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Queen & Slim Soundtrack Out Now

Motown Records released Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack on vinyl for the first time. The two-LP limited edition of the acclaimed soundtrack is now available at participating independent record stores in conjunction with the Record Store Day’s RSD Drops 2020 program. Visit here for further details. Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack merchandise is available HERE.

Starring Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence. The film, from GRAMMYwinning director Melina Matsoukas and Emmy winning writer Lena Waithe, has won numerous awards including Best Movie at the BET Awards 20.

The music in the film serves as an additional voice and showcases the range of talent across Black artists with a compelling blend of genres. The 16-song soundtrack features new tracks by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo, Lil Baby, Vince Staples featuring 6lack X Mereba, Tiana Major 9 & EARTHGANG, Coast Contra; featuring BJ The Chicago Kidand Syd, plus classic songs byRoy Ayers, Bilal, Mike Jones and others. Blood Orange composed the film’s score and is featured on the soundtrack. See below for track listing.

Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack has received numerous award nominations, including an NAACP Image Awards nod for Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation. Collide by Tiana Major9 and EARTHGANG took Outstanding Original Song honors at the Black Reel Awards earlier this year and was named one of the best R&B songs of 2019 by VIBE.

Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, Waithe and Matsoukas served as executive soundtrack producers. AP said, “Together they’re like the perfect aux-cord DJs. They hit play, and they don’t miss.” The Atlantic noted, “The Best Part of Queen & Slim is the Soundtrack Music is woven throughout with an impressive ear for black American artists’complex relationships to the country they inhabit, and to other black people.”

TIME hailed the soundtrack as “an astounding collage of sound an ode to the past, present and future of black music.” NYLON predicted that Ride or Die from Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo “will be bumping in the club for months.” Pitchfork praised Vince Staples’ “Yo Love” feat. 6lack & Mereba as “a charming swerve from Staples that’s only further proof of the rapper’s chameleonic talents.” Rolling Stone said, “Guarding the Gates is an immersive and sprawling ballad as [Ms. Lauryn] Hill delivers a mesmerizing vocal performance.”

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.

Waithe wrote the screenplay forQueen & Slim from a story by herself and bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina). The film is produced by Frey, Waithe, Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew Coles, Brad Weston and Pamela Abdy. The executive producers are Pamela Hirsch, Kaluuya, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth. Universal Pictures and Makeready present Queen & Slim in association with 3BlackDot and Bron Creative, a Makeready/De La Revoluci, Films/Hillman Grad/3BlackDot production.

Track Listing Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack

LP1 / SIDE

  1. Megan Thee Stallion feat. VickeeLo, Ride Or Die
  2. Bilal feat. Raphael Saadiq, Soul Sista (Remix)
  3. Vince Staples Feat. 6lack & Mereba, Yo Love
  4. Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG, Collide

LP1 / SIDE B

  1. Syd, Getting Late
  2. Mike Jones feat. Slim Thug & Paul Wall, Still Tippin’
  3. Coast Contra feat. BJ The Chicago Kid, Queen x Slim
  4. Choker, Frame

LP2 / SIDE A

  1. Lil Baby, Catch The Sun
  2. Roy Ayers, Searching
  3. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Guarding The Gates
  4. Burna Boy, My Money, My Baby

LP2 / SIDE B

  1. Cedes Benz, The-Dream
  2. Little Freddie King, Standin’ At Yo Door (Live)
  3. Blood Orange feat. Ian Isiah & Jason Arce, Runnin’ Away
  4. Moses Sumney, Doomed
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Glass Animals New Song “Heat Waves”

Glass Animals releases new single “Heat Waves” in anticipation of their new album Dreamland, coming out August 7th

Watch the “Heat Waves” music video here and listen to the new single here

“Heat Waves” is the brand-new single from Glass Animals. Taken from their fast approaching third album Dreamland, “Heat Waves” is out now on Republic Records. Dreamland will now be released on August 7th, delayed in order to respect and support the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.

