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The Voice Season Finale

Season 21 of NBC’s four-time Emmy Award-winning competition series The Voice will be a night of stargazing when Carrie Underwood and John Legend, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Walker Hayes, Keke Palmer, and Tori Kelly take the stage during the two-hour live season finale on Tuesday, Dec. 14 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT).

One of the five finalists–Girl Named Tom and Hailey Mia from Team Kelly, Jershika Maple from Team Legend, and Wendy Moten and Paris Winningham from Team Blake – will be crowned the winner on the live telecast. Superstar coaches will also perform with their final artists.

Grammy Award winners Carrie Underwood and John Legend will perform their holiday duet, “Hallelujah,” which appears on Underwood’s Christmas album, “My Gift (Special Edition).” The original song was written by Legend and Toby Gad (“All of Me”) and the music video for “Hallelujah” was directed by acclaimed director and photographer Randee St. Nicholas and was honored as CMT’s 2020 Video of the Year.

Coldplay will perform a very special performance of “My Universe,” their collaboration with BTS, which debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart and was streamed more than 100 million times in its first week of release.

Global superstar and Season 21 Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran will be performing “Shivers,” the latest single off of his new album ‘=’ which debuted at #1 on Billboard 200, marking the 4x-Grammy winner’s fourth consecutive full-length release to top the chart. ‘=’ also features the chart-topping lead single “Bad Habits,” which recently received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. Continuing his chart dominance, Sheeran’s “Shivers” and “Bad Habits” are simultaneously sitting in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Artist, singer, songwriter, musician, entrepreneur and former coach, Alicia Keys returns to “The Voice” for a special performance of her new song, “Old Memories.” Keys will perform her instant classic from her new album “KEYS (Original and Unlocked),” a double album out Dec. 10. The album takes a unique approach as it showcases two versions: “Original,” which highlights Keys’ signature musicality and “Unlocked,” which explores the music through a sampled experience.

Walker Hayes makes his debut performance on “The Voice” with recent smash hit “Fancy Like.” Stereogum calls it “the biggest country crossover hit of 2021,” and it marks the Monument Records artist’s second #1 single and the first from his forthcoming album, set for release in January. “Fancy Like” has been atop every country streaming and sales chart since its release in June. The track has spent a whopping 16 weeks and counting at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, is among the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs, top 5 at Country Radio, top 5 at Pop Radio and is the fastest RIAA Double Platinum Certified Country song of the year.

Don’t miss Keke Palmer and Tori Kelly performing a duet of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” the latest single from the “Sing 2” original motion picture soundtrack. This season’s Top 13 artists will join them and the performance will be introduced by Matthew McConaughey and Nick Kroll from “Sing 2.”

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Taylor Swift × Red (Taylor’s Version)

Following the long-awaited release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift has yet again made history in the music industry. The ultimate version of her 2012 classic, Red (Taylor’s Version) has become Taylor’s 10th album to move over one million album equivalents during its release week.

Red (Taylor’s Version) consists of an astounding 30 songs, including nine unreleased tracks – “Better Man (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Nothing New (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Phoebe Bridgers], “Babe (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Message in a Bottle (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Chris Stapleton], “Forever Winter (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Run (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Ed Sheeran], “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” and “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [10 Minute Version].

Red (Taylor’s Version) debuted at #1 in the U.S. and marked the biggest album sales debut in the U.S. with 39k units, and the highest first week sales of any female artist in 2021. Total consumption reached an astonishing 605k units.

Taylor has become the only artist to successfully debut atop the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 for a third time, and in less than 16 months. The new version of “All Too Well” celebrates Taylor’s fourth #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. “All Too Well” also became the longest song to enter and reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After going live, Red (Taylor’s Version) surpassed Spotify’s biggest opening day streams of all-time for a female with over 90 million streams, a record earlier held by Taylor herself. Red (Taylor’s Version) is Taylor’s fifth successive album to surpass 50 million Spotify streams in only 24 hours. The album has accomplished the greatest streaming week of 2021 for an album by a female artist, surpassing 300 million streams.

The album has also attained the leading vinyl album sales week since tracking first began in 1991. Red (Taylor’s Version) topped the past record that was also set by Taylor in 2021 with Evermore. With the release of this album, Taylor has also now locked in the record for fastest accumulation of four #1 albums by a solo artist in history.

To celebrate the release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor wrote and directed the short film All Too Well The Short Film, inspired by the 10-minute-plus song of the same name. The 13-minute film stars Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Swift.

