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Surf Mesa × Madison Beer – Carried Away

Surf Mesa and Madison Beer celebrate the euphoria of young love in the new single, “Carried Away,” released today by Astralwerks—just in time for Valentine’s Day. Coming of age and falling in love maylook different in quarantine, yet the duo evokesthe timeless essence of romance that remains unchanged. After opening simply with Madison’sexquisite, emotive vocals and acoustic guitar, the tender ballad swells as Surf imbues it with rich, ethereal layers. Download / stream “Carried Away” HERE. View the lyric video, created by Katia Temkin (Ariana Grande, Drake) as well.
“‘Carried Away’ is about the butterflies in your stomach feeling you get when you meet someone new and fall in love for the very first time,” explains Surf Mesa. “Working with Madison was a dream. I hope this song spreads love during this time when we need it more than ever.”

“When writing songs about love,” says Madison,“I’m often drawn to the ups and downs and heartache that can result from a relationship gone bad. It was refreshing to explore the other side of love for ‘Carried Away,’ the excited nerves you get from meeting someone and falling in love for the first time. I’m so grateful to Surf who made the whole process so fun.”

“Carried Away” follows Surf Mesa’s breakthrough hits “ily (i love you baby)” ft. Emilee and“Somewhere” ft. Gus Dapperton. Recently certified Platinum by the RIAA, “ily (i love you baby)”has amassed nearly two billioncombined global streams. Hailed by Rolling Stone as an ”earworm of a song,” it hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart and reached No. 2 on the U.S. Top 40 radio tally.Surf performed both songs in an exclusive live performance for Vevo DSCVR ARTISTS TO WATCH 2021. 

View Lyric Video HERE

Download / Stream “Carried Away” HERE

ABOUT SURF MESA

No matter how dark things get, Surf Mesa remains a dreamer. The 20-year-old songwriter and producer spent much of 2020 honing the escapist energy of the nostalgic electronic ballads he’s been working toward since he got a copy of FL Studio in third grade. The Seattle artist makes “music for good feels,” which made his music a breath of fresh airin a tough year. Both of his beloved 2020 singles—“ily (i love you baby)” featuring Emilee and “Somewhere” featuring Gus Dapperton—offer romance and refuge for tired minds, drenched in gossamer synth and fueled by insistent drums. The delicate “Carried Away” with Madison Beer, continues in this windswept tradition.

This placid mindset has clearly connected. “ily” was recently RIAA certified Platinum after almost 2billion global streams and nearly 4 billion TikTok videos. The song hit #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart and #2 on Top 40 radio.“Somewhere” is right behind it, landing on Spotify’s hallowed New Music Friday out of the gate and garnering placements on dozens of playlists across platforms since. His whirlwind rise also earned him remixing duty on Marshmello and Halsey’s “Be Kind,” and Shawn Mendes’ “Wonder”—both fitting titles for Surf’s heartwarming music to enter mainstream EDM and pop.

By year’s end, “ily” placed on Spotify and Amazon’s top songs lists, setting him up for even bigger successes this year—VEVO has already named him a DSCVR Artist To Watch for 2021. And yet, after all this, he continues to make music at home alone, the same way he’s worked since he was a kid,holed up in his room making beats between Counter-Strikematches. He has humble aims: to make catchy, chill pop music and give others a way to “feel better about their day.” Listening to Surf, it’s hard not to.

ABOUT MADISON BEER

Prior to signing withEpic Recordsin 2019, Madison Beer achieved unprecedented success as an independent artist with her partnerFirst Access Entertainment. Her debut EP As She Pleases boasts over 700 million streams and made her the first independent female solo artist to break into theTop 20 radio charts, after having debuted in theTop 5 on iTunes in 18 countries and in the Top 10 in 42 countries worldwide. Globally, Beer has over 2 billion streams across her catalogue.

