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Calum Scott × Biblical

Today, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Calum Scott returns with his soulful new single “Biblical” and its beautifully surreal video. The first single from his forthcoming sophomore album, “Biblical” is the U.K.-based artist’s first new music since his full-length debut Only Human — a 2018 release that hit No. 1 on the iTunes album chart in 21 countries across the globe, in addition to selling more than 3.6 million in adjusted album sales and amassing over 7.5 billion combined streams.

Showcasing Scott’s soulful voice and deeply personal songwriting, “Biblical” speaks to the extraordinary power of unconditional love. “While I know the word ‘biblical’ has spiritual connotations to many, ‘Biblical’ to me is about unquantifiable love, a love beyond description or measure, a love of biblical proportions that transcends everyone and everything,” says Scott. “If I can aspire for one thing for this song, it’s that the listener hears it and fits a name, a face, or a passion to the lyric and makes it their story.”

Directed by UK duo Franklin & Marchetta, the video for “Biblical” opens on Scott sitting alone in a desolate room, then cuts to an alternate reality in which various characters (including a ballet dancer, a violinist, and a bride and groom) drift along in an underwater reverie. By the end of the video, Scott has broken through the wall that separates him from that enchanted world, becoming blissfully submerged as well.

Produced by Jon Maguire and partly recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, “Biblical” unfolds in moving piano melodies and delicate string work, building to a breathtaking cascade of harmonies at the bridge. “‘Biblical’ gave me contentment during a really awful time: it was a song that I had almost given up searching for, one that truly spoke to me. Finding a song you feel so connected to is the closest to magic you can get.” In sharing “Biblical” with the world, Scott hopes to provide listeners with the same sense of connection. “Lockdown had presented all of us a moment to realize how much people mean to us and how sometimes we take that for granted,” he says. “Singing that sentiment enabled me to release and reflect those emotions, immortalizing them. The song means so much to me that I wanted to make it the first thing people hear when coming back with new music.”

With his sophomore album due out later this year, “Biblical” makes for a perfect introduction to the next era of Scott’s artistry, which finds him fully claiming his identity as a lyrical storyteller. “Having seen how my music had reacted with people over the last three years, it gave me an opportunity to absorb what I had experienced, to mature and become an artist with a mission,” says Scott. “I want to create something for people to feel seen, heard, and represented.”

To learn more about the inspiration behind “Biblical,” check out the song’s trailer HERE.

Listen to “Biblical” HERE, and watch the video HERE.

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Brooklyn Michelle QxA

By: Emily Bunn

Brooklyn Michelle, a multi-talented recording artist and producer, premieres her highly-anticipated music video for “Come Here” today. Michelle originally recorded “Come Here” five years ago on her Soundcloud. However, the song has blown up in popularity since, so she decided to rerelease the perfected single with a brand new video–which can be viewed here.

Though Brooklyn Michelle is busy taking the world by storm with her upcoming sophomore album, production company, art work, charity festival, streaming and more, she took the time to speak with 360 Magazine about her inspirations for creating music, the story behind Waffledog Productions, and her upcoming projects in 2021.

  1. What are you most looking forward to regarding your upcoming single and music video release of “Come Here”?

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s reactions to the music video! This is by far my favorite one I’ve produced yet. Plus, it finally has my Waffledog Productions logo right at the beginning to grab everyone’s interest. I’m hoping this leads to other artists wanting me to produce their music videos! I think I’ll finally have time to start doing that this year.

  1. As compared to your release of “Come Here” five years ago on Soundcloud, what differences can listeners expect when listening to this new version?

Updated vocals, a LOT more harmonies, live saxophone and trumpets, and a beautiful Alex Tumay mix.

  1. In your reimagining “Come Here,” how has your music creation process changed as you’ve developed as an artist?

My style has definitely taken on a more groovy aspect than what it was with my debut album “Lithium”. I’ve realized now that the deciding factor on if I like a song or not is the bass line. So, for my sophomore album, I’ve prioritized producing every song around a bass line that either my bass player Monty or I wrote. So whether the tone of a song is happy or sad, you’re still gonna be able to groove to it a bit.