Taylor continued to launch a full-scale television takeover appearing on an array of shows. Taylor performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (watch HERE), Late Night With Seth Meyers (watch HERE), Good Morning America (watch HERE) and Saturday Night Live (watch HERE) with a performance of the 10 minute version of “All Too Well.”

Festivity revolving the release continued with the release of the official music video for “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Chris Stapleton]. The filmic release was directed and co-written by Blake Lively and stars actor Miles Teller and Taylor (watch HERE).

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Coi Leray × DaBaby – TWINNEM

Supercharging her fastest-rising hit yet, Platinum superstar Coi Leray reups her mega-viral best friend anthem “TWINNEM” with the Official Remix featuring DaBaby out today via Republic Records! Listen to “TWINNEM (Remix)” [feat. DaBaby]—HERE

With the Remix, she adds another dimension to the fan favorite banger. Coi’s relentless energy commands attention, while multi-platinum Charlotte spitter DaBaby pulls up with a smooth and slick cameo punctuated by dynamic bars.

The original “TWINNEM” has already clocked 22 million-plus streams and 12 million views on the music video. Taking over TikTok, it inspired a staggering 5 million video creates, yielding 6 billion global views thus far. Not to mention, it vaulted to #1 on the US TikTok Chart #2 on the US/Global Billboard Triller Chart. Among those millions of clips, Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton, Ed Sheeran, Kevin Hart, Lil Baby, Jason Derulo, Cheech & Chong, Kim Petras, Tia Mowry, Frankie Grande, Ashley Tisdale, and more have all busted a move to the track.

Coi continues to prove her prowess on stage, evolving into one of the culture’s hottest performers and most explosive entertainers. She just wrapped up the sold out Back Outside Tour, supporting Lil Baby and Lil Durk.

Meanwhile, she left the crowd and critics stunned at Rolling Loud NYC. HotNewHipHop raved, “If there’s anything her Rolling Loud set proved this weekend, it’s that she’s unquestionably got the full package” and called it “one of the fun-filled sets of Day 3.

Making her grand debut, Coi recently took over New York Fashion Week. She rocked custom looks for both Moschino and Laquan Smith, and PAPER chronicled her domination this year.

Leray’s last single, “Okay Yeah,” has amassed millions of streams. Uproxx praised the single, writing that Leray “extends her streak of consistent flexing by bragging about her wealth, shopping habits, and jewelry all while also brushing off her haters in the process.” Revolt wrote that Leray “has no plans of letting up.” Not to mention, “Okay Yeah” notably features on the blockbuster Madden 22 in-game and on the Official Soundtrack Album.

It arrives in the wake of her recent banger “At The Top” [feat. Kodak Black & Mustard]. To date, it has racked up over 4.2 million streams and earned widespread praise. UPROXX highlighted “variety of flows from the lilting melody of the hook to a Playboi Carti-esque, clipped cadence at the beginning of her verse,” and The Source assured “Coi Leray is keeping her hot streak going.” HotNewHipHop put it best, “she’s only concerned with things that will help her ‘elevate,’ and she’s stuck to her word.” Not to mention, she stands out among this year’s coveted XXL “Freshman Class.”

Coi shows no signs of stopping or slowing down. In 2021, she served up “Bout Me.” Receiving critical acclaim, Complex praised her integration of “of pop and hip-hop worlds, with her oscillating between staccato raps and warbling, auto-tuned vocals,” and Hip Hop Weekly noted she “keeps the hits coming.”

It followed closely on the heels of the blockbuster music video for “BIG PURR (Prrd)” which recently earned RIAA Gold Certification.  Right out of the gate, it racked up 1.7 million views in less than a week. HipHopDX raved, “One of 2021’s hottest collaborations has an even hotter video to match its Billboard-blazing hype,” and UPROXX put it best, “Coi Leray’s 2021 is off to a fantastic start.” It’s already amassed over 40 million total streams and counting.

Since its release, “BIG PURR (Prrd)” has spawned 660K-plus videos on TikTok with nearly 50 million views. The song has also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and Rolling Stone Top 100 songs charts, where it continues to climb. Its predecessor “No More Parties” picked up her first gold plaque from the RIAA and scaled the Billboard Hot 100, where it’s ascending the top 30. It soundtracked nearly 500k videos on TikTok with over 71.5 million views. The “No More Parties (Remix)” music video remains in the Top 10 most watched videos on VEVO and a fixture in mtvU’s rotation.

