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Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined) by Peter Manos and Kindness artwork via Capitol Records

PETER MANOS × KINDNESS – DO YOU TURN RED? (REIMAGINED)

Reworked EP out April 22 via Capitol Records

Manos’ debut single “In My Head” is now RIAA Certified Gold

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Peter Manos announces “Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined),” a reworking of his 2020 debut EP, out April 22 via Capitol Records. Made alongside GRAMMY-winning British artist and producer Kindness, the new EP spotlights Manos‘ soulful, brooding vocals with a deliberate, textured new take on his intimate R&B. Watch the visualizer for first single “In My Head (Reimagined)” HERE. The EP is available for pre-order HERE.

“In My Head (Reimagined)” is a stark new version of Manos‘ breakthrough track, which was named a Song You Need to Know by Rolling Stone shortly after its release in 2019. Since then, the dorm-room-crafted hit has garnered 333 million streams globally, been certified gold by the RIAA, and appeared on the soundtrack to the Netflix film “To All the Boys: Always and Forever.” Rolling Stone hailed “In My Head” as a song that “proves that ballads can still surprise,” and this new version is similarly revelatory, setting the mood with glassy strings and a barely perceptible beat, and placing Manos‘ raw tangle of post-breakup regrets at its emotional core.

Manos, hailed as “your favorite new R&B singer” by Flaunt, has long been a fan of Kindness, the project of artist, producer, and arranger Adam Bainbridge. While Kindness has worked with artists as varied as Solange, Robyn, Kelela, and Blood Orange, Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined) marks the first time that the fiercely solo Manos has brought in an outside collaborator. The project has opened up his work in unexpected ways.

“I love these new versions because they are interpretations of these songs that I would have never come up with on my own,” says Manos. “The arrangements, the playing, the way that Kindness emphasized my vocals–there are so many different things I love about them.”

“Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined)” reinvents each track from Manos‘ debut EP, including a gently up-tempo rework of ”You Don’t Know Me” and a shimmering update of ”Tennessee,” which The New York Times said encapsulated “pure male angst.” Kindness’ arrangements further uncover the soul that lives at the heart of Manos‘ music. “From the beginning, we had the idea of working with Kindness and this was the perfect opportunity,” says Manos. “Adam’s work brought me into a different world that I wasn’t as familiar with. It has changed the way I view a lot of music.” The EP presents exciting new possibilities about the future of Manos’ music–new worlds to explore, and new emotions to share.

Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined) TRACKLIST:

  1. My Mind (Reimagined)
  2. You Don’t Know Me (Reimagined)
  3. At Night (Reimagined)
  4. Tennessee (Reimagined)
  5. Zach’s Ballad (Reimagined)
  6. Do You Turn Red (Reimagined)
  7. In My Head (Reimagined)

8. Zach’s Ballad (Chopped & Screwed)

About Peter Manos

Despite being intensely private, Peter Manos is extremely good at introductions. When he shared his first song in 2017–”In My Head,” that heartrending slab of eerie soul recorded in a dorm room– he turned ears and stoked fascination: Who was this master of catharsis and vibe, always obscuring his face in photos? Everything that’s come since has slowly opened a window onto his wild mind, while also somehow deepening the intrigue. Consider his second song, “Out of Love,” a mercurial mix of alt-pop, indie R&B, and intimate folk. Or his third track–the title of which being “You Don’t Know Me”– says it all, as the track’s live video shows five differently dressed Manoses, playing five different instruments. The Dallas-to-Los Angeles transplant is a one-stop-shop singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and producer. As he puts it, “I’m completely obsessive about making music and getting it right.” And it shows. The man packs a lot into his songs. Memories, realizations, and conversations with himself. Loss, warmth, hope, and loneliness. He has a knack for creating his own space within the familiar, and it’s safe to assume this auteur will soon craft an entire world for us to explore.

