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LLOYISO SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP

RISING VOCAL POWERHOUSE LLOYISO SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP SOUTH AFRICA AND REPUBLIC RECORDS

After taking over social media and emerging as an international phenomenon, South African singer and songwriter Lloyiso announces his signing with Universal Music Group South Africa and Republic Records. Simultaneously, he reveals the release of his debut single “Seasons” today. He notably makes history as the first South African artist to sign to Republic Records.

Listen to “Seasons”: HERE

Over the past month, he has teased out “Seasons” on TikTok. Thus far, it has inspired 13K-plus creates on the preview alone and the live version of the song has received over 2 million views thus far on YouTube. Now, the official release highlights his powerhouse vocals front and center over strains of dramatic piano. The momentum builds towards a soulful and soaring refrain, “It’s been hard to accept that seasons change and feelings fade, so all I ask, don’t call me.

“It’s an honor to work with Monte Lipman and the team at Republic Records in launching the career of this amazingly talented soul, Lloyiso. Witnessing the signing of the first South African artist on the Republic roster will inspire others on the continent, and we’re proud to be leading that charge one artist at a time,” says Sipho Dlamini, CEO Universal Music Africa – Sub Saharan Africa.

Welcoming Lloyiso to the label, Republic Records Executive Vice President of A&R Brett Alperowitz commented, “Lloyiso has all the makings of a career superstar—knockout vocals, incredible songwriting, and an amazing story to tell. He’s the rare talent who not only transcends genres, but crosses borders as well.”

Kgosi Mahumapelo, CEO of Ambitiouz Entertainment (South Africa’s leading independent record label who reached an agreement with UMGSA and Republic Records to enable Lloyiso to move teams), stated on Lloyiso’s new signing, “We believe the world is ready to be touched by Lloyiso. Partnering with Universal South Africa and Republic Records, who both have a proven track record of successfully breaking new talents on a global scale, will ensure that the world gets to hear and experience raw South African talent.”

Hailing from just outside of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, singer, songwriter, and producer. Lloyiso wields the kind of voice that instantly tugs at heartstrings. It’s the kind of voice that shines in any arena—whether in front of a laptop camera or under the lights of a festival stage. It’s the kind of voice that makes you stop what you’re doing and sing along. At 16-years-old, he appeared on South African Idol and placed fifth in the competition. Following “three weeks at university, he left school and focused on music inspired by the likes of Sam Smith and Kanye West. He performed anywhere possible, singing in exchange for dinner at local pubs. He even recorded in English and ten different African languages. Taking over social media, Lloyiso amplified his voice globally by posting covers on Facebook before embracing YouTube. He gained the endorsement of everyone from Kygo to Tyga and gradually amassed an enthusiastic audience. Nailing viral renditions of Rihanna, Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi, and more, he launched his TikTok during 2020, generating tens of millions of views and attracting the attention of labels worldwide. Finding his home, he notably made history as the first South African artist signed to Republic Records. Now, he conveys feeling in its purest form through a series of 2021 singles ignited by his debut “Seasons.”

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Twenty One Pilots × Roblox

Roblox and Warner Music Group announced the Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience, a pioneering interactive virtual concert powered by the latest Roblox technology. The fully immersive performance begins inside Roblox on Friday, September 17th at 4 p.m. PDT, kicking off the Grammy Award-winning Fueled By Ramen/Elektra artist’s sold out Takeover Tour.

The high-fidelity experience will feature the first-ever dynamic setlist dictated by fans in real-time; metaverse-spanning pre-concert quests involving some of Roblox’s most popular experiences that also feature custom portals that will transport users into the pre-concert venue; exclusive custom designed virtual merchandise, and much more. Fans can access the experience and join the pre-show festivities beginning today by visiting the Twenty One Pilots event page. New Roblox users will need to create an account to enter the concert venue.

Twenty One Pilots is a band that has spent their entire career figuring out how to reach the most people possible,” said the band’s longtime Creative Director Mark Eshleman. “From selling out the small room and moving to the big venue next door, to now launching a virtual experience with Roblox for millions of users, the goal has always been the same. The Roblox team has made an effort every step of the way to honor the band’s fans, its lore, and history to make sure this experience aligns with what people can expect from a show.

Designed in close collaboration with the band and Eshleman, the Roblox event aligns with Twenty One Pilots’ fan-first philosophy, bringing this experience to fans worldwide. The five-song set will feature a combination of hit songs as well as new material from their 2021 album, Scaled and Icy.

