Soulful vocalist Ari Lennox (Dreamville/Interscope Records) returns with a flirty new video for her latest single, “BUSSIT.” Donning an array of vibrant colors, Ari and her sassy clique bring their fun energy and sensual moves to the Tajana B. Williams directed visual. The track itself is equally enjoyable, pairing Ari’s neo-soul vocals with a memorable, ear-catching melody. “BUSSIT” was one of the lead tracks from the Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director’s Cut deluxe album. You can view the video HERE.
Last month, Ari surprised fans with the release of her three-track Shea Butter Baby (RemixEP). Soliciting crooner Durand Bernarr, rapper Smino and the popular Doja Cat, the project featured remakes of “FaceTime,” “I Been” and “BMO.” Ari’s acclaimed debut album, Shea Butter Baby, garnered the artist significant press while landing on eight year-end lists for “Top Album,” including those compiled by the Associated Press, Billboard, NPR and Complex. You can listen to the Shea Butter Baby (Remix EP) HERE.
Ari is still reeling from an exciting 2019, which included: a sold-out Shea Butter Baby Tour; a guest spot on Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You Tour; and an impressive set in front of 40,000 fans at the inaugural Dreamvile Fest. Additionally, she earned three 2019 Soul Train Award nominations. This year, Ari earnednominations at the NAACP and now postponed iHeart Music Awards, andshe received a coveted GRAMMY nomination for her work on the Dreamville album, Revenge of the Dreamers III.
Ari Lennox “BUSSIT”eSingle
Ari Lennox Shea Butter Baby Remix eEP
THE AVETT BROTHERS TO PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON TONIGHT
Tune in tonight as The Avett Brothers share a special performance for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition pre-recorded from their home in North Carolina. Don’t miss the performance airing tonight at 11:35 pm EST on NBC where the band is asking viewers to donate to DirectRelief.org . In the U.S., Direct Relief is delivering protective masks – along with exam gloves, isolation gowns, and other protective gear to healthcare organizations across the country.
About The Avett Brothers:
The Avett Brothers made mainstream waves with their 2009 major-label debut, I and Love and You, landing at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim. 2012 saw The Carpenter hit No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was followed by Magpie and the Dandelion (2013) which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 and saw the band appear twice on Jimmy Kimmel Live! True Sadness (2016) achieved The Avett Brothers’ highest career debut to date hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, No. 1 Top Rock Albums Chart, No. 1 Digital Albums Chart, No. 3 on Billboard Top 200, and scoring two GRAMMY®nominations. In the same year, the band was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 2017, the band released their critically acclaimed documentary May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, which was co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The film followed the band as they wrote their GRAMMY® nominated album True Sadness. The film was released theatrically and on HBO to rave reviews and critical acclaim and is now available on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD. In November 2018, the band headlined the Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief in Greenville, North Carolina, raising $325,000 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. Last year, the band released their tenth studio album Closer Than Together featuring new single “High Steppin’” which reached #1 on the Americana Radio Chart. Coming soon: Swept Away – a new musical inspired by and featuring the music of The Avett Brothers – will have its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
A sharp, insightful, wide-ranging survey of the queerness coursing through pop music history, Sasha Geffen’s first book shows how music allows rigid gender roles to fall away in a sensual and ambiguous exchange between performer and listener.
Starting with early blues and the Beatles and continuing with performers such as David Bowie, Prince, Missy Elliot, and Frank Ocean, Geffen explores how artists have used music, fashion, language, and technology to break out of the confines mandated by gender essentialism and establish the voice as the primary expression of gender transgression. From glam rock and punk to disco, techno, and hip-hop, music helped set the stage for today’s conversations about trans rights and recognition of nonbinary and third-gender identities. Glitter Up the Dark takes a long look back at the path that led here.
