As the Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching and bars and music venues are shut down across most of the USA due to the spread of COVID-19, is there live music to be found on Fridays?
Look no further than Facebook Live, where elementary school music teacher turned music performer, Mary Bolton, takes the virtual stage Friday nights at 8 pm central on her page @MaryBoltonMusic, just as she has since the stay-at-home order was announced in mid-March.
Bolton’s smooth, sultry voice and keyboard skills allows her to move easily between the rock, country, smooth jazz, folk and trop rock genres. Every Friday night Mary performs – what she calls a #VirtualMusicParty – a 75-minute musical party emceed by her husband, Chuck, at their Orono, Minnesota home.
This Friday, November 27th, Mary will perform The House is Rockin’ set at 8 pm central. // Continue to the full article
Mary Bolton Performs Her 36th Weekly Friday Facebook Live Event, The House Is Rockin’, On November 27
Next spring, the legendary BBC Radio 1 & 2 presenter and DJ Jo Whiley will be bringing her sell out 90s Anthems Party to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, for an unforgettable event filled with musical nostalgia. Jo will be mixing all the best tracks from the greatest decade for music; think Blur vs Oasis, Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream, The Verve, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, The Prodigy and a whole lot more.
The new rescheduled date of Saturday 19th June means that this groundbreaking event will now take place outdoors, making it an all-day beach-side party that will take place between 2pm to 11pm, giving concert-goers even more value for money with a host of additional soon-to-be announced acts providing extra entertainment.
Arguably one of the most recognisable voices in British Broadcasting, Jo Whiley has had an exciting and varied career and is considered one of the nation’s favourite radio DJs. // Continue to the full article
After recently smashing 1 million UK sales of his debut album and going x3 Platinum, Lewis Capaldi will sign off 2020 with the x2 CD release Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent: The Finale – out December 4 on EMI Records/Universal Music. The release caps off a debut album that has broken records and changed the young Scot’s life, propelling him to global superstar status.
CD 1 showcases the full album in all its glory, along with the recently released ‘To Tell The Truth I Can’t Believe We Got This Far’ EP, while CD 2 recounts a stunning audio mix of Lewis’ phenomenal headline performance at London’s Wembley Arena earlier this year.
Spending an unbroken 77 weeks in a row in the Top 10, ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ has now surpassed Ed Sheeran’s Ã· for the most consecutive weeks in the Official Albums Chart Top 10 for an album by a solo artist. // Continue to the full article
Yung Baby Tate is back with her bumpin’ new single “Rainbow Cadillac,” out now via Issa Rae’s Raedio label. The 24-year old Decatur, Georgia native hopes her new music can encourage others to embrace self-love and self-confidence. “I want people to feel good about themselves. This year has been pretty rough for a lot of us and, at times, it can be very bleak,” notes Tate. “At the end of every storm, the rainbow comes back out, and this project is me becoming that musical rainbow again to remind people it’s gonna be alright.” Produced by Wallis Lane, MikeWavvs & Jack Lomastro, the track also marks her first single collaborating with other songwriters and producers in her career.
The singer, songwriter, producer, femcee and dancer is known for her visual flare both in her official videos and her social media presence (see her recent viral impression of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris HERE), and the candy-colored video for “Rainbow Cadillac” is no exception. // Continue to the full article
Grammy-Award Winning Singer & Songwriter Jackie’s Boy Drops Soulful Christmas EP Ahead Of The Holidays
Award-winning singer, songwriter Jackie’s Boy has brought the Christmas spirit early with the release of his holiday-inspired EP, December Songs. The EP features three songs, including the lead single, “Almost Christmas.” December Songs is quintessentially Jackie’s Boy with the feel-good atmosphere the melodies curate. Jackie’s Boy’s expression of “Progressive Soul” is evident with the upbeat and soulful sound that oozes from every track. The visual to single, “Almost Christmas,” shows just how joyous the holiday season and family time can truly be. Bringing the joy of Christmas infused with the soul of the season in one, this is the perfect holiday R&B EP.