Mike Easterlin, Co-President, Elektra Music Group, said: “Tyler and Josh are two of the most unapologetically bold, forward-thinking artists I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Their commitment to connecting with their fans in new and creative ways is unparalleled, and I’m always amazed at how Mark continually finds ways to execute their imaginative vision. Roblox is a perfect partner in delivering another unique and exciting new way for fans to experience the world of Twenty One Pilots.

Jon Vlassopulos, Global Head of Music, Roblox, said: “We are taking virtual concerts to the next level with our Twenty One Pilots virtual concert experience. We wanted to make it truly interactive and participatory for the fans, for the band, and for our broader Roblox developer community. Fans will be able to decide the order of the songs that they hear by choosing with their friends. They will be able to interact with the environment in creative ways becoming part of the show, and Tyler and Josh will participate in a live chat with fans after the virtual concert. This is what Roblox is built for, bringing people together to interact in new and exciting ways and we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible.”

Oana Ruxandra, Chief Digital Officer & Executive Vice President, Business Development, Warner Music Group, said: “The Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience is a completely new format of interactive music experiences on Roblox. It is non-linear, it is choose-your-own-path, and it is the very reason why we have such a close partnership with Roblox. Our goal is to continue to build ever-evolving ways for our artists and fans to meet, connect and create something authentic together.”

The first-of-its-kind experience will include:

  • A dynamic setlist that gives users in each concert the ability to control the order of songs performed through instantaneous voting once the concert begins. Each song will feature its own meticulously designed set with a high level of fidelity and realism, powered by the latest in Roblox’s lighting, physically based rendering, and motion capture technologies.
  • Emotes, interactive features, and bespoke virtual merchandise (“verch”) including more than 30 exclusive custom-designed pieces available for purchase.
  • Metaverse-spanning pre-concert quests that will be integrated into three top Roblox experiences Ultimate Driving: Westover Islands, Creatures of Sonaria, and World // Zero, which collectively have over 400 million visits. These quests will enable users to earn Twenty One Pilots prizes and include portals that allow users to be transported into the Twenty One Pilots pre-concert venue from across the Roblox platform in the days leading up to the concert.
  • Behind the scenes footage detailing the creation of the virtual concert itself and a Q&A interview with the band, available now as part of the pre-concert experience.

Fans can replay performances at the top of each hour through Sunday, September 19 at 11 p.m. PDT.

About Roblox

Roblox’s mission is to build a human co-experience platform that enables shared experiences among billions of users. Every day, tens of millions of people around the world have fun with friends as they explore millions of immersive digital experiences. All of these experiences are built by the Roblox community, made up of over eight million creators. We believe in building a safe, civil, and diverse community, one that inspires and fosters creativity and positive relationships between people around the world. 

About Twenty One Pilots

GRAMMY Award-winning Twenty One Pilots quietly emerged as one of the most successful bands of the 21st century and redefined the sound of a generation. After billions of streams and dozens of multi-Platinum certifications around the world, the history-making Columbus, OH duoTyler Joseph and Josh Dun ascended to a creative and critical high watermark on their new full-length album, Scaled And Icy. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top “Rock Albums” and “Alternative Albums” charts, while landing at No. 3 on the “Billboard 200,” marking the biggest opening week for a rock album in 2021. Among a collection of anthems, Scaled And Icy spawned “Shy Away,” which spent eight consecutive weeks at #1 at Alternative Radio, and “Saturday” which just climbed to #1 at Alternative Radio marking the band’s 9th #1 single in the format. Scaled And Icy follows Twenty One Pilots’ 2018 Platinum certified album TRENCH, which features the platinum singles: “Chlorine,” “My Blood,” and the GRAMMY  Award-nominated “Jumpsuit.” The album graced spots on “Best of” year-end lists by Billboard, KERRANG!, Alternative Press, and Rock Sound who placed it at #1. Formed in 2009, the guys grinded towards this moment following the mainstream breakout of 2015’s BLURRYFACE. Certified quadruple-platinum in the U.S., it was declared the first album ever to have every one of its songs certified Gold or Platinum by the RIAA, and garnered a GRAMMY  Award for the Diamond certified “Stressed Out.” In 2019 Twenty One Pilots announced that their 2013 LP Vessel achieved the same Gold & Platinum milestone with every individual track from the album receiving Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum certification from the RIAA, making the duo the first artist/group with two albums to reach this landmark achievement.

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Eddie Vedder – Long Way

Eddie Vedder releases a brand-new solo single entitled “Long Way” via Seattle Surf/Republic Records. The song is the first song off Vedder’s forthcoming solo album Earthling.