Bursting with all the wonderful tricks that we have come to expect from Glass Animals’ enigmatic frontman and producer Dave Bayley, “Heat Waves” is the introspective summer hit within Dreamland. A scorching, bass-heavy pop-trip, “Heat Waves” is a distorted Glass Animals love song, exploring how relationships can blur your personality and change you in ways you don’t even realize until you take a step back.

“Heat Waves” comes alongside a stunningly cinematic video, directed by Colin Read. It finds Dave Bayley meandering the deserted streets of lock-down London, as on-lookers watch him slowly make his way to an empty venue.

On making the video, Dave says, “The ‘Heat Waves’ video is a love letter to live music and the culture and togetherness surrounding it. It was filmed at the peak of the lockdown in my neighborhood in East London by the lovely people who live around me, just using their phones. These are people who are usually out at shows, in galleries, going to cinemas, etc. These venues are left empty now, and many of them will not survive. The song is about loss and longing, and ultimately realizing you are unable to save something…and this video is about that but for art, being together and human contact. Huge love and thank you’s to everyone who got involved and helped out. When everyone was leaning out of their windows filming, I felt that same sense of togetherness and spine-tingling energy that happened at live shows. It made the coldness of performing to an empty room with the band stuck on screens feel even more heart-breaking.”

Fundamentally a nostalgic memoir of his life so far, in Dreamland Bayley covers expansive and difficult ground. As a result, the brand-new album is packed full of intensely sensitive and personal experiences, none more emotional than when the band’s drummer Joe Seaward was involved in a monstrous bike accident in July 2018, which threatened his life and that of Glass Animals altogether. Born at a time of immense confusion for the band, it’s an album that truly mirrors the uncertainty of the world today.

Originally to be released in May, Glass Animals had planned to celebrate Dreamland’s arrival with two back-to-back shows at the iconic Red Rocks, supported by recent collaborator Denzel Curry. It was due to kick-off a busy 2020 that should have seen the band play venues and arenas across the globe, and celebrate the release of their new record with their fans.

However, with all of that temporarily thrown up in the air and being the extraordinarily forward-thinking band that they have always been, Glass Animals have adapted wonderfully to their new situation. From his home studio, Bayley has been creating, building, writing, performing, producing and beyond to ensure the band is constantly connecting with their international fan base, offering a host of creative distractions for people in lockdown. The video for title track “Dreamland” set the bar impressively high for what can be achieved by one person in his London flat, under remote direction. Elsewhere, Dave has recorded and released a series of covers, including a collaboration with Arlo Parks to take on Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”  In addition, their first release “Your Love (Déjà vu)” reached top 10 at Triple A and Alternative radio, while making waves with its eye-catching music video. More recently, the band has released Open Source, a website where fans can use exclusive, unreleased content to create their own music and artwork, aired their own Dreamland TV Network, and hosted Mario Kart tournaments on Twitch.

Dreamland will be released on Republic Records on August 7th and can be pre-ordered here.

About Glass Animals:

Amassing over two billion global streams to date, British four-piece Glass Animals is led by singer, songwriter and producer Dave Bayley with his bandmates and childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew MacFarlane. Their second album, How To Be A Human Being, was one of the most critically acclaimed and widely adored records of 2016. With praise from various press outlets, including Billboard, Pitchfork, The FADER, The Guardian, The Telegraph and more, it was nominated for the Mercury Prize Album Of The Year Award in 2017. Glass Animals also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Late Show with James Corden. As well as producing both of Glass Animals’ studio albums, ZABA and How To Be A Human Being, Dave has worked with a number of artists outside of the band, including 6lack, Khalid, Joey Bada$$, DJ Dahi, Flume and MorMor.

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EarthGang at Roots Picnic

It’s a busy weekend for the formidable Atlanta duo, EarthGang, who has had an incredible rise since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Mirrorland last year. The Grammy-nominated pair (Olu and WowGr8), who are known for their vivacious live performance, will join Roots Picnic Festival, digitally, this year performing a cut from the album, “Wings.” Watch Roots Picnic Festival HERE. The performance will come ahead of the BET Awards, in which the pair are nominated for “Best Group” alongside Chloe x Halle, Migos, and more (Sunday, 8 PM ET on BET). And on the topic of groups, EarthGang revived their own supergroup Spillage Village earlier this month with J.I.D, 6lack, Mereba, and others for a timely single called “End of Daze.”

