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Masego Shares Music Video For Mystery Lady

Today, Masego shared the official video for “Mystery Lady (Sego’s Remix).” Brazilian director Doug Bernardt, who was awarded the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Entertainment for Music for the short film Bluesman, helmed the clip. Masego met up with the director in Mexico City for the shoot. Bursting with brilliant colors, the video is infused with a deep appreciation for the sensuality and rhythms of everyday life. Masego sings as he explores the streets, alleys and courtyards, encountering dance partners along the way and reveling in the city’s natural beauty. View the video HERE.

Combined global streams of “Mystery Lady” have soared past the 100 million mark. Sego’s remix and the original version of the song “Mystery Lady Ft. Don Toliver” appear on Studying Abroad: Extended Stay (EQT Recordings/Capitol Records), the deluxe edition of Masego’s acclaimed 2020 EP. Watch Masego and Don Toliver performing “Mystery Lady” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” HERE.

Lady Lady, Masego’s 2018 debut album, put him on the map. “Tadow,” the lead single, has surpassed one billion combined global streams. The song is certified Platinum in the U.S., Diamond in Brazil and Gold in Mexico. Hailed as a “musical polyglot” by the Los Angeles Times, Masego is a singular talent and surprising presence a saxophone player, a singer, a rapper, a comedian, a DJ. NPR Music praised him as “musical shapeshifter, the creator of a blueprint for a new kind of sound.”

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ARTIST KATE VARGAS SHARES NEW ALBUM – RUMPUMPO

“Kate Vargas’ ‘Glorieta to the Holy Place’ creaks and sighs with otherworldly atmosphere” – Rolling Stone

“Frequently labeled as ‘junkyard folk,’ Vargas’ work is marked with deep intention, frequently emerging as some of the most ‘honest, authentic’ in the Americana scene.” – American Songwriter

“Eccentric experimental indie darling Kate Vargas explores anxiety, sobriety, the dark side of humans and their flaws in her music.” – Atwood

“Vargas is definitely a dynamic addition to any musicians-to-watch list” – Elmore Magazine

“quirky phrasing, erotic substratum” – Robert Christgau, Noisey

“Her poetic lyricism is rooted in the folklore and storytelling” – NPR

“There is an unlimited amount of potential in this superstar on the rise” – The Huffington Post

Listen to Rumpumpo here.

The New York City-based, New Mexico native shares her album Rumpumpo with the world. Kate Vargas, the “junkyard folk” artist, has put aside the party for meditation, yoga, clean eating, and a fresh perspective on life as she hones in on her music.

Weeks before Vargas was scheduled to record her new album, the pandemic struck. At an impasse, she struggled to move forward in her craft. Months later, in a conversation with a friend about feeling stuck, he stated Newton’s First Law: “An object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest unless acted upon by an outside force,” which subsequently inspires the first single and title track off her album, “Rumpumpo.”

Rumpumpo features the previously released singles “Church of Misdirection,” and “Glorieta to the Holy Place”, an ode to her home of New Mexico that celebrates the pilgrimage to Chimayo. Each year, thousands of people travel over 30 miles to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. The church is said to have healing powers, particularly the sand inside. Vargas sings about a young girl who hears of this holy place and takes it upon herself to make the pilgrimage for the sake of her suffering family amidst the pandemic.

With Rumpumpo, Vargas continues her meteoric rise with songs that stir the emotional cauldron, blazing a genre-bending path that is both sonically and lyrically daring.

Kate Vargas

Rumpumpo

Tracklisting

  1. Rumpumpo
  2. Honeydripper
  3. Left Shoe
  4. Everything Forever
  5. Animal
  6. Spit 3 Times
  7. Someday
  8. Church of the Misdirection
  9. Lighter
  10. Glorieta to the Holy Place
  11. Like Apollo

About Kate Vargas:

The New Mexico-raised, NYC-based artist is building ever more mindfully on her sound, and the music press is taking notice, Vargas receiving praise from a variety of respected outlets including Billboard, NPR, Noisey, and the Huffington Post, the latter assessing, “There is an unlimited amount of potential in this superstar on the rise.”

Vargas has packed houses from Ireland’s Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival to The Troubadour in London, The Mansion on O Street in Washington D.C. to New York’s Bowery Electric. Featuring her singular folk-style storytelling, Vargas’ songs are grounded in a darkly melodic, reverb-washed sonic palette of dreampop, dusty folk and junkyard blues, all carried by rough-hewn vocals and guitar playing. In equal measure, she channels a surprising array of artists, from Tom Waits, Fiona Apple, and 16 Horsepower to Lana Del Rey and K. Flay.