Listen to “Long Way” HERE and watch the official lyric video HERE

In creating the song, Vedder worked with producer Andrew Watt in their first collaboration together. Vedder’s iconic vocals shine through as Watt’s production drives home the emotions of the track.

Vedder also announces the pre-order of a special limited-edition 7-inch vinyl featuring “Long Way” and soon to be released song “The Haves.” Pre-Order the special 7-inch vinyl version of “Long Way & “The Haves” HERE and HERE via Pearl Jam’s Ten Club.

Vedder has been busy, recently collaborating with Glen Hansard on eight new compositions for the Flag Day Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available HERE via Seattle Surf & Republic Records. The Soundtrack features noted singer-songwriter Cat Power who contributes three new original songs, along with one cover, and the debut of Olivia Vedder on two tracks. The thirteen-track soundtrack serves as the musical companion to the Cannes Film Festival selected film Flag Day starring and directed by Academy® Award winner Sean Penn and starring his daughter Dylan Penn. 

Up next Vedder will be performing a string of festival dates with Pearl Jam including Sea.Hear.Now. Festival on September 18th, Ohana Festival on September 26th and again during Ohana Festival’s Encore Weekend on October 1st and 2nd. In addition, Vedder will be performing a special solo set at Ohana Festival on September 25th. Full tour dates can be found HERE.

Be on the lookout for more Eddie Vedder news soon…

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 also comprises 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.

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Boslen – Dusk to Dawn

BOSLEN RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM DUSK to DAWN

LISTEN HERE

FEATURES INCLUDE TYLA YAWEH, VORY, DRO KENJI, RASCALZ, & CHARMAINE

Redefining what Black music can look, feel and sound like – FADER

Boslen is on a clear cut path for international stardom – Lyrical Lemonade

Vancouver-bred genre-defying artist Boslen shares his debut album DUSK to DAWN. The 22-year-old rapper’s first body of work since signing to Capitol Records in partnership with Chaos Club Digital, DUSK to DAWN showcases Boslen’s eclectic and forward-thinking brand of alt-hip-hop, as well as his deeply reflective approach to storytelling. Listen HERE.

Featuring guest spots from Tyla Yaweh, Vory, Dro Kenji, Rascalz, and Charmaine, DUSK to DAWN draws its undeniable power from Boslen’s boundary-pushing vocal experiments, shapeshifting transitions, and heavier production than he’s attempted before. After opening on the soulful minimalism of DUSK, the album cycles through an entire spectrum of textures and moods, ultimately arriving at the beautifully warped DAWN. Naming hyper-creative artists like Kid Cudi among his main inspirations, Boslen notes that DUSK to DAWN emerged from a desire to explore how vulnerability and self-empowerment can co-exist.

On this album more than anything, I was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been on a project, Boslen stated in a recent interview with Flaunt Magazine. I really took risks and I really took my time. It can be a cinematic experience for anybody to resonate with. You can have a song that you can sit there and think about, but the very next song you can rage out like at a festival or on a stage.

Executive-produced by justsayin, DUSK to DAWN features a number of previously released singles, including TRIP (praised by Atwood Magazine as a smoldering song full of soaring, woozy psychedelia and raw lyricism), DENY feat. Tyla Yaweh (a pop-punk-inspired track that inspired HotNewHipHop to hail Boslen as one of Canada’s most exciting hip-hop exports), and QUARTZ feat. Charmaine (deemed ferocious by Flaunt). See below for the complete tracklist to DUSK to DAWN.

A fast-rising artist with a proven track record of boldly defying genre barriers, Boslen first burst onto the scene with his acclaimed 2018 mixtape Motionless. DUSK to DAWN marks his first new project since the Black Lotus EP, a 2019 effort that peaked at #11 on the Canadian Apple Music streaming charts.

DUSK to DAWN Tracklist

  1. DUSK
  2. VULTURES
  3. FORSAKEN feat. Vory
  4. HAVE YOU
  5. DENY feat. Tyla Yaweh
  6. TRIP
  7. NIGHTFALL feat. Dro Kenji
  8. QUARTZ feat. Charmaine
  9. NOTE TO THE CITY (INTERLUDE) feat. Rascalz
  10. MY WAYS
  11. ASHES
  12. DAWN

WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR NIGHTFALL HERE

Follow Boslen via Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT BOSLEN

Boslen is a born trailblazer. The 22-year-old hip-hop experimenter lives in Vancouver, and the city’s people have become key to the way he understands himself and his art. A land of contrasts, snowy peaks and warm water, beautiful nature, and busy streets, it’s the perfect home for an artist who reconciles disparate energies, weaving together styles and sounds that don’t intuitively connect. DUSK to DAWN, his Capitol Records debut, furthers this adventurous approach, mixing trap, pop, punk, and rock melodies, and it’s also directly inspired by his city, a place that drives him to be different, to achieve greatness when no one expects him to. Boslen first emerged as an artist in 2018, when he dropped out of school, moved to North Vancouver, and released the Motionless and Motionless II mixtapes. He found his footing in 2019 with the energetic, confrontational songs Eye for an Eye and Hidden Nights, which garnered millions of streams. In 2019, he released the Black Lotus EP, but even with so many songs out in the world, DUSK to DAWN feels like a step forward, full of boundary-pushing vocal experiments, heavier production, and shapeshifting transitions. The music finally matches the tumultuous emotions he’s captured in his lyrics all along. He may not be able to pull every listener into Vancouver, but he’s using the city’s contrasts as a backdrop to challenge everyone to think beyond themselves, to dream big.

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George Harrison Returns to Billboard Charts

GEORGE HARRISON’S ALL THINGS MUST PASS RETURNS TO TOP 10 AS 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION DEBUTS AT NO. 7 ON BILLBOARD 200

No. 1 On Rock, Catalog And Tastemaker Charts; No. 2 On Top Albums Sales And Vinyl Albums

Bows At No. 6 In The Uk Plus No. 2 In Germany And No. 3 In Belgium And Switzerland

Iconic Album Cover Brought To Life With Stunning Public, Living Art Installation In London, Paying Tribute To Harrison’s Timeless Music, Spirituality And Humor

Watch Mini Documentary About Gnome Installation Featuring Olivia And Dhani Harrison

Five decades after it was released, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass is back on the charts, with the new 50th anniversary edition, released August 6 via Capitol/UMe, landing at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The album’s additional charting achievements include No. 1 placements on the Top Rock Albums, Catalog Albums, and Tastemaker Albums charts and the No. 2 slots on the Top Albums Sales and the Vinyl Albums charts, just behind Billie Eilish on both. ­Upon release in 1970, Harrison’s first post Beatles solo album was met by unanimous critical acclaim and spectacular commercial success, spending seven consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and eight weeks atop the UK’s official albums chart. All Things Must Pass’ return to the Top 10 marks the first time since 1971.

The album has been incredibly well received around the world with impressive charting in several countries, including No. 6 on the Official UK Albums Chart, No. 2 in Germany, No. 3 in both Belgium and Switzerland, and #5 in the Netherlands.  

UMe is honored to be entrusted by the Harrison Estate with celebrating such an important and influential album, said Bruce Resnikoff, President & CEO of UMe.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, All Things Must Pass has been reissued in an array of formats, from the lavish and incredibly limited edition Uber Deluxe to the expansive Super Deluxe Edition box set to a variety of CD and vinyl configurations, in addition to streaming and download configurations. Harrison’s masterwork has been completely remixed from the original tapes and expanded with 47 (42 previously unreleased) demos and outtakes, allowing listeners to enjoy and explore the album and the legendary recording sessions like never before. Decades in the making and lovingly crafted by the Harrison family, the album was remixed to fulfill Harrison’s longtime desire. Executive produced by Dhani Harrison and mixed by triple GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon), with the product produced by David Zonshine, the new mix transforms the album by sonically upgrading it – making it sound brighter, fuller and better than ever.

To coincide with the release of the anniversary editions, the iconic cover of All Things Must Pass, depicting Harrison and his garden gnomes, has been recreated in larger-than-life fashion as a public, living art installation in London’s Duke Of York Square, King’s Road, Chelsea. The installation opened August 6th and will be available to visit until this Friday, August 20th. Designed by world renown floral artist Ruth Davis, of All For Love London, the beautiful, interactive installation features gigantic versions of two gnomes which have been created out of flowers and foliage. The oversized gnomes, the largest measuring five meters, sit atop a large circle of turf, and are surrounded by the seasonal, impermanent beauty George embraced during his life. In the center is a wooden stool and an exaggerated pair of rubber gardening boots, similar to the ones seen on the cover, inviting people to take a seat, put their feet in the boots and create their version of the classic album photo while enjoying the garden.

The gnome installation is detailed in a new video released today that includes Olivia and Dhani Harrison talking about the historic cover and what went into the making of the tribute. Watch here.

Reviews for the 50th anniversary editions

People used to argue whether this triple album should have been edited down to one or two records – but this edition makes you believe it should have been a quadruple album. – ROLLING STONE

George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ 50th Anniversary Edition Proves It’s the Best Beatles Solo LP – VARIETY

The Beatles guitarist’s most enduring solo album—tweaked and repackaged with bonus material—sounds better than ever at 50-plus.