  1. In addition to performing in them, you direct and edit all of your own music videos. How do you find inspiration for the visuals you create to accompany your music?

I get a lot of my inspiration from watching other music videos, but even more so from movies lately. I’ve noticed Ari Aster tends to do this very long push in or pull away shots in his movies which is what inspired the long hallway shot in the second verse of the “Come Here” music video. I added a little spin to it though too (literally).

  1. Why did you decide to title your upcoming, sophomore album “Placebo”?

I wanted to play off of my debut album’s title “Lithium” while also contradicting it. This is going to be a whole new style from me, yet [it is] still cohesive in a way to know it’s my sound. Lithium was about my struggles with bipolar disorder and looking for an outside answer to make me feel better. Placebo is about my struggles of a failed relationship, and looking within myself for how to feel better.

  1. What inspired you to start Waffledog Productions?

I originally created a YouTube channel with this title in the 4th grade. My friend Joanna and I would make skit videos. I kinda did the YouTube thing up until my senior year of high school. I loved writing scripts, making spoofs and eventually created a music account for cover videos. Once it became time to make my first music video, I realized I’ve been doing this my whole life. I know exactly how to plan everything out and bring my visions to life. I now realize I love making videos more than music itself and want to eventually get into TV and film too. And, c’mon, Waffledog is too cool of a name to not use to this day.

  1. You’re the founder of the Purple Palooza festival, an annual charity event to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Where and when does this event take place, and how can readers donate?

This event takes place in San Antonio, Texas. The venues have changed every year, but if Covid seems to be under control by fall, I would like to have 2021’s festival at The Paper Tiger in October. If you’d like to donate to our affiliate, you can go to PanCan.org and search for the San Antonio Purple Stride page. That is our annual 5k that we fundraise for all year.

  1. Do you have any other exciting projects coming up in 2021

I do! But nothing [that] I can tell anyone just yet. You’ll have to follow me to find out hehe.

*Featured image of Brooklyn Michelle shot by Madeline Ritter.

Brooklyn Michelle "Come Here" music video still by Maddie Ritter for use by 360 Magazine

“Come Here” music video still shot by Madeline Ritter.

Brooklyn Michelle "Come Here" music video still by Maddie Ritter for use by 360 Magazine

“Come Here” music video still shot by Madeline Ritter.

Brooklyn Michelle "Come Here" music video still by Maddie Ritter for use by 360 Magazine

“Come Here” music video still shot by Madeline Ritter.

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Jesse Royal Announces Sophomore Album

JESSE ROYAL ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM ROYAL WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW SINGLE

RICH FOREVER FEATURING VYBZ KARTEL

Pre-Order Royal out June 11 via Easy Star Records

Jamaican reggae star Jesse Royal unveils his latest single “Rich Forever” featuring dancehall’s self-proclaimed “World Boss” Vybz Kartel. The song is from his anticipated sophomore album Royal, slated for June 11th, 2021 via Easy Star Records. This cross-genre collaboration between both artists unifies people’s differences to support a common goal – to be “forever royal.” It serves as a reminder of the internal strength and mental fortitude human beings possess, which prepares them for success in a society designed for their failure.

“Rich Forever is a divergence from identifying with the degradation dispersed for generations by them and those who oppose reality and simply put, it is a conversation about restoration of our royalty and reclaiming dignity,” states Jesse Royal.

The beat, produced by Jamaican upstart iotosh (responsible for Protoje’s “Deliverance” and “Self Defense” and Jaz Elise’s “After 3” feat. Mortimer), starts off with eerie keyboards then introduces percussion drums and glides into a Trap-esque finish. It’s a classic representation of the current movement in Jamaican music, a melting pot of genres while still innately blending in the native sounds of the island.

