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Julia Michaels From Justin Bieber’s Songwriter to Breakout Star

Julia Michaels From Justin Bieber’s songwriter to breakout star. Watch ABC's Nightline Profile HERE! (Post & Share) Julia Michaels sits with Nightline’s Chris Connelly to talk about her rise from songwriter to breakout artist. rfocus.org

JULIA MICHAELS quickly cemented herself as the biggest global breakthrough artist of 2017 with the release of her multiplatinum-selling debut single, “Issues.”

With worldwide consumption approaching 7 million, “Issues” is the best-selling song by a new artist released in 2017, according to Nielsen Music. It is also the highest on-demand audio streaming song by a debut artist this year. As a songwriter, she has co-written seventeen titles that have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eleven of which have hit the Top 40, including "Issues." “Issues” reached #4 on both the iTunes US Top 200 Songs Chart and US Top Pop Songs Chart, and is the first song to reach the Top 5 at Top 40 radio by a debut artist with a 2017 release. "Issues" went Top 10 on iTunes in over 50 markets worldwide, and has been certified 3x platinum in Sweden, 2x platinum in the U.S., Norway, Australia, and Canada, and certified platinum in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Gold in Spain, France, Denmark, Brazil and Germany. This Summer, Michaels’ released NERVOUS SYSTEM, her self-professed debut “mini-album.” Upon its release, the seven-song set soared to #2 on iTunes’ US Top Pop Albums Chart. Her work continues to garner widespread recognition. During 2017 alone, she garnered award nods at the American Music Awards (New Artist Of The Year), MTV VMAS (Best New Artist), Billboard Music Awards (Top Covered Artist), Teen Choice Awards (Choice Song: Female and Choice Breakout Artist), and more. Michaels remains an in-demand collaborator, she is currently featured on Maroon 5’s new album on a song called “Help Me Out,” and will be featured on Clean Bandit’s upcoming single “I Miss You,” both songs she also co-wrote. Moreover, she’s a powerful presence on stage, set to join both Shawn Mendes and Niall Horan for upcoming dates on their worldwide tours. Prior to making her debut as a solo artist, JULIA MICHAELS became one of pop music’s most in-demand songwriters, co-writing a string of Billboard Hot 100 hits alongside Justin Tranter including smashes like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo “Close,” Selena Gomez’s “Good for You” [feat. A$AP Rocky] & “Hands To Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld “Love Myself,” Britney Spears “Slumber Party,” Gwen Stefani’s “Used To Love You,” and Linkin Park’s “Heavy.” Recently released works include Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar,” Ed Sheeran’s “Dive,” John Legend’s “Surefire,” Justin Bieber & BloodPop®’s “Friends,” with new titles on Jessie Ware and P!nk’s newly released albums. The cumulative worldwide stream count for songs MICHAELS has co-written exceeds 10 billion to date.
LORDE's "Royals" Captures #1 At Urban Radio

LORDE’s “Royals” Captures #1 At Urban Radio

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Radio Facts: lorde-musicianThe 17-year-old New Zealand songstress makes history as her multi-platinum-selling smash "Royals" captures the number one spot at Urban Radio this week. Becoming a true crossover sensation, the single initially infiltrated the format's Top 10 in December and has gradually risen to #1. This is the first-time that an artist from New Zealand has dominated Urban airwaves in the United States. Simultaneously, the song holds #1 at five formats right now—Urban, Alternative, AAA, Top 40, and Hot AC. Just before 2013 ended, her full-length debut, Pure Heroine [LAVA/Republic Records], was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000. "Royals" itself most recently became quadruple-platinum, moving over 4 million digital downloads in the U.S. alone. Currently, you can catch her on the cover of Rolling Stone. Next weekend, LORDE is nominated for an impressive four Grammy Award nominations at the 56th annual ceremony. "Royals" is up for "Song of the Year", "Record of the Year", and "Best Pop Solo Performance", while Pure Heroine garners a nomination for "Best Pop Vocal Album". "Royals" began its radio journey at the alternative format before blossoming into a crossover mega-hit. It spent a stunning nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. As a byproduct, it seized the record for "Longest #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Female Artist in 2013". Moreover, she remains the youngest artist to top the chart since 1987. This song proves definitive for modern pop music. Moreover, the track ruled AAA Radio for seven straight weeks, and rose to the #1 greatest gainer at both Rhythmic and Hot AC formats, while achieving the #1 spot on iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and iTunes Alternative Songs Chart. In addition, the follow-up single "Team" is now the #1 most added track at Top 40, solidifying her status as a tried-and-true hit maker. Celebrating the release of Pure Heroine, she performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, and Ellen. Her first headline tour of the U.S. was highlighted by multiple sell outs and unanimous critical acclaim. As soon as it was released, 'Royals' stirred up a frenzy online. It reached the coveted #1 spot on Hype Machine, and it has racked up over 35.5 million YouTube/VEVO views. In 2012, she took New Zealand by storm when her self-released, The Love Club EP, rose to #1 on the country's top albums chart. Meanwhile, Pure Heroine shot to the top 5 of the Billboard Top 200, reaching #3. It also topped the Amazon MP3 Chart and the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart.
Matt Cardle Signs with BMG Publishing

