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No fools: IQ new music playlist for April is live

The latest edition of IQ’s new music playlist, featuring a selection of tracks curated by major international booking agencies, is now live, showcasing some of the most exciting talent for April 2021.

Launched last summer, the playlist complements IQ Magazine’s popular New Signings page, which keeps the live industry updated about which new, emerging and re-emerging artists are being signed by agents.

The January playlist features contributions from CAA, ICM Partners, ITB, Paradigm, UTA, 13 Artists, ATC Live, Primary Talent and WME, each of which have picked up to five tracks apiece showcasing some of their hottest touring artists.

Listen to the latest selection using the Spotify playlist below, or click here to catch up on March’s ILMC special first.


Separated by agency office, the full track list for the April playlist is:

AgencyArtistSong
CAAStoneFuse
CAARemi WolfPhoto ID
CAAParis TexasSituations
CAABrian NastyJust a Game
ICM PartnersLo VillageOut the Window
ICM PartnersMichele MorroneBeautiful
ICM PartnersJelani AryehMarigold
ICM PartnersFlorence ArmanOut of the Blue
ICM PartnersKareen LomaxBig Facts
ITBChloe BlackTitle Track
ITBHardwicke CircusWalking on Broken Glass
ITBThe Lounge SocietyCain’s Heresy
ITBIcon for HireBrittle
ITBFletcher GullTransgressive Soliloquy
ParadigmAby CoulibalyLong Nights
ParadigmAlexander 23Come Here and Leave
ParadigmGirl in RedSerotonin
ParadigmSam RyderWhirlwind
ParadigmDuchessEver Ever
UTA347aidanWhen the Devil Cries
UTAILLENIUM, iann diorFirst Time
UTAIngrid Michaelson, ZAYNThe Day
UTAThomas DybdahlWho Am I Without You
UTAX Ambassadorstorture (with Earl St. Clair)
13 ArtistsStephen FretwellOval
13 ArtistsTrillary BanksLast Man Standing
13 ArtistsCj PanditRight Person, Wrong Time
ATC LiveThe UmlautsBoiler Suits & Combat Boots
ATC LiveJuan WautersReal (with Mac DeMarco)
ATC LiveWU LUSouth (ft Lex Amor)
ATC LiveCrumbTrophy
ATC LiveTrousdaleWouldn't Come Back
PrimaryBleu ClairBeat Like This
PrimaryEden PrinceDo You Want It Right Now
PrimaryAlan DixonTell Me When
PrimaryBlondesComing Of Age
WMEChase BryantHigh Drunk and Heartbroke
WMENoga ErezKids
WMEGwen StefaniSlow Clap
WMESelena Gomez & DJ SnakeSelfish Love
WMESteve Aoki & KiiaraUsed to Be ft. WIZ KHALIFA

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January rhythm and blues: New agency playlist

The January edition of IQ’s New Signings playlist, featuring a selection of tracks curated by major international booking agencies, goes live today with another serving of fresh new music ahead of the launch of IQ 95.

Launched in May for the June issue, the playlist complements IQ Magazine’s popular New Signings page, which keeps the live industry updated about which new, emerging and re-emerging artists are being signed by agents.

The January playlist features contributions from CAA, ITB, Paradigm, UTA, ATC, Primary and WME, each of which have picked four or five tracks apiece featuring some of their most exciting new talent.

Listen to the latest selection using the Spotify playlist below – or click here to catch up on the December edition first.

Separated by agency, the full track list for January’s New Signings playlist is:

 

