Hot Mic Artist Trending Report Vol. 90

Neon Entertainment provides you with the top comedians, musicians, and speakers in the college entertainment industry each week. Each national touring artist listed below is available for available for bookings.

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1. Earl Sweatshirt

New album coming this November. His debut mixtape Earl was released in March 2010 and marked the beginning of his collaboration with Tyler, The Creator and rap collective Odd Future.

His debut studio album Doris dropped August 2013 and featured Vince Staples, Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Mac Miller, and RZA just to name a few.

His second album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt was released March 2015 and debuted at #12 on the US Billboard 200.

2. Michael Carbonaro

Known for his original hidden camera magic series, THE CARBONARO EFFECT on truTV, Michael Carbonaro has been seen on television in shows such as Happily Divorced, 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI Miami.

Carbonaro’s late night appearances then launched him into stardom through his hit comedic series, “The Carbonaro Effect,” on truTV.  A trickster at heart, Michael performs inventive tricks on unsuspecting members of the public who are unaware that he is a magician.  Jaws drop when he causes a car to disappear from under a security guard’s nose or makes alien crabs transform into kittens in a science lab.  Whether posing as a coffee shop barista, museum curator, or seemingly unremarkable store clerk in the REAL world, Carbonaro’s illusions – along with his absurd, matter-of-fact explanations – leave REAL people bewildered and families at home laughing out loud.

Michael regularly showcases his bizarre antics and mind-blowing magic at corporate events and through his highly-acclaimed national theater tour, “Michael Carbonaro Live!”

3. Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges’ first strides as an R&B artist prompted comparisons to legends like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, but the native Texan quickly came into his own with the remarkably refined Top Ten albums Coming Home (2015) and Good Thing (2018), the former of which led to a pair of Grammy nominations. Bridges expanded his audience with featured appearances on songs by artists ranging from the similarly tradition-rooted likes of Nick Waterhouse, Kacey Musgraves, and Gary Clark, Jr. to rappers Macklemore and Lecrae and production duo ODESZA. These collaborations, along with the broader stylistic scope of the second full-length, demonstrated that the singer, songwriter, and guitarist was no mere throwback stylist.

His debut album, Coming Home debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Album. The video for one of the album’s highlights, “River,” was nominated as well.

Shortly thereafter, Bridges released “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” and “Bad Bad News,” and then “Beyond,” as the first three songs off his comparatively contemporary and stylistically broader second album, Good Thing, hit the Top Ten.