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Ariana Grande

Within less than a year, ARIANA GRANDE captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and also with its 2014 follow-up My Everything.

Yours Truly yielded the game-changing pop smash "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, which went triple-platinum, landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Meanwhile, the platinum-selling My Everything garnered a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and spawned the six times-platinum hit "Problem." Upon the single's release, ARIANA became "the youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week," while the song ranked as the 5th “highest digital song debut for a female artist” and 9th highest ever. Moreover, it debuted at #1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. During release week, My Everything was #1 on Spotify as ARIANA personally rose to #1 on Billboard's Artists 100 chart. She also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs—"Problem," "Break Free" featuring Zedd, and "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J—in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart. “Bang Bang” went platinum and was Grammy-nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” By the end of the year, she landed four songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, the most of any artist in 2014 ARIANA has enjoyed five Hot 100 Top 10 smashes.

In 2013, she was named “Best New Artist” at the American Music Awards. Other accolades followed with ARIANA winning “Favorite Breakout Artist” at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, the “Young Influencer Award” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the “Radio Disney Chart Topper Award,” “Choice Female Artist” and “Choice Single” “Problem” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and more. At the 2014 MTV VMAS, “Problem” was named “Best Pop Video” as well. In November, ARIANA took home the award for “Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock” at the 2015 American Music Awards.

2016 sees her release her mega-anticipated third full-length album, Dangerous Woman, driven by the title track which captured #1 on both iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Top Pop Songs Chart minutes after release. “Dangerous Woman” also debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 earning her the distinction of becoming the first artist to debut on the chart with the lead single from her first three albums.

