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Jon Batiste × Tori Kelly – SING

Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe winning artist and activist Jon Batiste debuts SING Feat. Tori Kelly. The uplifting and soulful track is from his upcoming release WE ARE: THE DELUXE EDITION (October 15 on Verve Records).  The set features six new tracks and features including Tori Kelly, BJ The Chicago Kid, Abi Bernadoth, Big Chief Romeo and Big Freedia.

On WE ARE, released earlier this year, Batiste presented a captivating musical experience to the world rooted in catharsis, joy, freedom, contemplation and sensuality. It’s a love letter to his southern roots and the heritage of Black Music with guest appearances by Mavis Staples, Quincy Jones, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, St Augustine Marching 100, his father Michael Batiste, grandfather David Gauthier and many more.

Now, Batiste continues the celebration by bringing a new cohort of guests into the fold, including singer Tori Kelly, who joins Batiste on the inspirational ballad “SING,” and BJ The Chicago Kid who joins Jon on the D’Angelo-infused “Adulthood.”  Big Freedia lends her signature joyful bounce to “FREEDOM,” “an exhilarating…celebration of independence” (Entertainment Weekly) and French star Abi Bernadoth joins Batiste on his empowering anthem WE ARE. Several new songs, including “WORK IT OUT” and “TELL THE TRUTH”–Uptown Remix–originally released on Batiste’s Record Store Day piece from 2020–will make their streaming and digital debut on October 15.

This year the musician’s hit song “I NEED YOU” reached #1 on the AAA Radio Charts and his album WE ARE debuted in the Billboard Top R&B Charts, Top Album Charts, and Top 200. His “I NEED YOU” music video has surpassed 13M views, he’s appeared on American IdolLive with Kelly and Ryan, The Today Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, CBS This Morning as guest and co-host, and of course The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Most recently, Jon Batiste continues his amazing year with stellar performances at Global Citizens Live and the Emmy Awards. 

Album Track List

  1. I NEED YOU
  2. FREEDOM
  3. CRY
  4. BOY HOOD
  5. SING Feat. Tori Kelly
  6. WE ARE
  7. ADULTHOOD Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
  8. WHATCHUTALKINBOUT
  9. MAVIS
  10. FREEDOM Bounce Remix Feat. Big Freedia
  11. TELL THE TRUTH
  12. UNTIL
  13. TELL THE TRUTH – Uptown Remix Feat. Big Chief Romeo of the 9th Ward Hunters, Michael Batiste, Mardi Gras Indian Show
  14. MOVEMENT 11’
  15. WORK IT OUT
  16. ADULTHOOD
  17. SHOW ME THE WAY
  18. SING
  19. WE ARE Feat. Abi Bernadoth
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Interview with Casey McQuillen

By: Skyler Johnson

Since American Idol’s first inception in 2002, no one could have guessed how popular the show would be and how many new musicians would gain popularity through the years, including Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and Jennifer Hudson. Casey McQuillen performed on the show in season 13 and became a top 48 musician. Since then she’s done an anti-bullying concert series, and was interviewed by Kelly Clarkson, as well as released a lot of great music. I had the pleasure of interviewing McQuillen on her life and career up to this point.  

  1. How did you first get into music? 

I started writing music from a really young age!  It was when I learned to play some guitar around the age of 12, though, that I started performing and posting my music on the internet.  Since then, I’ve been lucky to have an amazing relationship with my audience, and many of my fans have been following my music for close to 15 years.

2. What, do you feel, is your biggest success as a singer/songwriter?

As a singer/songwriter, I think my biggest success has been writing about really difficult topics and conveying them on stage in a way that makes audiences feel connected and understood.  I wrote my song “Beautiful” at 17 about the pressures of conforming to beauty standards, and the response I’ve received from audiences all across the country inspired me to continue to be painfully honest in my writing.  The title track on my upcoming album “Can A Heart Go Bad?” addresses very personal and painful mental health issues, and though I’m a bit scared to share it the world, I’m confident my vulnerability will allow for a deeper connection with the listening audience.

3. Who are your biggest influences and why?

I would say Taylor Swift is my biggest songwriting influence because I’ve been listening to her music at every step of my career.  Other artists I feel very inspired by include Colbie Caillat, Kate Voegele (whom I had the honor of opening for), and Adele. All of these women write beautiful, complex stories into their songs, and I try to emulate that.