AgencyArtistSong
CAATemsDamages
CAAMunduBrag & Boast
CAAFana HuesIcarus
CAA19&YouRunnin'
CAADel Water GapHig Tops
ICMBaddieDylan & Dakota
ICMFlorence ArmanHome
ITBDream NailsLonely Star (Christmas Song)
ITBThe Hyena KillBleached
ITBDaytime TVSide Effects
ITBFeverHonesty
ITBLittle BarrieSteel Drum
ParadigmWorking Mens ClubJohn Cooper Clarke
ParadigmChloe MoriondoGirl on TV
ParadigmJoey MaxwellMy Self
ParadigmLynksBrand New Face
ParadigmFlowerkidMiss Andry
UTAChance The Rapper, Jeremih & ValeeAre U Live
UTADixie D’Amelio (feat. Wiz Khalifa)One Whole Day
UTATierra WhackFeel Good
UTAPeach Tree RascalsFumari
UTA4kGoldn (feat. iann dior)Mood
ATCOracle SistersThe Dandelion
ATCAltin GunOrdunun Dereleri
ATCBlack PumasChristmas will really be Christmas
ATCHello ForeverAnywhere is Everywhere
ATCJulia JacklinBaby Jesus is Nobody's Baby
PrimaryBad TunerSourire
PrimaryMatilda MannPaper Mache World
PrimaryKaty KirbyTraffic!
PrimaryPretty SickSuperstar
WMEInternet MoneyLemonade
WMEMiley Cyrus (feat. Dua Lipa)Prisoner
WME24KGLDNMood
WMEThe Weeknd (feat. Rosalia)Blinding Lights (Remix)
WMEAJRBang!

 


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Winter Wonderbands: December’s agency playlist

The December edition of IQ’s New Signings playlist, featuring a selection of tracks curated by major international booking agencies, goes live today with another serving of fresh new music ahead of the launch of IQ 95.

Launched in May for the June issue, the playlist complements IQ Magazine’s popular New Signings page, which keeps the live industry updated about which new, emerging and re-emerging artists are being signed by agents.

The December playlist features contributions from CAA, ICM, ITB, Paradigm, UTA, ATC and Primary, each of which have picked four or five tracks apiece featuring some of their most exciting new talent.

Listen to the latest selection using the Spotify playlist below – or click here to catch up on the November edition first.

Separated by agency, the full track list for December’s New Signings playlist is:

AgencyArtistSong
CAAYDEStopped Buying Diamonds
CAAPriya RaguGood Love 2.0
CAACassowaryStarlife
CAABree RunwayATM
CAACole LCWestbrook
ICMKAMAUUMango
ICMCoi LeraySlide
ICMQTake Me Where Your Heart Is
ITBAnnaFast
ITBDead Poet SocietyCoDA
ITBDevonWhy Do We Wake Up? (Before The Good Bit)
ITBJuanita Stein1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
ITBLonely The BraveBright Eyes
ParadigmAddison GraceOverthink
ParadigmDo NothingGlueland
ParadigmProspaThe Thrill
ParadigmKokorokoBaba Ayoola
ParadigmToraCall Your name
UTABoybandTattoo
UTADenise ChailaChaila
UTApoutyfaceDeathwish
UTAmoa moaSpinning
UTAAlina PashDengi
ATCBlack Country New RoadScience Fair
ATCKaty J PearsonSomething Real
ATCSprintsManifesto
ATCKacy & Clayton, Marlon WilliamsArahura
ATCTim AtlasWallflower
PrimaryMiloeWinona
PrimaryJuly Jones2020 Girls
PrimaryIC3PEAKTRRST
PrimaryAll Time LowMonsters
PrimaryMoore KismetYou Should Run

 


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November rain: New Signings playlist live

The November edition of IQ’s New Signings playlist, featuring a selection of tracks curated by major international booking agencies, goes live today with another serving of fresh new music ahead of the launch of IQ 94.

Launched in May for the June issue, the playlist complements IQ Magazine’s popular New Signings page, which keeps the live industry updated about which new, emerging and re-emerging artists are being signed by agents.

The November playlist features contributions from CAA, ITB, Paradigm, UTA and ATC Live, each of which have picked four or five tracks apiece featuring some of their most exciting new talent.

Listen to the latest selection using the Spotify playlist below – or click here to catch up on the October edition first.

