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Published on March 19th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor


Rod Wave Joins Deezer’s NEXT Class of 2020 as a US Priority Act

Rod Wave, US priority act, and Ali Gatie, Global priority act, along with the Deezer NEXT class of 2020, will receive full editorial and marketing support from Deezer this year.

Music streaming service Deezer has announced its newest class of emerging artists to be supported under its NEXT program. US priority act Rod Wave, along with this year’s Global NEXT priority act Ali Gatie, and other regional picks can expect Deezer’s dedicated support as they rise to the NEXT level of their careers.

Florida’s Rod Wave is carving his own path to the top in Hip Hop with hits like “Heart on Ice” and “Popular Loner.” He has been on the rise since releasing his top charting project in November 2019, Ghetto Gospel. Less than 24 hours after the launch, Rod saw a 118 percent spike in daily streams on Deezer, and since his daily streams have increased a total of 200 percent.

“I appreciate Deezer looking out for me and my music. I don’t take the love for granted. This is just the beginning for me, ” said Rod Wave.

Joining Deezer NEXT puts Rod in excellent company. Deezer NEXT alumni have all seen tremendous growth from being part of the program. Manuel Turizo, from the class of 2019, saw a 200% increase in fan growth, while Lolo Zouaï got a 70% boost.

Deezer was the first streaming service to launch a yearly program to support emerging talent. Deezer NEXT alumni include stars like Lewis Capaldi, Jorja Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man.

Fans can discover Rod Wave, along with the rest of the Deezer NEXT 2020 line up, on the streaming platform’s Deezer NEXT Channel. Find exclusive content from their NEXT artists including live sessions and artist ‘inspirations’ playlists.

Deezer’s regional 2020 NEXT acts include:


  • Wilhelmine – A Berlin born singer, Wilhelmine will reach your heart with her touching, real-life lyrics and pop melodies.


  • Yseult – Finding inspiration in the urban French rap scene, Yseult developed her own unique music style called “Y-Trap,” a hybrid of pop and trap.
  • Lous and the Yakuza – The 23-year-old Congolese born, Belgian based artist sings about finding her place in the world in her single, “Dilemme.
  • Pomme – Known for her honey-like sweet voice, 23-year-old singer/ songwriter Pomme is also the winner of the 2020 Victoires de la Musique prize for “revelation album” of the year.
  • Captaine Roshi – Hailing from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, this rising rap star is poised to become the new face of French trap.


  • Tiee – All bets are on Diógines Tiee, the São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, native is likely to be Brazil’s new face of Pagode music. The talented composer has recorded several hits featuring other artists, but now is ready to stand out on his own as a singer and performer.
  • Luan Estilizado – Gifted as a young child, his father recognized Luan’s talent when he received his first toy accordion at nine-years-old. He has since grown up to become one of the best accordion players and Forró singers in the northeastern region of Brazil.


  • Rod Wave – This American rapper’s debut EP Ghetto Gospel made a splash in November 2019 and peaked #3 on the US Billboard 200 chart. 2019 and peaked #3 on the US Billboard 200 chart.


  • Joesef – Hailing from East Glasgow, Joesef brings incredibly soulful vocals to his self-proclaimed “sad boy music.” The singer is on his way to become one of 2020’s best breakthrough acts.

South Africa:

  • Langa Mavuso – An R&B singer-songwriter from Johannesburg is quickly emerging as one of South Africa’s most sought after acts. Langa’s highly anticipated debut album will be dropping soon.


  • Áslaug – This Icelandic-Dutch singer’s debut album blends dreamy synth chords, polyphonic drifts and catchy hooks. Taking influence from artists such as The Japanese House, HAIM and Lykke Li, Áslaug’s debut EP will launch later this month.

Deezer NEXT, which launched in 2017, provides artists with 12 months of dedicated support from Deezer’s Artist Marketing and Editorial teams. This includes playlisting and creative marketing campaigns involving special content, fan events and social media amplification.

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