About Kindness

Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) is an Asian British producer, DJ, documentary maker, radio host, and recording artist. Their solo works include albums World You Need A Change of Mind (2012) and Otherness (2014). As a producer, they lend a distinct and recognizable sound, with projects including work on Freetown Sound and Negro Swan by Blood Orange and A Seat at the Table by Solange Knowles (for which they won a GRAMMY), as well as production and songwriting on Robyn’s record Honey and writing and production for Jessie Ware’s What’s Your Pleasure. Kindness returned in 2019 with a string of new singles featuring a wide range of collaborations including Jazmine Sullivan, Robyn, Seinabo Sey, and many others. Kindness’ 2019 album Something Like A War chronicled a long journey of reflection and personal dedication. The record is a life-affirmed exploration of new beginnings, and continuing joy in music and collaboration, heavily emphasizing themes of femininity and the role of femmes in community and art, and the sensuality that comes from vulnerability and longing. Celebrated with a wide range of collaborations, it is Kindness’ most ambitious and well-rounded work to date.

Joshua Bassett of Warner Records release debut ep on 360 MAGAZINE

JOSHUA BASSETT

JOSHUA BASSETT RELEASES SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “TELLING MYSELF” – WATCH HERE  

NOMINATED AND PRESENTING AT THE NICKELODEON KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS

PERFORMING ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW ON MARCH 24TH

ANNOUNCES “A NIGHT WITH JOSHUA BASSETT: A ONE NIGHT ONLY VIRTUAL CONCERT EXPERIENCE” ON APRIL 16TH

After building feverish anticipation and emerging as one of 2021’s most exciting artists to watch, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor Joshua Bassett releases his anxiously awaited self-titled debut EP on Warner Records—available HERE.   To celebrate the release, he just shared the music video for new single “Telling Myself ” – watch it HERE.

In addition to releasing the EP this week, Joshua will make an appearance at the 2021 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards tomorrow, March 13th, where he is nominated for Favorite Male TV Star.  Joshua will also perform a song from his EP on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 24th.  Furthermore, Joshua will treat fans to his first ever virtual show, “A Night With Joshua Bassett: A One Night Only Virtual Concert Experience,” on April 16th at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT. Performing his songs for the first time with a band, Joshua will showcase his multi-instrumentalist and songwriting prowess. Tickets are on sale now at joshuabassettmerch.com

About the EP, Joshua said, “My debut EP is a rollercoaster of stories and emotions. It was written over the span of two years, so every song represents a different chapter of my life recently. It’s all about the messiness of relationships, the back and forth of falling into and falling out of love, and how those stories somehow come together into a cohesive chaos.”

The EP opens on the dreamy piano of “Sorry” as twinkling keys give way to his show-stopping delivery. Bass-y piano shuffles underneath the chantable hook, “She said, ‘You’ll be sorry when you left me, cause I’m the best thing that you aren’t ever gonna get again’.” Elsewhere, delicate fingerpicking carries the tender ballad “Do It All Again.” It culminates on the gorgeous “Heaven Is You” where he ignites one last uplifting refrain.

Joshua paved the way for the EP with “Lie Lie Lie” and “Only A Matter of Time” which received wide acclaim and established him as a breakthrough star. Teen Vogue raved, “‘Lie Lie Lie’ has a 2000s boy band feel in the best way – fun, acoustic, guitar-driven pop,” Elite Daily dubbed it “a total #mood,” and Billboard praised his “pop-rock talent, and ability not to mince words in his music.” The New York Times touted it on “The Playlist,” and Pop Sugar captured the excitement best with the admission, “I can’t wait to hear what other pop hits he has in store for his upcoming EP.”

Taking a moment to give back in a big way, Joshua recently pledged 100% of the proceeds from his merch store to the charity of the buyer’s choosing. Fans who pick up merchandise may pick one of five charities for their money to go to, all of which focus on youth-led movements or organizations led by next generation leaders, including A Long Walk Home, Jack, Teen Line, The Sunrise Movement, and The Young Feminist.  Joshua is also donating 100% of the proceeds of sales of his “Franklin” Build-A-Bear furry friend available at his online merch store to CASA of Los Angeles (CASA/LA). CASA mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect.  You can learn more about CASA/LA at casala.org.

