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Jacob Banks – Stranger

Jacob Banks, a Nigerian-born singer based out of the U.K., released a brand new song Wednesday titled “Stranger.”

The song comes with a new music video depicting the emotions of growing apart from a loved one and putting the pieces back together once it’s over. Banks sings, “Stranger, once upon a time we were the chorus.” You can see the video by clicking right here.

Sillkey co-produced the song with Banks, and the two use R&B and progressive electronic synths to build to an eruption of strings and keys.

Banks also directed and starred in the music video himself. He places himself and the female co-lead close enough to touch, but something non-physical continues to prevent them from reaching each other.

Banks is fresh off a feature on Grace Carter‘s “Blame.” He also recently covered the Alicia Keys hit “Like You’ll Never See Me Again.”

He has only ascended since his 2018 album “Village,” which cracked VIBE’s list of the 30 best albums of 2018. It It featured critically acclaimed songs like “Slow Up” and “Nostalgia.”

Already having performed at Coachella, SXSW and Lollapalooza, Banks will look to continue his massive success.

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Big Sean – Detroit 2

Big Sean is once again on top.

His brand new album “Detroit 2” is his third consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It’s also his fifth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the rap chart and his fourth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the R&B/hip-hop chart.

“Detroit 2” features artists like Nipsey Hussle, Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, Post Malone and Travis Scott. Big Sean premiered the music video for his song “Lithuania” Sept. 4 and performed “Harder Than My Demons” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sept. 8.

Before the album’s release, he also released videos for songs like “Deep Reverance,” “Don Life,” “Body Language” and “Everything That’s Missing.”

“Detroit 2” garnered critical acclaim from outlets like Vulture, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Detroit Free Press.

“In the world of Detroit 2, there’s always an answer. It’s a place where every pain can be fixed, any heart can be mended, and all obstacles are surmountable,” Rolling Stone said.

Detroit Free Press said, “Shimmering, textured and often explosive, ‘Detroit 2’ finds the rapper born Sean Anderson in a confident creative space.”

Since signing with G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam,  Big Sean has become one of the most popular artists in the rap game, amassing more than 1.7 billion YouTube views on his songs.

To stream “Detroit 2” on Spotify, you can click right here.

TINLICKER & HELSLOOT’s New EP

TINLICKER & HELSLOOT SHARE SOARING PARADISE EP

Listen to Paradise EP HERE

Watch the visualizer for Éc;LikeÉd; HERE

Utrecht dance-floor dreamers Tinlicker return today with a new collaborative EP with Helsloot called Paradise. The set is Tinlicker’s first release since signing to Astralwerks, and it’s a worthy continuation of the airy, meditative club tracks that Micha Heyboer and Jordi van Achthoven have been making together for the better part of the last decade. Listen to Paradise HERE.

In August, Tinlicker and fellow Dutch DJ Helsloot shared the EP’s title track, featuring a swoon-worthy performance from R&B vocalist Saro, who soars above their cloudy house beats. The release is rounded out by another track called “Like,” a stormier effort that starts with some rumbling basswork before returning to the stratospheric realms the producers often inhabit together. It’s a more straightforward dance cut, in contrast to the feathery lightness of the title track’s R&B refractions. The EP also includes extended mixes of each song.

The EP marks Tinlickerߣs second team up with Helsloot following technicolor bliss bomb Éc;Because You Move Me,Éd; released in 2017 on Armada and still echoing from speakers all over. Paradise is also the latest offering in a particularly imaginative phase for Tinlicker. In 2019, they released This Is Not Our Universe on Anjunabeats, an album exploring house and techno’s spacious outer realms. In March of this year, they followed with a remix album, featuring reimaginings and reworks from Dosem, Deeparture, and Grum, among others.

Today, the duo is also sharing a “Likevisualizer, which features the EP’s stunning cover art spinning and pulsing in time with the trackߣs dizzy rhythms. A house in the middle of an empty field comes alive like a club in the twilight hours ߞ a reminder, perhaps, that you can find ecstasy in the midst of the everyday.

Listen to the Paradise EP here.
Watch the “Like” visualizer here.

