17-year-old singer/songwriter AUSTN returns with an emotionally charged new single called “Phases.” Released via 10K Projects, the sweet and soulful track centers on the showstopping vocal presence he’s previously brought to songs like “In Betweenin’” — a 2019 single that’s amassed over 40.8 million streams Spotify.
The first release from AUSTN’s upcoming sophomore EP (due later this year,) “Phases” is a real-time reflection on the fast-changing stages of love. With its tender guitar work and understated pop sound, the song is a perfect showcase for AUSTN’s stunning vocal range and heart-on-sleeve songwriting.
Originally from rural Central Oregon, AUSTN began building his vocal skills as a little kid. His natural talent is especially incredible considering that, for the first four years of his life, AUSTN struggled with significant hearing problems — an issue stemming from the fact that the tubes in his ears had closed at birth. After undergoing surgery to restore his hearing, AUSTN kept up with singing, eventually learning to play ukulele and posting his impromptu performances to Instagram.
As he built up a major following, AUSTN relocated to Los Angeles and fully devoted himself to music, quickly finding management and releasing his debut EP Chapter 1: In Betweenin’ in May 2019. Along with greatly expanding his fanbase, the EP’s infectious title track landed on many coveted playlists across Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music, and also found AUSTN featured on Amazon Music’s 2019 Artists To Watch list.
Artist BLENDA, born Blenda Shimba Kabondo was raised in Sweden in a small Stockholm suburb, raised by her two Congolese parents. With her father being guitarist in their local church, BLENDA was early introduced to music and has since then studied jazz and has her roots in traditional gospel. BLENDA decided early in 2018 to take a break from music to go deeper and find her authority as a woman. Her faith in God and her feminist ideals and strong Congolese roots has created a new raw sound. She experiments with synthetic harmonies and melodies from Congo mixed up with a progressive touch of Pop, RnB, and tribe.
In 2019 BLENDA was flown out to New York, being the first time overseas she ended up signing a record deal with legendary record label Star Trak Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings and which makes her one of the few Swedish artists to sign an american record deal and will mark her new journey on international water.
Produced by Heavy, the track signals a moment of evolution for the Arizona-born singer and songwriter as she delivers her first proper love song…with a twist, of course.
On “Knew You,” she said, “I’ve finally allowed myself to start writing love songs and about relationships. I never indulged in this style before. I’d just gotten into a relationship where I was constantly writing about love and that dynamic. I was super playful, but honest. I’m being really open.”
“Knew You” sets the stage for more music and other surprises to come from Kailee Morgue in the near future.
After quietly establishing herself as an iconoclastic force with 60 million streams and widespread acclaim by everyone from The New York Times to Highsnobiety, the Phoenix-based siren unearths a torrent of intense emotions in 2020.
A three-year journey from a part-time job slinging fast food to emerging as a subversive pop wunderkind allowed the 21-year-old to do so. Along the way, she unveiled a series of fan favorite anthems, beginning with the breakthrough “Medusa” [7.6 million Spotify streams], “Siren” [8.2 million Spotify streams], “Do You Feel This Way” [feat. Whethan] [6.7 million Spotify streams] and “What The Hell Happened To Us” [24.2 million Spotify streams] from Quinn XCII’s The Story of Us. Not to mention, she attracted tastemaker praise from The FADER, NYLON, Pigeons & Planes, PAPER, Vice’s i-D and Teen Vogue. Between packing houses coast-to-coast on tour, she joined forces with Hayley Kiyoko on the 2019 single “Headcase.” In addition to tallying 2.6 million Spotify streams, Ones To Watch pegged it as “an Early Contender for 2019’s Best Pop Moment,” and Billboard dubbed it, “a dreamy trip through the 20-year-old’s mind.” Along the way, she sharpened the edge of her signature sound with a powerful progression hinted at by “Knew You” and more to come.
Esteemed vocalist Ari Lennox (Dreamville/Interscope Records) displays her sultry stylings once again as she presents the Shea Butter Baby (Remix EP). Lennox solicits stellar crooner Durand Bernarr, rapper Smino and the popular cross-genre Doja Cat for the three track EP, released today. Each track offers its own unique take on the original, while still maintaining Lennox’s soulful vibe; with production courtesy of J. Cole, Craig Brockman, Omen, Ron Gilmore and Elite. The project includes remakes of “I Been” and “Facetime,” while Doja Cat lends her distinct sound and verse to “BMO.” The latter served as the third official single from Lennox’s acclaimed debut album, Shea Butter Baby, which also spawned the hit records, “Shea Butter Baby” with J. Cole and fan favorite, “New Apartment.” The album landed on eight year-end lists for “Top Album,” including those compiled by the Associated Press, Billboard, NPR and Complex. You can listen to the Shea Butter Baby (Remix EP) HERE.
