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Rising Indie Pop Artist Mia Rodriguez Signs With Atlantic Records: Exclusive

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Mia Rodriguez

Mia Rodriguez, a singer and TikTok star from Sydney, Australia, has struck a global deal with Atlantic Records, Billboard can exclusively reveal.

The new signing is in partnership with City Pop Records, launched in 2019 by legendary Aussie promoter Michael Chugg and his business partner Andrew Stone.

Announced early Thursday (April 22), Rodriguez's recordings will be released through Atlantic/City Pop Records for the rest of the world, and will continue  to drop via City Pop Records for Australia and New Zealand.

To celebrate the deal, Rodriguez is also premiering the acoustic cut of “Psycho,” her breakthrough single from 2020 which has generated more than 10 million views on YouTube streams and a similar number of plays on Spotify.

“We fell in love with Mia’s vision the first time we met and really got a chance to visit the world she’s creating, both musically and visually,” says Pete Ganbarg, president of A&R at Atlantic Records. “The new music she’s working on is fantastic and we can’t wait to share it.”

Blending her own take on K-pop, mainstream pop and hip-hop, the teen sensation is very much on the rise.

Rodriguez was the first signing to City Pop Records, sharing her debut single in 2019, “Emotion,” a collaboration with producer Dave Hammer (Lime Cordiale, Thundamentals, Jeffe).

“Psycho” and “Beautiful & Bittersweet” followed in 2020, earning high praise from Triple J’s group music director Richard Kingsmill, who enthused, “this makes it three from three for me.”

Prior to her breakout in the music industry, Mia had amassed more than 2 million followers on TikTok, and her uploads are consumed on a daily basis across Instagram (185,000 followers) and YouTube (200,000), with the vast majority of her fans logging in from the United States.

The switch has proved a shrewd one. Last month, the 18-year-old singer and songwriter won best new artist at the 2021 Rolling Stone Awards, and she earned a nomination last year for “Unearthed Artist of the Year” at Triple J’s annual J Awards.

“So excited to announce that I’m now officially signed to Atlantic Records,” Mia says in a statement. “They have so many amazing artists that I’ve looked up to my whole life, and I’m so excited to be a part of the family. The next few years in my life are gonna be insane, I just know it.”