Today, multi-platinum pop star Zara Larsson has made her highly anticipated, forthcoming album, Poster Girl, available for fans to pre-order and pre-save across digital streaming platforms. The album is slated to be released on March 5th via TEN/Epic Records.
Last week, Zara released the album’s fiercely energetic lead single “Talk About Love” featuring hip-hop heavyweight Young Thug and produced by Mike Sabath (Lizzo, Meghan Trainor, Jonas Brothers). Zara collaborated with Ryder Ripps to direct the track’s sultry music video, which featured impressive dance sequences.
Zara Larsson has all the makings of a classic pop star, but in the most contemporary form. Her unshakeable enthusiasm for music saw Larsson land her first number 1 single aged 15, but also feels deeply rooted in the national psyche of Sweden. // Continue to the full article
Breakout star Zoe Wees’ empowering follow-up to her monster debut out only this Tuesday gets an equally powerful official video today following on from a monster week of exposure ranging from James Corden’s Late Night Show performance to Zane Lowe’s first play.
Zoe explains “This video hopefully shows both sides of how I’m feeling right now. I’m working hard on becoming the confident artist that I want to become, but I’m still a young woman, like many others, who’s always a comment away from being knocked back down. This video is that pain, but also the drumbeat for the empowerment I feel.”
“Girls Like Us” is the second single from an artist you should already have on your radar going into 2021. The 18 year old German singer/songwriter has had a whirlwind year after her first single “Control” went viral worldwide, thanks to her powerful voice and its equally powerful message. // Continue to the full article
Toronto songwriter, composer and producer Michael Peter Olsen released “7 Days” today, exclusively via Bandcamp + YouTube, off his upcoming debut album, Yearning Flow, out this Friday, January 15 via Hand Drawn Dracula. Additionally, Olsen announced a livestream performance the evening of the 15th to celebrate, 8pm EST via YouTube Live, featuring an opening set by Zoon. Pre-Save Yearning Flow or pre-order via Bandcamp.
Discussing “7 Days,” Olsen stated, “‘7 Days’ is a piece for Modular Synth and Electric Cello featuring Film and Television composer Todor Kobakov. An expansive exploration of sonic landscape and mood, ‘7 Days’ evokes contemporary electronic composition of the 1960s and 70s.”
Olsen announced Yearning Flow this past November with the release of the single “Cloud Parade,” accompanied by a video featuring choreography from Mateo Gallindo-Torres and directed by Adrienne McLaren, named an Official Selection at the 2020 Toronto International Short Film Festival. // Continue to the full article
Don’t look now, but progressive rock is mounting a major comeback. Artists working in other styles have borrowed elements of its sound, imitated the structures of its most famous songs, and aspired to the daring of its most passionate practitioners. A network of believers has kept prog alive, staying true to its aesthetic while honoring its spirit of constant innovation. Hidden Beams is an act like that – one bravely carrying the flag for progressive rock into the 21st century. Principal songwriter Carlos Argon is a student of the classics, but, true to the demands of his chosen style, he’s an experimentalist, too. With Hidden Beams, he’s developed a mesmerizing sound – one that suggests innerspace explorations, journeys to new conceptual territories, deep and probing thought.
Consider “Animals,” his latest single. // Continue to the full article
Having shared the stage with the likes of Tom Walker, Rag’n’Bone Man and seen support from a multitude of Spotify Editorial Playlists, London based singer-songwriter Leire (LAy/ reh/) makes her breath-taking return with her latest single ‘Waterfall’. Leire provides an escape from the mundane, constantly pushing boundaries with her ever-evolving sound. Her powerful and thought-provoking lyricism provides a fresh perspective and immerses you in her stunningly exhilarating universe.
Born in a Spanish fisherman’s town, the young songwriter grew up surrounded by country music which has helped shape her current sound. Pulling inspiration from Taylor Swift’s melodic storytelling, mixed up with Lewis Capaldi’s emotive pop influence and Sia’s raspy vocals, Leire’s sound is ever evolving and grows stronger with every release. // Continue to the full article
Soaring to well over 100 million streams and nearly 2 million TikTok videos featuring her single “Drugs”, Arista Recording artist UPSAHL has teamed up with multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter-producer blackbear for an intoxicating remix of the fan-favorite viral hit.