The song comes off their upcoming Spillage Village album, out this year. If you haven’t checked it out, watch the video HERE.

The duo also appears on Louis the Child’s new album, out today. Listen to their collaborative track, “Big Love,” HERE.

Praise for EarthGang:

“Best Rap Performance” & “Best Rap Album” Nominees Grammys 2020

“Best Group” BET Awards 2020

“EarthGang Are Carrying on the Legacy of Freaky Southern Rap” — Pitchfork ‘Rising Artist’ 2019

“High-energy, nimble lyrical flows over haunting beats” — TIME Magazine

“EarthGang’s Transcendental Hip-Hop Is an Homage to “Atlanta” — Hypebeast

About EarthGang

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, EarthGang’s Olu and WowGr8 are the Grammy Award-nominated, Platinum-selling pair who embody the best of the new generation in music — and plenty of critics and fans alike have taken note. Marrying lean, sharp-eyed lyricism with Southern-fried soul, every song arrives fully formed, hitting hard and landing jokes while also delving deep into political issues. Signed to J. Cole’s Intercope imprint, Dreamville, EarthGang first hit a stride with 3-EP project inspired by “The Wiz;” Rags (Scarecrow), Robots (Tinman) and Royalty (the lion). The music saw the duo tour the globe relentlessly supporting J. Cole, Young Thug, Billie Eilish, Mac Miller, Jaden Smith, and more.

In 2019, EarthGang continued their dominance by contributing to the year’s best hip-hop compilation in Revenge of The Dreamers III — which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts is RIAA Platinum certified. It shined a spotlight on the pair as they went into the release of their debut major-label album, Mirrorland. The fourteen-track album debuted in the Top 40s of the Billboard 200 charts and #20 in the Rap Albums charts. Featuring special guests Young Thug, T-Pain, Kehlani, Arin Ray, and more — Mirrorland has cemented EarthGang as one of music’s most dynamic forces. Bursting with energy and having garnered a cult-like live following, the ATLiens have been critically praised by the likes of Pitchfork, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Hot New Hip Hop, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, Pigeons & Planes, and more. Stretching beyond the “indie hip-hop” label they’ve been brandished with, EarthGang is ready to reach a wider audience with slick-sharp lyrics that cut through the hazy blur of ratchet rap and an avid interest in never settling, or resting on their laurels.

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6LACK × 6 PC HOT

Right after summer officially hits, 6LACK (LVRN/Interscope Records) serves up his newest EP 6 PC HOT for the world. It features production from Timbaland, Fwdslxsh, Gravez, STWO, and more as well as one guest feature from Lil Baby. Aside from the music, he has a lot of news to announce as well.

Fans can enter an augmented reality chicken shop pictured on the EP cover via Instagram to view merch, including the hot sauce, tied to the project. It can be found by searching “6pc hot” in the IG filter search menu. A link to the filter is available HERE (to be opened on a phone). Once selected, a 3D shop will launch through the camera to share pictures and videos. The AR shop was created by Jackie Carlise, a 3D motion designer who recently graduated from School of The Art institute of Chicago. She created it using the Spark AR platform.

For Atlanta fans, 6LACK has partnered with Postmates, the leader in delivering nearly anything on-demand, and local favorite restaurant Goodfellas, a Black-owned business, as a part of his 6LACK on Black Business initiative. Exclusively on Postmates this weekend, customers can order a custom 6LACK wing item from Goodfellas for $6. Through Sunday June 28, customers who order the 6pc Hot wings meal will receive a free bottle of 6LACK’s new hot sauce “600 Degrees.”

For Los Angeles fans, 6LACK will be sending his new hot sauce directly to their doors starting 6/29 via a friendly robot. You can sign up for a delivery day and time through 6LACKBOX.

