FETTY WAP’S “TRAP QUEEN” GOES GOLD
Rising star Fetty Wap earns his first gold plaque for the breakout single “Trap Queen” [300 Entertainment]. The track was just certified gold by the RIAA for digital sales in excess of 500,000. Since its release, the song has quickly become a phenomenon, sparking the New Jersey rapper’s meteoric rise to prominence.
“Trap Queen” recently vaulted to the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart soaring to #6, while the cinematic music video has received over 31 million YouTube views and counting. It’s the #1 most streamed song in the US, holding #1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and is the #7 song on iTunes. That success continues to translate at radio too. It just seized the #1 spot at urban radio— clinching the top in multiple markets across the country.
JALIN ROZE “KYGT$”
New music video Jalin Roze-KYGT$ Produced by Cardo.
THE BODY NEW VIDEO
While recent broadcasts have warned North American citizens of the impending widespread incursion of Portland, Oregon-based doomsday cult, THE BODY, as they invade dozens of cities across the continent in the coming weeks, including many dates alongside the equally dangerous Full Of Hell.
Yet now the threat grows even more ominous as new reports have confirmed even more towns on the list to be overrun during this outbreak of manic auditory punishment, as THE BODY expands its itinerary to a nearly two-month-long invasion. A new list of performances preceding, during, and following the trail of terror with Full Of Hell have been added, including several dates with Sandworm-related act, Clean, which even sees the caravan reaching Canadian soil, and with nearly fifty shows already locked, more sightings are still expected to be reported in the days ahead.
BRONTE “UNTIL IT’S SAID”
In 2014 Bronte released his debut EP ‘The Bitter Sea’ and received airplay on various community radio stations in Australia. Bronte also released the single ‘Us vs. Them’ in October 2014, which received airplay on JJJ Unearthed, 4ZZZ, PBS, 2BOB, Bondi Beach Radio FM, Gove, Tune, and Radio Adelaide.
‘Until It’s Said’ was recorded at Hercules St Studios in Surry Hills. The track was engineered by Ryan Mlller and produced by Ryan Miller and Anthony Silvestrini.
A BAD THINK TO RELEASE NEW EP “DON’T FORGET US”
Grammy Award nominated artist, A Bad Think will release its new EP Don’t Forget Us. April 21st via Windmark Records. Produced, written and performed by Michael Marquart and mixed by Jason Elgin (Collective Soul, Creed), Don’t Forget Us. is the 6th release under the moniker A Bad Think. The album was recorded in Los Angeles at Windmark Recording and in Windmark’s east coast studio. Don’t Forget Us. is a collection of seven masterfully crafted modern alternative songs that is a glimpse inside the mind of singer-songwriter and sole member Michael Marquart.
GREG HOLDEN ALBUM PREMIERE
Greg Holden’s forthcoming major label debut album Chase the Sun has exclusively premiered today with Paste. They say, “The album, much like the title suggests, is rich with optimistic musings. ‘Hold On Tight,’ the first single, features spirited vocals and pulsating drums that drive the track forward.” The album officially comes out Tuesday, April 14th, but you can listen to it in its entirety until then at the link below.
RENAISSANCE® HOTELS’ SIGNATURE GLOBAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE KICKS-OFF ITS SIXTH YEAR
Renaissance Hotels (www.renhotels.com) is known around the world for helping the next generation of business travelers to discover unexpected cultural experiences. Today, the brand announced the sixth year of a 360° multi-platform, music program with newly added partner Billboard, the leading global source for charts, news, trends and innovations in music.
The partnership deepens Renaissance Hotels’ commitment to providing guests around the world with unconventional travel memories, through direct and on-the-go access to music, live entertainment, behind-the-scenes festival coverage, exclusive event access, artist meet-and-greets, social media ticket giveaways and more. Billboard joins existing exclusive broadcast TV and digital partners AXS TV and AXS.com, which are part of AEG, one of the world’s leading presenters of sports and entertainment.
NEW ALBUM BY ARABLAK
This is the second installment of the Fresh Heir series (Coming of Age), featuring a more reflective subject matter than the previous chapter (The Inheritance). ‘Coming of Age’ features the most introspective songs of the Fresh Heir series, symbolizing Arablak’s growth period as an artist.
