NICK VALENTINI COLLECTIVE NEW VIDEO
The Nick Valentini Collective is a critically acclaimed eight-piece, fusion musical collective born in Los Angeles, California. Blending indie rock, jazz and experimental psychedelic soul; the band has been often dubbed as a “jazz fusion Radiohead”.
The collective consists of Nick Valentini (singer, keyboard), Erik Shibowski (bass), Hugo Shibowski (tenor sax), Nate Schwartz (guitar), Nicolo Scolieri (flute), Nick Velez (drums), Gabriel Wheaton (string orchestration) and Tyler Wennstrom (keyboard/percussion). The group formed a little over six months ago and have quickly made a name for themselves in the Southern California music scene attracting large audiences to their dynamic live shows.
ADD VIDEO “I REGRET”
The band has sold 6,000 cds independently and have amassed over 4,000 paid downloads. They have played with KORN, Chevelle, Halestorm, Sevendust,Alterbridge, and Buckcherry to name a few. In addition, they have headlined some of Chicago’s most prestigious venues including House of Blues, Metro and Mojoes. They have also played major events such as Throttlefest at Toyota Park, Summerfest at Milwaukee Fairgrounds, and WIIL Rockfest in Twin Lakes, WI. The new album “CORE” was mixed by Tadpole (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Trevor Sadler. The album has already received spins at WYKT (SW Chicago), WIXO (Peoria, IL), and was the “420 Hit of The Day” on WIIL Rock (Chicago, IL).
Here is their music video for the single “I Regret”:
LORRIE MORGAN REVISITS HER CAREER-MAKING SINGLES AND SOME INSPIRATIONAL FAVORITES
She is one of the best-selling female artists in country music history, who began her career with a record-setting bang, releasing three consecutive platinum albums beginning with 1989’s Leave The Light On followed by Something In Red, then Watch Me. She became the first female in the history of country music to achieve three platinum albums in a row. In that short time, Lorrie Morgan became not just a country superstar but a household name, thanks to such blockbuster radio-friendly singles as “Five Minutes,” “Something In Red,” “A Picture Of Me (Without You),” and “Watch Me.” Now, Morgan revisits these colossal career-making hits and several more on a new album called A Picture Of Me – Greatest Hits & More in stores NOW! It is released by Goldenlane Records. Download the digital version on iTunes and Amazon, and purchase a physical copy here.
The album, which also includes lush renditions of country classics by Tammy Wynette and George Jones, showcases Morgan’s maturity over the years, as she brings new levels of emotion and expression to these songs about love and heartache, two things that country music really does best. And for her longtime supporters, the international following of fans and friends who have stuck by her through the years, Morgan proudly presents a special set of four brand new acoustic tracks heard only on this release, all of which were written by her late husband and country star Keith Whitley.
3 DOORS DOWN’S NEW ALBUM US AND THE NIGHT DEBUTS TOP 10 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 + VIDEO
3 Doors Down’s sixth full-length album, Us And The Night [Republic Records], arrives Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 this week. This marks the GRAMMY Award®-nominated multiplatinum rock group’s fifth consecutive Top 10 entry on the respective chart. In addition, Us And The Night lands at #2 on Billboard’s Rock Albums Chart after vaulting to #1 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and Top Rock Albums Chart upon its release last Friday.
AURORA’S DEBUT LP LANDS AT #1 HEATSEEKERS & #1 NEW ARTIST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
AURORA’s critically acclaimed debut LP All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend lands her as the #1 New Artist Alternative album as well as debuting at #1 on the Heatseekers Chart.
Making her U.S. television debut last week on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon with a performance of her infectious single ‘Conqueror,’ AURORA is pleased to announce she will perform on TBS’ Conan on April 5th. AURORA launched the first single off of the album, “Conqueror” earlier this year to critical acclaim. NPR’s Bob Boilen remarked, “[Conqueror] puts her commanding power on display and soon after Rolling Stone declared the singer an Artist to Watch stating “’Conqueror’ is an upbeat song for the modern Viking girl.”