Coi also made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a performance of “No More Parties.” Watch it HERE.

About Coi Leray

Accelerating her rapid rise, Coi holds a spot in the Top 5 of the Billboard Emerging Artists chart and on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25. Additionally, Billboard christened her the “R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the Month.” What’s more, Coi has received public support from industry heavyweights such as Drake, Megan The Stallion, Cardi B and CityGirls- JT & Yung Miami.

Coi Leray also stars in a new campaign for the SKIMS “Cozy Collection” by Kim Kardashian West. For the campaign, Coi Leray modeled the new collection and linked up with singer Destiny Rodgers for a special SKIMS TikTok to Destiny’s song, “Tom Boy” which was reposted on Instagram stories and praised by Kim Kardashian West. Coi can be seen in the official video for the revamped single.

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Ed Sheeran × First Listen

Ed Sheeran is counting down to the release of his new album = with a very special Apple Music “First Listen” global live-stream celebration next week, Thursday, October 28 at 8:30pm BST / 12:30pm PST / 3:30pm EST only on Apple Music HERE. 

During the event, Ed Sheeran will join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe live to play new songs from ‘=,’ to chat about the new album, and to answer questions from fans.

After four years in the making, Ed Sheeran is back with “=,” the fourth installment of his symbol album series following his full length debut “+”, breakthrough “x”, and record setting “÷.”  “=” is preceded by hit singles “Bad Habits” and “Shivers.” Fans can Pre-add “=” now on Apple Music.

First Listen

First Listen is a series of free Apple Music hosted virtual launch parties, harkening back to the album listening parties of yore but now with almost unlimited ways for artists to connect with and treat their biggest fans to something special before releasing new music to the world. Acting as a live event extension of some of Apple Music’s most popular and influential playlists, these virtual listening parties could include everything from unreleased tracks, to special surprise guests and more. Previous events featured some of the world’s biggest artists including Olivia Rodrigo, Shawn Mendes, BLACKPINK, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Rauw Alejandro, Karol G, Moneybagg Yo, Migos, Dan + Shay, Belly, J Balvin and many more.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is an English singer/songwriter; one of the most successful artists of all time with 150 million records sold. He’s known for his relatable lyrics, smooth, sultry vocals and his ginger hair. He’s most known for songs such as Grammy-winning “Shape of You,” “Thinking of You,” and “Perfect.” He’s also the founder of Gingerbread Man Records. His next album, “=” is set to be released on October 29, 2021.

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Aitch × Avelino

Manchester’s Aitch jumps into the studio with Tottenham lyricist Avelino for his newest release Party Round My Place out now via Capitol Records / 10K Projects. Listen HERE and watch the video HERE. Collaborating once again with Strike A Pose super-producer Toddla T, the trio have crafted the ultimate post-lockdown party tune. KC Locke is back to direct another Aitch music video, showing the two artists hosting the only house/pool party youߣd want to attend this season. Party Round My Place; will feature on the FIFA 2022 soundtrack, out October 1st.

The new release follows Aitch’s cheeky recent GSD freestyle and the massive summer smash;Learning Curve which has amassed over 5.5 million video views. 2021 is shaping up to be a meteoric year for the Manchester star – with Aitch fronting campaigns for LYNX & Relentless and making a triumphant return to the stage at this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. Aitch delivered a powerful spoken-word piece ahead of the UEFA 2020 final which was seen by over 8 million people, and recently appeared in England’s starting 11 for this year’s Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

In just three years, Aitch has soared from underground rapper to chart-dominating, platinum-selling, BRIT Award-nominated household name. Standing at the vanguard of a fresh wave of talent from Manchester, Aitch weaves wit, humour and confidence through each of his high-octane releases. Hopping on tracks with the likes of Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, AJ Tracey, Stefflon Don and Headie One, Aitch has racked up over 1 billion global streams and over 5 million worldwide record sales.

