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NFT Trophy for Goal of Euro 2020

First NFT Trophy for UEFA EURO 2020 Goal of the Tournament presented to Patrik Schick

On 15 October, the first NFT trophy for the UEFA EURO 2020 goal of the tournament was awarded. The award was initiated by Gazprom, an official partner of the tournament, and was handed to the Czech national football team forward Patrik Schick. Russian calligrafuturism artist Pokras Lampas was invited to design the award.

“Gazprom is a modern and technological company. By combining sports, high technology and art, and creating the first sports trophy of this kind, we have drawn a clear parallel with our unique production technology,” Gazprom Department Head and Press Secretary of the Gazprom Management Committee Chairman Sergey Kupriyanov said.

“I found my inspiration in the idea of the project, with the common nine values we share with Gazprom and the “Football for Friendship” Programme. These values, as well as football itself, unite people all over the world”, said the artist Pokras Lampas.

During the award ceremony, the central fragment of the NFT trophy was presented – a black and gold soccer ball with orbits containing the name ​​of Gazprom’s International Children’s Social Programme “Football for Friendship” and its nine values: friendship, equality, justice, health, peace, loyalty, victory, tradition, and honour. Its hologram is located at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

“We welcomed the initiative shown by Gazprom, our long-standing UEFA partner, to bring a fresh outlook on such kinds of awards. Gazprom’s Goal of the Tournament trophy is a unique event in the history of world sports. We look forward to even closer cooperation with Gazprom and realization of new initiatives supporting and developing world football,” – emphasized Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Marketing Director.

“I am very proud to be the first in the history of football to receive this kind of trophy. To be honest, I have never seen something like this before” – said Patrik Schick, the footballer who scored the EURO 2020 goal of the tournament.

Pokemon 25: The Album

POKEMON 25: THE ALBUM IS OUT TODAY

View Official Video For J Balvins New Song, “Ten Cuidado,” HERE

Artists From Around The World Celebrate 25 Years of Pokemon On Compilation, Which Also Features Katy Perry, Post Malone, Jax Jones, Louane, Vince Staples, Mabel, And More

Artists from around the globe have come together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokemon with songs inspired by the global entertainment franchise and recorded exclusively for Pokemon 25: The Album. The compilation was released today in digital and CD formats by Capitol Records as part of a massive, yearlong music campaign from The Pokemon Company International in partnership with Universal Music Group. Get Pokemon 25: The Album HERE. View the album trailer HERE.

The official video for J Balvin’s contribution, “Ten Cuidado” debuted today and can be viewed HERE. The award-winning Colombian singer, known to most as Reggaeton’s global ambassador, is joined by some of his favorite Pokemon & Pikachu, Hitmontop, Totodile, Loudred, and Charizard & in the clip, which was shot in New York City. Colin Tilley (Halsey, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B), who helmed Balvin’s MTV VMA award-winning official video for “Rojo” directed.

“I always wanted to be Ash Ketchum and through this collaboration with Pokemon I’ve been able to live out a childhood dream,” said J Balvin. “That love for Pokemon inspired Ten Cuidado, my contribution to P25 Music, as well as the video in which I get to be a Pokemon Trainer in New York City. I can’t wait to share my fandom for Pokemon with my fans around the world with this song and still can’t believe I get to be part of this project.”

“The release of Pokemon 25: The Album marks the culmination of a yearlong music celebration of Pokemon by an amazing array of global artists,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing, The Pokemon Company International. “From Katy Perry and Post Malone to today’s release of J Balvin’s contribution to the album, all of the artists brought a unique perspective to this collection, which we hope brings music fans as much joy as Pokemon has delivered for 25 years.”