DAPHNE GUINNESS DEBUTS “FATAL FLAW” VIDEO
Artist and cultural icon Daphne Guinness unveils a new, Nick Knight-directed video for “Fatal Flaw” from her forthcoming debut album—watch it here. Optimist In Black, the highly anticipated, first-ever music project from Guinness, is set for release May 27.
“Fatal Flaw” will appear on a shimmer-effect bonus disc as part of the limited vinyl release of the new album. Part of an edition of only 500, the disc will feature “Fatal Flaw” on its A side, backed by a hidden etching of one of Guinness’ own poems, viewable only when the vinyl is held up to light.
BABEHEAVEN PREMIERE VIDEO FOR “HEAVEN” VIA THE FADER
Babeheaven were born out of a long-standing friendship between singer Nancy and guitarist Jamie, who started spending time together in earnest while working on the same street in the Ladbroke Grove neighborhood of London (she in her grandmother’s antique shop; he in a soul-destroying stint at an organic farm store). Musically, Babeheaven’s tastes were similarly neighboring: bonding over a love of trip-hop, soul and ethereal electronics (everything from Portishead and James Blake to Stevie Wonder), a typical evening spent hanging out turned into an attempt to write a song together. Their tribute to Domino’s Pizza may never see the light of day, but in finding drummer Harry, keyboard/guitarist Milo and bassist Hugo, the foundations of Babeheaven were formed instead.
COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTARS LUKE BRYAN, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AND THOMAS RHETT TO PERFORM LIVE ON “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”
Country music hitmakers Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett are set to perform on the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS airing Sunday, May 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, live from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, CA. The two-hour event is the first country music awards show to air live from Los Angeles in more than 10 years. It will honor the year’s best country music with awards, performances, special moments and additional surprises. This year’s host, additional performers and award finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS at the Forum go on sale to the general public Tuesday, March 22, at 10:00 AM PT at www.ticketmaster.com.
SHATIKE VIDEO “BASS”
Rapper Shatike of the super group Bankai Fam drops new visuals for his latest single “Bass” which features Big B@ng. Shatike hails from Crown Heights Brooklyn NY & has recorded songs with Ruste Juxx, Napoleon da Legend, Dro Pesci, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Haph [Da Ranjahz], Starang [OGC] & the late great Sean Price [Heltah Skeltah]. His guest vocals on the “Rock this party” joint with Bob Sinclair charted in the top 100 in Italy.
MAGIC! NEW SINGLE FEAT SEAN PAUL
On the heels of a six week #1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Rude”, multiple international hits and a Billboard chart-topping debut album, reggae-pop quartet MAGIC! is back, debuting new single “Lay You Down Easy” featuring Sean Paul available at all digital providers on March 25th through Latium/RCA Records /Sony Music Intl. “Lay You Down Easy” is the first single from their forthcoming second album due out in summer 2016. The track is currently being set up at US and Canadian Radio.
— MAGIC! (@ournameisMAGIC) March 17, 2016
TREVOR WESLEY @ PEOPLE.COM
With the world premiere of the jaw-dropping 360 degree music video featured this week on People.com, we would love to set up an interview with you and musician Trevor Wesley. Fresh off a sold-out performance at this year’s SXSW Music Festival, Trevor’s new video for “Chivalry is Dead” is positioned for monumental success where he teams up with Madonna’s DanceOn (5 Billion network Views), world renowned choreographer Ian Eastwood and famed director Sam Macaroni.
R KELLY TOUR
R. Kelly announced the official dates for the first leg of The Buffet Tour.
Ticket Pre-Order starts through Ticketmaster and R. Kelly’s social accounts Wednesday March 23rd at 10 am Eastern and ends Thursday March 24th at 10pm Eastern. Tickets go on sale Friday March 25th at 10 am Eastern.
DOPRAH NEW VIDEO
Following the success of their breakout self-titled EP and a series of captivating videos, Doprah is set to deliver their highly-anticipated debut album Wasting in February 2016, from the eerie, reed-filled depths of its conception.
