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FOUR SOUTH AFRICAN FAST RISING R&B ARTIST;
Ben September, LordKez, Hunter Rose, Phiwo.

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Ben September

JUNE 28TH 2024, 11::56 GMT+1

Ben September, who was raised in the Free State, began recording music in 2020 and sharing music videos to Instagram. That is how he was discovered by South African house music icon Prince Kaybee, who contacted him to include him in the songs "Breakfast In Soweto" and "3 In The Morning." Ben September has collaborated with musicians such as FLVME, Tyson Sybateli, J Clu, LaFreshman, and others. In 2023, he published his debut EP, Loose Ends, to establish himself as a solo artist. The vocalist took first place in the Jacquel Culture House (JCH) talent search incubator program, which was run in collaboration with Tresor and Sun-El Musician, that same year.

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​R&B is high art, created by Lordkez. The vocalist from Kimberly, whose childhood was rooted in the church, is evident in her music. Her character shines through in everything from her vocal style to the spiritual overtones and biblical allusions in her songs. Presently associated with the independent label Stay Low in Johannesburg, which also houses Priddy Ugly, Mars Baby, and Shooterkhumz, Lordkez has worked with notable South African R&B artist Shekhinah, well-known rapper Maglera Doe Boy, Dreamville rapper Bas, and labelmate Mars Baby. Her most recent album, Testament, was released in tandem with The Last Supper, an art show that explored themes related to the visuals and message on the record.

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Hunter Rose

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One of Cape Town's most well-known R&B performers, Hunter Rose, is well-known throughout the entire country of South Africa. Being a journalism graduate, the musician writes with ease and presents her expressive lyrics in a carefree and effortless vocal manner. Since 2019, Hunter Rose has released an EP annually, which has resulted in a fast expanding catalog. Hunter Rose doesn't just work in South Africa; she is now collaborating on a project that is expected this year with Swiss producer Maloon TheBoom.

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Singer Phiwo

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Singer Phiwo, who was born in KwaZulu-Natal, is becoming well-known. She sings passionately about love and the pleasures that come with romantic relationships, her light falsetto gliding over gentle beats. Phiwo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Live Performance, which she showcases in her touring performances in Pretoria and the surrounding areas of Johannesburg. The talented singer has collaborated with rappers like Tyson Sybateli and Huey The Magicman, among others, to create memorable hooks for his two EP releases to far. In the vibrant world of music, emerging talents often bring a fresh and captivating energy to the forefront. One such artist making waves is Phiwo, a talented singer-songwriter who has not only captured hearts with their soulful melodies

YOASOBI; J-POP PROMISING DUO

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MAY 24TH 2024, 21:56 GMT+1

Yoasobi's musical style merges pop, rock, and electronic music. Tomonori Shiba from Cinra labeled their genre as monogatari ongaku. Ayase's inspirations include music from the '80s and '90s as well as K-pop, while Ikura finds influence in Western music, such as Disney tunes, folk, and country. Ayase has named Exile, Sukima Switch, Kobukuro, Radwimps, and Aiko as significant influences, while Ikura cites Taylor Swift. Yoasobi's sound and style have been likened to other Japanese groups like Yorushika and Zutomayo, recognized for their Vocaloid backgrounds and animated music videos. These three bands are collectively referred to by the term "Yakōsei" (夜好性, lit. "night-loving scene") because they all feature the word "夜" (meaning "night") in their names.

Yoasobi debuted in 2019 as a Japanese pop duo under Sony Music Entertainment Japan. The pair features Vocaloid producer Ayase and singer-songwriter Lilas Ikuta, who performs under the name Ikura. They center their music around the concept of "turning novels into songs," initially inspired by short stories from Monogatary.com, a creative writing platform associated with their label. Over time, their collection has grown to include a variety of sources, such as works by renowned authors, literary texts, letters, theatrical scripts, and more.