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Grammy Awards
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4
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2014 "My Everything" Best Pop Vocal Album
2014 "Bang Bang" Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
2017 "Dangerous Woman" Best Pop Solo Performance
2017 "Dangerous Woman" Best Pop Vocal Album
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Billboard
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2014 "Yours Truly" Top 200 Song #1
2014 "My Everything" Top 200 Song #1
2014 Artists 100 Chart #1
2014 “The Way” Top 100 Song- Top 10
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Billboard Music Awards
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2014 Top New Artist
2015 Top Artist
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2015 Top Social Artist
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2015 "Break Free" (featuring Zedd) Top Dance/Electronic Song
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2016 Top Social Media Artist
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Billboard Women in Music
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2014 Rising Star
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2016 “Dangerous Woman” iTunes Overall Top Song #1
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2014 “The Way” iTunes Overall Top Song #1
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2013 Best Newcomer
2014 Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Charli XCX at BBMAs Best Televised Performance
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2014 "Problem" (featuring Iggy Azalea) Best Music Video
2014 First-Half MVP
2014 Most Anticipated Music Event of 2014's Second Half
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American Music Awards
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2013 Best New Artist
2015 Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock)
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2013 Best New Artist
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iHeartRadio Music Awards
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2014 Young Influencer Award
2015 "Bang Bang" (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj) Best Collaboration
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2014 Young Influencer Award
2014 Instagram Award
2017 "How Will I Know" Best Cover Song
2015 Artist of the Year
2015 "Problem" (featuring Iggy Azalea) Best Collaboration
2015 Best Fan Army
2016 Best Fan Army
2017 Female Artist of the Year
2017 Arianators Best Fan Army
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Spotify
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2014 "My Everything" Spotify Charts #1
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MTV Video Music Awards
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2014 "Problem" Best Pop Video
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2016 "Into You" Best Female Video
2016 "Into You" Best Pop Video
2016 "Let Me Love You" Best Collaboration
2016 "Into You" Best Editing
2016 "Into You" Best Cinematography
2015 "Love Me Harder" Best Collaboration
2015 "Bang Bang" Best Collaboration
2014 "Problem" Best Female Video
2014 "Problem" Best Collaboration
2014 "Problem" Best Lyric Video
2014 "Problem" Best Pop Video
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MTV Europe Music Awards
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2014 "Problem" (featuring Iggy Azalea) Best Song
2014 Best Female Artist
2016 Best US Act
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2013 Artist on the Rise
2014 Best Pop Artist
2014 Best New Artist
2014 Best Push Act
2014 Biggest Fans
2015 Best Pop Artist
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People's Choice Awards
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2014 Favorite Breakout Artist
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2014 Favorite Breakout Artist
2017 Favorite Pop Artist
2017 Favorite Female Artist
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2015 "My Everything" Favorite Album
2015 "Bang Bang" (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj) Favorite Song
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Brit Awards
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2016 International Female Solo Artist
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Platinum
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“Problem” Six Times Platinum
“The Way” Triple Platinum
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2017 "Dangerous Woman" International Album of the Year
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2014 Best New Artist
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2014 Favorite TV Actress
2015 "Bang Bang" (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj) Song of the Year
2016 Favorite Female Artist
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2015 "Problem" (featuring Iggy Azalea)
2015 Favorite Female Artist
2017 "Side to Side" Favorite Song
2017 Favorite Female Singer
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Teen Choice Awards
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2014 Choice Female Artist
2014 Choice Song: Female Artist
2015 "One Last Time" Choice Song: Female Artist
2015 Choice Instagrammer
2016 "Dangerous Woman" Choice Song: Female
2016 Choice Selfie Taker
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2013 Best Breakout Artist
2013 Summer Music Star: Female
2013 "The Way" (featuring Mac Miller) Love Song
2014 Summer Music Star: Female
2014 Female Hottie
2014 "Break Free" (featuring Zedd) Break-Up Song
2015 Choice Female Artist
2015 "Bang Bang" (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj) Choice Song: Female Artist
2015 Choice Summer Music Artist: Female
2015 "The Honeymoon Tour" Choice Summer Tour
2016 Choice Music: Female Artist
2016 Choice Summer Music Star: Female
2016 "Into You" Choice Love Song
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Radio Disney Music Awards
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2014 Chart Topper Award
2015 Best Female Artist
2015 "Problem" (featuring Iggy Azalea) Song of the Year
2015 Most Talked About Artist
2016 "Focus" Best Song To Dance To
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2014 Breakout Artist
2014 Most Talked About Artist
2015 Artist with the Best Style
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MTV Millennial Awards
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2015 Global Instagramer of The Year
2015 "One Last Time" International Hit of the Year
2016 Global Snapchat of The Year
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2014 "Problem" (featuring Iggy Azalea) International Hit of The Year
2016 Fail of The Year
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2016 Best International Female
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2015 Wonder Woman
2015 MTV Awards Star
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ASCAP Pop Music Awards
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1
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2015 "Problem" (Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea) Most Performed Songs
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2013

Conan Gray

“I’m a professional overthinker,” says nineteen-year-old Conan Gray. “As a songwriter, I’m always thinking all the time.”

Growing up in the small-town retirement community of Georgetown, Texas, Conan Gray had a lot of time on his hands to think. So, at age twelve, he began writing songs to kill some time. “I think every small-town kid is just really bored,” says Conan. “And I was just a lonely, bored kid.”

Influenced by artists like The Dixie Chicks, Adele, and Lorde, Conan began cultivating what would later become his unique style of dreamy alternative pop. Bedroom pop tinged with raw, high school nostalgia - songs about kids grappling with regular life. 

“Hearing the Lorde album was a cataclysmic experience for me,” says Conan. “It was the first time I’d heard pop music that was about normal suburban life.” 

As Conan navigated middle school and high school with little money and a rocky home life, he poured his energy into his songwriting and cultivated an online community along the way. No matter how hard things were, he always found that the internet was an outlet for his creative expression, and a place where he could find larger community and support.

