Today, alternative singer/songwriter Ricky Hil releases his latest single and music video “Tryin,” out now via 10K Projects. Following up the success of his November single “Break My Heart,” “Tryin” gives fans a glimpse into Ricky’s next full length project, SSDD, out soon. “I strive to bring the gritty truth of my generation into my music and lyrics,” he says. The music video for “Tryin,” directed by Aidan Cullen, captures that feeling visually, as Ricky walks through the dark-lit streets of LA, singing “life is unfair to you / life is unfair to me.”
You can listen to “Tryin,” here and watch the new music video here.
Since his debut project The Lonely Limo—a fearlessly personal mixtape featuring guest spots from heavy-hitters like Lil Wayne—Ricky Hil has brought an unapologetic honesty to his music. Over the years, that approach has left a powerful impact on an entire wave of musicians in the underground scene, including a number of rappers/singers who’ve emerged as major cultural figures (Kid Cudi, XXXTentacion, The Weeknd, Juice WRLD, to name just a few). In his upcoming project SSDD, the consummate artist’s artist sheds even more light on his demons, and embraces a stronger sense of purpose than ever before.
“A lot of the time in my songs I’m saying shit I don’t really even want to say—but I do it anyway, because I know there are people out there that feel the same way I do,” says Ricky.
Born in Fairfield County, Connecticut but based in Los Angeles, Ricky first started experimenting with making music as a kid, armed with a turntable set-up and a stack of vinyl. “I fell in love with it, and I’d stay up all night every weekend—I didn’t care about anything else, I just wanted to create as much as possible.” Although South Philly rappers like Beanie Sigel influenced his early work, Ricky later discovered singer/songwriters like Bob Dylan and focused more heavily on sculpting potent melodies and sharpening his songcraft. Mostly raised on rock-and-roll, he later played in a punk band, infusing his songs with a kinetic energy that still permeates the music he makes today.
Ricky has recently refined his vision, and fully leaned into his love for darkly charged beats and slow yet dynamic tempos. “I went into all these new songs just wanting to be completely myself,” he says. As part of that creative revitalization—which includes recording up to five songs a night—he’s also begun drawing his own cover art, naming famed tattoo artists Jack Rudy and Mister Cartoon among the main inspirations on his artwork.
Artist/producer Y2K and rapper bbno$ have joined forces once again to release the addictive earworm “Wawawa”. Listen HERE and watch the video HERE.
Says Y2K, “Wawawa’ (nearly titled Lalala 2) is the next installment in a 3 part fantasy saga about a halfling who journeys across the world to a volcano to destroy an evil ring. Wawawa was written remotely due to the pandemic, not something that bbno$ and I have ever really done before. As a result the record ended up changing and evolving over the course of multiple sessions/notes spread out this summer and into fall. I’m stoked on the result, and I hope our listeners feel the same!”
Ari additionally notes, “Also I am dressed as a hot mom in the music vid.”
“Wawawa” is the first joint offering since the release of their 2X Platinum viral hit “Lalala” which peaked Top 5 on the Global Spotify Chart and was routinely in the Top 20 on Spotify’s U.S. chart; listen HERE. Y2K and bbno$ also released the high octane “Lalala Remix” featuring Grammy Award winner Enrique Iglesias and Multi-platinum, Grammy, Juno and Polaris Prize nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen. Listen to “Lalala Remix” HERE.
bbno$ concludes, “Lalala or Wawawa, you have one to choose wrong answer you will die.”
Y2K is Ari Starace, a multi-genre producer & DJ based out of Los Angeles. After playing in bands throughout his youth in Phoenix, Arizona, Y2K began producing remixes of popular songs in 2014. His take on records like XO TOUR Llif3, Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 and See Me Fall have amassed tens of millions of streams. He soon transitioned from remixes to studio work, producing for artists like Killy, Yung Bans, and Polyphia. Y2K’s influences are timeless and diverse and he moves seamlessly across genres and decades in both production and DJing – taking inspiration from Atlanta rapper Young Thug to ’80s duo Tears for Fears and new-age icon Enya to name a few. Y2K has earned a loyal following online and off with DJ sets at shows, house parties, and everything in between, and has toured across North America, Asia, and the Middle East. His current single ‘Lalala’ with rapper bbno$ has found viral success, garnering millions of global streams to date.Y2K is working on his debut project, Dream Eater, which showcases production and features from across his world of work.
bbno$ (pronounced “baby no money”) is a 2-time JUNO Award nominated rapper from Vancouver with over 2 billion streams of his music. He recently released his 4th album “good luck, have fun”, which debuted as the #8 album in the world on Spotify. His videos have been watched 1.2 billion times, his songs have been used in 10 million+ Tik Tok videos and viewed 2 billion+ times. He’s sold out headline tours in North America, Australia, China, and Europe. He is a case study in how to succeed globally as an independent artist, and has captured the attention of fans around the world through his clever rhymes, catchy hooks and endlessly entertaining personality.