She’s attracted the endorsement ofTime, Rolling Stone, NME, V Magazine and Billboard, which named her among its coveted “21 Under 21” list, and has a social following that reaches an audience of over 20 million on Instagram and 12 million in TikTok.

Her latest single “Baby” was included on PAPER’S “10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now” and MTV’s “SONGS WE LOVE” list, with the video amassing over 4 million views on YouTube within its first week of release. Last year, feverish fans mobilized and left thousands of comments on Epic’s Instagram page to demand the release of “Stained Glass,” Madison’s most personal song to date, after she teased it during an Instagram Live session. Continuing on her hot streak, Madison has consistently beaten her daily best streaming numbers with “Selfish” after the single was added to Spotify’s coveted Today’s Top Hits playlist and is now certified Gold. Madison’s debut album, a strong personal and artistic statement, is slated for release in February 2021viaSing It Loud/First Access Entertainmenton exclusive license toEpic Records.

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerkswas the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerkshas emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerksto sign such artists asILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY® nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 6x Platinum “Happier” by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s “Losing It.”

ORSON WILDS SHARE STRIPPED-BACK VERSIONS OF “STAND UP” & “MOTHERS DAUGHTERS”

After releasing their debut singles “Stand Up” and “Mothers Daughters,” Canadian duo Orson Wilds has pared down the grandiosity of the tracks, releasing stripped-back versions of each. Together, the reimagined tracks showcase Orson Wilds’ raw talent and their ability to scale the group’s size back while still maintaining the potency of their songwriting. Both acoustic cuts are available now on all streaming platforms, while the acoustic version of “Mothers Daughters”; is joined by a new music video streaming on the band’s YouTube channel.

In its original form, “Stand Up” was called “the kind of song that sounds like it’s trying to get a whole amphitheater’s worth of people on their feet” by The Alternative, while FLOOD Magazine said that the “Mothers Daughters” video finds “the Canadian duo is doing everything they can to be added to your must-see list once venues start opening back up.”

The studio versions of “Mothers Daughters” and “Stand Up” were both recorded and produced by Will Yip (Panic! At The Disco, Turnstile, Title Fight), and will be included on the band’s forthcoming debut album expected to arrive later this year. Released in December, the band’s debut single “Stand Up” is already closing in on one million streams globally. The track was commended by Uproxx, Northern Transmissions, and The Alternative upon its release, with Uproxx declaring it “one of the most anthemic indie rock jams since Arcade Fire dropped Wake Up.” Both tracks are available now on all streaming platforms. Watch the official video for “Stand Up” here and “Mothers Daughters” here.

Orson Wilds, fronted by Eric Reid and Brianna Bordihn, have only played a handful of shows in the Southern Ontario area, focusing mainly on the honing of their craft and sound. This hard work paid off when Yip, an enthusiastic producer with bustling industry savvy, was so taken by the compositional strength of Orson Wilds’ songs that he took the band under his wing, helped them produce two new singles, and signed them to his imprint. Though Reid and Bordihn represent the core of Orson Wilds, an ever-evolving collective of friends and family round out the live iteration of the band with stomping uplifting electric guitars, horns and woodwind sections, and thrashing, urgent percussion.

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Debut Music Video for QueloQue – Major Lazer × Paloma Mami

Major Lazer debuts the music video for “QueLoQue” featuring multi-platinum, rising global artist Paloma Mami today—watch it here. The track is from Major Lazer’s new album and their first since 2015, Music Is The Weapon, out now to critical acclaim and featuring collaborations with Nicki Minaj, J Balvin, Anitta, Khalid and many more.

Directed by Sam Hayes, the video is a tribute to the iconic Hype Williams videos of the 90’s, featuring a playful performance from Paloma Mami as well as sci-fi backdrops and fisheye lenses. New York-born, Chilean artist Paloma Mami is one of Latin music’s biggest rising stars. In only 2 years Paloma has generated 1B+ streams worldwide as well as various multi-platinum and platinum singles capturing the eyes of some the biggest names in music.

