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Lana Love – Loaded Gun

Upcoming alt-pop sensation Lana Love has shared her newest single and music video “Loaded Gun.” Backed by a choir of electric and acoustic guitars, Lana’s single underscores the internal battle she faces within herself, as the different sides of her identity are at odds with each other. Fans can watch the music video for “Loaded Gun,” premiering now on Aesthetic Magazine, HERE.

On the new single, Lana shares, “If Post Malone and Lady Gaga (Joanne era) had a song baby, she would be “Loaded Gun”. Production-wise, every element was live recorded from analog to digital. The trap beat was created with trigger pulls, spinning spurs, a 1960s saloon piano, Post Malone inspired 808s, an anti-chorus ear-gasm, and original background vocals we kept in from the demo I recorded in my bedroom. I truly believe Matt Genovese is the only producer who could’ve accomplished this sound in the way he did.”

She continues, “This song is about shooting yourself in the foot just when things start to get good. We all have a dark side that gets to us sometimes—a classic self-sabotage story. The lyrics shine a light on that self-defeating behavior pattern in faith that we have power to change the narrative of who wins.”

The music video for “Loaded Gun” conjures up images of classic western films with a space age twist, finding Lana as a lone ranger in a desert and battling a dark hologram of herself.

“The music video was heavily inspired by my pandemic-induced Star Wars/Mandalorian binge,” Lana admits.

Fans can pre-save “Loaded Gun” ahead of its release tomorrow HERE

Lana Love has announced that her self-titled EP will be released on October 1. Completely self-owned, this EP will share the story of Lana’s turbulent experience in the music industry featuring a plethora of genre shifts, fervent heartbreak, and medical stress.

Every once in a blue moon an artist emerges with an undeniable arsenal of talents and embarrassment of riches, and such is the case with contemporary pop artist Lana Love. The Atlanta-born juggernaut fully embodies the spirit of being multifaceted as a singer, songwriter, classically trained pianist/musician, trained dancer, actor and burgeoning entrepreneur.

About Lana Love

The genesis for Lana‘s musical journey started in Naples, Florida as a precocious 4-year old who was obsessed with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s iconic “Phantom of The Opera” and started playing the song, “Music of the Night,” by ear on piano in her living room. From that auspicious beginning, Lana has been immersed in honing and expressing her artistry in every medium available. By age 7, she had written her first song. She later studied music at the University of Florida and the American Music Theater and Dramatic Academy in New York.

In her late teens, she was featured in several musical productions as a singer/actor/dancer produced by Disney and Nickelodeon that were presented internationally in over 20 countries throughout Europe. Back in the US she has amassed a number of television credits on programs that were broadcast by HBO, Warner Brothers, Discovery Channel, YouTube and Telemundo. She has also opened for mega rappers like Snoop Dogg and Wu Tang Clan, among others, dabbled in EDM and been a featured guest artist on RAF MC’s Latin dance track, “Baila.”

Currently, Lana is the epitome of a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated field. Between finally owning 100% of her masters and joining the ranks alongside the few women that have broken the digital currency barrier with an NFT venture on the horizon, Lana is a lyricist for the Netflix documentary Malinche, written by Nacho Cano and orchestrated by Hans Zimmer.

An entrepreneur and businesswoman at heart, Lana Love’s story continues to exponentially blossom. She is spreading the one message she holds most dearly: everything, absolutely everything, is LOVE.

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Elana Brody Q×A

By: Emily Bunn

Celebrating the beauty of human experience and the universality of dance, Elana Brody enchants fans with her exhilarating dance-pop music. Her most recent single, “Rock Steady,” showcases the singer’s joyous choreography and passionate songwriting ability. The “Rock Steady” music video can be viewed HERE. The bold, emotional ballad was produced by Max Martin protégé, Dominic Fallacaro. Brody spoke with 360 Magazine about the spirituality that courses through her songs, her music production process, and upcoming releases.

Your recent material was written during the pandemic. How did you manage to find inspiration during lockdown?