Recorded over a period of three years following 2011’s Christchurch earthquake, the album’s atmosphere is dark, undulating and electric. Sounds throb, crack, glisten and weave across a genre-melting sonic landscape. “We’re lost, but we’re safe… and there’s a strange peace to be found in this wasteland,” remarked Yours Truly magazine.
TELOCH VOVIN NEW SINGLE
On the 2016 Vernal Equinox, as an overnight Springtime snow fell on the region, New York coven TELOCH VOVIN unveiled the second single in their Psalms Ov Khaos singles series, with “When Madness Tastes Like Love.”
SMASH BOOM POW SHARE VIDEO FOR ”Friends”
If you had your eyes tuned to Exclaim.ca or their Facebook page, you may have seen a lively passion fuelled music video set to Smash Boom Pow’s “Friends,” the first single to debut off the band’s upcoming EP, “Higher Power of Desire”. Marking the band’s third Room Collective directed music video, it incorporates lo-fi VHS footage of brothers Zane & Ulysses morning routine before having the brilliant idea to “get the gang together” for a heated Bocce Ball Tournament. Lead singer/guitarist Ulysses says this about the video for “FRIENDS”:
THE HIGH LEARYS “CABINET”
The High Learys are a four piece inspired rock band from Perth, Western Australia consisting of Jamie Turner (lead vocals/bass), Michael Nutt (keys/vocals), Matt Williams (guitar) and Mitchell J Benson (drums). Forming in 2011, they have released one album, and a number of singles. In 2013 the band went over to Europe to play shows in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England. In August 2014 the band went back into Poons Head Studios to record their next single “Clear My Mind” with producer Rob Grant. It was then released on 7″ vinyl through Soundflat Records in late October. Shortly after it’s release the single was used in both a Bose Headphones and Sportscraft commercial.
EPOCH FAILURE COVER BON JOVI
Epoch Failure (pronounced “epic failure”) is an urban pop duo resulting from the collaborative efforts of singer/producer Billy Joe Marrero and rapper Nick Young. Their new rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer” was mixed and co-produced by Grammy-nominated producer Billy Hume (Lil’ Jon, Ying Yang, Pitbull).
‘DON WILLIAMS IN IRELAND: THE GENTLE GIANT IN CONCERT’ SET TO HIT STORES ON APRIL 15
Though his millions of fans around the world were heartbroken recently to learn of his retirement from performing after five decades of touring, there is a silver lining. Soon, you will be able to witness the magic of Don Williams live in concert anytime you want – from your own living room.
On April 15, Red River Entertainment/BFD/RED will release Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert DVD and CD (sold separately) features the singer in the midst of one of his more recent ventures overseas.
“It’s my sincere hope that the fans will enjoy this package,” said the 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame member in a statement. “My whole career has been about the fans, and hopefully these songs will bring them as much pleasure as I gained from performing them.”
IDALEE IN NY POST FEATURE
In a recent interview with The NY POST, singer Idalee shared details of his struggle with drug addiction, and his current efforts on behalf of prison reform. His new EP ‘Starting Now’ was just released, and on May 8th, he’ll perform at the Cheyenne Mountain Re-entry Center in Colorado Springs, a medium security prison.
MHAIRI NEW SINGLE
Moday sees 20-year old Mhairi share her debut track ‘Crystalline’ – a pulsating, futuristic, and disarmingly dark first offering, following its premiere on The Line Of Best Fit – where it is also Song Of The Day.
ACE WILDER “DON’T WORRY” LIVE VIDEO
With a pair of red trousers and an unstoppable anthem in “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” Ace Wilder conquered the Scandinavian charts in 2014. Spending 8 Weeks at No 1 in the Swedish chart and being the biggest selling Swedish song the same year.
Since Ace have been touring and recording, and the follow up single “Riot” was recently featured in the “Angry Birds” movie trailer whereas “Stupid” was chosen by the über cool HBO series “Girls” to push their new season 2016.
“Don’t worry” is the current release offered by Ace Wilder and in only a cuple of weeks cloing in for gold single status in Sweden and currently no 8 in the Swedish Spotify charts.