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Preceded by “LionOrder” feat. Protoje and “Natty Pablo,” the single is the third release from Jesse Royal’s upcoming album Royal. His sophomore LP is rich with collaboration. In addition to Vybz Kartel and Protoje, he taps reggae singer Kumar, Ghanaian afrobeats artist Stonebwoy, Jamaica’s rising singer Samory I and the island’s latest talent Runkus for guest features. Jesse delves into a more colorful palette of genres on the album, ranging from reggae, dancehall, afrobeats, soul, jazz and trap. As his sound evolves, so does his subject matter. Whether it is an open letter to his daughter on “Home,” empowerment on “Rich Forever” and “Black,” corrupted politics on “Dirty Money,” love dilemmas on “Like Dat” and “Differences” or Rasta social commentary on “Natty Pablo” and “LionOrder,” the singer explores a combination of varying themes. The LP will arrive four years after Jesse Royal’s debut album Lily Of Da Valley, which was also released via Easy Star Records, the label whose commitment to spotlighting reggae and dancehall music dates back to almost 25 years.

ABOUT JESSE ROYAL

Jesse Royal is an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, performer, and recording artist from Kingston, Jamaica. Through vivid storytelling rooted in the belief of a universal truth, his music carries a message of hope, strength, love, and consciousness. Not just a musician, Royal is a father, a community activist, a thought leader, and a global citizen guided by his spirituality and sense of righteousness.

Born in the spring of 1989, Jesse spent his early years in the hills of Maroon Town and the District of Orange in St. James before moving in the late 90’s with his mother and brother to join his father in Kingston. As fate would have it, Royal developed a special relationship with Daniel ‘Bambaata’ Marley (son of Ziggy Marley) at school. His friendship with Marley proved to be fuel to the fire as they shared a deep passion for music and football (soccer). As these cubs became lions, so grew their devotion to music. With the help of longtime friend Curt ‘Qban’ White, they began composing and creating their own music. Together they proceeded to fulfill what they knew was a predestined musical journey, designed to inspire, engage, and unite people beyond all geographic borders.

Over the course of his career, Jesse Royal has been blessed to collaborate and create with some of the world’s most respected artists, musicians, and producers including Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel, Protoje, Chronixx, Noise Cans, Steve Aoki, Damian Marley, Major Lazer, and many others.

In 2017, Jesse Royal began his relationship with the internationally known label Easy Star Records, releasing his debut album, Lily Of Da Valley, which he co-executive produced along with Lamar “Riff Raff” Brown. The record featured legendary musicians Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Donald Dennis, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, and Monty Savory. The album was received with critical acclaim and topped the Billboard Reggae Album charts.

In 2019, Jesse Royal released “LionOrder” featuring Protoje (produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer Sean Alaric), followed by the single “Natty Pablo” in 2020, as part of the roll-out for his highly anticipated full-length sophomore album, Royal, slated for June 2021.

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ANTHONY RAMOS – SAY LESS

ANTHONY RAMOS HEATS THINGS UP IN MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “SAY LESS” FEATURING “IN THE HEIGHTS” CO-STAR MELISSA BARRERA

WATCH “SAY LESS” HERE

LISTEN TO “SAY LESS” HERE

Anthony Ramos releases the official music video for his new single “Say Less” today featuring Ramos’ “In The Heights” co-star Melissa Barrera and directed by Bobby Hanaford–watch HERE

“‘Say Less’ is a transition song into this darker world I am exploring in my music,” says Ramos. “This video is a depiction of two people in a fleeting inferno of a relationship–one that can never be stable–but is too amazing to give up in spite of the inevitable outcome,” he adds. “They’re keeping a flame alive that will eventually burn out or explode. Not sure how it’ll end up, but in the meantime ‘Say Less’.”

The latest single represents another major evolution for Ramos as it leans into a sensuous R&B sound and provocative lyrics and paves the way for more to come from the multitalented star.