Tokyo-based artist/producer Yaffle created the new track “Reconnect”(feat. Daichi Yamamoto & AAAMYYY) for P25 Music. French singer Louane and UK artists Mabel and Jax Jones with Sinead Harnett further attest to Pokemon’s universal appeal. Post Malone offers up “Only Wanna Be With You (Pokemon 25 Version),” a surprising take on the Hootie and the Blowfish hit, and Katy Perry led the charge with the uplifting single “Electric.” Vince Staples, Cyn, Lil Yachty, and Tierra Whack also joined in the celebration. See below for tracklisting.

Director Eric Maldin (U2, 30 Seconds To Mars) takes Vince Staples, Mabel, and Cyn on a surreal walk down memory lane, exploring their early experiences with Pokemon and how they went about creating their original songs for P25 Music in the new “Evolution of a Song” video series. The episodes also feature ZHU in the studio, discussing the evolution of his remixes of Staples’ “Got Em” and Cyn’s “Wonderful” found on the digital edition alongside his remix of “Take It Home” by Mabel. View “Evolution of a Song” at Here.

The P25 virtual merch store & UMG’s first-ever multi-artist interactive shopping experience ߝ launched today with new merchandise from J Balvin, Katy Perry, and ZHU. Check out the animated, interactive virtual pop-up shop HERE. A special edition colored vinyl edition of Pokemon 25: The Album will be released in February 2022 in celebration of Pokemon Day. It is now available for pre-order.

Fans can keep up with the latest news for P25 Music and more celebrations across the franchise on Pokemon’s 25th-anniversary website at Here.

Pokemon and music fans are invited to join the conversation online with @Pokemon and #Pokemon25.

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Ed Sheeran × First Listen

Ed Sheeran is counting down to the release of his new album = with a very special Apple Music “First Listen” global live-stream celebration next week, Thursday, October 28 at 8:30pm BST / 12:30pm PST / 3:30pm EST only on Apple Music HERE. 

During the event, Ed Sheeran will join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe live to play new songs from ‘=,’ to chat about the new album, and to answer questions from fans.

After four years in the making, Ed Sheeran is back with “=,” the fourth installment of his symbol album series following his full length debut “+”, breakthrough “x”, and record setting “÷.”  “=” is preceded by hit singles “Bad Habits” and “Shivers.” Fans can Pre-add “=” now on Apple Music.

First Listen

First Listen is a series of free Apple Music hosted virtual launch parties, harkening back to the album listening parties of yore but now with almost unlimited ways for artists to connect with and treat their biggest fans to something special before releasing new music to the world. Acting as a live event extension of some of Apple Music’s most popular and influential playlists, these virtual listening parties could include everything from unreleased tracks, to special surprise guests and more. Previous events featured some of the world’s biggest artists including Olivia Rodrigo, Shawn Mendes, BLACKPINK, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Rauw Alejandro, Karol G, Moneybagg Yo, Migos, Dan + Shay, Belly, J Balvin and many more.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is an English singer/songwriter; one of the most successful artists of all time with 150 million records sold. He’s known for his relatable lyrics, smooth, sultry vocals and his ginger hair. He’s most known for songs such as Grammy-winning “Shape of You,” “Thinking of You,” and “Perfect.” He’s also the founder of Gingerbread Man Records. His next album, “=” is set to be released on October 29, 2021.

evrYwhr – Tie Dye

evrYwhr Celebrates His Homecoming In The Video For “Tie Dye”

The GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter pays homage to the City of Angels, love, freedom, and connection in his latest release

“Addictive”- okayplayer.

“He releases masterpieces that embody an eclectic marriage of R&B and pop”- LA Weekly

WATCH HERE

Today, GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter evrYwhr returns with his new video for his single “Tie Dye” released last month. Since its release, the soulful, self-love-inspired track has already found its way onto a plethora of tastemaker playlists including Apple’s New in R&B, NPR’s “New Music Friday”, Tidal’s “Rhythm and Groove”, and “Chill Pop. Watch the video for “Tie Dye” on YouTube HERE.

