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James Blake – Friends That Break Your Heart





Mercury Music Prize and GRAMMY® Award winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake has announced his fifth studio album, Friends That Break Your Heart, due out 10th September 2021, via Polydor Records.

Blake joined Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 for Hottest Record in the World to premiere the album’s first single, Say What You Will alongside co-hosting the show. The accompanying music video for the single is directed by Bear Damen and features a guest appearance from Finneas.

Of the single, James says, The song is about finding peace with who you are and where you’re at regardless of how well other people seem to be doing. Comparison really is the thief of joy.

Friends That Break Your Heart follows the Covers EP – a collection of Blake’s favourite covers, including his critically acclaimed cover of Frank Ocean’s Godspeed – and his 2019 released, GRAMMY® nominated album Assume Form which was his highest charting album in both the UK and US to date.

More recently James has worked with Dave on the rapper’s second studio album We’re All Alone In This Together and featured on Slowthai’s chart topping album TYRON.

James Blake’s first new full-length album in two years, Friends That Break Your Heart, will feature collaborations from JID & SwaVay, Monica Martin and SZA. James worked closely with British artist Miles Johnston to design a cover reflective of the album. The result is a visual encapsulation of the emotions brought forth throughout the body of work.


  1. Famous Last Words
  2. Life Is Not The Same
  3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
  4. Funeral
  5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
  6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine
  7. Foot Forward
  8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
  9. Say What You Will
  10. Lost Angel Nights
  11. Friends That Break Your Heart
  12. If I’m Insecure


The Mercury Music Prize & GRAMMY® Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer unassumingly operates as the enigmatic engine behind some of the most influential albums of the 21st century. He produced choice cuts on Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. as well as JAY-Z’s 4:44 and Beyoncé’s Lemonade—to which he also lent his voice in both cases. Feature appearances span Stop Trying to Be God with Stevie Wonder and Kid Cudi on Travis Scott’s epic ASTROWORLD and King’s Dead with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Future from the chart-dominating Black Panther: The Album. The latter not only went triple-platinum, but it also earned Blake his first GRAMMY® Award in the category of Best Rap Performance. Simultaneously, he emerged as pop’s most celebrated outlier with his dynamic solo output. He introduced a singular sound on 2011’s James Blake. Awarding the record a rare 9.0-out-of-10 score, Pitchfork crowned it one of Top 100 Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014). On its heels, the 2013 Overgrown illustrated his rare magnetic ability to align the likes of Brian Eno and RZA on the same project. It notably received the 2013 Mercury Prize and secured Blake’s Best New Artist nomination at the GRAMMY® Awards. After 2016’s The Colour In Anything, he reached new critical and commercial peaks with Assume Form during 2019. It bowed at #6 on the UK Album Chart, marking his highest entry to date. Beyond clocking 300 million cumulative streams in under a year, it garnered the GRAMMY® nomination for Best Alternative Album and graced Best of 2019 lists for outlets including Time Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Billboard, DJ Booth, and Esquire. Additionally, he oversees 1-800 Dinosaur, which spans a club night, record label, and radio show. As he prepares his fifth album, James Blake’s shadow over popular music only continues to grow.

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Allison Interviews Podcast Features Icons

New Podcast Deep Dives with Cultural Icons

Internationally syndicated entertainment and pop culture print journalist, Allison Kugel, brings her spiritually driven long form celebrity interviews to the podcast space with Allison Interviews.

For fifteen years, journalist Allison Kugel, has conducted more than three hundred long form interviews with celebrities and cultural icons, with a philosophical and spiritual spin, taking her audience on a deep dive alongside their favorite pop culture figures.

The Allison Interviews podcast will launch its first four episodes with:

Mötley Crüe drummer, recording artist, and headline maker, Tommy Lee, discusses everything from past lives and defying gravity to fame in a pre-social media era and flying squirrel suits.

Actress and film producer, Tara Reid, opens up about losing her parents, freezing her eggs, working on DMX’s last film, and forgiving the tabloid media.

Rap music pioneer, RZA, talks about growing up fatherless, the Five Percent Nation, founding Wu-Tang Clan, and working with T.I.

Twenty-three-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps reveals his struggles with mental health, what his kids think of him, and helping to re-shape how athletes are treated, both, pre- and post-Olympics.

I have been immersed in the study of spirituality for more than a decade, learning about the soul, past lives, the spirit world, and why we have all chosen to incarnate on planet earth at this time. This knowledge, coupled with my lifelong passion for telling people’s stories, informs every inch of how I conduct my celebrity interviews. I am excited to take listeners on this new journey with me into the podcast space.