Music Is The Weapon continues to fulfill Major Lazer’s goal of making the world smaller by making the party bigger. Coming five years after Peace Is The Mission and countless world tours—with stops in seldom-visited destinations including Pakistan, Cuba and Nigeria—Music Is The Weapon highlights the group’s thoroughly global approach. The album includes songs in five languages and features collaborations with a roster of emerging artists and superstars from around the globe whom the group has encountered on their travels.

In addition to Paloma Mami’s feature on track “QueLoQue,” Jamaican rising stars Sheensea and BEAM feature on “Tiny” and Indian producer Nucleya and vocalist Rashmeet Kaur on the desi bass track “Jadi Buti.” Anitta returns to the group’s fold on the Latin Grammy-nominated “Rave de Favela,” following their 2017 collaboration “Sua Cara,” which was one of the first times the now-superstar was heard outside of her native Brazil. Mr Eazi—who Lazer first collaborated with in 2017 and with whom they have toured Africa—joins fellow Nigerian K4mo and the legendary Nicki Minaj on the Afrobeat-inspired “Oh My Gawd.”

The chart-topping “Que Calor” with J Balvin and El Alfa embraces the reggaeton and dembow that have made the two titans of Latin music worldwide—sounds that Major Lazer first explored in 2013 with “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” with Busy Signal (the Jamaican superstar who is featured on the Soca track “Sun Comes Up” and with whom the band has been collaborating since their very earliest releases). The result is the ultimate showcase of Major Lazer’s ability to produce massive singles and highlight vibrant sounds from up and coming artists around the world.

ABOUT MAJOR LAZER

Major Lazer is the global dance trio of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Ape Drums. Named for the group’s fictional figurehead, a one-armed Jamaican Zombie War commando, Major Lazer’s mission is to free the universe with music. The band has released three acclaimed albums, 2009’s Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do, 2013’s Free The Universe and 2015’s Peace Is The Mission, featuring “Lean On” with DJ Snake and MØ—one of the most successful songs of all time.

ABOUT PALOMA MAMI

Paloma Mami is a New York born, Chilean artist that exploded onto the scene in 2018 with her independently released single “Not Steady,” a Spanglish viral sensation that left a huge digital footprint. The track was the first she ever recorded (!) and set her up to ink her first major recording contract. After her discovery, Paloma decided to focus her efforts and passion on establishing a musical career. Her efforts have proved to be successful, as she is the first Chilean artist of her generation with the potential to become a global artist. In only 2 years, Paloma has generated 1B+ Streams WW, 1.8M+ YouTube subscribers and has released various multi-platinum, platinum and gold singles capturing the eye of some of music’s biggest names. With a delicate but powerful voice, her music mixes Latin Urban, R&B, and Trap/Soul, creating an undeniably unique sound. Paloma Mami is very clear about what she intends to accomplish with her music.

MUSIC IS THE WEAPON TRACKLIST

  1. Hell and High Water (feat. Alessia Cara)
  2. Sun Comes Up (feat. Busy Signal & Joeboy)
  3. Bam Bam (feat. French Montana & BEAM)
  4. Tiny (feat. BEAM & Sheensea)
  5. Oh My Gawd with Mr Eazi (feat. Nicki Minaj and K4mo)
  6. Trigger (feat. Khalid)
  7. Lay Your Head On Me (feat. Marcus Mumford)
  8. Can’t Take It From Me (feat. Skip Marley)
  9. Rave de Favela (feat. MC Lan & Anitta)
  10. Que Lo Que (feat. Paloma Mami)
  11. Marijuana (feat. Nucleya & Rashmeet Kaur)
  12. Que Calor (feat. J. Balvin & El Alfa)

Duke Deuce – Soldiers Steppin

Memphis’ rising crunk star, Duke Deuce kicks off 2021 with his new rapid battle-ready song/video “Soldiers Steppin.” Watch the wild video here and stream the song here via Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Made Men Movement. “Soldiers Steppin”; makes its broadcast premier on BET Jams and BET Hip Hop.

