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Michael Kiwanuka x Brittany Howard – 13th Century Metal

Listen to 13th Century Metal (Michael Kiwanuka Mix) HERE

Today, ATO Records released the Michael Kiwanuka mix of Brittany Howard’s 13th Century Metal. Listen HERE. With his first-ever mix for another artist, the acclaimed British artist brings an irresistible Afrobeat-inspired groove to the song, which is from Howard’s GRAMMY-nominated debut solo album, Jaime.

Michael Kiwanuka says, “I was so excited to get to work on this project as I’ve always been a big fan of Brittany’s music. Knowing this particular track and being such a fan of her voice, I wanted to not meddle with her voice, and then to make it front and center. She sounds so victorious when she sings and speaks, so the music I made was governed by that.”

The New York Times hailed “13th Century Metal as “a roller-coaster of a spoken-word rant that’s part self-help exhortation, part sermon.” Pitchfork observed, “Amid the noise and chaos, Howard shows that love can be the most radical tool of resistance.”

Howard is currently nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, bringing her total career nominations to 16, with four wins. Jaime is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. Three different songs from the album have been nominated in three different genres. Stay High earned nods for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Goat Head is nominated for Best R&B Performance and Short And Sweet for Best American Roots Performance.

Following the announcement of this year’s nominations, Howard appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and gave a powerful performance of Nina Simone’s Revolution. View HERE. She performed last night at the Museum of Modern Art’s 2020 Film Benefit, a virtual event that honored George Clooney. She talks about JaimeClooney and the power of women in rock in this InStyle feature.

Jaime was awarded four stars by Rolling StoneMOJO and Q and named the Best Album of 2019 by NPR. Praising Jaime as “a candid autobiography in funk,” The New York Times said, “With a voice that can go to the roadhouse, the church or deeply private places, she exorcises troubles with the music’s sheer pleasure.”

The track History Repeats received two GRAMMY nominations last year. Stay High spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. It was Public Radio’s Most Popular Song of 2019 and named by Pitchfork and others as one of the year’s best songs. Earlier this year, Atlanta-based hip hop duo EARTHGANG remixed Goat Head and Bon Iver brought fresh textures to Short and Sweet.

Ella Mai – Not Another Love Song

After announcing her musical return last week via Instagram, Ella Mai draws us back into her world with the highly anticipated release of her latest single “Not Another Love Song.” The captivating tune finds Mai trying to fend off the lovebug, though she realizes her feelings may be too strong to ignore. While staying true to her roots, the maturity in her vocals and delivery are undeniable.  The record “is about falling in love but not wanting to admit it, so it’s quite vulnerable,” says Mai. Fans eager to get a dose of Ella’s amorous tune can listen HERE.

Ella’s debut performance of the new single can be seen in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2, which exclusively premiered worldwide on Amazon Prime today (10/2). You can also catch her first television performance of the single on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this coming Tuesday (10/6).

In 2018 Ella Mai’s first single “Boo’d Up” broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 of any song by a woman on the R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard Airplay chart. Her follow-up single “Trip” peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and her album, Ella Mai, has almost 6 billion streams and is RIAA Certified Platinum. In addition to her chart-topping domination and success, Ella Mai has won several awards, including her first GRAMMY for Best R&B Song, three Billboard Music Awards including the coveted Top R&B Artist, three iHeartRadio awards including R&B Artist of the Year, three Soul Train Awards, and a BET Viewers’ Choice Award.

Ella Mai “Not Another Love Song”

James Bay

James Bay – Chew On My Heart

Today, three-time Grammy-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist James Bay shares an acoustic version of his latest single “Chew On My Heart.”

“Chew On My Heart” continues to make waves. It vaulted to the Top 40 of Hot AC and Triple A, gathered nearly 9 million global streams, and entered rotation at BBC Radio 1. Rolling Stone noted it as a “Song You Need to Know” and wrote, “If ‘Chew On My Heart’ is any indication of what his forthcoming album is going to sound like, it seems like the musician is taking his sound in a more positive direction.

In talking about the song, Bay noted, “‘Chew On My Heart’ is a great example of releasing something positive about myself publicly for the first time,” he reveals. “It’s an outpouring of love, and that’s a huge theme across this new music. When I come home from tour, I burst through the door and throw my arms around my girl, and she’ll just say, ‘Okay, relax, cool’,” he laughs. “It’s cheesy, but I wrote it from that perspective. It’s the opposite of being guarded.”

Bay has remained busy during quarantine. Recently, James performed a virtual concert on YouTube in support of #SaveOurVenues, the UK crowd fundraiser started to protect music venues at risk for permanent closure due to COVID-19. In addition, James performed “Chew On My Heart” on The TODAY Show and the first full band performance of the song on Mahogany Sessions. Stay tuned for Bay’s upcoming album and tune into his free guitar lessons via Instagram Live on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Tiana Major9 – At Sixes and Sevens

Tiana Major9 announces the release date for her Motown debut EP, At Sixes and Sevens

Today, Motown Records’ rising star Tiana Major9 announced the date for her label debut EP, At Sixes and Sevens. On August 7th, Tiana will root her blend of R&B, soul, and hip-hop attitude with smooth jazz eloquence, all the while staying true to her East London and Jamaican spirit in the EP. When asked about her EP Tiana states, “To be at Sixes and Sevens means to be at a state of total confusion…Love is confusing.”

Leading up to this release, Tiana has kept her fans excitedly awaiting. In June, SPIN premiered Tiana’s track “Lucky,” which is on the upcoming EP. “Lucky” followed the breakout artist’s Motown solo debut, “Think About You,” which premiered on Teen Vogue. Tiana also promotes the upcoming EP with the release of the first episode of her new autobiographical 4-part miniseries, Behind At Sixes and Sevens. The series explores the journey of Tiana signing with Motown Records and gives fans an earnest look into the star’s life.

Tiana Major9 has been referred to as “one to watch in 2020” by Billboard and listeners couldn’t agree more. Watch out for all that is to come from Tiana in 2020, and beyond.

The Weeknd, 360 MAGAZINE

The Weeknd × MusiCares

The Weeknd has donated $500,000 to Musicares®. The multi-platinum selling artist brought back popular XO facemasks and matched every dollar to raise money to aid those afflicted because of COVID-19.
The Weeknd has given back to the members of the music community with a $500k donation to MusiCares® to aid those afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Recording Academy and MusiCares established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events and the creative community behind it all. To date, the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised more than $20 million and provided thousands of music creators and industry professionals with emergency assistance.

About MusiCares
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventive, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs. For more information, visit these pages: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

About The Weeknd
Filtering R&B and pop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd took over popular music and culture on his own terms. The multi-platinum three-time GRAMMY Award winner is the #1 most listened artist in the world on Spotify and is a top 10 artist of all time for RIAA singles. His 2020 album After Hours is the #1 most streamed R&B album of all time, followed by his 2016 album Starboy at #2. Alongside his gilded musical career, he’s graced the covers of Time Magazine, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ along with the late-night stages with heralded performances with the likes of Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
In recent times he has made acting appearances in TV and film with 2019’s film Uncut Gems as well as starring in and co-writing an episode of the hit show American Dad in 2020.
He generously shares with donations in 2020 already near $1.5 million dollars to various charities.
The continuous record-breaking of charts, sales, and streams, headlining the biggest festivals and stadiums in the world, and his ever-mysterious public persona combined solidify The Weeknd as one of the most compelling and significant artists of the 21st century.

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