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ALLISON PONTHIER – LATE BLOOMER

ALLISON PONTHIER’S NEW SINGLE, “LATE BLOOMER,” IS OUT TODAY

WATCH THE VISUALIZER HERE 

Fresh off a tour with Lord Huron, a festival performance at Austin City Limits, and the release of her debut EP, Faking My Own Death (Interscope Records), Allison Ponthier returns with a simmering, swampy anthem for those who need a little time to come to terms with their sexuality. While her debut single, “Cowboy,” dealt with the difficulties of coming out, “Late Bloomer” portrays the process as a joyful one. Listen HERE.

“‘Late Bloomer’ is about how much fun coming out is. A lot of people describe it as going through a second puberty. You learn a lot about yourself,” explains Allison Ponthier. “That’s why when people come out, they often change how they look aesthetically. They try new things and make new friends. ‘Late Bloomer’ is really about celebrating that. It’s about the reward you get for finally being brave enough to be yourself. There’s no rush. There will always be people there who are ready for you whenever you’re ready.”

The 25-year-old Texas-born, Brooklyn-based artist wrote “Late Bloomer” with Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers, Trombone Shorty) and Dan Wilson (Adele, Leon Bridges), who also produced the song. The accompanying visualizer, which takes its inspiration from Little Shop of Horrors and “as-seen-on-TV” marketing, introduces a Muppet-like “late bloomer” plant, skilled at skateboarding, karaoke, tattoo art and more. View HERE.

“It’s basically just about being a bad boy, which I always wish I was,” she confesses.

Ponthier and Lord Huron are featured in the first video installment of Consequence of Sound’s new series, “Two for the Road,” which features conversations with artists who are touring together. View HERE. Check out their recent collaboration, “I Lied,” HERETipping Ponthier as one of the “Artists Guaranteed to Turn Heads at ACL Fest,” The Austin Chronicle said, “The touches of pop linger in a swaying haze that cabarets her country-leaning melodies, resulting in the kind of surreal Western pop that swells the sense of dislocation and uncertainty while beckoning warmly to follow.”

Growing up as a wide-eyed misfit in the Lone Star State, Ponthier dreamed of running away to New York City. When she made the move to Brooklyn at age 20, she felt out-of-place in a new way – like a goody-two-shoes Southerner in the epicenter of East Coast hipsterdom. The corresponding internal journey has inspired the string of reflective, idiosyncratic yet relatable songs found on Faking My Own Death, hailed as “stellar” by NME.

Pokemon 25: The Album

POKEMON 25: THE ALBUM IS OUT TODAY

View Official Video For J Balvins New Song, “Ten Cuidado,” HERE

Artists From Around The World Celebrate 25 Years of Pokemon On Compilation, Which Also Features Katy Perry, Post Malone, Jax Jones, Louane, Vince Staples, Mabel, And More

Artists from around the globe have come together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokemon with songs inspired by the global entertainment franchise and recorded exclusively for Pokemon 25: The Album. The compilation was released today in digital and CD formats by Capitol Records as part of a massive, yearlong music campaign from The Pokemon Company International in partnership with Universal Music Group. Get Pokemon 25: The Album HERE. View the album trailer HERE.

The official video for J Balvin’s contribution, “Ten Cuidado” debuted today and can be viewed HERE. The award-winning Colombian singer, known to most as Reggaeton’s global ambassador, is joined by some of his favorite Pokemon & Pikachu, Hitmontop, Totodile, Loudred, and Charizard & in the clip, which was shot in New York City. Colin Tilley (Halsey, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B), who helmed Balvin’s MTV VMA award-winning official video for “Rojo” directed.

“I always wanted to be Ash Ketchum and through this collaboration with Pokemon I’ve been able to live out a childhood dream,” said J Balvin. “That love for Pokemon inspired Ten Cuidado, my contribution to P25 Music, as well as the video in which I get to be a Pokemon Trainer in New York City. I can’t wait to share my fandom for Pokemon with my fans around the world with this song and still can’t believe I get to be part of this project.”