When asked why he chose to do a Christmas themed EP, Jackie’s Boy shared, “This is my first Christmas EP… I have always been fascinated with R&B artists such as Donny Hathaway and Boyz II Men and their Christmas songs and wanted to bring my style and flavor to the Christmas season. // Continue to the full article
Forget Black Friday, Franksgiving is the real event as today ushers in the long-awaited release of Alex Winter’s highly acclaimed documentary, “Zappa,” about the prolific genius composer, free speech activist, cultural ambassador to Czechoslovakia and legendary musician, Frank Zappa, as well as the surprise digital release of the corresponding Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A perfect complement to the film, the 68-track soundtrack is available to stream and download now via Zappa Records/UMe. “Zappa” is now available everywhere on demand from Magnolia Pictures.
Today also sees the launch of pre-orders for several physical releases of the soundtrack including in two deluxe formats: a 3CD edition slated for February 19, 2021 and a 5LP box set planned for May 7, 2021, which will be available on 180-gram black vinyl as well as on limited edition 180-gram smoke vinyl, exclusively via Zappa. // Continue to the full article
ARNEL PINEDA, lead singer of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee band JOURNEY, has released “This Christmas – A Beacon Of Hope” to kick off the Christmas season via Imagen Records.
“The Year 2020 has brought many challenges for all of us: Taal Volcano eruption in January, Typhoon Vamco/Ulysses in November and the ongoing COVID crisis. Every single one of you has played the hero one way or another. Thank you for your commitment and dedication. Thank you for your collaboration, compassion and courage. Thank you for providing exceptional care and – most importantly – thank you for giving us hope during these uncertain times. APFI volunteers and donors have been – and are still – doing what we can with all that we have” Love, Arnel and APFI.
Bob Winegard, President of Imagen Records, adds, “I’m really excited to release the song and have Arnel as part of the Imagen family!”
Arnel is also a philanthropist with his own foundation called Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. // Continue to the full article
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike And R3HAB Join Forces To Bring Holiday Cheer With A Rework Of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
Just in time to cure the winter blues, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and R3HAB team up to put a spin on a classic with their rework of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” The three all-star producers infuse the original’s singsong melodies with a deep, groovy bassline and percussive synths during the chorus, complementing the dance-friendly vibes with distorted vocals. This is not the childhood tune of your memories; the “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” makes for a merry and adult-friendly version of the old favorite. Although the continuing global pandemic has many of us celebrating differently (and distantly) this year, R3HAB and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike wanted to bring their listeners a little bit of winter joy.
“It’s always a good time working with Dimitri & Mike, and we’re excited to share our version of this classic record with everyone. // Continue to the full article
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong releases his YouTube covers series No Fun Mondays as a 14-song collection today via Reprise/Warner Records – available now on vinyl, CD, and digitally. No Fun Mondays sees Armstrong putting his signature melodic-punk spin on the songs that have formed the soundtrack to his life, including classics by John Lennon, Billy Bragg, and Johnny Thunders. Additionally, limited baby blue colored vinyl will be available at U.S. independent music retailers.
The No Fun Mondays series launched in March on Green Day’s YouTube channel. Like many musicians, Armstrong expected to spend much of this year on the road, touring in support of Green Day’s chart-topping February album, Father of Allâ¦ However, once the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to put those plans on pause, Armstrong got busy with a different kind of work. // Continue to the full article
Lindsey Stirling & Darius Rucker Release “What Child Is This” Ahead Of “CMA Country Christmas” Performance This Monday, November 30
Lindsey Stirling and three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker have teamed up for a special performance of the classic Christmas carol “What Child Is This” for this year’s “CMA Country Christmas,” airing on Monday,November 30th on ABC. The two superstars have released the duet today as a digital-only single on Lindseystomp Records via Concord Records ahead of the TV showing. Stirling previously released a solo, instrumental version of “What ChildIs This” on her chart-topping holiday album Warmer In The Winter. Monday’s performance will mark the third appearance on the annual holiday special for both Stirling and Rucker, who also recently co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards.