Rebuffing the surface-level dialogue often overheard at a party, UPSAHL’s presence throughout “Drugs” offers a counterpoint to the niceties of hallway conversation. Exhibited by wry admissions such as blackbear’s “I just came to show up late and leave like I forgot ’em”, “Drugs” feat. blackbear is a feel-good repudiation of clout-chasing culture and an embracement of genuine connections.
On TikTok, UPSAHL’s impact has catapulted through the use of “Drugs”, with nearly 2,000,000 videos made using the track in the last month. // Continue to the full article
The nearly five-hour New Year’s Eve livestream extravaganza was made to look seamless as if the viewer was along for the celebration until the ball dropped. In reality, all cylinders were firing behind-the-scenes from Emmy-winning production company, 7 Cinematics, to bring together multiple pre-produced, live to tape, and live performance segments into one epic production.
An estimated 150,0000 viewers joined The Avett Brothers en route from their homes to their New Year’s Eve event filmed at the Belk Theater in Charlotte, NC. The special, hosted by Dax Shepherd, included a full-band concert by The Avett Brothers and featured contributions from comedian Pete Holmes and from 15 special musical guests such as Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, Taylor Goldsmith, Mandy Moore, Chris Sullivan, and Langhorn Slim. // Continue to the full article
Aly & AJ ended 2020 with major momentum thanks to the explicit rerelease of their nostalgic pop anthem “Potential Breakup Song” after it experienced a resurgent blow-up on TiKToK, as well as the release of their acclaimed latest new track “Slow Dancing”. Now they are barrelling into 2021 with “Listen!!!”. Its bombastic statement, rock backbone and timeless production is given an extra boost of sonic caffeination by the appearances of the iconic Nancy Wilson of Heart on guitar and backing vocals and Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing on backing vocals and synth.
It’s a cut off the beloved duo’s hotly anticipated new album (out this Spring, details TBD), and follows their other acclaimed 2020 smashes “Joan of Arc on the Dance Floor” (included in NPR’s “Best Music of 2020” list) and “Attack of Panic” (included in Billboard’s “30 Best Pop Songs of 2020” list). // Continue to the full article
With more than 50K Spotify streams, an international iTunes chart-topping single and five Arkansas CMA Award nominations under their belts, Ten Penny Gypsy are finally “Making Headway.” Following the success of their single and video for, “Your True You,” the Little Rock-based duo are releasing the music video for “Making Headway” on Monday, January 11th.
Shot in December with director Sharpe Dunaway, the “Making Headway” video features energized performance clips, set against the visually stunning Arkansas landscape. A pristine antique car adds to the classic ambiance of the clip.
Arkansas singer/songwriters Justin Patterson and Laura Lynn Danley had been writing and performing separately as solo artists for years, when they decided to form the Folk/Americana duo Ten Penny Gypsy in 2017. // Continue to the full article
Legendary German producer/DJ/songwriter ATB teams up with Topic and âA7S âon “Your Love (9pm)” – the first-ever official remake of ATB’s breakthrough 1998 hit, “9pm (Till I Come).” Working together in a German studio, ATB and Topic flawlessly blended their musical styles to create the track, along with A7S, who finalized the lyrics via video call.
“Over the past 20 years, I’ve received so many requests for collaborations, remakes and cover versions of my song ‘9pm (Till I Come)’ but I passed on them all because I was never really satisfied with the sound of the approach nor the final,” explains ATB. “Then I listened to Topic’s ‘Breaking Me’ together with Rudi (management) and we immediately had the feeling that these two sound worlds could fuse together perfectly.”
Fit for the TikTok generation, ATB & Topic’s reimagined version features A7S’ soaring vocals and a powerful, full-bodied bassline alongside the distinctive guitar hook and sun-kissed trance energy that made the original a worldwide hit. // Continue to the full article
American born, Copenhagen based singer-songwriter Brian Burr announces his return, bringing a new adult pop sound to fans with the release of his new single, ‘Crystalline.’ It’s already receiving airplay interest in Europe and 3 top U.S. cities.
