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Shazam is unveiling its 2021 predictions through a new playlist of 50 songs from up-and-coming artists who are poised to make a splash. The Shazam Predictions 2021 playlist is exclusively available on Apple Music worldwide at apple.co/ShazamPredictions2021

- More than 200 million fans worldwide use Shazam to discover new music every month, allowing Shazam to predict music trends and hit songs earlier than any other service. 

- Based on Shazam’s uniquely predictive data and algorithms, and hand-selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team, the 50-track selection features songs that show early indicators of future growth — early and consistent momentum in Shazam activity, as well as discovery in more than one country.

- The playlist is a remarkably global and diverse list, with emerging artists hailing from 20 countries and representing 16 genres. Among these, Apple Music spotlighted 5 artists to watch out for in 2021 and beyond.

Masked Wolf
This rising hip-hop artist from Sydney first entered Shazam’s emerging artists lists back in January 2019. His track “Astronaut in the Ocean” has reached Apple Music’s overall top 20 in 5 territories, and the overall top 100 in 13 additional territories. In total, the song has entered Apple Music’s top 100 Hip-Hop chart in 51 territories.

BLACKSTARKIDS
This young trio from Kansas City started trending on Shazam in September 2020 and is already helping to redefine the contemporary band, mixing elements of indie and hip-hop, with a mix of contemporary lyrics and nostalgic analogue pop music. Their song “Acting Normal” has appeared on Apple Music’s New Music Daily playlist and is getting some worldwide exposure. While the majority of their Apple Music plays are coming from the US, the trio is gaining some following in Russia, Japan, the UK, and China.

Serena Isioma
This Nigerian-American singer/songwriter based in Chicago started showing promising signs of growth on Shazam in November 2020. Serena mixes funk, indie, pop and R&B, as well as lush 70s-inspired soul with contemporary soundscapes, and her track “King” has been featured on Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Today’s Indie Rock, as well as the INDIY playlists. While Serena’s biggest market is the US, she has also been gaining a following in Canada, the UK, Australia, and Japan.

Tai Verdes
This eclectic indie pop artist based in L.A. started gaining some momentum on Shazam in July 2020. His breakthrough single “Stuck in the Middle” is currently featured on the Alt Pop and ALT CTRL playlists on Apple Music, and has reached the top 10 on Apple Music’s Rock and Alternative genre charts in the US, Canada and New Zealand. Tai Verdes’ biggest markets are the US, as well as Canada, the UK, Australia, and South Africa.

LB SPIFFY
This teenage rapper from Toronto first entered Shazam’s emerging artists lists in 2017. Known for his distinct melodious style, LB SPIFFY has collaborated with Bankrol Hayden and received co-signs from Drake and Kylie Jenner. “Again” has been featured by Apple Music on such prominent playlists as Rap Life, Today’s Hits, and It’s Lit! The song peaked at No. 12 on Apple Music’s Hip-Hop chart in Canada, and the rapper’s top markets are Canada, the US, and the UK.

- Shazam captures the zeitgeist of music and songs that are experiencing significant momentum early on. Olivia Rodrigo, who has just hit No. 1 on the Apple Music Daily Top 100 Global charts with “drivers license”, as well as topping the chart in 32 countries, was first picked up by Shazam over a year ago, at the end of 2019, when she first entered Shazam’s emerging artists lists. Billie Eilish, beabadoobee and BENEE — all Apple Music Up Next alumni — are also three of many cases showing how early Shazam has been able to detect talent that has potential of global success. Billie Eilish first entered Shazam’s emerging artists lists in December 2015. In September 2017, she was spotlighted as Apple Music Up Next artist. BENEE first entered Shazam’s emerging artists lists in September 2018. She then entered the Shazam Discovery Top 50 with “Find An Island” in October 2019, and was featured as Up Next artist in July 2020. beabadoobee started trending on Shazam in December 2018. In December 2019, “She Plays Bass” entered the Shazam Discovery Top 50. In November 2020, beabadoobee was announced as Apple Music Up Next artist.

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

GALA Festival returns to Peckham Rye Park

GALA Festival announces new dates and lineup for 2021 Taking place over two days for the very first time, South London’s much-loved house and disco fest will have a 5th birthday to remember GALA Festival 202131 July & 1 AugustPeckham Rye Park,...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Tony Wadsworth CBE announced as the new Chair of The BRIT Trust

Music charity The BRIT Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Wadsworth CBE as its new Chair. Tony, a BRIT Trustee for 16 years and a hugely respected industry figure including for his tenure as Chairman and CEO of...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Better Noise announces promotion of Dan Waite to President as company expands its global footprint and ventures further into film