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In November 2023, Yoasobi served as the opening act for two Tokyo performances of British rock band Coldplay's Music of the Spheres World Tour and released the single "Biri-Biri," inspired by Ayano Takeda's short story Kimi to Ameagari o, in honor of the first anniversary of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet role-playing games. The subsequent month, they were featured on Yumi Matsutoya's 50th-anniversary greatest hits album Yuming Kanpai!!, contributing to a remake of "Chūō Freeway" (1976) with new material derived from Matsutoya's biographical novel Subete no Koto wa Message Shōsetsu Yuming (2022) by Mariko Yamauchi. Additionally, they took part in the seventh installment of the television special 18Fes, performing the exclusive song "Heart Beat" alongside 1,000 teenagers aged 17 to 20, which aired on December 25, with the song released the following day. From December 2023 to January 2024, Yoasobi hosted a radio show titled Yoasobi's Otsumami Radio on Apple Music and Podcasts for four episodes and partnered with Suntory Draft Beer for a pop-up store at Shinagawa Station and a limited-edition beer can.

On December 31, 2023, Yoasobi performed "Idol" at the 74th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen, featuring numerous Japanese and Korean idol groups, former idols now turned actress Kanna Hashimoto and singer Ano, dance troupe Avantgardey, and B-boy group Real Akiba Boyz. The duo embarked on their inaugural Asia tour from December 2023 to January 2024, and continued with the Pop Out Zepp Tour in Japan from January to March 2024. They released their second video album, The Film 2, on April 10, showcasing select concert performances from 2023 to early 2024, followed by their third English-language EP, E-Side 3, on April 12.

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In the same month, Yoasobi was invited to a state dinner at the White House hosted by US President Joe Biden for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and they signed a representation contract with the American Creative Artists Agency. Throughout 2024, they embarked on two concert tours: Yoasobi Live in the USA in April and August, and the Dome Live 2024 from October to November in celebration of their fifth anniversary. They also performed at two major music festivals: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April and Lollapalooza in August. Additionally, the duo will perform the theme song "Undead" for the anime series Monogatari Series Off & Monster Season (2024).

Gaining prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan, Yoasobi's debut single "Yoru ni Kakeru" catapulted the duo to fame. The song spent six non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Japan Hot 100 and led the 2020 year-end chart without a CD release. It also received the first-ever diamond certification for streaming from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Alongside "Yoru ni Kakeru," three other tracks earned diamond certifications: "Gunjō," inspired by *Blue Period*; "Kaibutsu," the opening theme for *Beastars*; and "Idol," the opening theme for Oshi no Ko. "Idol" broke the record for the longest-running number one in Japan Hot 100 history, staying at the top for 22 non-consecutive weeks, and made Yoasobi the first Japanese act to lead the Billboard Global Excl. US chart. It was also ranked as the 19th best-selling global song of 2023 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

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The Book Eps

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Yoasobi released three Japanese-language EPs: The Book, The Book 2 (2021), and The Book 3(2023), all of which reached number two on the Oricon Albums Chart. They also released three English-language EPs: E-Side (2021), E-Side 2 (2022), and E-Side 3 (2024). Beyond their music releases, the duo collaborated with four Naoki Prize-winning authors—Rio Shimamoto, Mizuki Tsujimura, Miyuki Miyabe, and Eto Mori—to publish the short story collection Hajimete no in 2022, creating songs based on each story. Yoasobi has received numerous awards, including ten Japan Gold Disc Awards, five CD Shop Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards Japan, two Japan Record Awards, one Noma Publishing Culture Award, and one Crunchyroll Anime Award, among others.

ILLIT; THE RISING STAR IN THE K-POP SCENE

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April 27th 2024, 23:09  GMT+1

The Korean Business Research Institute recently unveiled this month’s brand reputation rankings for girl groups. ILLIT topped this month’s list with a brand reputation index of 3,347,912 for April. High-ranking phrases in the rookie girl group’s keyword analysis included “Magnetic,” “Billboard,” and “Spotify,” while their highest-ranking related terms included “record,” “honest,” and “confident.” ILLIT’s positivity-negativity analysis also revealed a score of 87.89 percent positive reactions. ILLIT, the rising star in the K-pop scene, is causing a stir in the music industry with a significant milestone on the global platform. According to Billboard's latest chart preview shared on April 15 across their official social media channels, ILLIT's mini-album title track 'Magnetic' is poised to enter the 'Hot 100' chart at the impressive 91st position come April 20.

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This remarkable accomplishment not only signifies ILLIT's debut on the Billboard Hot 100 but also establishes them as the fastest K-pop act to reach this milestone since their debut on March 25. However, the ascent of ILLIT doesn't end here, as their achievements transcend the realm of Billboard charts. 'Magnetic' garnered swift recognition upon its release, swiftly earning a spot on Spotify's 'Daily Top Song Global' chart.