Ari Lennox’s unprecedented success was marked by an exciting 2019. The DC-born singer-songwriter preceded the release of her debut album by performing in front of 40,000 fans at the inaugural Dreamville Festival. The songstress continued on to headline the sold-out Shea Butter Baby Tour before joining Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You Tour. In August, Lennox headlined Live Nation Urban’s Femme It Forward music series in Philadelphia, PA. Her work earned her nominations at the 2019 Soul Train. This year, Lennox earned nominations at the NAACP and iHeart Music Awards, and she received a GRAMMY nomination for her work on the Dreamville album, Revenge of the Dreamers III. Lennox continues to work on new music as she looks forward to an equally captivating 2020.
Arlissa, the London-bred singer-songwriter who last year ignited major buzz with a string of critically acclaimed singles, returns with “Healing,” available today via Def Jam Recordings. “Healing” is the newest advance track from Arlissa’s hotly anticipated debut album set to arrive in 2020. “Healing,” co-written by Ryan Williamson and Kameron Alexander, was produced by Rykeyz.
The music video for “Healing,” also out today, “was super inspired by Ayahuasca,” said Arlissa. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It really helps you face your demons and raise your vibration. So with that in mind, the video is all about breaking free from all that binds you; It’s about growth, and rebirth; shedding your skin and becoming the person you were always meant to be.”
Arlissa’s defiant 2019 anthem “We Won’t Move” was included as one of two original compositions on the Def Jam soundtrack for The Hate U Give, the celebrated film adaptation of the Angie Thomas book. The song garnered early buzz when Arlissa debuted it at the movie’s Toronto Film Festival premiere, followed by performances on ABC’s Good Morning America, and Wendy Williams. Arlissa went on to feature on the Ariana Grande helmed soundtrack for last year’s Charlie’s Angels and pen R3HAB and Zayn’s hit song “Flames.”
Arlissa had been piling up a string of independent hits when Brit DJ/producer Jonas Blue’s electronic remix of “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” broke through in early 2018. She debuted the acoustic version of “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” on NBC’s Today Show, as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month. The performance sent the song into viral overdrive, virtually tripling the worldwide streams and views of the original.
As a life-long video game enthusiast and master-controllerist, Shawn Wasabi’s newest track “ANIMAL CROSSING” is inspired by the interactive Nintendo game of the same name. Featuring pop-infused vocals from hit-maker Sophia Black, the track arrives uncoincidentally on the same day as the debut of ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ for Nintendo Switch.
https://shawnwasabi.lnk.to/ANIMALCROSSING“ANIMAL CROSSING” is a rush of sweet melodies and infectious hooks, transporting listeners into the idyllic paradise that awaits in the game. Incorporating 8-bit sound effects and lyrics that reference in-game relics like, ‘peaches by the pool,’ it’s the perfect soundtrack for any gamer to build their tropical island escape. Whether fans are familiar with the game or not, the sentimental nature of “ANIMAL CROSSING” makes it the love song we all need right now. Listen to “ANIMAL CROSSING” here.
“ANIMAL CROSSING” drops just a week after Shawn’s latest original tune “HOME RUN,” a flavorful food-inspired collaboration with Raychel Jay, Hollis and Brandon Colbein. Reminiscent of his prior singles like “SNACK” and “MARBLE TEA,” it’s an appetizing blend of Shawn’s expert electronic production and Facet House co-founder Justin Tranter’s polished pop touch. Listen to “HOME RUN,” here.
Last month, Shawn created a Midi-Fighter version of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” from his own bathroom. The video immediately took off on TikTok, reaching 500k views on the first day. Within 24 hours, former World of Dance competitor & current TikTok sensation BDash discovered the video and used the beat to kick off a dance challenge on the platform. From Twitch to Jessica Alba, it wasn’t long before the impromptu bathroom beat hit the radar of some of the internet’s most influential personalities. Watch here.
Pittsburgh-born and GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Kevin Garrett unveils the music video for his newly released single, “Gone Again” today! He said about the song, “‘Gone Again’ is about bracing for impact with rose colored glasses on. It’s an attempt at looking at something good in your life with lower expectations in fear of losing it.”
Kevin recently dropped is new EP Made Up Lost Time (HERE) and announced that he will be opening up for Lennon Stella on her upcoming North American tour. Click HERE for more info.
Last year, Kevin released his much-anticipated full-length debut album, HOAX. The year also saw him make late night television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performing the lead single off the project, “It Don’t Bother Me At All.” Click HERE to watch his performance!