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Tune In Tonight for Lil Baby’s Performance at Howard U

Rap Life, Apple Music’s industry leading hip-hop playlist, will feature an important and meaningful live event captured on the campus of Howard University – one of the most historic and prestigious HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) in the world. This special live-streamed event aims to further extend the discussion around the many important issues impacting the Black community through open dialogue, important conversations, and the power of music.

Hosted by Apple Music’s global head of Hip-Hop and R&B, Ebro Darden along with Apple Music 1 hosts Nadeska and LowKey, the event will feature intimate conversations and bespoke performances from beloved rappers Lil Baby, Nas, Rapsody and Wale. As the events of 2020 continue to reveal the broken systems within our society, these artists stand out as incredibly passionate and outspoken advocates for their community, using both their music and social influence to promote issues like police reform, racial and gender equality, social justice, and standing up to racism.

“The Rap Life team’s main objective was to use our voice and tools to show support and solidarity with students, artists and activists around the nation rising up to make sure the world knows that Black Lives Matter,” Ebro said “We plan to bring Rap Life Live to more HBCU campuses because these institutions are part of the backbone of Black communities and Hip-Hop is from the Black experience.”

When asked why he wanted to participate, Lil Baby said, “I feel like we got a long way to go. I’d be lying if I said we are getting there. Don’t get me wrong it’s a start, but it’s going to take some time for this to work out.”

Wale said, “Black people need to understand and hear each other, combine our messaging and give it to the world.”

Rapsody said, “our voice is our biggest weapon. You have to speak up for what you want. You have to be the change. Speak to each other. Speak up, let people hear you.”

Nas said, “Whatever is going on in society, affects people. People affect society. And People are going to speak and artists are going to make art.”

Additionally, Rap Life Live will feature sit down interviews with Howard University students – including student association president Rachel Howell, Miss Howard University Taylor Davis and president of the 10for10 organization Peter Lubembela – providing a global platform to empower the next generation of leaders as they discuss how they are working to inspire, educate, unite and uplift their communities.

Tune in to the very first Rap Life Live Friday September 18, at 7 pm PT only on Apple Music HERE

ABOUT RAP LIFE

Rap Life Live is an extension of Apple Music’s popular Rap Life playlist and companion radio show- both situated at the forefront of hip-hop culture, connecting and engaging the black community through music. This week, our Rap Life playlist spotlights artists who are using their music to entertain, inform, and heal during this time of ongoing uncertainty.

*Every precaution was taken during the filming of Rap Life Live to ensure the safety of the staff, crew and presenters in accordance with both national and local COVID-19 guidelines, including daily health screenings, face coverings, and regular thorough cleanings of the facilities.

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Sasha Sloan – Is It Just Me?

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Sasha Sloan unveils new track “Is It Just Me?” today. This is the 3rd track to be released from her upcoming debut album, Only Child, which will be released on October 16th, 2020 via RCA Records (pre-order it NOW!). Listen HERE.

“Is It Just Me?” is full of Sasha’s candid and witty observations and brilliantly sharp and relatable lyrics that her fans relish. It follows the release of the poignant and brutally honest self-reflective track “House With No Mirrors” which Idolator called “…stunning…” and the critically praised first single “Lie” which has been called a  “…bittersweet bop…” by Idolator and declared a “…straight up radio hit…” by Billboard.

Sasha will be performing “Lie” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 24th.

Additionally, Sasha has opened a fan community forum  that can be accessed by calling the number at the end of the “Lie” music video. Once in the community fans can leave Sasha notes, poems, lyrics and more which she will read and interact with providing an outlet for those who wish to express themselves through their creativity.

