After smashing a record in his homeland, and setting the charts alight around the globe, The Kid Laroi inks a worldwide deal with Sony Music Publishing.
Raised in Sydney, now based in Los Angeles, the teenage rapper, singer, and songwriter has the brightest of futures, remarks Sony Music Publishing chairman & CEO Jon Platt.
“What the Kid Laroi has already achieved as a songwriter is exceptional,” says Platt. “He is such an incredible talent, who is deserving of this moment. As he continues to make his mark, Sony Music Publishing will fully support his career development and creative vision with even more opportunities to excel.”
Born Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard, the Kamilaroi musician made history in his homeland earlier this month when his mixtape F*ck Love (Savage) climbed to No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. As a result, he’s now the youngest Australian solo artist to nab top spot on the survey, aged just 17 years, 5 months and 22 days.
F*ck Love bowed at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 last year, and he scored three ARIA Award nominations, for best male artist, breakthrough artist, and best hip-hop release.
More recently, the mixtape hit No. 3 on the Billboard chart. In Australia, the set hasn’t left the ARIA Top 40 since the original version was released last July, and it’s amassed more than 1 billion global streams.
Were it not for the domination of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License,” Laroi’s “Without You” would have hit No. 1 in the U.K. It’s one of Laroi’s three platinum-certified singles in Australia.
“Signing with Sony Music Publishing this week, and I feel blessed,” he enthuses in a statement. “If just one person out there connects with my journey and life experiences through my music, then I have achieved what I set out to do, and it is a privilege to have the fans that I have to share the journey ahead with me.”