Spector’s fingerprints remain, but the album now sounds warmer, punchier and more energetic, and the surround-sound mix is seductively immersive. – WALL STREET JOURNAL

Remixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks, the deluxe edition of ‘All Things Must Pass’ is chock-full of musical revelations. In Hicks’ hands, the original album shimmers into life with the wider sonic palette made possible by technologies that would have been unimaginable five decades earlier. – SALON

This new mix updates his finest work for today, in greater detail than ever before, while still managing to retain the atmosphere that binds these 106 minutes together. – UNCUT

The original mix’s misty distance has gone, replaced with a clarity and definition that Harrison and Spector didn’t achieve (or seek) the first time around. Previously, one had to, like Spector during the playbacks, turn it up very loud to get the full effect. Not anymore. These mixes come to you. – MOJO

These five-decade-old tapes sparkle with renewed life and a depth partially obscured by Spector’s heavy hand… it’s impossible to find fault with the obvious care and attention to detail dedicated to the end product.

All Things Must Pass is a landmark set; one that sounded timeless 50 years ago and will have the same effect 50 years from now. Even, perhaps especially, those who have lived with it for decades will enjoy this appropriately classy, beautifully crafted, refreshed/remixed, and likely definitive version. – AMERICAN SONGWRITER

Hailed by Rolling Stone as the War and Peace of rock and roll and an intensely personal statement and a grandiose gesture, All Things Must Pass was met by unanimous critical acclaim and spectacular commercial success, spending seven weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top LPs chart and eight weeks atop the UK’s official albums chart (though chart records until 2006 mistakenly stated that it had peaked at #4). Currently certified 6x platinum by the RIAA, All Things Must Pass later received a 1972 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Album of the Year, while My Sweet Lord earned a GRAMMY nod for Record of the Year. What Is Life, the album’s second single, also became an international hit, reaching the top 10 in the US and Canada as well as #1 in Australia and Switzerland.

All Things Must Pass has only grown in influence and stature in the half-century since its initial release, including induction in the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame and inclusion on The Times of London’s The 100 Best Albums of All Time and Rolling Stone’s 2020 listing of The Top 500 Albums of All Time. Pitchfork declared it to have changed the terms of what an album could be.

For more information, configurations, and track listings, please visit George’s website.

50th ANNIVERSARY CREDITS

Executive Producer: Dhani Harrison

Product Producer: David Zonshine

2020 Re-Mixed & Produced in Stereo & Atmos by: Paul Hicks

Creative Director: Dhani Harrison

Book curated by: Olivia Harrison and Rachel Cooper

Art Direction: Darren Evans

Archive Research: Don Fleming, Richard Radford and Ryan Williams

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Casper Bluff × Coca Vango – My Shawty

CASPER BLUFF UNLEASHES MY SHAWTY FEATURING COCA VANGO OFFICIAL VIDEO PREMIERES ON BET JAMS 

Radio Add Date August 23rd

Available at All Digital Retailers Now! WATCH HERE

Casper Bluff and Coca Vango deliver a hybrid melodic trap-love song with their My Shawty, effort – Hip Hop DX

Atlanta’s own rapper Casper Bluff releases the official video to his rhythmic banger My Shawty featuring Coca Vango via Cash Money Records/ AweSomLife Entertainment. The video made its broadcast premiere via Bet Jams earlier today and earned a slot on the channel’s Fresh Face Friday lineup. Watch HERE

The official video, directed by Gerard Victor, brings the infectious track, with magnetic melodies, to life as the emerging rap star showcases his signature street style. With his latest offering underscoring the significant layers of his artistry, “My Shawty” strikes a match of anticipation to all that the Bluff-born artist has in store for fans and growing followers next. 

Check out the video now and stay tuned for more from Casper Bluff.

Connect with Casper Bluff via Instagram and Twitter

About Cash Money Records

Since 1991, Brothers Bryan Birdman Williams aka Baby and Ronald Slim Williams have built Cash Money Records into a legendary force in the music industry. Through tireless devotion and an unparalleled work ethic, the duo founded the legendary label in the New Orleans housing projects and elevated it into a multi-million-dollar empire and cultural tastemaker. Not only is the company revered as an iconic and enduring global street brand, it’s become the most successful independent record label in America, boasting a bevy of chart-dominating, multi-platinum artists and Grammy Award winners and cumulative sales over 100 million albums worldwide the roster includes Jacquees, Blueface, Deemic, Juvenile and more. The label also houses Lil Wayne’s imprint Young Money Entertainment (Drake and Nicki Minaj) as well as a publishing arm Cash Money Content. Cash Money Records is distributed by Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company.