“I was so excited to be a part of the CMA Country Christmas again this year,” shares Stirling. “Every year, they give me an amazing chance to sparkle in their spectacular show. // Continue to the full article
Today, multi-platinum, global superstar and multi-hyphenate Jennifer Lopez released her highly anticipated new single “In The Morning” on HITCO!
Jennifer started “turkey egg” teasing the song earlier this week by releasing a :15 trailer on TikTok and Instagram with stunning face and body imagery. Yesterday, Jennifer released the “In The Morning” single cover artwork and announced the surprise single release date on Black Friday, November 27th, 2020. The single image, which was photographed by Mert & Marcus, has already garnered over 7.1 Million likes on her Instagram post, making this her most-liked image on her profile ever!
With this latest release, “In The Morning”, written and produced by Jackson Foote, Johnny Simpson, James Abrahart (J Hart), Jennifer Lopez, Jeremy Dussolliet, Tim Sommers, Patrick Ingunza, and Daniel Rondon, JLO assures her listeners that words of affirmation are the most impactful love language. // Continue to the full article
Tori Kelly shared the official video for “25th” – an original song from her first-ever holiday album, A Tori Kelly Christmas. The festive, romantic clip was directed by Jo Roy (Meg Myers, Jesse McCartney).
Tori will perform “25th” live when she makes her first-ever appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing on NBC, November 26, from 9:00 AM – Noon in all time zones. She’ll also perform at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, airing on Wednesday, December 2, from 7:00-10:00 PM ET, on NBC.
She teamed up with 11-time GRAMMY winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Scooter Braun as executive producers for A Tori Kelly Christmas. The album includes a wide range of beloved holiday songs such as “Let It Snow” ft. Babyface, an R&B and jazz-infused rendition of “Sleigh Ride” and a gospel-inspired version of “Oh Holy Night” plus a second original song, “Gift That Keeps On Giving. // Continue to the full article
Ryan Seacrest returns to host a night of merry music and magic on “The Disney Holiday Singalong,” MONDAY, NOV. 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST). Celebrity performances and appearances for the festive special include Andrea Bocelli, BTS, Michael BublÃ©, Ciara, Chloe X Halle, Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert, Julianne Hough, Adam Lambert, Leslie Odom Jr., Katy Perry, P!NK and Kerry Washington.
The jolly one-hour musical event will once again include animated on-screen lyrics to allow viewers at home to sing along to the beloved Disney melodies and classic holiday carols.
For the first time since Broadway’s shutdown, Disney Theatrical Production’s Broadway casts of “The Lion King” and “Aladdin,” and North American Touring companies of “Frozen” return to The New Amsterdam Theatre to sing a special performance of “Let It Go. // Continue to the full article
Born & raised in East London, Valli started releasing music in 2018. His debut video “No Mercy/How I Feel” (featured on GRM Daily) received thousands of views, with no prior music released at that time. Since then he has released a range of singles showcasing his versatility as an artist. “H.O.T.B.” providing that party/club feel.
“Christian Bale V-Style” which showcases his catchy rap flows, unique world-play, as-well as controversial lyrics. And “Hotel” which has shown to be his most radio sounding single yet!
His most recent single “Natalie” (Released 27/11/2020) showcases another element of his artistry. It allows his supporters a chance to see into his vulnerable side as an artist, whilst also providing a catchy & soothing melody.
The most interesting thing about Valli as an artist. // Continue to the full article
After celebrating the first anniversary of her critically acclaimed platinum album Over It, Summer Walker releases a special complete set in honour of her scintillating debut project. Over It (The Complete Set) is out now via LVRN/Interscope Records/ Universal Music.