The single Crystalline emerged “in a thick snowstorm, sitting beside my beautiful partner in front of a crackling fireplace, as I watched the firelight dancing on her face.”
This single release also marks Burr’s first solo album, but he is no newcomer to the music charts. Once, he was the lead singer of the promising band Sensory System, but something changed his life trajectory: “After a European tour, I came home to find that my daughter didn’t recognize me! I was shocked. I felt I really didn’t have much of a choice.”
Producer and pianist Claus Kilpatrick helped bring out Brian Burr’s passionate style on his anticipated 10-track album titled, ‘Even Children Grow Older’. // Continue to the full article
On their third Smithsonian Folkways album, titled “Puentes Sonoros” (Sonic Bridges), Grammy-winning band Quetzal traverses past and present, rural and urban, Mexico and the United States. They draw from both their East L.A. rocker origins and their decades-deep engagement with the son jarocho, one of Mexico’s most prominent region-rooted folk musics, to establish their own voice of the here-and-now. The album, out February 12th, 2021, interlaces dreamlike audio memories of people, places, and experiences in the rural heartlands of Veracruz, Mexico, with a range of original creations – some reflective, some boisterous, and all a driving juggernaut of rhythmic forward motion.
“Puentes Sonoros” stays true to the essential sound of Quetzal, with string-rich jarana guitars providing a rhythmic-chordal musical heartbeat set over a baseline of innovative bass lines and undergirding melodies expressed in dynamic vocals, violin excursions, and plucked passages by the distinctive-sounding Veracruz guitarra de son. // Continue to the full article
ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and commerce company serving Black women, kicks off 2021 with a stunning January + February cover art exclusive. Legendary artist Lorna Simpson collaborates with global fashion and beauty founder Robyn Rihanna Fenty (who recently launched Fenty Skin globally in stores in the U.S. and the U.K.) to reinterpret the narrative of modern-day beauty in the gorgeous photographic cover collage, Of Earth & Sky, and in images comprising a 12-page portfolio feature inside the January + February issue. Over the past 15 years of her acclaimed three-decade career, Simpson has created collages that recontextualize images of Black women from vintage pages of Ebony and Jet magazines. Like all of Simpson’s celebrated works, these original pieces are more than what meets the eye. // Continue to the full article
Classical Kids presents Gershwin’s Magic Key, a musical adventure featuring the Chicago Youth Orchestras that introduces Gershwin’s extraordinary life and musical masterpieces as a professional recording with music played by kids, for Kids!
Gershwin’s Magic Key is the latest recorded project in the award-winning Classical Kids collection! Created and produced by Chicago-based Classical Kids Music Education, whose mission is to provide children with an exciting and educational point of entry into the world of classical music.
On Gershwin’s Magic Key you’ll hear the best-loved compositions by George Gershwin, played by the Chicago Youth Orchestras. In this way a new generation of the most talented high-school musicians in the Chicago area are passing the enjoyment of Gershwin’s music on to an even newer generation of children. // Continue to the full article
Today, Jan 14th, modern-rock giants Icon For Hire reveal their latest video “Last One Standing” after premiering with Rock Sound who describe the song as a “a defiant and destructive banger.” This is the latest single taken from their upcoming album Amorphous due February 19th.
Since forming in 2007, Icon For Hire (composed of singer Ariel Bloomer and guitarist Shawn Jump) have quietly amassed a legion of followers. Currently sitting at well over a million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 600,000 followers across social platforms, Icon For Hire are the sleeping giants of the modern rock scene, and are now ready to step into the forefront with new album Amorphous.
For fans of Twenty One Pilots & PVRIS, Icon For Hire’s sound is one that effortlessly blends heavy riffs, elements of electronic production and soaring vocal lines into a powerful & bold sonic explosion. // Continue to the full article
Elvis Costello Releases Isabelle Adjani’s Performance Of Revolution #49 (Parle), 2»1Second Francophone Song From ‘Hey Clockface’
Today sees the release of Revolution #49 (ParlÃ©), a brand new French-language version of the Elvis Costello song from his album ‘Hey Clockface,’ featuring the voices of the French actress and singer Isabelle Adjani and Costello.