The military themed video executive directed by Duke Deuce himself from the wardrobe to the script, finds Duke and his crew as soldiers being disciplined under their sergeant. Weapons at hand and the 1,2 step on lock, the crew bounce their way through training.

Duke’s sound is unique defying rap boundaries bringing Memphis crunk culture back to the forefront. Already under his belt Duke has collaborated with the likes of Mulatto, Lil Yachty, Juicy J, Project Pat, and more. Recent releases from Duke include his punchline filled “Duke Nukem Freestyle” and his southern stripclub themed “KIRK (ft. Mulatto).” Duke grew up around the Memphis sound and recalls the likes of Three6Mafia, 8Ball, and MJG as influences as well as his father Duke Nitty who produced the Memphis classic “S.O.U.T.H. Parkway” by Gangsta Blac. Duke is just getting started this year with one “what the f***” adlib at a time.

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Billie Eilish × Rosalía – Lo Vas A Olvidar

Internationally acclaimed, GRAMMY® Award winning artists Billie Eilish [Darkroom/Interscope Records] and Rosalía [Columbia Records] have joined forces for ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’ – listen HERE. The alluring new collaboration is out now across all platforms worldwide and previewed earlier this week on the official trailer for HBO’s hit show EUPHORIA and its upcoming special episode, “Part 2: Jules,” which premieres January 24. The official music video was directed by award winning Nabil, and stars both Billie Eilish and Rosalía.

Watch the official music video for ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’ HERE.

In other Billie Eilish news, the 19-year-old pop-phenom follows her 2020 history-making GRAMMY® Award wins with 4 additional nominations for the 2021 63rd Annual GRAMMY® AwardsBillie Eilish was nominated in 4 categories for her critically acclaimed song ‘everything i wanted’ (Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance) and her official James Bond theme song ‘No Time To Die’ (Best Song Written For Visual Media). The 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards are set to take place and air on CBS on March 14.

Next month sees the worldwide premiere of her highly anticipated documentary film, “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry.” Directed by award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the film will be released in theaters by NEON and premiere globally on Apple TV+ on February 26, 2021. Watch the official trailer HERE.

Billie Eilish has also announced she will be releasing her first ever personal photo-filled book, titled BILLIE EILISH on May 11. Pre-order HERE

While Rosalía has spent a large majority of the last year immersed in the creative process of writing and recording her eagerly-awaited next album, she also notably closed out 2020 by leading the field of LATIN GRAMMY winners for the second year in a row, joining Travis Scott, Bad Bunny and the Weeknd on collaborative tracks, and  becoming the first-ever all-Spanish language music artist to grace the COVER of VOGUE in the United States, with the unveiling of the January 2021 “Vogue Values” issue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Last week also saw Rolling Stone declare her upcoming full length release as “One of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2021.”

ABOUT BILLIE EILISH

Billie Eilish has become one of the biggest stars to emerge since the release of her debut single “Ocean Eyes” in 2015 and continues to shatter the ceiling of music with her genre-defying sound. Fast forward from her humble breakout to 2019 when Billie’s album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S as well as 17 additional countries and was the most streamed album of the year.  WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? was written, produced and recorded entirely by Billie Eilish and brother Finneas in their childhood home in Los Angeles. Billie Eilish went on to make history as the youngest artist to receive nominations and win in all the major categories at the 62nd Grammy Awards receiving an award for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Billie Eilish is also the youngest artist to write and record an official James Bond theme song, “No Time To Die.”