Joshua Bassett may sing, write, act, and play multiple instruments, but he humbly identifies himself as “just a kid from San Diego who loves music.” Long before starring in the Disney+ original series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, generating millions of streams, and garnering widespread acclaim, he grew up surrounded by music in the suburb of Oceanside, CA. Described by many as an “old soul,” he played drums in church, taught himself ukulele, guitar, and piano, and wrote his first song for his homecoming date at 15. In addition to being homeschooled alongside his five sisters, he was able to strengthen his voice as a singer and actor in local theater productions. After various television parts on Dirty John, Grey’s Anatomy and more, he landed the lead role of Ricky in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series which premiered in November 2019. Simultaneously, he feverishly wrote music. Inking a deal with Warner Records, he unveiled his solo debut “Common Sense” and follow-up “Anyone Else” in 2020, laying the foundation for his debut EP out now.

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Talia Londoner by Prospect PR for 360 Magazine

TALIA LONDONER – GET IT OUT

Talia Londoner Announces Her Arrival With Vibrant, Retro-Pop Single and Video, “Get It Out

Produced with renowned Penthouse photographer, Hank Londoner, and Directed by Boaz Aquino

Watch the video here

Debut EP out Fall 2021

Today, with the release of her vibrant, retro-pop video for “Get It Out,” the LA-born, Tel Aviv-based singer/songwriter Talia Londoner shares the first taste of her euphoric musical sound, destined to place her among the next generation of pop stars. Combining the vibrant feminist visuals of early Madonna and the classic emotional style of Katy Perry, Robyn, and Kylie Minogue, “Get It Out” was produced and designed with renowned Penthouse photographer, Hank Londoner, and director, Boaz Aquino, taking listeners back to the anthemic, party pop of the 1980s. It’s the first single from Londoner’s debut EP, out this fall.

Talia’s style and aesthetic was shaped by a uniquely colorful background, growing up the daughter of Penthouse head photographer, Hank Londoner, and prima ballerina, Susan Freedman Londoner, in an iconic LA home commonly referred to as “the Dollhouse.” Boasting a bright yellow facade and an unmissable red door, each room surprised guests with a different color and floral textured wallpaper, creating a bright whimsical environment for the aspiring creative and host of colorful characters who came through its doors each day. The dollhouse is the birthplace for Talia’s bold and honest approach; it’s where she learned that truth and a willingness to reveal all of your colors can be a glue that bring people together. The making of “Get It Out” was a complete family-affair, with both Hank and Susan contributing to its production, design, and styling.

Transplanting from LA to Tel Aviv in 2013, Londoner found herself in high demand as a songwriter, collaborating with prominent groups like UK’s Invisible Men, Simon Cowell’s former head of A&R Anya Jones, Cutfather, and Israeli producer Oren Emanuel. After making it to the Top 10 on “The Voice,” she toured the country and saw numerous radio hits with the Israeli electro-pop outfit, Let’s Mars. The release of “Get It Out” marks Londoner’s return to the US after a whirlwind trip abroad, and the birth of her unique brand of timeless pop that she hopes will unite and inspire.

“’Get It Out’ is an uplifting, 80-inspired self-love anthem about letting go and feeling your way to freedom,” adds Londoner. “It’s a love letter to myself and to you.”

Talia is certainly an artist to watch this year! We can’t wait to hear what she comes up with next.

The Young Bombs Show curtsey of MacKenzie Reynolds

YOUNG BOMBS “WRONG SIDE OF LOVE” VIDEO

Today, Young Bombs shared the official video for their wistful, country-tinged single featuring three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker called “Wrong Side of Love.” The song, described by ABC News Radio as “a brooding ode to a doomed love story, set to a catchy and dance-able beat,” has racked up over one million global streams since its release.

Directed by Conan Jurek Karpinski and produced by Andrew Dixon, the amusing clip sees the Canadian duo embark on a journey to see their favorite country superstar—none other than the legendary Darius Rucker—in concert. With a few fellow quirky Rucker fans in tow, Martin and Tristan set their sights on Nashville only to find that the Canadian border has been closed. It’s only fitting that what would follow this disastrous road trip is a dance party in the wilderness with Bigfoot—who happens to be just as big of a Rucker fan as Young Bombs themselves. View the video HERE.

Built around Rucker’s honeyed croon, “Wrong Side of Love” is the final single from the duo’s debut EP, The Young Bombs Show, also out now on Astralwerks. Listen to the song HERE and the EP HERE. The set gathers a string of singles that have established the duo as among the dance-pop world’s most vibrant and versatile producers, including the openhearted “Better Day” with Aloe Blacc and the swooning, optimistic “Starry Eyes.”