As a songwriter, lockdown – with all its grief and deep, life-changing themes- was a very fertile time for me. For one, I retreated from NYC to my childhood homestead in Virginia – in one of the most remote places East of the Mississippi. While there in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, with the music world at a stand-still, I found myself with very little to do but be in nature and play music. My then-partner had come with me, and we spent much of our time playing music together. I also felt called to offer musical prayer services online for those who needed inspiration and connection to Spirit. Because of this, I began by writing new prayer music – which felt right for the time. But, after my partner decided to split with me, as you can imagine – the folk songs started pouring out. This break-up, combined with being my original creative habitat, the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter uprising, the political election-year insanity, and a life far from community, took me the deepest I’ve been in my writing for a long time – especially as a lyricist. I think some of the lyrics you will hear on my upcoming EP are possibly my best yet.

What does your songwriting process look like?

It depends on the song. Sometimes snippets of lyrics, with a bit of their melody, come first. Sometimes a really awesome piano hook comes first. Over the last many years, I have found my songwriting process to be mostly a long-winded jam session where I sing out my heart for hours, creating spontaneous free-style lyrics. Many of those lyrics disappear forever, but at least a few of them make the cut! Once I get a sense of the general narrative of the song, I think about phrases that will help move the story along, and then build new lyrics around the original “spontaneous-gems” to flesh it out. Over the pandemic, lyrics were everything – and I found myself caring more about them than the music. The music could have been 3 chords, and I’d be totally okay with that, as long as the lyrics were telling the story. But, in other phases of my life as a writer, I would basically compose a piano concerto! And then, lyrics come in afterwards. I love and live music. And honestly, I don’t have to work hard to have music flow through me. I have found the best music and lyrics that I have written, have written themselves. It’s actually that simple. “Rock Steady” was a bit like that.

Are you still looking to release your EP eventually, or have you decided to shelve it in favor of tracks like “Rock Steady”?

Yes, to the EP! If all works out with piecing it together (because it was recorded in many different settings over the pandemic) then I would really like to release it in the late fall. But! Because “Rock Steady” is such a banger and I want to make more songs like that, I decided to quickly write and record a new song called “Quicksand,” which is another pop-influenced song, to release as a follow up – before I transition into my folk music.

Why did you choose Costa Rica as the location for the “Rock Steady” music video?

It chose me! My friend lives there and she invited me to come out to visit. I said I would, but under the one condition – that we film a music video! She is a great networker and knows so many people to reach out to and work with. She also happens to be an ecstatic dance facilitator and DJ and was planning a dance on the weekend of my visit. So, naturally, we organized to film the dance party at an already scheduled and high-vibe (to use a very Costa Rican term) dance party! It couldn’t have been more perfect. We also did all our beach filming at a beach called Roca Beach – aka Rock (Steady) beach!

How does your spirituality factor into the way you create music?

Once, after I auditioned for the first season of USA’s XFactor, I left the stage (a story for another time!) and was interviewed by a faceless producer speaking to me from behind a black curtain. This producer asked me, “When you sing, it seems as if you are connecting to some higher power. Is this true for you? And what is that higher power?” At the time, I wouldn’t have considered myself a prayer-leader or religious at all, but I knew the answer to that right away. I said, “Yes. God.”

God can bring up a lot for people. And for me too. Growing up in rural Virginia, the idea of “God” sometimes felt like some kind of angry, repressive, overpowering righteousness. But – in my family – and in my own experience – God was gentler than that. The spirit between things. As a youth, I was surrounded by the most beautiful, untouched nature – and witness to the seasons in their full force. With below-zero cold and windy winters, slow-to-pop springs, abundant green summers with my folks’ organic gardens in full bloom, and then the rainbows of colorful Appalachian autumns – I knew what Spirit had to offer us humans. And music had always been my human way to offer Spirit back to Spirit, if that makes sense. It’s a giving and receiving from the big, wild wonders of creation, and then music is my way to return it back. Now that I have dived into my Jewish roots, and studied the traditions, I would say that song is the modern equivalent of sending burnt offerings up to the Creator. Instead of smoke, we let our voices rise. And I don’t see prayer music and pop music as all that different. Different themes, different stories, but ultimately, what we sing or speak is all prayer. And, especially now that I am very involved in prayer-leadership, as I create more songs, I do think about that in my writing.

What do you anticipate the reaction to “Rock Steady” will be like?

