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Tiwa Savage – “Dangerous Love”

Nigerian-born singer, songwriter, and fashion icon TIWA SAVAGE – widely regarded as the ‘Queen of Afrobeats’ – releases her brand new single, “Dangerous Love,” via Motown Records. The song is the first official single taken from her long-awaited fourth studio album ‘CELIA’, aptly named after her mother. Listen to “Dangerous Love” HERE.

Produced by Cracker Mallo and recorded in Tiwa’s home city of Lagos, Nigeria, “Dangerous Love” is the perfect blend of R&B and Afrobeats. With a powerful, enchanting chorus and silky ‘afro’ beat throughout, the mid-tempo record is a representation of Tiwa’s musical growth and preview to her upcoming project.

“Dangerous Love is such a vibe! It’s a song that is basically about a girl who is dipping in and out of a ‘relationship’ with a guy that really doesn’t deserve her time or attention. She knows that he is bad for her but she gambling with her heart anyway,” says Tiwa Savage. “I feel like every girl and maybe guys too can relate to this one.”

Savage’s fearlessness in combining various genres has paid off, earning her abundance of award wins and recognitions. In 2018 she made history by becoming the first female to win the MTV European Award for ‘Best African Act’. She has since earned four Channel O Music Video Awards nominations, five World Music Award nominations, MTV Africa Music, BET & MOBO Award nominations and many more.

In 2019 she signed an exclusive recording contract with Universal Records and in September released her first global single titled ’49-99’ under Motown Records. In May, 2020, Tiwa Savage graced the cover of Billboard Magazine’s first issue devoted entirely to Africa alongside Afrobeat superstars Davido and Mr Eazi.

Tiwa was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where she lived until the age of 11 when her parents decided to move to London. In her early days, like most families, she would attend church with her parents and soon developed a love for performing and relocated to London. At the age of 16, Tiwa found herself singing backing vocals for George Michael. As a result of that session, Tiwa quickly found further work over the years with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Emma Bunton and Blu Cantrell.

Despite having already completed a degree in Business Administration at the University of Kent, she was focused to continue pursuing music and received a scholarship at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. With her newfound strength to push forward with music, Tiwa moved from London to New York City and began taking meetings with various producers and industry professionals. Inspired and stimulated by the lack of true female superstars in her home country, she moved back to Nigeria.

Savage has also been active in her philanthropic endeavors, supporting various youth engagement organizations and breast cancer screening projects across Nigeria and further afield. Tiwa also is very active in #JusticeForUwa, loudly voicing her disgust at the rape of a young girl in a church in Nigeria, and creating an Instagram page @WeAreTiredNg where rape victims can speak out.

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Kygo – Like It Is ft. Tyga and Zara Larsson

KYGO DEBUTS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “LIKE IT IS” FT. TYGA AND ZARA LARSSON

Global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – a.k.a. Kygo, releases new single and video for “Like It Is” ft. Tyga and Zara Larsson today. Click HERE to listen and HERE to watch. It is the first single off Kygo’s upcoming third album Golden Hour out via Sony Music International/Ultra Records/RCA Records. “Like It Is” follows the release of Kygo’s “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston. The song has accumulated 651 million audio and video streams combined and charted at Top 40 radio. “Higher Love” is a cover of the 1986 Steve Winwood classic. The Whitney Houston estate presented Kygo with the archival recording of Whitney’s version, which was previously released as a Japan-only bonus track on her I’m Your Baby Tonight physical album in 1990. Upon hearing the Whitney track, Kygo raced into the studio, thrilled to be given the opportunity to make music with one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. “Higher Love” was written by Steve Winwood, Will Jennings and produced by Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll and Narada Michael Walden.  Stay tuned for more from Kygo very soon.