Conan’s senior year got especially hard when he was kicked out of his parents’ house. but it was also at that time that he caught the attention of LA based managers, Colette Patnaude and Eddie Wintle (Expand Entertainment), who reached out after watching his videos and hearing his original music on YouTube. In spring of his senior year, while living on friends’ couches, he wrote a song called “Idle Town” as an ode to his small town. Recorded in his bedroom on a cheap mic taped to a lamp, and produced on garageband, Conanshot the music video on a tripod while driving through the streets of the local retirement community. Almost immediately, “Idle Town” began to gain traction on Youtube, racking up over 10 million views and over 13 million streams on Spotify. Later that year, Conan was accepted into UCLA, moved to Los Angeles, and signed a record label deal with Republic Records. ‘“Idle Town” is a love song for my hometown and for my friends,” says Conan. “And turned out to be my ticket out.” 

In the midst of the whirlwind, Conan linked up with producer Dan Nigro (Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira, Kylie Minogue) to add some final touches to the songs he had self-written and recorded demos of back in Texas. He now prepares to release his debut EP, starting with lead single “Generation Why.”

The perfect introduction to Conan Gray and his raw, genuine approach to songwriting - the song is a commentary on the way older generations and media have unfairly depicted his peers as being chronically selfish, sad, and lazy. With a sarcastic tone, a common theme throughout the EP, Conan juxtaposes the negativity projected by those older generations with a light-hearted approach as a way of shedding light on his generation’s resilience and positivity. 

Whether he’s singing about the intensity of teenage emotion in upbeat songs like “Crush Culture” or in sad ones like “Lookalike,” Conan is fiercely honest, and offers a refreshing perspective. 

“I want it to feel like a big bedroom dance party,” says Conan. “Like a high school prom - familiar, nostalgic.” 

His secret genius is his undeniable knack for writing relatable music. Yes, for his generation, but also well beyond. Even if it’s been 30 years since high school, his lyrics ring timelessly true for anyone who listens. Everything Conan does - on social media, in conversation, or through songwriting - carries this exact air of sentimental value.

Even a song like “Greek God,” written about the popular mean kids, glistens in its ability to comment on a more serious topic like bullying, while maintaining its positive undertones. 

“There are people who seem larger than life, who are so mean because they can get away with it. They hurt people because they are hurting” says Conan. “But once you’re older and wiser, they fade into nothing and just become stories from high school, just folklore.” 

Conan’s journey hasn’t been an easy one, but through it all he remains a force for optimism for his “Generation Why” -  a generation that isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions, to stick up for one another, and to build relationships outside the norm. His followers, fans, online friends, hometown friends - he speaks of them all as family. 

And if there’s one thing Conan hopes to achieve for that family, it’s is to give kids who are struggling or hurting the hope that t there are people who care, and that things are going to be ok. 

“I didn’t have a home or money, but I knew that I was going to be ok,” says Conan. “I want people to know that kids from small towns can do great things.”

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No/Me

On her debut single “Consistent,” No/Me readily lists off all of her flaws: she’s a skeptic and a cynic, neurotic and narcissistic, a freak who’s “got the best intentions” but she tends to “fuck them up.” With each confession delivered in her hypnotic vocals, the moody and mesmerizing track came to life after the L.A. native’s recent attempt at online dating.

“I’d downloaded JSwipe to try to be a nice Jewish girl for my mother, and I was looking at all these bios where guys were putting out a persona that was obviously nothing like who they really are,” says No/Me. “I thought, ‘What if I wrote a bio that’s actually true to what I’m like?’ So that’s where ‘Consistent’ came from: me talking shit about myself, and then turning it around and saying, ‘At least I’m consistent.’”

“Consistent” bears a hazy yet hard-hitting sound that echoes No/Me’s eclectic influences: early-’90s alt-rock, the quirky anti-folk of Regina Spektor, and Israeli music. “My first language is Hebrew, and my mom used to blast Israeli music in the car all the time,” says No/Me. “The lyrics were really crazy, with these women singing about wanting to kill their mother-in-laws or throw their boyfriends off a roof—they had no shame, they were just completely straightforward about whatever they were feeling. All those songs are embedded into my soul now, and I think the raw emotion of them has definitely seeped into my music.”