About Allison Kugel

Allison has conducted, published and syndicated long form, in-depth interviews with: Gwen Stefani, Lenny Kravitz, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Shania Twain, Michael Buble, Deepak Chopra, Andie MacDowell, Craig T. Nelson, Mel B., RZA, Rick Ross, Nick Cannon, the Kardashians, Kristin Chenoweth, Gayle King, Joel Osteen, Al Sharpton, Lindsey Vonn, Julian Lennon, Rita Moreno, David Guetta, Rob Reiner, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Paula Abdul, Vivica A. Fox, Kyle Richards and hundreds of others.

Her print interviews have been published and excerpted by: USA TODAY and across Gannett’s USA TODAY network of newspapers, People, MSN, Yahoo!, UK’s Daily Express, HipHopDX, AllHipHop, RadarOnline, Life & Style Weekly, First For Women, Music-News, ET Canada and hundreds of other outlets.

The Allison Interviews podcast is now available across all listening platforms including Apple Podcasts (on your app), Spotify, Anchor, and Google Podcasts. See Allison in the news.

Episodes 1 and 2 are now live for you to preview on the above listening platforms. We welcome you leaving a review on your favorite podcast platform. Allison Kugel is also available for interviews in support of her podcast launch.

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Detroit City Chess Club × Black Goes First

Today, global creative agency Anomaly launches a new boundary-breaking initiative, Black Goes First, to raise awareness about implicit bias and to raise funds for the Detroit City Chess Club, one of the largest, longest-standing, predominantly African American competing youth chess clubs in the U.S.

In chess, there is implicit power behind the first and most consequential rule: White goes first. This means White gets a leg up on the game commonly referred to as the “first move advantage.” This rule also represents the unconscious bias and unwritten (and sometimes written) rules in society that directly oppresses and suppresses the Black community in our daily lives, restricting education, access, and opportunity.

Anomaly remains dedicated to addressing implicit bias. As such, the goal of Black Goes First is to inspire a new generation of players to fall in love with the game by building confidence in and access to chess for Black youth, in hopes that they may one day join the ranks of the most skilled players in the world and reach the pinnacle – becoming a Grandmaster. Currently, out of 1721 Grandmasters, only 4 are Black.

“Chess is a game that demands that we truly stop and think about how our minds work and how our thoughts affect reality. The idea of turning a traditional chess rule on its head to illustrate the critical issue of unconscious bias is a powerful way to initiate much needed discussions on this important topic.” Maurice Ashley, International Chess Grandmaster.

In order to help bring awareness to the cause and in support of Black Music Month, Anomaly has partnered with music industry veteran Chaka Zulu and friends, including celebrity chess enthusiasts within the hip hop community to auction a signed premium chessboard with the key new rule: Black Goes First. The predominantly black, 14″ x 14″ x 1″ board is made from a beautiful matte black composite stone. The rule change, engraved in stone, faces each player, front and center. This campaign launches today and the Auction goes live on June 17 ahead of Juneteenth via Iconic hip-hop superstars JAY-Z and RZA, NBA legend Carmelo Anthony, and chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley have committed their signatures to further elevate the idea.

“Hip Hop Culture has a love affair with the game of chess and they’ve been intertwined for years. In my home, we’ve always played Black Goes First. The music, the game, and the culture build character and critical life skills that are required for the progress and survival of Black youth yesterday, today, and tomorrow.” Chaka Zulu, chess enthusiast and music industry veteran.

Anomaly’s Black Goes First campaign aims to awaken people to blatant unconscious bias in chess and life, while amplifying and supporting the next generation of Black chess champions by donating 100% of all funds raised to the Detroit City Chess Club and setting a new standard for equitable community campaigns.

“Radically centering equity and service, Anomalys Black Goes First campaign uniquely challenges implicit bias and inequitable campaign models that don’t work directly with and for the communities they seek to engage. BGF is a campaign designed in support of and in partnership with the Black community to support Black youth. The campaign employs 100% Black influencer/celebrity support, and 100% of profits from the auction will be donated to the Detroit City Chess Club.” Kristi Henderson, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Anomaly.

Find out more about the auction and the project, and check out the film at the website:

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RZA’s 36 Cinema Screens Five Deadly Venoms

36 Cinema Reveals Next Screening: Five Deadly Venoms, Next iteration of Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater on June 12th With live commentary from RZA and Dan Halsted, New Bobby Digital Single to be Unveiled During Screening

RZA’s kung fu streaming series – Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater – returns this Saturday (June 12th) with a highly anticipated screening of the 1978 Shaw Brothers’ classic: Five Deadly Venoms. The film will be streaming live on 36 Cinema, with live commentary provided by kung fu aficionados RZA and Dan Halsted.

Widely regarded as one of the most influential and enduring films of kung fu cinema’s heyday, Five Deadly Venoms tells the story of a dying kung fu master who instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a deadly style of kung fu: Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, and Toad. The student must then team up with one of the other good pupils to destroy the evil ones. Greed, treachery, grueling training sequences, and jaw-dropping fight scenes ensue!

