The indomitable Atlanta duo EARTHGANG released a brand new song and visualizer titled “Options” featuring Wale. The track’s cover art (created by long-time creative collaborator Fred Lozano) was teased earlier in the week featuring OLU, WowGr8 and Wale as fashion dolls.
Not one for a straight forward visual, EARTHGANG teamed up with Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” animator Bona Bones to take the fashion doll motif to another level. The Zack Sekuler directed visualizer is live now and can be watched above or via the link here.
The release of the song comes at the heels of EARTHGANG receiving a Grammy Award nomination for “Collide” — a track with Tiana Major9 for the film “Queen & Slim.” The song is nominated for “Best R&B Song” category and will be the pair’s second Grammy nod after being nominated earlier this year for their work with Dreamville’sRevenge of Dreamers III album.
EARTHGANG have stayed busy since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Mirrorland (Dreamville/Interscope) and Platinum-certified Revenge of The Dreamers III project both out last year. When touring halted the duo hit the studio to collaborate with music friends like Gorillaz, Tokimonsta, Louis The Child, Tobi Nwigwe and more.
Earlier this year, OLU and WowGr8 banded with their Spillage Village members to work on the long-awaited Spilligion album which was released to acclaim in the Fall. The album made many “Best of 2020” lists including NPR, FADER, Uproxx, Complex and more.
Alongside making music, the pair have also been heavy on the campaign trail in the battleground state of Georgia working closely with Mayor Lance Bottoms and politician Stacey Abrams advocating for voter rights. A bright spot of their hometown, EARTHGANG continue to shine in their purpose to deliver music that aims to entertain and unite.
Following the remarkable success of his new single, Easy, which amassed over 11 million combined global streams in the first week of release and now tops 20 million streams Troye Sivan has shared another new track, Rager teenager! Both songs will appear on his new six-song concept EP, In A Dream, which will be released on August 21 by Capitol Records. Troye filmed the video for Rager teenager! himself.
Easy appeared on 43 New Music Friday playlists after its release last month. VULTURE said, “Easy is a pixelated cloud, a night drive to nowhere, a neon-blue bubble bath, a fizzy cola gummy.” Hailing it as one of the 10 songs you need in your life this week, The FADER praised Sivan’s laser focused intent to push into a more sophisticated, emotionally-torn pop realm. Billboard hailed Easy as a crying-on-the-dancefloor anthem [that] boasts a synth-heavy earworm melody and heartbreaking lyrics that will have you dancing and dreaming about your ex. Make no mistake, Easy is one of the best new songs of the week, declared IDOLATOR.
In A Dream is now available for pre-order HERE. Fans who pre-order the EP in digital format will instantly receive Rager teenager!plus Easy and the leadoff track, Take Yourself Home, which trended at #1 on Twitter worldwide following its release and has now attained over 76 million cumulative global streams. Visit https://TroyeSivan.lnk.to/Store for music bundles, including a deluxe CD package.
In his career to date, Troye has amassed over eight billion combined global streams. His sophomore album, Bloom (Capitol Records), was named as one of the best albums of 2018 by critics at Rolling Stone, USA Today, Billboard, OUT, NPR Music, The Guardian and numerous other publications. TIME said, Troye Sivan is the perfect pop star. He was recently named as one of five ambassadors to launch the Pasha de Cartier watch.
His numerous awards include a Billboard Music Awards trophy, three MTV Europe Music awards and two GLAAD Media wins. Revelation, his collaboration with Jnsi for the film Boy Erased, which Troye co-starred in was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song Motion Picture and shortlisted for an Oscar. Louder Than Bombs, a track Troye co-wrote, is featured on the new BTS album, Map of The Soul: 7, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Korea, Australia and around the world.
On August 21, Capitol Records will release IN A DREAM, Troye Sivan’s new six-song concept EP. Today, as the EP pre-order launched, Troye shared the second track, “Easy,” an infectious plea to set a relationship back on course. Download / stream “Easy” HERE and view the pseudo video HERE. Troye directed the official video for “Easy,” which will receive a YouTube Premiere tomorrow, July 16, at 7:00 AM PT. Set a reminder to watch the premiere HERE.
“A story that’s still unfolding, this small collection of songs explores an emotional rollercoaster period in my life when the feelings and thoughts were most shockingly fresh,” explains Troye Sivan. “Revisiting these songs and moments is tough, but I’m proud of this music and excited to have it out in the world.”
Troye recorded five of the EP’s six songs with producer Oscar Görres (The Weeknd, MARINA, Tove Lo) between Stockholm and Los Angeles, just prior to the lockdown. The leadoff track, “Take Yourself Home,” trended at #1 on Twitter worldwide following its release earlier this year and has now attained over 76 million cumulative global streams. The New York Times hailed “Take Yourself Home” as an “understatedly lush quasi-soul thumper.” PAPER said, “It’s perhaps the first great song to come out of our collective apocalyptic state of mind during the COVID-19 outbreak.” IN A DREAM is now available for pre-order HERE. Music bundles, including a deluxe CD package, are available HERE.