Set to appear on No/Me’s upcoming debut EP, “Consistent” unfolds in dark guitar tones and kaleidoscopic rhythms partly sculpted through her use of Middle Eastern percussion (such as the darbuka, a hand drum performed by her older brother). And in her lyrics, No/Me reveals a raw but poetic sensibility closely shaped by her upbringing. “When I was little, my dad would sing me Joni Mitchell instead of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,’” she says. “‘Twisted’ was one of the first songs I ever knew by heart, although at the time I had no idea what the words meant.” Later, in high school, No/Me took a class with an English teacher who introduced her to The Shins, whose intricate lyricism she spent hours deconstructing. “That class had a big impact on me,” No/Me says. “My teacher let me write essays comparing The Great Gatsby to ‘The Bends’ by Radiohead, and I’d go off on that for ten pages.”

Despite her lifelong passion for music, it wasn’t until graduating from UCLA that No/Me considered a career as an artist. For her guitar course’s final exam, she penned her first-ever song, drawing inspiration from a high school classmate’s experience with a cheating boyfriend. “I sang it for the class and these girls started crying,” says No/Me. “I thought to myself, ‘Whoa, if this is the response to the first thing I ever wrote, imagine what I could do in a few years.’” No/Me soon formed a rock band, and began balancing a double major in musicology and music industry with a hectic gigging schedule that sometimes involved playing four shows a week.

After signing a deal with Republic Records, No/Me has devoted the last year to writing and recording songs like her forthcoming single “Down”—a piano-laced, stark yet soulful track that threads a delicate melody through her most piercing lyrics (e.g., “Keep posting fiction ‘cause I hate my real life”). “I wrote ‘Down’ at a time when I was dealing with a lot of anxiety and didn’t want to think about my future,” says No/Me. “The song talks about how I tried doing drugs, seeing doctors, and nothing helped. After a while I realized I need to just take care of myself, and that working on my music is a huge part of that.”

As she gears up for the release of her debut EP, No/Me is dreaming up a live show that is inspired by the elaborate setups she’s witnessed at concerts in Israel. Her past live experience includes a benefit show she organized entirely on her own in response to the 2016 presidential election, reflecting a deep-rooted mission to use her music as a vehicle for positive change. And with her stage name signifying the transparent nature of her songwriting (i.e., “Get to know me”), No/Me aims to spark that change on the most personal level. ]

“My songs are like my diary pages, and I hope that seeing me embrace my flaws inspires other people to feel okay with not being perfect,” says No/Me. “Because even when things are hard and everything feels awful, you can still have strength and power. I just want to show people that being in pain isn’t what defines you. What defines you is what you do with that pain.”

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Shaylen

“Shit happens. People aren’t always as strong as they wish they could be.” That is the mantra of singer/songwriter Shaylen, who is both equal parts veteran and neophyte to the music industry. A former pop group member turned solo star, Shaylen is geared to bare her soul in a way that many artists struggle with through their work, starting with her debut single “El Dorado.” Welcome to the world of a rising powerhouse who is back…for the very first time.

Born in Chattanooga, TN but raised in Dallas, TX, Shaylen was musically inclined since birth. “Basically when I came out of the womb, I came out singing,” she says with a laugh. Starting in church and moving to musical theater, Shaylen eventually became classically trained in piano and took master classes at the world renowned Septien Entertainment Group (home to other superstars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato). At 11, an opportunity arose for Shaylen to join a group called Savvy. “We sang, acted, and danced and did a bunch of shows around Texas,” she recalls. By the time Shaylen was a sophomore in high school, Savvy was offered an opportunity to star in a reality/situation comedy show from Doreen Spicer of The Proud Family fame. The show was called The Wannabes Starring Savvy and yielded significant success overseas, offering the group a chance at global touring. Some contractual squabbles following their buzz single “Young And Reckless” left Savvy searching for the next step.