In addition to releasing new music, Ramos recently starred in Calvin Klein’s new Spring 2021 campaign alongside stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Jacob Elordi. This May, he will also appear in HBO’s reimagining of the Emmy Award-winning series “In Treatment” opposite Uzo Aduba. He will also star in Lin Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated big screen adaptation of “In The Heights”, which will be released in theaters and available via HBO Max, on June 11.

ABOUT ANTHONY RAMOS

Anthony Ramos was born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn and is of Puerto Rican descent. Recently included on TIME 100’s prestigious “Next” list that highlights emerging leaders who are shaping the future, Ramos will soon be seen as the lead in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly-anticipated “In the Heights” feature film directed by Jon M. Chu in theatres and streaming on June 18 on HBO Max. This May, he will also appear in HBO’s reimagining of the Emmy Award-winning series In Treatment opposite Uzo Aduba. In 2019, Ramos released his debut album, The Good & The Bad, via Republic Records. The album received extensive critical praise and debuted in the Top 10 on iTunes Pop Albums Chart upon release. His 2020 uplifting single “Stop” spoke to the unprecedented times of the pandemic and social activism. This year, the prolific artist, will release his highly anticipated sophomore album.

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

Aminé – Limbo (Deluxe)

Extending his most critically acclaimed body of work yet, Aminé unveils “Limbo (Deluxe), adding seven tracks to the front of his universally praised second full-length album, “Limbo.” This summer, the 5x platinum-certified Portland-proud rapperartistdirector, and culture shaker’s sophomore-ish project crashed the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 and posted up 50 million cumulative streams and counting, but it also instigated a wave of momentum—which he rides today into an expanded edition “Limbo(Deluxe)” — listen HERE via Republic Records.

As co-executive producer alongside creative brother-in-arms Pasqué, Aminé proves once again his authority in carefully curating a highly skilled and adapt cast of collaborators. “Limbo(Deluxe)” kicks off with the slick and sizzling “Mrs. Clean” where he goes toe-to-toe with production from powerhouse Pi’erre Bourne [Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott] and sweeps up another chantable chorus. Elsewhere, he drums up throwback vibes on “Zack & Cody” [feat. Valee], while he and Pasqué ignite a string of off-kilter and unpredictable bangers with “Talk” [feat. Saba], “Chicken” [feat. Toosii], “Buzzin” [feat. Unknown Mortal Orchestra], and “Solid.He only amplifies the energy all-around. Check out the full tracklisting below!

Praised as one of the deepest hip-hop opuses of 2020, “Limboemerged with sterling critical acclaim. UPROXX raved, Aminé’s  ‘Limbo’ sets the bar for how to make a classic album,and Pitchfork described it as “invigorating. Beyond praise from Vulture, Rolling Stone, HYPEBEAST, Paste, Esquire, and more, GQ crowned him “one of popular music’s most commanding and eclectic new forces.Highlights include anthems “Shimmy” (WATCH HERE), “Riri” (WATCH HERE), “Compensating” [feat. Young Thug] (WATCH HERE), and, most recently “Woodlawn” (WATCH HERE) which he performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (WATCH HERE) from +2,200 feet above ground above a hot air balloon.

Experience Limbo in its ultimate and essential form now.

Limbo (Deluxe)

  1. Mrs. Clean * (Watch visualizer HERE)
  2. Zack & Cody (feat. Valee)  ^ (Watch visualizer HERE)
  3. Gelato %
  4. Talk feat. Saba + (Watch visualizer HERE)
  5. Chicken feat. Toosii + (Watch visualizer HERE)
  6. Buzzin feat. Unknown Mortal Orchestra + (Watch visualizer HERE)
  7. Solid + (Watch visualizer HERE)

* Produced by Pi’erre Bourne
^ Produced by Tay Creations
% Produced by Ambazza, Finesse, and Bird
+ Produced by Pasqué