Moreover, the song clinched a position on the ‘Weekly Top Song U.S.’ chart. Notably, ‘Magnetic’ has also maintained its presence on the UK's ‘Official Singles Top 100’ for two consecutive weeks.

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Behind ILLIT's chart-topping triumphs lies a meticulous approach to both their music and visuals, meticulously curated by their agency, Belift Lab. Shedding light on the group's record-breaking accomplishments, ILLIT's agency remarked, "We crafted the album based on the members’ interviews and narratives. Our focus was on portraying girls who inspire a sense of camaraderie, who become fully immersed in the moment, and who share the same dreams as our audience. Visually, we aimed for a bright and natural aesthetic," as reported by Kbizoom.

Ghanaian Artist: Abban

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Abban

March 26th 2024, 20:44  GMT+1

Bernard Fifi Abban, known by his stage name Abban, is a Ghanaian musician. He is known for his reggae and dancehall music, and he has gained popularity both locally and internationally for his unique sound. He gained attention with his hit single "Agoro," which showcased his unique blend of reggae and Afrobeat influences. Abban is known for his socially conscious lyrics, addressing issues such as love, unity, and societal challenges. He continues to be a prominent figure in the Ghanaian music scene, earning recognition for his distinct sound and captivating performances.

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Abban rose to fame through his talent, perseverance, and dedication to his craft. He began his music career by performing at local events and gradually built a following through word of mouth and social media. His breakthrough came with the release of his hit single "Agoro," which received widespread acclaim and propelled him into the spotlight. Abban's unique blend of reggae and Afrobeat, combined with his socially conscious lyrics, resonated with audiences both in Ghana and beyond, contributing to his rise to fame in the music industry. Additionally, his consistent releases, engaging performances, and collaborations with other artists further solidified his place as a rising star in the Ghanaian music scene.

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Fifi

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Abban has collaborated with various artists within the Ghanaian music industry. Some notable collaborations Stonebwoy: Abban has collaborated with Stonebwoy, a prominent Ghanaian dancehall and reggae artist, on the song "Murderer." Ras Kuuku: He has also worked with Ras Kuuku, another Ghanaian reggae and dancehall artist, on the track "Talk Talk." Samini: Abban collaborated with Samini, a veteran Ghanaian reggae and dancehall musician, on the song "Say No to Drugs." These collaborations have allowed Abban to expand his reach and showcase his talent to a wider audience.

Jamaican Artist: Valian

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Valiant

Jan 28th 2024, 21:42  GMT+1

The artist known as Valiant is Raheem Bowes, and his songs are known for their authenticity and powerful message. Valiant's music is widely appreciated and embraced by listeners from all walks of life, who find inspiration and resonance in his lyrics. His songs have the ability to touch on universal themes and relate to a wide range of experiences, making them both timeless and timely. His music is a reflection of the current societal climate, and he continues to create music that is relevant and relevant to the issues facing the world today.

Even at a young age, Valiant (Raheem Bowes) knew he had a talent for music. He began singing at the age of 5, and by age 7 he was already writing his own songs. For the next 18-20 years, Valiant honed his craft, perfecting his vocal style and songwriting ability. His hard work and dedication paid off, and he became a popular and well-respected artist. Valiant's love for music and his natural talent have made him a success, and his journey is a testament to the power of following your passion.

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The songs of Jamaican artist Valiant often revolve around the theme of life and its meaning. He asks his listeners to consider who they are living for, and what it is that they truly love. Valiant's music encourages people to live life to the fullest, and to cherish each moment. He also explores the concept of romantic love, and the joy and fulfillment that can come from finding a true connection with another person. With his smooth, soulful voice and introspective lyrics, Valiant has the ability to move and inspire listeners all over the world.

January 2023 was a monumental month for Jamaican artist Valiant, as his songs Narcissistic became incredibly popular and reached the ears of music lovers worldwide. In just a few short weeks, Valiant's music gained the attention of millions of people, propelling him into the top 10 most-listened-to artists. This is a testament to the power of Valiant's music and its ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level. The reception of his songs in January of 2023 is sure to pave the way for even more success in the future.