“Wrong Side of Love” shows off Young Bombs at their most emotional, lending a textured arrangement to Rucker’s poignant pining for a lover who’s fallen “right back in somebody else’s arms.” The song starts with roiling pianos and other homey instrumentation that might feel familiar to fans of Rucker’s country singles, but from there the song soars. Rucker moves beyond his pain into anthemic whoa-ohs as the track ascends into a synthy daydream.

It’s a different look for the duo, but “Wrong Side of Love” is a brilliant capstone to the run of singles that make up The Young Bombs Show. Young Bombs first came to widespread acclaim as esteemed remixers, sharing upwards of 50 beloved reworks of tracks for artists like Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and Billie Eilish, among others. Since 2019, they’ve applied the same lively production to their own original tracks, which has resulted in the colorful singles on their new EP, spanning from heavenly bangers like “Starry Eyes” to more sensitive, stirring tracks like the Robinson-featuring “High Road.” As these songs have traveled, so has the duo. In recent years, they’ve played Lollapalooza, Ultra, Firefly Music Festival, and the Billboard Hot 100 Festival. They’ve also shared the stage with dance music luminaries like the Chainsmokers, Alesso, Galantis, and Diplo.

The Young Bombs Show tracklist:

  1. Wrong Side Of Love (feat. Darius Rucker)
  2. Better Day (feat. Aloe Blacc)
  3. Loyal (feat. GiGi)
  4. Don’t Let Them
  5. Starry Eyes
  6. High Road (feat. Robinson)

About Young Bombs:

In 2019, Young Bombs make the bold leap from sought-after remixers to artists. That leap remains driven by a personal and creative chemistry forged way back in the Vancouver high school where they became best friends. With nearly 100 million streams in four years, the duo of Martin and Tristan cooked up 53 remixes by 2018. Along the way, they lent their talents to everyone from Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, and Lady Gaga to Billie Eilish, Alessia Cara, Post Malone, Khalid, and Bazzi.

In addition, they attracted the support of Tiësto, Kygo, and Don Diablo. Simultaneously, they graced the stages of blockbuster festivals such as Lollapalooza, Ultra, Firefly Music Festival, and the Billboard Hot 100 Festival. Not to mention, Young Bombs supported The Chainsmokers, Galantis, Diplo, and Alesso on tour around the globe and launched a coveted residency at Drai’s Beachclub in Vancouver. The upbeat and undeniable anthem “Starry Eyes,” their debut Astralwerks single, introduced a musicianship-centric style reliant on real instrumentation and genre-less creativity, shining a bright light on the future.

About Darius Rucker:

Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he’s earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus nine No. 1 singles at Country radio. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 8x Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” His latest single, “Beers And Sunshine,” was written via a Zoom session earlier this year and calls for slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life when the world feels out of control.

As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker is a constant supporter of the MUSC Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. He has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament, as well as for more than 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. Rucker spent 2019 on the road with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates for the Group Therapy Tour as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of generation-defining smash Cracked Rear View in addition to the November 1 release of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years.

For more information, visit www.dariusrucker.com and follow on social media @DariusRucker.

Photo of Muni Long by Orin Fleurmont

Muni Long Releases “Black Like This”

Muni Long, singer, songwriter and sonic anomaly released her debut EP today entitled Black Like This. The album is an ode to the rich essence and beauty of the black experience through her lens. 

The 7 track EP, which boasts early single releases “Midnight Snack” Ft. Jacob Latimore, “Breakin Up” and “Nekkid” Ft. YFN Lucci, is accompanied by a stunning new visualizer that gives audiences a first-hand look into the highly stylized and eccentric world of Muni Long. Black Like This comes under Long’s co-founded label imprint, Supergiant Records. You can stream and download Black Like This everywhere by clicking here.

Muni Long, formerly Priscilla Renea, is known as one of the most successful and sought after songwriters in the music business. She spoke to VOGUE.com ahead of the release of Black Like This about the huge transition from behind the scenes and owning her own artistry. 

Muni Long is the part of me that I always needed. She’s the protector of Priscilla, said Long in Vogue. “I knew I wanted to focus on me. I’ve been serving others for the last 12 years, and I started to feel unappreciated and captive.” 

