ monthly Spotify listeners; peaked Top 20 on Spotify Daily U.S., #27 Global; added to Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits, Pop Rising, Hot Hits USA, Fresh & Chill, more; 1.2b+ TikTok views and 560k+ video creations on “Scared to Start”; 163m+ Instagram views, 4.1m+ YouTube views
RADIO: Top 15 at AAA, Top 20 at Alternative
PRESS: SPIN, more
BOOKING: Joe Atamian & Geoff Meall/Wasserman
MANAGEMENT: Alex Brahl & Andrew Marcagi/7s Management

Artemas (10K Projects)
4/18/24

WHAT IT IS: Having released his pretty mixtape in February, alongside two sold-out debut shows headlining London’s The Lower Third, self-taught songwriter/producer Artemas is reaching new heights with his viral smash, “‘i like the way you kiss me.” After he teased the earworm on TikTok, the song garnered an impressive 25k+ UGC TikTok videos in just under a week, prompting the release. Now, the 24-year-old rising star has secured his first #1 on Spotify Global as he continues to race to #1 around the world. On 4/20, Artemas will embark on his sold-out headline tour, hitting both Europe and the U.S.
ALBUM: pretty
RELEASE DATE: 2/9
SINGLE: “i like the way you kiss me” (3/19)
LIVE: Sold-out headline tour in Europe and U.S.
INTERNET: 265m+ global streams to date; “i like the way you kiss me” averaging 9m+ daily streams; 585k+ TikTok UGC, #1 Global Spotify and Global Viral chart; 30m+ monthly Spotify listeners; first-ever U.K. Top 10 Single, #1 on Germany Top 100 Singles chart, more
PRESS: Dazed, Ones to Watch, UPROXX, Office Magazine, Clash, Zane Lowe’s “24 for ‘24,” more
BOOKING: Max Braun/Wasserman
PUBLISHING: Sony Music Publishing (U.K.)
MANAGEMENT: Hamish Harris/September

Tucker Wetmore (Back Blocks Music/Tucker Wetmore)
4/18/24

WHAT IT IS: Riding the wave of his mega-viral tracks, newcomer Tucker Wetmore proves he’s more than a one-hit wonder. Following the success of “Wine Into Whiskey,” Wetmore’s latest release, “Wind Up Missin’ You,” has skyrocketed on Apple Music—in parallel with Beyoncé, of all things. His modern country twang has captured millions of fans as he’s transitioned from scraping by in tiny Kalama, Washington, to rubbing shoulders with music’s heavy hitters.
SINGLE: “Wine into Whiskey” & “Wind Up Missin’ You”
TV: RFD-TV
LIVE: Support on Kameron Marlowe’s STRANGERS Tour 2024; performing at Hard Rock Stage at CMA Fest 2024, Luke CombsBootleggers Tailgate Party, Country Boom, Tailgate N’ Tallboys, more
INTERNET: 3.5m+ monthly Spotify listeners; 36m+ streams on “Wine into Whiskey” at presstime, 1.4m+ first-day streams, hit #4 Spotify Global/U.S. Viral; peaked #9 Apple Music’s Top Tracks U.S. Country, #52 all genre; reached #3 iTunes all genre, #2 Country; YouTube Trending Artist on the Rise; 6m+ streams on “Wind Up Missin’ You,” #95 Shazam, #29 Apple’s Top Tracks U.S. Country, #65 all genre
RADIO: SiriusXM The Highway, KBAY, KBEQ, KUPL, KYGO, WAMZ, more
PRESS: Forbes, Holler, PopCulture, more
BOOKING: Braeden Rountree & Carrie Murphy/WME
PUBLISHING: Back Blocks Publishing
MANAGEMENT: Rakiyah Marshall & Autumn Ledgin/Back Blocks Music