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Au/Ra – Moon River Cover

Following the release of her single “Ideas” earlier this year and recent feature on Jax Jones’ track “i miss u,” Au/Ra has shared her cover of “Moon River,” which is available now via Columbia Records. Listen HERE.

Originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the song was written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer and has been covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Frank Ocean and more. Au/Ra has added her unique take on the track, which has a dusky and ethereal edge that is displayed through the visualizer accompanying the track. Watch HERE.

Au/Ra says: “I’ve always loved this song, especially the version sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do my own rendition of. During quarantine I thought ‘why not give it a try?’ It was something I just wanted to do for fun with my dad, but we ended up liking it so much that we wanted to make it an actual release for listeners.”

Ibiza-born and Antigua-raised songwriter Au/Ra explores the challenges of being a modern-day teenager, writing music that touches on the issues today’s younger generation face on a daily basis, such as anxiety, communicating in an always online world and having to always show off your best self. Her single before “Ideas” was “Ghost” with Alan Walker, which was part of the Death Standing soundtrack and has been streamed over 32 million times on Spotify alone. “Panic Room,” her Platinum selling hit, was remixed by CamelPhat and stayed in the Top 40 for 9 weeks, amassing 122M streams on Spotify. She was recently featured on Jax Jones’ single “i miss u,” which she performed alongside him on Little Mix’s show The Search and was playlisted at Radio 1, Capitol and Kiss FM, achieving almost 18M streams so far. Watch a live version of the track HERE.

An undercurrent of most of Au/Ra’s deeply visual and evocative lyrics is a sense of escapism, influenced by her fandom of anime and fantasy. Growing up devouring Studio Ghibli films, she’s always loved to disappear into the soft-edged, uncanny world of Miyazaki animations, and uses similar designs to flesh out the visual world of her music. With her lovingly made outsider-pop, Au/Ra is providing a similar kind of space in her song writing: one where misfits feel at home and where the listener gets to peer for a minute through the lens of an artist who has simultaneously grown up outside the system, but who speaks with the zeitgeist of her generation.

Look out for more new music from Au/Ra coming soon!

Sam Johnson – Nineteen

Following on from the soaring success of his recent 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 continues to build momentum for his forthcoming EP ‘Are We There Yet?’ with the release of his latest stunning single ‘Nineteen’ out November 20th.

LISTEN TO ‘NINETEEN’ HERE
WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Continuing the bold and thunderous sound that has become a theme of his latest offerings, ‘Nineteen’ sees Sam combine warm and wistful aesthetics with a truly anthemic production. Channeling his humble roots as a gifted acoustic singer-songwriter, the track quickly shifts gears and delivers a bright and euphoric texture that embodies the multifaceted feel that Sam Johnson has injected into all of his material to date.

Speaking about his new single, he said, “This one is a little more direct than the others. No hidden meaning here. It’s a very literal and biographical throwback to my fairly hedonistic last few years of school. My friends and I seemed far more focused on smoking high grade than we did on getting high grades and it certainly showed in our A level results. Still, they were some of the best days of my life, and this is a regret free ode to them. Interestingly though, I was born in 1995, and certainly not taking my final exams that year. The opening line ‘flash back to ninety-five’ can therefore be seen as a rare example on the EP where I gave myself artistic license to not be entirely honest, but instead allow some ambiguity because I liked the way the line sounded.”

‘Nineteen’ follows up the success of his previously shared singles ‘Changes’, ‘The Kids Are Alright’, the latter of which landed on Spotify editorial playlists Fresh & Chill, Pop Right Now and New Music Friday in the UK, Germany and Switzerland; Apple Music’s New Music Daily in eleven countries, and named Record Of The Week on BBC Radio Shropshire, and its follow-up ‘Peter Pan’, which found a home on Spotify’s Easy playlist.

Taken from Sam’s forthcoming EP ‘Are We There Yet?’ which is set for a January 2021 release, his latest collection is set to see him grow more as an artist and a human being throughout. “I create characters influenced by what I see around me,” he says. “A lot of the lyrics are touchstones of my childhood, and where I grew up… and the people that I grew up around.”

In recent weeks Sam Johnson was announced as a member of the Ivors Academy Youth Council. The newly formed Youth Council is made up of sixteen young creators from the Academy’s Youth Network, acting as an advisory group, which will form a central role in shaping the future of the Academy. The Academy’s Youth Network, which was established last autumn, is a growing and connected community of young creators and a hub of partnerships with Universities, Colleges and other non-academic organizations. The Network aims to empower and educate young songwriters and composers of all genres, and provide a platform at the Academy to voice views on music industry issues.

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 realize 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”.