6LACK is also showing love to Australia by working with Butter, which will also be delivering custom orders of 6 hot wings. The first 60 fans will also receive a special t-shirt.

In addition to local fans in different parts of the world, 6LACK is looking to help aspiring Black entrepreneurs by presenting a handful of them with 6LACKCARDS. These will be Amazon gift cards to purchase any equipment and supplies to help get their dreams off the ground. After 6LACK collected over 25K addresses in under an hour through his 6LACKBOX “6PC Scratch and Win” folder, he sent fans a classic scratch-off lottery-styled ticket which they should receive this week. It reveals the tracklist to the EP, the date of release, and the chance to be one of the select few to win physical prizes.

The 6LACKBOX has also been updated with resources like voter registration tools and a contact sheet for Black businesses. A Black author history reading list and access to social justice reform information and participating organizations will also soon be available. 6LACKBOX was announced alongside his open letter to his fans regarding the social unrest stemming from the murders of innocent Black men and women. Inside the 6LACKBOX, you’ll find snippets of unreleased music, the East Atlanta Love Letter movie that he premiered at his album release event at Starlight Drive-In Theatre in East Atlanta, never before seen photos, and more. It will also contain some content leading up to his upcoming third studio album.

For those who still have cookouts to prepare for during the warmer months or also need a new hot sauce for the collection, 6LACK will be releasing his own hot sauce brand, “600 Degrees.” It’ll be the perfect addition to your own 6 pieces of wings as you listen to the new project.

Pronounced “Black,” the alternative R&B and three-time GRAMMY-nominated rapper/singer/songwriter has long considered the number six as a central part to his identity for several reasons: he was raised in Zone 6 of Atlanta, it’s his life path number, and also the name of his daughter (Syx). In 2018, 6LACK released his sophomore album and now certified Gold East Atlanta Love Letter to critical acclaim and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B Albums. He’s the #2 most streamed R&B artist behind Frank Ocean, and his debut project Free 6LACK is now certified Platinum. 6LACK has been the most featured artist of 2019-2020 with over 30 features. Last week he teamed up with JID, Earthgang, and Mereba to form supergroup Spillage Village, who just released “End of Dayz.”

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View 6LACKBOX HERE.

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6lack – ATL Freestlye

After a steady stream of guest features that spanned the globe including “Imported” with Jessie Reyez, “Crowded Room” with Selena Gomez, and “4AM” alongside Rema, Tion Wayne, and Manny Norté, 6LACK (LVRN/Interscope Records) releases “ATL Freestyle.” The Fwdslxsh and Gravez-produced beat contains somber guitar chords that never seem to resolve, which feeds perfectly into the subject matter at hand. While 6LACK looks back at eating wings and listening to Gucci Mane and putting in time in the studio to make enough money and vacation with his daughter in a nice, rural area, he also leaves the song as an open ended journal entry. His future is left for only him to write. The new song is also a love letter to his hometown of Atlanta, referencing other artists like Skooly and the venue Tabernacle. He also penned a personal letter to his fans addressing the release of this song in such a sensitive time in the country regarding police brutality.

And for the Day 1’s, or Day 6’s, 6LACK is treating them to snippets of unreleased music, the East Atlanta Love Letter movie that he premieredat his album release event at Starlight Drive-In Theatre in East Atlanta, never before seen photos, and more. All of that can be found in the 6LACKBOX. It will also contain some content leading up to his upcoming third studio album.

Pronounced “Black,” the alternative R&B and three-time GRAMMY-nominated rapper/singer/songwriter has long considered the number six as a central part to his identity for several reasons: he was raised in Zone 6 of Atlanta, it’s his life path number, and also the name of his daughter (Syx). In 2018, 6LACK released his sophomore album East Atlanta Love Letter to critical acclaim and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B Albums. Stay tuned as 6LACK is gearing up to release new music this summer.