“The release of Pokemon 25: The Album marks the culmination of a yearlong music celebration of Pokemon by an amazing array of global artists,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing, The Pokemon Company International. “From Katy Perry and Post Malone to today’s release of J Balvin’s contribution to the album, all of the artists brought a unique perspective to this collection, which we hope brings music fans as much joy as Pokemon has delivered for 25 years.”

Tokyo-based artist/producer Yaffle created the new track “Reconnect”(feat. Daichi Yamamoto & AAAMYYY) for P25 Music. French singer Louane and UK artists Mabel and Jax Jones with Sinead Harnett further attest to Pokemon’s universal appeal. Post Malone offers up “Only Wanna Be With You (Pokemon 25 Version),” a surprising take on the Hootie and the Blowfish hit, and Katy Perry led the charge with the uplifting single “Electric.” Vince Staples, Cyn, Lil Yachty, and Tierra Whack also joined in the celebration. See below for tracklisting.

Director Eric Maldin (U2, 30 Seconds To Mars) takes Vince Staples, Mabel, and Cyn on a surreal walk down memory lane, exploring their early experiences with Pokemon and how they went about creating their original songs for P25 Music in the new “Evolution of a Song” video series. The episodes also feature ZHU in the studio, discussing the evolution of his remixes of Staples’ “Got Em” and Cyn’s “Wonderful” found on the digital edition alongside his remix of “Take It Home” by Mabel. View “Evolution of a Song” at Here.

The P25 virtual merch store & UMG’s first-ever multi-artist interactive shopping experience ߝ launched today with new merchandise from J Balvin, Katy Perry, and ZHU. Check out the animated, interactive virtual pop-up shop HERE. A special edition colored vinyl edition of Pokemon 25: The Album will be released in February 2022 in celebration of Pokemon Day. It is now available for pre-order.

Fans can keep up with the latest news for P25 Music and more celebrations across the franchise on Pokemon’s 25th-anniversary website at Here.

Pokemon and music fans are invited to join the conversation online with @Pokemon and #Pokemon25.

LIL MIGO – RUMORS 3

BUZZING MEMPHIS RAPPER LIL MIGO POPS OFF ON NEW SINGLE “RUMORS 3
NEW MIXTAPE RELEASING SOON
PRESS ASSETS HERE

Emerging as the rawest new voice out of Memphis with widespread critical acclaim and millions of streams, Lil Migo reveals a new single entitled “Rumors 3” via Heavy Camp/4th & Broadway/Republic Records. Listen to “Rumors 3”—HERE.
On the track, a thick bass line sets the tone as Lil Migo lunges into a hypnotic melodic flow. His voice glides over the beat as bluesy guitar wails and screeches in the background. The track ultimately climaxes with an ominous assurance, “I guarantee they won’t miss you.
The song also arrives on the heels of his 2021 project, KING OF THE TRAP. It boasted a premier guest list, including Moneybagg Yo, Rich The KidYo GottiBlac Youngsta42 Dugg, Big 30, and more. Thus far, it’s already piled up 5 million total streams and counting. In addition to looks from The KnockturnalRESPECT Magazine, and more, Substream Magazine raved, “Lil Migo is the talk of the town in Hip Hop right now. The Memphis recording artist is trailblazing a path to top billing with his new album, King of the Trap.
However, “Rumors 3” only paves the way for more music to come from Lil Migo very soon. Get ready for more! Memphis’ Lil Migo makes the soul trap music for every type of music fan. The Heavy Camp artist began taking rap seriously in 2020, after being introduced to music by his family members. Lil Migo, at one point straddling between the streets and a recording booth, dived fully into music following a stunning fan reaction to his early work. In the last two years, Lil Migo has released three projects (2020’s Price of Fame and Voice of the Trap, 2021’s King Of The Trap), with singles such as “No Love In My Heart” and “Letter 2 The Industry” closing in on 10 million video views, while also charting on The Rolling Stone Breakthrough Top 25 Chart. Delivering authentic stories and motivating fans in his music, Lil Migo is one for you to tap into as his brand continues to expand worldwide.

aldn – n2o

HOTBOXES A PHONE BOOTH WITH NITRUS OXIDE IN NEW SONG & VIDEO “n2o” — WATCH NOW!