Kygo is a Norwegian-born, world-renowned producer, songwriter, DJ and music marvel who has turned himself into an international sensation in unprecedented time. The musical prodigy and producer/DJ has amassed over 14.6 billion combined audio and video streams worldwide and 3.3 billion total YouTube views to date. He was crowned Spotify’s Breakout Artist of 2015, as songs including “Firestone (feat. Conrad Sewell)” and “Stole The Show (feat. Parson James)”, which was certified gold or platinum in sixteen countries, helped him become the fastest artist to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify. Kygo’s first album, Cloud Nine, debuted at #1 on iTunes Dance Albums Chart and at #1 on Nielsen Soundscan’s Electronic Albums chart. The album received tons of positive attention from critics, in which Rolling Stone called it “unfailingly gorgeous”. Kygo made his U.S. television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden where he performed an acoustic version of “Stole The Show (feat. Parson James)”. He has also performed on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In 2016, Kygo landed on the cover of Billboard Magazine surrounding his colossal success. Later that year, he performed “Carry Me” at the Rio Olympic Closing Ceremony with singer-songwriter Julia Michaels; calling it “one of the biggest performances of his career.” Continuing his success, Kygo released “It Ain’t Me” with Selena Gomez which reached Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and amassed over 949 million Spotify streams to date with USA Today declaring the song one of 2017’s most potent contenders for the official song of the summer, explaining that the tropical house-flavored beats “scream summer.” Kygo continued to take over 2017 by releasing his EP Stargazing following his sophomore studio album, Kids In Love, an eight-track body of work, adding on his global Kids In Love tour starting in Helsinki, Finland and ending in Boston, MA. He also released “First Time” with Ellie Goulding which charted at #1 on iTunes in 14 countries and debuted at #9 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and the music video has garnered over 96 million YouTube views. His follow up single “Remind Me To Forget” featuring Miguel saw major success with over 812 million total combined streams and the video has garnered over 74 million YouTube views, along with his release “Born To Be Yours” with Imagine Dragons, which has over 379 million Spotify streams.

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CITY GIRLS × BILLBOARD

City Girls have done things few female hip-hop duos or groups have managed, and as their momentum continues to rise Billboard magazine chose to recognize them as the face of what’s to break in 2020 as they continue their trail-blazing winning streak and reach new heights.

The duo, comprised of JT and Yung Miami, has become one of the most successful female hip-hop duos in the history of the Billboard charts. Racking up more than 1.3 BILLION streams, a pair of certified-Platinum Top 40 hits, becoming the #6 most played artist on urban radio (with singles “Twerk” and “Act Up” reaching #1 at Urban Radio), and raves from critics world-wide. City Girls will continue to dominate in 2020. They recently released “You Tried It” off their highly anticipated album which is coming soon.  

Ratchet, brilliant, and sometimes both at the same time and sometimes neither at all, these women are showing up and doing the work, wrote The New Yorker. The ascent of the City Girls is one of the most unlikely success stories of the past years, with JT sitting in federal prison in Tallahassee, Fl, turning herself in for fraud in July 2018, the same day Drake’s massive #1 smash “In My Feelings featuring the City Girls was released. Yung Miami held down the group: touring, performing festivals, the BET Awards mainstage and MTV Spring Break, Alexander Wang’s fashion week party, doing interviews and accepting awards as City Girls – and always with a shout-out to her best friend with a heartfelt “Free JT!”

These City Girls would not be derailed nor defeated. With the brash, raw, uncensored swagger rooted in the queens who came before them, the duo released music and videos they had banked knowing JT was turning herself in and kept rising and rising up the charts. The accolades and nominations piled up: 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards Nominations for “Best Hip Hop Video” + Single Of The Year”; 2019 BET Awards Nominations for “Best Group” + “Best New Artist”; BET Social Awards Nomination and Won “Issa Wave” Award; Nominated for Billboard Awards’ Best New Artist.

In September Yung Miami happily announced her pregnancy, showing the world what a working woman was capable of. In October, JT was freed, and the internet exploded, with City Girls holding eight of the top 25 trending topics on twitter – not just trending but trending under eight different topics! (#2 JT FREE; #6 JT HOME; #11 JT IS FREE; #15 JT IS HOME; #16 Caresha; #19 Yung Miami; #20 JT OUT; #23 SO JT). Never ones to rest, City Girls returned that same day with the hard-hitting “JT First Day Out;” The City Girls’ rapper takes aim at her opposition and makes sure they know City Girls are here to dominate hip-hop with the legal mess finally behind her. “Left prison with a pimple, not a scratch,” she raps. 