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Glass Animals – Quarantine Covers

DAVE BAYLEY OF GLASS ANIMALS COVERS “HEART-SHAPED BOX” BY NIRVANA ON INSTAGRAM

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Glass Animals are bringing fans ‘Quarantine Covers’ Episodes where they’re covering fan-requested songs and going through the gear used to record. While locked in his studio under quarantine, lead singer Dave Bayley of Glass Animals covered Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” for Episode 1. Watch HERE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fL2NDcGym4) .

Glass Animals’ brand new single “Your Love (Déjà vu)” is out now and is a tantalizing first hint of what is to come from Glass Animals’ upcoming third studio album. Listen HERE

2020 already promises to be a momentous year for Glass Animals—the universally-adored British four-piece fronted by Dave Bayley with his bandmates and childhood friends, Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew Macfarlane. As well as producing both ZABA and How To Be A Human Being, Dave has produced “Your Love (Déjà vu)” and in the past worked with a number of artists outside of the band, including 6lack, Khalid, Joey Bada$$, DJ Dahi, Flume and MorMor. The tone for Glass Animals was set when they dropped bombshell release “Tokyo Drifting” feat. Denzel Curry at the close of last year and celebrated by playing a packed-out, surprise secret show in a tiny venue in Oxford.

It was an important moment for Glass Animals, their first headline show playing together since drummer Joe Seaward’s cycling accident in 2018. The success and reaction to the show fortified the band to announce an extensive but incredibly intimate run of shows around the world this spring—playing some of the spaces they played when they first started out, reminding themselves of what they have and what they nearly lost, and crucially, a big thank you to the fans who supported them throughout.

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Kygo and Rita Ora “Carry On”

KYGO AND RITA ORA RELEASE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “CARRY ON” FROM UPCOMING BIG-SCREEN COMEDY ADVENTURE POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørrvell-Dahll a.k.a. Kygo and Rita Ora, release new single and video “Carry On” today via Palm Tree Records/ RCA Records. The track is the only song released from the upcoming movie POKÉMON Detective Pikachu, the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, with an all-star cast led by Ryan Reynolds and featuring Rita Ora as Dr. Ann Laurent. The official video was directed by Colin Tilley and JSV, and stars Rita in the POKÉMON universe and includes scenes from the eagerly anticipated movie, in theaters May 10.

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“Carry On” follows Kygo’s first release of 2019, “Think About You” featuring Valerie Broussard, who is newly signed to his Palm Tree Records/ RCA Records.The video, by renowned visual artist and Instagram sensation Sarah Bahbah, stars actors Dylan Sprouse and Khadijha Red Thunder as lovers. Exploring the progression and fragility of romantic love, the video brings Kygo’s emotive song and Bahbah’s iconic cinematic stills to life. The single already has over 42 million Spotify streams and 14 million YouTube views.

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Stay tuned for more from Kygo very soon!

The release of “Carry On” continues Ora’s recent streak of collaborations, including “Only Want You,” featuring 6LACK and the powerhouse track “R.I.P.” with Sophia Reyes and Anitta. Earlier this week she announced her partnership with Conecuh Brands to launch Prospero Tequila and joined the team as their Chief Creative Partner. Next up for Ora is the European leg of her Phoenix World Tour, which includes a string of Arena dates in the UK.

ABOUT KYGO

Kygo is a Norwegian-born, world-renowned producer, songwriter, DJ and music marvel who has turned himself into an international sensation in unprecedented time. Recently, he celebrated his sales achievements with a plaque at his sold-out headlining show at Barclays Center on his “Kids In Love” Tour. The musical prodigy and producer/DJ has amassed over 10.4 billion combined streams worldwide, over 76 Million Track Equivalents Worldwide, and 2.5 billion total video views to date. His latest single “Remind Me To Forget”  featuring Miguel has seen major success with over 475 million total combined streams and the video has garnered over 58 million views (Click HERE to watch), along with his recent release with Imagine Dragons entitled “Born To Be Yours”, which has over 278 million Spotify streams.