Five Deadly Venoms was actually the first kung fu flick RZA ever saw, introducing him to a genre of film that would have a profound impact on his life. RZA first saw the film at 42nd Street theater in Manhattan in 1979 with his cousin Ol’ Dirty Bastard; they eventually got their hands on the VHS and proceeded to watch the film countless times throughout their adolescence. RZA has credited Five Deadly Venoms for sparking his initial interest in kung fu cinema and culture, which would become a life’s passion and a major aspect of Wu-Tang’s brand and aesthetic.

RZA even sampled dialogue from Five Deadly Venoms on Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ from Wu-Tang’s debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers): Toad style is immensely strong, and immune to nearly any weapon, when it’s properly used it’s almost invisible.

Five Deadly Venoms is the second iteration of Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater, following the initial screening of Heroes Of The East, another Shaw Brothers classic, in April. With several more screenings slated throughout the summer, RZA will continue to spotlight some of the perennial films of kung fu cinema on 36 Cinema: a first-of-its-kind digital screening platform.

During Saturday’s screening, RZA will also unveil a brand new single from a forthcoming solo project due out later this year. The new single will follow the release of Pugilism, RZA’s first solo single in 13 years, which was announced during the Heroes Of The East screening.

Five Deadly Venoms will stream on 36 Cinema on June 12th starting at 3pm ET, buy tickets here. The screening will be replayed at 9pm ET.

Five Deadly Venoms posters and t-shirts are available to purchase in the 36 Chambers show here.

Watch the Five Deadly Venoms Trailer here.

About 36 Cinema

36 Cinema is a first-of-its-kind ticketed experience that brings together film screening with live in-depth commentary with directors, actors, critics and super fans. The intent of 36 Cinema is to provide viewers with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the films that have inspired and influenced generations of cinephiles. 36 Cinema is distinguished from the VOD/streaming marketing in that the screenings are live events. Audience members are also able to submit questions which the hosts answer live during the screening. All events are ticketed with licensing deals in place with the accredited rights-holders.

Previous hosts of 36 Cinema screenings include director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Coffee and Cigarettes), actor Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, Tyson, Why Did I Get Married), actor and martial artist Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty etc.), film archivist Warrington Hudlin, comedian Donell Rawlings, stunt actress Shaina West, among others. The platform also partnered with key cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art in DC and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

Follow RZA, Bobby Digital and the rest of 36 Cinema via their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, their website and YouTube.

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Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater Relaunch

RZA Launches “Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater”, First-of-its-kind Film Screening Platform from 36 Cinema

Heroes Of The East, 1978 Kung Fu Classic–Streaming Saturday, April 24th with live-commentary from RZA and Dan Halsted

RZA also unveils “Pugilism”, first single from forthcoming solo album

Listen HERE

Last year at the onset of the pandemic, RZA, searching for a creative output and sense of community in the wake of a global shutdown, launched 36 Cinema: a first-of-its-kind film screening platform through his company 36 Chambers. The platform hosted weekly screenings of classic kung fu films (like Shaolin Vs. Wu Tang and Mystery of Chessboxing) and other seminal films (like blaxploitation classic Petey Wheatstraw), with live commentary from RZA and various guests, ranging from directors, actors and critics alike. The platform was met with great enthusiasm from kung fu enthusiasts and cinephiles generally, amassing a steady following and selling over 20k tickets and raising money for independent theaters around the country.

RZA has today announced the official relaunch of 36 Cinema, which will return in force this summer with a brand new slate of programming that he’s dubbed “Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater”. The series kicks off this Saturday (April 24th) at 9pm ET with a screening of the Shaw Brothers classic Heroes Of The East.

RZA will be joined by Dan Halsted, head programmer at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland (and 35mm film archivist), who is also a major kung fu cinema buff in his own right. RZA and Dan hosted several 36 Cinema screenings last year, bringing a wide breadth of knowledge of Asian cinema and providing valuable insights into some of the classic kung fu staple films.

36 Cinema relaunches at a time when martial arts storytelling is having a major revival in popular culture. Just this month, the CW have rolled out the first episodes of Kung Fu, a remake of the cult classic 1970s TV show. From the commercial success of film franchises like The Raid and Kill Bill (which RZA scored incidentally), it’s clear there’s been a renewed interest in kung fu cinema from a western audience since the genre’s glory days. 36 Cinema aims to educate and enlighten a new generation of film lovers, while also catering to an audience of plugged-in kung fu fanatics.