In March of 2020, the pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt just weeks before Vargas was scheduled to record her new album. With plans on indefinite hold, Vargas found herself struggling to find a way forward. Months later, while talking to a friend about her feeling that she had stalled out, he simply stated Newton’s 1st law – an object in motion stays in motion, an object at rest stays at rest, unless acted upon by an external force. She needed an external force.

Around the same time, in a fortuitous twist of fate, Vargas found herself on the west coast just as her producer was relocating out west as well. An external force. Not one to squander an opportunity, Vargas quickly made plans to record in Los Angeles. Two more problems emerged. One, Vargas’ beloved Gibson guitar was twenty-eight hundred miles away in her apartment in New York and two, she still needed to write one more song for the album. Ever resourceful, calls were made and in the eleventh hour, Vargas found herself writing a song based on Newton’s 1st law on a guitar on loan from Jackson Browne. That song would become the title track, Rumpumpo.

“Gotta make the levee break, let the tonic take, double-stroking in a swim-or-syncopation; Well you won’t if you don’t get to doing, it’s Newtonian.”

Always challenging, Rumpumpo is peppered with restless moments, from the title track to the mesmerizing “Glorieta to the Holy Place”, a New Mexico-based story of a young girl’s pilgrimage to the town of Chimayo as a test of faith during the pandemic. Vargas escorts us to dark and uncomfortable places, but always with an arm around the shoulder and a reassuring grin. In the swampy “Spit 3 Times”, we are taken on a musical Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, exploring the nooks and crannies of obsession, then thrust into the stripped-down ballad “Someday”, a love song at once morbid, disturbing and yet beautiful that reaches a peak reminiscent of George Martin and The Beatles (circa 1967). Whether drawn from folklore or direct experience, Vargas injects an intimate feel into each song via her poetic lyricism and jagged vocal delivery. At times, Vargas damn near hypnotizes, her compositions seeping to the edge of the subconscious, hardwiring listeners to ponder questions that, in other contexts, might make them squirm.

Vargas’ childhood in Corrales, New Mexico, had a profound impact on the woman and artist she would become. This artist and farming village just outside Albuquerque was populated with Mexican-Catholic families like hers, as well as creatives and a variety of seekers. It was a community rich in oral tradition and folklore, steeped in tales of good and evil, ghosts and witches, sin, The Devil, even extraterrestrial visitors. “It was a strange and wonderful place that I’ve really come to appreciate as an adult. There was a culture of storytelling, and the stories were often dark: the way I write songs now is rooted in that tradition. The paranormal and the supernatural always seem to make their way in. It was a great place for an imagination to run wild. If I told my mother I was bored, she’d tell me, ‘Go outside and pretend something.’”

Still, the slow pace of rural small-town life was excruciating at times for Vargas, who longed for the action and possibility of the big city. She began playing the flute at a young age and by the time she was in high school developed an interest in jazz that led her to Boston where she studied music at Berklee. Once there, she consistently found herself coming back to writing and guitar after classes. Upon graduating from Berklee, Vargas relocated to New York City, playing an open mic night every Monday at the now defunct P & G Bar on the Upper West Side. “People were so disgustingly positive,” she says, “and that kept me coming back.”

Eventually, the club gave her a showcase spot and more gigs followed. With people continually asking her for a CD, Vargas knew the time had come to make an album. Her debut, the DIY affair Down to My Soul, was released in 2014, hinting at the promise of a vibrant new voice. Her follow-up, 2016’s Strangeclaw, was recorded at New York’s Mercy Sound Studios (Blondie, Macy Gray) and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, capturing Vargas’ impressive growth as an artist in gorgeous fidelity.

Vargas really hit her stride with 2018’s For the Wolfish & Wandering, connecting with audiences like never before, culminating in invitations to perform on NPR’s Mountain Stage, an official showcase at Nashville’s AmericanaFest, several performances at the 30A Songwriters Festival, as well as her songs appearing on television shows Stumptown (ABC), Midnight, Texas (NBC) and Good Trouble (Freeform).

With Rumpumpo, Vargas continues her meteoric rise with songs that stir the emotional cauldron, blazing a genre-bending path that is both sonically and lyrically daring.

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Clairo Announces North American Tour

On the heels of her sophomore album, Sling, Clairo announces her 2022 headlining North American Tour.

Following the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album, Sling, 22-year-old American artist, songwriter, and producer Clairo has announced her 2022 headlining North American tour dates today. Produced by Live Nation, the 28-date tour will kick off on February 16 in Charlotte, NC at The Fillmore Charlotte with stops in Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and more before wrapping April 16 in Atlanta, GA at Tabernacle.