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Pokémon 25: The Red EP RELEASE

ZHU Remixes All Three Tracks For Pokémon 25: The Blue EP, Out Later This Month

The Dual Releases Honor a Pokémon Tradition As 25th Anniversary Celebration Continues

Three new artists have joined Pokémon’s 25th-anniversary celebration: Vince Staples, Cyn and ZHU. Staples and Cyn contribute exclusive new songs to Pokémon 25: The Red EP, which was released today. Available HERE, the EP also features Mabel’s song “Take It Home,” which was unveiled last month. View Pokémon 25: The Red EP visualizers on YouTube HERE.

Reflecting the longstanding tradition of dual releases for the core Pokémon video game series, with each featuring nuanced differences from the other, and paying homage to the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games, Pokémon 25: The Blue EP will follow later this month. It will feature remixes of The Red EP songs by GRAMMY-nominated recording artist ZHU, who is fresh off the release of his third album, DREAMLAND 2021, and a sold-out, six-night stand at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

The songs from The Red EP will appear on the upcoming P25 Music compilation album, which will be released this autumn by Capitol Records as part of a massive, yearlong music campaign from The Pokémon Company International in partnership with Universal Music Group. ZHU’s remixes will be included on the digital edition of the album. Vince Staples, Cyn and ZHU take their places alongside fellow P25 artists Katy Perry, Post Malone, J Balvin and Mabel.

On the atmospheric, melodic “Got ‘Em,” Vince Staples faces life’s challenges head-on, drawing inspiration from iconic Pokémon characters Mew and Raichu. Staples recently released his self-titled, fourth album out now via Blacksmith Recordings/Motown Records. Garnering positive reviews from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR Music and NME among others, the LP debuted as the No. 1 Current Rap Album and landed at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 Chart week of release. Staples is also currently working on bringing his dramedy, The Vince Staples Show, to Netflix.

“I’ve always been a fan of Pokémon, so it was particularly special to be asked to take part in this 25th-anniversary celebration,” said Vince Staples. “I’m excited for people to hear ‘Got ‘Em,’ and hope the song resonates with fans, especially those who grew up with Pokémon like I did.”

Cyn—who is signed to Katy Perry’s Unsub Records and recently contributed two songs to the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman—offers up “Wonderful,” a shimmering song that celebrates friendship and the joy of being alive.

Cyn shares, “I am so excited to release one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, ‘Wonderful,’ in celebration of 25 years of Pokémon! This song is special to me because I feel it comments on growing pains while also emphasizing a destination of grace and a beautiful journey to it—eggs hatch when they want to or in other words, when they are ready. When I wrote this song, my newborn baby son was in the room—I can hear the influence of becoming a new mother in the music, it will always ring special for me.”

“The Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games introduced the world to Pokémon 25 years ago and we wanted to recognize that important part of the franchise in our 25th-anniversary celebrations within the P25 Music campaign,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing, The Pokémon Company International. “Pokémon fans will appreciate the nod to the first Pokémon video games with these EPs, while music fans will enjoy new songs and remixes from exciting artists on these dual collections.”

The Red EP kicks off with “Take It Home,” an original song from BRIT Award recipient Mabel. PAPER Magazine noted, “to say it’s a bop would be a complete understatement—‘Take It Home’ is packed with bright and buoyant beats.” The official video, People Magazine observed, “finds the star chasing Jigglypuff into a Wonderland-style dreamworld full of colorful ensembles and pop star choreography.”

Fans can keep up with the latest news for P25 Music and more celebrations across the franchise on Pokémon’s 25th-anniversary website. Pokémon 25: The Blue EP can be pre-saved HERE.

Pokémon and music fans are invited to join the conversation online with @Pokemon and #Pokemon25.

Pokémon 25: The Red EP Tracklist:

1. Mabel – Take It Home

2. Cyn — Wonderful

3. Vince Staples — Got ‘Em

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Mabel — Photo Credit: Ashley Verse

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Vince Staples — Photo Credit: Tyree Harris

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ZHU — Photo Credit: Joey Vitalari

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Cyn — Photo Credit: Jerry Maestas

Clairo Sling Artwork from Nicole Hajjar, Universal Music Group for use by 360 Magazine

CLAIRO’S NEW ALBUM SLING DEBUTS AT #1

Clairo’s critically acclaimed sophomore album Sling, released on July 16th via FADER Label/Republic Records, debuted at #1 on Billboard Alternative Albums Chart, #2 on Top Rock Albums Chart, and Top 20 on Top 200 Chart. This is the highest album charting debut for the 22-year-old American artist, songwriter, and producer. Listen to Sling here.