Previous hosts of 36 Cinema screenings include director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Coffee and Cigarettes), actor Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, Tyson, Why Did I Get Married), actor and martial artist Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty etc.), film archivist Warrington Hudlin, comedian Donell Rawlings, stunt actress Shaina West, among others. The platform also partnered with key cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art in DC and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

RZA looks forward to bringing on some other notable names to co-host upcoming screenings of Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater throughout the summer. The full run of programming will be revealed in the coming weeks, which will include other seminal films outside of the kung fu genre specifically.

In tandem with the reveal of Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater, RZA has also released a brand new single – Pugilism – his first solo release under the alias Bobby Digital in 13 years (since his 2008 LP Digi Snacks). Pugilism is the first cut from RZA’s fourth album–Bobby Digital: Digital Potions– a follow up to his beloved 1998 debut solo album Bobby Digital In Stereo. RZA will share further details about the album in Saturday’s screening of Heroes Of The East.

Purchase tickets for the Heroes Of The East screening on 36 Cinema HERE

Distribution Partners
36 Cinema has licensing deals in place from the following distributors: Janus Films, AGFA, Magnolia Pictures, Well Go USA, Shaw Brothers Studio and Celestial Pictures.

360 Magazine, RZA & 36 Chambers, A Better Tomorrow

RZA & 36 Chambers x “Protect Ya Hands”

RZA & 36 Chambers say “protect ya hands” with a new Ottawa inspired line featuring hand sanitizer, OttaWu Shirt and The Saga Continues Bowl with profits collectively benefiting the Ottawa Food Bank, the Ottawa Mission Foundation and CHEO. A Better Tomorrow On April 2nd, 2020, a simple donation and tweet from Wu-Tang Clan, was sent out in support of a campaign for the Ottawa Food Bank. Within 48 hours, that action helped spur an additional $280,000 in contributions. In turn, the thousands of people who donated have inspired us to further lend a hand during this unprecedented crisis.

Whether it’s through music, or our actions, the purpose of 36 Chambers and Wu-Tang, is to always see a better tomorrow. In collaboration with Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa, 36 Chambers is releasing the A Better Tomorrow Collection. The Collection will include Protect Ya Hands: 36 Chambers x Jusu Hand Sanitizer, OttaWu: 36 Chambers x Ottawa Shirt and The Saga Continues Bowl: 36 Chambers x Pure Kitchen. A Better Tomorrow Collection, consisting of three products that will collectively benefit the Ottawa Food Bank, the Ottawa Mission Foundation and CHEO.

All Items are available at We would also like to thank the various individuals—Hamza Ayach, Adam Miron, Monica De Oliveira, Sarah Brown— and companies—Mieux Digital, Jusu, Clever Print, Shopify, Waterbridge Media, Pure Kitchen, Ottawa Moving and Delivery—who have spent countless hours over the last few weeks, helping to bring this collaboration to life. May their collective acts of generosity inspire others to do the same. We encourage spreading acts of generosity with your community using the tag #abettertomorrow.

Jon Bellion’s “Stupid Deep” Video


Single Is From His New Album, Glory Sound Prep

North American Headline Tour Kicks Off June 12

Today, Jon Bellion revealed the official video for his current single, “Stupid Deep.” The New York-based artist partnered with director Daniel Brown (ODESZA, Portugal. The Man) to weave a mythic tale of self-discovery that is set at sea. Bellion did all the visual effects himself. View “Stupid Deep”  HERE.

Bellion will launch an extensive North American amphitheater tour on June 12 at The Met in Philadelphia. The summer headline run, produced by Live Nation, will include a July 12 concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and an August 10 hometown show at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island. See below for itinerary. Tickets are available here.

“Stupid Deep” is from Bellion’s new album, Glory Sound Prep (Capitol Records/Visionary Music Group), which includes collaborations with GRAMMY-winning producer Quincy Jones, Roc Marciano, RZA, B.Keyz and Travis Mendes. Billboard said, “Bellion seamlessly intertwines sounds of pop, R&B, hip-hop and rock through his electrifying songs.” AllMusic praised it as “Epic in scope” and noted, “Glory Sound Prep sees Jon Bellion again alternating effervescent dance-pop, melodic reflections, and more fractured, urgent hip-hop. This time, he draws on an even broader sound palette that incorporates synths, strings, horns and more.”

Glory Sound Prep is the follow-up to his RIAA Gold-certified 2016 debut album, The Human Condition, which has sold more than 1.5 million adjusted albums and amassed upwards of 1.7 billion cumulative streams. “All Time Low,” the lead single, was a Top 10 hit at Top 40 radio and is now certified 3x Platinum.

Bellion got his start with a series of mixtapes featuring his original songs all recorded in his parents’ basement. He built a remarkable following by sharing his music directly with listeners, giving away more than 200,000 free downloads of 2014’s The Definition and playing live for fans on two sold-out national tours. Also a sought-after collaborator, Bellion co-wrote and produced “Trumpets” for Jason Derulo and co-wrote the GRAMMY Award winning, 10x-Platinum hit “The Monster” for Eminem and Rihanna. He co-wrote and co-produced Christina Aguilera’s 2018 single, “Fall in Line” featuring Demi Lovato.

