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BlueBucksClan – JUST HIT ME

On June 21, Los Angeles rap duo BlueBucksClan shares the flex-filled new single Just Hit Me. Listen via Out The Blue Records / Capitol Records is available. The unfiltered anthem is accompanied by a luxurious visual shot in and around one of the group’s live shows. “Just Hit Me” is the first new single from the group since March’s acclaimed EP See The Difference.

On “Just Hit Me,” pristine synth melodies are buoyed by a bouncy bassline and percussion deeply rooted in the West Coast rap tradition. DJ handles the first verse, spitting smoothly about the privileges his lifestyle affords him. “They let me look up in the back when I can’t find things,” he raps. “Wearing shit up out the store ain’t gotta iron these.” Jeeezy Obama, for his part, also celebrates his ascension to a life of luxury, detailing all the perks that such a rise entails. It’s another reminder of the casual brilliance of BlueBucksClan’s stylish bars.

Directed by LewisYouNasty, the video for “Just Hit Me” features shots of the California duo performing before rapturous crowds and hanging in fancy cars. It’s all tied together with inventive editing, which underscores how surreal the scale of their success can feel. Above all, the clip is a showcase of their effortless camaraderie and well-earned confidence.

With Just Hit Me,” BlueBucksClan build on the momentum of recent projects like See the Difference and Clan Virus 2The praise for the latter was overwhelming with Pitchfork calling them “L.A.’s best duo.” Complex and Billboard also recently hailed them as “Rappers to Watch.” BlueBucksClan have now amassed more than 177 million streams in the US alone – a number that’s sure to only grow with the arrival of singles like Just Hit Me.

BABYFACE × ELLA MAI – KEEPS ON FALLIN’

Babyface & Ella Mai collaborate together for the very first time on the timeless new single “Keeps On Fallin.” With her silky, soulful vocals, Ella Mai extols a longtime lover who can still give her butterflies. Babyface weighs in, reminding her that she’s the inspiration for this lasting love. The dreamy jam interpolates “Can We Talk,” Tevin Campbell’s 1993 hit, which Babyface wrote and produced with Daryl Simmons.

“When I first heard Ella’s voice, I thought, what an incredible and distinctive voice, I have to get in the studio with her!” Babyface recalls. “Well, I did and it was everything I imagined and more!”

“Working with Babyface was an absolute dream come true for me,” says Ella Mai. “To be welcomed and praised by someone so talented and acclaimed, I couldn’t have asked for our Keeps On Fallin sessions to be any better. We sang, we wrote, we laughed and we talked. Babyface is so humble and a pleasure to work with, I hope this record is the start of many more.”

“Keeps On Fallin” which marks Babyface’s first release since signing to Capitol Records is from his forthcoming project. He produced the track with D’Mile (H.E.R., Silk Sonic, Ty Dolla $ign).

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is one of the most celebrated creative forces in music. He has contributed to over 800 million records sold and over a billion records streams. Babyface has produced and written 125 Top 10 hits, 42 No. 1 R&B hits and 16 No. 1 pop hits. As a recording artist, songwriter and producer, he has won a total of 12 GRAMMY Awards and ranks as the only individual in GRAMMY history to be honored as “Producer of the Year” four times. He has also won five Soul Train Awards, five NAACP Image Awards, four American Music Awards and numerous other honors. In addition, Babyface produced and co-wrote the Oscar-winning song “When You Believe,” sung by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and co-founded the legendary record label LaFace.

In 2018, Ella Mai’s first single, “Boo’d Up,” broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 of any song by a woman on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. It is now RIAA-certified 7x Platinum. Her follow-up single, the 5x Platinum “Trip,” peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and her debut album, Ella Mai, has almost six billion streams and is 2x Platinum. In addition to her chart-topping domination and success, Ella Mai has won a number of awards, including her first GRAMMY for Best R&B Song, three Billboard Music Awards including the coveted Top R&B Artist, three iHeartRadio awards including R&B Artist of the Year, three Soul Train Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Viewers’ Choice Award. After a busy four years that included touring the world and the release of RIAA-certified Gold track “Not Another Love Song” to bridge projects, Ella kicked off her sophomore season with her single “DFMU (Don’t F**k Me Up).” If the adage is true and history always repeats itself, get ready for Ella Mai to dominate the music and cultural zeitgeist once again with her new album, Heart On My Sleeve.