Co-mingling R&B, rap, and pop, Muni Long beckons immersion with a stirring, striking, and soulful signature style. In 2019, a series of intimate and open conversations set the stage for the introduction of Muni Long. 

“I’m really excited about this whole concept and reinvention. It’s like I hit, ‘Reset’” says Long. Muni Long is fearless, has intent and comes to life on her debut single “Midnight Snack” featuring Jacob Lattimore. Over a throwback sample of SWV’s “Weak,” Muni slinks into the pocket with seductive intonation and palpable confidence before locking into an intimate back-and-forth with Latimore. In the end, Muni Long fulfills her destiny with this music and much more to come.

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Ryan – 911 (Emergency)

BROOKLYN R&B ARTIST RYAN RELEASES NEW VIDEO “9-1-1 (EMERGENCY)” OFF HIS DEBUT EP GAMES WE PLAY OUT NOW

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 Today, emerging Brooklyn R&B artist Ryan releases his new video for his standout track “9-1-1 (Emergency)” from his debut EP Games We Play out now viaStormTroopers Entertainment/RCA Records. Shot in Los Angeles, the Josh Sikkema-directed visual is set at a fire station when Ryan lays down smooth dance moves over his silky, classic vocals.

Watch “9-1-1 (Emergency)”: https://smarturl.it/x911Emergency

Raised in Brooklyn’s Cypress Projects, Ryan is no stranger to hard work and perseverance. From a young age, he was exposed to music, starting with his mother whose life-long dream was to become a singer. She became a teacher to have more time to focus on raising her son, but still kept the music alive within him. He would listen to his mom’s favorites like Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Jodeci, and Usher, while also getting into New York City street rap. He studied battle rap, fascinated by its competitive nature, and likened it to the sports he played in school. This all plays a part in who Ryan is today and how he creates his own music – the writing crisp like rap, but the melodies, his voice, and overall vibes are undoubtedly 90’s R&B.

 His debut EP marks Ryan’s official emergence in the music industry as an artist and his signing with StormTroopers/RCA Records. The project is to explain various stories and experiences with love. Tracks like “Back Up” peer into Ryan’s upbringing, but also his cultural background as a Jamaican, African American, and Puerto Rican. With releasing just two tracks prior to this project, including the popular single “Real One”, Ryan has garnered over 1.3 million streams worldwide and counting.

Stay tuned for more music from Ryan coming soon.

Buy/Stream Games We Play: https://smarturl.it/GamesWePlay

Watch “9-1-1 (Emergency)”: https://smarturl.it/x911Emergency

Watch “Back Up”: https://smarturl.it/RyanBackUp/youtube

Watch “Real One”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3wTpLHnFBM

Keep Up with Ryan:

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify

About Ryan:

Born in East New York and raised in Brooklyn’s gritty Cypress Projects, Ryan Witherspoon, better known as the mononym Ryan, has a strong pedigree in the music industry from the studio to the streets. With the release of his debut EP Games We Play, the Brooklyn wunderkind is geared to change the game, bringing real artistry back to music. His mother was a singer, almost signed by Quincy Jones, but she later became a teacher to have more time to focus on raising her son, but still kept the music alive within him. He would listen to his mom’s favorites like Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Jodeci, and Usher, while tempering them with New York City street rap. He studied battle rap, fascinated by its competitive nature, and likened it to the sports he played in school. When delivering water to a recording studio one day, it ended up being to Diddy at Daddy’s House. Ryan met Diddy’s son Christian (bka King Combs) and told him that he was a rapper and they became fast friends. Ryan ultimately started building his resume, networking with top R&B and Hip-Hop artists and executives. He was then fortuitously introduced to industry titan Wayne Barrow, who introduced him to his business partner, fellow industry veteran Mark Pitts, which then led to his signing to StormTroopers/RCA Records.

With his own music, Ryan’s focus gradually shifted more from rapping to singing, no doubt influenced by his ability to write for other artists, while still maintaining the spirit of Hip-Hop. He played his track “Real One” for Chris Brown and Jeremih and they encouraged him to release it. The track became the catalyst that sparked the next steps in his career. He’s got inevitable soul, mixed with ambition and an edge that is a clear testament to his upbringing. His recently released “Back Up” has hints of Caribbean flavor, a nod to Ryan’s Brooklyn upbringing, but also his cultural background (he’s Jamaican, African American, and Puerto Rican). The video comes complete with coordinated dances, reflecting a true dancehall vibe. Ryan’s debut EP Games We Play, out now via StormTroopers/RCA Records,  is an amalgam of every element of R&B and Soul music from past to present. The meaning is represented by the title track, as the game of love comes with many pieces.

