Star agent who discovered Madonna impressed with US-based singer Yuna

PETALING JAYA - Is US-based Malaysian songstress Yuna destined for superstardom like music legend Madonna?

In its April edition, a Billboard magazine interview with notable music agent Rob Prinz revealed that the singer had caught the eye and ear of the man credited with advocating Madonna in the early days of her career.

Asked if he was looking for the "next Madonna", Prinz said an agent was always looking for somebody who could move them the way Madonna did.

He then proceeded to highlight Yuna's unique voice.

"Recently, I started working with this artist named Yuna - a very different type of artist, a Malaysian artist signed to Verve.

"You never stop listening, never stop looking - because you never know when the next one is coming along," said Prinz.

Prinz, who has worked with legends such as Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand and Bon Jovi, currently leads a team of 35 agents in New York and Los Angeles.

According to his profile in the interview, the team had booked more than 400 clients such as Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Barry Gibb, Fifth Harmony, Charlie Wilson, Kamasi Washington and Kristin Chenoweth.

On her Twitter, Yuna also shared an eight-second clip of her flipping through the magazine to reveal a full-length picture of herself on the Contents page.

"Check this out! Whoaaaaa! It's me!" she said excitedly.

Yuna has enjoyed success after success, notably releasing a duet with Usher called Crush.

She is also one of five singers selected for the 2016 Olympics promotional song, including Grammy award-winner Lenny Kravitz.

Yuna's new album, Chapters, which was released on May 20, also features the work of big names such as David Foster and DJ Premier.

Up next is her 15-date tour in the United States, which will cover cities like Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City and Philadelphia.