Joining her on the road is British singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks supporting Clairo for the majority of the tour, with Brooklyn indie-rockers Widowspeak joining for the three remaining tour dates. Clairo has partnered with SafeTour and Calling All Crows to provide a safe and harassment-free concert experience. Clairo is integrating a dedicated representative from Calling All Crows into her touring team who will respond to requests for support through a text helpline and proactive canvassing of each concert, and provide messaging and educational support so that attendees can take part in making these shows and their own communities safer. Together, SafeTour and Calling All Crows will provide sexual harassment prevention and response training to the full band, crew, and interested venue staff to create a safe and inclusive environment on the road.

“Now that shows are starting to come back into our everyday lives, it’s important to prioritize everyone’s experience to the fullest,” Clairo shared. “Everyone deserves a resource, and everyone deserves to enjoy the show in peace. I want the audience to know that there is someone who will listen and believe them at every show.”

The tour announcement comes on the heels of last Friday, when Clairo released her highly anticipated sophomore studio album, Sling, via FADER Label/Republic Records. Co-produced with Grammy® Award-winning producer Jack Antonoff, Sling was recorded at Allaire Studios in Upstate New York and features 12-tracks including Blouse, which the 22-year-old performed live on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month. 

Praised for her diary-worthy stories earmarked by her devilishly sharp commentary and angelically intimate vocals. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has quietly threaded these stories into the fabric of popular culture since she first surfaced as a phenomenon out of her dorm bedroom. Following the success of her 2018 debut, Diary 001 EP, Clairo unveiled her 2019 full-length debut album, Immunity (FADER Label). The now 22-year-old received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NME, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and many more. Beyond performing on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and most recently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she has notably sold-out headline tours as well as joined the bills of Coachella and Lollapalooza. Her growing catalog includes the platinum-certified Pretty Girl and gold-certified 4Ever and Flaming Hot Cheetos, in addition to Are You Bored Yet?—her platinum collaboration with Wallows. To date, she has amassed over 3 billion streams and counting. In 2021, she turns the page on the next chapter with her highly anticipated sophomore album, Sling.

TOUR DATES

02/16 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

02/17 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN            

02/19 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Washington, D.C          

02/22 – The National – Richmond, VA           

02/24 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY          

02/26 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA        

02/27 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA                       

03/02 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC                   

03/04 – HISTORY – Toronto, ON                   

03/07 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH       

03/08 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI                  

03/10 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL                        

03/18 – The Fillmore – Minneapolis, MN        

03/20 -The Fillmore – Denver, CO                 

03/23 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA                 

03/25 – Arlene Schnitzer Hall – Portland, OR                        

03/28 – The Orpheum – Vancouver, BC        

03/30 -The Masonic – San Francisco, CA     

03/31 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA               

04/02 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA         

04/03 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA                    

04/05 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ                     

04/07- South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX

04/09 – ACL @ Moody Theater – Austin, TX

04/10 – Bayou Music Center (fka Revention) – Houston, TX

04/13 – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami, FL

04/14 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL

04/16 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

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Clairo Releases Sophomore Album Sling

Clairo has released her highly anticipated sophomore studio album, Sling, today via FADER Label/Republic Records.

Co-produced with Grammy® Award-winning producer Jack Antonoff, Sling was recorded at Allaire Studios in Upstate New York and features 12 tracks, including her critically acclaimed track, Blouse, which the 22-year-old performed live on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month. 

“I’m so excited for you to hear this record, I hope you enjoy it,” Clairo reveals. “It’s for mom, for Joanie, for me and for you.”

Claire Elizabeth Cottrill, known professionally as Clairo, began her love affair with music in her hometown of Carlisle, Massachusetts. When she was 13, she started posting covers of popular songs to her YouTube channel and Bandcamp. Her song Pretty Girl went viral on YouTube in 2017, just a few months before she was signed with her first talent agency. Praised for her diary-worthy stories earmarked by her devilishly sharp commentary and angelically intimate vocals. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has quietly threaded these stories into the fabric of popular culture since she first surfaced as a phenomenon out of her dorm bedroom. Following the success of her 2018 debut, Diary 001 EP, Clairo unveiled her 2019 full-length debut album, Immunity (FADER Label). The now 22-year-old received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NME, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and many more. Beyond performing on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and most recently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she has notably sold out headline tours as well as joined the bills of Coachella and Lollapalooza. Her growing catalog includes the platinum-certified Pretty Girl and gold-certified 4Ever and Flaming Hot Cheetos, in addition to Are You Bored Yet?—her platinum collaboration with Wallows. To date, she has amassed over 3 billion streams and counting. In 2021, she turns the page on the next chapter with her highly anticipated sophomore album, Slingout everywhere now.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE REMOVES STATUES

THREE YEARS AFTER UNITE

By: Clara Guthrie

On Saturday, the university town of Charlottesville, Virginia removed four controversial statues from its public grounds: two of Confederate generals and two that depicted Native Americans in a distinctly disparaging way.