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According to YouTube statistics and data from January 2023, Valiant was one of the most popular artists in Jamaica, with over 11 million views on his videos. He also ranked high on YouTube's global list of most-viewed artists for the month, placing above other artists who had been releasing music for much longer. This success is a testament to the popularity of Valiant's music, which resonates with listeners both in Jamaica and around the world.

In a recent collaboration with Digicel Jamaica, Valiant delighted fans by showing off his culinary skills. During the segment, he prepared his signature dish, which turned out to be a hit with viewers. The collaboration gave fans a glimpse into the artist's personality and lifestyle, and it's clear that he's as talented in the kitchen as he is in the recording studio. Valiant's engaging and humorous personality shone through, making the cooking segment a memorable and enjoyable experience for all involved.

ELMIENE LIMELIGHT

Elmiene

Dec 26th 2023, 12:31  GMT+1

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Elmiene is a British-Sudanese singer/songwriter who is gaining recognition for his soulful voice and boundary-pushing music. He has released an EP titled "EL-MEAN" and is preparing to release his second EP, "Marking My Time," which features collaborations with notable artists such as Sampha, Jamie Woon, and Lil Silva.

Elmiene steps foot in his hometown of Oxford after returning from the States, gearing up for a sold-out show at The Jericho. At just 21, he's already made waves with sold-out performances at venues like Camden’s KOKO and the Hoxton Hall. With a voice that exudes soul and spirit, the British-Sudanese singer/songwriter has become a sensation on the live circuit.

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His debut EP, EL-MEAN, released earlier in the year, unveils an artist in the midst of a profound transformation, blending soulful vocals with lyrics that explore the intricacies of life and love. Drawing inspiration from icons like Prince and D’Angelo, Elmiene is set to release his second EP, "Marking My Time," with collaborations featuring Sampha, Jamie Woon, Lil Silva, and more. This new project promises to delve deeper into his psyche, offering a soundtrack for those navigating life's twists and turns.

In a conversation with Elmiene, he reflects on his Sudanese heritage, the experience of growing up Black in Oxford, and the significance of "Marking My Time" dropping at this pivotal moment in his life. For Elmiene, this EP serves as a reflection of his current state of mind, documenting his emotional journey and mental health while anticipating significant changes ahead. Drawing inspiration from mentors like Jamie Woon and James Vincent McMorrow, Elmiene channels his experiences into a project that captures the essence of this phase in his life.

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Elmiene's return to Oxford stirred memories of his upbringing in West Oxford, a predominantly white area where being one of the few Black students in his school shaped his perspective. Despite the cultural differences, Elmiene found solace in his passion for soul and R&B, influenced by artists like T-Pain, Usher, and Craig David. Bonding with his cousins over music, he cultivated a deep appreciation for the genre, forging connections with like-minded individuals who shared his enthusiasm.

"Marking My Time" represents a milestone for Elmiene, capturing his emotions and experiences at this juncture in life. It serves as a reflection of his romantic entanglements, mental well-being, and evolving interests. With Jamie Woon and James Vincent McMorrow as guiding lights, Elmiene draws inspiration from their journeys, recognizing the universality of their influences while expressing them in his own unique way. This EP is not just a musical project but a testament to his growth and resilience as an artist.

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Silvestro Music Journey

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Dec 26th 2023, 12:31  GMT+1

Silvestro, an up-and-coming musician who previously fronted the electronic metal band Dead Channel, was chosen after a rigorous audition process that saw Cazares sift through over 300 different vocalists. Silvestro's musical journey began when he was just a child, learning to play drums in his family's band. Though he had previously fronted a band, Silvestro's appointment as the new singer for Fear Factory marks a major breakthrough for the relatively unknown artist. As the band enters a new era, it will be interesting to see how Silvestro's unique blend of metal and electronica will shape the band.

After two years of anticipation, Fear Factory guitarist and bandleader Dino Cazares has finally announced vocalist Silvestro as the band's new singer. Cazares had been hinting at the announcement for quite some time, and fans have been eagerly awaiting news about the new vocalist. Silvestro is sure to bring a fresh perspective and sound to the band, and fans are excited to see what the future holds for Fear Factory. With Cazares at the helm, the band is sure to continue pushing boundaries and making waves in the metal scene.