The Blair Taylor (2 Chainz, G-Eazy) produced track brings evrYwhr’s eclectic blend of neo-soul, R&B, and pop to the forefront with richly textured melodies and airy flute accents that weaves colorful sounds – free-flowing, like the colors of a “Tie Dye” pattern. The song invites listeners on a journey of self-love, acceptance, and positivity – an especially timely sentiment after a period of unrest globally.

Filmed against the stunning backdrop of Los Angeles, the video for “Tie Dye” video serves as a love letter to the city and community that welcomed him with open arms as a transplant. We watch as evYwhr ventures through a warm and inviting LA streetscape, enjoying good times with friends and family – from backyard BBQs to picturesque scenes on the beach. Of the video, evrYwhr shares: “Though Im originally from Michigan, the community I uncovered on the West coast has been a garden bed for my growth over the last 10-years. Ive discovered deeper layers of my truth on the coastline where the ocean waves molded my being like the shore”

With community, connection, and family a priority for evrYwhr, the making of the “Tie Dye” video was an especially significant experience. “One of the most beautiful things about this shoot were the moments captured with my family and friends. For the majority of us, it was the first time we connected face to face since the pandemic hit. Tie Dye was our homecoming”. Fittingly, sunflowers feature throughout the video to represent a period of blossoming.

2021 has marked an exciting creative period for evrYwhr. Beginning with the release of single “Positive Vibes”, evrYwhr has returned with a string of new releases imbued with his trademark buoyant lyricism and eloquent vocal delivery. evYwhr also recently premiered the first episode of his Transit Pictures produced show “Destination evrYwhr”. Showcasing his passion for global culture, “Destination evrYwhr” follows his travels to Cambodia where evrYwhr connects with people through the medium of music.

Look for “Tie Dye” as part of evrYwhr’s awaited debut album set to be released in the summer of 2022 under label Saint & Citizen music.

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JAGMAC – We Found Love

Multi-talented sibling pop group JAGMAC has released their new single, “We Found Love,” via Unitas Entertainment/ONErpm. The bright, effervescent track captures the feeling of falling in love and was inspired by the beauty and lifestyle of Miami. Press HERE to listen/stream. Co-written with 3-time Grammy nominated songwriter Lord Afrixana (Beyonce, Pharrell Williams) and produced by Mike Molina (Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Lopez), “We Found Love” creates an unforgettable atmosphere leaving listeners enchanted with its infectious pop hook and rhythmic, uplifting melodies.

“Our new single ‘We Found Love’ was written and produced in the heart of South Florida,” shares JAGMAC. “We were inspired by beautiful tropical weather, people, and the culture of Miami. ‘We Found Love’ is a love story that everyone can relate to!”

JAGMAC has also announced their return to the west coast when they perform on Saturday, October 30th at The Mint LA in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are on sale now. Press HERE to purchase.

About JAGMAC

Growing up in a large, lively Filipino-Polish-American household, the six-piece, whose name comes from the first initial of its members’ names from youngest to oldest: Jared, Angelique, Gabriel, Manjo, Alyssa and CJ, discovered the shared power of their talents and bright personalities as a unit and began bringing their vision as a musical group to life, delivering music with the power to resonate in every corner of the globe. By integrating sounds, styles, and spirits from around the world, JAGMAC inspires culture and music to move as one. To date, the group has tallied over 3 million YouTube views, 2.6 million Spotify streams, and received media acclaim from the likes of Billboard, Hollywood Life, KTLA, Just Jared Jr, J-14, Tiger Beat, AXS, and Substream Magazine among others. Recognizing a collective power to unite even the most seemingly disparate of vibes, the siblings have also garnered an incredible following on TikTok, accumulating over 71 million views and 740K followers.

Combining their love for pop, dance music, hip-hop, and rap, JAGMAC’s explosive, upbeat songs are impossible to categorize as any single genre. Instead, the group’s music is connected by a simple mission: to spread positivity. They’ve been successful in this mission with their hit, feel-good songs taking them to arenas and stadiums around the globe, sharing the stage with the likes of The Chainsmokers, CNCO, Becky G, and Ava Max, in addition to performing at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open, Times Square for Wonderama hosted by David Osmond (nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond) and co-hosted by Coco and Breezy, and London’s iconic O2 Arena opening for Little Mix on their U.K. tour.