ABOUT ROSALÍA

With the May 2018 release of Rosalía’s innovative breakthrough single “Malamente (Cap.1: Augurio)” – and the fall arrival of her landmark album “El Mal Querer,”  fans worldwide quickly embraced Rosalía’s phenomenal vocal capability meshed with her now fully realized fusion of classic Flamenco and other timeless music styles of Spain, with R&B, hip-hop, contemporary Latin-American rhythms and electronic beats. Coupled with Rosalía’s strong influences from industrial visual arts, female empowerment, fashion and choreography, it became clear to critics that: “Rosalía is a complicated genius… El Mal Querer is a boundary-breaking modern masterpiece … that has resonated like a shockwave… it stands out from virtually everything else on the global pop landscape .” Within the subsequent two years, Rosalia has garnered a GRAMMY Award, performance, a first-ever Best New Artist nomination for a Spanish Language artist, and eight Latin Grammys, including Album of the Year, 2 MTV VMA’s, multiple magazine covers, Coachella and Lollapalooza festival appearances, the most watched global YouTube video of 2019 for a female artist, landmark brand partnerships with Nike and MAC’s “Viva Glam” campaign, and “Best Music of the Decade” picks from Rolling Stone, Billboard, GQ, The LA Times, Pitchfork and more… and that’s just the beginning.

Tate McRae – rubberband

Rising global superstar Tate McRae releases her new track and music video for “rubberband” (listen/watch here).  The track continues to showcase Tate’s undeniable songwriting and vocal ability while the music video combines both talents with incredible choreography for yet another triple threat moment.

After a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night (watch here), Tate’s current single, “you broke me first” continues to dominate all over the globe.  The track currently has over 635 million streams worldwide and helped Tate to secure her the top spot on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart.  The track also reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Mixshow Chart and is currently #33 on the Hot 100 chart.  “ybmf” is also #12 on the Top 40 Airplay Chart.  Overseas, the track peaked at #3 in the UK and is still in the Top 10th for its 12th week on the chart.  The track is 4X Platinum in Ireland, 2X Platinum in Canada, Mexico and New Zealand, Platinum in the US, UK, Australia, Finland, France, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

Mixing her vocal ability with her unparalleled dance moves, Tate performed the single on the MTV’s European Music Awards (watch here) as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October (watch here) and the VMA Pre-show (watch here) in August.  She was also named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021 as the youngest musician on the list as well as Amazon’s Artist to Watch in 2021, Pandora’s Artists To Watch 2021 list and included on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 One’s To Watch list.

ABOUT TATE MCRAE

In just over a year, singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae has become the artist on the rise.  She currently has over 3 million subscribers and over 400 million video views on YouTube and has nearly 1 billion combined on demand streams to date.  She’s been named one of YouTube’s Artist on the Rise, MTV’s Push Artist for July and received a nomination for a 2020 MTV Video Music Award.

She released her debut EP all the things i never said, in January which features her standout tracks “stupid” “tear myself apart,” “all my friends are fake,” and “that way” as well as additional tracks “vicious” ft. Lil Mosey, “don’t be sad” and “lie to me” ft. Ali Gatie.  She has received a praise from a number of publications including Fader, Variety, Idolator, Wonderland, NME, iD, Seventeen, E! Young Hollywood, has graced the cover of UK’s Dork Magazine and so much more.

Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada after living in Oman until she was 6 years old.  She made a name for herself as a competitive dancer placing second runner up on Season 13 of the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance, achieved the “The Best Dancer” honor three times at the prestigious Dance Awards, and hit the stage for performances on EllenThe Teen Choice Awards, and beyond. Not to mention, she lent her voice to NETFLIX’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash. Tate launched her YouTube channel and her “Create with Tate” music series where she has been consistently releasing original music (check out some here).