Paradise EP tracklisting

  1. Paradise
  2. Like
  3. Paradise (Extended)
  4. Like (Extended)

About Tinlicker: Tinlicker are the face of contemporary Dutch dance music. Utrecht-based duo Micha Heyboer and Jordi van Achthoven have been crafting their computerized soul together since 2013, and even during those early days they were no rookies. They honed their skills individually as part of the world-renowned drum ‘nߣ bass act Black Sun Empire (Heyboer) and as producer, songwriter, and music editor for many artists (Van Achthoven). All this experience showed from day one, resulting in an impressive string of highly mature and deeply emotive tracks. Since starting working together theyߣve quickly become a household name in the world of electronic dance music with releases on labels such as Armada, mau5trap, and Anjunadeep.


About Astralwerks: Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent, and globally minded ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU, and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY&#ae; nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards, and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum Éc;HappierÉd; by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHERߣs Éc;Losing It.Éd;

K-POP Star Announces First Livestream Concert

Singer-Songwriter-Producer, Wonho, announced today, via Rolling Stone, that he will be partnering with LiveXLive for a global pay-per-view concert. This will mark his first ever live solo act and debut performance for his first solo album ‘Love Synonym #1 : Right for Me.’ The concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th at 8PM EST/ 11PM EST / Sunday, September 27th at 12PM KST. Tickets will be open for sale on Friday, September 11th at 11AM EST / 8AM PST at LivexLive.com.

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The livestream pay-per-view performance is Wonho’s much-anticipated return to live performing. Wonho recently debuted his first single “Losing You” on August 14th, earning many great reactions from his awaited fans. Following that release, Wonho dropped his first solo mini album ‘Love Synonym #1 : Right for Me’, featuring the title track “Open Mind” on September 4th, which topped the Worldwide iTunes Album charts; taking up the #1 spot under U.S. Pop Album Chart, K-Pop Album Chart in twenty different countries including U.S., and catapulting to #6 under the U.S. All Genres Album Chart.

Immediately upon release, “wonho” was trending #1 worldwide on Twitter, with “open mind,” “#OPEN_MIND,” and “#Love_Synonym” following closely behind. As Wonho makes his first step as a solo artist with this eight-track mini album, he showcases not only his vocal skills; but also his lyrical, compositional, and production skills.

The title ‘Love Synonym’ symbolizes a new start that is different from Wonho’s music style and performances that he has shown before. ‘Love Synonym’ is a new definition of love that Wonho created in order to show his pledges and determinations that he will communicate with his fans. Wonho expressed his earnestness by participating in writing and composing five songs, including the title track “Open Mind” and the pre-released single “Losing You.”

The full performance on LiveXLive will not only feature songs from Wonho’s new solo album among other original and cover songs and a unique PPV experience with behind the scenes footage, docureality-style coverage. Premium tiered pricing includes VIP experiences, exclusive merchandise, meet-and-greets, and other event-exclusive perks. “LiveXLive is fortunate to be able to support Wonho’s return to his fans, the WENEE’s, and the career he loves. Our platform is built for moments like these and we are excited to power this one-of-a-kind concert experience together. We saw an incredible response for the Monsta X live show and anticipate Wonho’s solo breakout performance is perfectly timed to serve as the encore of a lifetime!” stated Dermot McCormack, president of LiveXLive.

Buzz surrounding his pre-released single, “Losing You,” which was dedicated to the fans who thought they may have lost him, took the U.S. Market by storm. Upon release, #WONHO_LosingYou_MV shot up to the #1 Twitter Trend Worldwide; and received notable mentions from publications such as PAPER Magazine, MTV News, Access, iHeart, and Rolling Stone, who stated,

“Performed entirely in English, the sweeping, piano-driven ballad showcases Wonho’s delicate falsetto, as he sings about protecting a cherished love despite all costs.”

Wonho also spoke to Forbes and Teen Vogue about his solo ventures.

“While these weren’t easy moments to face and endure, it was a time that made me think a lot and that allowed me to develop and grow — that was very important and precious for me. I thought of the fans waiting and supporting me … I feel a little more mature, and like I have more to say to the world.”

Late last year, Wonho’s fans tirelessly put forth efforts to show him he wasn’t alone in this world. Their message was heard globally, loud and clear; with multiple hashtags trending worldwide on twitter for weeks on end, online petitions garnering half a million signatures, fans taking it to the streets of Seoul writing supportive notes, and putting up billboards in Times Square, China and all over the world to support him.