ABOUT SASHA SLOAN

After emerging in 2017 and appearing on a handful of high-profile collaborations, 25-year-old singer/songwriter Sasha Sloan released her debut single “Ready Yet.” Since then, she has established herself as a true wordsmith, an artist’s artist, who crafts potent melodies filled with poignant lyrics. As a songwriter Sasha has amassed over 3.5 billion streams by penning hits for some of today’s biggest artists. In 2018 Sasha released her first two EPs, Sad Girl and Loser. Her track “Normal” has been heralded by Billboard as a “catchy introvert anthem.”  These emotionally-rich, left-of-center pop releases lead to her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2019 with a performance of “Older.” That year, Sasha completed her first North American and European headline tours (sold out) and released her 3rd and final EP Self Portrait, which had her single “Dancing With Your Ghost” as Idolator’s 6th “75 Best Pop Songs Of 2019.” She also recently scored a #1 on the Dance Chart for “I’ll Wait,” her collaboration with Kygo. Remarkably before she has released a debut album, Sasha has garnered over 2 billion streams worldwide to date.

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Gorgon City × EVAN GIIA – Burning

UK & Chicago based duo of Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson Scott a.k.a Gorgon City, have become known for their addictive take on bass driven vocal and deep house. They have carved out a distinct and instantly recognisable sound after producing a string of chart hits and underground dance floor moments. With over 1.4 billion global streams to their name and over 9 million singles sold across their career, Gorgon City are hit makers, with each release reaffirming this status.

Working just as well in the underground as on national airwaves and streaming playlists, the new release “Burning” is everything you would expect from a Gorgon City production — full of emotion with a big anthemic feel, atmospheric synth tones, low rumbling horns and warm bass, alongside EVAN GIIA’s resonant and soulful vocals. Written in March of this year during turbulent global times, this new release signifies the beginning of a new chapter for the duo that will lead into 2021 and beyond. Out now via Astralwerks, listen to “Burning” HERE and watch the visualizer HERE.

Gorgon City continues their theme of working with US vocalists as they have on the recent releases, marrying UK production with outstanding US singers on the rise. EVAN GIIA, the duo’s labelmate on Astralwerks, adds her distinctive electronic pop crossover touch to the new track. GIIA’s latest in a series of singles “FOCUS” & was hailed as “an inspired anthem with a feel-good message” by V Magazine. Wonderland said, “We defy you to listen to SIDELINES and not feel your heart tempo kick up a few notches.” The New Nine said, “EVAN GIIA is the new cool girl to keep on your radar Switch Off is upbeat, pulsing and sure to be on repeat on your playlists.” Earmilk observed, “EVAN GIIA is the gutsy, barnstorming pop singer making quite a splash with her unique sonic panache and kinetic live persona.”

With a discography packed full of outstanding releases, the past year has seen Gorgon City release a series of standout singles. The unmistakable track House Arrest” with Sofi Tukker clocked up over 14 Million streams in 10 weeks, topped international radio playlists and hit the #1 spot on US Dance Radio. The duo also collaborated with house music royalty MK on There For You” and continued their innovative trailblazing with Nobody featuring Chicago duo DRAMA, as well as releasing a string of dance-floor ready cuts via their club focused imprint REALM.

With a new video for “Burning” in the pipeline, exciting news announcements for the new year and a 2021 international tour planned, the future is burning bright for Gorgon City.

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum “Happier” by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s “Losing It.”

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Joseph Black × Luh Kel – Homesick

Today, the rapper/singer/songwriters Joseph Black and Luh Kel share their new emotionally charged single “Homesick.” Released via Untold Stories/Electric Feel/Capitol Records, “Homesick” reveals Blackߣs incredible gift for merging heart-on-sleeve storytelling with hard-hitting beats. Listen HERE and watch the lyric video HERE.

With its potent rhythm and haunting piano work, “Homesick” brings Black’s melodic flow to a high-impact track detailing his experience in heartbreak and betrayal. The song’s moody intensity is perfectly amplified by a soul-stirring verse from Luh Kel, a St. Louis-born rapper/singer/songwriter known for his gold-certified 2019 single “Wrong.”

“My life took a change for the better which caused me to move away. Now I am homesick for a person, and that’s what I expressed when I made this,” says Joseph Black “It doesn’t matter where I am in the world, you are my home and without you I am homesick.”