JT and Yung Miami are uncensored and unapologetic sharing a commitment to their hood roots and a bold insistence that the culture they come from shouldn’t stop them from getting a piece of the cash pie. One of the most provocative female hip-hop duos in years, JT and Yung Miami are trailblazers of the next generation of female who speak out as raw and confident — and with as much swagger as the boys and working twice as hard to be recognized.

Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas of the renowned Quality Control Music label discovered the girls and took their first song “Fu*k Dat N****” from a regional hit to a national smash when it appeared on the seminal Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Vol 1 compilation.

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#RIP Juice WRLD

Recently signed Interscope Records artist, Jarad A. Higgins aka Juice Wrld, dies at 21. The Lucid Dreams × Robbery rapper passes soon after being admitted into a Chicago hospital. Details as to what actually caused death is still unknown.

According to TMZ, he suffered a seizure and died shortly after landing his private jet in Chi-town.

A statement from his label can be found HERE.

Additional information on story can be found HERE.

Artist spotlight HERE.

His JuiceWRLD 999 album uses powerful angel number which means a chapter of your life will come an end.

Final moments captured HERE.

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Anthony Ramos’ New Single

Today, celebrated actor and singer Anthony Ramos just debuted his brand new single “Mind Over Matter”. The single premiered on Apple Music’s Beats 1 with Ebro Darden and is available at all digital retailers now.
 
Get it HERE. Listen to the interview with Ebro HERE.
 
Ramos performed the track earlier today for the first time on Billboard Live. Watch HERE.
 
The upbeat “Mind Over Matter” illuminates another facet of Ramos’s slick, soulful, and swaggering signature sound. Backed by a funk-y bass line and driving beat punctuated with flirty female vocals and moans, the track shuffles towards a Prince-style hook as sexy as it is seductive.
 
The song paves the way for his anxiously awaited full-length debut, The Good & The Bad [Republic Records], on October 25, 2019.
 
Pre-order it HERE.
 
Last month, Ramos dropped the music video for the title track “The Good & The Bad,” which Vogue premiered.  Watch it HERE.
 
Ramos performs at the Sayers Club in LA on October 3rd and kicks off “The Good & The Bad” Tour at Lincoln Hall on November 1st in Chicago. The jaunt rolls through major markets across North America until its conclusion at Imperial in Vancouver November 19. Check out the full itinerary and details below.
 
Get tickets HERE.
 
Born and raised in Bushwick and of Puerto Rican descent, Anthony Ramos first made his mark originating the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the TONY® and GRAMMY® Award-winning Broadway smash Hamilton.  In 2018, Ramos ignited his music career as an independent solo artist on his own terms. Not only did he lend his voice to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” benefit single, but he also began architecting a sharp and soulful signature take on contemporary music. He teamed up with producer Will Wells [Logic, Pentatonix] for The Freedom EP, which garnered acclaim from Billboard and many others.
 
Ramos recently wrapped the lead in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly-anticipated ‘In the Heights’ movie directed by Jon M. Chu for Warner Bros to be released in June 2020.
 
Most recently, he appeared in the Academy Award-winning film A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Lady Gaga where he played ‘Ally’s’ (GaGa) best friend and the critically-acclaimed Netflix series She’s Gotta Have Itcreated by Spike Lee, based on his 1986 film.

This summer, Ramos made his Republic Records debut with the release of “Dear Diary.” A heartening confessional, “Dear Diary” sets the tone and marks the introduction to his forthcoming full-length album “The Good & The Bad.”
 

Jeezy Releases Tracklist for “TM 104”

Fifteen years after Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum rap superstar JEEZY signed with Def Jam Recordings, and emerged from Atlanta as the singular pioneer of what would become hip-hop’s dominant trap genre with his trio of Thug Motivation albums, he has announced this week via Twitter and Billboard magazine that TM 104: THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN, arriving in stores August 23rd via Def Jam Recordings, will be the final album of the career-spanning series.

To mark this historic milestone, JEEZY will host the JEEZY Unplugged -TM 104 All White Concert in Atlanta at the Coca-Cola Roxy. Thusfar, Jeezy has dropped two scorching tacks from the album, “1 Time” and “MLK BLVD” feat. Meek Mill. Today, Jeezy announces the star-studded tracklist to the final installment of the legendary series, featuring guest spots from John Legend, CeeLo Green, Rick Ross, Gunna and many more.