In his career to date, Troye has amassed nearly eight billion combined global streams. His sophomore album, Bloom (Capitol Records), was named as one of the best albums of 2018 by critics at Rolling Stone, USA Today, Billboard, OUT, NPR Music, The Guardian and numerous other publications. TIME said, “Troye Sivan is the perfect pop star.” He was recently named as one of five ambassadors to launch the Pasha de Cartier watch. His numerous awards include a Billboard Music Awards trophy, three MTV Europe Music awards and two GLAAD Media wins.
“Revelation” – his collaboration with Jónsi for the film Boy Erased, which Troye co-starred in – was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song – Motion Picture and shortlisted for an Oscar. “Louder Than Bombs,” a track Troye co-wrote, is featured on the new BTS album, Map of The Soul: 7, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Korea, Australia and around the world.
Today, 20-year-old rising Mobile, Alabama rapper, Flo Milli releases her new track “Like That Bitch” via RCA Records. The track is currently featured on today’s Spotify New Music Friday billboard in Times Square which is part of the monumental New Music Friday Black Music Takeover for Juneteenth.
Flo Milli also announces the release of her debut EP, Ho, Why Is You Here? is due out next month in July. On the release of the EP, Flo explains: “This project is introducing a revamped newer me. A newer version of myself that I’m still discovering. This phase of me comes with an ego and an attitude. This is setting the tone for what I have to come in the future, I want everyone to feel the energy I’m coming with.”
The EP will include “Like That Bitch” and previously released tracks including “Eat It Up,” “Not Friendly” and “My Attitude,” which was met with great critical acclaim upon release with The New York Times including in the track in “The Playlist” and describing her as “A clever, cheerful lyricist” and explaining, “‘My Attitude’ might be her best to date, a persistently tough blend of aw-shucks sexual candor and eye-rolling dismissals.”
The track also received a rave review from NYLON and its video premiered on The FADER who describes her, “Aside from her flows and lyrics, Flo Milli has a good sense of melody and knows where to sprinkle it in.” Flo Milli first broke onto the scene in 2019 with her track “Beef FloMix” which landed on the Spotify US Viral 50, peaking at #2. The track then began taking off on TikTok with thousands of original videos, with Rolling Stone covering its success on the platform and NPR Music naming the track “5 TikTok Songs From 2019 We’ll Actually Remember.
With “Beef FloMix” and the release of her follow up track “In The Party” she became a TikTok sensation with over half a million videos created with millions of views. Combined she has amassed over 100 million streams worldwide.
All of the success led to co-signs from the likes of Halle Berry, SZA, and Cardi B on Instagram, as well as Lil Nas X and PAPER Magazine using her lyrics on an Obama meme. Complex has also included her in their “20 Rappers to Watch in 2020” list Listen to “Like That Bitch” and keep an eye out for more on Ho, Why Is You Here? coming soon.
Listen to “Like That Bitch” HERE and keep an eye out for more on Ho, Why Is You Here? coming soon.
The iconic artistsare accompanied by Sting’s longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller and backing vocalists, Melissa Musique and Gene Noble to perform the first single, “Don’t Make Me Wait,” off their GRAMMY® Award-winning album, 44/876, as well as Sting’s classic hit, “Englishman in New York,” and a mash-up of JuiceWRLD’s chart-topping song, “Lucid Dreams” and Sting’s “Shape of My Heart,“ which is sampled on the former.
Following their joint collaboration, which included a critically-acclaimed world tour, Sting & Shaggy, both managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, went on to release their own respective albums (Sting’s My Songs & Shaggy’s Wah Gwaan?!) and embarked on tour.
Leyla McCalla is the former Carolina Chocolate Drop, who has embraced the sounds of her adopted home of New Orleans and her ancestral Haitian roots to address issues like lead-poisoned water, financial instability, racism, and sexism on her latest album The Capitalist Blues. Leyla will be performing a full band show at the Atrium at Lincoln Center on April 4th. Leyla previously played at the Winter Jazz Fest in NYC, and will return to the New Orleans Jazz Fest for an appearance in May. Leyla also just completed her maiden voyage to SXSW. From Austin she taped an interview for NPR‘s All Things Considered, which just aired. She was deemed “a voice for the voiceless,” as well as one of the top acts to catch by the Austin Chronicle. Earlier this year, her album The Capitalist Blues was included in New York Times playlist, NPR Music.