Limbo

  1. “Burden”
  2. “Woodlawn”
  3. “Kobe”
  4. “Roots” [ft. JID & Charlie Wilson]
  5. “Can’t Decide”
  6. “Compensating” [ft. Young Thug]
  7. “Shimmy”
  8. “Pressure In My Palms” [ft. Vince Staples & Slowthai]
  9. “Riri”
  10. “Easy” [ft. Summer Walker]
  11. “Mama”
  12. “Becky”
  13. “Fetus” [ft. Injury Reserve]
  14. “My Reality”

Aminé “Limbo” + “Limbo (Deluxe)” – out now [LISTEN HERE]

Videos for “Woodlawn” (watch), “Compensating” ft. Young Thug (watch), “Shimmy” (watch) & “Riri” (watch)

List of producers/artists on “Limbo” [HERE] + Lyrics [HERE] + album art [HERE]

Aminé “Good For You” debut LP – 2017 [LISTEN HERE]

Aminé “Caroline” single/video – 2017 [WATCH HERE]

Aminé “ONEPOINTFIVE” EP/LP/MIXTAPE/ALBUM – 2018 [LISTEN HERE]

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Morgan Wallen – Dangerous: The Double Album

MORGAN WALLEN UNLEASHES TRIPLE THREAT PREVIEW OF DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUM

HOTLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM PRE-ORDER LIVE NOW

Big Loud Records’ CMA New Artist of the Year Morgan Wallen barrels forward full speed ahead this week, launching the pre-order for his highly-anticipated sophomore album Dangerous: The Double Album and dropping a triple shot of brand-new music today.

The trio – “Somebody’s Problem” (writers: Wallen, Rodney Clawson, Jacob Durrett, Ernest Keith Smith), “Still Goin Down” (writers: Wallen, Michael Hardy, Ryan Vojtesak), and “Livin’ The Dream” (writers: Wallen, Ben Burgess, Jacob Durrett, Michael Hardy) – continues to crack open the broad range of Wallen’s 30-track double dip.

“Somebody’s Problem” is a twisty, deceptively sweet love song, where “Still Goin Down” adds to Wallen’s collection of signature, Tennessee-pride-riddled, hometown anthems, touting the lifestyle he knows from experience. “Livin’ The Dream” is Wallen’s most self-reflective slow burner to date, gripping from the start and brutally honest.

LISTEN TO “SOMEBODY’S PROBLEM,” “STILL GOIN DOWN,” AND “LIVIN’ THE DREAM

Following fan favorites “This Bar” and “Heartless,” and current singles “More Than My Hometown” and “7 Summers,” the Joey Moi-produced trifecta of new music builds on the sonic foundation laid by Wallen’s PLATINUM #1 debut album, If I Know Me, combining modern production styles with traditional Country lyricism and instrumentation, exuding “an authenticity fans can feel” (PEOPLE).

PRE-ORDER DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUM HERE

This weekend, Wallen is nominated for two American Music Awards, Favorite Male Artist – Country and Favorite Album Country (If I Know Me), and performed an exclusive version of his verging #1 single “More Than My Hometown” for Xfinity in celebration of the big night.

Releasing January 8, Dangerous: The Double Album is already becoming one of 2021’s most exciting new releases, with Billboard anticipating, “if Wallen’s sophomore LP sounds like ‘More Than My Hometown,’ country music is likely going to have a new superstar.”

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New Music Video for GASHI – Mama × Sting

GASHI and 17-time Grammy Award winner, Sting release the music video for their track “Mama” today (watch HERE). The Edgar Esteves (G-Eazy, Chris Brown, Davido) directed video sees a young GASHI watching Sting in admiration. As the video continues he grows up finding himself achieving his dreams while inspiring the next generation that anything is possible.

The track is featured on his sophomore album 1984 and has features from Sting, Pink Sweat$, Njomza, Rose Gold, Diamond Café and Devault. Listen to the whole album HERE.