4. How important was it for you to campaign for anti-bullying?

I was picked on a ‘normal’ amount as a kid, but it was through self-reflection in songwriting years later that I realized how deeply I’d internalized a lot of the insecurities I’d developed in middle & high school, and how long those issues had continue to stick around in the back of my psyche.  Somewhere in my heart, I assumed the kids saying and doing mean things to me must be right, or why else would they treat me so badly?  In my anti-bullying concert series, I tell my story and sing the songs I wrote about growing up in that environment.  With perspective, we’re able to discuss that bullies bully because they’re insecure, not because there’s anything wrong with you.  And through these examples, I hope to help curb the cycle of internalized insecurity for the next generation.

5. What made you want to campaign for anti-bullying? 

It would have meant a lot to me as a young student to have a role model at school. I think I would have felt a lot less alone knowing that someone I looked up to had had similar experiences to me and made it out on the other side.  I want to be that person for these kids.

6. How was your experience performing on American Idol?

American Idol was great practice in performing under pressure.  I’ve found that my career cycles in these long preparation periods with my team, all culminating in big, high-pressure performances or interviews.  Being exposed to such high-stakes performances at such a young age on American Idol gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to be myself and have fun during those moments.

7. Was it odd seeing yourself on camera? 

I’ve been on camera most of my life, so I’m pretty used to it.  I started posting on YouTube and developing a following at a pretty young age, so it wasn’t that odd.  However, Idol was definitely the first time I’d ever been exposed to stage lighting and cameras, which are so bright and intimidating.  Before my Idol audition, they had me wait in this little box with a red light, and when it turned green, I opened the door and walked out onto the audition stage.  So, I truly hadn’t seen the lights until the moment the cameras were on me.  It definitely threw me for a loop!

8. How was being on The Kelly Clarkson Show, what was that experience like?

Honestly, it was one of the most surreal moments of my life.  It was very nerve-wracking, but Kelly Clarkson is the sweetest person and had even left me a hand written note in my dressing room welcoming me to the show and thanking me for my work in the community.  Small details like that really helped me feel at ease before the show, and she’s so friendly and funny that I felt like the interview was a breeze.  It was probably my favorite experience so far in my career.

9. Are you excited to go on tour?

I am PUMPED!  I was having so much fun touring with artists like Eric Hutchinson and Tyler Hilton before the pandemic, and it was so disappointing to have to cancel so many shows and stay off stage for so long.  But we are BACK baby, and I feel so honored to be hitting the road with the talented Clark Beckham this fall.  Come see us!

10. Are there any upcoming projects you’re allowed to tell us about?

My album “Can a Heart Go Bad?” will be coming out soon, so make sure to follow me on Apple Music and Spotify to stay up to date with all my releases.  I’m really proud of the album and I hope everyone will have a chance to hear it!

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Cassadee Pope × THRIVE

On today’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Cassadee Pope, announced the title of her upcoming album, THRIVE, due out this Fall. Pope also performed her current single from the album, “What The Stars See,” alongside one of the track’s female collaborators, Lindsay Ell. The celestially captivating video was directed by Matthew Paskert (Taillight) and was filmed at the jaw-dropping planetarium at Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

WATCH:   “What The Stars See” Performance

“I’ve been a fan of Kelly’s since her first audition on ‘American Idol.’ To have been invited to her show is such an honor and I’m so glad her show is where I officially make my album announcement,” says Pope. “I wanted to name the album ‘Thrive’ because that word explodes with empowerment and endurance. The title track talks about not just surviving something but thriving from it, and I’m at a point in my life where I can see how the hard times were necessary. I also feel so unapologetically me in this new project which makes me thrive in every sense of the word!”

THRIVE is Pope’s ninth career album that blends pop-punk melodies, from the inception of her career with band “Hey Monday,” with the Country storytelling that overflows from her heart. The two worlds collide into a harmonious collection of songs that best represent where Cassadee is at this stage in her life: happy, confident, and healthy. Cassadee’s powerhouse vocals come alive stronger than ever with masterful direction from producers Nick Wheeler (All-American Rejects) and Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town) – role models who represent the best from eras of her own musical journey.

On Friday, July 9th, Pope will release her second single from THRIVE, “Say It First.” The track written by Pope, Ross Copperman, and Heather Morgan, is an angsty look at pulling the plug on a relationship and taking the difficult role of “bad guy,” even when you both know it’s come to an end and making the decision to “Say It First.”