KIIARA UNVEILS FIRST MUSIC VIDEO FOR HER SINGLE “GOLD”
With early support from industry tastemakers Zane Lowe, The Fader, Nylon and more, brand new pop sensation KIIARA is primed to be one of the most anticipated and exciting new artists of 2016. After Kiiara and producer Felix Snow uploaded “Gold” to SoundCloud last summer, the brilliant track with finger-click beats, crisply filtered vocals and chopped and screwed melodies has been streamed over 45 million times worldwide. The viral smash was also featured in an Apple Watch ad starring Chloë Sevigny:
SKRILLEX NEW VIDEO
Skrillex has shared a remix and his directorial debut music video for Hundred Waters acapella song “Show Me Love.” The new version features additional vocal performances by Chance the Rapper (who recently became the first ever unsigned artist to perform on Saturday Night Live) and rising artist Moses Sumney, as well as additional arrangements and music by Robin Hannibal (the producer behind Rhye, Quadron, and more). The video was shot over Thanksgiving week in Los Angeles, where the many other contributors came together as a labor of love to boost the enduring and empowering message of the song.
NEW MIXTAPE BY AWOL ANT
“I’m an artist from the DMV area…This tape was made in hopes that I could not only give a closer look into my life & mindset, but also inspire others to bring #RealRap back.”
NOVEMBRE, BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM LAUNCH NEW TRACK “BREMEN”
Novembre, Italy’s atmospheric death/doom metal purveyor, has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to launch a new track, “Bremen,” from its upcoming seventh studio album, URSA, which is due out on April 1 via Peaceville. Stream “Bremen” exclusively at:
DJUSTIN VIA SPIN NEW SINGLE
SPIN has premiered the debut single “Stars” from Swedish/American duo Djustin which features Rose Suau (US) and Johan Angergård (Sweden). The band filters lust, love and hurt through suggestive synths, whispers and soft soul, making ”Stars” arguably one of the most evocative electronic pop debuts in recent memory. “Stars” is streaming via SoundCloud and available to order digitally in the Labrador Records online store. The track is the first single the band’s from the band’s EP, Tryst out May 13 on Labrador Records.
CANDACE NEW SINGLE
Candace began as Is/Is in late summer of 2009 with Sarah Rose, Sarah Nienaber, and Mara Appel DesLauriers. The early days brought about “This Happening” EP (2010) and the “Vowel Movements/Blackest Beat” 7” (2011). Mara moved cross-country to Portland, OR, and in 2012 the band released their debut full-length LP “III,” so named for the three drummers who played on the album. The two years following found the band cycling through drummers, with every lineup feeling more like an approximation of what the band was supposed to be, and never what it was. “Is/Is (Manimal Vinyl, 2014) would be the last to feature any drummer but Mara. During the coldest and darkest Minnesota winter that nobody wants to remember, Sarah and Sarah recorded the wistful, ethereal bedroom-pop tape “Shadow Days” (Moon Glyph, 2015). The following spring, they also moved to Portland OR.
BIG LO NEW VIDEO
“Dystopia” is the first video from Big Lo’s forthcoming EP “The Amazing Luxurious Adventures of Baron von Lowenstein Esquire III.”
When asked to describe his yet to be released EP this video is supporting, Big Lo stated “‘The Amazing Luxurious Adventures’ effortlessly transports the listener to a vivid world of crime, debauchery, opulence, and socio-political commentary with a splash of dystopian philosophy. Equal parts nihilistic and hopeless romantic, Baron von Lowenstein Esquire III demonstrates an evolution of storytelling that Hip Hop has yet to hear. Rap will never be the same…or will it?”
TRINIDAD JAMES DEBUTS “JUST A LIL THICK (SHE JUICY)”
Today, vibrant hip-hop artist Trinidad James debuts a brand new party anthem “Just A Lil Thick (She Juicy)” celebrating sexy full figured women. Southern rapper James recruits producer DJ Mustard and fellow MCs Mystikal and Lil Dicky to join the party while unapologetically defending and empowering gorgeous, healthy ladies. Fans will be able to purchase “Just A Lil Thick (She Juicy)” via RECORDS when it debuts at all digital retailers along with a festive and powerful music video on April 15th.