Bittersweet but undeniably catchy, “Homesick” spotlights the raw emotion Black has previously brought to tracks like his recent single “see you later” and his hit record “(i hope you) miss me.” A breakup anthem released on Valentine’s Day, the latter became a major phenomenon on TikTok thanks to a trend ironically started by the very ex for whom Black wrote the song on. Now at over 60million global streams, “(i hope you) miss me” also landed in the top 5 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart and garnered over a 3 million TikTok creates.

ABOUT JOSEPH BLACK

A 22-year-old self-made rapper, singer, and producer, Joseph Black is on a mission to make it. Thanks to his DIY hustle and tremendous talent, he first cracked the mainstream with “(i hope you) miss me,” a painfully honest breakup anthem released in early 2019. Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, Black had a chaotic upbringing that included growing up poor and frequently getting into fights at school before eventually dropping out. At age 15 the self-taught musician began exploring his creative side, inspired by an eclectic mix of artists ranging from Eminem and Lil Wayne to a number of country singer/songwriters. For several years he turned to the lawless, drug-ridden streets of his city, but never stopped pursuing his passion for music. With a sound that’s a virtual Pandora’s box just as likely to deliver a melodic banger, street anthem, or turnt-up-party-jam. Black is on the verge of a breakout and hopes his music offers others the same solace it’s always given him.

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Ava Max Releases Debut Album – “Heaven & Hell”

Global pop sensation Ava Max, who has already accumulated more than 4 billion career streams has today released her highly-anticipated debut album Heaven & Hell. The record features eight new tracks alongside her previously released hit singles “Sweet But Psycho,” “Who’s Laughing Now” “So Am I,” “Salt” and “Kings & Queens,” the latter of which spent five weeks at #1 on European airplay and is currently #21 on Top 40 radio.

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“Heaven & Hell represents light and dark, good and evil, and the devil and angel on your shoulder,” said Ava. “I’m discussing the dualities of the challenges we face each day. Some songs have darkness; other songs are more positive. Heaven & Hell is the middle ground.”

Ava has also today revealed the video for her track “Naked,” which was directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Halsey, Doja Cat).

“It’s about the real emotions we go through,” said Ava. “If you don’t know my mind, soul, and heart, you’ll never know me by seeing me naked. We are more than our physical bodies. That’s what I wanted to show.”

Click HERE to watch the video.

A truly international artist, Ava sealed her pop superstar status with the blockbuster success of the RIAA 3x-platinum certified hit, “Sweet but Psycho.” Currently boasting over 2 billion global streams and counting, “Sweet But Psycho” was named among the New York Times “54 Best Songs of 2019,” spent three weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s “Hot 100,” peaked at #3 at US Pop Radio and earned Ava her first-ever Teen Choice Awards nomination for “Choice Pop Song.” The song was joined by an official video that has more than 600 million views on YouTube. Produced by GRAMMY  Award-winning super-producer Cirkut (Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd) and co-written with Madison Love (Camila Cabello), “Sweet But Psycho” hit #1 on both Spotify’s “United States Viral 50” and Billboard’s “Dance Club Songs” while becoming one of “The Top Most-Shazamed Songs of 2019.” The song’s stateside success followed the track’s remarkable popularity abroad, including four consecutive weeks atop the UK Singles Chart and #1 rankings on charts in nearly 20 countries.

Dubbed an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, Ava has been feted with a wide range of media attention including high profile features in Vanity Fair, Billboard, FORBES, PAPER, and more. The pop star first took over TV with performances of “Sweet but Psycho” on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, NBC’s TODAY, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as a summer performance of her RIAA-certified gold single “So Am I,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ava became one of 2019’s most honored performers, including Best New Artist nominations at both the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards. The latter was highlighted by both Ava’s first-ever win for Best Push Artist; and show-stopping live performances of both “Torn” and “Sweet But Psycho,” streaming now HERE.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

Side A Heaven:

1. H.E.A.V.E.N

2. Kings & Queens

3. Naked

4. Tattoo

5. OMG Whatߣs Happening

6. Call Me Tonight

7. Born to the Night

Purgatory:

8. Torn

Side B Hell:

9. Take You To Hell

10. Who’s Laughing Now

11. Belladonna

12. Rumors

13. So Am I

14. Salt

15. Sweet But Psycho

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BUNT. – Crocodile Tears

Today, German duo BUNT. release their brand-new single “Crocodile Tears” featuring singer-songwriter and Swedish Idol alumni Jens Hult. The song was penned by Swedish hit-writers Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontair who were frequent collaborators of the late Avicii as well as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John and more. The track will be featured on the pair’s upcoming EP due out later this year and is available now at all digital retail providers via Interscope Records.

