Fast-rising R&B and pop singer Bazzi has officially joined Apple Music's "Up Next" class of emerging talent, Billboard can reveal. Though he's since caught fire across other digital services, Bazzi was first championed by Apple Music, which gave premium placements to his breakout single, "Mine," beginning last fall.
"It’s really exciting," the 20-year-old Michigan naive said in a new Beats 1 interview. "Things have been moving really fast. After a year of work and putting everything in order we’re here and it feels really good."
Apple’s "Up Next" feature has become increasingly valuable real estate for acts and labels as Apple Music amasses subscribers; the service now counts more than 40 million paying customers, up from 30 million in September. Through the program, Apple Music selects an up-and-comer each month to showcase and throw its considerable resources at. Recent recipients include Stefflon Don, Sigrid, Khalid and Mr. Eazi.