“Special” Meduza were June’s fastest-growing new act
Rising Italian producers Meduza, who reached No2 in the UK singles chart in February with their breakthrough, ‘Piece of My Heart’, were the hottest new artists in June 2019, the latest Radar Station chart reveals.
Hailing from Milan, the trio – Mattia Vitale, Simone Giani and Luca De Gregorio – were signed to Polydor in the UK and Virgin in Germany after impressing at Amsterdam Dance Event, in what has been called the “hottest signing in recent years”. After debuting with a remix of Friendly Fires’ ‘Heaven Let Me In’, their first original material, house smash ‘Piece of Your Heart’, featuring British act Goodboys, picked up more than 7m streams on Spotify and 6m on YouTube in the space of two months, and also propelled them to the top of the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
CAA’s Ben Kouijzer, who represents the band outside North America, tells IQ: “When Serg and Kevin from Club Class/Komplete played me ‘Piece of Your Heart’ at ADE, it was love at first listen – I knew Meduza had something special. They had just signed the record to Virgin Germany and Polydor UK in a JV, and we all believed it would be the biggest dance record of the year.”
Despite the “incredible commercial success” of ‘Piece of Your Heart’, Kouijzer says Team Meduza have focused establishing “foundations in the underground club circuit at cutting-edge house venues, nurturing a grassroots fanbase of house music lovers” and setting the stage for festival performances and headline shows beyond 2020.
“We all believed it would be the biggest dance record of the year”
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. Last month’s No1 was Texas-born rapper Megan thee Stallion, who become the first artist to successful defend her title, after initially topping the chart in April.
In second place in June was New Zealand folk singer-songwriter Aldous Harding (repped by ATC Live’s Clémence Renau in Europe), who climbs from No28, while Jade Bird (booked in the UK by Olly Hodgson at Coda) rose one place, to fourth, in a consecutive strong showing for the Tony Visconti-approved Brit.
See below for a Spotify playlist of this month’s top 20, plus the full chart with links to artists’ Facebook pages and booking agency details.
|This month||Last month||Artist||Country||Agency|
|1||-||Meduza||Italy||CAA (RoW), Spin (US)|
|2||28||Aldous Harding||NZ||ATC (Europe), Panache (US), Collective Artists (Aus), Julian Carswell (NZ)|
|3||4||Jade Bird||UK||Coda (UK), Paradigm (US)|
|4||14||No Rome||UK||Primary, Paradigm|
|5||39||NOTD||Sweden||Coda (Europe), WME (RoW)|
|6||2||Fontaines DC||Republic of Ireland||ATC (Europe), Paradigm (US)|
|7||37||Jakob Ogawa||Norway||Time Out (Norway), Primary (Europe), Paradigm (Americas)|
|8||42||Emotional Oranges||US||X-ray Touring, WME|
|9||6||Maisie Peters||UK||CAA (excl. N. America)|
|10||9||Kelsey Lu||US||WME, Primary|
|12||5||Lolo Zouaï||US||Paradigm (N. America), Coda (RoW)|
|14||33||Leven Kali||US||UTA (excl. N. America)|
|17||18||Flora Cash||Sweden||UTA (RoW), Paradigm (Americas)|
|18||78||Yeek||US||Paradigm (US), Coda (Europe)|
|19||31||Julia Jacklin||Australia||Collective (Aus/NZ), ATC (Europe), Paradigm (N. America)|
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