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BRS Kash Releases “Throat Baby Remix Ft. DaBaby & City Girls + “Kash App ft. Mulatto”

Atlanta’s rising star, BRS Kash returns to the spotlight today with the release of “Throat Baby ft. DaBaby and City Girls” and “Kash App ft. Mulatto” via Team Litty/ LVRN/Interscope Records. Both tracks are off his label debut mixtape, KASH ONLY, out tomorrow, January 22. The viral single, “Throat Baby (Go Baby),” initially released last year has helped Kash reach massive heights in his sky-rocketing career. The slick-talking anthem first started to organically grow out of Atlanta’s nightlife and as the rapid success progressed it went on to spark a dance craze on TikTok(nearly a million creates). The sudden rise helped him land spots on Rolling Stone’sBreakthrough 25 and Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart. Since then, the viral song has achieved RIAA Certified Gold status, and continues to chart Top 10 spot on Urban Radioas well as chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. It also received critical acclaim from XXL, Complex, NPR, Noisey, GQ, and more, as well as recognition from Chris Brown, Trippie Redd, Fredo Bang, amongst others. The rising artist is paving his way to prove he is indeed a force to be reckoned with: “Throat Baby (Go Baby)” has logged nearly 250 million streams globally since its debut in March.

On the remix, LVRN’s newest signee teams up with City Girls and DaBaby to take the hit song to another level as each artist delivers exceptional verses. Together, over the famed poignant piano they elevate the wild bop effortlessly showcasing the groups rambunctious essence. Listen to “Throat Baby (Remix) ft. DaBaby and City Girls” HERE.

On “Kash App” Kash recruits rising rapper, Mulatto. They spit their rapid-fire flows creating a nostalgic sound rooting in early 90’s and 00’s southern rap – quickly we hear their natural chemistry shine through. Of working with Mulatto Kash shares “we have a genuine friendship outside the music, we barely talk about business when we hang we just like having fun living the life we always dreamed of.” The fast-paced beat paired with their blustering yet charming smack-talk radiates an intense energy that will leave you wanting to make a quick trip to the club. Listen to “Kash App ft. Mulatto” HERE.

ABOUT BRS KASH

Rapping since the age of 12, BRS Kash draws inspiration from Southern legends like Juvenile and Big Boi, blending the gangsta drawl of the region’s greats with the charming sensuality of a modern R&B star. As Kash’s career has taken off, the melodically blessed Atlanta rapper has strutted into the spotlight with confidence—a sense that his star is rising and you can either jump on or fall off. His voice is silky-toned, his bars are always diamond-sharp, and he’s hellbent on proving his versatility as a songwriter. Regardless of what topics he touches, BRS Kash does it with a natural ear for hooks and remarkable ease. With each song, he earns that assured swagger, but there’s also something else at work. The man makes moves like he’s fulfilling his destiny. To be sure, rap is in Kash’s blood. Many Atlanta MC’s began freestyling on street corners long before they hit a studio, but few can claim to have been nourished on beats, rhymes, and the creative process while in the womb. His mother once rapped in the girl group Leather & Lace and his motivation is familial too. Kash’s father was incarcerated when he was just 6 years old, and their relationship informs the style and substance of his music. “As a kid I would do everything with him,” the rapper recalls. “For him to just up and leave was traumatizing.” The young Kash vowed to stay away from the streets despite knowing that so many of his local heroes got by on sidewalk hustles before they were famous. Ultimately, though, he found solace, catharsis, and—as “Throat Baby” proves—joy in music. “Music is a way for me to express myself,” he says. “It’s a way for me to vent. It’s a way for me to talk.” And, now, others are listening.

PRAISE FOR BRS KASH

“we expect BRS Kash to build on all the “Throat Baby” momentum in 2021, establishing himself as a breakout star.”COMPLEX 

“BRS Kash Is The Next Atlanta Original”DJBooth 

“’Throat Baby’…you’ll remember for decades to come.” – NOISEY

most impossible to forget the hook after one listen…”XXL

“absolute banger, it’s fun, infectious, and it holds a high replay value” HipHopNMore

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Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” Breaks Global Records

Olivia Rodrigo has made a monumental debut with her new original single, drivers license” available via Geffen Records. The stunning and emotive piano-driven track debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is certified Gold. In the song’s first week of release, “drivers license,” has amassed over 107M global streams with over 76M streams in the U.S. alone, which is the second largest U.S. audio streaming ever and the largest audio streaming in three years. 