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Foy Vance × Hair Of The Dog

Award-winning Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance has released “Hair Of The Dog”, the latest track off his forthcoming album Signs Of Life. The song is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Signs Of Life is due for release on September 10 via Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra Records. The album is available for pre-order now HERE.
Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man, a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Namely, after years and years of almost constant touring, an addiction to alcohol and painkillers. In the bluesy, woozy “Hair Of The Dog” Vance tackles the subject head on, listing his self-medicating crutches while confessing :You no longer make me happy / You no longer make me smile / You take everything that’s good within me.”
“I had my first extended period off the road for twenty years, and I realised: wow, I drink two bottles of wine and at least a half bottle of vodka a day,” Vance explains. “I’d start the day with codeine to get myself sorted, and I’d smoke joints throughout the day. I’m showing all the signs of death, getting ashen, grey, smoking more, drinking more, smoking more I hit a wall.”
“The idea for Hair Of The Dog had been around for a while,” he continues. “I was smiling as I wrote it. I thought it was a bit too on-the-nose, but then, the situation is on-the-nose. And the feel is a tip of the hat to the woozy-ness of the beginning of this journey. I want it to make you almost feel a bit seasick.”
“Hair Of The Dog” follows previously released tracks “If Christopher Calls,” “Time Stand Still,” “Signs Of Life” and “Sapling”. Upon its release, The New York Times featured “Sapling” in The Playlist and Clash Music applauded the song as “An instant fan favorite a song about renewal and survival” The album’s early tracks have received additional praise from Entertainment Tonight, Americana UK, and more.
Vance will celebrate Signs Of Life’s arrival with An Evening With Foy Vance, an intimate tour of the UK and US, including stops in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Remaining tickets for the largely sold-out run of shows are available now HERE.
Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance in a coffee shop 18 years ago.
Commenting on the album’s timely subject matter, Vance shared, “Signs of Life is about re-emergence me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general  flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”
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DALLASK × LAUV — “TRY AGAIN”

Today, acclaimed producer/songwriter/artist DallasK unveiled his summery new single, “Try Again,” which features longtime friend and collaborator Lauv on vocals. With a wistful look back and a hopeful eye to the future, the track builds into an infectious, exhilarating plea to rekindle a romance that was perhaps never really over. You can download and stream “Try Again,” which was released today via Astralwerks, HERE. You can watch the lyric video HERE.

“Try Again” continues the collaboration that began when DallasK co-produced and co-wrote Lauv’s 2016 single “Breathe.” DallasK also co-produced and co-wrote “Sad Forever,” a single from Lauv’s 2020 debut album, ~how i’m feeling~, and collaborated on Lauv’s 2020 EP, Without You. The pair co-wrote “Try Again” with Michael Pollack (Lizzo, Zedd, Justin Bieber). In addition to producing, DallasK played all the instruments on the song.

DallasK, who is also known for his work with such artists as Tiësto, Fifth Harmony, BTS, Chromeo and KSHMR, says, “‘Try Again’ is actually the first dance record Lauv and I made together and it was super fun to create a unique record that encompasses both of our styles and influences.”

Lauv added, “Me and Dally made this song a couple years ago and we came back to it during quarantine and now we ready to put ‘er out into the world.”

Like the unforgettable ex in the song, the artists couldn’t resist returning to “Try Again,” a song that dates back to an informal 2016 recording session. Lauv and Michael Pollack joined Dallas at a lake house he’d rented in his hometown of Orlando, FL and there they created over a dozen songs.

“Several months later, Lauv’s artist project started to grow rapidly and he was suddenly on tour with Ed Sheeran and playing all around the world,” recalls DallasK. “We continued to work on his albums but ‘Try Again’ was always a favorite of ours that had gotten seemingly lost in the shuffle.”

After they rediscovered the track last year, Dallas FaceTimed Lauv with an idea for a more dance-focused version. Lauv loved it so much, he immediately re-recorded the vocals.

“Then we finished the record on a trip to Mexico for New Year’s and that’s the version you hear today!” says DallasK.

About DallasK:

Based in Los Angeles, DallasK (Dallas Koehlke) has released a string of acclaimed singles, including “All My Life,” “Self Control,” “I Know” and “Sometimes.” Praising the “relatable story” told on “Sometimes,” Billboard asked, “Does true love ever die? […] ‘Sometimes,’ the ghost of the past never really goes away. That’s the kind of love DallasK, Nicky Romero and XYLO wrote about on their summer heartbreak sing-along.”

DallasK is also known for his collaborations with such artists as Tiësto (“Show Me,” “Your Love”), Hardwell (“Area 51”) and KSHMR (“Burn”). He co-wrote and produced Fifth Harmony’s 5x Platinum single, “Work From Home” feat. Ty Dolla Sign as well as their singles “Down” and “He Like That.” He’s also remixed singles for such artists as Martin Garrix/Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, MGMT, A-Trak/Andrew Wyatt, Skrillex and T.I./Pharrell/Robin Thicke.