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Chlöe – Gyalis

Ahead of his upcoming Ty Dolla $ign assisted single “OT,” Bronx R&B sensation Capella Grey taps singer/songwriter Chlöe Bailey for the official “Shemix” to his super-smash single “Gyalis.” Listen HERE.

Originally released as an impromptu live performance via Chlöe’s Instagram, the video quickly garnered over 3 million views and became an viral hit with celebrities such as Tracee Ellis Ross, SZA, Fivio Foreign and more all demanding an official version be released. 

The rich melodies and playful energy of “Gyalis” have made the song synonymous with the summer, and this new version only magnifies these feelings. “Gyalis” explores Capella’s player side and Chlöe matches that energy, offering her own risqué bars over the instrumental that samples Juvenile’s iconic “Back That Azz Up.”

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MABEL – ALN

Mabel today announces plans for her second album ‘About Last Night…’, which will be released on Capitol Records on July 15. The immersive project was teased last week with new track ‘Overthinking’ (ft. 24kGoldn) and features the euphoric first single ‘Let Them Know’‘Good Luck’ & more to come.

‘About Last Night….’ follows the Brit Award winner’s debut album ‘High Expectations’, which saw Mabel’s catalogue surpass 4.5 billion streams, 8 million singles sold (and twelve top 20s) plus 2.5 million adjusted album sales.

Mabel will be performing June 4 on at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee concert celebrating Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne. Mabel will join Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Jax Jones, and Nile Rodgers among others.

Conceived by Mabel as the world went into lockdown – and completed as life IRL picks up pace – ‘About Last Night…’ is a vivid and hyperreal journey from the anticipated beginnings to the messy end of the best night out that never was. Each track transports the minutiae– getting ready to go out; feeling invincible; clocking an ex; crying in the bathroom; stumbling home – and transforms the normality into the magical.

Throughout, Mabel once again switches up her effortless way with modern pop: influences span the liberated euphoria of noughties club-culture (dance-pop, house, translatlantic R&B) with deeper themes of expression and inclusion as gained from obsessively re-watching ‘Paris Is Burning’, ‘Pose’ and ‘Drag Race’ during lockdown. It’s this emotional space that (in Mabel’s own words) “brought her back to life” – here is a young woman processing her own, life-changing formative years growing up in the public eye, and taking charge of her narrative through this fantastical space.

The feel-good blueprint of ‘About Last Night’ was conceived between Mabel’s West London home, Angelic studios in Oxford, and some of Los Angels’ most inspiring creative spaces (including the former hilltop residence of Frank Sinatra). Early on in the process, Mabel began to assemble a collective of creatively aligned collaborators including friends and frequent songwriting partners Raye, MNEK, Kamille and Jax Jones. Impressed by his work with childhood hero Robyn on ‘Impact’, Mabel also teamed up with new faces like SG Lewis, before completing the project between lockdowns in the US with collaborators from pop’s top table: Stargate (Rihanna, Katy Perry), Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande, Victoria Monet), Jozzy (Beyoncé, Lil Nas X) and Aldae (Justin Bieber).

Mabel first teased what she had been working on with first single ‘Let Them Know – an unapologetic anthem about dressing up with nowhere to go, and projecting confidence for anyone who needs it. ‘Good Luck’ distilled influences of heartbreak and female solidarity into perfectly realised pop, before the darker side of ‘About Last Night…’ was previewed on ‘Overthinking’: an escapist but unflinchingly honest snapshot of when nightlife meets social anxiety, and how to find your way back to yourself.  

The Mabel of 2022 is a young woman living in full and self-actualised power, intent on making music that will empower anyone who needs it. ‘About Last Night…’ focuses on the tiny, fleeting choices that constitute a big night out – but also those decisions that can be truly life-changing. Here is a record essentially about learning to live for the moment, and the hard-won wisdom that whatever there is to say ‘About Last Night…’ can wait until tomorrow, when the sun will come up again.

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Doechii – Crazy

Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) and Capitol Records‘ new artist Doechii drops the song and video for “Crazy.” The record and the visual challenges the stigmatized imagery of the female form, with both the director, C. Prinz, and Doechii working extensively over the last four months developing the narrative of this film: intentionally and meticulously crafting each scene and frame to tell a story derived from both of their personal and shared experiences.