Global superstar Gwen Stefani releases her new reggae-tinged single “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” today on Interscope Records. With the release, Stefani is featured on New Music Daily on Apple Music. “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” is available now at all digital retailers. Watch the lyric video for “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” HERE.
Recorded in quarantine and co-written with relentless hitmaker Ross Golan alongside rising songwriter/producer Luke Niccoli, the single finds Stefani reminding fans of what she does best: create vibrant, uplifting music that is real and honest to who she is as an artist.
“This song is a way of saying I’m back with new music. It’s a fun, lighthearted song because I got inspired and hope to bring a little bit of joy, said Stefani. “The idea was to write a song that had a bit of a nostalgic feeling to it, so I think musically it reminds you of back in the day, going back to where I started musically which was with ska and reggae. I’m still the same me but here’s something a little bit new in case you feel like hearing a little bit more of me.”
Musically, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” is a full-circle moment, with an instrumental that nods to her roots with the ska-punk band No Doubt. Bass-heavy beats and breezy acoustic guitars course under and around her laid-back vocals, as Stefani confidently asserts her space in the modern musical universe: “In case you forgot—no, I’m not records on your shelf.” The single also offers a sly callback: “I already gave you bananas,” she sings playfully, nodding to the cheerleader chant on her 2005 Pharrell Williams-produced No. 1 hit, “Hollaback Girl.”
“Let Me Reintroduce Myself” caps off a busy year for Stefani. She had two top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with fiancé Blake Shelton, “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere.” And her holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, was just reissued with two new songs, including Ryan Tedder co-write “Here This Christmas.”
Gwen Stefani continues to affirms her pop dominance with her first single of 2021, “Slow Clap,” available now at all digital retailers via Interscope Records. With this release, Stefani is featured on New Music Daily on Apple Music. Listen to “Slow Clap” HERE.
Stefani co-wrote “Slow Clap” with hitmaker songwriter/producer Ross Golan and songwriter Luke Niccoli, the same team behind her 2020 single “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.” “Slow Clap” is, once again, classic Gwen. The song mixes pop with easy-going grooves inspired by reggae and hip-hop. Stefani offers up vulnerable lyrics about embracing resilience and staying confident despite feeling like an underdog. “Been the champion, rang the bell / Rocked the bottom, been through hell,” she sings. “Climbed the mountain, now I’m well / I just feel like coming back for the belt.”
“Slow Clap” builds on the momentum Stefani kicked off with “Let Me Reintroduce Myself,”which reached No. 1 on the iTunes chart upon its release. A three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Stefani has achieved global success as a performer, songwriter, and frontwoman of No Doubt, and a multi-platinum solo artist, among other accomplishments. To date, she’s sold more than 50 million units worldwide. Her 2015 solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. She also spent five seasons as a coach on the Emmy®-winning NBC series The Voice where she led contestant Carter Rubin to be crowned the season 19 winner. The classic warmth of “Slow Clap” sets the tone for what fans can expect from Stefani as she plans to release more music this year.
With 1.5 billion streams, 5.6 million monthly listeners at Spotify and sold-out arena shows, Gavin James has achieved phenomenal global success by simply letting his songs speak for themselves. He excels at music’s essential qualities: immediately memorable songwriting and telling engaging stories that are delivered with a voice that can seemingly effortlessly hone in on the depth of the sentiment.
Now, however, Gavin James is set to step into the spotlight with arguably his finest moment to date, his brand new track “Man On The Moon.” Listen HERE and watch the official lyric video HERE.
The emotionally-charged new song tells the story of the desolate loneliness of the “Man On The Moon.” Despite being distanced from the world at large, everyone loved him but he never knew. It’s a powerful metaphor for a love that goes unspoken, but also a story that reflects our current times. Families, couples and friends have spent much of the year separated from the ones that they love, and the song offers a timely reminder that distance can’t break our bonds.
Propelled by little more than delicate acoustic guitar and the tenacious soul of his voice, the song was produced by Gavin and Ollie Green (Freya Ridings) and mixed by Serban Ghenea (Taylor Swift)
“For ‘Man On The Moon,’ I tried to picture someone on the moon, thinking that they are all alone and not realizing that the whole world is thinking about them. It’s about looking after the people you love because some days, they may feel like they have no one to talk to,” explains Gavin. “In particular this year, people might feel more disconnected than usual from their friends and family. This song is a gentle reminder that you are never alone.”