The first bronze statue to be lifted from its stone pedestal was that of Robert E. Lee, the infamous commander of the Confederate Army, which stood in Market Street Park. This public park was once named in the general’s honor until June of 2017 when it became known as Emancipation Park; one year later, it was yet again renamed as Market Street Park.

As the crane was put in place to remove the statue of Lee, the city’s mayor, Nikuyah Walker, spoke to onlookers. “Taking down this statue is one small step closer to the goal of helping Charlottesville, Virginia, and America grapple with the sin of being willing to destroy Black people for economic gain,” she said.

Two hours later, the statue of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson—who gained his enduring nickname after successfully commanding a brigade in the First Battle of Bull Run—was taken down from its place in Court Square Park. Similar to the tale of Market Street Park, this spot once boasted the name of Stonewall Jackson, was renamed Justice Park and has since become Court Square Park.

In response to the removal of both statues, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia Jalane Schmidt said, “I literally felt lighter when the statues came down, it was such a relief.”

According to CNN, both statues have been placed in storage while the city pursues different places to preserve and, more importantly, contextualize them such as museums, historical societies or Civil War battlefields. The city has reportedly already received 10 offers, six of which are out of state and four of which are within the state of Virginia.

This ultimate removal and push for contextualization came after nearly five years of heated court battles and protests. Back in 2016, then-high school student and current student at the University of Virginia, Zyahna Bryant, launched a petition to get the statues removed from their dominant positions over the city. Early the following year, city council voted to take down the statues, but this action was thwarted by a legal challenge. During the summer of 2017, “the statues of Lee and Jackson—and threats to remove them—served as a rallying cry for the far right,” as NPR said. On August 11 and 12 of that summer, this tension boiled over into the horrific, violent and racist riots of the Unite the Right Rally. On the second day of rioting, white supremacist neo-Nazis came to a head with counter-protesters when one man drove his car into a crowd, killing one woman, Heather Heyer, and injuring 19 others, only a few steps away from the statue of Robert E. Lee.

It was not until April of this year that the Supreme Court of Virginia overturned the original challenge to the removal of the statues. On June 7, the city council voted once again to remove the state-owned statues.

The racist legacy of these statues and the necessity of their overdue removal goes deeper than the obvious immortalization of individuals who dedicated themselves to the perpetuation of the enslavement of Black people. These statues are also artifacts of the Jim Crow era in Virginia, seeing as they were not erected in the immediate wake of the Civil War, but in fact decades later. The Robert E. Lee statue, for example, was not dedicated until 1924. NPR described the unveiling ceremonies of these statues:

“Charlottesville’s statues of Lee and Jackson were erected in the early 1920s with large ceremonies that included Confederate veteran reunions, parades and balls. At one event during the 1921 unveiling of the Jackson statue, children formed a living Confederate flag on the lawn of a school down the road from Vinegar Hill, a prominent Black neighborhood. The Jackson statue was placed on land that had once been another prosperous Black neighborhood.”

The programs coordinator from the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Sterling Howell, said on the installment of Confederate memorials, “This was at the height of Jim Crow segregation, at the height of lynchings in American history. […] There was a clear statement that [Black people] weren’t welcome.”

In addition to the removal of these bronzed Confederate generals, the city also took down two statues that included harmful depictions of Native Americans.

The first statue was of Revolutionary War general George Rogers Clark on his horse in front of three crouching Native Americans and two frontiersmen behind them, one of whom was raising his rifle. This statue sat on University of Virginia grounds, across from the popular dining and shopping area called “The Corner.”

The second statue depicted famous explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, standing tall and looking outwards while Sacagawea squatted beside them. The statue stood outside a federal courthouse downtown.

Just as Zyahna Bryant opened the door to the conversation around removing Confederate statues across the city, Anthony Guy Lopez, a University of Virginia graduate and member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe, started a petition to remove the Lewis and Clark statue back in 2009. “If art can be evil, these were evil,” Lopez said. “What this says to American Indians is that violence is a part of our lives, and that we have to not only accept but glorify it.”

According to city council member Michael Payne, the council voted in favor of the removal of the Lewis and Clark statue in the fall of 2019. The process of removal was significantly sped up, however, after the contracting company that removed the Lee and Jackson statues offered last-minute to take down the George Rogers Clark and Lewis and Clark statues at no additional cost.

