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"We're going to build a stage here, with a Times Square background, and stream out of it," says You Now CEO/founder Adi Sideman, 45, gesturing at his new office's view of flashing midtown billboards one Tuesday evening, glass of scotch in hand.
"We already have record labels and artists reaching out for album releases." It's a fittingly ambitious setting for a company reshaping how musicians find audiences -- and poised, in 2016, to launch some stars of its own.
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Today Sideman is joined by Hailey Knox, a 17-year-old singer-songwriter with 48,000 fans on the app, who is taking a break from recording her debut EP with S-Curve Records.
The label signed her in part because of her You Now following.
He has more than 35,000 fans and his income, he says, "goes up 30 percent every month."In 2016, You Now intends to bring musicians and listeners even closer, with features including the ability to split screens with guests and take "virtual selfies" with fans.
"My personality comes out more easily" on You Now than when she performs live, says Knox -- music, surely, to Sideman's ears.
It's "an unusually valuable asset," attests S-Curve GM Milo Pacheco.