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Music Notes by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Becky Hill – Only Honest on the Weekend Review

Reality TV in America has provided us with many of the musicians, performers, and influencers flooding our Twitter feeds, from Jennifer Hudson to Trixie Mattel. The UK has its own reality TV shows, hence celebrities that have taken their television fame and become successful. A great example is Becky Hill, who was a semi-finalist on The Voice UK and became one of its most successful alumni, being the first and only artist to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart for a song she was featured in by Oliver Heldens, “Gecko”. She just released her debut album, Only Honest on the Weekend, which I had the privilege of listening to.  

This record is dance pop, utilizing the retro ‘80s sound that has become popular within the past few years. This is music to hear at the club, at least for the most part, though there are a few exceptions, including “Perfect People” and “Distance,” which both offer refreshing, emotional ballads. The album has fifteen tracks, four of which have been already released: “Better off Without You,” “Heaven on My Mind,” “Last Time” and “Remember.” The latter two were collaborations with DJ David Guetta. She enlisted the help of producers such as Lostboy, Billen Ted and 220 Kid. Lostboy has worked with artists such as Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Zedd while Billen Ted and 220 Kid are most known for their remix of a sea shanty turned viral TikTok song, “Wellerman.” It’s clear Hill shares production teams with Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie, and at times it’s hard to tell Hill apart from Dua Lipa as they have similar vocal ranges, though Hill’s range is arguably better. 

The album starts off with five average tracks: “I Got You,” “Last Time,” “Make it Hard to Love,” “Better to Love” and “Remember.” They aren’t necessarily boring or skippable, but they aren’t the catchiest. “Perfect People” shows off Hill’s decent vocal range pretty well. 

The next tracks, “My Heart Goes (LaDiDa),” “Could Be My Somebody” and “Business” are the best of the record. They’re the first to instantly catch the listener’s attention from the opening verse. “My Heart Goes (LaDiDa)” is particularly excellent because it’s able to utilize gibberish (LaDiDa) in a way that works perfectly with the song, in a way that very few other artists can. 

The last six tracks aren’t able to live up to the high standards of 7-9 but are still solid headbangers nonetheless. “Heaven on My Mind” stands above the rest for it’s chorus and “Through the Night” provides a great end to the album. 

Overall, Only Honest on the Weekend is very tight with no song being unlistenable. While some may not be satisfactory, none are inadequate for the dance pop music listener. And if nothing else, check out tracks 7-9. A-.

"Sorry Kid" by Ben Howard image by Republic Records for use by 360 Magazine

Ben Howard – Sorry Kid

Ben Howard Shares New Track, “Sorry Kid”

Collections From The Whiteout, To Be Released March 26 2021

Global Transmission From Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station In April

Autumn Headline Shows at Royal Festival Hall Sell Out Immediately

“Mesmerizes with quiet complexity…another strange and beautiful record” –Mojo

Ben Howard is pleased to share a new track, “Sorry Kid“, from his forthcoming album, Collections From The Whiteout. The record, his fourth, will be released on March 26 through Island Records. It’s the final track to be shared ahead of the album’s release.

“Sorry Kid” is loosely inspired by the story of Anna Sorokin, the Russian-born German woman who posed as a billionaire heiress and was imprisoned for fraudulent activity in America. Musically, it’s an atmospheric mood-setter that taps into the general aura of Collections From The Whiteout, and is another tantalizing taster to a special record.

Last week, Ben shared details of an exclusive one-off global live stream event to celebrate the release of the new record.

Filmed at the iconic Goonhilly Earth Station on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, UK, Ben and his band will perform new album tracks for the first time. This show marks the first band performance since the conclusion of a worldwide tour in January 2019, which culminated in a sold-out four night run at Brixton Academy.

The film will be streamed as live on April 8 across different time zones.

Stream #1, UK & Europe (Global Premiere): Thursday April 8 – LONDON (8pm BST), PARIS (9pm CET)
Stream #2, East Coast North America & South America: Thursday April 8– NEW YORK (8PM EDT)
Stream #3, West Coast North America & Central America: Thursday April 8- LA (8PM PDT)
Stream #4, Australasia & South East Asia: Friday April 9- TOKYO/SYDNEY (7PM JST / 8PM AEST)

Tickets are now on general sale via Ticketmaster/Universe.

As previously announced, Ben returns to the live arena in September for his first live shows since four consecutive sold-out nights at Brixton Academy back in January 2019. The pair of Royal Festival Hall (September 18 and 19) sold out instantly.

Collections From The Whiteout heralds the first time Ben has opened the door to collaboration, drafting in The National’s Aaron Dessner on production (a recent Grammy winner for his work with Taylor Swift), and a team of players from the likes of Big Thief, This Is The Kit, and drummer/producer Yussef Dayes. Strings were orchestrated by Bon Iver/Laura Marling collaborator, Rob Moose.

Collections From The Whiteout has an immediately breezier tone than Ben’s last record, whilst losing none of the experimental tendencies that made Noonday Dream so compelling.