Since forming the band in 2014, one performance after another paved the way for JAGMAC’s quiet rise independently. Upon release, their single “Soldiers” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Breakout Chart for Dance Club Songs, peaked at #15 on the Dance Club Songs Chart, and #5 on the Commercial Pop Chart. In 2018, JAGMAC released their debut EP featuring title track Right Back With You” which shot to #6 on the Commercial Pop Top 30 in the UK and #3 on the Upfront CLUB Top 30 UK. That same year, the band was crowned Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing placing them in good company with alumni such as Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Alessia Cara, and Why Don’t We. They soon returned with their sophomore EP, Like A Band, featuring lead single and title track “Like A Band” which launched to over 1 million streams and received support from Sirius XM and Spotify on the Pop Remix, Happy Beats, and Dance Rising playlists. “We Found Love” is the latest in a string of singles from the band joining “MASARAP” which pays tribute to their Filipino heritage and “Motivation” as it speaks to the moments that inspire the band to continue chasing their dreams.

For JAGMAC, 2022 is looking to be their biggest year yet, thanks to a new management partnership with Jeffery David of Cranberry Management, who guided multi-platinum band Echosmith to worldwide status. “I am so excited about all things JAGMAC and what they are about. The songs are so good and what they stand for is something the world really needs right now which is LOVE,” shares David.

It’s safe to say, JAGMAC shows no signs of slowing down. Stay tuned for even more new music from the band coming soon!

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Suki Waterhouse – Moves

Suki Waterhouse has released a brand-new single, “Moves” which comes with a visually stunning video directed by Cameron McCool. The track is the first to be released off her forthcoming full-length album, due out in 2022 via Sub Pop. “Moves” is Executive Produced by Grammy-Nominated Producer & Songwriter Brad Cook (Bon Iver, War On Drugs, Snail Mail, Waxahatchee) “Moves” is accompanied by companion track “My Mind,” a song that shows off Suki’s beautiful, airy vocals.

Listen to “Moves” and “My Mind” HERE. Watch “Moves” HERE.

Suki Waterhouse catalogs the most intimate, formative, and significant moments of her life through songs. You might recognize her name or her work as a singer, songwriter and actress, but you’ll really get to know the multi-faceted artist through her music. Growing up in London, Suki gravitated towards music’s magnetic pull and always saw the medium as a way of expressing creativity and telling stories. Previous singles “Brutally”, “Good Looking” and “Valentine” drew comparisons to the Paisley Underground sound of Mazzy Star and to the 60s influenced girl group reimagining of bands like Stockholm’s The Concretes and Glasgow’s Camera Obscura.

Megan Jasper, CEO of Sub Pop said, “Suki’s songs are smart, radiant, and incredibly engaging, much like her personality. We knew the minute we heard them that they were important and needed to be out in the world. Sub Pop is over the moon to be working with her!”

“Moves” illuminates the nuances of her sound. With gentle guitar strumming throughout the verses and a rhythmic bass permeating the chorus, Waterhouse warns she might “put some goddamn moves on you” with beautiful, haunting vocals. “Moves” is a song that dreams about the impossibility of, one day, being struck by a person who changes the course of your life.

“Moves” is a song I first started writing one night on the couch, picking up the guitar and seeing what came out,” writes Suki. “It was a moment where I felt the urge to both sever a bond of connection with somebody and yet at the same time pursue and put my trust back in love.”

JC STEWART SHARES NEW SINGLE

JC Stewart Shares New Single “Don’t Say You Love Me”

“Expect even bigger things to come from the Elektra signee.”Billboard

“JCs distinctive sound has captured the attention of many.”Uproxx

“Worthy of your attention.” – E! News

Fresh off a nomination at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, Elektra Recording artist JC Stewart has shared his brand-new single ”Don’t Say You Love Me.”  The new song will appear on the singer-songwriter’s eagerly anticipated second EP, which will be released later this year.