Praise for GLITTER UP THE DARK
“[Glitter Up the Dark] is a unique examination of gender fluidity and queerness across genres of popular music; a must-read for music lovers.”—Ms. Magazine
“Fortunately, there are progressive art objects. There are transgressive art objects. But every now and then, we get revolutionary art objects that change how we talk, read, and think. Sasha Geffen’s Glitter Up the Dark changed the way I hear music and the convenient way I understand gender and performance in and outside of music. One will not hear or reproduce traditional understandings of gender ever again after experiencing this boldly brilliant book.”—Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy
“With simply brilliant writing and joyfully queer insights, Sasha Geffen dives deep into rock’s gendersmashing history, reminding us of the ecstatic potential when art and transgression collide.”—Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir and creator of the Drag Queen Story Hour
“How does music make gender audible in all of its rich, expressive, shifting forms, far beyond binary definitions? How have artists as ubiquitous as the Beatles and as cult-yet-crucial as Poly Styrene or Wendy Carlos helped us hear and understand the truths of bodies who, as the author writes, demand to choose their own shapes? This scintillating and deeply considered history of pop’s queer and trans history answers those questions with inspiring stories of rebellion and community, bratty punks and androgynous poets, studio inventors and prophets of the dance floor. An absolutely necessary account of what has always been the heart of popular music: transformation.”—Ann Powers, author of Good Booty
“Sasha Geffen follows the glamour and the glitter across a musical universe of queer and trans performances. Not looking simply at particular stars nor following a musical movement like punk from its roots to its demise, Glitter Up the Dark travels the multiple lanes of a trans-musical express. With riffs on the trans voice, careful attention to histories of performance, reception, and fashion, and theories of queer time and space, this book sparkles and glows. Read it, listen to it, love it.”—Jack Halberstam, author of Gaga Feminism
APRIL 7, 2020
WATCH “LENTO” | VEVO
Vevo announces the release of Lauren Jauregui’s live performance of “Lento.” Lauren Jauregui is an artist, singer, songwriter, creative and humanitarian. Having spent most of 2019 in the studio, writing and recording new music, the award-winning artist and activist is ready to enter this new phase of her career, with even more new music on the horizon and an album in the works. True to her artistic ethos, this next phase finds her fully expressing her creativity in every aspect of her art, from writing songs to conceptualizing and editing her own music videos. Outside of the studio, Jauregui has spent much of her life engaging in political activism and using her wide-ranging social platform as a mouthpiece to share her views. With over 14 million combined followers actively engaging across all social media platforms, Jauregui understands the power of her platform and her voice as a young member of society. She is politically outspoken and actively involved in protests, whether it’s marching with students from Parkland, FL for gun reform or speaking on women’s and LGBTQ+ rights. As she gears up for a busy 2020, Lauren is making it her duty to continue her activism, imploring her fans to be vocal about their stances and always fight for human rights. “Lento” is the first official solo release of Lauren’s in 2020, following her wildly popular “Invisible Chains.” “Lento” is now streaming on all platforms. Keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world on YouTube.com/Vevo.
Vevo is the world’s largest all-premium music video provider, offering artists a global platform with enormous scale through its distribution partners. Vevo connects artists with their audience globally via music videos and original content, working directly with them to find unique ways to bring their music to life visually. Vevo also works with emerging artists, providing them with a platform of global scale and reach, to find and grow their audience. Reaching 26 billion monthly views globally, Vevo has over 400,000 music videos in its catalogue.
PEARL JAM’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED GIGATON DEBUTS AS #1 ROCK ALBUM
“Pearl Jam come roaring back with a superb new album.” – Associated Press
“Pearl Jam Combine Fury and Maturity on Gigaton.” – Rolling Stone
“Pearl Jam’s best in a generation.” – Paste Magazine
“Their legacy will remain set.” – Stereogum
Pearl Jam’s Gigaton has been hailed “superb”, “fascinating and ambitious”, “inspiring and engaging”, “their finest studio hour” and “Pearl Jam’s best in a generation.” The critics and fans alike have praised the bands latest release and it has now bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart this week. Additionally, it landed in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200. Internationally the album debuted #1 in Italy and Austria, Top 5 in Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Canada, and Finland and Top 10 in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Get it at www.pearljam.com
At Metacritic, Gigaton registered the group’s second highest cumulative critical score—only bested by their diamond-certified 1991 debut, Ten. Among numerous positive reactions, Associated Press exclaimed, “Pearl Jam come roaring back with superb new album.” In a four-out-of-five star review, Rolling Stone wrote, “The group has blended the miasmic angst of ‘Jeremy’ and ‘Alive’ with a sense of tenderness and even flashes of hope.” UPROXX promised, “Pearl Jam is reliable on ‘Gigaton’ at a moment when nothing else is,” and Spin christened it “Their best album since the late nineties.”