Jon Bellion 2019 North American Headline Tour

6/12 Philadelphia, PA The Met

6/14 Washington, DC MGM National Harbor

6/15 Raleigh, NC The Red Hat Amphitheater

6/19 Atlanta, GA State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

6/21 Orlando, FL CFE Arena

6/22 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater

6/23 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater

6/25 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre

6/28 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

6/29 Houston, TX Revention Music Center

6/30 Austin, TX HEB Center

7/2 Albuquerque, NM Villa Hispana Pavilion

7/5 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre

7/6 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

7/10 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union OAT

7/12 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

7/13 San Francisco, CA The Masonic

7/16 Seattle, WA WAMU Theater

7/17 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

7/18 Portland, OR Moda Center (TOTC)

7/20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Pavilion

7/21 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium

7/24 Lincoln, NE Pinewood Bowl

7/25 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater

7/27 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

7/28 Minneapolis, MN The Armory

7/30 Detroit, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheater

7/31 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center

8/2 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn

8/3 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

8/6 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

8/8 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

8/10 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

8/11 Baltimore, MD MECU Pavilion

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Jon Bellion will launch an extensive 35-city North American amphitheater tour this summer titled The Glory Sound Prep Tour, kicking off June 12 at The Met in Philadelphia. The headline run, produced by Live Nation, will include a July 12 concert at Los Angeles Greek Theatre and an August 10 hometown show at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island. The tour will make additional stops in Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, San Francisco and more, before wrapping August 11 at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore. See below for itinerary.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, November 16, starting at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT at and

Bellion will be touring in support of his new album, Glory Sound Prep, which includes the singles Conversations with my Wife JT and Stupid Deep. Released last week by Capitol Records/Visionary Music Group, the album is available HERE. It includes collaborations with GRAMMY winning producer Quincy Jones, Roc Marciano, RZA, B. Keyz and Travis Mendes. Billboard said, Throughout the 10-track album, Bellion seamlessly intertwines sounds of pop, R&B, hip-hop and rock through his electrifying songs.

Glory Sound Prep is the follow-up to the New York-based artists’ RIAA Gold-certified 2016 debut album, The Human Condition, which has sold more than 1.5 million adjusted albums and amassed upwards of 1.7 billion cumulative streams. All Time Low, the lead single, was a Top 10 hit at Top 40 radio and is now certified 3x Platinum. All three legs of The Human Condition Tour sold out.

Bellion got his start with a series of mixtapes featuring his original songs ߝall recored in his parent’s basement. He built a remarkable following by sharing his music directly with listeners, giving away more than 200,000 free downloads of 2014 The Definition and playing live for fans on two sold-out national tours.

Also a sought-after collaborator, Bellion co-wrote and produced Trumpets for Jason Derulo and co-wrote the GRAMMY Award winning, 10x-Platinum hit The Monster for Eminem and Rihanna. He co-wrote and co-produced Christina Aguilera’s recent single, Fall in Line featuring Demi Lovato.








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The festival is in 3 weeks and today we are adding more than 200 bands. We are getting ready to bring the party to THE MILE END and all adjacent neighborhoods. We are adding Ty Segall solo acoustic for an intimate concert and rapper Havoc, the co-founder of legendary hip hop group Mobb Deep. We are really excited to be bringing the Seattle-based KEXP Radio to Canada for the very first time! They will be filming 12 live sessions from Breakglass Studios, featuring performances by Samito, The Luyas, Tess Roby, The Barr Brothers, and more! We’re also honoured to be partaking in the 10th anniversary celebration of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the opening night of POP.

Speaking of celebrations, we’re highlighting Montreal’s 375th year by putting on a day of FREE events on Saturday, September 16th, as part of Sessions 375. The daytime programming will take place at POP Quarters (3450 St-Urbain) and feature music by local favourites Orkestar Kriminal, Klô Pelgag, Aba &Preach, Bonjay, Lunice and Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville. After night falls, the action will move up to the Rialto Theatre Complex (5719-5723 Ave. du Parc), where 5 venues will open their doors for a night of more FREE shows. From RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, to Aldous Harding, Lido Pimienta, Laura Sauvage and Think About Life, the public will be invited to venture through the 4-floor complex, and discover new art and sounds from 7pm to 3am!

POP Quarters will also be hosting all the FREE POP Symposium talks, with festival artists such as Yves Tumor, Moor Mother, Royal Trux, William Basinski, a cooking beats workshop with Lunice, as well as panels by Women in Music Montreal and a discussion on how cultural communities can support Indigenous resurgence. The Record Fair is also moving to POP Quarters this year and will take place on the Saturday and Sunday, featuring live music, DJs and a listening lounge with complimentary Auchentoshan scotch cocktails inspired by selected festival artists.