“When Steve Nieve’s partner, Muriel Teodori told me that she thought Isabelle Adjani might consider reading the French adaptation that Muriel had made of my original text, I assumed that I must be dreaming”, said Costello.
The connection came as an equal surprise to M. Nieve.
“What I didn’t know was Isabelle and Muriel had been friends from a long time ago but they hadn’t seen each other for more than twenty-five years.”
This song – the first track of Costello’s recent, celebrated album, “Hey Clockface” – is a recitation over an instrumental performance, opening with the plaintive sound of a serpent, a wind instrument which has its origin in the French town of Auxerre in the 1580s. // Continue to the full article
Tearing into 2021 with formidable dexterous drive, 2nd Generation WU (composed of the sons of the Wu-Tang Clan) are releasing their new full length debut, HEREDITARY, today via Dock Street Records. The group of emcees pioneered by iNTeLL (son of U-God) and PXWER (son of Method Man) has crafted a record that honors the classic R&B-spliced samples and gritty flow of ’90s Wu-Tang while blending it seamlessly with booming bass, trip-hop vibes, and the radical production of modern rap.
With Hereditary, 2nd Generation WU expands their legacy that is already well underway. The Fall of 2020 saw their latest single “Heaven On Earth” debuted on Substream Magazine with the previously venerated singles “7.O.D.(featuring Young Dirty Bastard and SunGod),” “New Generation (featuring Method Man),” “Soothe The Soul (featuring Jackie Palladino),” and “Legacy Drip,” backing it up. // Continue to the full article
Marilyn was a woman who turned heads and is remembered as one of the most popular women in humankind history. She didn’t need any help to become popular (not like today’s bloggers who have to buy Instagram followers and do all types of stuff, hey?), it was just a natural talent and natural beauty.Â
No matter the fact that she passed away almost 50 years ago, she is still an icon to many, and that’s why Norma Jean Doherty’s life, who was soon to become Marilyn, is quite interesting to millions of people. Not so long ago photos of her taken during the first photo shoot with Joseph Jasgour were found; and now these are going to be auctioned at a price of $2,000 â $4,000 per lot. Impressive, isn’t it? And that’s not the most expensive thing that is going to be sold left after her: in this article we’re going to tell you about the most expensive things she owned that were sold for a pretty fabulous sum. // Continue to the full article
Today, Selena Gomez released her first Spanish language single in nearly a decade, “De Una Vez” (“At Once”). The song, released stateside via Interscope Records/ UMG worldwide/ Universal Music, is available now on all digital platforms.
Embracing her heritage as a proud Latina, Gomez wanted to immerse herself in the culture and it was important to her to join forces with some of the industry’s most influential Latin creators in order to communicate the purest vision possible. To bring the track to life, she teamed up with multi-Latin Grammy Award-winner and powerhouse producer Tainy [Bad Bunny, J Balvin] joined by Albert Hype, Jota Rosa and NEON16. Additionally, she enlisted the duo of Los PÃ©rezâTania Verduzco and AdriÃ¡n PÃ©rezâto direct the accompanying music video.
Mirroring the song’s themes of personal healing, empowerment, and love, the visual metaphorically depicts Selena’s personal and creative growth in a mythical house. // Continue to the full article
Today, Grade A/Interscope Records/Universal Music, releases “Bad Boy” by Juice WRLD and Young Thug. The visual, directed by Cole Bennett and produced by Lyrical Lemonade, marks the last official music video that Juice WRLD shot before he passed away in December 2019. The visually stunning video showcases the creative chemistry between Juice and Thug while amplifying Juice’s genre-defying sound that catapulted him into a universally beloved artist.
Last April, Juice’s mother Carmela Wallace announced the establishment of the Live Free 999 Fund, which will receive additional support from Grade A and Interscope Records. To honor the legacy of her son, the fund aims to support young people in their battles with anxiety, addiction, and depression, and to do so with love, joy, and emotional honesty. // Continue to the full article
Kip Moore Releases Pulsing New Track “How High” Taken From His Forthcoming Extended Album Wild World Deluxe, Available February 12
Multi-PLATINUM singer/ songwriter Kip Moore is kicking off 2021 by offering fans another song from his upcoming extended record WILD WORLD DELUXE, releasing the thumping while trippy new track “How High” today, available to listen here. Moore also shared a new video for the song produced and co-written by Moore (Bobby Terry, Luke Dick, Westin Davis). Directed by longtime collaborator PJ Brown, the eccentric focal character reels the viewer in and takes them on a spirited journey.