He was crowned Spotify’s Breakout Artist of 2015, as songs including “Firestone (feat. Conrad Sewell)” and “Stole The Show (feat. Parson James)”, which was certified gold or platinum in sixteen countries, helped him become the fastest artist to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify. Kygo’s first album, Cloud Nine, debuted at #1 on iTunes Dance Albums Chart and at #1 on Nielsen Soundscan’s Electronic Albums chart. The album received tons of positive attention from critics, in which Rolling Stone called it “unfailingly gorgeous.” Kygo made his U.S. television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden where he performed an acoustic version of “Stole The Show (feat. Parson James).” He has also performed on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In 2016, Kygo landed on the cover of Billboard Magazine surrounding his colossal success. Later that year, he performed “Carry Me” at the Rio Olympic Closing Ceremony with singer-songwriter Julia Michaels; calling it “one of the biggest performances of his career.” Continuing his success, Kygo released “It Ain’t Me” with Selena Gomez which reached Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and amassed over 816 million Spotify streams to date with USA Today declaring the song one of 2017’s most potent contenders for the official song of the summer, explaining that the tropical house-flavored beats “scream summer.” Kygo continued to take over 2017 by releasing his EP Stargazing following his sophomore studio album, Kids In Love, an eight-track body of work, adding on his global Kids In Love tour starting in Helsinki, Finland and ending in Boston, MA. He also released “First Time” with Ellie Goulding which charted at #1 on iTunes in 14 countries and debuted at #9 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and the music video has garnered over 76 million views.

ABOUT RITA ORA

Rita Ora is an international pop singer with four #1 UK singles and holds the record for the most Top 10 singles for a British female artist in the UK with a total of 13. Her U.S. debut album Phoenix has amassed almost 2 billion streams worldwide, spawned 3 platinum singles and includes “Lonely Together,” her collaboration with Avicii which won Best Dance VMA at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, her debut album, Ora, premiered at #1 on the UK charts and was certified platinum. Rita is also a multi-talented industry leader across TV, culture and fashion, with brand partnerships across key sectors. Her film credits include the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, Fast & Furious, Southpaw and the upcoming POKÉMON Detective Pikachu.

ABOUT POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and is based on the beloved Pokémon brand one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience the iconic Pokémon Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon, each with its own unique powers and personality.The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City, a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokemon universe.

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu also stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Rita Ora, with Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy. The film is directed by Rob Letterman, from a screenplay by Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Rob Letterman and Derek Connolly, story by Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Nicole Perlman, based on the “Detective Pikachu” video game developed by Creatures Inc. It is produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Hidenaga Katakami and Don McGowan; with executive producers Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Ali Mendes, Tsunekazu Ishihara, Kenji Okubo, Toshio Miyahara, Hiro Matsuoka, Koji Ueda. Music is by Henry Jackman. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a Legendary Pictures Production in association with Toho Co., Ltd, a Rob Letterman Film. It will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Co., Ltd. and by Legendary East in China. Rated PG. www.detectivepikahumovie.com

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QUIN Releases Song With 6LACK

QUIN Releases New Single “Mushroom Chocolate” feat. 6LACK – LISTEN HERE

Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1

NEW EP LUCID OUT SOON!

READ BILLBOARD INTERVIEW ON SIGNING TO INTERSCOPE HERE

Just in time for Valentines Day, Los Angeles native and creative chanteuse QUIN has today premiered a new loved up single; “Mushroom Chocolate” featuring artist 6LACK. The dulcet tones of both artists play off the shimmering R&B beat – produced by Chuck Inglish – which is fast becoming a signature for QUIN on her quest to crafting her “fantasy soul” lane. The song is off QUIN’s upcoming EP, LUCID, which will be out this Spring officially on Interscope Records; who the singer/songwriter announced her label deal with recently. Read the full signing story with Billboard HERE.

Speaking to the song’s inspiration, QUIN says “‘Mushroom Chocolate’ is the classic tale of a hard loving crush, the beginning of meeting your match, and how we all be acting a little brand new about it.” 6LACK adds: “The song was already perfect without me, but being able to add to it was like filling in the easiest blank. She gave you every word you needed to feel good about love and I’m just a familiar voice in a brand new setting.” The song debuted today as Zane Lowe’s “World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and can be listened to across DSPs here.