WILL JOIN GLAIVE X ERICDOA TOUR AS A SUPPORT ON CALIFORNIAN DATES — PLAYS LOS ANGELES ON NOV 5TH @ ROXY THEATRE

Early praise for aldn and previous single “predictable” 

“The melodic track is Aldn’s latest radio-ready tune, combining a catchy chorus with an intricately layered beat that is perhaps his most accessible work to date.” — Uproxx

“ In a hyperpop world filled with insane energy and lively instrumentals, aldn is the equalizer because even though he sometimes showcases some inventive sounds and glitchy instruments into his production” — Lyrical Lemonade

“Aldn has once again set the bar for creative songwriting in the hyperpop scene.” — Early Rising 

“Full of ear worm melodies and honest lyricism, the track is built upon the musicians signature hyper-pop production….aldn shines on “predictable.” — MILKY

LISTEN ACROSS PLATFORMS HERE: Here

With every new release, aldn, the Reston, VA producer and songwriter tightens his hold as an influential artist to watch in the hyperpop space. Today, he releases a new song and video for “n2o,” a grunge-inspired track that laments on substance use strong enough to escape from everyday woes. The video for the single follows aldn as he is joined by friends hotboxing a phone booth with nitrous oxide. Watch the video above or via link Here.

The song comes at the heels of recent single release “predictable” and aldn’s debut festival appearance in Philadelphia, PA last week on the Overcast & Friends stage, revving up the crowd with his intricate melodies and relatable songwriting. Fans will be able to catch aldn who will be a direct support on both Californian dates on the Glaive x ericDOA tour coming, for full show listing see below:

Upcoming aldn shows  

Nov 5th  Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre

Nov 6th  San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Steve Aoki – End of the World

Steve Aoki

2x-Grammy-nominated artist Steve Aoki and Multi-Platinum Tokyo-based group End of the World released the brand new self-titled End of the World today Beautifully synchronizing the individual styles of both artists, the single sees End of the World lead singer Fukase’s whispery falsetto smoothly glide over Aoki’s signature electronic groove. The track pulses with positive energy from start to finish, leading with a universal message about tapping into the present. Listen here.

The End of the World’s origin story began with Aoki as a fan of the band, who are known for performing in Japan to stadium-sized audiences upwards of 140K fans. Sooner than later, Aoki reached out, and End of the World was excited to join forces. This intense exchange of energy and emotion between Aoki and Fukase inspired them to hit the studio to work on an original collaboration, which would ultimately become End of the World. During the process, the two finally met this summer in July, when Fukase appeared on stage at one of Aoki’s Las Vegas performances. The song’s refrain “Don’t tell me it’s the end of the world tonight” suggests a longing for the night to keep going and to feel hopeful again, energized by the return to live music and their shared experience being back on stage.

Aoki, who was recently announced as an Asian Hall of Fame inductee for the class of 2021, says of the project, “I’ve been a big fan of End of the World’s music for a while now, so when the opportunity came up to work with them, I was honored. It’s always fun for me to collaborate with Japanese artists given my heritage, and to bring that to the rest of the world. The song we made is special not only in its lyrical content, but in its uplifting melody, and I am so excited for it to be out for everyone to dance and sing along to.

End of the World’s Fukase adds, “As our first ever self-titled work, this song brings me back to the time in my life when I had lost everything that it literally felt like it was the end of the world. Thats how the band’s name came about, to remind all of us that it is never too late to start anything, even from the very end. Lyric-wise, this song sounds a lot like a normal love song, but I also feel like every word is meant for my old self in the past.”

About Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki, the two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ is one of today’s most successful American cross-genre artists, collectively counting 2.8 billion music streams on Spotify. As the founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak Records, which he founded in 1996, Aoki has helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Kills, among many others. Dim Mak today counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop and beyond over its two-decades-plus discography. As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; hip-hop centric Kolony (2017), and the Neon Future series, which includes Neon Future I (2014, certified gold by the RIAA), Neon Future II (2015), Neon Future III (2018) and the recently released Neon Future IV (April 2020); which has rocketed in streaming to date and received praise from singles such as Maldad; ft. Maluma and Let It Be Me, ft. Backstreet Boys. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 world’s highest paid DJ’s and the world’s hardest working DJ, Aoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting more than 250 tour dates per year. In 2012, Aoki founded The Aoki Foundation, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation, more information HERE. Most recently, Steve Aoki released his critically acclaimed memoir entitled, “Blue: The Color of Noise” published by St. Martin’s Press.

About End of the World

Since their debut in Japan, End of the World composed of 4 childhood friends Fukase, Nakajin, Saori and D.J. Love have swept the Japanese music scene as Sekai No Owari quickly gained momentum, touring sold-out arenas and stadiums all over Asia. In keeping with the ambition and desire to share music with a global audience, End of the World is completely reinvented as the band’s new moniker to take an innovative approach with their music. Their single Lost featuring Clean Bandit was play-listed on BBC Radio2 gaining 30M+ streams worldwide. After many years of making, End of the World released a debut album Chameleon reflecting the journey as End of the Word.

Steve Aoki Wikipedia HERE

360 Magazine Golden Cat Issue HERE.

evrYwhr – Tie Dye

evrYwhr Celebrates His Homecoming In The Video For “Tie Dye”

The GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter pays homage to the City of Angels, love, freedom, and connection in his latest release

“Addictive”- okayplayer.

“He releases masterpieces that embody an eclectic marriage of R&B and pop”- LA Weekly

WATCH HERE

Today, GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter evrYwhr returns with his new video for his single “Tie Dye” released last month. Since its release, the soulful, self-love-inspired track has already found its way onto a plethora of tastemaker playlists including Apple’s New in R&B, NPR’s “New Music Friday”, Tidal’s “Rhythm and Groove”, and “Chill Pop. Watch the video for “Tie Dye” on YouTube HERE.

The Blair Taylor (2 Chainz, G-Eazy) produced track brings evrYwhr’s eclectic blend of neo-soul, R&B, and pop to the forefront with richly textured melodies and airy flute accents that weaves colorful sounds – free-flowing, like the colors of a “Tie Dye” pattern. The song invites listeners on a journey of self-love, acceptance, and positivity – an especially timely sentiment after a period of unrest globally.

Filmed against the stunning backdrop of Los Angeles, the video for “Tie Dye” video serves as a love letter to the city and community that welcomed him with open arms as a transplant. We watch as evYwhr ventures through a warm and inviting LA streetscape, enjoying good times with friends and family – from backyard BBQs to picturesque scenes on the beach. Of the video, evrYwhr shares: “Though Im originally from Michigan, the community I uncovered on the West coast has been a garden bed for my growth over the last 10-years. Ive discovered deeper layers of my truth on the coastline where the ocean waves molded my being like the shore”

With community, connection, and family a priority for evrYwhr, the making of the “Tie Dye” video was an especially significant experience. “One of the most beautiful things about this shoot were the moments captured with my family and friends. For the majority of us, it was the first time we connected face to face since the pandemic hit. Tie Dye was our homecoming”. Fittingly, sunflowers feature throughout the video to represent a period of blossoming.