“How High” is taken from Moore’s 17-track collection, WILD WORLD DELUXE, which will be available on February 12 and is available to pre-order now here. To celebrate the release Moore also announced a special concert event, WILD WORLD DELUXE: LIVE AT THE RYMAN set for release day (2/12). Taking place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN at 8pm CT, fans can purchase a limited number of in-person tickets for the socially-distanced show, or tickets to the global livestream event, available beginning Tuesday, Jan 19 at ryman. // Continue to the full article
X Ambassadors have announced a new project called (Eg), a multi-part series featuring collaborations with an eclectic mix of emerging artists. Today, the multi-platinum-selling rock band share the first single and video from (Eg) – “ultraviolet.tragedies” by X Ambassadors with Terrell Hines, a euphoric yet explosive track that perfectly captures the project’s boundary-breaking sensibilities. “ultraviolet.tragedies” by X Ambassadors with Terrell Hines is available now at all digital retailers via KIDinaKORNER/ Interscope Records/ Universal Music.
Also featuring up-and-coming artists Jensen McRae and Earl St. Clair, (Eg) was conceived as an outlet for X Ambassadors’ more free-flowing and left-of-center impulses. The project is a natural progression for the hyper-creative and highly collaborative band, whose output includes producing and writing for global superstars like Rihanna and working extensively with Lizzo on her massively successful 2019 album Cuz I Love You (including co-writing and producing tracks like “Jerome,” winner of Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 62nd Annual GRAMMYÂ® Awards). // Continue to the full article
BMG To Release New Album By Marianne Faithfull With Warren Ellis, “She Walks In Beauty” On April 30, 2021
On April 30, Marianne Faithfull, with composer and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, will release She Walks in Beauty, one of the most distinctive albums of her long, extraordinary life and career. Recorded around the earliest days of the COVID-19 lockdown – during which the singer herself became infected and almost died of the disease – She Walks in Beauty fulfills Faithfull’s long-held ambition to record a full album of poetry with music, and features musical friends Nick Cave, Brian Eno, cellist Vincent SÃ©gal and producer-engineer Head (PJ Harvey, Thom Yorke).
She Walks in Beauty finds Faithfull drawing deep on the works of Shelley, Keats, Byron, Wordsworth, Tennyson and Thomas. Her vocal performances, set to Ellis’ subtle collages of sound, draw out the vibrant living matter in these great poems, renewing them with the complex, lived-in timbres of her voice. // Continue to the full article
Global superstar Josh Groban announces Harmony Deluxe, out February 26th, 2021 via Reprise Records. The brand new deluxe edition is an expansion of his ninth studio album, Harmony, which was released late 2020. The record features six additional renditions of timeless classics, including “Nature Boy” (written by eden ahbez and performed by Nat King Cole), a GRAMMY Hall of Fame recipient; “April Come She Will” (written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel); and a special guest performance from acclaimed German artist Helene Fischer performing with Groban on “I’ll Stand By You” (written by Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg and performed by The Pretenders).
Josh’s new single “Angels” will be coming on February 1st, accompanied by a gorgeous, cinematic music video, shot in LA and directed by Gus Black (Sheryl Crow, Phoebe Bridgers, Gary Clark Jr. // Continue to the full article
Puma Blue will celebrate the release of his eagerly anticipated debut album In Praise Of Shadows with a one-off concert film titled ‘A Late Night Special’. The live performance, which is set to be filmed at the historic Battersea Arts Centre in London and features an expanded eight-piece band, will be broadcast on February 11.