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Silvestro in Fear Factory

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Silvestro's musical talents and passion come from a place of family tradition and experience. His mother is a professional vocal coach, and his father is a blues guitarist and songwriter. This background has no doubt given him a unique insight into the world of music and performance. Silvestro's talent and experience in metal, combined with his familial history in music, make him a perfect fit for Fear Factory. With his new role in the band, he will no doubt bring a new perspective and fresh energy to their sound.

Silvestro's musical journey began at age 12, when he first picked up the drums and found a passion for rhythm and groove. However, it was through metal that he found a way to "let certain things out of my system." He learned to scream and sing in a metal style, finding a catharsis through the genre's intense, emotional expression. For Silvestro, metal was not just about the music - it was a way to express himself and find a release for his inner thoughts and feelings. As he takes on the role of Fear Factory's new vocalist, Silvestro will no doubt bring this raw.

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In a story that could have been ripped from the pages of a Hollywood script, Silvestro's journey to becoming the new vocalist for Fear Factory was nothing short of a fairy tale. After a global search for the perfect vocalist to fill the shoes of previous singers, Silvestro was selected from a sea of hopefuls. It's a tale of one person being plucked from relative obscurity and given the chance to fulfil their dreams, much like Mark Wahlberg's character in 2001's Rock Star. Silvestro may have never imagined that he would one day be a part of such a story, but now he is

As luck would have it, Silvestro's journey to becoming the new vocalist for Fear Factory began with a simple cover video on social media. Silvestro uploaded a medley of tracks from the band's landmark album, Soul of a New Machine, never imagining that the video would find its way to the eyes of guitarist Dino Cazares. Much to Silvestro's surprise, Cazares was impressed by the cover, leading to a correspondence between the two that would ultimately lead to Silvestro's appointment as Fear Factory's new vocalist. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

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Vallano Antillano

Nov 21st 2023, 11:04  GMT+1

Villana Santiago Pacheco is a 28year old rapper, songwriter and singer from Puerto, a city, municipality of Puerto Rico and suburb of San Juan located in the northern coastal valley, north of Aguas Buenas and Comerío; south of Toa Baja and Cataño; west of Guaynabo; and east of Toa Alta and Naranjito. Rapper's stage name "Villano Antillano". She gained recognition in 2022 with the release of "Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 51" alongside producer Bizarrap.

Villano has definitely been making waves in the music world. She first gained recognition with her song "Acosador", which called out sexism and street harassment. She has continued to speak out about social issues through her music, and her latest album "Porque el amor es mas fuerte" has been a hit with fans and critics alike. Villano Antillano is definitely one to watch in the Latin music scene.

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Being an upcoming artist, Villano Antillano is known for her unique blend of reggaeton, hip hop, and trap music. She often incorporates elements of her Afro-Peruvian heritage into her music, which sets her apart from other artists in the Latin music scene. Her lyrics are often politically charged and socially conscious and she is not afraid to speak her mind. This has helped her gain a large following among young people in Puerto, and she is quickly becoming a star in the Latin music world.

Villano Antillano's first album was "Villainizer", which was released in 2019. It was well-received by critics and included the hit single "Acosador". In 2020, she released her second album "Mis señoritas son armadas", which included the popular song "Hasta las 12". Her most recent album is "Porque el amor es mas fuerte", which was released in 2022 and features the song "Pecado Original".

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Matteo D’Alessio

Oct, 28th 2023, 21:37  GMT+1

Icy Subzero popularly known as Matteo D’Alessio is an Italian rapper who was born and raised in Rome. It all started back in 2016, when Icy Subzero uploaded his first song to SoundCloud. He'd been experimenting with music production for a while, but this was his first real foray into the world of online music sharing. The song, called "Cosa Nostra," quickly gained a following, and Icy Subzero knew he was onto something. He kept uploading songs, and soon, he had a loyal fanbase. Fast forward to 2019, and Icy Subzero released his first album, which was a critical and commercial success. It launched him into the spotlight, and he's been on the rise ever since!

The following year, 2020, Icy Subzero released his most successful single to date, "Laser." The song quickly went viral, and it was played on radio stations all over Italy. It seemed like Icy Subzero was everywhere, and his fans couldn't get enough of his music. He went on tour, performing to sold-out crowds all over Europe. But it wasn't just his music that made him stand out. His unique style, which blended hip-hop with traditional Italian influences, made him a truly original artist.