WATCH THE “1 TIME” VIDEO HERE.

LISTEN TO “MLK BLVD” HERE.

In advance of the release of TM 104: THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN, JEEZY’s fan store is working overtime on its extensive selection of Thug Motivation, Snowman, and TM 104 merch. Check the store for news of special limited-edition physical CD bundles to be available in celebration of the new album.  

“We’re graduating together,” JEEZY told Billboard this week in an expansive, wide-ranging exclusive interview.  “We got through a whole series. This isn’t about me, it’s about speaking for those that are oppressed and demonized that they can’t speak for themselves and they can’t fight for themselves. I just feel like this is their album. This is their talk and I feel like it’s a celebration… it’s like the kid that graduated from high school last year. Now it’s a nice time for the real world. Now it’s time for the real goal — the real accolades. You already put in the work and you pass with flying colors. So this is the celebration.”

Over the course of his legendary career, JEEZY has sold over 11 million albums worldwide, accumulated over 5 billion global streams, and has had multiple chart-topping hits.  2020 will mark the 15th anniversary of his seminal debut album via Def Jam, the multi-platinum Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which entered the Rap and R&B charts at #1 (#2 on the overall), and pioneered the trap music genre with the double-platinum #1 hit “Soul Survivor” featuring Akon.

Recent entrepreneurial business ventures for JEEZY include his fitness water Defiance Fuel; his partnership in the Atlanta location of American Cut Steakhouse; and his ongoing incentivized partnership with Tequila Avion. Additionally, last month JEEZY announced a new partnership with Figgers Wireless to bring high quality technology to market at a more attainable price. The first products released under this new partnership were the F3 cellular phone and the F-Buds ear pods.

LEADR releases brand new single 11:11

Dreamy dance-electronic artist and producer, LEADR just dropped his new single “11:11” today and we can’t be more excited. Make sure to check out his new song and more about him below!

LEADR’s sound harmonizes his ethereal and idyllic vocals with live instrumentation and atmospheric electronic beats. His last single, “Waves,” caught the attention of multiple music outlets, including Billboard Magazine Online. While Waves sound is described as more of a relaxed and chill vibe, 11:11 takes a 180 turn with its upbeat sounds for the end of summer.

“The time 11:11 is so special to me. When I see it, my thoughts, wishes and beliefs are manifested into truth.” LEADR wrote and produced the track with singer/songwriter TXVX, who is also featured on it. LEADR is so excited to share this next single because of the true meaning behind the song, following your dreams and dedicating yourself to creating a path to your dreams come true. Besides his new single LEADR is also currently working on his debut EP.

Overall, LEADR’s goal is to make people feel good and inspire people’s lives through his music. “With everything that is going on in the world, we need music to uplift each other. Follow your dreams because you only have one life to live. Make it count!”

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Janet Jackson to Debut New Single

Appearance Marks Jackson’s First Late Night Performance in 14 Years

Global music superstar Janet Jackson is set to debut her new single, “Made for Now,” in collaboration with Daddy Yankee, on the Friday, Aug. 17 telecast of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

The appearance marks Jackson’s first performance on late-night television in 14 years. She last served as musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” in 2004. This will also be Jackson’s first appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Fallon as host.

From Universal Television and Broadway Video, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Gerard Bradford, Mike DiCenzo and Katie Hockmeyer. Jamie Granet-Bedermanproduces. “The Tonight Show” tapes before a live studio audience from Studio 6B in 30 Rockefeller Center.

ABOUT JANET JACKSON
Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has earned her six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination, as well as dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has also received many accolades as an actress, including an NAACP Best Supporting Actor Award. Jackson is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry have opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.

ABOUT DADDY YANKEE

Daddy Yankee remains one of the most recognized and influential names in urban music and Latin dance. He was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by both CNN and Time magazine. He has sold more than 17 million albums and has over 60 million fans combined on his social networks. Daddy Yankee is considered the King of Reggaeton and continues to reign with the recent global success of “Despacito,” which was named the most-streamed song and most-watched video of all time, and most recently “Dura,” the second most-watched video in 2018. He was also named Billboard magazine’s Top Latin Artist of 2017. Other global hits by Daddy Yankeeare “Gasolina,” “Rompe” and “Limbo,” among others.