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‘She’s an incredibly talented artist’: Coi Leray is No1 in Aug

After narrowly missing out on the top spot in July, New Jersey-born hip-hop act Coi Leray was the fastest-growing new artist in August 2019, the latest Radar Station chart reveals.

The daughter of Boston rapper Benzino, Leray (real name Britanny Collins) built her fanbase via Soundcloud and signed to Republic Records just nine months after uploading her first song, ‘Goofy Ass Niggas’. She released her debut mixtape, EveryThingCoZ (pronounced “cosy”), in 2018 and a follow-up, EC2, earlier this year, which preceded US and European tour dates, including festival slots at Lollapalooza in Chicago and LadyLand in Brooklyn, New York.

Her break-out single, ‘Huddy’, meanwhile, is at 3.2 million YouTube views at the time of writing, while ‘Save the Day’, a collaboration with Ski Mask the Slump God, Jacquees and LouGotCash, appeared on the soundtrack to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

“Coi is an incredibly talented artist,” says Mike Malak of Paradigm UK, who represents Leray (pictured) alongside Alex Hardee. “Coming off the back of a successful festival season, Coi has built some strong foundations and is recognised in key European markets by all the relevant tastemakers, which will serve us well for her first headline tour in 2020.”

“Coi has built some strong foundations and is recognised in key European markets by all the relevant tastemakers”

At No 2 is 19-year-old Angeleño rapper Ambjaay, who capitalised on continued streaming success for his early summer smash, the Latin-themed ‘Uno’, to climb 61 places between July and August. Recently signed to Columbia Records, he is yet to find agency representation and can be booked by emailing [email protected].

In third is another new entry, Christian ‘King’ Combs – son of Sean, aka Puff Daddy – who just missed out on the top 20 in July. He released his latest singles, ‘Surf’ and ‘The West’, both of which appeared on his Cyncerely, C3 EP on Bad Boy Entertainment, last month.

The Radar Station algorithm calculates the fastest-growing new artists by combining data across a number of online platforms, including Spotify, Facebook, Songkick and Last.fm. July’s chart-topper was North Carolina rapper Stunna 4 Vegas.

See below for a Spotify playlist of last month’s top 20, plus the full chart with links to artists’ Facebook pages and booking agency details.

This monthLast monthArtistCountry
12Coi LerayUS
321King CombsUS
611Domo WilsonUS
76Sueco the ChildUS
813Black PumasUS
922Johnny UtahUS
1028Benny the ButcherUS
1147Flo MilliUS
1217Sub UrbanUS
1331Ms BanksUK
1420Quin NfnUS
1632Yung ToryCA
19140The Murder CapitalIE
2038Jean DeauxUS

For more details about the Radar Station, contact [email protected].


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