Not only will fans be able to enjoy the 18-track opus all over again, but they can now unwrap an entire second disc filled with live performances, acapellas, and instrumentals. Live renditions of “Body,” “Sessions 32,” “Come Thru,” and “Playing Games” are available along with acapella versions of “Drunk Dialing,” “Playing Games,” “Tonight,” and “Nobody Else.”
Walker is having an incredible year. Along with being nominated for five Soul Train Music Awards, she graced the cover of Billboard Magazine for their R&B / Hip-Hop Power Players issue last week. // Continue to the full article
Following on from the huge success of his latest EP ‘JUSTINE’, released in June this year, fast-rising singer, songwriter and producer Tony Njoku is back once again to unveil his latest single ‘Death By Dimitri’.
Adopting more of that genre-bending aesthetic he is getting known for, ‘Death By Dimitri’ showcases the artist as one of the more diverse and adventurous artists working today. Taking influence from the trap-inspired hip-hop sound and combining it with a fresh and atmospheric production gives this new release a distinct and remarkable vision that sees him take his rich sound to a whole new level.
Speaking about the new single, Tony said, “This is a slow cruising trap influenced track about the enlightening qualities of intense psychedelic experiences.”
Alongside his new material, the artist will also be accompanying the enigmatic Ghostpoet on his UK Spring tour next year. // Continue to the full article
Secretly congratulates Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans) and Bonny Light Horseman(37d03d), who today earned a collective 6 GRAMMY nominations in an array of categories including Best New Artist, Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance. Ghostly International also received a nomination for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for The Story of Ghostly International, and Jagjaguwar artists Bon Iver and Unknown Mortal Orchestra appear on songs up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Taylor Swift’s “exile” (feat. Bon Iver) – and Best Progressive R&B Album – Free Nationals’ Free Nationals.
The achievements cap a landmark year for the international, independent and groundbreaking music ecosystem, whose industry-shaping output and operations uphold the principle that the most important cultural contributions come from artists and the small to medium-sized businesses that support them. // Continue to the full article
We join Natalie Merchant in sending our thanks to all the health care workers and first responders who have served their communities during this pandemic with such skill, grace, kindness, and generosity, such as those at Montefiore in New York City. Happy Thanksgiving, all.
Natalie wrote: “This year, I’m giving thanks to all the selfless heroes who are caring for us during this dreadful pandemic. Montefiore Hospital was the hardest hit in NY State…
With Gratitude and Hope,
Natalie” // Continue to the full article
Up and coming R&B singer-songwriter Maia Zakay has released her debut album #SpeakUp. The incredibly talented 19-year-old musician, who sources the likes of Drake and Ariana Grande as her musical inspirations, co-produced this album alongside Stephan Oberhoff, who works closely with legends such as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Barbra Streisand, and many more industry titans.
This 15-track project showcases Maia’s beautiful singing voice as well as her songwriting skills. Do not be fooled by her age; Maia’s music possesses soul and passion well past her years. She pulls from her personal experience to bring honest and relatable lyrics to her music. What started as a form of therapy has become Maia’s way of helping others. Other people’s reaction to her music has indeed manifested into the driving force of Maia to pursue a career in music and take it more seriously than just a hobby. // Continue to the full article
Hit R&B recording artist and performer C’Marie proudly announces the release of her 2020 holiday single titled “Unwrap Me” which is available today on all streaming platforms. In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, C’Marie’s new song captures the traditional delights of the holidays in a catchy and sexy new way. Ahead of the January 2021 release of her new album, C’Marie’s new single will be enjoyed by fans and audiences alike and is sure to evoke joy this holiday season.
“I was inspired to release my new holiday song ‘Unwrap Me’ after all of the tough events we have been through this past year, including the health pandemic and our nation’s fight for racial equality. I wanted this song to capture the bright side of the holiday season and to share that light and excitement with my listeners, despite how dark 2020 may feel. // Continue to the full article
Aitch x AJ Tracey, Billie Eilish, HAIM, And Royal Blood Named On Longlist For Annie Mac’s Hottest Record Of The Year
The longlist for Annie Mac’s Hottest Record of the Year was revealed on BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds this evening, with Aitch x AJ Tracey, Billie Eilish, HAIM and Royal Blood among the artists named.