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“Crocodile Tears” Feat. Jens Hult follows BUNT.’s most recent singles entitled “Nights Like That” Feat. Georgia Ku and “Unbreakable,” which features Grammy nominated songwriter Clarence Coffee Jr. (Halsey, Maroon 5, Dua Lipa). The duo also released the music video for “Unbreakable” Feat. Clarence Coffee Jr., which was directed directed by Alexander Alexandrov and was inspired by the Maxime Legace quote, “By discovering nature, you discover yourself.” The video follows a man played by Kevin Dalit on his journey to finding happiness through the California countryside (Click HERE to watch). The track, which was five years in the making,has amassed over 2.5M streams globally and also sits on major U.S. Spotify playlists including Motivation Mix (5.2M), Teen Party (3.8M), and Dance Rising (1.9M).

About BUNT.

BUNT. is a multi-instrumentalist duo from Stuttgart, Germany composed of Nicolas Crispin and Levi Wijk. True to their name – a word that means colorful in their native language – their sound is a vivid combination of genres, including folk, Americana, soul, jazz and pop. With over 55M streams worldwide to date, BUNT. is one of the most successful and streamed artists from their hometown and is attracting a global following. Their previous single “Sure Don’t Miss You” follows the duo’s early-2019 track, “Oh My Other,” a sweetly lilting track threaded with whistled melodies, stomping rhythms, and high-powered acoustic strumming.

Rolling Stone hailed BUNT. as “the next generation of folk-house” following the release of the single “Harmonica.” Idolator said, “[BUNT.] hits the sweet spot between pop and folk” and Billboard praised their “unabashedly upbeat amalgam of electronic dance music and folksy Americana.” In 2016, BUNT. was selected to co-star alongside Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, as well as produce the music bed, for the Kia Motorsport ‘Soul’ campaign following the duo’s critically acclaimed  single “Old Guitar.” “Old Guitar” reached # 4 on the US Viral chart and #8 on the Global Viral Spotify.

BUNT.’s songs have since been heard in advertising campaigns for ABC, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Spotify and Fujifilm, among others. Their mixtape series, “Folk-House Chapters,” featuring remixes of popular songs from artists including Vance Joy, Mumford & Sons, Lumineers, Elle King and more, has won the support of major YouTube channel Proximity, which has hosted all five parts of the series to date.

The duo’s official remixes for OneRepublic’s “Let’s Hurt Tonight,” Avicii’s “Without You,” Gryffin’s “Nobody Compares To You” and Spanish singer Alvaro Soler’s “El Mismo Sol” have charted around the world. Their remix of “El Mismo Sol” hit the #1 slot on the Spotify Viral Chart in Spain upon release.  BUNT. will release their upcoming EP later this year via Interscope Records.

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WizTheMc – WhoWho

Today, WizTheMc releases his new single “WhoWho,” out now via 10K Projects/Homemade Projects. His latest single shows the South African/German artist moving between singing and rapping as he talks unrequited love. “WhoWho” arrives shortly after the release of singles “For a Minute” and “Lied,” garnering over 9 million streams on Spotify combined.

LISTEN TO “WHOWHO” HERE

Born in Cape Town but raised in Germany, gifted in multiple languages and able to move between genres, from reflective hip-hop to the brightest iteration of pop, 21-year-old WizTheMc is poised to be a global superstar. His breakout single, “For a Minute,” was recorded during quarantine and has already been streamed millions of times. Built around an acoustic guitar loop, the self-produced track has a sweetly sung chorus and a rapped verse, encapsulating Wiz’s dynamic sensibility and skillset. “It’s such a vibe that you don’t realize it’s such a sexual song,” Wiz says. The experience gets deeper with repeated plays.