On January 11, Rodrigo’s “drivers license” set the Spotify record for most streams in a day for a non-holiday song with over 15.17M global streams. On January 12, the song beat its own record with over 17.01M streams. Additionally, “drivers license” had the biggest weekly streaming debut for any song globally in Spotify history.

“drivers license” also set Global Amazon Music records for the most streams in a week for a song debut and the most on-demand streams in a single day. “drivers license” also scored the most voice requests ever via ‘Alexa’ on Amazon Music for a song in one day worldwide.

In the first week of “drivers license” release, the song debuted at No. 1 across major streaming platforms including the Spotify Global Top 50 Chart, the Spotify U.S. Top 50 Chart, the Apple Music Global Chart, and the Amazon Music Overall Top Songs Chart. The single went to No. 1 at Apple Music in 48 countries, at Spotify in 31 countries, and at YouTube in 14 countries. 

“drivers license” is also the U.K.’s official No. 1 song, breaking the Official Chart Company’s record for the highest number of single-day streams ever for a non-holiday track, not to mention racking up widespread critical acclaim and over 46 million music video views.

Written by Rodrigo, “drivers license” underscores her songwriting prowess and knack at creating immediately powerful music. Complete with radiant harmonies, kinetic percussion, and Rodrigo’s soaring vocals, the Dan Nigro-produced song is a brilliant balance of unfiltered outpouring and graceful specificity articulated by a talented young artist wise beyond her years.

Named to Variety’s “Power of Young Hollywood List 2020,” Rodrigo currently stars as the lead ‘Nini Salazar-Roberts’ in Disney+’s hit show, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which is filming its second season. 

OLIVIA RODRIGO “drivers license”

Retail: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense
Amazon: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/amazonunlimited
Apple Music: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/applemusic
Deezer: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/deezer
iTunes: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/itunes
Spotify: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/spotify
Tidal: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/tidal
YouTube Music: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/youtubemusic

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Sam Johnson – Are We There Yet?

Following on from the success of his single ‘Changes’, which landed in Spotify editorial playlists such as ‘Pop Brandneu’, ‘Easy’, ‘Pop Relax’ and ‘New Pop UK’, was played on Apple Music’s Radio Show ‘New Music Daily Deutschland mit Aisha’, and highlighted in Billboard’s 10 Cool Pop Songs feature, British singer and songwriter Sam Johnson now releases his brand new EP ‘Are We There Yet?’ alongside the powerful new single ‘Shoulder To Cry On’.

Featuring the previously shared cuts ‘Nineteen’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Changes’, and ‘The Kids Are Alright’, the new five-track collection sees the artist embark on one of his most ambitious and euphoric projects yet. With a consistent theme of bold and uplifting compositions, matching his own soaring aesthetic, ‘Are We There Yet?’ marks a pivotal moment in both his personal and professional life.

Speaking about his new EP, he said, “‘Are We There Yet?’ marks a definitive farewell to my childhood on both a personal and musical level for me. It’s an EP that maps my recollection of a time gone by that I miss greatly and contemplate often. Written with both optimistic intention and wistful yearning, it is a body of work that sways in torrents of emotion that even I struggle to define or understand. On a musical level, it’s been a part of my growth, but on a personal level, it’s a much-needed bit of closure to a beloved time in my life that I need to leave behind in order to move forward. Are we there yet? I don’t think so, not just yet, but I think I’m more at peace with the journey now.” 

The previously unheard new offering ‘Shoulder To Cry On’ sees Sam in a more reflective light throughout. While the majority of his songs pay tribute to moments in his life, this new release sees him target a more heartfelt emotion as he is reminded how such a small event can affect the rest of your life.