Every Monday to Friday at 6pm, Annie Mac unveils her Hottest Record in the World on Radio 1’s Future Sounds and Radio 1’s Dance Party in a slot known for breaking some of the most exciting new music on the planet.
In a special show on Thursday 10th December (6 – 8pm) Annie Mac will count down the top 20 Hottest Records from 2020 as voted for by the listeners, before revealing which track has earnt the coveted title of Hottest Record of the Year.
The longlist for Hottest Record of the Year is:
Aitch x AJ Tracey – Rain
Arlo Parks – Black Dog
Ashnikko – Daisy
Bicep – Apricots
Billie Eilish – My Future
Bring Me The Horizon with Yungblud – Obey
Clipz feat Ms. // Continue to the full article
As the cold, gray winter months set in, LGBTQ+ roots music non-profit Bluegrass Pride is gearing up to stoke the fire and warm the cider with Fireside Pride, an online, winter- and holiday-themed celebration. Hosted by emcee Marlene Twitty-Fargo and featuring performances by Ani DiFranco & Zoe Boekbinder, Leyla McCalla, Mary Gauthier, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Stephanie Anne Johnson, and a non-religious holiday sing-along led by Nate Lee, Fireside Pride will bring all parts of the BGP community together on December 5th, beginning at 3pm PST and running until 6:30pm PST. A full schedule can be found below.
The event can be streamed via the Bluegrass Pride Website, their Facebook page, or their YouTube channel. Admission to the party can be accessed in the form of a suggested donation of $10, but a statement from BGP reads: “If you’re a part of the Bluegrass Pride family, or if you’re just here to enjoy the show, we’re suggesting a $10 donation. // Continue to the full article
SIR DUKE is releasing his first christmas track that is all about familly and Love. Named Santa Claus is coming to town, The track sound is vibrant and fresh and its all about family and love. Written and co-produced by Sir Duke, Daniel Sonders, DJ Loop and Kezano.
SIR DUKE have been a part of the club scene around the world for more than 2 decades and SIR DUKE is a force to be reckoned with and has no plans of slowing down.
Touring with artists like Haddaway, Boney M, Dr Alban to name but a few, SIR DUKE has developed a crowd pleasing sound, his style of music takes the “peak hour” to a whole new level. SIR DUKE got his first international success with Alphaman doing radio shows and tours in over 140 cities and 4 countries in Eastern Europe. SIR DUKE did a remix of Coco-jumbo with Alphaman that became one of the most played tracks in Eastern Europe and came top 10 in Scandinavia. // Continue to the full article
Rising Chattanooga, Tennessee, rapper Slatt Zy introduces the world to the neighborhood that shaped him to be the 18-year-old man he is today through his new project, East Lake Projects, out today on 100k Management. The release is named after the housing development he was raised in alongside his musically inclined family of 11 brothers and sisters. Fans of Slatt Zy will quickly recognize his effortless flow, which moves from melodic, growled bars to more mournful, introspective lines.
“East Lake Projects is where I became a man. It was tough to value life there, and getting over that made me a man. To me it’s more than projects – it’s my family, and we got through together. 17 people in 2 rooms, 12 people sleeping on one floor – granny, 11 siblings, auntie. We been through struggles together. // Continue to the full article
Alt-pop icon Lights has shared a holiday cover of “Deck The Halls.” Reimagining the classic Christmas tune, Lights brings her signature style to the track with electric guitar and her distinctly sweet and powerful vocals. “Deck The Halls” is available now on all streaming platforms.
Lights commented on the track, stating, “This cover was originally for a Christmas movie soundtrack and they said it was too depressing and I said, ‘sounds about right.’ Happy 2020 Xmas!”