2021 has marked an exciting creative period for evrYwhr. Beginning with the release of single “Positive Vibes”, evrYwhr has returned with a string of new releases imbued with his trademark buoyant lyricism and eloquent vocal delivery. evYwhr also recently premiered the first episode of his Transit Pictures produced show “Destination evrYwhr”. Showcasing his passion for global culture, “Destination evrYwhr” follows his travels to Cambodia where evrYwhr connects with people through the medium of music.

Look for “Tie Dye” as part of evrYwhr’s awaited debut album set to be released in the summer of 2022 under label Saint & Citizen music.

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Nikara Warren – Black Wall Street

Vibraphonist, composer, arranger, and educator Nikara Warren is excited to announce her debut album Nikara Presents Black Wall Street, due out November 12, 2021. To ring in the announcement, Warren has shared the jazzy, rap-centered single “Run Ricky.”  Stream it on Spotify HERE and Apple Music HERE. Warren has several performances slated through the rest of the year, not least among them the Nikara Presents Black Wall Street album release show at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) on Saturday, November 13. See below for the full list of upcoming performances.

The granddaughter of towering piano legend Kenny Barron, Warren has labored to solidify the album as a celebration of Black excellence in music, a joyous celebration of cultures, genres, identities, and resilience. While she is an accomplished vibraphonist and a true student of jazz, Warren’s music is an ecstatic celebration of many musical styles, from soul and funk to rock and rap, and everything in between.

Nikara Warren is a true Brooklynite. Born and bred in the eclectic and electric enclave, her family, her friends, her band, and her musical pedigree are a microcosm of the county at large. Her grandfather is world-renowned jazz pianist Kenny Barron, and she’s the daughter of a half Trinidadian soca/dancehall lover father, and a classic 1990s “Brooklyn Round the Way” girl mother. 

“I would wake up hearing Dizzy Gillespie; get in the car with my mom and listen to TLC; be dropped off at school and listen to System of a Down or The Who; play Charles Mingus in band; hear Biggie on the way home, and listen to Trio de Paz or some Brazilian music while eating dinner. Rhythm was always key,” she explains.

Today, Nikara celebrates Black excellence in music with her triumphant debut album, Nikara Presents Black Wall Street, out November 12. The provocative and evocative title commemorates the horrific Tulsa massacre when white mobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma attacked Black residents and their destroyed homes and businesses. It’s a day that has cast a dark shadow on Black achievement, though Nikara prefers to honor her Black ancestries’ splendor with a joyous celebration of cultures, genres, identities, and resilience.

“Back in 2012, when Trayvon Martin was killed, there was a lot happening in the news. I grew up in Brooklyn so it wasn’t uncommon to hear about people being assaulted and killed by cops, but it was uncommon for it to be televised,” Nikara recalls. She continues: “Around this time, I learned about Black Wall Street, and I started to understand the greatness of being Black through music. With my album, I wanted to get across the excellence of our heritage and create something new and modern from the Black Diaspora music culture in the West.”

As a composer, a musician, and an educator, Nikara is reimagining vibes. She is taking the instrument to the people with her infectious compositional sense, her post-modern patchwork of influences and cultural signposts, and her fearless musicality. Her bold quest comes from being well-versed in the vibraphone lineage, but seeking to adventure beyond it. 

Nikara earned a scholarship to the esteemed Berklee College of Music, and she was selected for the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program for original composition in 2013 and 2014. Nikara has performed as a part of SF Jazz’s “Women on The Rise” program, highlighting notable upcoming women in the jazz industry. In addition, Nikara has performed Black Wall Street compositions at NYC Winter Jazz Fest and at The Kennedy Center. 

Nikara grew up with her grandfather in the house, so naturally piano was her first instrument. Around the age of 14 Nikara switched to bass. She first heard vibes being played at the legendary Village Vanguard in her grandpa’s jazz ensemble, featuring the masterful Stefon Harris. Nikara was always a percussive person, and the vibes percussive and melodic capabilities instantly appealed to her. 