PRE-SAVE: “Say It First”

Stay tuned for even more new music from Cassadee Pope this year!

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JON BATISTE NEW MUSIC VIDEO – FREEDOM

Today, Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe winning musician Jon Batiste releases a vibrant new music video for his single “FREEDOM,” a celebration of Black joy, independence and New Orleans culture and energy. Watch here.

There is no better time for Jon Batiste’s song of the summer “FREEDOM,” a funk-driven 70s-pop banger that Entertainment Weekly called an “exhilarating, horn-heavy celebration of independence.”

In this electrifying love letter to his hometown of New Orleans, Batiste leads the ultimate second line through the streets, linking with the legendary St. Augustine High School Marching 100 (Batiste’s alma mater), the Joyful Choir of New Orleans, Queen Tahj of the Golden Eagles Mardi Grass Indian Tribe, dancers, musicians, and residents alike.

Jon Batiste has had a good year. The Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA winning musician’s hit song “I NEED YOU” reached #1 on the AAA Radio Charts, his album WE ARE debuted in the Billboard Top R&B Charts, Top Album Charts, and Top 200, his “I NEED YOU” music video surpassed 10MM views, he’s appeared on American Idol,  Live with Kelly and RyanThe Today ShowThe Late Late Show with James CordenCBS This Morning as guest and co-host, and of course the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“We Are represents a vivid turn from straight jazz to joyful, danceable pop and neo-soul… a bold declaration of conscience…” –Vanity Fair

On WE ARE, Batiste presents a captivating musical experience to the world rooted in catharsis, joy, freedom, contemplation and sensuality. It’s a love letter to his southern roots and the heritage of Black Music with guest appearances by Mavis StaplesQuincy JonesZadie SmithPJ MortonTrombone Shorty, St. Augustine Marching 100, his father Michael Batiste, grandfather David Gauthier and many more. It is a meditation steeped in the sounds of the times with collaborators including POMO (Anderson.Paak), Ricky Reed (Lizzo), Jahaan Sweet (Drake, Eminem) and others.

“I’m publicly known for some things already,” says Batiste. “But there’s so much more to know about me. It’s always been there. Now is the time to show the world my full artistry.”

Batiste continues, “WE ARE is a message of love for humanity, of humble reverence for our past, and of a hopeful future, in which we are the ones who can save us. The art reveals its motive to you. You just have to wait for the Spirit to tell you what it wants.”

A special thanks to Coach for dressing members of the cast of the “FREEDOM” video.

About Jon Batiste
One of the best-known musicians of his generation, virtuoso pianist, singer, bandleader, educator and television personality Jon Batiste has spent his career bringing that music back to where it started — that is, with the people. From his days at Juilliard, where he established his Stay Human band by playing around New York City’s subways and in street performances he called “love riots,” to his work since 2015 as the bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Kenner, Louisiana native has consistently channeled his superb technical skill and deep knowledge of jazz tradition towards a specific, intentional purpose: making people’s lives better and brighter, one harmonaboard (that’s harmonica and keyboard, combined) solo at a time.

Born into Louisiana’s legendarily musical Batiste family, Jon has performed and recorded widely since his teens. His flexibility as an artist, his fluency in jazz as well as popular music of all stripes, has allowed him to collaborate with legends from Wynton Marsalis, a mentor since his Juilliard days, to Prince — as well as many of the widely-varied artists who appear on the Late Show.

Batiste’s marquee performances have ranged from the Grammy’s, to the Kennedy Center Honors, to the US Open and the NBA All-Star Game — in 2015, Batiste and the Stay Human Band became the first group to play the main stage at both the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals.

Batiste played himself on the HBO series Treme and appeared in director Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer — most recently, his music was featured in the 2020 Disney/Pixar film Soul. Batiste won a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award for his participation in the soundtrack alongside Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and the trio are currently nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA for Best Soundtrack.

He’s been awarded the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award, the Harry Chapin ASCAP Humanitarian Award and appeared on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list; Batiste also currently serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Co-Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Jon Batiste is devoted to the education and mentorship of young musicians. He has led his own Social Music Residency and Mentoring Program sponsored by Chase, as well as master classes throughout the world. He has also led several cultural exchanges, beginning in 2006, while still a teen, with the Netherlands Trust, which brought students from the USA and Holland to perform with him at the Royal Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall.