As told by Forbes, “…fans had shown their support for the artist by sending the 2017 song “From Zero,” a special track co-written and producer by Wonho, to No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart to help prove his continuing viability and commercial appeal as an artist, songwriter and producer.”

After months of fan-driven fundraisers, online petitions, Twitter trends and love; Wonho is thrilled to be giving back to his fans. His fanbase’s new name is Wenne; and the fandom name represents the special bond between Wonho and his fans, who have been there to support him through the ups and downs.

Wonho sings passionately on the track “Coz anytime or place I’d be your shield, when you feel, like you ain’t got the fight in you to heal.”

The release of “Losing You” is Wonho’s first step forward in his solo career after signing with Highline Entertainment, which is a subsidiary label of Starship Entertainment—the home to K-pop groups including Monsta X, WJSN and Cravity—and houses viral EDM star DJ Soda [Read HERE on Forbes]. Back in early April, Wonho also joined Maverick Management’s roster, alongside Britney Spears, Madonna, The Weeknd, and many more big-name artists.

KEM – LOVE ALWAYS WINS

“In an era when musicians routinely throw out an album (or more) a year, Kem is meticulous an Adult R&B mainstay, a slyly expressive singer with a slicing, airy voice and catalog full of tender love songs.”– Rolling Stone

R&B superstar KEM claims the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart this week with his first full-length release in six years, LOVE ALWAYS WINS (Motown). The album which is his third to top the tally contains the hits “Lie to Me,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart, and “Live Out Your Love,” a sultry duet that features GRAMMY Award-winning soul songstress Toni Braxton. Download/stream HERE.

LOVE ALWAYS WINS is a powerful testament to KEM’s hopeful outlook despite current times, a reminder of the power of love and a project he calls his most personal yet. Other standout songs on the album include the lush title track, “Love Always Wins,” featuring GRAMMY-winning gospel music powerhouse Erica Campbell, and the inspiring “Friend Today” both reminiscent of the music birthed out of social justice movements. The album was co-produced by KEM and Derek “DOA” Allen, and features contributions by musical notables such as Anthony Hamilton, Brian Culbertson, James Poyser and Salaam Remi.

In this recent feature, Rolling Stone notes, “In an era when musicians routinely throw out an album (or more) a year, Kem is meticulous, an Adult R&B mainstay, a slyly expressive singer with a slicing, airy voice and catalog full of tender love songs.”

Billboard observes, “Love Always Wins peppers the Grammy-nominated artist’s smooth, grown and sexy signature sound with more up-tempo flavor, prominent guitar accents and franker lyrical insights.”

The Detroit Free Press says, “On new Kem album, the romantic heart is still beating but he’s got free inspiration too.”

LOVE ALWAYS WINS is the follow-up to KEM’s 2014 album, PROMISE TO LOVE, which also debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It contained the hit singles “Nobody” and “It’s You,” which each spent multiple weeks atop the Urban Adult Contemporary radio charts. The internationally renowned R&B singer/songwriter has to his credit: one Platinum album (KEM: ALBUM II), two Gold albums (KEMISTRY and INTIMACY), three GRAMMY nominations and seven No. 1 singles. In addition, KEM has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards, two Soul Train Awards and a BET Centric Award.

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Toosii – Poetic Pain

Today, South Coast Music Group’s Toosii announces his new EP Poetic Pain coming this Fall and releases the title track Poetic Pain. Listen HERE. While deeply personal, Toosii wrote the smooth and soulful track during a spontaneous livestream session with fans.

Toosii recalls, “I was on live with the fans and they liked the beat I was playing, so I had them tell me what the beat made them feel, and we made the song from there.”

The official video, directed by NORATCHETSS, finds Toosii penning a love letter to the woman who shattered his heart and reminiscing about the special moments they shared. View HERE.

Like nearly all of his music to date, Poetic Pain was self-recorded at Toosii’s home in Raleigh, NC a purposely solitary approach he considers essential to his self-expression. “I really just love making music, so all I ever do is record,” he says.