Shaylen suggested to her group mates that they move out to Los Angeles as an attempt to continue their careers. “Let’s just say within a matter of like six months I went from having a nice chunk of money to having no money and having to work at a bar seven nights a week trying to save up to move to out LA,” she adds. The struggle continued in Los Angeles, as the rest of Savvy returned home to Texas to pursue everyday lives and Shaylen stayed to work multiple jobs in the hopes of finding her way back into the recording world. It was her former producer Jeremy Skaller who ultimately started managing Shaylen and she was free to return to what she loved.

The music industry had so drastically changed in such a short amount of time. “The era where I came from was you had to sing, act, and dance and be the best at it, and all of a sudden it was like night and day when everybody was just social media famous,” she remarks. “People were getting famous off YouTube covers. I was so confused. I had no clue.” Shaylen took to Vine and began a sizeable buzz through mash-ups and covers of other Pop hits.

But her manager urged her to find her identity through songwriting. “He told me, ‘You’re going to write your way into a record deal.’” She inked a publishing deal with Pulse and took to Soundcloud to reach out to EDM producers, landing some key features on tracks like “Warrior” with DJ Chuckie and ChildsPlay and “I’m OK” with Manila Killa and AObeats. Her single “Take It Back” in mid-2018 proved that Shaylen was far from stopping anytime soon. Her growing success reached the ears of Republic Records, and the rest as they say is history.

Shaylen’s debut with Republic will detail her journey, including the highs and lows of both love and loss, starting with the infectiously dark single “El Dorado,” which she says was inspired by the myth of Colombia’s Lost City Of Gold. This city was rumored to be completely covered in gold. She explains further, “but also it’s about a man in search of the city of gold. I am the gold.” It’s empowering, yet unapologetic—something that Shaylen prides herself on through her road to self-discovery. “I’m definitely a feminist,” she explains, “and I'm very unapologetic with who I am. It’s not easy to get there. It's definitely been a process and a journey of figuring out this is me.”

It’s an inspirational tale that anyone can relate to, from any walk of life. “People aren’t perfect,” she admits. “I want people to really walk away from my music and know that these songs are representations of me and my stories, and even when you seem like you have it all together, you don’t and you don’t have to…and it’s totally fucking okay to cry.”

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Monica Martin

Monica Martin is a Chicago-born singer-songwriter who grew up in rural Wisconsin, mostly waiting for Billie Holiday videos to load on back-country dial-up or making trips in a busted Geo Metro to watch punk shows in Milwaukee. Trained as a hairdresser, she didn’t have musical plans beyond joke riffing harmonies over the radio. After being coaxed by her best friend Matt, she started to sing in public and on friends’ records, which all led to her writing her own songs. She fronted experimental-folk-pop sextet, PHOX, formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 2012. PHOX released an eponymous album, played big festivals, national TV shows, and flew overseas to play shows far away from home. PHOX went on indefinite hiatus in 2017, and Monica moved to LA because “Wisconsin is cold as f*ck”. She found herself a periwinkle casita and is feeling freer than ever in the city of misfits. She's presently at work unpacking her mental confusions by cataloging/celebrating the fuckery of her ex-es (and herself) in lowkey pop songs with soul whispers, some golden-era hollywood dramatics, and psychedelic flickers courtesy of a theremin. Monica is still figuring out who she is, but quite happy to share her cautionary tales: “I made hundreds of mistakes so you don’t have to.

Earlier this year, Monica started recording some of the songs she’s been writing since the move. On October 19th, she’s releasing the first one, called, “Cruel.”  