Popdust observed, “It’s impossible to escape his influence. From Ariana Grande and Kesha to Lauv, Katy Perry and Fifth Harmony, Koehlke has curated a staggering number of today’s hits, whether behind the scenes or in the production chair.”

About Lauv:

Lauv has quietly and steadily become one of pop’s brightest rising stars. He has released his music completely independently with billions of streams to his name. He has written for some of the biggest stars in the world, performed on late night talk shows, played stadiums opening for Ed Sheeran, and sold out shows in 20+ countries as a headliner. And he did all of this without releasing an album.

That changed in early 2020, with Lauv’s official debut, ~how i’m feeling~. A 21-song tour de force, the project marks a breakthrough, a real moment of arrival, from a young singer/songwriter/producer who Rolling Stone called “Pop’s Up-and-Coming Heartbreak King.” The album released as a Top 20 album in 10 territories, including #9 in UK and #5 in AU, with over 1.5 billion combined streams to date.

Since then, Lauv has released a surprise new EP titled Without You, created during quarantine, and joined forces with rising global pop superstar Conan Gray on the new single “Fake.” Lauv has been open about his own struggles with anxiety and depression and has taken action on the issue with his Blue Boy Foundation, which supports programs that help young people feel more comfortable reaching out for help with mental health.

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 6x Platinum “Happier” by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s “Losing It.”

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Foy Vance × Signs Of Life

Award-winning Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance has released “If Christopher Calls”, the fourth track off his forthcoming album Signs Of Life. The song is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Signs Of Life is due for release on September 10, and is available for pre-order now HERE. The album marks Vance’s second LP on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra Records and follows 2016’s critically acclaimed The Wild Swan.
Vance will celebrate Signs Of Life’s arrival with An Evening With Foy Vance, an intimate tour of the UK and US, including stops in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Remaining tickets for the largely sold-out run of shows are available now HERE.
Written for his wife about her late father, “If Christopher Calls” is at once beautiful yet quietly devastating. Over a gorgeous, swelling melody Vance delivers a restrained yet palpably emotional vocal. “Christopher was Marie, my wife’s father, who passed away suddenly a few years back,” Vance explains. “When it happened, Marie was in London and I was in Scotland. Her mum had phoned her to say Christopher had dropped in the kitchen but they weren’t sure if he was dead. Marie wasn’t there, she was a few miles away and just talking to her mum on the phone, trying to tell her what to do.”
“Marie then called me and when she explained the situation it was clear to me that he was already dead. But she was still holding out hope that he would be alive when she got there, and I let her think that, rather than tell her what I was certain to be true. And it was. He died immediately. Her hope of hearing his voice again was heartbreaking,” Vance recalls. “She then came to Nashville with me while I was recording an album, and every day we would wake in the morning then go and sit out the back with a coffee, and that is where I would leave her – and that is where I would find her when I got home.”
“If Christopher Calls” follows Signs of Life’s previously released tracks “Time Stand Still”, “Signs Of Life”, and “Sapling”. Upon its release, The New York Times featured “Sapling” in The Playlist and Clash Music applauded the song as “An instant fan favorite a song about renewal and survival.” The album’s early tracks have received additional praise from Entertainment Tonight, Americana UK, and more.
Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance in a coffee shop 18 years ago.
Created out of the grimness of 2020, Signs of Life is an album of dawn after darkness, hope after despair, engagement after isolation, uplift after lockdown. The album’s bold artwork reflects Vance’s desire to embrace all sides of everything, all humanity’s textures. Shot on a 160-year-old camera, the back image is of Vance as a bare-chested, bare-knuckle boxer. On the front, he’s in a dress, blonde wig and theatrical make-up. “They’re just mad, striking images, and I loved the fact that it was male and female. You know, life’s extreme, life’s volatile, life explodes into reality sometimes, and stops just as quick. So to be struck by images on the cover made sense.”
Commenting on the album’s timely subject matter, Vance shared, “Signs of Life is about re-emergence me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”
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Issam Alnajjar New Single Mn Gheirik Enti

After unprecedented worldwide success on his debut single Hadal Ahbek, breakout Jordanian pop phenomenon Issam Alnajjar releases his new single Mn Gheirik Enti today via Universal Arabic Music.

