Internet Money, the L.A. producer collective co-founded by Taz Taylor and Nick Mira, lead this month’s Breakthrough 25 Chart after the success of their collaborative debut album, B4 the Storm.

From August to September, Internet Money gained over 21 million on-demand audio streams. B4 the Storm has been a massive streaming success, debuting at Number Eight on the RS 200, while the “Lemonade,” featuring Don Toliver, Gunna and Nav, is currently in the top five on the songs chart.  

The rest of the Top Five belong to artists who broke through on TikTok. In second is R&B singer Vedo, whose TikTok hit “You Got It” reached Number 56 on the RS 100, followed by “Lets Link” rapper WhoHeem. “Mad at Disney” singer Salem Ilese and indie artist Ritt Momney, who put a new spin on Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On,” round out the top five. 

The Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25 chart ranks the artists who are seeing the greatest gains each month in audio streams. It does not include passive listening, such as terrestrial radio or digital radio. Because the chart focuses on newer music, eligible artists must not have not reached the upper ranks of the charts before. Each month, Rolling Stone publishes an official version of the Breakthrough 25 chart, covering the four-week period ending with the previous Thursday. 

From a King to a GOD, Buffalo rapper Conway the Machine enters the chart at Number Seven, followed by country singer Andrew Jannakos, who had viral success with his single “Gone Too Soon.” Brooklyn drill rapper Bizzy Banks debuts at Number 10 after releasing his debut mixtape GMTO, Vol. 1 (Get Money Take Over). Other notable debuts include Chicago rapper Lil Eazzyy, Brooklyn indie rocker Sir Chloe and producer Jawsh 685, whose collaboration with Jason Derulo,

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The pound surged the most in six months on speculation that successful Brexit trade negotiations this week could help shield Britain from a messy rupture with the European Union.

Sterling outperformed major currencies to rise as much as 1.4% to $1.2930, as the markets digested a more conciliatory tone from officials on both sides. Some investors are betting that despite some lingering tensions, the U.K. isn’t in a position to pursue political brinkmanship for much further.



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“Given that we are in the middle of the Covid crisis, I think it is well understood that the U.K. cannot make good on a threat to end up with no deal,” said Mark Dowding, chief investment officer at BlueBay Asset Management.

“Our sense was that the U.K. government would always try and create an impression of crisis, so that when they agree a deal (albeit a very skinny one) they can herald this as a triumph.”

Britain risks crashing out of the EU’s single market without a trade accord at year-end if a deal isn’t reached. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart, David Frost, will hold a final round of scheduled discussions starting Tuesday.

If they make enough progress by Friday, they could embark on a two-week period of intense discussions — the so-called Brussels “tunnel” — to hammer out an accord in time for a summit of European Union leaders on Oct. 15.

BlueBay’s Dowding predicts an agreement “in principle” within two weeks. He switched to a long position on the pound and expects sterling to rally about 3% to 88 pence against the euro by mid-October.



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