A fun one! Hopefully one that makes people dance and dance some more! Because I haven’t released much of my other music yet on the bigger platforms, most people won’t know the difference. Like, how did that happen? All of a sudden, I’m a pop star! The truth is, I’ve always been a pop star. Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion were my first vocal idols, and all of the first music I ever wrote sounded like it could have been in a Disney Channel original movie. Anyhow, I had this thought that I should go about my career in the opposite way of other folk artists, a la Jewel circa “Intuition,” and drop in with the fun and danceable stuff first. I don’t see myself ever being too genre-confined, anyway. Life is too short not to write whatever you feel and whatever is coming through you! I did think, “oh, maybe I should sell this song to Rhianna or another artist who could do it amazingly.” But honestly, this route of self-producing is very fun, and maybe even better. Now I get to be heard singing like a pop star too!

What other artists, musicians, or bands serve as inspirations for your music?

It’s a long list…

Joni Mitchell is my in-utero and post-utero,songwriting teacher. I used to call her my piano teacher, because I learned to play by playing so many of her songs. Several other musicians of my parents’ 60s/70s era also come in close as primary inspirations – including Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Carole King, and the Beatles. They have shaped what a well-written song could be for me.

It’s hard to decipher what is an influence now because it’s just one big, long-cooked stew or spicy mole at this point.

I have always liked lyric-forward music, with bands like Of Montreal (his candidness in writing was life-changing for me!) and Death Cab for Cutie (the simple metaphors and speaking-style of his writing) and the Decemberists (storytelling, bard-like songs.) And the orchestral and lyrical artistry of the Fleet Foxes is stellar.

I have also always liked some good classic, chunky, Rock’n’roll and music that gets ya’ dancing, like Led Zeppelin and CCR. And the blues, especially blues piano music, has played a role in my music education since early childhood.

Then, there’s the eternal list of female influences. My most listened to, other than Joni, from the beginning are Ani DiFranco and Sarah McLachlan. Then: Jesca Hoop, My Brightest Diamond, Regina Spektor and Kate Bush. And now: artists like Gillian Welch, Brandi Carlile, Sylvan Esso, and Sarah Jarosz have taken up a lot of my listening time. Sarah Jarosz’s album World on the Ground was really powerful to listen to last year during the pandemic. I hope that I can achieve that level of presence and intelligence in the instrumentation when I go to make my full-length album next year!

I also derive a LOT of influence from pop music. I can’t help it. I definitely fell in love with Ariana Grande’s album positions this year, and right now I am going down a Dua Lipa rabbit hole. I would say Rhianna is my number one, though. And I finally fell in love with Lady Gaga after seeing A Star is Born and listening to Joanne. Her belt has inspired me a lot. And I love vocalists in general. I have spent a lot of time really listening to vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand. These days, Elvis is my number one!

I will also never not want to listen to albums of bands like Nickel Creek, the [Dixie] Chicks, Bela Fleck, Mandolin Orange/Watchhouse, or the band Solas, to bring me the feeling of my early mountain roots and make me feel good.

I am truly a world music fan. I love to listen to the magic of music across the world. I am really inspired to hear virtuosity, no matter what genre. I love vocal virtuosos and am listening right now to the artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. I am curious as to when I’ll be able to imitate him. (I’m really good at imitating!) Bobby McFerrin has also been a teacher in real life. He inspires me to become more accurate in my improvisations.

I also listen to prayer music, but mostly of the Sikh or Kundalini yoga genre. Sometimes you’ll find me jamming out to Jewish artists (many of them friends of mine) or Gospel music. Anita Wilson, a modern gospel singer, has been a vocal inspiration for me because she really sings with the lows of her range.

Musical theater music is also a major influence. That Roger and Hammerstein stuff pours out of me like it were an extension of my soul! Lastly, at this point, after spending time at Berklee College of Music, I have been greatly inspired by jazz and R&B.

Besides “Rock Steady” and the EP, can fans look forward to any other releases to come in 2021-2022?

Yes! I mentioned that I am wanting to get cracking on my full-length album that will be mostly in the Americana, New Orleans blues, Rock-and-Roll, and folk pop styles. I am really, really excited about it. But I’m not sure yet who I will work with on it. An exciting unknown. I imagine it will end up feeling like a magnum opus when it is finished because I’ve been with these songs for so long. Nothing will be more amazing than when they are out in the world surrounded by strings, the right instrumentation and arrangements. I also would like to produce my song “City of Man” in a big vaudevillian, brassy style. [I want to] make a little music-video theater piece out of it. I have also been sitting on this one for a long time. It sort of harkens to the fall of capitalism…that is going on in our world and the post-Trump era– it’s due time that I get that one out. Look out for it all!