NPRs World Cafe premiered the music video for the song ‘Money Is King’. She also performed on WNYC Soundcheck, sat down for Salon Q&A, and performed for World Cafe9. Leyla will also be performing the album live at New Orleans Jazz Festival next month, as she wraps up a worldwide tour. You can watch her perform “Money Is King”
Along with her own album, Leyla is a member of critically acclaimed super group ‘Songs Of Our Native Daughters.’ The band is compromised of four black women McCalla, Allison Russell, Amythyst Kiah, and Rhiannon Giddens — re-writing and reclaiming the history of American folk music. The band has been featured in TIME, Rolling Stone, and the Washington Post, as well as a 5-star review in The Guardian.
“Bobby Sessions has a lot to say and it’s often about the condition of Black America. With an elastic flow and impassioned lyrics, the 20-something Dallas native acts as a self-contained Black Lives Matter rally as he channels the anger and despair that accompany the cycle of systematic racism.” –XXL
“Sessions is not afraid of the reactions that may come from those who feel the content is too much. It’s an audacious attempt but in a genre that glorifies the money and clout, the message that Sessions is spreading is a much needed statement.” – BILLBOARD
“Sessions confronts racism with a captivating flow that’s both acrimonious and awe-inspiring.” –NPR Music
Revolutionary Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions–the firebrand Def Jam MC hot off the title track from the buzzworthy film and soundtrack The Hate U Give–drops his second EP RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance via Def Jam Recordings.
The Art of Renaissance follows RVLTN-Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa (released in July), Sessions’ debut EP, which included his first two Def Jam single and video releases of earlier this year, “Like Me” and “Pick A Side.” With hard-hitting production on The Art of Resistance PicnicTyme, Audio Anthem, and RC Williams, Sessions’ aggressive, authentic, soulful sound harkens back to the roots and origins of classic hip-hop.
On The Art of Resistance, Sessions continues to rip open the ongoing oppression of African-Americans in our society sand gets to the root of race issues in our country. Throughout both EPs, he has worked toward his self-possessed goal of “taking the politically incorrect conversations from the barbershop and expressing them through music.”
“My RVLTN EP series,” Sessions has said, “is about taking the politically incorrect conversations from the barbershop and expressing them through music.” He went on to explain that Chapter 1 highlights the root of race issues in this country. It addresses while supremacy, systematic oppression, as well as introspective realizations about the responsibility of becoming a leader. RVLTN will continue to unfold and evolve throughout upcoming chapters in my quest for viable solutions, black empowerment, and justice.
On December 31, 2014, Bobby Sessions quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming a recording artist full-time. Exactly one year later, he released his debut indie album the Law of Attraction (LOA), a passionate and fiery project influenced by the artists he grew up on as a kid from Dallas, Texas–from Jay-Z to James Brown to N.E.R.D. The hunger he has for motivating people through his words can’t be ignored: it’s in each and every song, interview, and performance. A blistering, concentrated lyricist and speaker, Sessions is constantly focused and determined to attract the energy of those around him–whether onstage performing for fans or in the studio focused on his craft. LOA was followed by a second album, grateful, a jazzy, self-aware reminder to be thankful. “Every freedom, every privilege, every great thing happening in our lives, down to your eyesight, each breath…we should put 100% of our energy into being grateful for that,” Sessions said.
His 2018 signing to Def Jam Recordings, and the arrival of “Like Me” and “Pick A Side” early in the year, set the stage for RVLTN-Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa (released in July), and RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance (November).
TO PERFORM “NEVER EVER” ON “THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN” AUGUST 8 AND “CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY SESSIONS” AUGUST 11
VIDE NOIR RELEASED TO WIDESPREAD CRITICAL PRAISE
ON TOUR NOW
Photo credit: Pamela Littky
Lord Huron’s Spotify Singles debut today, including a performance of their hit single “When The Night Is Over” as well as a cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.” Listen/share the singles HERE.
Additionally, the band will preform “Never Ever” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on August 8 and will appear on “CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions” on August 11.
The band’s acclaimed new album Vide Noir—out now on Whispering Pines/Republic Records—debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and continues to receive widespread critical praise. See below for what the press is saying about the album.
The group continues to take their lauded live show on the road this summer and fall, including headlining performances at Boston’s House Of Blues, as well as two shows each at Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Steel, Austin’s Stubb’s Waller Creek and Denver’s Ogden Theatre. See below for complete tour details, tickets are on sale now at http://lordhuron.com.
LORD HURON, VIDE NOIR:
“Vide Noir adds touches of garage-rock distortion to a narrative of love and fortune found, inspired by classic pulp fiction writers like Raymond Chandler and illuminated by a mysterious emerald glow. It’s the spookiest entry yet in a growing catalog of the atmospheric, the melodic, and the arcane.”