Opening up about the album, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament appeared on the
Bill Simmons Podcast for a marathon two-hour interview. Check it out HERE.
Speaking on their eagerness to return to the road, Vedder said:
“We’re kind of reclusive by nature. So, in some ways it feels normal to be away from people, that’s not necessarily out of my wheelhouse…but I just keep thinking that first time we’ll be in front of people, it’s even hard to imagine when or how, it’s going to be different. It’s not like we didn’t appreciate it before, it’s just even tenfold.” Regarding the seven-year creative journey to Gigaton, he revealed: “It grew on its own. It just started different, and it ended different, and everything that happened in the middle was different, and that’s what felt great about it. At some point, we had to finish. At some point, we zeroed in and thought, ‘Okay, I think we got this and now let’s nail these bits and pieces” …This last fall we really leaned in heavy and hard and gave ourselves a little bit of a deadline finally, which was cool, I thought it was very mature and grown-up of us to say, ‘Okay, now let’s actually finish! That can be the hard part’…After all of that fun, now we have to set it down in concrete.” In terms of the full sequence and final vision, he related it to a formative childhood memory:
“Certain things find their spot. It’s like a setlist. I think that’s why they maybe let me take a first crack at some of that stuff, because of the whole setlist thing. We still make records to be listened to—not that everyone will listen to a record track one to twelve in a row or side A or Side B—but we still make ‘em in case somebody does want to listen to it like that, that’s how we make em…In a way, it’s also like a live show, we put the songs together in a way that have a flow and an energy, the one song passes the torch to the next…Really I think a lot of comes back to keeping score when I was a little kid in baseball games…Obviously, I wasn’t good at math and didn’t go to school for acounting, but what I did do was stare at the scoreboard at Wrigley Field and I think that really helped me.” Gigaton represents Pearl Jam at the peak of progression. From moments of guitar-fueled catharsis such as “Who Ever Said” through the icy absolution of “River Cross,” the lyrics, riffs, and rhythms transmit a message of hope, culminating on Eddie Vedder’s final words, “Here and now…won’t hold us down…share the light…won’t hold us down.”
Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam, Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since GRAMMY® award-winning, Lightning Bolt, which was released on October 15, 2013. Internationally, the album is available and distributed by Universal Music Group.
DREAMVILLE’S LUTE RELEASES SECOND EPISODE OF “GOLD MOUF CHRONICLES”
Artist Discusses His Childhood and Love for Cars While Building a Model ‘87 Buick
Rapper Lute (Dreamville/Interscope Records) has just released the second episode of his mini-series, Gold Mouf Chronicles. Directed and edited by Alexander Hall, the eight-episode online series offers a vivid look into the rapper’s passions and talents, which extend far beyond music. The second episode, highlights Lute’s love of cars, as he prepares to build a model version of the ‘87 Buick Grand National. Lute opens up about his childhood, touching on the relationship with his brother and their humble beginnings in Charlotte, NC. “For me, music, art and cars are one in the same. It’s all about expressing yourself and what you love,” Lute says. Loyal fans will appreciate the introspective narrative and insight offered during the 4-minute video, released today. You can watch the second episode HERE.
Last month, the Gold Mouf Chronicles series debuted with the lead episode, “The Joy of Painting with Gold Mouf.” Styled after Bob Ross’ classic PBS program The Joy of Painting, Lute showed off his artistic skills while painting a Keith Haring-inspired spaceship. Watch HERE.