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"MUJER & EGO" HIT

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In 2021, Icy Subzero decided to take things to the next level. He released a series of singles, each more popular than the last. It seemed like every new song was a hit. But it wasn't just his music that was making waves. Icy Subzero was also gaining a reputation for his social media presence. His Instagram account was full of artistic and thought-provoking posts, and his fans couldn't get enough of it. He became known not just as a talented artist, but also as an interesting personality.

Icy Subzero's rise to fame was a true Cinderella story. A young man from a small town, who had a passion for music and a gift for storytelling, became one of the most popular artists in the world. But his success didn't go to his head. He remained humble and grateful, always giving credit to his fans and his team. And he continued to use his platform to speak out about important issues, like social justice and mental health. He was a true force for good, both in the music world and beyond.

After releasing several singles between 2019 and 2020, Icy Subzero's 2022 EP, Sottozero, catapulted him to fame. With hits like “EGO” and “MUJER,” Icy Subzero experienced his first taste of commercial and critical success. The EP's widespread acclaim was a sign of things to come for the young artist.

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RADAR ITALIAN ARTiSTS

Oct, 16th 2023, 06:33 am GMT+1

A new generation of Italian artists is reshaping the sound of pop music, blending traditional Italian sounds with modern influences from all over the world. These artists are part of Spotify's RADAR Italia program, which showcases rising talent from across the country. These artists are redefining what it means to be a pop star in Italy, and they are gaining international recognition for their unique sound.

The Italian branch of Spotify's RADAR program is back, with six up-and-coming artists who are redefining the sound of Italian pop music. The program aims to highlight the diverse range of artists who are making waves in the Italian music scene, and it offers a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their talents to a wider audience.

The third installment of Spotify's RADAR Italia program went live in April 2023, featuring six promising artists from Italy: Assurditè, Asteria, Camilla Magli, Icy Subzero, Naska, and piazzabologna. These artists are pushing the boundaries of Italian pop music, fusing traditional sounds with contemporary influences. This program is a chance for them to gain a wider audience and make their mark on the international music scene

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The third installment of Spotify's RADAR Italia program went live in April 2023, featuring six promising artists from Italy: Assurditè, Asteria, Camilla Magli, Icy Subzero, Naska, and piazzabologna. These artists are pushing the boundaries of Italian pop music, fusing traditional sounds with contemporary influences. This program is a chance for them to gain a wider audience and make their mark on the international music scene.

Past participants in the RADAR Italia program saw impressive growth in their audiences, reaching listeners from all over the world. For example, some of the artists experienced a tenfold increase in monthly listeners on Spotify. These results demonstrate the program's ability to provide a meaningful boost to artists' careers and help them connect with audiences outside of their home country.

AKAI SOLO

Sept. 18, 2023, 06:33 am GMT+1

Akai Solo, born Daniel Dickson, is a rapper from Brooklyn with a unique stage name and a fascinating personal history. The name "Akai Solo" was chosen to reflect his Japanese and African roots, while also expressing his desire to transcend ignorance and become a force for positivity in the world.

Akai attended The New School in New York City, where he studied jazz and performance. During this time, he also began to explore the world of poetry and spoken word, which would later influence his work as a rapper. After graduation, he continued to hone his craft, writing and performing at open mic nights and other events. It was through this process that he developed the unique style and approach that he is known for today.

Akai Solo's name reflects his diverse cultural heritage, with the "akai" meaning red in Japanese and the "solo" alluding to his Nigerian roots. This reflects a strong sense of identity and pride in his background, which is reflected in his music. He also chose the name to reflect his desire to rise above the ignorance and violence that he sees in the world, and to instead become a voice of hope and redemption. It's a powerful statement about the transformative power of music

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Aesop Rock's mention of the name "Shamar" in his lyrics unexpectedly resonated with Akai Solo, due to his own connection to someone with that name. This chance connection was a reminder of the powerful influence of art, and how it can create unexpected connections between people and ideas. Even though Akai's early rap group was not very successful, it was an important step in his journey as an artist. "During Akai Solo's time at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Brooklyn, he and his friends formed a rap group called B.D.B. They were new to the art of rap, and their skills were still developing. Despite this, they had a strong vision of using their music to fight ignorance and bring understanding. They embodied this vision with the name KITE, which stood for 'Killing Ignorance Throughout Eternity'."