Last week, Toosii released Love Cycle (with Summer Walker). Listen HERE. HotNewHipHop said, “Toosii and Summer Walker make a great team on Love Cycle, a perfect song for a mood playlist.” Love Cycle, one of the most popular tracks from Toosii’s Platinum Heart (Deluxe), has amassed nearly 35 million combined global streams to date.

Platinum Heart (Deluxe) charted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums tally and entered the Billboard 200 in June. With over 200 million combined global streams to date across its 20 songs, Toosii shot into the top 10 of Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 chart for July, which tracks the fastest-rising artists of the month.

In the months following the mixtape’s release, Toosii has released a string of accompanying videos, including Stuck Inside Mercedez Love Cycle, which is the director’s cut of the Mercedez and Love Cycle videos that Toosii co-directed with Edgar Esteves, and Reminiscing, plus the official video for a new song, Push Start.

The 20-year-old rapper is an entirely self-driven and strong-minded artist, fiercely dedicated to following his instincts and one-of-a-kind vision. Since signing with South Coast Music Group (the label that catalyzed DaBaby’s rise as one of music’s biggest new stars in recent years), the Syracuse, New York native has won acclaim for his melodic flow and autobiographical storytelling, endlessly demonstrating his willingness to pour unguarded emotion into each song. Flaunt predicted, Toosii is about to take over the rap game. A compelling live performer, Toosii has supported such artists as DaBaby, Summer Walker, Polo G, Moneybagg Yo, Money Man, NBA Young Boy, Yung Bleu, City Girls and more

BLXST RELEASES NEW EP

By Armon Hayes

In celebration, BLXST held a properly social distanced and invite-only listening forum last night in Santa Monica. During the friend & family event, the artist and producer shared his highly anticipated release, No Love Lost, out now! The EP, from the West Coast rapper-singer-songwriter under Red Bull Records, is an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown, LA. The EP is filled with instrumentation that fills the track with raw emotion—a vibe reminiscent of the legendary Nate Dog, and is accompanied by a four-part cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life.

No Love Lost’s quintessential West Coast vibe will be perfect to cruise to for a long time to come.

Imagine your windows rolled down, the sun shining while your speakers are on blast. Blxst’s sound fits right in—fluid musicality slides through the pocket between R&B and Hip-Hop seamlessly, complimented with just the right amount of swagger.

The EP has an edgy attitude and slick soul lyrics that will appeal to all ears and generations. Starting with the release of his latest single, “Overrated,” Blxst speaks on love’s risk and the expectations that we and society place on relationships unexpectedly not living up to our idealized expectations.  “Hurt,” on the other hand, is a mirror of life experiences, and specifically the processes of overcoming obstacles and what we learn from said trials. 

Blxst is a multi-hyphenated, multi-threat talent. He initially earned notoriety for his production work and collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar, YG, Mozzy, G Perico, Eric Bellinger, Bino Rideaux, and more. His recent singles, including “My Emotions” and “Slip & Slide (feat. 1takejay)”, garnered praise from DJ Akademiks, Bibi Bourelly, TIDAL’s Elliott Wilson, and more

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BIG SEAN DROPS NEW ALBUM

BIG SEAN DROPS EAGERLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM, DETROIT 2, AVAILABLE TODAY VIA G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS

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The tide of DETROIT 2 advance single + video releases culminated last week with “Deep Reverence” featuring Nipsey Hussle, follow­ing up days later with a DETROIT 2 preview video for “Don Life” featuring Lil Wayne. Earlier this week he released the “Harder Than My Demons” video and previewed the video for “Body Language” featuring Jhene Aiko Wednesday & “Everything That’s Missing” featuring Dwele yesterday. Building further excitement, Sean has revealed exclusive new updated DETROIT 2 merch + digital download bundles, available HERE now.

On release day, fans in Detroit can stop by Spirit Plaza for an experiential floral installation inspired by the DETROIT 2 album cover. Sponsored by 1-800 Flowers, the activation includes over three thousand flowers and will serve as a tribute to the beautiful city of Detroit.