ABOUT QUIN

California native QUIN is making all the right moves to establish herself as one of music’s next breakout stars. With the release of her two previous EPs GALACTICA and DREAMGIRL; her third EP LUCID, is another strong step in her quest to carve out out a lane in the industry with her unique fantasy soul sound–a term coined by the singer/songwriter herself.  Her creative style and songwriting skills are already paying dividends: her first single “Sticky Situation” with Syd from The Internet has already surpassed 1,700,000 streams on Spotify and she has recently been featured on Miguel’s “War and Leisure”and G-Eazy’s “When It’s Dark Out”. A truly multidimensional talent, QUIN is also enjoying a successful modeling career with Wilhelmina Models that has included appearances in ad campaigns from GAP, Jordan Brand, Missguided, and more.  Performing with Mos Def and as a featured act at Smokin’ Grooves Festival alongside the likes of Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Jhene Aiko will catapult her career to new heights this summer.

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SAM SMITH & NORMANI

SAM SMITH & NORMANI ANNOUNCE ‘DANCING WITH A STRANGER’ OUT JANUARY 11th

Sam Smith & Normani announce their joint single ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ to be released worldwide via Capitol Records on Friday, January 11th. Presave link to download/stream the single here.

‘Dancing With a Stranger’ is a smooth slice of sultry, R&B influenced pop where Sam and Normani’s vocals effortlessly glide over the production. The collaboration between the two came about through a chance encounter at the studio in Los Angeles as Sam was writing the single with pop legends Stargate and Jimmy Napes. Normani was in the studio next door and with both artists being long-term fans of each other, it was a no-brainer for Normani to join Sam on the new track.

Sam Smith has spent the past year travelling around the world on tour in support of his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in the U.K, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. Rolling Stone awarded The Thrill Of It All four stars and hailed Smith as Éc;one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation.Éd; Éc;Dancing With a StrangerÉd; is the first new music from Sam Smith in 2019 and follows on from his global hit with Calvin Harris Éc;PromisesÉd; which stormed the charts last summer.&#a0;Since the release of his 2014 debut album, In The Lonely Hour, Smith has sold over 17 million album equivalent units worldwide.&#a0;He has won four GRAMMY awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.

On the new single Sam Smith says, Éc;Iߣm so excited for everyone to hear Éc;Dancing With a Stranger,Éd; which I wrote on The Thrill Of It All tour last year. For me it bottles everything I was feeling whilst juggling my personal life and touring.&#a0;It is also such a beautiful moment for me as Iߣm a huge, huge fan of Normani and everything she is. Iߣm so excited to watch her light shine. I hope everyone enjoys hearing this song as much as I do.Éd;

Normani launched her solo career last year with her debut solo single Love Lies; with Khalid. Love Lies soared to #1 at Top 40 Radio in the US and was the first single Normani released following her global success with multi-platinum group Fifth Harmony. Since then, she has gone on to release a number of new tracks including two tracks with Calvin Harris and her recent single, Éc;WavesÉd; feat. 6LACK. In addition to working with Calvin Harris, Khalid, and 6LACK, Normani has also recently collaborated with Quavo and Kehlani. Normani is currently working on her debut solo album and this March will see her join Ariana Grande on the North American leg of The Sweetener World tour.

Normani explains about the collaboration, I’m truly blessed having the opportunity to create with one of the greatest vocalists of this decade. I think about the artists that I frequently listen to daily and Sam Smith has definitely been one of them for some time now. I never thought in a trillion years that I would be able to state that I have a record with this extremely gifted being. Iߣm super proud to share this song with Sam and cannot wait for the rest of the world to experience it – from the first moment that I heard the song I knew how special it was. Iߣm deeply in love with this body of work and I hope that you all will be too. Iߣm so thankful that Sam put his trust in me to help him bring this song to life. To my fans, thank you for all of your continued support. I love y’all!!! I pray you guys enjoy this.

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