Sorority Noise’s new EP for Topshelf Records, It Kindly Stopped For Me, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2015 album Joy, Departed will be released on April 22, 2016. It Kindly Stopped For Me was recorded and produced by the band with artwork from Mitch Wojcik.
KINGDOM ANNOUNCES ‘SHOX’ EP
After a year focused on vocal collaborations and curating his Fade to Mind imprint, Kingdom returns with Shox, a two track instrumental EP, and the first element in a wave of new Kingdom material set to debut this year. Two delicately brutal tracks that are equally at home in the club or as the soundtrack to late-night off-road drives. While working on his forthcoming debut album set to be released later this year, Kingdom dove deeper into emotional instrumental territories, sonics he developed while working alongside vocalists and songwriters like Sza, Kelela, and D∆WN, as well as through deep collaboration with Prince William and Bok Bok. With a unique approach to blending R&B and club music, Kingdom’s maturation as a composer continues down the path he blazed with his last release, Vertical XL (2013).
POLLY A DEBUTS VIDEO FOR “THE BROOKLYN SUN”
Growing up to the sounds of Bob Marley and Yellowman on her mom’s stereo, Polly A-aka Meleni Smith-moved to New York City, and immediately immersed herself in music. She began to craft a hybridization of her inspirations over the course of penning countless songs and has collaborated with some of music’s biggest names including J. Cole, who she co-wrote the gold-certified “Crooked Smile” with, as well as Alicia Keys and more who would go on to record her music.
SUNNATA ALBUM PREVIEW
While getting ready for the upcoming release of their majestic second album Zorya, Poland’s post-doom metallers SUNNATA have decided to give a little taster by unveiling a particularly hypnotic album teaser.
NO SMALL CHILDREN NEW VIDEO
No Small Children share their first music video off their album Hold Tight, I’m Flying “Big Steps” which can be viewed here.
FRUITION NEW VIDEO
Today, the Portland, Oregon based quintet Fruition release their official video for “Labor of Love,” the title track from the band’s forthcoming studio album, out April 22nd, 2016 on Randm Records.
Early praise for Labor of Love is coming in strong. The first single from the album was premiered earlier this month by Paste Magazine, with LiveForLiveMusic.com hailing the album as “…beautifully crafted, mature music.” The single impacts radio this week, but has already received early support from WNRN/Charlottesville, KYSL/Breckenridge, SiriusXM Jam On, WOCM/Ocean City, WUIN/Wilmington, WJCU/Cleveland, KTBG/Kansas City, KZYR/Vail, KSNO/Aspen, KRML/Carmel, and others.
THE CHAINSMOKERS DEBUT NEW LYRIC VISUAL FOR NEW SINGLE
The Chainsmokers have unveiled a brand new lyric visual for “Don’t Let Me Down” ft. Daya. The video, directed by Rory Kramer (Justin Bieber, AVICII, Martin Garrix and more), follows the tumultuous fall-out of a relationship and features Rory himself, who also directed The Chainsmokers’ “Roses” tour video. The track, which is climbing its way up the Pop chart at radio, is currently Top 25 on the overall iTunes US chart while the pseudo video has accumulated 12.5M views. On Spotify, the song has already surpassed 40M worldwide streams and is currently in the Top 15 on the US Top Tracks chart.
ELIOT LIPP “COME TO LIFE”
Eliot Lipp is a veteran musician and sound designer gearing up to release his 9th studio album, Come To Life (Old Tacoma Records, Pretty Lights Music) May 2016.
After more than a decade living in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York (but equally home on the road), the intrepid producer returned to his roots in the Pacific Northwest before recording the album, much of which came together over a single inspired weekend.