While these four statues no longer loom over the busy streets and passing-by residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, the fight to come to terms with the racist history of Virginia, the South and the entirety of America is nowhere close to over. In Charlottesville alone, ties to this dark past are enduring. As just one example, the man who commissioned all four of the aforementioned statues, Paul Goodloe McIntire, is still immortalized across the city, including as the name for the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

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PRATEEK KUHAD – SHEHRON KE RAAZ

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad has debuted new EP Shehron Ke Raaz. The four-track collection includes an acoustic version of Kuhad’s 2020 breakout hit “Kasoor,” and was heralded by singles “Tere Hi Hum” and the EP’s title trackShehron Ke Raaz is available now on all streaming platforms via Elektra Records.

The artist returns his Indian roots on the project, recording in Bombay and singing in Hindi as he explores the intimate, often hidden worlds that lovers create for themselves. There’s a sweetness to his delivery that transcends language and culture, resulting in a dreamy and profoundly moving body of work that speaks to the kind of fundamentally human desires that bind us all.

Big cities have countless stories of lovers lost in their own little worlds, and while their particular corner of the city may be small in the grand scheme of things, their emotional universe is large and all-encompassing,” Kuhad explains. “This EP explores love in a very gentle and personal manner. The stories are hidden, and they belong to those who wish to participate in them. The music attempts to represent hope, mystery, and wonder in the most beautiful way possible.”

In October, Prateek announced his signing to Elektra Records, making history as the first solo Indian act to join the storied label. The news was heralded by the re-release of his 2018 breakthrough EP cold / mess, lauded by Atwood Magazine an “an utterly breathtaking, expansive piece of indie folk mastery.” The collection has racked up critical praise from NPR, Vulture, Billboard, Uproxx, and former President Barack Obama, who featured “cold / mess” on his 2019 Songs of the Year playlist. In February, Kuhad shared “cold / mess (on piano),” a stripped-back take of the delicate ballad.

Hailed by Rolling Stone India as “one of the country’s leading singer-songwriters,” Prateek Kuhad has taken the rest of the world by storm in recent years, writing and performing in both Hindi and English and garnering a slew of accolades and honors around the globe with his mesmerizing, cinematic songwriting.

Growing up in the small city of Jaipur, India, Kuhad’s childhood listening diet consisted primarily of the Indian pop and Bollywood soundtracks that filled the local radio dial, as well as his parents’ CD collection, which contained only limited Western music. A move to New York City for college opened Prateek’s eyes to a new world of music, discovering Elliott Smith and inspiring him to seriously pursue his musical ambitions. While Kuhad has long been a household name in his native country (he became one of Spotify India’s most-streamed artists when the service launched there and the cold/mess EP debuted at #1), 2019 proved to be his breakout year in North America, with a star-making turn at SXSW and a cross-country headline run that culminated with three sold out shows in New York City.

Prateek’s debut album In Tokens and Charms was an instant hit ߝ earning the artist an MTV Europe Music Award, Indie Album of the Year honors from iTunes, and the title of Best Pop Artist at the Radio City Freedom Awards. The album’s opening track, “Oh Love,” captured first place in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition, which previously helped launch artists like Gotye and Passenger to global audiences. Kuhad has sold out auditorium and amphitheater dates across India, landed arena support slots with the likes of Alt-J and Mike Posner, and traveled the world for headline and festival performances in the US, UK, Australia, Singapore, Canada, and France.

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Joy Oladokun – In Defense of My Own Happiness

Joy Oladokun debuts new song, judas, from the deluxe album in defense of my own happiness (complete).

Breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun’s new deluxe album, in defense of my own happiness (complete), is out today via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. The special extended edition includes all 14 tracks from her major label debut, in defense of my own happiness, as well as the ten additional songs from her self-released 2020 record, in defense of my own happiness (the beginnings), and one new track, judas.

In celebration of the new music, Oladokun will be featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” this afternoon speaking with host Ari Shapiro, and recently made her debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert performing sunday from Nashville’s newly opened National Museum of African American Music. 

Released last month via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records, in defense of my own happiness finds Oladokun forging her own path, sharing the unique perspective she’s gained from living in today’s world as a black, queer woman and first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants. Born in Arizona and now living in Nashville, her musical exploration began at age ten when she was inspired to learn guitar after seeing a video of Tracy Chapman—the first time she’d ever seen a black woman play the instrument. 

