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Sam Fender tops March’s Radar Station chart

British singer-songwriter Sam Fender, the 2019 recipient of the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice, tops the table for March, with former Nashville star Lennon Stella holding strong at number two and Mexican-American soul singer Omar Apollo coming third.

IQ’s monthly Radar Station chart uses an algorithm to identify the fastest-growing new artists by analysing data across a number of online platforms, including Spotify, Facebook, Songkick and Last.fm. Last month’s chart-topper was electronic and acoustic fusion artist Still Woozy.

Newcastle, UK-born indie singer-songwriter Sam Fender first came to attention in 2017, when his single ‘Play God’ earned him a place on the list of nominees for the BBC’s Sound of 2018. Fender went on to release his debut EP Dead Boys in November 2018.

This year, Fender won the Brits Critics’ Choice award, joining past winners Adele, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith. The singer recently announced he will be playing alongside Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Laura Marling in London’s Hyde Park on 12 July.

Fender won the Brits Critics’ Choice award, joining past winners Adele, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith

Fender is embarking on a European and UK tour this month, ahead of summer festival appearance at Glastonbury, All Points East, Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza and Down the Rabbit Hole, among others.

Canadian singer Lennon Stella of Nashville fame has maintained her position at number two in the Radar Station chart. Stella released her latest single ‘Bitch (takes one to know one)’ on 15 March. The singer has explained that the song is about “girl power” and aims to reclaim the pejoratively used, gendered insult.

Stella is currently touring in the United States, following the release of her debut EP Love, me last year.

Soulful singer-songwriter Omar Apollo released his first EP Stereo in May last year. The bilingual singer, born to Mexican parents in Indiana, has recently moved to Los Angeles and is touring extensively throughout the United States.

The singer, real name Omar Velasco, makes the trip to Europe in June, with dates planned in Norway, Germany, the UK, Spain, France and Belgium.

See the full chart, along with links to artists’ Facebook pages and booking agency details, below.

 

This monthLast monthArtistCountryAgency
16Sam FenderUKCAA
22Lennon StellaUSCAA
316Omar ApolloUSParadigm (USA), Coda (UK & Europe)
415CrumbUSGround Control Touring (USA), ATC Live (Europe)
59Dominic FikeUSUTA
67JpegmafiaUSParadigm (USA), WME (RoW)
738Polo GUSN/A
846Samm HenshawUKCAA
914Tierra WhackUSUTA
104IdlesUKParadigm (USA & Canada), Coda (RoW)
1112DuckwrthUSICM Partners
1296Boy HarsherUSSwamp Booking (Europe), Ground Control Touring (North America)
1381GashiUSN/A
1417Jade BirdUKCoda (UK), Paradigm (USA)
1533ShaedUSParadigm
1660MallratUSN/A
1718Soccer MommyUSHigh Road Touring (North America), ATC Live (Europe)
1829Flora CashSEParadigm (Americas), UTA (RoW)
1950BadflowerUSAPA
2032Jakob OgawaNorParadigm (Americas), Primary Talent (RoW)

 


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Still Woozy: February’s hottest new act

Electronic and acoustic fusion artist Still Woozy, real name Sven Gamsky, has climbed seven places to become the hottest new act of February, beating Radar Station Chart newcomers Lennon Stella and Ari Lennox.

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. Producer and songwriter Benny Blanco was last month’s chart-topper, see January’s chart here.

Genre-bending Still Woozy is the solo project of California-based Sven Gamsky, following a stint as part of indie rock band Feed Me Jack. As Still Woozy, Gamsky has so far released six singles.

Still Woozy’s most recent release, “Habit”, is from forthcoming self-released EP Lately, which will be out early this year. The artist’s two most popular songs are “Goodie Bag” and “Cook”, released in 2017.

The artist, represented by Paradigm’s Josh Mulder in the Americas and WME’s Jay Belin in the rest of the world, is currently on tour in the United States and will play at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California.

Still Woozy has climbed seven places to become February’s hottest new act beating Radar Station Chart newcomers Lennon Stella and Ari Lennox

Canadian singer Lennon Stella is the daughter of famous country music duo MaryLynne and Brad Stella. Stella rose to fame alongside her sister, Maisy, in their roles as Maddie and Daphne Conrad in the music drama series Nashville.

Stella went on to write songs for the show, before launching her solo career as a singer and songwriter in 2018 with “Like Everybody Else”. The singer’s collaborated with ex-One Direction star Liam Payne and DJ Jonas Blue for the single “Polaroid”.

Stella’s latest single, “Bitch (takes one to know one)” came out today (15 March).

Washington-born Ari Lennox is signed to J. Cole’s record label, Dreamville Records. Lennox released her debut EP Pho in 2016, before appearing on J. Cole song “Change” and performing as an opening act on the rapper’s 4 Your Eyez Only Tour.

Lennox says she is inspired by female vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Whitney Houston. The R&B artist will release her debut album Shea Butter Baby later this year.

See the full chart, along with links to artists’ Facebook pages and booking agency details, below.

 

This monthLast monthArtistCountryAgency
18
STILL WOOZYUSParadigm (Americas), WME (RoW)
2145LENNON STELLA USCAA
3168ARI LENNOXUSICM Partners
49IDLESUKParadigm (US & Canada), Coda (RoW)
55LOUD LUXURY CANSpin (Americas), WME (RoW)
615SAM FENDER UKCAA
718JPEGMAFIAUSParadigm (USA), WME (RoW)
812YUNGEEN ACE USAPA
955DOMINIC FIKE USUTA
1064SLIM JXMMIUSN/A
1120MEN I TRUSTCANAPA (USA), Primary Talent (UK & Europe)
1241DUCKWRTHUSICM Partners
1310PHOEBE BRIDGERSUSHigh Road Touring
1425TIERRA WHACKUSUTA
1516CRUMBUSGround Control Touring (USA), ATC Live (Europe)
167OMAR APOLLOUSParadigm (USA), Coda (UK & Europe)
1733JADE BIRD UKCoda (UK), Paradigm (USA)
1837SOCCER MOMMYUSHigh Road Touring (North America), ATC Live (Europe)
1941EASY LIFEUKCoda
2062ILOVEFRIDAYUSN/A

 


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