Mn Gheirik Enti, which translates to “without you” in English, is a catchy and energetic love song about your partner accepting you for who you are, flaws and all. Issam smoothly sings over bouncy acoustic guitar, percussion, and hand claps, as the tempo picks up in the chorus, and he exclaims, “I keep asking myself what’s missing? How did you approve of me with all my flaws? Me, whose life is upside down. Without you, without you.” The video shows Issam’s growth as an artist and songwriter, as he takes center stage and proclaims his love.

On the inspiration behind the song, Issam says, “This song means so much to me. I wrote it from a personal experience I had. Also, it’s another chapter of my journey from Hadal Ahbek. I am very proud of it, and I hope you all enjoy my hard work behind it.”

Mn Gheirik Enti is the follow-up single to Issam’s global viral hit Hadal Ahbek, released earlier this year. Over the course of a few months, his debut single has amassed over 41 million Spotify streams and 3 billion sound views on TikTok, and the official video has garnered 11 million views on YouTube. The live performance video also has over 80 million views and counting. Earlier this spring, Issam teamed up with Loud Luxury and Ali Gatie on their collaboration Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek), which has 14 million-plus Spotify streams to date. The song continues to climb the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart and Billboard Canada CHR/Top 40 Chart, currently sitting at #27 and #11, respectively. Not to mention, last month, he joined forces with R3HAB for Hadal Ahbek (R3HAB Club Remix).

The 17-year-old singer, songwriter, and guitarist has made history with Hadal Ahbek, as it is the first Arabic song to explode worldwide as a viral #1 hit. Upon release, the track peaked at #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral 50 Charts and Shazam’s Top 200 Global Chart, as well as reached Top 20 spots on Apple Music’s Global Hits and Viral Hits Playlists. On the international stage, it hit #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart in 25 local markets, including UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Mexico, and #1 on Shazam’s Top 200 Chart in 24 local markets. The irresistible bop has arrived as a cross-continental anthem and cements Issam Alnajjar as an international artist to watch in 2021. 

ABOUT ISSAM ALNAJJAR

Issam Alnajjar is leading the way for a new generation of artists from the Middle East and North Africa to take over the global music scene. A 17-year-old musician from Amman, Jordan, he had been creating music for a couple of years, studying the songwriting of pop artists like Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran and admiring the creativity of iconic artists like Queen and The Weeknd, when he got some inspiration for his breakout hit Hadal Ahbek. After dropping a preview video for the song on Instagram, anticipation from his fans grew larger and larger. By the time he finally released Hadal Ahbek, with Issam’s silky voice and infectious lyrics and melody, the popularity of it exceeded his expectations. Issam says he had only expected 10k views total for his song. That was shattered in one day, and eventually it grew to 100k views a week. And on TikTok, the song only grew bigger and now sits atop dozens of music charts on Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. For any artist to have a top song is an accomplishment. But what makes Issam’s feat more incredible is that he achieved this with a song sung in Arabic.

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SAM RYDER — “JULY”

Sam Ryder has debuted his stunning new single “July,” which is available now via Parlophone Records/Elektra Records.

“July” sees Ryder reunited with his “Tiny Riot” writing partners Amy Wadge (Grammy-award winning writer for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”) and Max Wolfgang. The stripped-back piano intro perfectly showcases the full range of Sam’s powerful voice, which soars throughout the song.

Sam says of the track, “July is all about seeing the light after a period of darkness. Whether we’re watching the blooms waking up outside in nature or experiencing an inner awakening after the longest year, I think we’re all ready to say hello, July.

“July” follows the success of Sam’s previous singles “Whirlwind” and “Tiny Riot,” which topped iTunes charts worldwide and have racked up tens of millions of global streams and over 4.5 million YouTube views. He recently performed his debut show from London’s York Hall to an online audience of nearly 50,000 viewers.

Sam has spent much of his adult life touring, writing and performing in bands before embarking on this new chapter as a solo artist. As the world was being put into lockdown in March, he uploaded the first of his now infamous covers. They quickly caught the attention of some famous fans (think Justin Bieber, Sia, Alicia Keys and Elton John) with compilations of his videos appearing on The Ellen Show, BBC’s Newsbeat and more. As the videos kept coming, so did the fans—with his socials standing at over 13 million followers to date and hundreds of thousands of comments. Sam rounded-off his incredible year with TikTok crowning his account as the most popular UK artist account of 2020.

Sam has spent the last few months writing and recording original songs with some of the finest writers and producers from around the world as he prepares to release his debut EP, which is set to continue his meteoric rise.