Recently named one of the “Best Albums of 2021 So Far” by Rolling Stone and Variety, and one of Billboard’s “Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2021 So Far,” in defense of my own happiness features special collaborations with Maren Morris (Bigger Man), Jensen McRae (wish you the best) and Penny & Sparrow (heaven from here) and continues to receive widespread critical praise: 

“She has a remarkable ability to distill how forces at work in the world…she can make even social and political protest feel like an intimate, warmly human act”—NPR Music 

“a serious talent with a kind of low-key, casual ease…she’s always seeking out the light to point the way, making for one of the year’s most uplifting listens.”—Rolling Stone 

“one of the hottest new singer-songwriters making music…surgical songwriting and soulful vocals that will send chills down your spine on each repeat listen.”—Billboard

“Joy Oladokun is a rare talent who manages to dissect Christianity, queerness, race and mental wellness with a delicate yet determined touch”—Vogue

“Oladokun’s message is not only timely, but essential.”—them.

“a stunning major label debut…any Nashville musician worth their salt should be pinching themselves to work with Oladokun, among the most exciting talents this city has seen in years.”—The Tennessean

“the rising singer-songwriter proves her worth as a master storyteller”—American Songwriter

Furthering her breakout year, Oladokun will tour throughout the fall including upcoming performances at Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits as well as several dates supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Dermot Kennedy. 

Oladokun has continued to receive widespread attention in the past year, including recent performances of album track, breathe again, on NBC’s TODAY and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The song also received a key placement on NBC’s This Is Us, propelling the track to reach #3 on Shazam’s U.S. Top 200 while also charting globally. Additionally, Oladokun has been named a member of the inaugural #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021, an NPR Music/Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch, a Billboard LGBTQ Artist of the Month, Spotify’s RADAR US: Artists to Watch 2021, Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch 2021 and Vogue’s #1 New LGBTQ Artists to Listen to Now, and was recently highlighted as part of HULU’s “Your Attention Please: The Concert ” alongside 24kGoldn, Kiana Ledé, Lil Yachty, and Swae Lee. In addition to This Is Us, her music has been featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s Station 19 and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Oladokun also recently teamed up with the ever-popular life simulation game The Sims™ 4 as part of their first-ever in-game music event alongside Bebe Rexha and Glass Animals. 

IN DEFENSE OF MY OWN HAPPINESS (COMPLETE) TRACK LIST

  1. jordan 
  2. smoke 
  3. if you got a problem
  4. i see america 
  5. heaven from here (feat. Penny & Sparrow)
  6. younger days 
  7. sunday
  8. bad blood
  9. lost
  10. who do i turn to? 
  11. sorry isn’t good enough
  12. taking the heat
  13. someone that i used to be
  14. brick by brick
  15. unwelcoming
  16. Bigger Man (feat. Maren Morris)
  17. mercy (feat. Tim Gent)
  18. let it be me 
  19. judas
  20. mighty die young
  21. breathe again
  22. too high
  23. look up 
  24. wish you the best (feat. Jensen McRae)

JOY OLADOKUN CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

July 23—Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

July 29—Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

July 30—Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

August 4—Bellvue, CO @ The Mishawka*

August 5—Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre*

August 8—St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant*

August 10—Madison, WI @ The Sylvee*

August 11—Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory*

August 14—Grand Rapids, MI @ GLC Live at 20 Monroe*

August 17—Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre*

August 19—Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion*

August 28—Lexington, KY @ Railbird Music Festival

September 2—Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

September 8—Park City, UT @ Park City Song Summit 2021

September 11—Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre+

September 24—New York, NY @ Rooftop at Pier 17+

September 25—New York, NY @ Rooftop at Pier 17+

September 26—Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union Live at Richmond Raceway+

October 1—Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 24—Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival

October 28—Grand Rapids, MI @ CFAC Auditorium at Calvin University

*with Dermot Kennedy 

+with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

PLANET HER album cover by David LaChapelle from Jamie Abzug, RCA Records for use by 360 Magazine

Doja Cat – Planet Her

Global superstar Doja Cat hits #1 at Top 40 radio with “Kiss Me More” ft. SZA. The Platinum-certified track, which has continued to dominate the charts since release, already hit #1 at Rhythm radio and currently sits at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 with over 765 million streams worldwide.

Planet Her (Kemosabe/RCA Records) debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking Doja Cat’s career best and highest debut to date with 109K in total activity in the US alone. Spanning a range of genres Planet Her also generated the highest first day Spotify streams for an album by a female rapper, is the top Pop album based on consumption according to MRC data, and marks both the biggest debut for female rapper and the top female R&B debut of 2021.

The press is raving about Planet Her with Vulture saying “Like a runway show where every look clicks, Planet Her makes a case for Doja as our new ice-cool pop-queen supreme,” and Stereogum simply stating, “The new album slaps, everybody.”

NPR declares – “The artist known as Doja Cat is back this week with a vibrant, unapologetic celebration of youth and sex on Planet Her.”