There’s an ease to Wiz’s latest material—he’s in the midst of recording an album right now—that elides the years of grinding and uncertainty that led him here, to a new deal with Elliot Grainge’s 10K Projects and Homemade Projects. Just days after completing high school in Germany, Wiz flew to Toronto, where he knew no one, to immerse himself in the city’s music scene. Though he initially wrote music in German, he realized he wanted to write in English, both because he wanted to reach more listeners and because he loves the possibilities of the language. Toronto seemed like a good bet—not unlike Germans, Canadians are known to be kind, not as imposing as, say, New Yorkers to a stranger. What was meant to be a short stay turned into a six-month-long trip. It made him realize how much opportunity is waiting for you, if you leave your comfort zone. “Being open can be the most important trait,” he says.

In Toronto, he sharpened his production skills and met close collaborators, like the producer and songwriter Jeff Hazin. Hazin is a crucial part of the team in this new chapter of Wiz’s career. His goal now is to showcase his abilities in full. “I want to change how people think about what a rapper can be. I started rapping on Tyga-type beats and now I’m making pop songs and still staying authentic. I want to have a catalogue where any person in the world could find at least one song to connect to on emotional and musical level.”

A perfect figure for a post-genre world of unbridled expression, Wiz is a globe-trotting singer-songwriter-rapper who learned how to make music with YouTube and who sees borders as arbitrary lines that are easily crossed. “I want people to think and live free,” he says, “and music helps us do that.”

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The Brummies Release “After Midnight” Music Video

The Brummies offer a little spice and flavor to the work week with the 80s themed, black-lit music video for “After Midnight.” The Nashville-based, Alabama-bred trio rock out in the basement alongside choreographed aerobic dancers and some creatures of the night inspired by the 1989 family fantasy flick, “Little Monsters.” The band even enlisted some family members and close friends to jump in on the adventure.

“Dazzling summer jam…an irresistible listen, effortlessly riding a wave between shiny pop and rock ‘n’ roll.” – Variance

“Polished, rhythmic rock” – AL.com (Alabama)

“A fluffy hug of indie rock touched with soulful harmonies, funk rockish guitar licks, and blessed by a synth wave softness. The production feels like the all-inclusive hybrid funk rock jams of the 70’s with a twist of big pop that makes it timeless.” – American Pancake

“Certainly a welcome slice of escapism.” – American Songwriter

“Lush” – Rolling Stone

“Shimmering” – Billboard

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The Brummies are composed of John Davidson, Jacob Bryant, and Trevor Davis. Known for their fresh blend of urgent rock & roll, dreamy indie-folk, and piercing songwriting, the band has a timeless sound crafted by three players in possession of an almost telekinetic musical shorthand.

“This is our dark disco song,” said Jacob. 

“It started with me playing this rhythm on keys one night,” continued Trevor. “At first, it was this long rocking jam that went into this dark halftime outro.”

“[The harmonies were] particularly fun. I was looking for something that deviated from the main melody in the chorus.” said John. “This song started on a synth, which is the first thing you hear in the song. That was always compelling and it eventually evolved into what is now “After Midnight.”

Variance Magazine, who originally premiered the track, said “It might seem like summer is quickly disappearing (or maybe it feels like it never arrived), but “After Midnight” may just have you thinking twice about that, delivering the perfect escape from these weird times.

Only two years ago, The Brummies made their debut in 2018 with the full-length album Eternal Reach, which received high praise from critics and featured GRAMMY award-winning, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves on the song “Drive Away.” The band returned this year with “Hillside,” which featured in the trailer for Dads, a film-festival favorite directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. Their last single “Sunshine” captured the essence of the late Bill Withers, and now “After Midnight” takes listeners to the darkside.

Listeners can stay connected by following the band on Instagram and Facebook @thebrummies, and @the_brummies on Twitter. For more info thebrummies.com.

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