Batiste balances a demanding performance schedule with public speaking engagements, masterclasses, brand partnerships, community activism and acting roles. His composing and songwriting will be featured in his large-scale, genre-melding symphonic work “American Symphony,” set to premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2021 and he has been developing a Broadway musical about the life of famed painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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LESLIE HUNT – ASCEND

Leslie Hunt, Fan-Favorite, American Idol Semi-Finalist Makes Comeback

Singer, Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist To Release New Album Ascend June 25

American Idol Semi-Finalist, Leslie Hunt, is not your typical vocalist. The captivating rise of Leslie Hunt, also District 97’s lead-singer, continues with Ascend, her brand new and exquisite solo Album with 7 enchanting tracks.

While exploring meditation, codependency, self-love and self-trust, loving others unconditionally, and many other rites of passage for an adult in constant pursuit of expansion, Leslie tells us that this album was written in a short span of time and greatly inspired by a series of new perspectives she had been cultivating throughout her years in the music industry, and her new guitar, a Gibson 60’s J-45.

On asking about what genre this album fit into, and whether or not it borrows from multiple forms, “I never question the muse when it visits and this body or work required a very natural sounding approach, like something you would hear coming out of Nashville, using rich, warm textures, and not a lot of extra production.” The singer songwriter finds it hard to classify her music, “but this album has a pretty classic rock feel to it, also incorporating some Americana vibes, in addition to the usual vulnerability you can expect from my music.”

  • Ascend offers seven superbly crafted songs, each one displaying honesty & grace, mixed with an impassioned beauty. These songs encapsulate life and love while affecting reflections on how we’ve all felt about it throughout our lives.
  • This album marks part one of this 2-EP set with another 7-Track EP, titled Descend, to be released on September 3.
  • Videos for the tracks Right Here, Down The Road, and There You Are will be released for Ascend. Listen to a preview of There You Are, a fresh, catchy, and memorable song.
  • Wolf Cried Boy acoustic video
  • From the successes of her three previous solo albums Wait for ItYour Hair is on Fire, and From the Strange to a Stranger, we expect nothing but greatness from these next albums!
  • As lyrics and melody are two of Leslie’s favorite aspects of songwriting, she loves to twist words into imagery that could be spun in a number of ways depending on the listener’s perspective.
  • Leslie states her upcoming EPs are her best work yet, “I’m very proud of how it came together, and the songs are a time capsule of my mindset in the spring and summer of 2019. I named it Ascend because I recorded it before everything was put on hold. The future seemed limitless, like a plane taking off into the sky with no concrete plan to come back down…  Then covid changed everything. We had to land, and we had no idea how long we were going to have to stay on the ground. My second EP is called Descend (coming out September 3) and it is another set of seven songs, all written during the pandemic and very thematically centered around what we were all going through, but through the lens of a person whose entire profession disappeared when people stopped gathering in groups.”

Ascend Track List

  1. STARTING OVER
  2. THERE YOU ARE
  3. YOUR WIND
  4. WOLF CRIED BOY
  5. RIGHT HERE
  6. DOWN THE ROAD
  7. THE KEY

Available for pre-order NOW

About Leslie Hunt

A multi-talented and multi-instrumentalist since the age of four, Leslie has captivated millions of people with her songs. With three amazing solo albums under her belt and four studio albums and several live albums as a vocalist and songwriter for the progressive rock band District 97, Leslie’s successes from both her solo career as well as District 97’s have led to many tours in North America and Europe. As a result, Leslie has gained a multitude of fans worldwide.

As a solo artist, Hunt holds regular performances, enchanting rooms large and small with nothing but a piano and her voice. She also has a full backing band for shows that are less intimate, yet still wholly riveting.

Throughout her career, Leslie has worked with numerous established talents, including drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, and Sting), bassist Vail Johnson (Stevie Nicks and Herbie Hancock), and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s cellist Katinka Klein. Ultimately, what sets her apart is that she straddles two extremes: a witty, bouncy pop artist in brightly colored dresses who is pitted against her darker self, a sensual and piano-crouched exhibitionist. Whether it is a cheerful, hook-heavy pop tune about love or a dark and insightful ballad of self-discovery, Hunt’s music is a window into her soul for any listener willing to look.