The subject matter, previously shrouded in obfuscation, takes a scrapbook approach to Ben’s lyricism. Mostly based on snippets of radio news or headline scrolling, he’s let his imagination take those snapshots to wild and remote places, creating stories within stories. Characters are formed, histories are inferred. It’s beautifully random, and makes for an engrossing whole.

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, Black Thought, 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, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd 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, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  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.

VALEE “YOU AND ME BOTH”

VALEE SHARES THE WEALTH ON NEW RECORD “YOU AND ME BOTH” 

LISTEN HERE

WATCH THE KALEIDOSCOPIC LYRIC VIDEO HERE

“Valee is changing the sound of hip-hop in 2018, one unpredictable verse at a time.”RollingStone

Valee’s innovative style makes it impossible to predict what might come next.”Pitchfork

“Valee doesn’t sound like anything happening in Chicago hip-hop right now.” – Noisey

 

ABOUT VALEE:
In an era when aspiring public figures broadcast constantly in an effort to maximize their brand value, Valee’s coolly laconic stands apart. With short songs and a soft-spoken style, his unpredictable raps sketch subjects with a droll eye for detail over a bass-heavy canvas. This is trap music for the connoisseur, for fans of clever lyrics and effortless style. Valee grew up on Chicago’s South Side. When he received toys as a child, he would break them apart to figure out how they worked, a method he applies to his own process with music today:  “Sometimes I rap and cut and copy and paste and move parts around and it changes the whole song, for the better.” His music career began when, intent on buying a gaming system, he stopped at Guitar Center instead. “I just wanted to make beats better than what I hear on my mixtapes or on the radio, and I wanted to rap on it. I wasn’t thinking about anyone else at all.” His counterintuitive approach across five mixtapes and his G.O.O.D. Music debut EP, GOOD job, You Found Me, has captured the ears of artists and music aficionados alike, drawn to his unorthodox approach.

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Drake’s Scorpion Makes History

SMASHES FIRST-WEEK STREAMING RECORD WITH OVER 1 BILLION STREAMS

#1 ALBUM IN THE WORLD
DRAKE has just made history with his new full-length album, Scorpion.

Upon arrival, it smashed multiple records. Scorpion notably stands out as “the first album to be streamed over 1 billion times in a week, across multiple platforms and it crushed the “all-time US one-week streaming record” in under three days. Moreover, it broke the “all-time Global one-week streaming record” in four days, paving the way for “the biggest debut of the streaming era.

Additionally, it emerges as the #1 release on the Billboard Top 200, marking his 8th consecutive #1 bow on the respective chart. Not only did Scorpion achieve the biggest first week of 2018, but it also achieves the biggest first week since 2017.

Drake’s unparalleled RIAA reign also continues. He now has scored “the most RIAA certifications of any artist in history” with 142 million digital single sales to date.

Scorpion is available now.

FAMOUS DEX RELEASES NEW SINGLE

dex meets dexter squareChicago rapper, Famous Dex returns with a new single “Japan,” off his debut album, Dex Meets Dexter, which will be available everywhere April 6th.
“Japan” follows Dex’s smash hit single, “Pick It Up” featuring rap superstar, A$AP Rocky. The record has been steadily climbing the Hot 100 Billboard Charts! Fans will be happy to hear more of the energetic music Famous Dex has built his career on. It’s clear that the animated rapper is on a roll with another show stopping record and head turning visuals.
Since he splashed on the scene in 2015, Famous Dex has had the Internet talking. After signing with 300 Entertainment and Rich the Kid‘s Rich Forever label imprint, Dex released viral hits like “Drip From My Walk” and “Hit Em Wit It.” The Chicago native soon caught the attention of A$AP Ferg, appearing on two records from his latest mixtape, Still Striving. After making an incredible impression on the A$AP Mob, Dexter connected with the group’s front-man, A$AP Rocky for an unforgettable collaboration and music video, “Pick It Up.” Dex now is prepping for a tour and the much anticipated release of his debut album, Dex Meets Dexter.

Jacquees and TK Kravitz Collab for the Sultry New Song OCEAN

Songwriter, TK Kravitz teamed up with fellow ATLien and R&B sensation, Jacquees for his new record, “Ocean.”

Premiering with Complex.com, Jacquees spoke about the record stating, “TK knew this record was a hit. He called me and told me he had one. I came to the studio and we jumped in the booth together and created a classic.TK added, “I called Que to the studio knowing I had a hit for him to be apart of! We went straight in the booth together and just vibed out until the record was complete.”

Ocean” comes right after TK smash hit, “Space Ft. Sexton,” which reached the Top 10 on Urban US Radio and garnered over 50 million total streams. After dominating radio and embarking on a US tour with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie this past fall, TK Kravitz is definitely off to a great start in 2018. The seductive and clever “Ocean” perfectly showcases how both TK and Jacquees’ incredible voices compliment each other on the record.

Keep a look out for TK’s newest EP, 2.0 coming this spring and peep the “Ocean” lyric video below!

Stream TK Kravtiz’s “Ocean Ft. Jacquees”: http://flyt.it/SubscribeTK

Watch TK Kravitz’s “Ocean Ft. Jacquees” Lyric Video: http://youtu.be/D6xhzFH-iWc

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