Q – Alone

Q IS A ONE-MAN BAND IN THE NEW “ALONE” VISUAL, FROM HIS FORTHCOMING EP THE SHAVE EXPERIMENT 

WATCH HERE. LISTEN TO “ALONE” HERE.

After debuting “Take Me Where Your Heart Is,” his first single from his upcoming EP set to release 12/11 with Columbia Records, Q is returning on a slightly darker and sophisticated note in the new “Alone” visual. Watch HERE. Showing his self-taught knack for musicianship, Q glides through various performance setups playing all the instruments present, simultaneously displaying his emotional state in the Loris Ruisser directed visual. Says Q of the song “it was something I wrote at a time where I actually felt alone. I remember later feeling really bad about that, because I wasn’t really, and I think I’d want people to listen to it and get that same feeling from it. That they aren’t really alone.” With “Alone,” Q is finding the peace in solitude.

Bea Miller x Aminé – Feel Something Different

On the eve of releasing her new EP, elated!, “force of nature” (PAPER MagazineBea Miller has teamed up with Portland-bred rapper, artist, culture shaker and innovative ingenue Aminé on FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT, an up-tempo and hypnotic new take on Miller’s viral hit feel something, out now. Released in 2019, feel something has become a massive streaming hit in 2020 with over 192 million streams since its release and has become a fan favorite on TikTok where the song has amassed over 3.4 billion video views and over 1.3 million video creations in part, thanks to the Euphoria Makeup Challenge. Listen here.

FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT is the second song Bea has shared from her new seven track EP, elated!, out tomorrow (full track listing below). Earlier this month, she announced the EP with the release of wisdom teeth, her first new music of 2020. Featured as one of Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs upon release, wisdom teeth was declared “an introspective bop” by Idolator and DuJour described it as “a synth-heavy bop showcasing Miller’s captivating raspy vocals and youthful energy.”

This past weekend, Bea returned to the stage at the Teragram Ballrom in Los Angeles for an electric live performance as part of Save Our Stages, #SOSFEST, a three day virtual festival from YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to help save independent venues across the U.S. Bea’s dynamic and eclectic set included the debut live performance of wisdom teeth as well as feel something, FEELS LIKE HOME, and more. View Bea’s performance here.

elated! track listing:

  1. hallelujah
  2. FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT with Aminé
  3. forever is a lie
  4. making bad decisions
  5. i never wanna die
  6. wisdom teeth
  7. self crucify

Coi Leray – Rick Owens

Today, budding star Coi Leray uncovers a new music video for her latest single, “Rick Owens” via Republic Records.

Stream it HERE

A torch burns in the opening shot as Coi carries this fire throughout the clip. Back in beast mode, she raps intensely before delivering a knockout hook as flames rise at some moments and snow falls in others. Signaling her duality, it showcases her contagious energy as her personality practically jumps off the screen.

Once again, she burns the boundaries between pop and hip-hop with incendiary spirit. It also follows up the steamy music video for “Slide” featuring Gunna. Within a few weeks, it has already posted up 2.8 million views on YouTube. HYPEBAE included it among “Best New Music Of September” and dubbed it “sultry.”

Be on the lookout for more new music soon! For now, “Rick Owens” never looked so fiery…

About Coi Leray
Coi Leray’s recent EP, Now Or Never EP continues to put up numbers and attract critical acclaim with over 12 million streams. REVOLT praised, “The New Jersey native is one-of-a-kind. Spreading contagious positive energy at all times, the 23-year-old continues to break down barriers with her music speaking for itself.” In addition to an interview with Cosmopolitan who raved, “the girl has got pipes, y’all!,” KAZI crowned her, “A trailblazing pop star” on their magazine cover. The six-track project showcases newfound vocal maturity and musical evolution, emphasizing her depth and range.

Coi Leray set the stage for the EP with the single “Do Better.” Not only did it rack up a ton of streams, but she also received recent plugs from Pitchfork, Def Pen, and UPROXX. Meanwhile, HYPEBAE wrote, “In her latest song, Leray demonstrates her angelic vocals while spitting commanding bars,” and HotNewHipHop observed, “[she’s] proving that she can certainly hold her own in the industry.” The lead-off “Better Days” [feat. Fetty Wap] has tallied over 5 million total streams, while the animation visualizer surpassed 1.3 million YouTube views. Additionally, Now Or Never boasts the slick banger “Slide” [feat. Gunna] and joins up with powerhouse girl gang on “I Like It” [feat. Kiana Ledé & Sevyn Streeter]. Coi Leray continues to attract widespread critical acclaim. Essence crowned her “a Gen-Z superstar,” and BET proclaimed, “With a few standout tracks under her belt, Leray hasn’t slowed down yet” as they crowned her BET Amplified “Artist Of The Month.” In addition to plugs from Respect Mag, HipHopDX, and more, HotNewHipHop highlighted the “important message” of “Better Days.” Carlie Hanson touted it on her Billboard “Pride Playlist.” Coi appeared on Hot 97 and BET’s 106&Park Mic Check and graced the cover of Pandora’s “BET Amplified Artist” playlist.