Waite Set to Oversee All Music and Film Releases Across the Company’s Global Offices, Including Upcoming Projects from Papa Roach, Escape The Fate, Mötley Crüe, All Good Things, and the Highly-Anticipated Feature Horror Film ‘The Retaliators’ Today, Better Noise Music...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

ADA Asia announces key senior appointments

Chiou Rei Min named Head of Greater ChinaJin Hwang appointed Head of Korea Tan Wei Keng will serve as Director, Business Operations   Warner Music Group’s ADA Asia has today announced it has further bolstered its team in the region with the...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ reaches one billion Spotify streams

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, the first UK listed investment company offering investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated intellectual property rights, and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are delighted to announce that Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Ibiza Club Amnesia Announces Closing Party for 2021 // October 23rd

As the positive news begins to flow around the UK and EU, iconic Ibiza club Amnesia lead from the front by announcing its 'Inverse Season', starting with the always unmissable closing party on October 23rd. Sure to feature all the...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Liverpool Sound City 2021 moves to October

The organisers of Sound City have made the decision to move the 2021 edition of Liverpool’s famous showcase festival and conference to October 1 – 3. Tickets are now on sale for the celebratory weekend at https://www.soundcity.uk.com/, with all previously purchased...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Music Venue Trust Add Six More Grassroots Music Venues to the #saveourvenues "Imminent Danger of Closure" Red List

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of UK grassroots music venues (GMVs), has announced that 20 venues remain in imminent danger of permanent closure with 6 newly highlighted venues added to the #saveourvenues Red List.  While Pop in Hyde is...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Calling Europe's music managers

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26 Feb 2021 | Press release

UK Music urges Chancellor to "back British music" and deliver "sounds of summer" for music fans

  UK Music has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to back its new three-point plan to guarantee a summer packed with the best of British music. Unveiling the plan before the Chancellor's Budget, UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said the music...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Sound City 2021 moves to October

Rejjie Snow, The Lathums, Lanterns On The Lake, and Abbie Ozard among first wave of acts Tickets: https://www.soundcity.uk.com/   The organisers of Sound City have made the decision to move the 2021 edition of Liverpool's famous showcase festival and conference to October 1 –...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

Music Venue Trust announce 20 grassroots music venues are still at risk of permanent closure

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26 Feb 2021 | Press release

BMG hires Rachel Menzies to expand Original Repertoire Services to media clients

BMG has announced the appointment of Rachel Menzies to the position of Senior Director Original Repertoire Services, in a boost to the company's music offering to media clients. Based in London, Menzies reports directly to Alistair Norbury, President Repertoire &...more

26 Feb 2021 | Press release

DCMS Committee: Chair calls on Chancellor to provide urgent support for festivals

  Chair calls on Chancellor to provide urgent support to enable opening up of festivals' sector DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight has urged the Chancellor to announce support next week to encourage more festivals to go ahead this summer. The Treasury had earlier...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Eight new presenters to join BBC Radio 1 on Fridays

Eight new presenters will take on BBC Radio 1’s Friday Early Breakfast slot over the coming months.  Dean McCullough, Rakeem Omar, Danni Diston, Sam MacGregor, Darcy Kelly, Alex West, Numi Gildert and Robyn Richford are the next wave of presenters set...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Len Phillips Big Band - Abbey Road Studios 20th March 2021

For over 30 years the Len Phillips Big Band has been entertaining lovers of swing music across the UK and around the World.  The 17 piece band, whilst recording a new album, will also be performing the first Big Band livestream...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Hospitality Weekend In The Woods reveals full lineup

Hospitality Weekend In The Woods are incredibly proud to announce the full wave of artists joining their debut festival in September. Across 8 scintillating stage hosts spread across beautiful Beckenham Place Park in south East London, this is already a who’s...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Creamfields 2021 Sold Out

Creamfields, one of the world’s leading electronic music festivals is the first UK festival to announce sell out when it makes its return this Summer, becoming its fastest selling show to date.  The award winning four-day festival which will be bringing...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Anton Powers joins the KISS Network

New weekend shows on KISS and KISSTORY KISS has announced that globally renowned DJ and producer, Anton Powers is to launch a series of new weekend shows across the network. Starting from March 5th, Anton will be kicking off the weekend every...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Record Industry Wins Double Landmark UK Court Victory In New Cyberlocker and Stream Ripping Piracy Cases

Following an online hearing, the High Court has ruled that cyberlocker and stream ripping sites, and a stream ripping app, infringe UK copyright The High Court has ordered internet companies to block them The two rulings benefit artists, songwriters, music...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

The British Music Embassy reveals SXSW Online 2021 line-up

35 acts put UK talent front and centre of renowned international festival   The British Music Embassy, SXSW’s venue for hotly-tipped UK artists, today unveils 35 artist showcases as part of SXSW Online 2021. The line-up reflects the UK’s reputation for outstanding...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Bauer Media Audio agrees to acquire Communicorp Group