We’re also putting on a stellar year of film programming through our Film POP segment, with a slew of International, North American, and Canadian premieres, with films programmed from festivals as varied as Cannes, Slamdance, SXSW, and CPH: DOX. The world premiere of A (Mitchell Stafiej | Canada, 2017) will open the fest, featuring an all-star cast of Montreal-based musicians, including Alex Zhang Hungtai (Love Theme, ex-Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard), Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy), Petra Glynt, Bernardino Femminielli, Caro Diaro, and Alexis O’Hara, followed by a musical performance by the bands featured in the film later that night at the Piccolo Little Burgundy (Late Night). Watch the trailer via The Fader.

It will also be a big year for Art POP with over 15 events and 30 participating artists. Highlights include a video installation and performance by Maya Stovall, one of the selected artists of this year’s Whitney Biennial; an artist talk and performance by a New York artist Baseera Khan; and a Céline Bureau Artist Residency that will take over an entire floor of POP Quarters, featuring artists such as the internationally renowned sculptor Dominique Sirois and painter Peggy Kouroumalos.

There will also be loads to check out during Puces POP, Fashion POP and Kids POP. Read on below for more details and highlights. Don’t stress though. Just show up for the party with your Super Pass or POP Hopper and get ready to be elevated.

2017 Puces POP Programming

BookhouCaravelCartouche MTLFM300Minute PapillonsPaisley PlatypusSara dans la luneSous-boisTandem & coVeinage 

Art & prints

Ana RoyDionoskyFelix Gerard – IllustrateurFleur MaisoniLikeMapsJackie BassettLaucoloMC MarquisOsheagaSeñueloSpilt Milk MtlStephanie ChenToujours CorrectUne RatonYelena & Frey


YesyeslolaAnnie LespéranceBrelokzClaudine Moncion JoaillièreGarnotte de luxeIsabelle Kapsaskis/joaillièreJulie Carmichael TextilesLa Manufacture – Fait MainLucie VeilleuxNina.NanasOeil NoirTHIS ILK 


Cindy LabrecqueDOMPIERREElizabeth Hamel artiste céramisteGoye artiste céramisteParceline ceramiqueVanessa Villarreal CeramicsVirginie Laliberté

bepOpde baies et de sèveCure de Jouvence CissyDomaine des 15 lotsDumornay Delis Inc. grooviola gourmet granolaLes Chocolats Monarque, Inc.Madame Dibou les gâteauxMark’s Hot SauceSinai Gourmettata soupeThés C.G. – U MAIN


5eptentrionalB FactoryBigaradeBlanc sojaBlisscraft + BrazenCréations EMEKozoufla fabrik éco.La RosaMilanTable WearTATTARIUnpredictable Magnets


AnakielBB&MOIBUTR, savon sur mesureCocooning LoveCucamangaDEUX CosmétiquesDot & Lil / Clark & James Grooming Co.ÉCODERMAFlamme & MousseLes Industries GroomMiss MarmiteNupharTonicVoilà

Babies & Kids

Atelier Cheval de boisAtomes CrochusBertille&LéonBlackSnapsCatherine SoucyClair de PruneD’amour et de baveDes enfantillages (by Shed creative space) Hochet GagaLa fée railleouistitineSupayana


Amélie TourangeauBEURDBrother Merle ArtworkEllesmere LingerieEstée PredafloramailleMercedes MorinnoémiahSoftladie

2017 Record Fair Programming

BBAM! Gallery – BlackDressKOde Music – DJ Solespin – Dub Ditch Picnic Records – – Explosivegroove – MUCHO GUSTO/TIR GROUP – NNA Tapes – Nick Osicka – Serge Bellerose – Sonowax – Zorgal

2017 Fashion POP Programming

Design :

Theo Chauvirey, Jessy Colluci, Genia Demarco , Julie Desjardins , Gabriel Drolet-Maguire , Teia Lindfors, Constance Massicotte, Selly Niang, Matt Shelest, Remi Van Boche

Editorial :

William Arcand, Yan Bleney, Gab Bois, Sabrina Cassis, Alexandre Faulkner, Samuel Fournier, Pierre Manning, Lionel Perron, Juan Palacio & Carol Ribeiro, Kaven Tremblay