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Slavvy – How You Livin’

Miami-based producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Slavvy (aka Rostislav Vaynshtok) has returned with his euphonious new single and video “How You Livin“. It‘s the second installment from his forthcoming, thematic EP entitled “Romantic“, due out in the fall. The single builds on brooding nihilism seen in the previous single/video “Lavender“, which channeled Slavvy‘s hedonistic alter-ego, delving into themes of infidelity.

“How You Livin“ seamlessly blends a melange of genres from dream-pop, R&B, and elements of hip-hop into a moody, atmospheric soundscape reminiscent of the eclectic sounds of The Weeknd and Kanye West. Led by ambient, 80s inspired synths backed a pulsating trap beat, “How You Livin“ serves as an introspective deep dive into Slavvy‘s player persona, which he explores leaving no stone unturned. “Talk that sh*t“ anyway that you need to. Slavvy sings to a love interest with a sense of bravado showcased in his nonchalant delivery.

“How You Livin is full tilt braggadocio. You‘re the person, it‘s you. You‘re player one and life is a game, there’s nothing in your way. I was really feeling myself when I wrote this one, this is peak Slavvy, just shit talking, loving life,“ said Slavvy.

Paired with compelling, hyper-stylized visuals, each single from the Romantic EP serves as a semi-autobiographical piece of the puzzle in Slavvy‘s not-so-conventional love story. Much like his “Lavender“ single, the “How You Livin” music video draws on the surreal artistry and neon color palettes of the vaporwave aesthetic. Directed by Slavvy himself, the “How You Livin“ visual features cinematic shots of fast cars (an epic Dodge Challenger) and underground crime against stunning overhead views of the Miami nightlife.

“How You Livin“ is Slavvy‘s second release of the year in an exciting chapter of sonic exploration following the veteran producer‘s return to the music industry after some timeout of the spotlight. Prior to his work under moniker Slavvy, Vaynshtok was known under his acclaimed artist project AbdeCaf, who in the early 2010s tore up the US EDM festival circuit with performances at Electric Zoo, Northcoast, and Counterpoint. Stay tuned for more music from Slavvy very soon.

About Slavvy

Rostislav Vaynshtok, colloquially known by his childhood nickname Slavvy, has been making music for over a decade. Following the local success of his teenage band Fight Like Animals, he formed the solo project AbdeCaf in 2012, which saw him signing to the prestigious William Morris Endeavor for touring and performing at some of the biggest music festivals in North America. Following the critical acclaim of his first two EPs as AbdeCaf: “Unravel” and “Rebuild”, Vaynshtok quietly faded out of the limelight for several years before re-emerging in 2014 as Mystvries.

During his time as Mystvries, he was able to continue a run of national and local collaborations that saw him selling out two live scorings with the Miami Jewish Film Festival. Mystvries brand of 80s soaked, Drive soundtrack inspired, synth-wave, saw him accumulating over 250,000 streams and downloads between Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Soundcloud, and Bittorrent bundle released via his own Bribery Corporation record label. Now, he returns with his most personal and transparent project to date, Slavvy.

Slavvy’s Romantic EP marks the first time the artist ventures away from strictly being a producer, and finally showcases his talent as a songwriter, arranger, and vocalist. Collaborating heavily with Russian producer Sighost (nee Sergey Malakhov), Slavvy is crafting a Drake/ 40 or Weeknd/ Daheala relationship with Sighost who co-produces the vast majority of Slavvy’s crooning. Slavvy’s EP is a collection of midnight music made for the witching hour, soundtracking your drunken texts to exes that could predicate romance or ruin.

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DeathbyRomy – Day I Die

DEATHBYROMY RELEASES BLISTERING NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO DAY I DIE

Tickets On Sale Today for Headline Shows At The Roxy In Los Angeles On September 15 & Brooklyn, NY’s Baby’s Alright On October 7

LISTEN HERE – WATCH HERE

‘Day I Die’ builds off chilled-out industrial production before the floor falls from beneath DeathbyRomy’s hook with bone-chilling screams and pummeling metal guitars. That second chorus is the ultimate climax. – PAPER Magazine

Today, alternative agitator DeathbyRomy returns with the explosive Day I Die, her first new single of 2021. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter combines undeniable hooks, brash production, metal riffs, and double-kick pummel on the track, which comes with a mind-melting music video courtesy of director Pix3lface. Listen HERE and watch the video HERE, which premiered today on PAPER Magazine.