Perfectly suited to the after-hours ambience of Puma Blue’s nocturnal hymns, the live performance will be treated with an arresting visual flair courtesy of CHILD, a directorial duo whose previous credits include visual projects for the likes of Robyn, The xx and Richard Russell’s Everything Is Recorded. Tickets are on-sale now via DICE, priced at $14, and the show itself will be broadcast at 10PM Eastern Time on Thursday February 11 in the US (check site for broadcasts in other regions): https://dice. // Continue to the full article
2020 saw the release of Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, Perfume Genius’ most celebrated album to date which topped many end of year lists and cemented him as one of his generations most innovative and essential artists. Today, Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) announces IMMEDIATELY Remixes, a companion album which sees every song on Set My Heart On Fire Immediately remixed in original running sequence by an all-star cast of Jaakko Eino Kaleivi, A. G. Cook, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Jenny Hval, Initial Talk, Boy Harsher, NÃdia, Danny L Harle, Westerman, Actress, Koreless and Katie Dey. The album is out February 19th via Matador. “I’m very honored to have all these incredible musicians rework these songs,” says Hadreas. “I felt personally remixed listening to their versions, hearing the spirit of my song completely transformed was very magical. // Continue to the full article
Brazilian dance music star Alok kicks off 2021 with new single ‘Rapture’, a collaboration with Irish singer, producer and DJ Daniel Blume, out on Friday 8th January via Alok’s label CONTROVERSIA in conjunction with leading UK dance label Positiva – home of Daniel Blume – and Spinnin’ Records.
A 2021 reimagining of the Nadia Ali club classic of the same name, ‘Rapture’ combines seductive vocals, emotion-tinged breakdowns and a deep, driving bassline.
“I’m hyped to be teaming up with Alok to bring you our take on this noughties rave classic,” Blume enthuses.
The collaboration comes shortly after the launch of Alok’s social constitution of his own name where he donated 5.2 million dollars to the charitable cause. Instituto Alok was officialised on 19th December during Alok’s first end of year special live stream ‘Alive’, which was broadcasted free on Brazilian Television Network and via YouTube. // Continue to the full article
Following the late November CD and digital release of Fogerty’s Factory, featuring John Fogerty and his children, the album is now available to purchase in the vinyl format via BMG. While self-quarantining together the Fogerty Family, featuring John with his sons Shane, Tyler and daughter Kelsy, gathered in their home studio to play music together. Wanting to share their uplifting music with a world in quarantine, a new video was released each Friday as part of a special YouTube series and the fans loved it, eagerly waiting each week to hear John’s classic songs. Critics also heralded the series as one of their favorite live streams in 2020.
To date, these videos have garnered over 10-million views and caught the attention of prestigious outlets such as NPR’s Tiny Desk, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and for an hour long radio special on SiriusXM, The Fogerty Rockin’ Family Hour, where John joined his sons, Shane and Tyler, to talk about music and life. // Continue to the full article
This past August, months into the COVID-19 lockdown, the Brooklyn-based musician Ana Egge heard from her friend, producer/songwriter Dick Connette, about collaborating on a song concerning the ongoing social upheaval. “I jumped in with both feet after our first conversation,” Egge explains. For her, it was an important way to use music to bring people together.
“This Time,” the result of this unique collaboration, will be available from StorySound Records on all digital platforms January 12, 2020.
Inspired by the national public demonstrations that radiated out of the murder of George Floyd, “This Time” addresses the catalysts behind this broad social movement, and the important changes it can make. “I see reasons to believe that something new is going on,” shares Connette, “and that what’s behind and inside this uprising tide can and will make a critical difference, true and lasting. // Continue to the full article
Baby Queen – aka Bella Latham – kicks off 2021 with the release of her new single, the stirring synth-pop anthem “Raw Thoughts.”
Of the track Bella says:
“‘Raw Thoughts’ is probably the most important song I’ve released to date because it’s actually the song that catalysed what has become the sound of Baby Queen. I wrote it near the beginning of 2018 (earlier than any Baby Queen song that has been, or most likely ever will be released) and it sort of came to me like a gift from heaven. I had been on one of the biggest nights out of my entire life and had woken up dreadfully hungover. I think up until that very point in my life, I didn’t know what partying was. I was incredibly innocent and naÃ¯ve, and this was the moment everything changed for me. I had been going through a terrible breakup, and discovering partying was like discovering freedom. // Continue to the full article