Freeman Young x The Blue Pill

FREEMAN YOUNG RELEASES DEBUT EP THE BLUE PILL FEATURING NEW SINGLE “RED PILL”

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Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Freeman Young drops his debut EP TheBlue Pill today. The EP features his new single “Red Pill,” alongside his previously released tracks “Running Back” and “No Nevermind.”

LISTEN TO THE BLUE PILL EP HERE AND LISTEN TO “RED PILL” HERE!

The four-track The Blue Pill EP goes down like a revelatory coming-of-age story set to a soundtrack of blissful post-alternative R&B psychedelia. Freeman discusses this awakening with candor by offering the following observation: “A lot of awesome experiences went south tryna keep my vice grip on my outdated beliefs and ideals. I did my utmost to be transparent about it on the records—even when I didn’t see a way out. These records were written with a lot less hindsight than this writeup was,he laughs.

To be in the moment with Freeman is to live through his transformation on the likes of the kinetic first single “Running Back” and its spiritual successor “Awreddy.” Meanwhile, the dreamy harmonies of “No Nevermind” double as “the genesis of all the stories in the album.Everything ultimately culminates on the new single and finale “Red Pill.” A hypnotic choir gives way to breathy confessions as his rapid cadence builds towards an echoing admission, “I took the red pill anyway,just above sweeping synths.

Of the latter, he shares, “‘Red Pill’ is an anthem for the emotionally unavailable. At the time, no one could get through to me. It didn’t matter what you had to offer beyond the physical. All that was on my mind was escaping. I really wanted *out*. It took hella trial and error, but I finally agreed with myself to crack open the bonnet, take a hard look at myself, accept the reality of what’s there and what’s not and start the long and arduous task of rebuilding myself.”

Take The Blue Pill now and experience the journey with Freeman Young.

ABOUT FREEMAN YOUNG
For as much as Freeman Young roots his music in smooth guitar, percussion and timbre, he also pins it to a singular journey as “a flawed kid” and boundary-agnostic musician. Freeman Young’s first chapter unfolded in the blue-collar city of Surrey, BC, Canada. Born to Jamaican immigrants, he grew up in a town of “houses from the seventies occupied by families who work three jobs. Inspired by everything from D’Angelo, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley to Kings of Leon and Coldplay, this mélange of influences ultimately dictated the course of his creativity. In between a series of short-lived projects, he played keyboards in a local reggae group, learning arrangements from much older members. During 2016, he co-founded production collective The Expo Liners alongside lifelong collaborator Xander Miller and friends Franco and Miguel Maravilla. They spent countless hours cooking up beats out of a house in Vancouver before eventually uploading a demo version of “Awreddy” to Soundcloud and stoking very early buzz. After agreeing, “Fuck it, let’s move to L.A. and see what happens, the four friends piled into a car and drove for 24 hours to the City of Angels. Freeman eventually inked a deal with Republic and crafted what would become his debut project in Los Angeles, introduced by the singles “Running Back” and “No Nevermind.”

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

SOCIAL HOUSE DROPS DEBUT EP EVERYTHING CHANGED

Hot off the heels of their chart topping single “boyfriend” and a surprise performance at this year’s Lollapalooza, buzzing LA singer, songwriter and producer duo Social House unveil their highly-anticipated debut EP, Everything Changed…, out today via School Boy Records/Republic Records—listen HERE !