“Crazy is about un-contained power, creativity and confidence. People call you crazy when they fear you or they don’t understand you,” says Doechii. “So when I use it in the song I’m reflecting that energy back on them to show them themselves.”

Listen HERE and watch  HERE.

On “Crazy” the Tampa rapper, singer, dancer, fashionista, and genre-disruptor attacks with aggressive flexes, colorful cadences and shouted raps while conveying a range of intense emotions. The vicious and surreal music video matches the song’s controlled chaos. Doechii, and likewise nude women, wield guns, dance in dynamic choreography and engage in destruction. The hybrid of hip-hop and broken beat finds Doechii raging as she attempts to empower the exponential capacity of women in every form of their being.

Video director C. Prinz states the film is a visual metaphor for “the hardships women go through in their ascension to power” that asks viewers “to see the female form not in moments of sexuality but instead for what we all go through, what we survive through and what we transcend.”

A testament to the breadth of Doechii’s sound and talents, “Crazy” stands in stark contrast to previous TDE/Capitol single, “Persuasive” a suave ode to weed and late-night partying.

Both singles follow the news of TDE and Capitol’s partnership with Doechii. She’s dominated the internet since the release of her unwaveringly original EP, 2020s Oh the Places You’ll Go and 2021’s BRA-LESS, and the single “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake,” which has generated over 33 million streams on Spotify alone. In addition to featuring on Isaiah Rashad‘s “Wat U Sed,” she was named one of Spotify‘s “Most Necessary Artists to Watch in 2022” and tipped as an Artist To Watch by Complex, XXL, Rolling Stone, Pigeons & Planes and Hiphopdx.

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Tauren Wells – Joy in the Morning

Ten-time GRAMMY nominee Tauren Wells will release his new album, Joy in the Morning, on June 10. As the album pre-order launched, he shared his new single, “Empty,” and announced that he will give the song its national television performance debut on the Tamron Hall Show. (Check HERE for air times.) The soaring piano ballad is perhaps Wells’ most empathetic song to date. “You could have it all / You could have the whole world at your feet / But still feel empty,” he sings, his voice reaching new crescendos. He wrote the track with Tedd T., who also produced, and Paul Duncan. Listen to “Empty” HERE. View the visualizer HERE. Check out the album trailer HERE.

Joy in the Morning, Wells’ third album and first for Capitol Records/CCMG, follows 2021’s Citizen of Heaven (Live), which received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. He also received GRAMMY and NAACP Image Awards nominations for “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),” his 2021 duet with H.E.R. On Joy in the Morning, Wells pushes the limits of what people might expect from him, combining sonically adventurous music with a deep, abiding message.

“I’ve come to view my music as an entrance not as an escape—it’s where you get to step in and consider your life,” explains Tauren Wells, who will be co-hosting the K-LOVE Fan Awards in Nashville this May. “You can consider the pain. Consider the disappointments. Consider the dreams. And now, all of a sudden, you have a soundtrack that helps soothe the wounds or awaken the dreamer. It’s not about getting out of your life. It’s about getting more out of your life.”

Joy in the Morning includes his recent single “Fake It” Feat. Aaron Cole, praised by E! News as an “upbeat, infectious track.” Wells recently gave an exclusive live performance of “Fake It” from the Vevo Studios. Watch HERE.

Fans who pre-order the digital edition of Joy in the Morning will instantly receive “Empty” and “Fake It.” The album is also available in Wells’ online store along with an exclusive line of Joy in the Morning merchandise, which includes t-shirts, long-sleeve shirt, hats and more.

About Tauren Wells

tThe celebrated recording artist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter has amassed one billion combined global streams and 225 million video views in his career to date, charted six No. 1 radio singles and earned one RIAA Platinum certification and two Gold records. Remembering his childhood in Battle Creek, Michigan, he notes what a varied and diverse his musical upbringing he had. “My dad played everything for me from Winona Judd to the Isley Brothers to Bonnie Raitt, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, AC/DC, James Brown, Prince,” Wells recalls. “I realized I could make music as inspiring and exciting as Michael Jackson while also talking about things that actually matter to me through this lens of faith and love. Now I can sit down at the piano and talk about what I’m going through and, because of the power of songwriting, someone else can identify with the same thing I’m feeling even though we’ve never met and I’ve never heard their story. That was the thing that propelled me to sing and write and dance and perform and create.”