Adding about ‘Shoulder To Cry On’, “I wrote this for someone I was dating a while ago. It didn’t last very long, but it was nice whilst it did. It was the usual situation of someone from the past affecting the present. She had a lot of walls and didn’t want to get hurt again. I suppose the chorus’s defining lyric ‘When all you’ve ever known, has left you on your own, I’ll be your shoulder to cry on’ was an attempt to give her some comfort that I wouldn’t do the same. I don’t think it worked very well.”

EP tracklist:

  1. Peter Pan
  2. Nineteen
  3. Changes
  4. Shoulder To Cry On
  5. The Kids Are All Alright

A driven and relentlessly ambitious artist, Sam Johnson’s story also owes a debt to chance. Fate dealt him an unusual card when Kevin Shields – My Bloody Valentine auteur – crossed his path, taking the fledgling talent into the studio for the very first time. “That was a real moment for me… that developed my backbone. It made me want to have that element of legacy. And he made me realise that it could be done.”

A country boy lost in the big city, Sam’s music has taken him from a rural setting to the London metropolis, but he’s driven by an extraordinary sense of purpose. ‘Are We There Yet?’ is a tightly bound EP, one where each passage speaks to the next. Overseen by My Riot at RAK Studios, the production is left deliberately raw, almost unfinished, so that the songs “could breathe, without over-cluttering it too much”.

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Zara Laarson – Poster Girl

Today, multi-platinum pop star Zara Larsson has made her highly anticipated, forthcoming album, Poster Girl, available for fans to pre-order and pre-save across digital streaming platforms. The album is slated to be released on March 5th via TEN/Epic Records.

Pre-save/Pre-order Poster Girl HERE.

Last week, Zara released the album’s fiercely energetic lead single “Talk About Love” featuring hip-hop heavyweight Young Thug and produced by Mike Sabath (Lizzo, Meghan Trainor, Jonas Brothers). Zara collaborated with Ryder Ripps to direct the track’s sultry music video, which featured impressive dance sequences.

Listen to the track HERE via TEN/Epic Records. Watch the music video HERE.

Zara Larsson has all the makings of a classic pop star, but in the most contemporary form. Her unshakeable enthusiasm for music saw Larsson land her first number 1 single aged 15, but also feels deeply rooted in the national psyche of Sweden. Zara’s sixth sense for pop melodies have powered a series of chart-bulldozing anthems ever since (including ‘Lush Life’, ‘I Would Like’, ‘Symphony’, ‘Never Forget You’, and ‘Ruin My Life’). Zara Larsson’s ambition, though, only starts with the bangers. Few mainstream acts can claim to have performed before the Nobel Prize committee, won an award for feminism from Sweden’s oldest women’s’ rights organization, and led a Durex campaign in association with the HIV charity Red in the same breath as having toured stadiums with Ed Sheeran, or worked with BTS, Ty Dolla $ign and Mura Masa. A budding Gen Z role model, Zara is as fluent in the magic of pop music as she’s likely to speak without filter on love, sex, and online life.

ABOUT ZARA LAARSON

All women have superpowers. Wielding those superpowers, Zara Larssonprovokes and pushes pop music and culture forward with empowered, enlightened and energized anthems that soar and seduce all at once. With every move, she continues to quietly make history and break records. Her RIAA platinum-certified 2017 full-length, So Good, notably stands out as“the second-most-streamed debut on Spotify by a female artist ever,” eclipsing 5.5 billion streams. Her growing catalog boasts one smash after another, including the triple-platinum “Never Forget You” with MNEK, the platinum “Lush Life” and “Ain’t My Fault,” and, most recently, 2019’s gold “Ruin My Life.” Out of dozens of nominations, she has received various awards and honors at the Swedish Grammy Awards, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, MTV EMAs, and more. Gracing the stage of the 2017 Nobel Prize Peace Concert, she performed the platinum “Symphony” with collaborators Clean Bandit. Emerging from lockdown in 2020 with a fierce, focused, and feminine fire, Zara arrives with a bold and boundary breaking body of work for her forthcoming international album.

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