2016 Record Deals: Who Got Signed?

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7 Star Dreams - Who Got Signed in 2016

The infatuation of independent artists working hard to get signed is still paying off. So far in 2016, 76 artists have earned a major record deal (or a deal with their affiliates) and those numbers may continue to grow as we head into 2017. Check out the artists below and who they signed with.

  1. Playboi Carti – Interscope Records – Source: Complex Music
  2. Drevo Coolidge – Sony – Source: Grip Magazine
  3. Rob $tone – RCA – Source: DJBooth
  4. Stanaj – Lava/Republic Records – Source: ThisIsRnB
  5. Kur – eOne Music – Source: YouTube
  6. Famous Dex – 300 – Source: HipHopDX
  7. Anderson .Paak – Aftermath Entertainment – Source: Billboard
  8. Desiigner – G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam – Source: Vibe
  9. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Atlantic Records – Source: Def Pen
  10. Lil Yachty – Quality Control – Source: HipHopDX
  11. Dae Dae – 300 – Source: XXL
  12. Fortune – Freebandz/Epic – Source: Hot 104.1 STL
  13. Zoey Dollaz – Freebandz/Epic – Source: HotNewHipHop
  14. Ayo Jay – RCA – Source: RCA
  15. Davido – Sony – Source: NotJustOK
  16. Wizkid – Sony/RCA – Source: NotJustOK
  17. Steelo Steezy – Freebandz – Source: Vibe
  18. Rory Fresco – Epic – Source: HotNewHipHop
  19. Christian Combs – Bad Boy/Epic – Source: HotNewHipHop
  20. Lotto Savage – Bases Loaded/Epic – Source: HotNewHipHop
  21. Russ – Columbia Records – Source: DJBooth
  22. Zay Hilfiger & Zayion McCall – Atlantic Records – Source: The Fader
  23. SosaMann – Taylor Gang – Source: XXL
  24. AR-Ab – Cash Money Records – Source: HotNewHipHop
  25. Compton Menace – Cash Money Records – Source: HotNewHipHop
  26. Mark Battles – NO ID/Def Jam – Source: StopBeefInRadio
  27. William Singe – RCA – Source: Forbes
  28. Khalid – RCA – Source: DJ Booth
  29. GoldLink – RCA – Source: Billboard
  30. MoneyBagg Yo – CMG – Source: XXL
  31. October London – Doggystyle Records – Source: ThisIsRNB
  32. Clay James – Doggystyle Records – Source: The Source
  33. Kodie Shane – Epic – Source: YouTube
  34. Nick Grant – Epic – Source: YouTube
  35. MadeinTYO – Warner Bros – Source: DJBooth.net
  36. KYLE – Atlantic Records – Source: iTunes
  37. Ugly God – Asylum Records – Source: XXL
  38. Trev Rich – Cash Money Records – Source: The Source
  39. Rayy Dubb – Interscope Records – Source: YouTube
  40. HER – RCA – Source: LA Times
  41. LeAnn Rimes – RCA UK/Sony – Source: Sony
  42. Phil Ade – Every Blue Moon/Atlantic – Source: Twitter
  43. DVSN – OVO/Warner Bros – Source: Forbes
  44. Joyner Lucas – Atlantic Records – Source: XXL
  45. Tone Stith – Young Empire Music Group – Source: HotNewHipHop
  46. Cheat Codes – 300 Ent – Source: Billboard
  47. London Jae – No Genre – Source: XXL
  48. Lance Skiiiwalker – TDE – Source: COMPLEX
  49. Jay Critch – Rich Forever – Source: XXL
  50. Mozzy – Empire – Source: XXL
  51. Kevin Hart (Chocolate Droppa)- Motown – Source: CNN
  52. Mani – SoSoDef – Source: HipHopDX
  53. The Lox – Roc Nation (Management) – Source: Billboard
  54. Yo Gotti – Roc Nation – Source: HotNewHipHop
  55. Smino – Interscope – Source: The Early Registration
  56. Justine Skye – Roc Nation – Source: The Boom Box
  57. Sa-Roc – Rhymesayers/Warner Music Group – Source: HipHopDX
  58. Taylor Girlz – RCA – Source: iTunes
  59. Sneakbo – Virgin EMI – Source: Universal
  60. Ginette Claudette – Sony – Source: Twitter
  61. Eearz – Eardrummer Records/Interscope – Source: XXL
  62. Ella Mai – 10 Summers/Interscope – Source: AllHipHop
  63. Uncle Murda – G-Unit – Source: HipHopDX
  64. NAO – RCA – Source: Pitchfork
  65. LyQuin – Generation Now (DJ Drama) – Source: YouTube
  66. Julia Michaels – Republic – Source: Billboard
  67. Tiwa Savage – Roc Nation – Source: Channel 24
  68. M-City JR – Atlantic Records – Source: XXL
  69. 070Shake – G.O.O.D Music – Source: Elevator Mag
  70. Casanova – Warehouse Music Group/Roc Nation – Source: COMPLEX
  71. Manolo Rose – Warehouse Music Group – Source: COMPLEX
  72. Trap Beckham – Def Jam – Source: DJBooth.net
  73. Daniel Skye – RCA – Source: Music Connection
  74. Gallant – Warner Bros. – Source: iTunes
  75. AJ x Deno – Columbia Records UK – Source: KingsMedia
  76. Tokyo Jetz – Grand Hustle – Source: AllMusic

Editor’s Note: We’ll be making updates to this list as more artists as discovered.

-Farlin Ave (@farlinave)

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Author: Farlin Ave

Naheem “Farlin Ave” Houston is a musician and founder of 7 Star Dreams. When not busy being an entrepreneur, he works as an entertainment news journalist for the mainstream Hip Hop stations 97.9 The Beat in Dallas, TX and Hot 104.1 in St. Louis, MO. 

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