Top TV Social Conversation for 2020

In a year of superlatives – unprecedented, unbelievable, unexpected, one thing that could be counted on was how much more screen time we’d all be adding to our day. Lockdowns and quarantines meant that, film and television viewing saw quite a boost; by the second half of 2020, TV streaming had increased 25%.

Talkwalker Social Content Ratings measured the social conversation around this increase to understand what people were saying about their favorite shows, actors and networks this year according to online engagement numbers through its Top Social TV report.

While 2020 was a year of many challenges, the results from this report will not disappoint TV fans. Top programs saw millions of engagements, with many new series getting just as much buzz as returning hits. From “The Last Dance” to “Dancing With The Stars,” the results show that TV and film provided a welcome respite to audiences (and a nice way to escape the 24-hour news cycle) during a pretty heavy year.

The analysis shows not only which programs people were talking about most in social media, but what they were saying, too. Combined with social listening data, we can see how cultural moments, emotional drivers, and product tie-ins impacted conversations around top series, films, and talent in 2020, according to Talkwalker Social Content Ratings.

“Talkwalker Social Content Ratings’ Top of 2020 lists showcase programming that captures consumer attention and buzz generated across social platforms,” says Sean Casey, Head of Media, Talkwalker. “As consumer behavior evolves and television expands, SCR is able to keep pace with the growing volume of programming, network promotional strategies and dynamic consumer conversation to provide comprehensive social ratings across the television marketplace.”

The full report is available here.  Some highlights include:

Top Primetime & Late Fringe Series

1. The Last Dance                    4.1 million interactions /episode

2. WWE Monday Night Raw   2.15 million

3. American Idol                     1.92 million

Top New Series

1. The Last Dance                    4.1 million interactions/episode

2. The Undoing                       210.3 thousand

3. Celebrity Game Face           203.2 thousand

Top Scripted Series

1. Grey’s Anatomy                  1.12 million interactions/episode

2. Riverdale                             885.6 thousand

3. This is Us                             602.7 thousand

Top Premium Cable Series

1. Insecure (HBO)                                410.4 thousand interactions/episode

2. The Undoing (HBO)                         210.3 thousand

3. Lovecraft Country (HBO)                162.1 thousand

Top Ad-Supported Cable Series

1. The Last Dance                                4.1 million interactions/episode

2. WWE Monday Night Raw               2.15 million

3. WWE NXT                                       790.7 thousand

Top Spanish-Language Prime & Late Fringe Series

1. Tu cara me suena                            172.1 thousand interactions/episode

2. La Voz                                              135.4 thousand

3. Quien es la mascara?                      35.9 thousand

Top Prime Series Talent Overall

1. Katy Perry (American Idol)                          16.3 million owned engagements

2. Sean Hannity (Fox News)                            13.9 million

3. Terry Crews (America’s Got Talent)           7.44 million

Top Spanish-Language Prime Series Talent

1. Ana Brenda Contreras (Tu cara me suena)             573.4 thousand owned engagements

2. Luis Fonsi (La Voz)                                                   536.5 thousand

3. WISIN (La Voz)                                                        472.6 thousand

Top TV Specials

1. 2020 MTV Video Music Awards                              40 million engagements

2. 2020 American Music Awards (ABC)                      33.4 million

3. The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards (CBC)                24.9 million

Top Sports Events

1. Super Bowl (FOX)                           43.9 million interactions

2. NBA Finals (ABC) Oct. 11                27.5 million

3. NBA Basketball (ESPN) Jan. 31       21.9 million

*Total Interactions = Original social media posts across Facebook, Instagram Business/Creator  Accounts, and Twitter related to a linear TV episode and the engagement with that content.

**Owned Engagements = Social media activity generated off of the original posts sent by accounts owned or affiliated with TV programming. Owned engagement for Facebook includes comments, shares, and likes. Owned engagement for Instagram includes comments and likes. Owned engagement for Twitter includes retweets, quotes, replies, and likes.

About Talkwalker

Talkwalker is a social listening and analytics company that empowers over 2,000 brands and agencies to optimize the impact of their communication effohttp://bit.ly/2KnRvjbrts. We provide companies with an easy-to-use platform to protect, measure, and promote their brands worldwide, across all communication channels.