Despite her passion for the vibes, Nikara had her sights set on being a music business mogul. She landed a promising job after college, but soon found she craved more creativity than the 9-5 grind offered. In 2012, Nikara started shedding the vibes relentlessly, and by 2015 left her job to dedicate her life to becoming a composer and an artist. That fateful year was the dawn of the Black Wall Street music and artistic perspective. 

All of Nikara’s personal, cultural, familial, and musical journeys converge on Black Wall Street. Here, she explores an abstract sound-collage: hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and more. Her vision is cohesive but eclectic, just like how people’s identities are a product of their various heritages and associations. 

Black Wall Street, the album and the musical vision, has become synonymous with the band, in fact, Nikara performs under the Black Wall Street moniker. The musicians are bonded together mainly by being Brooklynites, and what a Brooklyn upbringing represents in terms of cultural references and musical pedigrees. The album features Nikara Warren on vibes, Kenny Barron on piano, Paul “bae.bro” Wilson on keys, Hailey Niswanger on tenor sax, Stephen “Khemestry” Fowler on trumpet, Parker McAllister on bass, Corey Sanchez on guitar, and David Frazier, Jr. on drums and spd (sampling pad demo). 

The 10-album explores topics of race, gender, body positivity, personal-revelation, and acceptance. These weighty subjects are contextualized within a feel-good sensibility. “There is so much pain associated with the Black experience and within Black music. It was important to me to offset this by expressing joy, and making the music fun,” Nikara notes. 

Select album standouts include “Heather Gray,” featuring Kenny Barron, “Run Ricky,” “Mona Lisa,” featuring Nikara’s sister Be.Be, and “Womb Woes.” “Heather Gray” is the closest thing on the album to a jazz composition. It features an infectious groove and a spare chord change so the players can have fun blowing over it. “Run Ricky” is a politically-charged, dancehall-tinged hip-hop joint with a stinging narrative. The story arc is a modern tragedy of a Black artist unjustly killed by police. “Run Ricky” feels all too real, and it features glowering lines such as: Looked into his pocket they figured his vision/Blood stained fist with an eye drawn on some loose leaf/Photo went viral on Newsweek.

Nikara explores smoldering neo-soul on “Mona Lisa.” This is a love lost ballad of, and it features cinematic lyrics such as: She can never be like me/I’ll give it time for love to end/My solitary cigarette/Is all I have us have/Is this me? The track is sung by Nikara’s younger sister, Be.Be, a promising artist in her own right, and it gets a satiny reworking later on in the record with vocalist Melanie JB Charles. On the ensemble jazz piece, “Womb Woes,” Nikara addresses womanhood, female identity, and gender struggles. The song is made that much more potent by its screaming tenor sax solo courtesy of Hailey Niswanger. 

It took 6 years to realize the vision of Black Wall Street. Nikara says: “It felt like it was important to take my time and get everything right. When it was finished, I remember I was super amped up and screaming in my room listening to it. It felt like it came out so purely with a momentum all its own.” Up next, Nikara is raring to get back in the studio and flex her arrangement chops, possibly on a repertoire of classic R&B.

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Issam Alnajjar – Baree

Just over one year after he released his debut single “Hadal Ahbek,” which quickly changed his life forever and launched him into the global mainstream, Jordanian pop phenomenon Issam Alnajjar drops his debut album, Baree? [Innocent? In English], out today—listen HERE. 360 Magazine is amazed how worldwide artists are impacting different audiences in every corner of the world.

The 14-track album features the worldwide viral hit, as well as several re-imagined versions of the song and nine new tracks, all written and recorded by the buzzing 18-year-old singer/songwriter and inspired by his journey of unprecedented success over the past year. Not to mention, Baree? includes his latest hit—“Si Tu Vuelas (Hadal Ahbek)” featuring Mexican superstar Danna Paola and Brazilian artist, DJ, and producer Alok—watch the video released earlier this week HERE.