Man On The Moon is released alongside a series of beautifully animated lyric videos. It introduces Man on The Moon: A Collection Of Short Stories, a collection of emotionally compelling short films that further explore the themes of loneliness and separation that Gavin addresses in the song. It comprises the following chapters, which will be shared via Gavin’s social media accounts this Sunday 6th December, with the final part seeing fans create and share their own stories, e.g could be via art, words, animation, music or dance.
Gavin James’ own story is just as remarkable. Back at school, the Dubliner was told that he’d never achieve anything in music, a story that he recounts in his recent single Boxes (a #1 hit on Ireland’s national airplay chart). In time he proved them wrong, as he rose from busking on Grafton Street to playing shows with Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith to selling-out his own world tour including two headline shows at the 13,000 capacity 3Arena.
He’s also making a growing international impact, with 22 Platinum records across the world and an unlikely #1 hit in Brazil. Man On The Moon represents his next big step towards even greater global recognition.
Devault & BabyJake Release Double-Sided Singles ‘Tell Me’ & ‘Blue’. Electronic deejay & producer Devault and rising star BabyJake have teamed together for double-sided dance singles titled ‘Blue’ & ‘Tell Me’ that are set to be released at midnight. The singles come fresh off a powerful year for both artists, as each released EP’s and collaborative singles in their respective fields. While Devault released a string of audio/visual experiences, most notably RUBY, and collaborations with Manila Killa and Griff Clawson, BabyJake teamed up with Dillon Francis for a small dance EP and debuted his first solo EP project ‘Don’t Give Me Problems, Give Me Wine.’ 360 Magazine asked DEVAULT and BABY JAKE, who are also good friends, some questions about their collaboration.
Q&A WITH DEEJAY & PRODUCER DEVAULT AND MUSIC ARTIST BABYJAKE
How did you both get started in music? And when did you first meet? Devault: I initially started DJ’ing around 12 years old when my older brother randomly brought home a small turntable set and I immediately fell in love. As the years went on and when I was around 18 years old, I decided to start producing, essentially with the mentality of making music that I couldn’t find in my library of current music. Making something exciting; and now we’re here. I first met Jake a few years ago through a mutual friend when he was visiting LA for one of the first times. He ended up crashing at my house for a period of time and we immediately connected. BabyJake: I first started taking music seriously after I dropped out of college in 2016, but I’ve been flirting with it since I was 8 years old when I picked up a guitar for the first time. Sage (Devault) & I originally met through a mutual friend, Austin Tompkins, when I first arrived in LA. I ended up sleeping on Sage’s couch for 3 weeks, maybe longer, and we’ve been friends ever since.
How would you describe your friendship and the dynamic between you two, did you always had the plan to one day work together and make a song? Devault: I think we have mutual respect for each other, as when we met we were both figuring out our own paths in the music scene. I think we’ve both evolved greatly as musicians and as people. We always had the desire to make music together, but couldn’t find the right timing. Luckily, covid was almost a blessing in disguise as it allowed us to jam together for a few days with no pressure and these songs came out of it. BabyJake: Yeah for sure. We always wanted to do something together, we just needed to wait for a good time to do it. I’m sure we’ll make much more music together as well, I practically see Sage every other day.
Which music artists inspired you? Where did you find inspiration for the two songs ‘Tell Me’ and ‘Blue’? Devault: Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, and Jamie XX are some of my biggest inspirations. Music that is immediately recognizable to them and them only and that has become a mantra of mine. For our songs, we wanted to just have fun really, get out of our comfort zone and just make genuine dance records, while still retaining our styles. BabyJake: Honestly there are too many artists to count that inspire me. That being said, I think the inspiration for these songs was less about who we wanted it to sound like & more about what feeling we wanted to establish to the audience. Whatever that feeling is, I’d say we captured it.
What three words would you use to describe your sound? Devault: Moody, Emotive, & Ethereal BabyJake: Not sure what 3 words I’d use to describe the records… I’d say everything that comes from Devault is somewhat emotional & deep.
A lot has happened in the last two years for both of you. Baby Jake, you released your first EP and Devault, you did remixes for Rihanna & Maroon 5. What was your personal highlight? Devault: My personal highlight was releasing my first EP ‘Stay’ in 2018. This felt like it was finally a moment to identify me as not just an electronic artist, but as a genuine musician who can paint an entire world. BabyJake: My personal highlight was a deep album cut named “Anywhere.” Even though it didn’t do crazy numbers, the production & experience of recording a completely live song with a choir, organ, drums… you name it… was incredible. That was definitely a high I hadn’t experienced before.
