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Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Lady Gaga

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From News, posted 7.30.20. There could be 100 people in the room, but there is only one Lady Gaga. Since her debut on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza in 2007, Gaga has become a “record-setting megastar,” according to Billboard magazine. Her first album, The Fame, catapulted her to superstardom with the Billboard Hot 100 chart… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Cage the Elephant

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From News, posted 7.30.20. From the beginning of their career, Cage the Elephant has had something special. The five-piece band released their debut album in 2008, and one year later found themselves performing on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza. Since then, the Kentucky natives have released hit singles like “No Rest for the Wicked,” “Shake… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Chance the Rapper

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From News, posted 7.30.20. Chicago native, Chance the Rapper, made his first appearance on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza in 2013. Having just released his first two projects at the time, 10 Day and Acid Rap, he wowed his hometown crowd with performances of songs like “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Juice.” His career skyrocketed from… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Halsey

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From News, posted 7.30.20. A little rain didn’t stop a turquoise-haired Halsey from giving an unforgettable performance on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza in 2015. At the time, she had only released one EP, but her on-stage charisma captivated the audience, foretelling a successful career boosted by catchy melodies, personal lyrics, and a devoted fanbase.… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Vic Mensa

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From News, posted 7.30.20. After initially starting his career as part of a hip-hop collective, a solo Vic Mensa made his debut on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza in 2014. With a distinct sound inspired by music of the ‘90s, he next joined J. Cole and Wale on the What Dreams May Come Tour before… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: X Ambassadors

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From News, posted 7.30.20. Since their 2012 performance on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza (where they performed as The Ambassadors) the group now known as X Ambassadors have propelled themselves into the global spotlight. The Ithaca-based indie band’s debut album, VHS, went platinum and spawned genre-defining hits like “Renegades” and “Unsteady,” leading them on a… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Bebe Rexha

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From News, posted 7.30.20. Bebe Rexha’s career was meant to be. Her 2011 debut on BMI’s Lolla stage was one of many milestones this singer/songwriter has accomplished, and in 2012, she became one of the youngest recipients of the Abe Olman Scholarship Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rexha, a New York native who… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Young Thug

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From News, posted 7.30.20. Born Jeffery Williams, the Atlanta rapper now known as Young Thug first performed on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza in 2015. The years leading up to his performance were spent perfecting his rap skills and releasing mixtapes and EPs, eventually catching Gucci Mane’s attention for the release of 1017 Thug. Now… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: MAX

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From News, posted 7.30.20. New York-based singer/songwriter, MAX, made his inaugural performance on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza in 2017. At the time, his single, “Lights Down Low,” was approaching 100 million streams across platforms and became known as a sleeper hit due to its not peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 (at #29) until… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Sofi Tukker

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From News, posted 7.30.20. After only a few months of collaborating and drawing inspiration from the throbbing house beats of the ‘90s, Sofi Tukker (a dance duo composed of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern) wrote and released the 2016 viral hit, “Drinkee.” The song earned a GRAMMY nomination and placement in an Apple Watch commercial,… Read more...


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