Separated by agency, the full track list for November’s New Signings playlist is:

AgencyArtistSong
CAADerykCall You Out
CAASaygraceBoys Ain't Shit
CAAMonolinkOtherside
CAAMichael Franti & SpearheadI Got You
CAAGok Wan x Craig Knight ft. Kele Le RocLet Me Be Your Fantasy
ITBDead Poet SocietyIntoodeep
ITBPaceshiftersHurdles
ITBPhil Madeley21st Witch Century Hunt
ITBNature TVHometown
ITBTigressChoke
ParadigmBriston MaroneyFreeway
ParadigmEla MinusDominique
ParadigmFred AgainJessie (I Miss You)
ParadigmGabrielsLove and Hate in a Different Time
ParadigmTayo SoundSomeone New
UTASalem IleseMad at Disney
UTAMarisha WallaceBefore I Go
UTAChartreuseKeep Checking Up On Me
UTASpaceAcreOverthrown
UTADragged UnderThe World Is In Your Way
ATCPVATalks
ATCPan AmsterdamHannibal Lecture
ATCJulia JacklinTo Perth, before the border closes
ATCVoxToo Much, Give Up
ATCAnjimileMaker

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Turning a new leaf: New Signings playlist live

The October edition of IQ’s New Signings playlist, featuring a selection of tracks curated by major international booking agencies, goes live today with another serving of fresh new music following the launch of IQ 93.

Launched in May for the June issue, the playlist complements IQ Magazine’s popular New Signings page, which keeps the live industry updated about which new, emerging and re-emerging artists are being signed by agents.

The October playlist features contributions from CAA, ICM Partners, ITB, Paradigm, UTA and ATC Live, each of which have picked four or five tracks apiece featuring some of their most exciting new talent.

Listen to the latest selection using the Spotify playlist below – or click here to catch up on the September edition first.

Separated by agency, the full track list for October’s New Signings playlist is:

 

AgencyArtistSong
CAAYellow DaysThe Curse
CAARoisin MurphySomething More
CAAThe ShiresCrazy Days
CAAPhoebe AXAWisdom Teeth (Pressure)
CAATensnakeRules
ICMG HerboPTSD
ICMMK xyzPass It
ICMBrandon BanksGold
ICMWolftylaAll Tinted
ITBChloe BlackSacrifice
ITBDeclan Welsh and The Decadent WestGhosted
ITBMildlifeVapour
ITBDream NailsThis Is The Summer
ITBBright Light Bright Light featuring CaveboyIt’s Alright, It’s OK
ParadigmChloe MoriondoI Want To Be With You
ParadigmMae MullerSo Annoying
ParadigmRebükeObscurity
ParadigmThomas HeadonUrbanAngel1999
ParadigmTSHASister
UTANana AdjoaNo Room
UTAMolchat DomaNe Shmeshno
UTASilvana EstradaPara Siempre
UTACharley CrockettWelcome to Hard Times
UTABalmorheaRemembrance
ATCShameAlphabet
ATCUltraflexWork Out Tonight
ATCPillow QueensHoly Show
ATCYard ActFixer Upper
ATCGirl UltraOjos Negros

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Dancing in September: Latest New Signings playlist live

The September edition of IQ’s New Signings playlist, featuring a selection of tracks curated by major international booking agencies, goes live today, heralding the launch of IQ 92 next week with another serving of fresh new music.

Launched in May for the June issue, the playlist complements IQ Magazine’s popular New Signings page, which keeps the live industry updated about which new, emerging and re-emerging artists are being signed by agents.

The September playlist features contributions from ICM Partners, ITB, Paradigm, UTA, X-ray Touring, 13 Artists, ATC Live and Primary, each of which have picked four or five five tracks apiece featuring some of their most exciting new talent.

Listen to the latest selection using the Spotify playlist below – or click here to catch up on the August edition first.