“Don’t Say You Love Me” is already an established fan favorite after being the opening song in JC’s live show for several year. After listening it’s clear why he choses to introduce himself to new audiences with this track. It amasses everything that makes his status as a rising star undeniable, into a three-minute pop package. It simmers with drama, as it escalates from introspective verses before erupting into a memorable hook.

Meanwhile, JC’s talent for delivering vulnerable stories of lost love into songs of huge appeal reaches new heights. It’s a simple message about something that almost everyone goes through: if we have to split up, lets at least limit the pain we’ll put ourselves through by making it a clean break.

“Don’t Say You Love Me” is a song I wrote over three years ago. I opened the live set with it for years and it always made me feel alive as soon as the first beat kicked in, JC shares. I wrote it about needing to leave someone and having to stand up for yourself and have the courage to walk away from something when it would probably be easier to stay. This song has been something I have been planning to get out to the world for a long, long time and I am so glad that that time has finally come,” he adds.

JC Stewart wrote “Don’t Say You Love Me” with Sam Merrifield (Mimi Webb) and the songs producer Nathaniel Detonate Ledwidge. It was subsequently completed with mixing from the Grammy-nominated Matty Green (Dua Lipa, Dermot Kennedy).

The emotions behind “Don’t Say You Love Me” fuel JCs impassioned and heartfelt performance in the accompanying video, which was directed by Nathan BarlowBut its overall atmosphere is one that instead builds excitement for his live show. JC begins the song alone before his band is revealed, as the climate around them builds into a tumultuous storm. It ends with him crowd-surfing above an audience of real fans. Before he drops to the ground, the storm has passed and a new ray of optimism shines through.

JC Stewart started 2021 on a high when he was named as MTV’s first global Push artist of the year. His single “Break My Heart” then continued to fire his momentum forward. Co-written with Niall Horan, the track broadened his already engaging pop appeal. His most recent single, “Loud”, again reiterated his phenomenal ascension. JC recently performed at the Latitude Festival and supported The Vamps on a run of UK tour dates. Details for his next run of headline shows will be revealed soon

Emerging from Northern Ireland, JC Stewart possesses all the traits needed to become a globally recognized artist. His music is powered by a voice as real and powerful as the heartfelt emotions he explores. Yet while his talent is remarkable, his personality is relatable. His sharp wit and inclusive nature are immensely popular at social media, a following which exploded after Jennifer Aniston shared his quarantine-themed twist on the Friends theme last year. The video quickly surpassed 5 million views and resulted in JC appearing on Good Morning America, TODAY, Access Hollywood, and more

That growing following includes some famous fans too. Last year saw him release his big collab, teaming up with 220 Kid for “Too Many Nights”, while his debut EP When The Light Hits The Room was co-written with the BRIT / Ivor Novello winner Tom Odell. His first major collaborator came when he co-wrote Hollywood, a song which later featured on Lewis Capaldi’s debut album.

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NCT 127’S STICKER DEBUTS ON TOP OF BILLBOARD

Billboard officially announced today that K-Pop superstars NCT 127’s highly anticipated comeback album, STICKER, became the group’s 3rd consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Album Sales Chart, besting Lil Nas X for the number of physical albums sold. The album also debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart behind only Drake and Lil Nas X. This makes it the group’s second top 10 and highest U.S. debut to date. The album’s title track music video has also seen massive success. It quickly surpassed a million views in the first 22 minutes after release and now has well over 52 million views. Watch the official video here

STICKER, the album, contains a total of 11 songs from various genres, and sold more than 2.15 million copies in just one week since release. Produced by the talented ‘Dem Jointz’ (Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna) and hitmaker YOO YOUNG JIN, the geniuses behind ‘Kick It,’ the record includes an experimental but exciting title track followed by a perfect mix of R&B, pop and hip-hop. The album also marks the group’s first Top 40 album on UK’s Official Albums Chart and debuting in Top 20 on Australia’s ARIA Albums chart.