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Bea Miller – wisdom teeth

Bea Miller has released her new song wisdom teeth today, her first new music of the year. On the lush new track, Miller meditates on the lost innocence of her childhood as she recalls a time when she was four years old, staring at herself in the mirror in her tutu during her dance recital. Over the bouncy synths, she sings, I used to be so happy/No matter what happened to me/But when they pulled my teeth out /Lost the wisest part.

Listen to wisdom teeth here and view the official video, which had its broadcast premiere on MTV Live and MTVU and was directed by Gina Gizella, here.

In tandem with today’s release, Bea Miller has also announced that her new EP, elated!, will be released on October 23. With elated!, Bea sought to make her most honest body of work yet and gets even more personal and political while remaining as ferocious as ever. The new EP will feature wisdom teeth and several new tracks. More details, including the EP’s track listing, will be revealed soon.

In addition to releasing new music, Bea will return to the stage next weekend performing from Los Angeles’Teragram Ballroom for Save Our Stages#SOSFEST, a three day virtual festival (Oct. 16-18) from YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to help save independent venues across the U.S. #SOSFEST will stream live on NIVA’s official YouTube channel here with Bea’s set simultaneously streaming on her YouTube Channel here

Declared a “force of nature” by Paper Magazine, Bea continues to demonstrate her maturity as both an artist and songwriter. While wisdom teeth is the first new music she’s released this year, her single feel something has become a massive streaming hit in 2020 with over 155 million streams since its release. Released in 2019, feel something has become a fan favorite on TikTok where the song has amassed over 3.4 billion video views and over 1.3 million video creations in part, thanks to the Euphoria Makeup Challenge.

ABOUT BEA MILLER: At only 21, Bea Miller has achieved impressive milestones including garnering over 2 billion streams to date. Paper Magazine included her in their Predictions: 100 People Taking Over 2019 and also named her one of 100 Women Revolutionizing Pop. Her 2019 single feel something has become a viral hit on TikTok nearly a year after its release and amassed almost 155 million streams worldwide to date. Her previous projects include aurora (2018) and the gold-selling single like that; three EPs released throughout 2017; and her 2015 debut LP, which charted top 10 on the Billboard 200 and featured two gold-selling hit singles. Miller has collaborated with NOTD on the global dance hit I WANNA KNOW, (which amassed over 239 million global streams on Spotify and nearly 20 million video views to date), and Jeremy Zucker on comethru.

Last year, she also teamed up with Jessie Reyez on FEELS LIKE HOME, 6lack on it’s not u it’s me and UK duo Snakehips NEVER GONNA LIKE YOU. In 2019, she also headlined her first tour, nice to meet u, selling out venues across North America. She made her festival debuts at Lollapalooza, Firefly, Outside Lands, Bumbershoot, Life is Beautiful and Austin City Limits among others. Bea wrapped up the year with a second successful headline tour, sunsets in outerspace, which not only hit venue across North American, but took her to Europe, making stops in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.

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Isaac Dunbar – miss america

“The teen indie-pop star on the rise makes music that’s achingly vulnerable and cuts straight to the core” TIME

“…the real deal…”BILLBOARD

“We have no choice but to stan” E! NEWS 

“Isaac Dunbar simply cannot miss” ONES TO WATCH 

Trailblazing new artist Isaac Dunbar releases the music video for “miss america”via RCA Records. Watch HERE. The video is directed by Griffin Stoddard. “miss america” released last week and was declared a “…soaring, powerful ballad…” by The Interns.

Isaac says, “The video for “miss america” is inspired by the novella “le petit prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, with a twist. I’m the prince in the video, and I’m on the moon far far away from earth, reminiscing of the good things i experienced and creating a civilization of my own. this is metaphorical of me wanting a society where people can live equally and freely. when i first made the song, i had this whole visual of being in space in my head and i think it translated well”

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Toosii – Poetic Pain

Today, South Coast Music Group’s Toosii announces his new EP Poetic Pain coming this Fall and releases the title track Poetic Pain. Listen HERE. While deeply personal, Toosii wrote the smooth and soulful track during a spontaneous livestream session with fans.

Toosii recalls, “I was on live with the fans and they liked the beat I was playing, so I had them tell me what the beat made them feel, and we made the song from there.”

The official video, directed by NORATCHETSS, finds Toosii penning a love letter to the woman who shattered his heart and reminiscing about the special moments they shared. View HERE.