An anthem for the terminally lovesick, Day I Die finds DeathbyRomy (born Romy Flores) deep in the grips of obsession. Take all of me, make me feel again, she laments. You got something sick and I know I’ll always want it to the day I die. That’s when the gnarled guitars come crashing in and the song takes a crushing turn. Jarring, catchy, and raw, Day I Die captures an artist already known for pushing boundaries breaking even more new ground.

This song is about my relationship with life, death, and love. ‘Day I Die’ at its core is a love song. Love isn’t soft and mushy to me, it’s hard as fuck. Love is god. It’s vibrant and addicting. Love is what fuels me to do all I do, says DeathbyRomy.

DeathbyRomy digs deep for the futuristic video too. Directed by Pix3lface and filmed in Malibu, the Day I Die visual is equal parts teenage dream and total nightmare. DeathbyRomy delivers a blistering performance, intercut with ominous scenes from a house party that she haunts. It’s intense, otherworldly, and beautiful, just like the song itself.

Day I Die follows singles Fiending for a Lover and Kiss Me Goodbye, which landed on multiple high-profile playlists and generated millions of streams. DeathbyRomy also contributed two tracks to the soundtrack of 2020’s Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman, the original Come and Play With Me and a pitch-black cover of the disco classic, It’s Raining Men.

Today, DeathbyRomy also announces two fall 2021 headline shows. The performances will take place on September 15 at Los Angeles’ famed rock venue, The Roxy (tickets on sale HERE) and Baby’s Alright In Brooklyn, NY on October 7 (tickets on sale HERE). The announcement of these tour dates follows DeathbyRomy’s killer performance earlier this month at LA’s Bar Lubitsch alongside Gia Woods, Miss Madeline, and Hollis.

Since releasing her 2019 Capitol Records debut EP Love u to Death, DeathbyRomy has been hailed as one to watch, garnering an abundance of glowing writeups. PAPER mag dubbed her Gen Z’s dark princess of pop, while Alternative Press crowned her the next empowering woman to capture your heart in their 100 Artists You Need to Know issue. Her songs have captivated critics and fans, and each new single, Day I Die included, feels like an even bolder left turn, she’s the sort of provocative, exciting artist sure to invade more eardrums soon.

About DeathbyRomy

Singer, songwriter, and dark-pop provocateur DeathbyRomy pays attention to every last detail. She pours both pain and euphoria into her catchy but heavy music, pitting electronic melodies and propulsive beats against hypnotic vocals and deeply personal lyrics. Now 21 years old, the Los Angeles-born Romy Flores wrote her first song at age 5 and began releasing her music at 15, mining inspiration from the iconoclastic artists she was raised on (The Beatles, Bjork, Kanye West, to name a few). With her 2018 debut album Monsters, she soon drew an avid following and found countless fans turning up to her shows adorned in her signature eye makeup. Her Capitol Records debut, 2019’s Love u to Death EP, was short but sickly sweet, emphasizing her unique interweaving of rap boldness, electronic innovation, and raw rock ‘n’ roll passion. As Romy’s sound has taken shape, so has her DeathbyRomy persona: the Harajuku punk fashion, the corpse paint-like makeup, and her hard-earned, utterly badass confidence. 2020’s Kiss Me Goodbye found Romy cleverly bidding farewell to an unfaithful lover over future-forward production, refusing to be second best to a pesky ex while dramatic drops punctuate her decision to choose herself. DeathbyRomy also contributed two songs to the Promising Young Woman soundtrack in 2020. She penned an original for the Oscar-winning film, Come and Play With Me, and covered the disco classic, It’s Raining Men. Day I Die marks DeathbyRomy’s first single of 2021. Gnarly and anthemic, it’s another genre-blending hit from the bold singer/songwriter, who PAPER dubbed Gen Z’s dark princess of pop.

For more information on DeathbyRomy visit their website, Instagram and Twitter

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Delilah Montagu – Baby EP

DELILAH MONTAGU RELEASES BABY EP

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR COMING FOR YA HERE

COLLABORATES WITH FRED AGAIN.. BENJY GIBSON AND TOWA BIRD

Woozy and glowing, but the London pop star packs seemingly endless, subtly insistent hooks into this surrender from a relationship’s dying days – The Guardian

The hotly tipped singer combines vocal nuance and restraint, nagging hooks, languorous slow-disco grooves and candid lyrics, with beautiful results – The Sunday Times Culture

Keep your eye on this one – L’Officiel

London based singer/songwriter Delilah Montagu today releases the 9-track ‘Baby’ EP. ‘Baby’ marks the 23 year-old’s third EP and signals a sonic departure from last summer’s brooding and melancholic This Is Not A Love Song EP.