Separated by agency, the full track list for September’s New Signings playlist is:

 

AgencyArtistSong
ICMIsabella LovestoryKitten Heel
ICMFivio ForeignBig Drip
ICMSpencer Barnetteta
ICMWynneEgo Check
ITBThe Lounge SocietyGeneration Game
ITBHolloway RoadSenseless
ITBBlack FoxxesBadlands
ITBWildermissSupermagical
ITBTebeyHappened on a Saturday Night
ParadigmAaron SmithUnconditional
ParadigmBaba AliAll These Wires
ParadigmBiig PiigDon't turn around
ParadigmDeath By DenimOut of Habit
ParadigmJoey MaxwellStreetlights
UTABrevin Kim (US)Somebody, some body
UTAThe Blue Stones (CA)Shakin Off The Rust
UTACande y Paulo (Argentina)Barro Tal Vez
UTAPark Hye Jin (KOR)If U Want It
UTAThe Marias (US)I Don't Know You
X-rayJames Dean BradfieldThe Boy From The Plantation
X-rayKelly Lee Owens ft John CaleCorner of My Sky
X-rayFEVER 333SUPREMCY
X-rayTouche AmoreLimelight
13 ArtistsHolly HumberstoneDrop Dead
13 ArtistsSea GirlsForever
13 ArtistsMelanie CIn And Out Of Love
13 ArtistsTame impalaIs It True
13 ArtistsInhalerFalling In
ATCFontaines D.C.Televised Minds
ATCMuck SpreaderCarnal Tongues
ATCRomareHeaven
ATCDurand Jones & The IndicationsNever Heard Em Say
ATCThe Goa ExpressBe My Friend
CAAKamaal WilliamsHold On
CAAPaul KalkbrennerParachute
CAASteam DownEtcetera
CAATate McCraeYou Broke Me First
CAALOONYiN CODE
Primary TalentHarley SuleSomething Good
Primary TalentWe Want You To DanceDo You?
Primary TalentRunnnerHeliotrope
Primary TalentManu GraceTwo Weeks
Primary TalentKara MarniYoung Heart

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Breezy listening: Celebrate summer with IQ’s New Signings

The August edition of IQ’s New Signings playlist, featuring a selection of tracks curated by major international booking agencies, launches today, serving up a welcome dose of fresh new music as live continues its long summer hiatus.

Launched in May for the June issue, the playlist complements IQ Magazine’s popular New Signings page, which keeps the live industry updated about which new, emerging and re-emerging artists are being signed by agents.

The August edition features contributions from CAA, ICM Partners, ITB, Paradigm, UTA, X-ray Touring, Primary Talent, 13 Artists and ATC Live, each of which have picked five tracks apiece featuring some of their most exciting new talent.

Listen to the latest selection using the Spotify playlist below – or click here to catch up on the July edition first.

Separated by agency, the full track list for August’s New Signings playlist is:

 

AgencyArtistSong
CAATameraFlipside
CAABeneeSupalonely
CAANavvyPieces
CAAPurple Disco MachineHypnotized
CAARachel ChinouririBeautiful Disaster
ICMJAHMEDTWOTEN
ICMAlex PoratHappy For You
ICMAlex MaliObviously
ICMSarah BarriosI Didn’t Mean to
ICMMarcoOnly Want You
ITBHot MilkCalifornia’s Burning
ITBBananagunPeople Talk Too Much
ITBRed Rum ClubEleanor
ITBDream NailsJillian
ITBBright Light Bright LightI Used To Be Cool
ParadigmCamelphatHypercolour (featuring Yannis from Foals)
ParadigmMellahHabit
ParadigmLynkks AfrikkaHow To Be Successful
ParadigmRobert GraceFake Fine
ParadigmTrevor DanielPast Life (featuring Selena Gomez)
UTAChe Lingo (UK)My Blok
UTAFrankie Beetlestone (UK)HMU Again
UTADreyaSkippin
UTAEvann McIntosh (US)What Dreams Are Made Of
UTASilly Boy Blue (FR)The Fight
X-rayLuke La VolpeDead Man's Blues
X-rayLeyla BlueSilence
X-rayLittle HurtAlaska
X-rayTiagzMy Heart Went oops
X-rayPhoebe BridgersGarden Song
Primary TalentKate BollingerA Couple Things
Primary TalentYouth SectorNo Fanfare
Primary TalentBad GyalBom Bom
Primary TalentIzzy CaminaWrapped In Gold
Primary TalentMitskiStrawberry Blond
13 ArtistsThe LathumsAll my Life
13 ArtistsThe AcademicActing My Age
13 ArtistsHolly HumberstoneOverkill
13 ArtistsNito NBStarburst
13 ArtistsAnother SkyFell in Love with the City
ATCEmma-Jean ThackrayOpen- Remix
ATCWhoMadeWhoInterloper
ATCJade ImagineCoastal Pines
ATCReuben JamesRun Away
ATCRosalinaTiña

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New signings and rising stars (July 2020)

UK four-piece Lime, a new signing for Pitch & Smith’s Duncan Smith, and US pop-poet Taylor Castro, newly repped by John Giddings at Solo, are among the latest acts to have been added to the rosters of international agents.