JAY ARNER “CRYSTAL BALL”
Jay Arner’s Jay II is music for outsiders who might not want to be insiders. Sophisticated synth-pop for sensitive types or existential glam-rock for the unsettled. These songs are the soundtrack to fitting in, finding your place in the world of suffering, and finally coming to terms with yourself.
“Following my first album I toured extensively for two years, going to a lot of places I’ve never been,” Arner explains. “I love touring but on another level I viscerally felt how huge and indifferent the world is. I visited the Grand Canyon twice. It’s an amazing monument to deep time. What am I? I’m a human musician.”
LITTLE SCREAM NEW VIDEO
On May 6, Little Scream will release Cult Following on Merge Records in the US and Dine Alone Records in Canada. Watch the trippy new video for the album’s first single, “Love as a Weapon” now via Pitchfork.
Directed by Dan Huiting, the video is appropriately vivid for a song that features emotional directives via dance call. The clip effectively captures the essence of the song that The Line of Best Fit describes as a “scorchingly optimistic venture of blissful enthusiasm that’s impossible to not be elated by.”
WTF WITH KATT WILLIAMS?!
Veteran journalist and native New Yorker Ann Brown has been living in Praia, Cape Verde since 2010, but it hasn’t deterred her from covering current urban news and staying on the pulse of urban entertainment. Brown has displayed her savvy reporter instinct once again, recently uncovering and revealing intriguing insights behind the saga of comedian Katt Williams. The embattled comic has been top gossip fodder with his trail of numerous arrests and seemingly erratic behavior for several weeks now. Brown scooped an exclusive interview with Williams’ former personal assistant, Brooks Jackson Colyar. In a story that is truly befitting of Women’s History Month, Colyar reveals to Brown how Williams saved her life after her devastating divorce from an almost 30-year marriage with comedian Michael Colyar.
THROWS “THE HARBOUR”
Throws, the British duo of Sam Genders (The Accidental, Tunng) and Mike Lindsay (Tunng), has crafted an incredibly catchy, brilliantly varied debut album Throws. The album is a musical adventure that continues to reveal itself with each listen, and contains more than a few songs you simply can’t get out of your head. Throws was recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland, and features contributions by the string quartet Amiina (known for its live and studio collaborations with Sigur Ros), the drumming expertise of Magnús Trygvason Eliassen and singer Sigurlaug Gísladóttir (formerly of múm).
PHIFE FAMILY SPEAKS
The family of A Tribe Called Quest member, Phife, also known as Malik I. Taylor, has released a statement announcing that he has died, aged 45.
“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.
Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”
Dion Liverpool, his manager adds, “While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.”
The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.
YOUTH CODE SHARES “THE DUST OF FALLEN ROME”
The year 2015 saw hardcore inspired EBM outfit, Youth Code, step into line with what most would consider is their well-earned stake in the current world of industrial music. Spending most of that time touring selectively on their own in Europe and then sweeping through North America with the legendary Skinny Puppy, Youth Code pulled together their newest songs, hunkering down with producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly / Fear Factory), and intertwined the ideas that would become their second full length album, Commitment to Complications.
FIELD MUSIC VIDEO AT NOISEY
Here’s video director Andy Martin on the making of the “Disappointed” video:
“It was partly inspired by me seeing (many years ago) the bullet time technique used in a Ryoichiro Debuchi film from the early 80s. We filmed these bullet time sequences on a freezing January day in the sports hall/gym of the Sans Street Youth and Community Centre (thanks to them!), which is in the East End of Sunderland. Pete and Dave used to play football there when they were younger, think their Mum used to work there.”
INTRODUCING ERA ISTREFI
Albanian singer-songwriter Era Istrefi (Ultra Music/RCA Records)is about to explode with her hit single “Bonbon.” The songstress first rose to fame in 2013 with the release of her debut single “Mani për money” which was quickly followed by similarly successful records “A po don” and “E dehun.” In 2014, Era won three Videofest awards (Albanian Music Awards), including “Best New Artist” for her work in 2013. Last year Era’s release “Njo si ti” gained worldwide traction with over a million views on YouTube in a week, and her release “Shumë pis” became an instant summer hit.