LISTEN TO THE BABY EP HERE

Produced by Benjy Gibson, who co-wrote every song with Delilah, the EP steers away from the autobiographical nature of her previous releases, instead creating characters in a hedonistic, passion-fuelled fantasy world that the pair lived vicariously through as the world was at a standstill. The EP features additional production work by Benjy Gibson’s brother, BRIT Award winning producer Fred again.. on opening track BABY, as well as guitar lines from Billie-Eilish approved TikTok sensation Towa Bird on Coming For Ya

Current single Coming For Ya sees Delilah embrace a new sense of self and freedom as she becomes the narrator on this project born out of lockdown isolation. Delilah discovers a new acceptance in her own sexuality, whilst in the official video she explores real life couples of all sexualities and backgrounds; I’ve had girlfriends and boyfriends, but I don’t identify strongly with being gay, straight or bisexual, says Delilah. I now know that this fluidity can be freeing. It doesn’t mean I’m confused and I don’t need a label.

Above all, Delilah’s new EP Baby is about freedom, feeling and taking back control of your happiness. There’s been a huge shift for me in my ability to express myself, says Delilah. I used to be so afraid of being a woman, ashamed of feeling sexual, scared of falling in love, but I’m embracing it all with this EP.

Baby EP Tracklisting

  1. BABY
  2.  I’m All Yours
  3. Runaway Car
  4. Lost Keys
  5. Coming For Ya
  6. die 4 u
  7. I wanna FEEL
  8. bye bye
  9. Stay Here

About Delilah Montagu

Debut EP In Gold introduced Delilah in 2019 with its pensive soulful rumination on coming-of-age. This energy soon flourished further with the release of this year’s This Is Not A Love Song EP and it’s streaming hit Loud, produced with Robin Hannibal (Drake, Rhye, Anderson. Paak). Reeling from her performance of Drive (a collaboration with Black Coffee and the #1 most streamed domestic single on Spotify ever in South Africa) at the online Global Citizen concert, curated by Lady Gaga – Delilah then released singles Version Of Me, Loud and Us, all garnering critical acclaim from the likes of The Sunday Times Culture, i-D, The Independent, Wonderland, Numero, The Guardian and L’Officiel to name a few.

Influenced by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Phoebe Bridgers, Carole King, Arlo Parks, Lizzo, Bon Iver and St. Vincent, Delilah is taking a total departure from the melancholy, to “just fucking express yourself” on her latest project. Written and produced with Benjy Gibson, and featuring collaborations with Fred again… and guitarist Towa Bird, the ‘Baby’ EP will be the soundtrack to your post-lockdown freedom, as Delilah matures dramatically both as a songwriter and as a person.

Find more about Delilah by visiting her website.

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Gracie Abrams Announces 2021 Tour

GRACIE ABRAMS ANNOUNCES I’VE MISSED YOU, I’M SORRY TOUR

Acclaimed songwriter Gracie Abrams announces her I’ve missed you, I’m sorry tour for this fall. Kicking off September 1 in Santa Ana at the Constellation Room Abrams will play 10 shows including stops in New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles and London. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. local time. See below for the full list of tour dates including already announced festivals Bottlerock, Firefly and Austin City Limits.  Tickets can be purchased here. 

In May Abrams released her poignant new single Mess It Up and its accompanying video — a heart-melting portrait of shattered hopes and smashed layer cake.  Directed by Matty Peacock, the video for Mess It Up finds Abrams attempting to bake a cake and repeatedly dropping the gorgeously frosted final product on the ground.

Mess It Up is Abrams’s first new music since the March premiere of Unlearn, a collaboration with hitmaker benny blanco who also served as producer on the title track to her acclaimed debut project minor which came out last summer. 