Find out more, and check out the full list of new signings for June–July, below. Plus, if you haven’t already, make sure to listen to IQ’s latest New Signings playlist, which complements the page in the magazine and features even more up-and-coming talent…

 


Lime (UK)

Agent: Duncan Smith, Pitch & Smith

Brighton quartet Lime jump over genre boundaries with an energy that oozes from every corner, weaving post-punk foundations with earworm melodies and razor-sharp, tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

With debut single ‘Surf N Turf’ already passing 30,000 streams and landing a spot on the BBC 6 Music playlist, the band are set to follow up with new music in late summer and a busy live schedule (fingers crossed!), including supports with Happyness, Junodream and more.

 


Taylor Castro

Taylor Castro (US)

Agent: John Giddings, Solo Agency

Poetic lyrics, such as those on ‘Abyss’, is one sure-fire way Taylor Castro sets herself apart from the oversaturated market of pop music. The instrumentation indicates Castro as someone with a keen eye on the trends of the music industry, with her outstanding lyrics tucked away in a package disguised as the hit of the summer.

The fairytale-like ‘Abyss’ is one of the finest feats of storytelling you will see in the charts. This is a talent caught right at the beginning of her journey, and we are privileged to share it with her.

 


For full artist listings, including new signings for ATC Live, UTA, Paradigm, Primary Talent, ITB, Cabin Artists, Fmly, Pitch & Smith, Progressive Artists and the Lullabye Factory, see the digital edition of IQ 90:


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Lockdown listening: IQ New Signings playlist returns

IQ’s New Signings playlist, featuring a selection of tracks curated by major international booking agencies, returns today, providing the perfect soundtrack for those long summer afternoons in lockdown.

Launched last month, the playlist complements IQ Magazine’s popular New Signings page, which keeps the live industry updated about which new, emerging and re-emerging artists are being signed by agencies.

The June edition features contributions from CAA, ITB, X-ray Touring, UTA, ATC Live, Primary Talent International, Paradigm, ICM, 13 Artists and Pitch & Smith, each of which have picked up to five tracks apiece featuring some of their most exciting new talent.

Listen to the latest selection using the Spotify playlist below – or click here if you missed May and need to catch up first.

Separated by agency, the full track list for June’s New Signings playlist is:

 

AgencyArtistTrack title
ATC LiveMoscomanEyes Wide Shut
Egyptian BlueNylon Wire
Christian Lee HutsonLose this Number
MalakiFair Play
Black PumasFast Car
CAAPip MillettJune
Avenue BeatI Don't Really Like Your Boyfriend
Freddie GibbsGod Is Perfect
Dan D’LionPull Me Under
Mimi WebbBefore I Go
ICM PartnersOdieSlowly
Nation of LanguageThe Wall & I
Madison BeerSelfish
VanJessDysfunctional
ITBPinsGhosting
October DriftForever Whatever
July 7Dentro
Samuel JackGotta Be Alright
The EstevansWrong Idea
ParadigmBakarHell N Back
Denzel CurryPig Feet (feat. Kamasi Washington, G Perico and Daylyt)
DuchessElephant
Mariah the ScientistRIP
Tkay MaidzaShook
UTAChe Lingo (UK)My Blok
Frankie Beetlestone (UK)HMU Again
DreyaSkippin
Evann McIntosh (US)What Dreams Are Made Of
Silly Boy Blue (FR)The Fight
X-ray TouringYumi ZoumaCool for a Second
Kris Barras BandWhat a Way to Go
The ChatsPub Feed
Broken Witt RebelsRunning with the Wolves
LovelythebandI Should be Happy
Primary TalentBiiclaNo Place
Thick5 Years Behind
Baby QueenInternet Religion
Luke ElliotAll on Board
CourtingsDavid Byrne's Badside
13 ArtistsJosh VineHow Many Times
The MysterinesI Win Every Time
Nito NBL’s Down
CaroFigure Me Out
Orlando WeeksBlame or Love or Nothing
Pitch & SmithLimeSurf N Turf
Jess WilliamsonInfinite Scroll
Drab CityTroubled Girl
Marie DavidsonWork It
Le RenLove Can’t be the Only Reason to Stay