Matt Cardle Signs with BMG Publishing

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Radio Facts: Before releasing his forthcoming album, Porcelain, Matt Cardle has signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG. This is Cardle's third LP release within a three year period. Matt Cardle co-wrote and co-produced it, as well as playing the majority of instruments featured. Collaborators include multi-platinum selling writer/producer Toby Smith (ex-Jamiroquai) and 16-time Grammy Award nominee Brian McKnight, amongst others.
A&M/Octone And Interscope Geffen A&M Announce Conclusion Of Joint Venture

A&M/Octone And Interscope Geffen A&M Announce Conclusion Of Joint Venture

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Radio Facts: Maroon-5Interscope Geffen A&M announced that it will acquire the remaining 50% share of the A&M/Octone joint venture from Octone Records. Formed in 2007, the joint venture was scheduled to conclude in mid-2014. CEO/President James Diener and A&M/Octone were responsible for the signing and development of worldwide multi-platinum superstars Maroon 5, platinum rap-rockers Hollywood Undead, platinum modern-rock act Flyleaf, and internationally acclaimed hip-hop artist K'naan, among others. "James and everyone at A&M/Octone created a fantastic home for their artists, and their commitment to that roster has been unparalleled," commented John Janick, President and COO of Interscope Geffen A&M. "We wish James nothing but the best as he embarks on his next venture." Diener said, "On behalf of the entire A&M/Octone executive team, I want to extend sincere thanks to Jimmy Iovine, John Janick and Interscope Geffen A&M for an incredible partnership over the past 6 years. We are also indebted to Lucian Grainge and the worldwide Universal Music family, who took exceptional care of our artists and projects throughout the relationship."

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK SET FOR OCTOBER 29TH...

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Best-Man-Holiday-Full-TrailerTHE BEST MAN HOLIDAY – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

SET FOR OCTOBER 29TH RELEASE ON RCA RECORDS

THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR HOLIDAY FEATURES NEW MUSIC AND HOLIDAY CLASSICS BY

R. KELLY, JORDIN SPARKS, CHARLIE WILSON, FANTASIA, ANTHONY HAMILTON, MARSHA AMBROSIUS, JOHN LEGEND AND MORE

UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY IN THEATRES NATIONWIDE ON NOVEMBER 15th

New York, NY – On October 29th, RCA Records will kick off the festive sounds of the holiday season with the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the film The Best Man Holiday, it was announced today.  The 13-song disc will feature newly written material, as well as holiday classics, performed by platinum-selling and award-winning artists including R. Kelly, Jordin Sparks, Mario, Fantasia, Monica, Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Emeli Sandé, and more.

The soundtrack will be available for pre-order on October 15th at iTunes, Amazon.com and select online retailers.

Malcolm D. Lee, the film’s writer and director, serves as the executive album producer, with songs produced by an elite team of multi-award-winning producers including Harmony, The Underdogs, R. Kelly, David Foster, John Legend, Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Steve Daly, Greg Pagani and Charlie Wilson.

The music featured on The Best Man Holiday - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will resonate with fans for years to come, much like the 1999 release of The Best Man - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which featured memorable songs including Cameo’s “Candy”; The Roots’ “What You Want,” featuring Jaguar; Beyoncé and  Marc Nelson’s “After All Is Said and Done.” 

“I am a firm believer that music is essential to the entirety of a film going experience. The Best Man Holiday soundtrack is no exception,” says Malcolm D. Lee.  “The songs listed here not only make up the fabric of the movie, but many served as inspiration to the creation of the screenplay. With a combination of new R&B tunes and Christmas classics by contemporary artists, this is the soundtrack I heard accompanying this movie.  I hope you enjoy it this holiday season and every year.”

About the film: After nearly 15 years apart, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy.  When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.  Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and direct this sequel to his directorial debut.  Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) produces alongside Lee for The Sean Daniel Company.

The Best Man Holiday arrives in theatres nationwide on November 15th.   The Best Man Holiday - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack track listing:   01           Christmastime To Me                                     Jordin Sparks      02           Someday at Christmas                                   Mario                     03           What Christmas Means To Me                         Fantasia                                04           I Still Have You                                            Charlie Wilson    05           Christmas, I’ll Be Steppin’                               R. Kelly                                  06           This Christmas                                              Mary J. Blige       

07           Shelter                                                       John Legend                      

08           Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas             Monica                                 

09           Winter Wonderland                                      Emeli Sandé

10           Can You Stand The Rain                               New Edition

11           I Want To Come Home for Christmas              Ne-Yo                   

12           O Holy Night                                               Jayda Brown & Jasmine Watkins               

13           As                                                             Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton

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