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Doechii – Persuasive

Doechii drops the video for “Persuasive,” her first release after signing to Top Dawg Entertainment. Directed by Omar Jones, the video is a dizzying merge of personalities and fashion fluidity. Watch HERE.

“I had a very specific vision with the color pallet and aesthetic of this video,” says Doechii. “Omar was perfect for the job because he’s mastered this style; it was amazing working with him and his team!

“I envision my fans playing this video on their at home projectors during a kick back,” she continues. “The video is so full of life it can fill a space, like paintings.”

The single was produced by Kal Banx (Isaiah Rashad, J. Cole, SiR) and executive produced by Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Rolling Stone said, “’Persuasive’ is an ode to late nights and partying just a little too hard, with Doechii—who has drawn comparisons to hip-hop visionaries like Missy Elliot—deploying her signature flow.”

About Doechii

Doechii, who was featured on TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad’s “Wat U Sed,” has been named one of Spotify’s “Most Necessary Artists to Watch in 2022” and tipped as Artist To Watch by Complex, Pigeons & Planes and Hiphopdx. Known as an alternative hip hop artists being compared to Flo Milli and Childish Gambino, she “embodies the “weird Black girl” personality without it being her persona,” according to Ben Queen.

In 2020, she released her first album, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, inspired by the Dr. Seuss book. With her new TDE/Capitol partnership in place, Doechii’s reign has only just begun.

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Capella Grey × Nija – Confujawn

Bronx R&B sensation Capella Grey returns with a captivating new single called “Confujawn.” The intoxicating R&B anthem features breakout artist Nija, who showcases her trademark sultry vocals. Grey, who previously bent the ears of fans around the world with the player’s anthem “Gyalis,” shows a more introspective, vulnerable side on “Confujawn.” Listen HERE and watch a stylish, yet intimate video HERE.

The rich melodies and sensual vocals of “Confujawn” prove Grey has songs for everyone. If “Gyalis” was a take-no-prisoners club anthem, “Confujawn” finds the rising star showing a mature approach to a rocky relationship. “Like what we doing, no more games,” Grey croons over a plucky guitar line and boom-bap drums. “We’re getting older, I told you no more looking over my shoulder.” The track’s video opens with a frank conversation between Grey and Nija about the way they relate to one another. They eventually decide to make the most of a long night out in Los Angeles, which is captured in moody, stylish lighting while they trade verses. 

Each of the artists has been on the rise over the past few years. Nija has proven herself an accomplished songwriter and an emotionally-affecting singer nominated for three Grammy’s. Since kicking off her career in 2017, she’s written for Cardi B, Summer Walker, and most recently Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa‘s new single “Sweetest Pie.” Now at 24, she’s come into her own as a solo artist with her acclaimed debut EP, January’s Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You. 

Grey, for his part, has created a fresh yet nostalgic R&B sound that invites listeners across generations. With the runaway success surrounding “Gyalis,” over 300 million combined streams, No. 1 at Urban Radio, No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100, it would be an obvious move to double down on that formula. However, Grey isn’t your typical artist. With “Confujawn,” he has created a song as instantly catchy as “Gyalis,” but from a completely different angle. 

Though he’s newly signed to Capitol, the New Yorker has been establishing himself as a singer, songwriter, and star the past few years. With “Gyalis” and “Confujawn,” those days of relentless grind as a cab driver are starting to feel like a distant memory. Grey hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart, scored BET‘s Amplified Artist of the Month in December, and also made it onto Billboard’s 15 Hip-Hop and R&B Artists to Watch in 2022 list. Success isn’t easy to come by, but now that Grey is here, he’s showcasing the many ways he can craft a winning single while working on his debut project set to release soon.

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Mooski – Soul Bleed

Mooski, the ever-vulnerable sensation from Opp, Alabama, returns with another raw journal entry of a song, “Soul Bleed.” His latest single is an anthem for the broken-hearted and also a slap that will shake rear-view mirrors for the rest of us. Listen HERE. The emotional track, out now via Capitol Records appears on the breakthrough artist’s forthcoming mixtape, Melodic Therapy 4 The Broken due out March 11th. Pre-order/pre-save HERE.

“Soul Bleed” once again finds Mooski opening his heart and mind for fans. Over somber yet thumping production, he spills every raw feeling about a scarring romantic relationship. In every line, Mooski conveys regret with refreshing transparency.