Co-produced with Grammy® Award winning producer Jack Antonoff, Sling was recorded at Allaire Studios in Upstate New York and features 12-tracks including “Blouse,” which the 22-year-old performed live on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month. Watch the breath-taking performance here.

In celebration of the widely adored record, Clairo recently announced her 2022 headlining North American tour dates, which are quickly selling out. Tickets are on sale now at here.

Praised for her diary-worthy stories earmarked by her devilishly sharp commentary and angelically intimate vocals. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has quietly threaded these stories into the fabric of popular culture since she first surfaced as a phenomenon out of her dorm bedroom. Following the success of her 2018 debut, Diary 001 EP, Clairo unveiled her 2019 full-length debut album, Immunity (FADER Label). The now 22-year-old received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NME, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and many more. Beyond performing on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and most recently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she has notably sold out headline tours as well as joined the bills of Coachella and Lollapalooza. Her growing catalog includes the platinum-certified “Pretty Girl” and gold-certified “4Ever” and “Flaming Hot Cheetos,” in addition to “Are You Bored Yet?”—her platinum collaboration with Wallows. To date, she has amassed over 3 billion streams and counting. In 2021, she turns the page on the next chapter with her highly anticipated sophomore album, Slingout everywhere now.

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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.

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Malachiii – Love Me

MALACHIII CONFRONTS HARD QUESTIONS ON DEBUT MOTOWN SINGLE & VIDEO LOVE ME

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Today, rising singer, rapper, songwriter and producer Malachiii opens his heart with the release of Love Me, his debut single with Motown Records. Listen HERE. On the track, the 25-year-old Southern California artist asks the burning questions that arise when you’re coming of age and falling in love: Will you be there when it rains, when it snows? / Will you be there when I’m out of control? Watch the video HERE.

The first verse subtly draws listeners inward with lo-fi trap vibes and Malachiii’s softly delivered bars, building momentum before his voice starts to soar. The chorus gets vulnerable as he declares that he doesn’t want a partner’s adoration just to feed his ego, he needs love and support to ease his mind.

Everything about this song feels so timely and full-circle. In a literal sense, it represents need to have someone that will take me as I am and love me unconditionally through this rollercoaster that is my life, says Malachiii, Symbolically, it represents the new journey ahead and all of the unknowns that come with launching my career as an artist and sharing my art with the world in the ways that I’ve always dreamed of.

This new song marks a transitional moment in Malachiii’s life and career. Although Love Me isn’t his first solo single, he dropped the brash rap cut WYM?! last September, it’s a bold step forward in terms of both artistic maturity and scale. It’s his first release on Motown, hallowed ground for truly emotional songwriters. This follows him signing a publishing deal with Electric Feel. But now, with the release of Love Me, Malachiii is demonstrating what’s truly special about his own music, showing the world his truest self, and preparing for his songs to start resonating around the world.

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About Malachiii

Malachiii knows joy. Over the last few years, the young singer, rapper, and producer from Southern California has demonstrated an affection for elastic flows, buoyant rhythms, and melodies lit by a magic-hour glow. This ecstatic energy has made his take on pop, rap, and R&B infectious, but what makes it most special is his willingness to engage in heavy themes with a maturity and grace that belies his age. On songs like Love Me, his debut single with Motown Records, he sings and spits grinning bars, but he also ponders big questions. He’s come to understand that while his ultimate goal is to emit love, light, positivity, and good vibes, it’s most important to stay true to the real depths of his experience, even if it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Malachiii grew up with the urge to perform, but it was after going on tour with GRAMMY-winning composer AR Rahman at the age of 14 that he felt inspired to write and produce his own music. Over the years, his ability to translate relatable emotions into hooks earned him a publishing deal with Electric Feel (Post Malone, Iann Dior, 24KGoldn), which only bolstered his writing and producing efforts. Now, beginning with Love Me, he’s stepping into the spotlight in his own right, with the hope that his artistry will continue to resonate with listeners. There’s very few people who have a transcendent impact on music, humanity, and culture as a whole, he says. That’s the type of artist I want to be.

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Lord Huron – Love Me Like You Used To

Lord Huron released the official music video for their song “Love Me Like You Used To” off their critically acclaimed album Long Lost.

Watch Lord Huron’s “Love Me Like You Used To” official music video HERE

Stream Long Lost via Whispering Pines Studios Inc./Republic Records HERE.

The video shows a mysterious woman exploring the Whispering Pines Museum. As she explores the memorabilia, paying homage to Tubbs Tarbell and the artists of Whispering Pines Studios, the true purpose of her visit becomes clear.