Billboard says “Without missing a single beat, Planet Her is sexy, introspective, reflective, and celebratory.”

Rolling Stone proclaims “If her first two LPs presented Doja as a pop outsider, blissfully living in her own world, this one makes her the coolest girl in school.”

Alongside the release of Planet Her came the highly anticipated video for “You Right” – Doja Cat & The Weeknd. Which followed the much celebrated futuristic video for “Need To Know“.

About Doja Cat:

3-time GRAMMY nominee Doja Cat made her first upload to Soundcloud in 2013 at just 16-years-old. Having grown up in and around the LA area, she developed a knack for music by studying piano and dance as a kid and listening to the likes of Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and more. Soon, she went from obsessing over Catwoman (the Halle Berry version) to “crate digging” on YouTube. The budding talent taught herself Logic and how to compose on a midi controller. Signed to Kemosabe/RCA in 2014, she released her Purrr! EP and followed that with her debut album Amala in spring 2018, but it was her August 2018 release of “Mooo!” which catapulted her into the mainstream and was met with critical acclaim.

Doja Cat released her sophomore album Hot Pink in November 2019 to mass critical acclaim, the album was a platinum success with over 10.3 billion streams worldwide. Hot Pink features “Juicy” which hit #1 at Rhythm radio, “Say So” her Grammy nominated #1 smash record and “Streets”, the viral sensation that soundtracked the ‘Silhouette Challenge,’ one of the biggest TikTok trends to date.

The success of “Say So” which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been RIAA certified 4x platinum and streamed over 5.4 billion times catapulted Doja into global superstardom. She has taken home the Best New Artist Award at the MTV VMAs, the MTV EMAs, the AMAs (where she also won the Best Female Soul/R&B Artist Award) and the iHeart Radio Awards. She has been nominated for countless awards including 3 GRAMMY Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards, 2 BET Awards, and 2 People’s Choice Awards.

Doja’s creativity and showmanship as a performer have been praised time and time again, she has delivered unique and show stopping performances on nearly all the major Award Show stages including the GRAMMY Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Awards, the iHeart Radio Awards and the MTV VMA and EMA Awards. Her last tour sold out in 10 minutes and she has played numerous festivals including Rap Caviar Live Miami, Posty Fest, Day n Vegas and Rolling Loud LA.

Doja Cat’s new album Planet Her is out now.

Get Planet Her here.

Follow Doja Cat at:

Instagram | Facebook  | Twitter  | YouTube

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JOY OLADOKUN × MAREN MORRIS

The official visualizer for “Bigger Man,” Joy Oladokun’s new collaboration with Maren Morris, is debuting today. Watch it HERE.

“Bigger Man” is from Oladokun’s acclaimed major-label debut, in defense of my own happiness, and will also be featured on her new deluxe record, in defense of my own happiness (complete), out next Friday, July 9 via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. The special extended edition includes all 14 tracks from in defense of my own happiness, as well as the ten additional songs from her self-released 2020 record, in defense of my own happiness (the beginnings), and one new song, “judas.” See below for complete track list. The release adds to a breakout year for Oladokun, who made her debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last week performing “sunday” from Nashville’s newly opened National Museum of African American Music. Watch/share HERE.

Released earlier this month via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records (stream/purchase here), in defense of my own happiness finds Oladokun forging her own path, sharing the unique perspective she’s gained from living in today’s world as a black, queer woman and first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants. Born in Arizona and now living in Nashville, her musical exploration began at age ten when she was inspired to learn guitar after seeing a video of Tracy Chapman—the first time she’d ever seen a black woman play the instrument.

Recently named one of Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of 2021 So Far” and one of Billboard’s “Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2021 So Far,” in defense of my own happiness also features special collaborations with Jensen McRae (“wish you the best”) and Penny & Sparrow (“heaven from here”) and continues to receive widespread critical praise:

She has a remarkable ability to distill how forces at work in the world…she can make even social and political protest feel like an intimate, warmly human act”—NPR Music 

Joy Oladokun, like all of us, is a work in progress. But when you talk to Joy, it’s almost like you can see that growth happening right in front of you. Every time she speaks, she’s discovering a new idea or a new thing about herself or uncovering a new way of looking at the world.”
NPR World Café 

a serious talent with a kind of low-key, casual ease…she’s always seeking out the light to point the way, making for one of the year’s most uplifting listens.”—Rolling Stone 

one of the hottest new singer-songwriters making music…surgical songwriting and soulful vocals that will send chills down your spine on each repeat listen.”—Billboard

Joy Oladokun is a rare talent who manages to dissect Christianity, queerness, race and mental wellness with a delicate yet determined touch”—Vogue

Oladokun’s message is not only timely, but essential.”—them.