During release week, GASHI performed his first ever livestream performance featuring tracks from the 1984 album (watch the performance HERE).  Directly following her performance, GASHI premiered his documentary GASHI: Now You Know (watch HERE).

About GASHI

Born in Libya, GASHI spent much of his young life as a refugee, moving from country to country.  His family eventually settled in Brooklyn, NY, where he was introduced to music at a very young age.  GASHI absorbed a melting pot of musical influences throughout his youth, resulting in the formation of his own unique sonic palette that blends together different genres of music.  His dynamic sound has allowed GASHI to collaborate with a wide range of talents ranging from Chris Brown to Travis Scott.  In the last couple of years, he released two studio albums album, sold out venues all across the globe, and has accumulated over 550 million streams with over 100 million video views worldwide.

About Sting

Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist, Sting is one of the world’s most distinctive artists. Throughout his illustrious career both with The Police and as a solo artist, he has sold 100 million albums. Also, he received numerous accolades including 17 GRAMMY Awards®. Lastly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him.

His most recent album, My Songs, features contemporary interpretations of his most celebrated hits; it spawned a celebrated world tour of the same name, with a Las Vegas residency set to open next year.

Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International, and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach.  Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.

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Peach Pit × Live From Inside

Yesterday, Peach Pit announced their participation with Live From Inside – a multi-part livestream broadcast series launched by Live Nation Canada and Embrace. This will feature various performances from the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver and Toronto’s Velvet Underground. With their participation, Peach Pit has confirmed to play live from the Commodore Ballroom on September 17. Their performance will be streamed in real-time at 6pm PT in North & South America, with a separate performance for the EU and rest of the world at 11am PT.

Peach Pit will include songs from their debut album, Being So Normal, and their sophomore album, You and Your Friends, which was recently released in April. However, the band postponed their sold-out headline tour in the spring due the pandemic. So, their Live From Inside set is the first time the band will perform tracks from the new album through the new platform, FanXP. On FanXP, viewers will be able to stream the live performance with high definition to fully enjoy the concert’s lighting and production.

Tickets for each livestream are on sale now. In addition to benefiting Canadian artists, Peach Pit announced that $1 from each ticket support the local Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC). The DEWC is a women-only space that operates a drop-in centre and 24-hour emergency shelter in Vancouver. DEWC provides daily meals, basic needs, and advocacy programs for women. In other words, each ticket sale helps women experiencing extreme poverty, violence, and food insecurity. Do good and enjoy music by virtually attending Peach Pit’s upcoming concert.

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SHEPPARD RELEASES ALBUM

Australian hitmakers Sheppard have had a whirlwind 12 months – after releasing their #1 ARIA sophomore album Watching the Sky (June 2018 via ), the band – Amy, George, and Emma Sheppard along with Jay Bovino – went on to perform shows all over the globe, appear as an Australian finalist in the Eurovision song competition, and spark a global body positivity movement with #kissmyfatass this summer. Now, the band is back with new single “Die Young,” which is out today, October 18th, via your preferred listening service. Sheppard has also shared a stunning new video for the track, watch here.


In late February, the band took a break from performing after George was diagnosed with a throat injury. After spending months on vocal rest, it became clear that he required surgery, which he underwent in September. The forced rest and songwriting sessions led him to consider what kind of artist he was outside of Sheppard, culminating in a two-week long silent retreat in the mountains. At the same time, Amy was igniting an important conversation about body shaming and beauty standards with the global #kissmyfatass campaign.
 
“We began to ask what we wanted next, for ourselves individually, for the band and for our fans. We wrote ‘Die Young’ as though it was a ‘final’ Sheppard song; a song about appreciating each day and living it as though it was your last,” George says. In the midst of this introspection, the band’s core team of Amy, George and Jay came together again to record “Kiss My Fat Ass,” a chance for the trio to reconnect creatively after many months.
 