Mooski‘s willingness to be open about his personal experience has captivated a massive and growing audience. “I talk about the unspoken,” he says. Before “Soul Bleed,” Mooski won over fans with soul-baring hits like “Zodiac Killer” and “Track Star,” which has become an online sensation, racking up 475+ million views on TikTok, 42+ million global streams and RIAA certified Platinum. The “Track Star” TikTok challenge inspired videos from Keyshia Cole, Lala Anthony, Dream Doll, and Halle Berry, among others. Additionally, Trey Songz and Chris Brown both remixed it.

Before Mooski recorded emotional records for his fans, he served them as a sergeant during a four-year tenure in the Marine Corps. He left the service to pursue his true passion and started releasing freestyle videos on social media. Pleasantly surprised by the response, he soon realized that vulnerable stories got the most traction. “Soul Bleed” is another testament to Mooski’s work ethic, unflinching introspection, and continued artistic growth. Few artists can turn personal experiences into universal hits, but Mooski has done it again.

About Mooski

The whole world is buzzing about Mooski thanks to the popularity of his runaway smash single “Track Star.” The versatile 24-year-old has been riding a wave of success since releasing the track last June, but his journey has been anything but easy. Born Darien Hinton, Mooski was raised in a religious household in Opp, Alabama, where he grew up listening to and performing faith-based music. The second oldest of four kids, Mooski and his mother and sisters were often part of the praise and worship services at their church, and it wasn’t uncommon to find family members singing around the home. Despite their faithful foundation, Mooski’s childhood was marred by both parents’ struggles with poor health, and arguments between his mom and dad often revolved around the financial toll taken due to frequent ambulance calls to their home.

Determined to start earning income to help with bills and buy his own clothes, Mooski began working part-time jobs when he was only 15, building a strong work ethic that would serve him well when he joined the Marine Corps at just 18-years-old. “I talk about the unspoken,” Mooski says. “When people listen to my music they’re going to be like, ‘Mooski was in my head.’ It’s going to be personal to them. I know how depression works. I didn’t grieve my father’s death until two years [after the fact]. I’m going to talk about things I was thinking and things I was going through, stuff I didn’t want to talk about. I’m going to put it in the music because I know these are things everybody is going through.”

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Boslen – Levels

Boslen unveils “LEVELS,” the unrelenting first single from his forthcoming project, GONZO, due later this year from Chaos Club Digital/Capitol Records. Listen HERE. The flex-filled experimental alt hip-hop track shows a vigorous side of Boslen following his debut album DUSK to DAWN. Battle-tested, the genre-obliterating artist is more energized than ever.

“When I wrote ‘LEVELS,’ I wanted to challenge myself by breaking the fourth wall and showcasing how the highs and lows of moving in this industry can affect an artist,” says Boslen. “I wanted listeners to hear a new side of my tonality. I feel like I poured in more emotion than I ever have before. ‘LEVELS’ really sets the tone for GONZO, and I can’t wait for my fans to hear the full project.”

About Boslen

Boslen is a born trailblazer. The 22-year-old hip-hop experimenter lives in Vancouver, and the city’s people have become key to the way he understands himself and his art. Vancouver is a land of contrasts, with snowy peaks and warm water; beautiful nature and busy streets. It’s the perfect home for an artist who reconciles disparate energies, weaving together styles and sounds that don’t intuitively connect. DUSK to DAWN, his Capitol Records debut, furthers this adventurous approach, mixing trap, pop, punk, and rock melodies. It’s also directly inspired by his city, a place that drives him to be different, to achieve greatness when no one expects him to. Boslen first emerged as an artist in 2018, when he dropped out of school, moved to North Vancouver, and released the Motionless and Motionless II mixtapes. He found his footing in 2019 with the energetic, confrontational songs “Eye for an Eye” and ”Hidden Nights,” which garnered millions of streams.

In 2019, he released the Black Lotus EP, but even with so many songs out in the world, DUSK to DAWN feels like a step forward, full of boundary-pushing vocal experiments, heavier production, and shapeshifting transitions. The music finally matches the tumultuous emotions he’s captured in his lyrics all along. He may not be able to pull every listener into Vancouver, but he’s using the city’s contrasts as a backdrop to challenge everyone to think beyond themselves, to dream big.