What is the thing you missed most during lockdown? Devault: Missing live shows dearly. BabyJake: Live shows. I was supposed to be on tour so that’s a real bummer.
What other artists do you want to collaborate with in the future? Devault: A dream would be working with Toro y Moi or Blood Orange. BabyJake: Definitely want to keep working with Sage, also wouldn’t mind doing some more electronic features with some other talented producers. This is a hard question for me because I feel like collaborations just kind of happen with friends and/or artists you are close with. I never really force it or think about it, it just happens.
Finally, what’s next? Devault: Next is my second vocal EP, it’s nearly done and looking to get it out at the beginning of next year. Very excited about it. BabyJake: An album. Finally. Their double-sided single ‘Tell Me’ and ‘Blue’ will be released tonight at midnight!!! You can download on all digital platforms and follow them on Instagram,@itsbabjake and @devaultmusic.
Today, Marshmello, Imanbek and Usher join forces to release a brand new smash hit single “Too Much” along with an accompanying action-packed, futuristic “mini movie” directed by Christian Breslauer (Chris Brown, Marshmello, Migos, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby). Listen/ Watch it HERE.
Co-written by Marshmello and Imanbek and starring Usher, “Too Much” is a high energy track about being there for the one you love: “Whatever you ask of me you don’t have to worry, there’s no such thing, that’s too much.”
Each of this trio of hit makers has enjoyed a slew of major successes in this year alone. Marshmello’s latest “OK Not To Be OK” featuring Demi Lovato topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart at #1 and entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, joining 3 other of his Hot 100 charting singles this year including “Be Kind” with Halsey, and “Hate The Other Side” and “Come & Go” with Juice WRLD. Usher’s latest single “Bad Habits” released last month is a Top 10 hit at urban radio and is the follow up to “Don’t Waste My Time” featuring Ella Mai which topped the Billboard R&B chart at #1 in June 2020. Burgeoning producer Imanbek broke out wide this year with his remix of Saint Jhn’s “Roses” and became the first Eastern European producer to enter Top 5 on theBillboard Hot 100 Chart, peaking at #4 position with over 1 billion streams on Spotify, with Rolling Stone proclaiming his “Roses Remix” “2020’s Song of the Summer.”
“The teen indie-pop star on the rise makes music that’s achingly vulnerable and cuts straight to the core” – TIME
“…the real deal…” – BILLBOARD
“We have no choice but to stan” – E! NEWS
“Isaac Dunbar simply cannot miss” – ONES TO WATCH
Trailblazing new artist Isaac Dunbar releases the music video for “miss america”via RCA Records. Watch HERE. The video is directed by Griffin Stoddard. “miss america” released last week and was declared a “…soaring, powerful ballad…” by The Interns.
Isaac says, “The video for “miss america” is inspired by the novella “le petit prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, with a twist. I’m the prince in the video, and I’m on the moon far far away from earth, reminiscing of the good things i experienced and creating a civilization of my own. this is metaphorical of me wanting a society where people can live equally and freely. when i first made the song, i had this whole visual of being in space in my head and i think it translated well”
Today marks the highly awaited release of “Ice Cream” — the electrifying new single from global pop sensations BLACKPINK and multi-platinum singer/songwriter Selena Gomez. Another powerhouse performance from BLACKPINK, “Ice Cream” is the second single from the K-pop quartet’s massively anticipated debut album, set for release via YG Entertainment/Interscope Records on October 2nd. Pre order the album HERE.
Check out “Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez HERE.
With its accompanying video, “Ice Cream” was penned by an incredible lineup of songwriters, including Gomez herself as well as fellow pop icon Ariana Grande, plus Victoria Monét, TEDDY, Tommy Brown, Steven Franks, Bekuh BOOM, and 24.
“Ice Cream” arrives as the follow-up to BLACKPINK’s record-shattering single “How You Like That” — a trap-pop anthem recently nominated for Song of Summer at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition to surpassing a staggering 100 million streams on Spotify in under a month, “How You Like That” debuted at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, making BLACKPINK the K-pop act with the second-highest number of Hot 100 entries in chart history. Meanwhile, the mind-blowing visual for “How You Like That” became the fastest video in YouTube history to cross 10 million likes and smashed the record for most views within the first 24 hours. Check out the video for “How You Like That” HERE.
Both “Ice Cream” and “How You Like That” will appear on BLACKPINK’s full-length debut. Merch bundles for the album are available now at BLACKPINK’s website.
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