Press has been raving about the album since its release. NME called it “a bold-face reaffirmation of the boyband’s talent and hunger for constant evolution,” meanwhile Billboard proclaimed the group brought “more energy than a nuclear power plant,” and Teen Vogue praised the group for how, “they’ve consistently challenged themselves both musically and personally.”

In case you missed it, NCT 127 premiered their single “Sticker” with a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The rhythmical and powerful hip-hop dance track features a catchy signature flute sound and dynamic bass line. This bouncy anthem focuses on a couple’s promise to always be by each other’s side in this complicated world to create a new history of their own. Rewatch the stellar performance here.

ABOUT NCT 127

With 30M Spotify listeners and over 11.5M Instagram followers, NCT 127 is known for having not only a loyal and active fanbase (nominated by iHeart as Best Fan Army in 2021), but also amazing hit songs and impressive stage performances. Debuting in 2016, NCT 127 is NCT’s Seoul Team and the number ‘127’ is the longitude of Seoul, symbolizing the group’s home base, the home of K-pop. Members include TAEIL, JOHNNY, TAEYONG, YUTA, DOYOUNG, JAEHYUN, JUNGWOO, MARK, and HAECHAN. In March of last year, NCT 127 became a Million Seller for the first time with the 2nd album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone’, which also saw their highest chart debut at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, and lived there for 10 weeks, receiving over 70M audio streams in the US with its lead track ‘Kick It’. In addition to the group peaking at #2 on Billboard Artist 100, NCT 127 was named as one of Time’s “Songs and Albums That Defined K-Pop’s Monumental Year in 2020”. With the group’s 3rd full-length album ‘Sticker’ set for release on September 17th, the new album is already gaining huge attention with the expectation for NCT 127 to once again prove their value as a global phenomenon.

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Issam Alnajjar × Danna Paola × Alok – Si Tu Vuelas

To celebrate the one year anniversary of his debut single “Hadal Ahbek” and its unprecedented worldwide success, breakout Jordanian pop phenomenon Issam Alnajjar recruits Mexican superstar Danna Paola and Brazilian artist, DJ, and producer Alok for their new song “Si Tu Vuelas (Hadal Ahbek)”—listen HERE and watch the video HERE. The track will be featured on Issam’s debut album, Baree? [Innocent in English], set for release this Friday, October 1st—pre-save the album now HERE

On “Si Tu Vuelas (Hadal Ahbek)” [Alok Remix], the rising star adds yet another dimension to his international breakthrough anthem. This time around, Danna duets with Issam, creating a hypnotic and heavenly harmony meant to be hummed worldwide. Meanwhile, the accompanying video seamlessly brings the chemistry to life on-screen.

On the collaboration, Issam says, “It’s an honor and a blessing to drop ‘Si Tú Vuelas’ on the 1-year anniversary of the song that changed my life, ‘Hadal Ahbek’, with Alok and Danna Paola, artists from Brazil and Mexico that I highly admire! What a dream. I hope you all like it.”

Over the course of the past year, “Hadal Ahbek” has amassed over 46 million Spotify streams and 3 billion sound views on TikTok, while the official video has garnered 13 million views and the live performance video has over 89 million views. Following the original release, Issam teamed up with Loud Luxury and Ali Gatie on their collaboration “Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek),” which has 22 million-plus Spotify streams to date. The song peaked on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart at #27 and Billboard Canada CHR/Top 40 Chart at #5, where it has been in the Top 10 for ten weeks. Not to mention, he joined forces with R3HAB for “Hadal Ahbek” (R3HAB Club Remix), and then followed it up with two new singles, “Mn Gheirik Enti” and “Hada Ghareeb” featuring Palestinian-Chilean artist Elyanna.