ABOUT GRACIE ABRAMS

Since making her debut with Mean It in October 2019, Gracie Abrams has emerged as one of the most compelling songwriters of her generation, earning the admiration of such likeminded artists as Lorde, Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo. A consummate songwriter who names Joni Mitchell as her most formative influence, she penned her first song at the age of eight, then went on to amass a devoted following on the strength of her emotionally intimate lyrics and DIY sensibilities. As her profile rose, Abrams was named an artist to watch by tastemaking outlets like Pigeons & Planes, Fader, and -iD, in addition to being crowned one of seven breakout female musicians by Vogue UK. With the arrival of her debut project minor in summer 2020, she received glowing reviews from the likes of NME, who praised her painfully honest tales of heartbreak draped in delicate melodies that carry much more intrigue than the usual run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter. Executive-produced by Blake Slatkin — and also made with leading producers like Joel Little and benny blanco – the seven-song effort features her beloved singles 21, I miss you, I’m sorry, and Long Sleeves. Abrams is now at work on more new music, due out later this year. 

For more information on Gracie Abrams, visit her Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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Caroline Polachek – Bunny is a Rider

Caroline Polachek returns today with brand new single “Bunny Is A Rider“. The track is her first release since her recent cover of The Corrs’ “Breathless” and her first original music since her critically acclaimed 2019 debut solo album PANG. “Bunny Is A Rider” is a sonic departure for Polachek after the crystalline sentimentality of 2019’s PANG – the single takes a spicy and absurd new turn. The track premiered today as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 

Caroline on the song: “‘Bunny Is A Rider’ is a summer jam about being unavailable. Bunny is slippery, impossible to get ahold of. Maybe it’s a fantasy, maybe it’s a bad attitude. But anyone can be Bunny, at least for three minutes and seventeen seconds. The song features a scorching bass performance from producer Danny L Harle, plus his baby daughter’s first vocal cameo.”

Upcoming Performances

Polachek will grace stages at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (August 5th) with support from Alex G & Molly Lewis, The Roundhouse in London (October 28th) with support from oklou before closing out the year at Terminal 5 in New York (December 2nd) with support from oklou and Arooj Aftab, notably historic in LA as one of the first shows booked after it’s 2021 reopening. Tickets are available now HERE.

Polachek picks up just where she left off after the release of her critically praised album PANG, with a live set sure to highlight singles “Ocean of Tears“, “Door” and “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings“, the latter which she performed on her late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Through 2020, Polachek released four new remixes as single b-sides from the album, an extended version of the track “Gate” and a cover of The Corrs’ 2000 hit “Breathless”, performed live on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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Jessia x I Should Quit

Rising Canadian pop star and songwriter Jessia released the official video for her new single, I Should Quit.

Directed by Nina Kramer, the carefree video highlights Jessia’s struggle to accept her friends’ advice to stop making impulsive bad choices, while knowing that she should quit but in reality admits she has no intention of doing so. On the track, Jessia says “I’m really good at giving advice but not always good at taking it. I know what I SHOULD do but what’s the fun in always playing it safe? Sometimes you just need to fully accept that you are a hot mess.” 

Recently, Jessia was featured as Billboard Magazine’s Chartbreaker for the month of June. Her CRIA Gold-certified body acceptance anthem I’m not Pretty is currently Top 5 at Hot AC radio in Canada and features GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Bebe Rexha on the official remix version of the track released last month. “I’m not Pretty” recently crossed 100 million+ streams and this week tops the Billboard Canada Emerging Artists Chart for the SEVENTH consecutive week at #1. 

I’m Not Pretty initially exploded on Tik Tok when Jessia introduced the a cappella hook of the song by sharing, “I don’t know if this is total trash, or if it’s actually a bop.” Turns out it was the latter, as the clip racked up 1 million views in a day. The candid lyrics describe a journey towards self-love and the emotions one can feel while on its path – a message that has instantly resonated with audiences all over the world. 

In addition to early support from international tastemakers, Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Ryan Tedder personally reached out to Jessia upon hearing the song to champion her work and collaborate. Together they are putting the finishing touches on more new music—due out soon.

2021 TOUR DATES

July 1 – Lights On Canada Day – Ottawa, ON

July 31 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL

October 30 – Outside Lands Festival – San Francisco, CA

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

Republic Records is Jessia‘s artistic home. 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.

I was I am Artwork via Republic Media Records for use by 360 Magazine

Noah Kahan – I was/I am

Hot off the heels of the release of his latest single, “Part of Me,” Noah Kahan announces his highly-anticipated sophomore album, I Was/I Am, will be released on September 17th. I Was/I Am is available for pre-order now HERE.