Over the course of the past year, “Hadal Ahbek” has amassed over 46 million Spotify streams and 3 billion sound views on TikTok, while the official video has garnered 13 million views and the live performance video has over 90 million views. Following the original release, Issam teamed up with Loud Luxury and Ali Gatie on their collaboration “Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek),” which has 22 million-plus Spotify streams to date. The song peaked on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart at #19 and Billboard Canada CHR/Top 40 Chart at #5, where it has been in the Top 10 for ten weeks. Not to mention, he joined forces with R3HAB for “Hadal Ahbek” (R3HAB Club Remix), and then followed it up with two new singles, “Mn Gheirik Enti” and “Hada Ghareeb” featuring Palestinian-Chilean artist Elyanna.

The 18-year-old singer, songwriter, and guitarist has made history with “Hadal Ahbek,” as it is the first Arabic song to explode worldwide as a viral #1 hit. Upon release, the track peaked at #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral 50 Charts and Shazam’s Top 200 Global Chart, as well as reached Top 20 spots on Apple Music’s Global Hits and Viral Hits Playlists. On the international stage, it hit #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart in 25 local markets, including UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Mexico, and #1 on Shazam’s Top 200 Chart in 24 local markets. The irresistible bop has arrived as a cross-continental anthem and cements Issam Alnajjar as an international artist to watch in 2021. You can learn more about Issam’s story HERE.

BAREE? TRACKLIST:

“Baree”

“Leil Wara Leil”

“Taawadt Aleiki”

“Hada Ghareeb”

“Deer Balak”

“Haddi”

“Eetmeh”

“Ghalta”

“Mn Gheirik Enti”

“Hadal Ahbek”

“Ma Bitdoom”

“Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek)” feat. Loud Luxury and Ali Gatie

“Mahla El Ouyoun”

“Si Tu Vuelas (Hadal Ahbek)” [Alok Remix] feat. Danna Paola

OH WONDER DROPS NEW TRACK “DON’T LET THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HEAR”

SURPRISE ALBUM 22 BREAK OUT OCTOBER 8TH

Oh Wonder has released brand new track “Don’t Let The Neighbourhood Hear” – a further preview of surprise new album “22 Break,” which is set for release on October 8th. The project was launched recently by its powerful title track, and swiftly followed by news of a 52-date world tour for 2022 (an intimate London date at The Albany Theatre this week sold out in seconds and will be streamed globally on October 14th). All this is the unique duo’s first new material since 2020’s “No One Else Can Wear Your Crown,” and back-to-back top 10 albums from the band who have—on their own distinct terms—become one of UK pop’s more unsuspecting success stories (2.7 billion streams, 1.7 million adjusted album sales, and vocal fans in the likes of Billie Eilish, who covered “All We Do” during her Apple documentary).

“Don’t Let The Neighbourhood Hear” is an emotive highlight of 22 Break, a soundtrack to screaming fights (and keeping them from next-door) amidst the pressures of the pandemic. This tumultuous and deeply personal time in their private lives is the subject of Oh Wonder’s fifth studio album, which they shared news of recently in characteristically open style. It’s a brutally honest and powerfully beautiful record, and one that lets listeners into the Oh Wonder fold like never before. As Josephine puts it: “We were just writing songs. We had no idea we were writing a break-up album.”

“22 Break” is a portal into the emotional states surrounding “Don’t Let The Neighbourhood Hear” and the life-changing, universal breakup themes (loneliness, inadequacy, resentment, fears for the future) as experienced in real-time by one couple in their garden shed. In the pandemic’s early phases, Anthony and Josephine worked hard to fill the gap created by the halting effects of lockdown: Anthony even decided to open a coffee shop in Peckham (the gorgeous, meticulously designed Nola), which soon saw round-the-block queues and put many of their touring crew back in work. As they started working on new music, however, all the unspoken tensions between a pair who’d never really known a relationship outside of the band tumbled out. Ultimately, though, the album that almost ended Oh Wonder proved to be the making of them: “22 Break” is a cathartic, quietly hopeful project, the light at the end of the tunnel that was Oh Wonder’s quite particular pandemic.