Talkwalker’s state-of-the-art social media analytics platform uses AI-powered technology to monitor and analyze online conversations in real-time across social networks, news websites, blogs and forums in 187 languages. Talkwalker has offices in New York, Luxembourg, San Francisco, Frankfurt, and Singapore. It is also the home of Talkwalker Alerts, a free alerting service used by over 500,000 communications and marketing professionals worldwide.

Juna N Joey – Heroes

Veterans Day arrives Wednesday, and to celebrate the brother-sister duo of Juna N Joey are releasing a brand new single titled “Heroes,” which you can stream by clicking right here.

With patriotic and uplifting lyrics, it tributes the heroes of our country with a classic, country sound. Their harmonies bring their passion for helping and celebrating others to life.

This is the follow up to Juna N Joey’s song “Anchor,” which you can hear by clicking right here. They also started the “Find Your Anchor” campaign for the prevention of bullying.

The two are coming off an exciting 2019, during which DreamWorksTV asked them to participate in the Netflix special “Spirit Riding Free” singing Keith Urban‘s “Somebody Like You.”

They also co-wrote their first single, “Stay Young” in Nashville, which caught the attention of Release Radar on Spotify and Country Radio. You can hear the song by clicking right here.

They then opened for American Idol star Cade Foehner on his Southern Hallelujah Tour. They also joined the Gratitude Tour with Michael Rouse’s ESF Camps.

They first started posting on YouTube, using guitar, piano, keyboard, and saxophone. They’re currently working on an EP.

You can learn more about them by clicking right here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

NEEDTOBREATHE – Banks

GRAMMY Award-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE have returned with Banks, the fifth song off their highly anticipated new album Out of Body. The track is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Watch a visualizer for the track HERE. Out of Body is due for release on August 28, 2020 via Elektra Records/Centricity Music, and is available for pre-order and pre-save now HERE. Limited edition merch bundles and experiences are available exclusively through NEEDTO BREATHE online store HERE.

“This song is about the women in our lives… they are strong, ambitious, patient, caring, and intelligent forces of nature, the band shared. Banks is our way of saying we support you and that there’s nothing more beautiful than watching you effortlessly become the very thing you were made to be.”

Earlier this week, NEEDTOBREATHE announced they will welcome their new album with Celebrating Out of Body, a fully immersive concert experience directed by acclaimed filmmaker Elizabeth Olmstead (Brandi Carlile, The Highwomen) that will see the band perform their new songs live for the very first time. Streamed from the studio in Nashville, TN, this high definition audio and video experience will put fans right in the middle of a live performance to celebrate the album’s release. Celebrating Out of Body will take place on Friday, August 28th at 9:00pm ET. Tickets are available now HERE.

NEEDTOBREATHE introduced Out of Body in April with the release of anthemic lead single Hang On and ballad Seasons. American Songwriter claimed, Hang On could easily be the next summertime sing-along, and E! News praised the track as The sort of anthem we all need right about now. Hang On has already soundtracked a national campaign for the PGA Tour’s Impact Initiative and been featured in the season finale of American Idol. Last month, NEEDTOBREATHE launched the album’s pre-order, and shared its third song Survival (feat. Drew & Ellie Holcomb). The band also shared the emotionally charged track Who Am I. Fans who pre-order Out of Body will receive immediate downloads of all five songs the band has unveiled.

On Out of Body, the platinum-certified trio, Bear Rinehart [vocals, guitar], Seth Bolt [bass, vocals], and Josh Lovelace [keys, vocals], examine life, family, and friends through a youthful prism. The guys take stock of not only two decades as a band, but also first-time fatherhood and the future over a rich soundtrack of soulful rock with stadium-size scope and poetic intimacy. After spending a week at a beach house in Charleston to gather thoughts and ideas, the trio headed to Nashville, to record alongside producers Cason Cooley and Jeremy Lutito. As they cultivated a team atmosphere, the songs organically came to life.

Out of Body follows 2016’s H A R D L O V E, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Current Album Sales Chart, and featured the gold-certified title track Hard Love.