Last week, Lights x MYTH premiered the artist’s first (and only) livestream event of the year, “DEAD END In Joshua Tree.” A continuous dance-mix Dead End set, shot from day to night with full LED production in the Joshua Tree desert, “DEAD END In Joshua Tree” is streaming now on Lights’ official YouTube channel. // Continue to the full article
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“Opposition”, BBTV’s music division, releases “Rancho Catastrophe” a new album for Terror Jr a talented pop duo that has achieved over 500M streams to date across major streaming platforms.
The group’s previous single launches have reached the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic charts.
Rancho Catastrophe, the release of Terror Jr’s sophomore album is available across all major streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, and more.
Rancho Catastrophe is Terror Jr’s second full length album, following 2019’s ‘Unfortunately, Terror Jr’ which was released by Atlantic Records. // Continue to the full article
The Kinks have today revealed the stunning new animated video for ‘Lola’. An Eager! production, the artwork was created by Chris Garratt and Mick Kidd of Biff Cartoon (https://www.biffonline.co.uk/), with video & creative direction by John Paveley and Andy Galloway.
Originally recorded 9 May 1970 at Morgan Studio 1, Willesden, UK for The Kinks classic ‘Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One’ album sessions. This fresh, new 2020 remaster was done from the original HD master tapes by expert Kinks engineer Andrew Sandoval, overseen by Kinks frontman Ray Davies.
‘Lola’, which reached the #9 in the US, #2 in the UK and Germany, was The Kinks’ biggest single success since ‘Sunny Afternoon’ in 1966 and marked the start of big comeback Stateside.
The track, written by Ray Davies, allegedly details a romantic encounter between a young man and a possible trans-gender person whom he meets in a club in Soho, London. // Continue to the full article
Congratulations to David Byrne, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Pat Metheny, and Dan Auerbach, all of whom have been nominated for the 63rd Grammy Awards.
The cast album for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia has been nominated for the Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album. The album includes songs from his 2018 album, American Utopia, along with music from Talking Heads and Byrne’s solo career. Byrne shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of eleven musical artists from around the globe for an event that delivers “an experience unlike anything else,” says Billboard. “Dazzling, rapturous and jubilant,” exclaims the New York Times. “Astonishing,” raves Hollywood Reporter. “A knockout celebration of music, dance and song. // Continue to the full article
This nomination caps a powerful year for Michael, who won the 2020 Mercury Prize for Album of the Year for his critically hailed, third studio release, KIWANUKA, produced by Dangermouse and Inflo. Michael recently delivered a captivating performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk At Home series, watch here. KIWANUKA saw well deserved media praise from various outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The FADER, Associated Press, Vibe, HypeBeast, Magnet, INTERVIEW, Billboard,The Economist, The Nation, Flaunt, Sound Opinions, BUST, PopMatters, American Songwriter, PASTE, Relix, The Guardian Clash, GQ, NME and more, also landing spots on many best of 2019 lists.
KIWANUKA marked Michael Kiwanuka’s third studio album and second produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. This iteration of Kiwanuka finds him deep in the story-telling for which he’s beloved, but with a raw intimacy and shared vulnerability that resonates even more profoundly than his previous work. // Continue to the full article
One Beautiful Christmas – Kerry Ellis feat. Brian May – Available as a digital download Friday November 27. 2020 is a year that most people will not forget in a hurry…
It has shown us the very best of us all from the NHS to Major Tom and a coming together and as we look forward to Christmas, it makes it a more important time for family than ever.
‘One Beautiful Christmas’ is a celebration of all of these things, released on November 27- it is a new Christmas classic by Kerry Ellis (Wicked, We Will Rock You) and featuring Queen’s Brian May.
“Working with the team creating this song has been amazing, it’s about appreciating each other and thinking of others at Christmas and having a beautiful day together and creating memories of a lifetime.” said Kerry.
‘One Beautiful Christmas’ was written by Kerry and her writing team including Brian prior to lockdown and everyone knew that it’s positive message meant that this was the year that it had to be released. // Continue to the full article