THA PRIMEBOSS “SAW THE LIGHT”
Noble Mayuku-Dore popularly known as “Tha Primeboss” born 23rd February hails from Delta State, Nigeria. He is from a family of 4. He started as a choreographer and had danced with his dance crew at night clubs, competitions and worldly events. He later started writing songs and became a contemporary secular rapper.
Tha Primeboss was so deep in worldly things until he fell sick to the extent that one day he was forced to eventually step foot into the Church for the first time, and this was in July 2010. Since that day God showed him the Light & pulled him out of the darkness into His marvellous Light and today he’s become a Christian rap preacher, a contemporary Gospel artist spreading the message of Christ through his music to all ages.
WARNER BROS. RECORDS SIGNS DURAN DURAN TO GLOBAL RECORDING CONTRACT
Warner Bros. Records (WBR) announced today that it has signed a global recording contract with international superstars Duran Duran.
Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor have just completed work in London on a new studio album, their 14th. Produced by Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr Hudson, it is slated for release in September of this year. Duran Duran first teamed up with Rodgers as a producer on the band’s hit single, “The Wild Boys.” This followed his remix of their first worldwide No. 1 single, “The Reflex.” The CHIC co-founder also produced their multi-platinum album, Notorious. Ronson (Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse) produced Duran Duran’s last studio album, 2010’s All You Need Is Now, which hit the #1 slot in 15 countries. The first single: “Pressure Off” from their upcoming release features critically acclaimed singer / songwriter Janelle Monáe. The new album also includes guest appearances by former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, and Canadian Juno-Award winning newcomer Kiesza.
AUTUMN OWLS FRONTMAN GARY MCFARLANE MUGGED AND ASSUALTED THIS PAST WEEKEND IN DUBLIN
Autumn Owls frontman Gary McFarlane is back home and on the mend after spending the weekend in the hospital following an assualt and robbery last Saturday. The singer-songwriter was returning home from a night out in Dublin’s City Centre when he was mugged and beaten. The injuries are healing quickly, but the recovery is putting a delay on Autumn Owls’ sophomore LP, The Ravenous Part Of Town, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Between Buildings, Toward The Sea.
We at Crooked Houses tried to get Gar to agree to let us organize a Farm Aid-style benefit concert in Ireland called Garm Aid, but he (wisely) refused. So instead of a massive concert featuring U2, Snow Patrol and One Direction we’ll leave you with new album demo “Bibleblack,” a glitchy indie rock gem featuring detuned piano and layers of live and electronic drums.
New Jersey-based rapper Ahmen presents “Headphones”, the Hollywood Legend-produced single from Hero Ball, his debut album featuring production from Taliband, Hollywood Legend, Diamond Style, Trill, Scarecrow and Ear 2 Tha Beat. The son of Sri Lankan immigrants, Ahmen was born in Minneapolis and raised in Queens, Alaska, Atlanta, Washington, and India.
T.I. RELEASES NEW TRACK “I GO HARD” FT. KAT
In line with Get Hard’s release in US theaters today, multi-talented Hip Hop icon T.I. has released his thematic track from the film “I Go Hard” ft. Kat – check it out HERE. The song is also available now on iTunes HERE. After catching T.I. play a role in the film itself, fans can hear “I Go Hard” in the end credits of the film.
Jarflower has shared the stage with some awesome acts like Hellogoodbye and Dishwalla, setting themselves apart as “one of the best American rock groups working in New York.” (Nooga) Combining their members distinctive and eclectic influences that range from rock (Foo Fighters), to grunge (Soundgarden), classic rock (Black Sabbath), and beyond, Jarflower “takes the best of what came out years ago and reinvents the music with their own 21st century spin, making for an unforgettable listening experience.” (Diffuser.fm)
KINDNESS “I’LL BE BACK”
Today, i-D is proud to present the new video for Kindness’ soulful track “I’ll Be Back.”
Watch the video here:
JACKSON SCOTT SHARES NEW SINGLE VIA BROOKLYN VEGAN
Just before Jackson Scott unveils his new album Sunshine Redux to the world on April 28th, he’s shared the third and final single, “Ripe for Love.” The track finds Jackson on a sonic exploration of woozy, meandering moments into crunchy outbursts that eventually transition back to his mellow side. Check it out at the link above.