Upon release, “boyfriend” skyrocketed up the charts, claiming the #1 spot on both the iTunes Overall Song & Music Video Charts, #1 Spotify U.S. Chart and the official music video became the #1 YouTube Trending video. Globally, the song also peaked at #1 on the iTunes Chart in 35 countries. Now with over 75 million total streams and counting, “boyfriend” is bound to continue chart domination. Everything Changed…, recorded in Big Bear, CA over the span of two weeks earlier this year, features six songs which capture Social House’s signature sound, including “boyfriend,” as well as their

recently-released soulful ballad “Haunt You ” and new lead track “Tropical Rain.” Under the influence of relationships experienced by the duo, the EP examines “a breakup in reverse” as it traces “the ups and downs of a relationship starting from its end and tracing back to its beginning.” Of Everything Changed…, Social House says, “Our EP is the story of the different stages of a relationship from the end to the beginning. It was the first time we really ever wrote and recorded a project for ourselves as Social House, so we’re really excited for our fans to hear it. Can’t wait for you guys to see what’s coming up next!” Fans can stay tuned for more from Social House this fall! Both born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Social House—made up of Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson—initially struck a chord by sharing feelings from behind-the-scenes. The musicians met by way of producer Tommy Brown, sharing a house and creative hub in Sherman Oaks, CA. Together with Brown, they collectively penned and produced multiplatinum number one smashes such as “thank u, next” and “7 Rings” for Ariana Grande’s blockbuster thank u, next. One day, the pair cooked up an idea they couldn’t part with, which resulted in their debut single as Social House, “Magic in the Hamptons ” feat. Lil Yachty. Not only did the track surpass over 100 million cumulative streams within a year, but it also paved the way for widespread acclaim from Billboard, Refinery29, HotNewHipHop, LADYGUNN, Ones To Watch and more. Now, they welcome everyone home on their debut EP, Everything Changed…

Everything Changed… Tracklist:

1. “At Least We Can Say That We Tried”

2. “Haunt You”

3. “Why You Always Gotta Start Something”

4. “Love Me Back”

5. “boyfriend”

6. “Tropical Rain”

 

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PVRX DROPS 3.14, LONG-AWAITED DEBUT EP

the young singer who has put the Toronto urban community of Rexdale in the sights of hip-hop culture with his initial singles “Make It,” “Mixed By 40,” “Know Me,” and most recent “Is U Down” feat­uring Dave East, has released his debut EP, titled 3.14, via Def Jam Recordings. In addition to “Make It” and “Is U Down,” the EP contains five new previously unreleased tracks. Along with the release of the 3.14 EP, a documentary film will have its premiere, looking at the circumstances of growing up on the streets of Toronto’s notorious Rexdale projects.

LISTEN TO THE 3.14 EP HERE
WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY FILM HERE
WATCH “IS U DOWN” VIDEO HERE

Complex hosted the August 2018 video premiere of “Mixed By 40,” whose title paid homage to the song’s mixer Noah “40” Shebib, the Toronto studio wonder who helped Drake create his sound. Shebib’s own support of PVRX is clear. “PVRX is one of my favorites out because he has the ability to make incredible music amongst the chaos he’s gone through. He’s one of the most talented in our city. I’ve been watching him grow over the years and excited to see where he takes it.”

WATCH “MIXED BY 40” VIDEO HERE

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Bene Drops “Evil Spider”

Hailing from the suburbs of Auckland, 19-year-old indie pop artist Bene returns with her latest single “Evil Spider,” out today—listen HERE! Coming off the heels of her Gold-Certified hit “Soaked,” the up and coming singer and songwriter also announces her upcoming debut EP is set for release on June 28.
 
Of “Evil Spider,” Bene says, “‘Evil Spider’ is about wanting someone that’s already taken. When writing the song, I didn’t wanna make the lyrics too obviously evil, so I thought I’d turn myself into the spider, making it a lil lighter and making the song revolve around me weaving webs to lure the person, catch ‘em like a spider then reel them in. I remember humming ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in the studio, which inspired the playful vibe of the song.”
 
Bene has emerged as New Zealand’s artist to watch with her chart-topping hit “Soaked,” which quickly climbed Spotify’s Viral Charts, accumulated over 17 million streams to date, charted on Australia’s Triple J radio’s Hottest 100 of 2018 and held the number one spot on New Zealand’s Shazam Top 100 for two months, not to mention achieved Gold Certification in New Zealand and Australia. With endorsements from Zane Lowe and Apple’s Beats1 radio, Bene went from playing her first small club gig to her first arena show—opening for longtime role model Lily Allen—in a matter of months. 

In support of “Evil Spider” and her upcoming debut EP, Bene will be performing at New York’s Mercury Lounge on June 17. Tickets are available now HERE.