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Mabe Fratti, a Guatemalan cellist, singer, and composer based in Mexico, creates ethereal and experimental music that is both beautiful and innovative. Her latest album, "Se Ve Desde Aquí," showcases a new direction in her sound, with minimalist arrangements and sparse instrumentation that leave room for the listener to explore their own imagination.

Mabe Fratti's music combines the haunting tones of the cello with delicate electronic textures, creating a sound that is both intimate and expansive. Her compositions draw on a diverse range of influences, from traditional Latin American folk music to contemporary experimental artists. This fusion of old and new creates a sound that feels both timeless and futuristic, like a window into a parallel universe.

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 Fratti's music has a fragile, almost fragile quality that belies its powerful emotional impact. Each note seems to hang in the air, suspended in time, as if it could shatter at any moment. Yet, beneath the surface, there is a deep well of feeling, a sense of yearning and longing that resonates with the listener. It is as if the music is whispering a secret, inviting the listener to lean in closer to hear what it has to say.

Mabe Fratt's willingness to take risks and explore new musical territory has opened up a world of possibilities for her future. She has an exciting year ahead, with an international tour and several new projects in the works. This includes a collaboration with I. La Católica, which promises to be an exciting and innovative fusion of their respective styles. There is also a new album with Amor Muere, which promises to be a sonic journey into the experimental and avant-garde.

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I. La Católica is a Mexican musician who creates music that blends electronic sounds with traditional Mexican folk music. Their music is often described as ethereal, hypnotic, and otherworldly. Their collaboration with Mabe Fratt is sure to produce some truly unique and groundbreaking music, combining the experimental and futuristic sounds of Fratt with the more traditional and grounded sounds of I. La Católica. It's a musical union that promises to push the boundaries of what we know about music and sound.

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Kim Ji-soo, born on January 3, 1995, is known by her stage name Jisoo. She is a South Korean singer and actress and is a member of the popular South Korean girl group Blackpink, which was formed by YG Entertainment in August 2016. In addition to her music career, she made her acting debut in 2015 with a small role in the series The Producers. Jisoo also had her first leading role in the JTBC series Snowdrop from 2021-2022 and received the Best Actress Award at the 2022 Seoul International Drama Awards for her performance.

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The solo debut of Jisoo from BLACKPINK is highly anticipated and considered one of the most impactful debuts in history. Despite Jisoo's exceptional vocal abilities and influential position among female idols, she has not yet released an official solo track. Up until now, she has only showcased her talents through covers of well-known songs during performances and concerts. With no previous original soundtrack or collaborative feature to provide any clues, Jisoo's solo debut is like a clean slate. However, given her impressive skills in both songwriting and singing, her first single is expected to be incredibly successful and make a significant impact.

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Nigerian upcoming musician Khaid & Spyce "CARRY ME GO" 

June 28, 2023, 09:50 am GMT+1

The music industry is growing day by day and upcoming singers and  rappers are working relentlessly to come to limelight.

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KHAID

An upcoming singer popularly known as KHAID with real name "Sulaimon Shekoni Abiola" was born and brought up in Ojo, Lagos State, Nigeria.  In 2021, A famous Nigerian media personality, comedian and actor "Sydney Talker" was thrilled by Khaid freestyle that he posted on Instagram and it went viral, Sydney offered him a recording deal and introduced him to the public on 20 January 2022 as Sydney's Neville Records' first artist. Singer dropped his first single "With You" on 28 January 2022, the song got to top 50 list as it peaked at number 48 on Nigeria TurnTable chart. Olu the Wave directed his next music video and it's views on YouTube as of February 2023 is 4.1 million and still counting.

19 year old singer Khaid is one of the most rising artists in the music industry with net worth of $100,000, hen has pulled more fans by Nigerian musicians like 2baba, P-Square, D'banj, Wizkid, Davido and Olamide as his musical influences. His debut album "Diversity" was released in May 2022 and some couples of songs which are "Jolie and With You" and his latest hit song "CARRY ME GO" featuring Boy Spyce" that was released in March 2023. Apple Music announced Nigerian singer-songwriter Khaid as the latest artist in its Up Next Artist development program this week.  

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