There aren’t many frills to Joy Oladokun’s folk music but that doesn’t mean her songs, which capture the quieter moments of life with a frank honesty, don’t still sear to the core.”—Nylon

a stunning major label debut…any Nashville musician worth their salt should be pinching themselves to work with Oladokun, among the most exciting talents this city has seen in years.”—The Tennessean

the rising singer-songwriter proves her worth as a master storyteller”—American Songwriter

Oladokun’s ability to shine a light on the truth is remarkable, but perhaps even more so is her ability to do so with kindness.”—No Depression 

this compelling young artist, now a Nashville resident, has seized headlines for the honesty and depth with which she conveys her experience…but her songwriting is poignantly universal.”
Hits Daily Double 

Oladokun is giving us her whole self, and hoping to inspire us to be our whole selves
too
”—Nashville Scene 

often striking, and always satisfying”—Nashville Lifestyles

an artist able to turn an idiom on its head through powerful messaging and an open honesty about her own life and her own family and her own roots.”—Folk Alley

it’s pop music approached from the mindset of a true singer/songwriter, not far removed from the art of Carole King…each composition is flawlessly conceived”—Holler

Open about her queerness, mental health, and her mission to be intentional with the music she creates, Oladokun…is making a name for herself in Nashville and beyond.”—uDiscover Music 

In celebration of the new music, Oladokun will tour throughout the year including upcoming performances at Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits as well as several dates supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Dermot Kennedy. See below for complete itinerary.

Oladokun has continued to receive widespread attention in the past year, including recent performances of album track, “breathe again,” on NBC’s “TODAY” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The song also received a key placement on NBC’s “This Is Us,” propelling the track to reach #3 on Shazam’s U.S. Top 200 while also charting globally. Additionally, Oladokun has been named a member of the inaugural #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021, an NPR Music/Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch, a Billboard LGBTQ Artist of the Month, Spotify’s RADAR US: Artists to Watch 2021, Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch 2021 and Vogue’s #1 New LGBTQ Artists to Listen to Now, and was recently highlighted as part of HULU’s “Your Attention Please: The Concert” alongside 24kGoldn, Kiana Ledé, Lil Yachty and Swae Lee. In addition to “This Is Us,” her music has been featured on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC’s “Station 19” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Oladokun also recently teamed up with the ever-popular life simulation game The Sims™ 4 as part of their first-ever in-game music event alongside Bebe Rexha and Glass Animals.

Find the complete IN DEFENSE OF MY OWN HAPPINESS track list HERE. Find Joy Oladokun’s confirmed tour dates HERE.

by Taylor Vaughn for use by 360 Magazine

LORD HURON × THE LATE LATE SHOW

LORD HURON PERFORMS MINE FOREVER ON THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN

LONG LOST CAPTURES #1 SPOT ON AMERICANA/FOLK ALBUM & TASTEMAKERS CHART, #2 ON VINYL ALBUMS & ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS CHART, #3 TOP ROCK ALBUMS CHART, AND #4 TOP ALBUM SALES CHART

Lord Huron continue to celebrate the release of their latest album, Long Lost, by bringing Mine Forever to the stage on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Watch the performance here.

Upon release, Long Lost captured #1 on The Americana/Folk Album and Tastemaker Albums Chart, #2 on Vinyl Albums & Alternative Albums chart, #3 Top Rock Albums Chart, #4 Top Album Sales Chart and #23 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album has received critical acclaim from the likes of Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Vegan, NPR, American Songwriter, All Music, Uproxx, WNYC, Flood, JamBase and more all praising the immersive world Lord Huron has created with Long Lost. Not to mention, it has captured an 88 score on Metacritic which summarizes all critical and user reviews of an album from across the globe.

Lord Huron has also announced a Fall 2021 headline tour, their first shows in support of Long Lost. Tickets are on sale now here.

About Lord Huron
Lord Huron first made a name for themselves with their debut album Lonesome Dreams and shortly after Strange Tales, which featured the triple-platinum single “The Night We Met.” In 2018, Lord Huron earned widespread critical acclaim with their first Top 5 debut on the Billboard Top 2—with their third album, Vide Noir. A cinematic collection of pensive provocative, and powerful rock, the record garnered praise from NPRTimeLos Angeles TimesSpinStereogumRefinery29UPROXX, and more as singles such as “Wait by the River” (which the band performed on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”) and “When the Night is Over” generated tens of millions of streams. The band’s extensive touring includes headline shows at some of the most storied venues in the country (including the Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, and the Ryman Auditorium) and prime slots at festivals ranging from Coachella to Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo.

by Republic Records Media for use by 360 Magazine