“When Jay, Amy and I finally got back into the studio to record ‘Kiss My Fat Ass,’ it was such a fun new sound for us and the three of us worked great together,” said George. “It was clear each of us had been on our own individual journeys of reflection and growth. It reminded me of the early days of writing for the first album and how much fun it was to rediscover ourselves musically.”
 
Together, the band realized that far from being an artistic shackle, Sheppard was a vehicle of creative energy and foundation for each of their individual pursuits. “Die Young” sees Sheppard in top form – lush production, full vocal harmonies, and an existential optimism parallel with the band’s own journey throughout the last year. 
Listen to “Die Young” now and be on the lookout for more from Sheppard soon. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.wearesheppard.com.
 


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Alison Wonderland Kicks Off Headline Tour

Tonight, Alison Wonderland will launch her summer U.S. headline tour with a sold-out show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. A second Denver show has been added on August 4. The run includes concerts at Seattle’s WaMu Theatre (August 10) and Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles (August 17). See below for itinerary. Tickets are available at alisonwonderland.com.

The outing follows Wonderland’s performances at numerous festivals. Run The Trap hailed her set at Belgium’s Tomorrowland as “a work of art, unforgettable.” Dancing Astronaut named her as one of the “artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening” and ran this Q&A with WonderlandThe Chicago Tribune said, “Alison Wonderland, the only woman appearing on a main stage this year, ushered in the evening with a buoyant set that featured her singles ‘Church’ and ‘Easy.’ Billboard ranked her performance among the Top 5 Dance Highlights at Coachella and noted, “Wonderland came to the table with nothing but a home run on the menu.”

Naming her as one of the “breakout musicians ready to rock your summer,” Elle observed, ‘Wonderland’ punctuates lyrics about self-worth and self-care with soul-thumping beats.” She is touring in support of her sophomore album, AWAKE (Astralwerks), which entered Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 a feat she also accomplished with her self-titled 2015 debut album, Run.

Wonderland brought her writing and producing skills to each of AWAKE’s 14 tracks and was joined in the studio by a red-hot roster of collaborators, including Joel Little (Lorde), Illangelo (The Weeknd), Party Favor (Mad Decent) and long-time friend Lido. Features include Chief Keef on “Dreamy Dragon” and Trippie Redd on “High.”

One of the latest remixes from AWAKE is from Valentino Khan. One of EDM’s biggest names, Khan has collaborated with the likes of Diplo, Skrillex and Steve Aoki and regularly flips the biggest tracks from the world’s biggest stars. His thunderous remix of “Good Enough” pushes up the BPM to fever pitch, combining his impeccable production chops with the ghosts of UK bassline and hardcore. Check out Khan’s up for it, rave-ready remix of “Good Enough” HERE.

EDM Tunes praised London-based duo Billion’s ‘dance ready remix’ of “Easy.” Billion comprising Ed Butler and Robbie Lamond are known for their eclectic blend of garage, house and techno and have earned support from the BBC’s Skream, Annie Mac and Mistajam. Download / stream “Easy” (Billion Remix) HERE.

Kaivon who found his audience with a striking series of singles based on the theme of rebirth has also remixed “Easy.” In a track premiere, YourEDM.com said, “Kaivon keeps the emotional tone while pumping up the energy just a bit, turning the more ballad-like original into a future bass climax. It’s not hard to imagine the pyrotechnics that might accompany this track in a set, or the reaction from the crowd when it’s dropped.” Download / stream “Easy” (Kaivon Remix) HERE.

Alison Wonderland North American Headline Tour

8/3  Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre  SOLD OUT 

8/4  Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre  Tickets HERE

8/5 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up  Tickets HERE

8/10  Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre Tickets HERE

8/11  Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom Tickets HERE

8/17  Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall  Tickets HERE

8/24 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom  Tickets HERE

8/25  San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium  Tickets HERE

8/31 Washington, DC @ Echostage SOLD OUT

9/1  Washington, DC @ Echostage Tickets HERE