The critically acclaimed Vermont singer and songwriter took two years of milestones and transformed them into I Was/I Am, alongside his Busyhead collaborator and Grammy Award-winning producer Joel Little (Taylor Swift, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Jonas Brothers, Khalid) and engineer Mark Rankin. Preserving his commitment to vivid lyricism, Noah crafted the new music with faster tempos and sweeping hooks, recharging his overall vision.

Kahan says, “While writing this record, I’ve taken stock of who I am as compared to who I was when I started and what that means, for better or worse. I do have some perspective. I’ve also lost a lot. I’ve lost people close to me for different reasons. I’ve lost friendships. I lost my dog. Those experiences haven’t necessarily hardened me, but they’ve made me incredibly grateful for what I have now. The biggest change is a little bit of clarity in terms of who I am and the person I want to end up being. The songs on the record represent a new understanding of myself.”

To celebrate the announcement, Kahan drops the music video for “Part of Me” today—watch it HERE. The song, an introspective anthem that captures his signature storytelling and evocative lyrics, is his fastest-growing song streaming-wise to date—amassing nearly 4 million Spotify streams and counting.

About Noah Kahan

Noah Kahan has quietly emerged as a homegrown phenomenon with a combination of vivid songwriting and powerful performances (as well as a razor-sharp sense of humor on social media). He’s racked up over one billion streams across his catalogue, picked up a Gold Certification for “Hurt Somebody” feat. Julia Michaels, and performed on television shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and TODAY. His 2020 Cape Elizabeth EP garnered critical praise from across the globe, and not to mention, he’s collaborated with a slew of artists, from Chelsea Cutler to mxmtoon to Quinn XCII to Gryffin.

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Tate McRae × Khalid – Working

Rising global singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae and multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid release their new single “Working” today via RCA Records.  The upbeat summer jam was produced by Joel Little (Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons).

“I am so stoked for this song I did with Khalid,” says Tate.  “I usually release a lot of songs that are pretty emotional but this one is just a straight summer bop. We had such a fun time creating this song – I seriously can’t wait for everyone to hear it. “

McRae will hit the festival circuit this summer/fall making stops at Wonderstruck Music Festival, Lollapolooza, Leeds Festival, Reading Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Music Midtown, Firefly, Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits and more to be announced.

McRae is currently featured on DJ Regard’s #1 Dance hit with Troye Sivan (listen HERE) which is currently rising up the Top 40 chart.  She is also featured on blackbear’s recent track “u love u.”  Her TOO YOUNG TO BE SAD EP is also available HERE

McRae’s breakout single, “you broke me first” reached #1 at Top 40 radio and has over 1 billion stream worldwide.  The track is currently top 5 at Hot AC, helped Tate to secure her spot in the #1 spot for 5 weeks on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart and was #1 at dance radio last year.  The track is not only double platinum in the US, but 4x PLATINUM in Ireland, 3x PLATINUM in Australia and Singapore, 2x PLATINUM in Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway and Sweden, PLATINUM in the Austria, Netherlands, South Africa, Taiwan and the UK, and GOLD in Denmark, Germany and Indonesia. 

About Tate McRae

Singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae has become an artist on the rise. She currently has over 2 billion career streams with over 3.3 million subscribers and over 500 million video views on YouTube.  She was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021 as the youngest musician on the list as well as Apple’s Up Next Artist for 2021, Amazon’s Artist to Watch in 2021, Pandora’s Artists To Watch 2021 list and included on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 One’s To Watch list. She was also named one of YouTube’s Artist on the Rise, and MTV’s Push Artist for July 2020. 

Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada after living in Oman until she was 6 years old.  She made a name for herself as a competitive dancer placing second runner up on Season 13 of the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance, achieved the “The Best Dancer” honor three times at the prestigious Dance Awards, and hit the stage for performances on Ellen, The Teen Choice Awards, and beyond. Not to mention, she lent her voice to NETFLIX’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash. Tate launched her YouTube channel and her “Create with Tate” music series where she has been consistently releasing original music.  

About Khalid:

Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the 5x platinum “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the double platinum certified American Teen. His sophomore album Free Spirit, released to critical acclaim in 2019, was declared a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and was called “superb” by the Associated Press. The album, which has been certified platinum by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and features the Grammy nominated multi-format #1 single “Talk”.