“They evolved into an expansive festival-folk juggernaut that will take their fizzy
and fuzzy upcoming third LP, the Dave Fridmann-mixed Vide Noir, to a large outdoor amphitheater near you.”
“More than ever before, it sounds like Lord Huron had the ambition and the confidence to take their sound to all kinds of new places, with no rules, and no concern for what anyone expects Lord Huron to sound like.”
“The tracks are robust and muscular, hitting on the tune-fulness and warm
melodies that fans of the band would expect, but sounding more ready than ever for the big stages that they will be playing.”
LORD HURON TOUR DATES
July 15—Marrickville, AU—Factory Theatre
July 18—Melbourne, AU—Recital Centre
July 20—Yelgun, AU—Splendour in the Grass Festival
July 25—Toronto, ON—Sony Centre
July 26—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE
July 27—Cleveland, OH—House Of Blues
July 28—North Tonawanda, NY—Brews and Wines on the Water
July 30—Portland, ME—State Theatre
August 1—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Steel
August 2—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Steel
August 3—Portsmouth, NH—Prescott Park Arts Festival
August 4—Montreal, QC—Osheaga Festival
August 5—Boston, MA—House Of Blues
August 25—Saint Paul, MN—Minnesota State Fair
September 21—St. Louis, MO—The Pageant
September 22—Franklin, TN—Pilgrimage Festival
September 23—Franklin, TN—Pilgrimage Festival
September 25—New Orleans, LA—Civic Theatre
September 27—Houston, TX—Revention Music Center
September 28—Dallas, TX—Bomb Factory
September 29—Austin, TX—Stubb’s Waller Creek
October 1—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom
October 3—Omaha, NE—Sokol Auditorium
October 4—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre
October 5—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre
October 7—Bloomingburg, NY—Catskills Food & Wine Festival
October 13—Oakland, CA—Treasure Island Music Festival
October 14—Oakland, CA—Treasure Island Music Festival
Devon Gilfillian’s new song, ‘Troublemaker, will be heard during 2018 NFL Draft programming, airing on NFL Network, FOX and ESPN from April 26-28. The song, which has also been tapped for this NFL ad, is now available for download/streaming on all digital droppable platforms HERE. Today, Gilfillian will perform the national anthem before Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft, which takes place in Arlington, TX NFL.com/DraftExperience.
Now signed to Capitol Records, Gilfillian grew up outside Philadelphia and took up the electric guitar at age 14. After moving to Nashville to pursue music full-time, he self-released his first EP in 2016. The five-song collection of originals showcased Gilfillian’s soulful style is a powerful blend of R&B, blues, rock and gospel. The EP won praise from NPR Music’s Ann Powers, who noted, “His self-released, self-titled debut EP captures his exuberance and musical openness, setting the stage for what promises to be a brilliant career.” Listen to his performance on NPR’s World Cafe Nashville HERE.
Albin Lee Meldau‘s ‘The Weight Is Gone‘ is an arresting new soul-soaked dance-pop song that signals a striking new creative direction from an emerging artist to watch in 2018. Over a Ronson-like mashup of beats and sweeping strings with stabs of reverb-heavy guitar Albin’s unforgettable voice soars, confessing how love can sometimes feel like a curse. The Weight Is Gone is the first single from Albin’s forthcoming debut album due out this summer on Astralwerks.
Astralwerks has also released the 3-track The Weight Is Gone (Remixes) EP featuring remixes by KC Lights. The remixes have already earned support from some of the world’s biggest tastemaker DJs including Tiesto and Danny Howard, as well as from festival mainstays Kryder, CID, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.
Few singers can command an audience’s attention quite like Albin Lee Meldau,
his voice is breathtaking, soulful, thunderous and impossible to ignore
Albin has already proven himself to be a powerful storyteller on deeply affecting songs such as Same Boat, Bloodshot, Lou Lou. First and foremost, He considers himself a musical journalist who not only documents what he feels, but also what he sees. But before you discover his gift for weaving emotion, detail, and humanity into a unique blend of classic soul and modern pop production, you will hear his voice and be bowled over.
2018 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for Albin, a singer-songwriter who hails from Gothenburg, Sweden, the son of a Swedish jazz singer mom and a British punk rocker dad. His debut album follows two impressive EPs that have already notched 30 million streams on Spotify. Last year he made his debut at SXSW and Bonnaroo, and NPR Music invited him to perform on their popular Tiny Desk Concert series. Albin was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Grammis (Sweden’s Grammy Awards) and won the 2016 Anchor Award, an international competition hosted by the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany that seeks out the best new emerging talent. He was selected by a jury that included producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie) who sang Albin’s praises in presenting him the award. Something is pouring out of his heart and soul when he sings.
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