“You can equip your lover with the truth, but they might still lie to themselves,” she says of the song, ”there is a point where, if you know they aren’t going to manage their expectations as a grown ass person, you’re cruel to not call the incompatibility and leave… “

 

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A Beautiful November

Allan Rayman

Allan Rayman had to get away. While some artists are blessed with the ability to balance their passions and responsibilities, Rayman found himself singularly consumed by his music, and retreat was the only option. It was a selfish move, and perhaps deep down he knew that, but ultimately, in his eyes, escape was an act of survival. To those he left behind, it felt more like betrayal, but by now their voices have long since faded away, unable to reach him in the isolated cabin he calls home. There, deep in the woods outside the barely-on-the-map hamlet of Lost Springs, Rayman set up residence and began to write and record a stunning sonic chronicle of his slow descent.

At his core, Rayman is a storyteller, and his lyrics capture desire and loss in vivid detail, despite the fact that he's avoided love and human connection almost religiously for most of his adult life. Knowing he wears his heart on his sleeve and falls easily, Rayman built up barriers to safeguard his fragile emotions, to keep at bay anything or anyone that could potentially distract him from his art. Love, in Allan's mind, has always equated with death, both literally and figuratively, and it's a theme that turns up throughout his music. In "Sweetheart," he confesses his fear that a lover will "leave nothing for me / for my music," while "Jim's Story" recounts the tale of a man who "loves sufficiently to keep death away / until true love finds him and kills him." Someday, Beverly, the girl Allan left behind, will reappear to show him just how right he is, but for now, it's all art all the time. 

The visual aspects of Allan's work—his dark and cinematic videos, the theatrical design of his stage, even the clothes he wears—are just as essential to telling his story as the music, which itself defies easy categorization. Seductive R&B bass and hip-hop beats underpin vintage synthesizers and elegant, overdriven electric guitar lines. His voice alternates between a languid, warm-honey tone and a gritty, aggressive roar. There is an uneasiness and an anxiety that haunts the music as Rayman grapples with his demons. The songs are emotional, intimate, and intense, but what we see and hear from Allan is just the tip of the iceberg. Only once you've slipped beneath the surface can you grasp the magnitude of it all.

If Rayman's music feels schizophrenic, that's quite simply because it is. Mr. Roadhouse is Allan's alter ego, a character he created to house his blame and justify his selfish behaviors. Roadhouse is antagonistic, confident, at times even misogynistic. He's everything that Allan isn't, and yet Allan needs him because Roadhouse can handle the recognition and the fame that come with his burgeoning music career. Roadhouse feeds off of that attention. The more successful the music becomes, the stronger Roadhouse grows, and the smaller and fainter the signs of Allan Rayman appear in the songwriting.

Rayman's music, in fact, is a soundtrack to the struggle for power inside his delicate mind. On "Wolf," we meet a shy young man consumed by his passion for art, determined to take the risks and make the sacrifice of going it alone in order to achieve his dreams. On tracks like "December"—the story of a young couple that must give up their ambitions when an unplanned pregnancy ties them forever together—Rayman is a modern Samson, frightened of losing his powers to a woman. But the fluttery, hip-hop flow and female vocals of "Repeat" reveal that he still possesses a vulnerable, feminine side.

By the time we've reached lead single "2522," though, success begins to get the best of Rayman, and we hear his alter ego taking on a more prominent role in his psyche than ever before. Roadhouse asserts his dominance on "13," calling out the too-cool-for-school girls that have suddenly come knocking despite their complete lack of interest in Allan before the fame and accolades, and on "God Is A Woman," Allan finally gives himself fully and completely over to Roadhouse. He doesn't realize it yet, but he's in so deep now that, to paraphrase Macbeth, it would be just as difficult for him to turn back as it would be to keep going.

This is where we leave Rayman, a ghost in his own body. What lies ahead we'll learn soon enough, but in this moment, fueled by ambition and success, Roadhouse has wrested control, and his creator's voice is but a memory. Allan Rayman had to get away, and he did. 

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