2017 Film POP Programming

A (Mitchell Stafiej | Canada, 2017 | 85 min) – A LIFE IN WAVES (Brett Whitcomb | United States, 2017 | 74 min) – DESERT HEARTS (Donna Deitch | United States, 1986 | 91 min) – HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (John Cameron Mitchell | United Kingdom/ United States, 2017 | 102 min) – KUSO (Flying Lotus | United States, 2017 | 105 min) – NEW JACK CITY (Mario Van Peebles | United States, 1991 | 100 min) – ON THE SLY: IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY (Michael Rubenstone | United States, 2017 | 82 min) – RZA: LIVE THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (Lau Kar-Leung | Hong Kong, 1978/2016 | 115 min) – THE ALLINS (Sami Saif | Danemark, 2017 | 74 min) – THE MAN FROM MO’WAX (Matthew Jones | United Kingdom, 2016 | 109 min)

2017 POP Symposium Participants

Aaron Lakoff – Aerin Fogel – Aliya Pabani – Amina Abodoma – Amy Fort – Amy Macdonald – Anika Mottershaw – Ari Swan – Aryanna Rousseau – Beth Martinez – Bojan Bošković – Clare Paterson – Colleen Krueger – Courtney Montour – Cyprian Buś – Danica Evering – David Lametti – David Zinman – Erin Gee – Evan Dubinsky – Jared Leon – Jesse Locke – Joe Steinhardt – John Fischer – Jonathan Shedletzky – Juana Molina – Katie Jensen – Katie Lee – Kyria Kilakos – Lady Kier – Laurel Sprengelmeyer – Lunice – Mar Sellars – Marilis Cardinal – Melody McKiver – Meyer Billurcu – Michael Venus – Mona Dehghan – Moor Mother – Nelson Arreguín – Nikita Lavrinenko – Pat Curley – Peggy Hogan – Rachel Weldon – Raymond Biesinger – Robin Wattie – Royal Trux – Ryan Dyck – Sergio Da Silva – Skawennati – Skeena Reece – Stephane Moraille – Susan Abramovitch – Sybil Bell – Tao-Ming Lau – Tina Piper – Vic Galloway – Will Straw – William Basinski – Yves Tumor