Like nearly all of his music to date, Poetic Pain was self-recorded at Toosii’s home in Raleigh, NC a purposely solitary approach he considers essential to his self-expression. “I really just love making music, so all I ever do is record,” he says.

Last week, Toosii released Love Cycle (with Summer Walker). Listen HERE. HotNewHipHop said, “Toosii and Summer Walker make a great team on Love Cycle, a perfect song for a mood playlist.” Love Cycle, one of the most popular tracks from Toosii’s Platinum Heart (Deluxe), has amassed nearly 35 million combined global streams to date.

Platinum Heart (Deluxe) charted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums tally and entered the Billboard 200 in June. With over 200 million combined global streams to date across its 20 songs, Toosii shot into the top 10 of Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 chart for July, which tracks the fastest-rising artists of the month.

In the months following the mixtape’s release, Toosii has released a string of accompanying videos, including Stuck Inside Mercedez Love Cycle, which is the director’s cut of the Mercedez and Love Cycle videos that Toosii co-directed with Edgar Esteves, and Reminiscing, plus the official video for a new song, Push Start.

The 20-year-old rapper is an entirely self-driven and strong-minded artist, fiercely dedicated to following his instincts and one-of-a-kind vision. Since signing with South Coast Music Group (the label that catalyzed DaBaby’s rise as one of music’s biggest new stars in recent years), the Syracuse, New York native has won acclaim for his melodic flow and autobiographical storytelling, endlessly demonstrating his willingness to pour unguarded emotion into each song. Flaunt predicted, Toosii is about to take over the rap game. A compelling live performer, Toosii has supported such artists as DaBaby, Summer Walker, Polo G, Moneybagg Yo, Money Man, NBA Young Boy, Yung Bleu, City Girls and more

Day Lee – Bad Vibes

Buzzing Trap&B phenomenon Day Lee uncovers the music video for his latest single “Bad Vibes” today via Republic Records.

In the clip, he croons and raps in front of a plush velvet wall, emanating raw charisma in the process. As the woozy hook takes hold, the clip intercuts moments of romantic infatuation as he tries to hide his emotions behind his dark shades.

“Bad Vibes” has already gathered over 600K streams and received acclaim from 360 Magazine and Fresh! Hip-Hop R&B who called the track a “Diamond in the Rough” and went on to describe it “as smooth as it gets.” Additionally, the self-care bop has begun to buzz at radio receiving spins from New York’s Hot 97 and Power 105.1. The song notably sets the stage for the arrival of his new EP due out very soon.

Much like kung fu, rap requires discipline. Wordplay expands through practice, melodies levitate via concentration, and rhymes sharpen with repetition. As if practicing a martial art, Day Lee consistently puts in the work. His 2017 single “Mattress” caught the attention of multi platinum phenomenon PnB Rock who paved the way for Day Lee to sign to Republic Records a year later. In the aftermath, he popped off with “Two” [feat. OhGeesy] and “Right There” [feat. PnB Rock], drumming up millions of streams between them. After posting up three million streams independently and receiving plugs from gatekeepers such as Lyrical Lemonade, WorldStarHipHop, Karen Civil, and more, he kicks off what promises to be his biggest and boldest chapter in 2020 yet with the single “Bad Vibes” and more to come.

Watch it HERE.

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Jaylen Barron

Photographer: Birdie Thompson @birds_eye_photo

Hair & Makeup: Allison Noelle @allisonnoellemakeup

Actress and Netflix’s Free Rein star Jaylen Barron. Season 2 Streaming Now.

Barron stars in the lead role of Zoe, a 15-year-old from Los Angeles that spends the summer at her mom’s childhood home on an island off the coast of England. After befriending a mysterious horse during the summer, she finds the strength to deal with issues she faces. The series has already has been getting critical acclaim. It recently won two Daytime Emmy’s for Outstanding Children’s Series as well as Outstanding Directing in Children’s Programming. The show was also been nominated for a NAACP Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. Season 2 of the hit series is now on Netflix.

Barron is no stranger to the small screen. She has had notable recurring roles on hit shows such as the fan-favorite series Shameless as Carl’s girlfriend in Season 6 as well as Good Luck Charlie and See Dad Run. She also has a large social media fan base, including a verified Instagram over 182,000 followers. Please see more information on Barron below:

Jaylen Barron

  • Has been nominated for four Young Artist Awards
  • Has attended A-List events including the Previously attended the Daytime Emmy’s, NAACP Awards Gala Dinner, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, NYLON Celebrates The Young Hollywood Issue, Los Angeles Film Festival, Radio Disney Music Awards, Flaunt Coachella Party & the Santa Clarita Diet Season 2 Premiere
  • Previous guest roles include Bones, Shake It Up, and Those Who Can’t.
  • Photo: Here