Recently, the band announced new dates for their Long Lost fall 2021 headline tour, their first shows in support of Long Lost, including top billing at Ohana Encore Festival alongside Pearl Jam and Beck. The tour kicks off in Philadelphia on September 9th and hits a variety of outdoor venues in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Portland and other markets across the country, with Allison Ponthier and Andy Shauf opening on select dates. See full list of tour dates below, click HERE for more info and ticket links.

Lord Huron continues to celebrate their success of recent album Long Lost, which has garnered nearly 50 million streams and counting, captured the #1 on The Americana/Folk Album and Tastemaker Albums Chart, #2 on Vinyl Albums & Alternative Albums chart, #3 Top Rock Albums Chart, #4 Top Album Sales Chart and #23 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album also received critical acclaim from the likes of Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Vegan, NPR, American Songwriter, All Music, Uproxx, WNYC, Flood, JamBase and more all praising the immersive world Lord Huron has created with Long Lost. Not to mention, it has captured a 88 score on Metacritic which summarizes all critical and user reviews of an album from across the globe.

Recently the band performed “Mine Forever” on The Late Late Show with James Corden,  “I Lied” with Allison Ponthier on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, three songs on CBS This Morning: Saturday, “Not Dead Yet” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a live set on NPR’s World Café.

Whispering Pines

Fans across the country have been noticing vinyl from the Whispering Pines back catalog showing up in various sections of record stores across the country. Notably, the artists who originally recorded the vinyl were seen in numerous episodes of Alive From Whispering Pines. This isn’t the first time that the merchandise, music and memorabilia from Whispering Pines studios has suddenly appeared, as fans have already found items for sale recently on CraigsList, Reverb, and Discogs.

During its first episode, viewers were introduced to Mr. Tubbs Tarbell, fell under the spell of commercials that may very well be lost tapes from the past, and were treated to some incredible performances by Lord Huron. The band played some old songs including “Meet Me In The Woods” (view video here) and provided a sneak peek at some new songs. The episode also featured a hotline where fans could call in and ask Mr. Tarbell questions and request songs from the band. Episode 2 included additional cryptic clues, more beautiful performances from Lord Huron (including  “The World Ender” and  “Frozen Pines”) and even the secret world premiere of “Mine Forever.” Episode 3 included a long awaited performance of “The Night We Met,” “The Balancers Eye,” and fan favorite “Ghost on The Shore.” In case you missed the performances of “The Night We Met” Watch HERE. The final episode featured a performance of “I Lied” with Allison Ponthier herself and tied up the four episode story of Alive From Whispering Pines and set the stage for Long Lost.

In the beginning of this new era, Tubbs put out an official letter into the multi-verse from Whispering Pines Studios describing the mythical tale of recording Long Lost with Lord Huron and the origins of its cosmic music. Read the full letter HERE.

What could be in store for the band next? Only time will tell…As Tubbs says: “As ever, friends, may you live until you die”

About Lord Huron

Lord Huron first made a name for themselves with their debut album Lonesome Dreams and shortly after Strange Tales, which featured the triple-platinum single “The Night We Met.” In 2018, Lord Huron earned widespread critical acclaim with their first Top 5 debut on the Billboard Top 2—with their third album, Vide Noir. A cinematic collection of pensive provocative, and powerful rock, the record garnered praise from NPR, Time, Los Angeles Times, Spin, Stereogum, Refinery29, UPROXX, and more as singles such as “Wait by the River” (which the band performed on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”) and “When the Night is Over” generated tens of millions of streams. Their recent album Long Lost, featuring #1 song “Not Dead Yet” debuted #1 on The Americana/Folk Album and Tastemaker Albums Chart, #2 on Vinyl Albums & Alternative Albums chart, #3 Top Rock Albums Chart, #4 Top Album Sales Chart and #23 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album also received critical acclaim from the likes of Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Vegan, NPR, American Songwriter, All Music, Uproxx, WNYC, Flood, JamBase and more all praising the immersive world Lord Huron has created with the album and its four part live event Alive From Whispering Pines featuring mysterious character Tubbs Tarbell. In addition, the band went on to perform “Mine Forever” on The Late Late Show with James Corden, “I Lied” with Allison Ponthier on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, CBS This Morning: Saturday, “Not Dead Yet” on Jimmy Kimmel Live and a live set on NPR’s World Café. The band’s extensive touring includes headline shows at some of the most storied venues in the country (including the Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, and the Ryman Auditorium) and prime slots at festivals ranging from Coachella to Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and more.