The series’ theme song comes by way of Lute’s latest single “GED (Gettin Every Dolla),” whose Neal Farmer-directed video, has now amassed over 1MM views on YouTube. In 2019, Lute teamed up with label head J. Cole, and hip hop phenom DaBaby for the fan favorite, “Under the Sun,” which was featured on the Grammy-nominated RIAA certified Gold Dreamville album Revenge of the Dreamers III. Last month, Lute stunned fans when he performed an exciting halftime set during the Hornets vs. Rockets showdown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fans are encouraged to keep up with Gold Mouf Chronicles by visiting gettineverydolla.com
Lute’s “Gold Mouf Chronicles” Mini-Series Video:
Lute’s “GED (Gettin Every Dolla)” eSingle Retail:
“Nobody” Single & Official Video
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With his highly anticipated debut album less than a month away, multi-platinum-selling artist Duke Dumont has unveiled new single “Let Me Go,” featuring Australian singer-songwriter Ry X, out today via Astralwerks. Listen HERE.
A powerful track steeped in emotion, “Let Me Go” elegantly pairs Ry X’s soaring vocals with cinematic production that gradually builds in intensity before bursting into more club-focused territories.
It follows on from last month’s poignant single “Love Song,” with both tracks set to feature on the Duke’s long-awaited debut album DUALITY, out on April 17th. Channeling his years of experience into a cohesive record that epitomises his core beliefs, the LP is an honest, cathartic expression of his desire to embody the mentality of a true artist, liberated from genre specifics and scored with his own sonic fingerprint. Pre-order Duality HERE.
The multi-Grammy-nominated electronic artist has amassed over 2.5 billion streams across his back-catalogue of previous anthems, scoring platinum-selling UK #1s with timeless records such as “Ocean Drive.”
Citing Pearl Jam and Jeff Buckley as his biggest influences, Ry X has previously collaborated with several talented electronic artists such as Frank Wiedemann and Ame. He formed the band Howling with the former, releasing the album Sacred Ground on Ninja Tune / Monkeytown Records. He has since released two solo albums and toured extensively across Europe and North America.
A truly stunning single, “Let Me Go” delivers a well needed dose of musical escapism during these turbulent times.
Hip hop’s newest star, DaBaby (South Coast Music Group/Interscope Records) presents his first solo offering of 2020 with the release of his newest single, “Find My Way.” The single showcases DaBaby’s versatility as the artist shifts between his signature bass-filled flow and a raw melodic hook across the DJ Kid-produced beat. Accompanying the song is a 10-minute short, directed by Reel Goats. Starring both DaBaby and influencer, BSimone, the visual follows the pair as they attempt to secure finances for the rapper’s ailing grandmother, by any means necessary. After posing the ominous question, “Have you ever seen somebody turn into a monster for a good cause?” the film then briefly transitions to music video form. The suspenseful short showcases DaBaby’s acting skills and teases a sequel for fans who will inevitably be left wanting more. Check out the video HERE.
The Charlotte, NC rapper first received recognition when the 2015 release of his debut mixtape NonFiction amassed over 10,000 streams in 48 hours. He continued to serve fans with independent projects before being propelled to mass recognition last year. His debut project, Baby on Baby,spent 55 weeks on Billboard’s Top 100; peaking at #7. The effort spawned the double-platinum single, “Suge.” His first official album, KIRK,kicked things up a notch, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 before launching a duly-titled North American tour featuring Stunna 4 Vegas. The album included the smash hit “BOP” which has over 204 MM views on YouTube; making it DaBaby’s biggest video thus far and his third #1 on Urban Radio. The rapper, who had the most Billboard Hot 100 entries in 2019 with 22 songs, has been recognized heavily within the industry as well. Last year, DaBaby was included on Dreamville’s Grammy-nominated album, Revenge of the Dreamers III. He scored the cover of Billboardand was named as part of the 2019 XXL Freshman Class. DaBaby continues to take the music world by storm through both his sheer talent and business savvy, as he serves as CEO of his own label, Billion Dollar Baby Ent. To date, DaBaby has exceeded 6.4 billion global streams since signing with Interscope Records.
DaBaby’s “Find My Way” eSingle