Not many bands can make a break-up album that culminates in them tying the knot, but then again, Oh Wonder have never been like other bands. Coming out of “22 Break” and all the soul-searching that it forced them to do, Josephine and Anthony finally got married in August this year. Whilst their relationship now has its own space to exist outside of Nola and Oh Wonder, the duo’s crossroads period has accidentally resulted in their most profound work to date.

“It’s awkward, it’s vulnerable, but it also saved us,” adds Josephine. True to their DIY spirit, Oh Wonder has since thrown themselves into a stunning short film that will accompany the full album and is previewed in the visuals unveiled thus far. Oh Wonder also played a very special, one-off show at The Albany Theatre in London yesterday, which sold out in seconds, ahead of a global YouTube stream on October 14th.

OOMPA – UNBOTHERED

Rising Rapper Oompa Evolves on New Album “UNBOTHERED”- LISTEN

“Oompa delivers a dizzying display of talent” – Consequence of Sound

“one of Bostons most successful rappers”- NPR

“Oompa has emerged from her apocalyptic meditation looking fly as hell but highly dangerous” – Vanyaland

“breaking conventional boundaries that have been placed on Female Rappers” – The Doe

Today, critically acclaimed rapper and spoken word poet Oompa has released her long-awaited, third album, “UNBOTHERED”. The “subtle force in Bostons music scene” (DigBoston) has been catching attention not only for her signature beat riding flow but for her incredibly honest and relatable storytelling. The album marks a new era, both sonically and personally, for the “visionary” artist (Performer Mag) with a buoyant production style and free-styled verses. “UNBOTHERED” delves into the timely sentiments of personal reflection and healing after a period of global and spiritual turmoil, where sadness and death seem so prominent.

 

With her debut album “November 3rd”(2016) and highly revered follow-up “Cleo”(2019) exploring the depths of loss, pain, and overcoming, “UNBOTHERED” finds Oompa in a new-found state of peace. The album unfurls Oompa’s journey of self-discovery and learning that joy is possible, despite the struggles within and around us. Through vulnerable lyricism, Oompa paints a vivid and honest picture of the duality of personal growth, “I wanted to teach myself that healing is slow and non-performative”. On her new record, Oompa is choosing to keep what she refers to as the “ugly parts” private, instead, inviting her listener to enjoy the artifacts.

 

Sonically, “UNBOTHERED” explores an intricate spectrum of sounds and moods that progress from the more somber, gospel-inspired opener “AMEN” (feat. Benji) to lighter, quirkier bops in the latter half, including the project’s infectious first single “GO” (ft. Dan DeCristofaro). That freedom of expression helped bring to life an album brimming with gems including the hard-hitting “LEBRON” and New Orleans bounce-inspired “OUTTA PATIENCE”. Both of which left a major impression with the likes of Consequence of SoundThe Ebro Show on Apple MusicDef Jam’s Double Elvis PodcastOnes to Watch, and EARMILK. Accompanying the single roll-out, was a series of ten, playful visuals aesthetically inspired by the unconventional love story told in the Melina Matsoukas film, “Queen and Slim

When reflecting on the journey to “UNBOTHERED”. Oompa mused “Over the course of my eventful life I went from knowing there had to be something I was brought into this world to do, to believing that Im here to be. I went from processing my life in mourning to accepting it and promising myself joy each day. The work seems not to be to find out what you were put on the Earth to do, but a reason to stay”

Boston fans will be able to experience songs from the album live, at the “UNBOTHERED” Album Release Show at the Paradise Rock Club on October 8th. Purchase tickets to the “UNBOTHERED” Album Release Show HERE