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New signings continue during corona lockdown

Nearly three months into the shutdown of virtually all concert touring globally, booking agents and artist managers continue to discover and sign new talent, with many using the opportunity to bolster their rosters in anticipation of live music’s return, they tell IQ.

“Discovering new talent is a big part of the agent’s job, and since many of us are stuck at home with no shows happening currently, that gives us extra time to listen to new music and get interested in new artists, even more so than before,” says Belgian agent Guillaume Brevers, who left London’s ATC Live to set up his own agency, Hometown Talent, earlier this year.

“I believe it wasn’t the case in the first few weeks following [the outbreak of] the virus, as most of the agents were really busy postponing their tours, discussing festival cancellations, etc. But more recently, I personally have found I have more free time to focus on new music.”

Similarly, Dominik Meyer of Austria’s Cobra Agency tells IQ that while the early days of pandemic were largely spent dealing with cancellations and postponements, there is now definitely “more time to listen to music and explore new stuff”.

One London-based agent (who asked not be named) says he, too, has been signing new acts during the shutdown, as there are “things that I am definitely excited about and that I feel I need to sign now.” He adds that discovering new talent gives him a feeling of normality in strange times – as well as “a sense that there is a business to come back to.”

“Signing new talent is a good way for agents to remain proactive while no tours are taking place”

Also keeping calm and carrying on is Australian artist manager Andrew Stone, who leads Chugg Music, the management, publishing and label division of Michael Chugg’s Chugg Entertainment. Chugg Music’s most recent signing is Mason Watts, who agreed a label deal with the influencer-focused City Pop Records late last month.

With City Pop, says Stone, “we’re looking to sign artists now more than ever. There’s a focus on artists who have developed in the influencer/social media space” – City Pop’s first signing was TikTok star Mia Rodriguez – “so we feel at least somewhat prepared for a more online model of artist development. I think it’s a good time to build catalogue and grow communities on streaming, socials and radio, so that when the artists are heading out on the road in the future they have more than two songs that people know.”

Signing new talent is “a good way [for agents] to remain proactive” while no tours are taking place, comments Brevers, “so when things hopefully get back to normal, agents will be effective immediately and ready to provide their clients with the service they deserve”.

“In an industry where everything happens especially fast, I’m taking advantage of this new free time to think about new ways to reinvent myself as an agent,” he adds, “as well as how this industry could evolve to meet the challenges we’re facing in today’s society.”

Stone says lockdown is “forcing us to get really good at online marketing and collaborations. We are collaborating more than ever with artists across Zoom, and having features from other countries and languages, so that our international audience development isn’t completely halted by our inability to tour.”

“As long as there are engaged audiences, there will be a creative and nimble industry that can make the most of connecting with them”

With the return to full-scale concert touring believed to still be some way off, it depends on the individual agent or manager – and their personal circumstances – whether they’re using their relative downtime to scout for new talent, or just trying to survive, says the London agent.

“I think it comes down to the people,” they say. “Some are nervous about the future and just holding on, and some are understanding that it will pass and that they have to check new things out.”

They’re in the latter camp, they say – and so is Stone. He concludes: “I hope we’re not in denial about the long-term outcomes, but I think that so long as there are engaged audiences, there will be a creative and nimble industry that can make the most of connecting with them – whatever the circumstances.”

IQ launched its monthly New Signings playlist, which features tracks curated by a selection of major booking agencies, last week. Listen here:

IQ launches monthly agency playlist


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