Bauer Media Audio has today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Communicorp Group subject only to regulatory approval. Through this transaction Bauer Media Audio enters the Republic of Ireland and extends its audio business to eight countries, further...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Universal Music Publishing Group signs Julia Michaels to exclusive, global publishing agreement

  Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading, global music publisher, today announced that Grammy Award-nominated artist and songwriter Julia Michaels has been signed to an exclusive, global publishing agreement. One of the best-known songwriters in music today, Michaels has written for...more

25 Feb 2021 | Press release

Sony Music Publishing Signs Kane Brown to Global Deal

Kane Brown and Kent Earls Launch Verse 2 Music as Joint Venture with the Company   Sony Music Publishing Nashville today announced the signing of multi-platinum country superstar Kane Brown to a worldwide deal.Brown has also launched Verse 2 Music, his own...more

24 Feb 2021 | Press release

MU and The Ivors Academy welcome evidence given by Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify to streaming inquiry

The MU and The Ivors Academy were pleased to hear three of the music streaming giants commit to a dialogue with artists and their representatives about how revenue is shared out in the current streaming system, shed light on major...more

24 Feb 2021 | Press release

Deezer brings sounds of Japan to the world

  New "Japanese Music" channel  includes J-pop and City Pop, as well as ambient sounds and gaming soundtracks Exclusive playlists curated by local artists including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Takuya Kuroda  The launch highlights the growing popularity of Japanese music, with streams of Japan...more

24 Feb 2021 | Press release

Create joins Ministry of Justice's #itstillmatters campaign

Harnessing the power of podcasts to raise awareness of the support available for victims and survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence   This month, the Ministry of Justice launched the #ItStillMatters campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the support available for victims and survivors...more

24 Feb 2021 | Press release

Seth Troxler and Carl Cox join Danny Tenaglia's 60th Birthday Stream for UNICEF

Electronic music titan Danny Tenaglia is to celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday in the only way he knows how - with an epic live stream for UNICEF. It runs on March 6th and 7th in association with Beatport, Gray Area...more

24 Feb 2021 | Press release

O2 supports young talent in the music industry with no signal partnership

O2 today announces a brand-new partnership with No Signal, one of the UK’s leading black radio platforms, offering a suite of master classes available on the Priority app.  Breaking into the music industry can be no easy feat, especially in the...more

24 Feb 2021 | Press release

Bauer Media Audio Forms Partnership to Supply Digital Services to Antenna Music, member of Antenna Group creating the SOUNDIS Brand Portal

Europe’s Leading Commercial Radio broadcaster Bauer Media Audio has secured a deal with Antenna Music, part of international media and entertainment organization, Antenna Group, to supply mobile app and website services for their leading radio brands and podcasts across Romania, Moldova, Greece...more

26 Feb 2021

  • Live Nation offers positive outlook for 2021 and beyond (see Business)

  • Billie Eilish documentary launches on Apple TV (see Digital)

25 Feb 2021

  • Spotify USA takes on $1.3bn in debt (see Business)

  • Merck Mercuriadis - "music's most hated man" (see Features)

24 Feb 2021

  • Streaming services appear at DCMS Inquiry session (see News)

  • Daniel Ek on how Spotify wants to be at the centre of creator monetisation (see Features)

23 Feb 2021

  • Spotify announce wide-ranging improvements, features and expansion; no plans for US price increase (see Digital)

  • Outline for return of live events announced (see News)

22 Feb 2021

  • Artists are finding better engagement and revenue via Peloton (see Features)

  • Government to consider 'UK creative industries export office' (see News)

  • YouTube Spaces to be replaced with online experiences and pop-ups (see Digital)

  • The music pie has grown, but the number of creators wanting a piece of it has grown faster (see Opinion)

19 Feb 2021

  • Sony Music’s Wolfgang Boss interviewed (see Features)

  • James Newman to represent the UK at Eurovision (see Media)

  • Virgin Music Label and Artist Services launched (see Business)

  • Beach Boys strike deal with Irving Azoff for music and more (see News)

18 Feb 2021

  • Big Hit Entertainment and Universal Music Group announce expanded strategic partnership (see Business)

17 Feb 2021

  • Government admits it is currently not negotiating with EU over touring arrangements (see News)

  • Merck Mercuriadis faces the future... and stares down his critics (see Features)

  • Mechanical Licensing Collective receives $424m in unmatched royalties from DSPs (see International)

16 Feb 2021

  • Failure to secure post-Brexit touring deal threatens careers of future music stars (see Comment) DCMS Committee to consider proposals put forward by the industry today (see News)

15 Feb 2021

  • Vivendi plans IPO for Universal Music Group by end of 2021 (see Business)

  • BRIT Awards: New Committee, category changes (see News)