The 18-year-old singer, songwriter, and guitarist has made history with “Hadal Ahbek,” as it is the first Arabic song to explode worldwide as a viral #1 hit. Upon release, the track peaked at #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral 50 Charts and Shazam’s Top 200 Global Chart, as well as reached Top 20 spots on Apple Music’s Global Hits and Viral Hits Playlists. On the international stage, it hit #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart in 25 local markets, including UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Mexico, and #1 on Shazam’s Top 200 Chart in 24 local markets. The irresistible bop has arrived as a cross-continental anthem and cements Issam Alnajjar as an international artist to watch in 2021. You can learn more about Issam’s story HERE.

About Issam Alnajjar

Issam Alnajjar is leading the way for a new generation of artists from the Middle East and North Africa to take over the global music scene. An 18-year-old musician from Amman, Jordan, he had been creating music for a couple of years, studying the songwriting of pop artists like Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran and admiring the creativity of iconic artists like Queen and The Weeknd, when he got some inspiration for his breakout hit “Hadal Ahbek.” After dropping a preview video for the song on Instagram, anticipation from his fans grew larger and larger. By the time he finally released “Hadal Ahbek,” with Issam’s silky voice and infectious lyrics and melody, the popularity of it exceeded his expectations. Issam says he had only expected 10k views total for his song. That was shattered in one day, and eventually it grew to 100k views a week. And on TikTok, the song only grew bigger and now currently sits atop dozens of music charts on Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. For any artist to have a top song is an accomplishment. But what makes Issam’s feat more incredible is that he achieved this with a song sung in Arabic.

Jessia – First Call

Following her certified smash “I’m not Pretty”, today platinum certified pop songstress JESSIA unveiled her gorgeous new single “First Call” off her forthcoming debut EP officially set for release on October 15 via Ryan Tedder’s Artist Driven Records in partnership with Republic Records.

A deceptively lush, dreamy, pop confection buoyed by JESSIA’s sparkling voice, “First Call” mines that sweet spot between knock-kneed ballad and daring missive in classic and authentic JESSIA style, underscoring her ambition to make listeners feel validated and understood.

“’First Call’ is the oldest song on the forthcoming EP,” shares JESSIA. “I wrote it two years ago when I was hopeful that I would reconnect with someone that I lost. I thought he was my forever, but I eventually came to the realization that he was actually just there to teach me a lot of lessons.”

“First Call” arrives amid a productive streak for JESSIA.  Earlier this year she shared the platinum-certified body acceptance anthem “I’m not Pretty”, which (to date) has garnered over 215 million global streams and 10 million video views and earned placement on highly coveted playlists and more. The anthemic track exploded on TikTok with JESSIA introducing the song via an acapella hook, racking up millions of views in a single day and catching the attention of singer, songwriter and four-time JUNO Awards nominated artist/producer elijah woods and later, Grammy-Award nominated artist Bebe Rexha who joined on the remix.

Certified Platinum in Canada where “I’m not Pretty” hit #4 at HOT AC radio, #8 at Top 40, and #33 in the U.S., JESSIA was featured as Billboard’s “Charbreaker” for the month of June (2021) and made her festival debut at Chicago’s Lollapalooza this summer. “I’m not Pretty” topped Billboard Canada’s Emerging Artists chart (at #1) for 13 consecutive weeks and introduced JESSIA to audiences around the world with its ability to connect via her brutally honest narrative and unapologetic story – the same story that has garnered a collective 264 million global streams to date and attracted Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter, and producer Ryan Tedder, who was knocked flat by JESSIA, signing her to his Artist Driven Records in partnership with Republic Records.

JESSIA’s accessible but very complex music — self-summarized as “unpolished and unapologetic” — will make you feel understood and accepted. Think of JESSIA as a safe space to vent about all the ebbs and flows of being human – beguiling and super-relatable.  Yet this is just the beginning of what this extraordinary artist has to offer.