Prior to DETROIT 2, all four of his albums – which also include Finally Famous, his RIAA platinum debut of 2011, and Hall Of Fame (2013) – debuted at #1 on the Rap chart. I Decided. (2017) Sean’s second consecutive album to debut at #1 across-the-board on the pop, R&B/hip-hop, and Rap charts, following landmark RIAA platinum Dark Sky Paradise(2015). Twenty88, his 2016 collab with fellow G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam star Jhené Aiko, also debuted at #1 on the Rap and R&B/hip-hop charts.

In addition to his RIAA platinum albums, Big Sean’s track record boasts an impressive 15 platinum and multi-platinum hit singles, among them a trio of #1 urban radio staples: “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” (featur­­ing Kanye West and Roscoe Dash, with over 45 million combined YouTube views); Kanye’s 4x-platinum “Mercy” featuring fellow Def Jam MCs Pusha T and 2 Chainz (over 200 million views); and the 5x-platinum “I Don’t Fuck With You” featuring E-40 (nearly 400 million views).

With over 43 million combined Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud followers, andover 1.7 BILLION YouTube views since his signing to G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam in 2007, Big Sean has become one of urban and rhythm radio’s most consistent hitmakers, and one of Def Jam’s major core artists.


See the tracklist for DETROIT 2 below:

  1. Why Would I Stop?
  2. Lucky Me
  3. Deep Reverence ft. Nipsey Hussle
  4. Wolves ft. Post Malone
  5. Body Language ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Jhené Aiko
  6. Story by Dave Chappelle
  7. Harder Than My Demons
  8. Everything That’s Missing ft. Dwele
  9. ZTFO
  10. Guard Your Heart ft. Anderson .Paak, Earlly Mac, Wale
  11. Respect It ft. Young Thug & Hit-Boy
  12. Lithuania ft. Travis Scott
  13. Full Circle ft. Key Wane & Diddy
  14. Time In – TWENTY88
  15. Story by Erykah Badu
  16. FEED
  17. The Baddest
  18. Don Life ft. Lil Wayne
  19. Friday Night Cypher ft. Tee Grizzley, Kash Doll, Cash Kidd, Payroll, 42 Dugg, Boldy James, Drego, Sada Baby, Royce Da 5’9” & Eminem
  20. Story by Stevie Wonder
  21. Still I Rise ft. Dom Kennedy

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Bryson Tiller – Inhale

Today, chart-topping, multi-platinum selling, Grammy-Award nominated recording artist Bryson Tiller makes his official return with the release of his new single and visual for “Inhale” which will appear on his forthcoming third studio album out this fall via Trapsoul/RCA Records. Click HERE to listen/watch.

“Inhale” which is produced by Dpat (Wiz Khalifa, Brent Faiyaz), continues with the introspective style that Tiller is known for while sampling SWV’s “All Night Long” and Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon Cry.” The sensual and moody visual is directed by Tiller’s frequent collaborator Ro.Lexx.

After treating fans to several releases on Souncloud, “Inhale” is the first official single release from Tiller following his critically acclaimed sophomore album, True To Self (2017), which topped the Billboard 200 albums chart upon release with Variety proclaiming it “one of the biggest records of the summer, if not the year.”

Most recently Tiller has collaborated with Summer Walker for “Playing Games,” fellow Louisville native Jack Harlow for “Thru The Night,” Wale for “Love…Her Fault” and H.E.R. for “Could’ve Been” which earned the duo a Grammy nomination for R&B Performance in 2020.

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Rileyy Lanez – Marry Me

Today, Rileyy Lanez has shared the official video for her song “Marry Me.” Watch HERE. Filmed in Rileyy’s hometown of NYC, the visual was directed by Erik Rojas and showcases various couples going through ups and downs, but never wavering in their commitment to one another.

“Marry Me” is lifted from Rileyy’s debut EP Beautiful Mistakes, which was released in May of this year. The 5-track project also includes “Foul Play,” “Left 4 Me,” “I’m Leaving,” and “I Had U.”  Listen HERE.

Born and raised in the Bronx, 19-year-old Rileyy Lanez pulls no punches with her heart-on-her sleeve R&B music. In May of 2019, she released her original song “I’m Leaving,” which now has over 16M streams and 11M+ video views. Rileyy is also featured on Lil Tjay’s album track “Post To Be,” and recently partnered with Boy Smells for their Illuminate Inclusivity PRIDE Campaign.

Stay tuned for more from Rileyy Lanez coming soon!

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