CHECK OUT JASMINE V IN “WALK AWAY”
Interscope recording artist Jasmine V is wrapping up The Reflection Tour with Fifth Harmony. The twenty stop tour concludes today Friday, March 27 Glenside, PA. The 21-year-old artist has already developed a substantial following through her music, performances, and an active social media presence, reaching out to an array of young audiences with a strong message and undeniable musical talent.
INDIGO GIRLS NEW SINGLE
Today the Wall Street Journal premiered the first single, “Happy in the Sorrow Key,” from The Indigo Girls forthcoming new album ONE LOST DAY. Written by Amy Ray, “Happy in the Sorrow Key” was a track Ray previously started writing and revisited after the loss of her father.
DON WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES 2015 SPRING AND FALL TOUR
With his easy-going style and laid back nature, Don Williams has become one of Country Music’s most-beloved performers both in the United States, as well as abroad. Williams announces the Spring and Fall legs of his 2015 tour, bringing his hits to fans old and new.
“Mercy, the fans have kept us going for years, and I am glad to share the music with them once again,” says Williams.
VANCE JOY REVEALS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “GEORGIA”
Vance Joy has unveiled a new music video for the song “Georgia” from his debut album dream your life away. The Australian singer-songwriter has achieved global success with his platinum-certified lead single “Riptide,” which is currently climbing Top 40 radio and the Billboard Hot 100.
ESCHATON NEW VIDEO
Sentinel Apocalypse is the impending new full-length from New England-based progressive death metal engineers, ESCHATON. Set to detonate this May via Unique Leader Records, Sentinel Apocalypse was captured at drummer Darren Cesca’s House Of Grind Studios in southern Connecticut and brandishes eleven tracks rife with surgically precise guitar sweeps, incapacitating drum work and enough vocal acrimony to crumble a nation. A surefire win for devotees of the twisted compositions of Carnifex, The Faceless, Necrophagist, The Black Dahlia Murder and Beneath The Massacre.
NOISEY DEBUTS BRAND NEW VIDEO BY FUTURE
Noisey is excited to premiere Future’s new video for his track “Fuck Up Some Commas.” A standout from his Monster mixtape and a current radio mainstay, the track is now accompanied by a fiery new video directed by Motion Family, featuring piles of money on fire, flaming whips, and fire-eating women.
NORTHERN AMERICAN PREMIERE TITLE-TRACK FROM DEBUT ALBUM ‘MODERN PHENOMENA’
Los Angeles quartet Northern American premiered a second single, the title-track, off their upcoming debut album, Modern Phenomena, this week via The Line Of Best Fit. Modern Phenomena is set to arrive June 2 on Heist Or Hit Records – pre-order here. After a successful week at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin last month, the band return to the stage at home, performing this Sunday, April 14 at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s.
ELSA NEW SINGLE “BUMMED OUT”
Toronto’s Elsa have shared “Bummed Out,” track one from their new EP Never Come Down, due for release March 31 on One Big Silence, the label run by Mike Haliechuk from F**ked Up (Austra, Moon King, Diamond Rings). Listen to the “fuzzed out and dreamy” song over at The A.V. Club:
WATCH MIDEAU’S MOVING PICTURE BOOK-STYLED VIDEO FOR “MAUDE”
Fire can make you feel an a lot of feelings—scared, hot, calm—but it can simultaneously be something tragic and beautiful. For Mideau, fire was the latter, which the indie-pop duo sweetly conveys in their cinematic and symphonic track “Maude.” The dreamy lyrics, inspired by a fire witnessed by vocalist Libbie Linton, came from her memory of watching a house in her neighborhood burn down.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS DEBUT VIDEO
On the making of the video, Billy Corgan says “I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel that the directors captured that with poignancy. I couldn’t be more proud of the message we’re sending that we care what happens to those that are out there hurting.”
CARROUSEL “AUGUST 5th”
Indie Shuffle premiered the new, haunting pop-noir track from the LA-based duo CARROUSEL. Entitled “August 5th”, it channels imagery of night scenes from Los Angeles. With the dreamy vocals guiding the listener, the song pushes and pulls with exciting synth lines on an airy, ethereal journey through a city engulfed in the night. CARROUSEL is a rotating cast of players, writers, and characters. No two songs are with the same group. It is only Rosa Sharon and Joel at the lonely center.