ABOUT NEEDTOBREATHE:

GRAMMY Award-nominated NEEDTOBREATHE have mounted a steady ascent to the top of the charts and packed arenas everywhere. Formed in 1998, the group attracted a loyal grassroots following with their full-length debut Daylight [2006] and its follow-up The Heat [2007]. Two years later, The Outsiders became their first Top 20 entry on the Billboard Top 200 before eventually going gold. During 2011, The Reckoning landed at #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart and #6 on the Top 200. In addition to bowing at #3 on the Top 200, 2014’s Rivers in the Wasteland yielded the platinum-selling Hot 100 hit Brother [feat. Gavin DeGraw] and Multiplied, which garnered their first GRAMMY nod. Meanwhile, H A R D L O V E [2016] marked their highest chart bow yet, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top Current Album Sales Chart, as the title track Hard Love [feat. Andra Day] scored a gold plaque. Along the way, they headlined and sold out iconic venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Greek Theatre, and Ryman Auditorium, to name a few. The group picked up a pair of nominations at the Billboard Music Awards, and received praise from People, Rolling Stone, Forbes, and more. Now, NEEDTOBREATHE reflect the freedom of youth on their seventh full-length offering, Out of Body [Elektra Records/Centricity Music] over a rich soundtrack of soulful rock with stadium-size scope and poetic intimacy.

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Katy Perry – Smile

Katy Perry unveiled “Smile,” the title track of her new album, which will be released by Capitol Records on August 14. The infectious, life-affirming song is brimming with gratitude and suggests that setbacks often turn out to be blessings in disguise.“I wrote this song when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life,” says Katy. “When I listen to it now, it’s a great reminder that I made it through. It’s three minutes of energizing hopefulness.”  

Earlier today, Katy revealed the album cover along with exclusive Smile-themed merchandise bundles. Fans who pre-order HERE the album will instantly receive “Smile” plus “Daisies,” the Gold-certified “Never Really Over” and “Harleys In Hawaii.” Since its release in May, “Daisies” has amassed more than 125 million combined global streams. It is now top 10 at Hot AC radio. Last week, Katy shared an acoustic version of the song. 

While in quarantine, she’s won acclaim for the wide variety of performances she has given of “Daisies” – including the “American Idol” season finale, the launch of the 2020 “Good Morning America” Concert Series and the “Can’t Cancel Pride: Helping LGBTQ+ People in Need” livestream. Katy also co-headlined the recent Democracy Summer 2020 livestream. The event kicked off a campaign to register 200,000 new voters this summer, led by a coalition that includes Rock the Vote, Voto Latino Foundation, When We All Vote, March For Our Lives and others. 

Since Katy Perry’s Capitol Records debut in 2008 with One of the Boys, she has racked up a cumulative 40 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks with her albums One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, PRISM and Witness, and her latest singles – Gold-certified “Never Really Over,” “Never Worn White,” “Small Talk” and “Harleys In Hawaii.” 

Views of her 2013 video “Roar” recently surpassed three billion – making Katy the first female artist to reach this milestone. Katy was also the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Dark Horse” has surpassed the 2.7 billion mark. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. 

She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club. Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. 

In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Vietnam and Madagascar to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, as well as raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection. She was awarded with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016. 

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Katy Perry – Daises

Katy Perry released her new single, “Daisies,” an exhilarating celebration of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of cynicism and adversity. The anthemic song is a call to remain true to the course you’ve set for yourself, regardless of what others may think. Download / stream HERE.

The official video, which received a YouTube Premiere, features Katy performing “Daisies” in a breathtaking natural setting. Filmmaker Liza Voloshin shot the clip from a safe social distance. View HERE

“Daisies” is from KP5, as fans refer to Katy’s as-yet-untitled fifth studio album, which will be released on August 14 by Capitol Records. Beginning today, fans can pre-order “Daisies”-themed bundles at http://katy.to/KPshopPR. They can also visit Katy’s digital flower shop, Katy’s Daisies, where they can send virtual bouquets and messages to friends and loved ones. “Daisies” was produced by The Monsters & Strangerz (Zedd, Halsey, Maroon 5). Katy wrote the song with Jon Bellion, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Michael Pollack and The Monsters’ Jordan K. Johnson and Stefan Johnson.

On Friday, May 15, Katy will perform live from home, and answer fan-submitted questions for Amazon Music’s live performance series on Amazon.com. Kicking off at 10:00 AM PT, Katy will perform some fan-favorite tracks and her new song, “Daisies,” for the first time ever live. Katy is joining Amazon Music to bring awareness to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Using cutting edge technology, Katy will also perform “Daisies” on the “American Idol” season finale this Sunday, May 17.

(Photo by Liza Voloshin)