2017 Art POP Artists


2017 POP Montreal Music Artists

13 Salopards – Aba & Preach – Abigail Lapell – Absolutely Free – achrome/アクローム– Ada Lea – Aldous Harding – Alexia Avina – Algodón Egipcio – Alien Boy – Alison Wonderland –Alsarah & The Nubatones – An Albatross – Anette Zénith (Me Float) & Julien Champagne – Aquarius – Aron D’Alesio – Arthur des Jaguars – Austra – Avec pas d’casque – Bambi Lou – BARRE – Barry Paquin Roberg – Basia Bulat – BBQT – Beep Test – Beliefs – Belle Game – Bernardino Femminielli – Bernice – Best Fern – BEYRIES – BIBLICAL – BIG GRAVE – Bing & Ruth – Bitch Falcon – Black Bambi – BLACKOUT SOUND SYSTEM – Blanck Mass – Blanka – Bleach Day – blue odeur – Bodywash – Bonjay – Bossie – Buffalo Hat Singers – Cam Maclean – Camille Delean – Caravane – Carla J. Easton – Carla Sagan – Carodiaro – Casper Skulls – Catherine Leduc – Cedric Noel – Chanda M – Charm Taylor – Chloe Charles – Chocolat – Christian Sean – Clay and Friends – Colour Wheel – Common Deer – Common Holly – Cones – Consilience – Country Classics and Bluegrass Ramblings with Katie Moore and Li’l Andy – CRABE – Daily Alice – Daniel Isaiah – David Maxim Micic – Dead Obies – Deaf – Dentist – Desert Bloom – DJ Andy Williams – DJ Asma – DJ Interstellaire II – DJ Lady Kier – DJ Pachi Pachi – Doe Paoro – Doffing – Doldrums – Donzelle – Doom Tickler – Doomsquad – Double Date with Death – Dråsa – Drones Club – Duchess Says – Duotang – EBHONI – ECHO BEACH – EgyptriXxx – Ellemetue – ELOHIM – Émilie Payeur – Ensemble Sonique II – Eva Tolkin – Everett Bird – Exit Someone – Eyeballs – Fabrizio Cammarata – Faith Healer – Fake Palms – Family Band – Femme Accident – Fet.Nat – Figure Walking – Fleece – Florda Well – FOONYAP – Forever – Fouki – Fountain – Fred Woods – Freddy Gruesum – Fredy V. & The Foundation – Freelove Fenner – Gamine – Gary’s House – Gazm – Gentleman Brawlers – GG Love – ggpeach – Ghost Love ­– Ghost Twin – Gigi French – Gladys Lazer – Goodbye Honolulu – Graham Van Pelt – Guillaume Vallée – Guizo La Nuit – Hangover Lobsters – Havoc (of the Infamous Mobb Deep) – Heart Attack Kids – Heathers – hey! dw – Hoan – Holobody – Holy Data – Honey Beard – Hoodlem – Hua Li – Hurray for the Riff Raff – I Shot Samo – Inland Island – Isaac Vallentin – iSiPHiTHiPHiTHi – J. Ellise Barbara’s Blank Space – Jah Cutta – Jaiden Davis-Jones – James Irwin – Jason Bajada – Jay Arner – Jay Som – Jaye Bartell – Jeremy Dutcher – Jessy Lanza – Jo Marches – Joanne Pollock – Joe Grass – Joey Sherrett – John Maus – Johnny Black – Johnny Jr. – Jon Cohen Experimental – Joni Void – Juana Molina – Julie Aubé – Justin Wright – Kaie Kellough – Kali Uchis – Kee Avila – Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville – King Woman – Klô Pelgag – Know – L CON – L.A. FOSTER – La F – LAPS – Laura Sauvage – Le Havre – Le Winston Band – Lemongrab – Les Louanges – Les Passagers – L’il Andy –Lido Pimienta – Little Scream – Little You, Little Me – Loïc April – LOLAA – Lonely Boa – Look Vibrant – Loon – LOS – Lou Canon – Love Theme – Lucius P. Thundercat – Lucy Dacus – Luna Li – Lunice – Lydia Képinski – M U D I E – Maggy France – Magnolian – Manners – Mappe Of – Marrakesh – Mat Vezio – Mauno – Max Comeau – Max Henry – Max T – May Have – Maybe Greys – Maylee Todd – Melody McKiver – Men I Trust – Micah Erenberg – Mich Cota – Michele Nox – Middle Kids – Mighty Diamonds – Mike Shabb – Mitchell Bailey – MJ Farrell – MKRNI (makaroni) – Mono No Aware – Moon King – Moor Mother – Morthouse – Motherhood – Mount Eerie – MOURN – Mouth Breather – Mr. Walter – Ms.Holmes – Mundy’s Bay – MUNYA – Myriam Boucher – Nancy Pants – Naomi Punk – Napster Vertigo – Narcy – Needles//Pins – Nêhiyawak – Nennen – New Fries – Nick Johnston – Nicolet – Night Shop – Nina Segalowitz – Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – No Aloha – NOBRO – November – Ohara – Opale – Ora Cogan – Orkestar Kriminal – OURI – Pallice – Pang Attack – Papi Chulo – Paraphonique – Pascale Project – Pat Dillon Moore – Patrik – Paupière – Penny Diving – Pet Sun – Petra Glynt – PHERN – Phony Ppl – Pierre Kwenders – pillowcount – Pins & Needles – Plini – Po Lazarus – PONY – Public Service Broadcasting – Pulgas – Quay Dash – Queen of Swords – Radiant Baby – Ramon Chicharron – Rara Jazz de Montréal – Raveen – Rebelle – Renny Wilson – respectfulchild – Robbie Ivon – Royal Canoe – Royal Trux – RZA – S.H.R.I.M.P. Ring– Sage Reynolds – Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – Samito – Sarah Pagé – Sarahmee – Saxsyndrum – Scattered Clouds – Sea Oleena – Serpentwithfeet – Shades of Culture – Sheenah Ko – Sick Things – Slight – Small Talk – Smileswithteeth – Smithers – Smokes – Soccer Mommy – Soclose – Son Little – Sorry Girls – Sportsfan – Stef Chura – Stefan Schneider – Steve Jr. – Still Kicking – Strange Froots – Strangerfamiliar – Sueños Y Raíces – Sunfields – Sunrise & Good People – SWEAT – Swet Shop Boys – Syngja – Tali Taliwah & the Ruckus – TAM – Tamara Sandor – TAMPA – Teen Daze – Teke Teke – Tess Roby – Thanya Iyer – The Acorn – The Baggios –The Besnard Lakes – The Dears – The Foreign Resort – The Fuzzy Undertones – The Going Away Present – The Hypochondriacs – The Jerry Cans – The Luyas present: After Language – The Misprints – The Painters – The Rising Few – The Seams – The Sorority – Thee Oh Sees – These Guy – Think About Life – Thrifty Kids – TiKA – Tim Arnold – TONNES – Tooth & The Fang – Traces – Trails – Trio Joubran featuring Youssef Hbeich –Twist – Ty Segall Solo Acoustic – Tyrone Wells – Umji Kelezo – Un Blonde – Vagabon – Val Thomas – Vallens – Valleys – Vanille – Venus – Vikki Gilmore – VJ Minou Lunch – Vogue Dots – Vulvets – Wake Island – Walrus – Wasiu – We Are Monroe – Weird Star ­– Weyes Blood – Whitney K – William Basinski – Windigo – Wine Lips – Woolworm – WROTE – Year of Glad – Young Mammals – Young Satan in Love – Yves Tumor – Zach Phillips – Zen Bamboo – Zoe Sky Jordan – Zouz