THE LUMINEERS GET THEIR 3RD #1 SINGLE AT ALTERNATIVE
The Lumineers’ ‘Ophelia’, the band’s first single from their new album Cleopatra, is the #1 song at Alternative and Triple A radio this week, following in the footsteps of “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love”, the two singles from their debut album that also hit #1 at both Alternative and Triple A.
At Triple A, Ophelia stays #1 for a 13th straight week, now tied with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, for the second most consecutive weeks at #1 on the Mediabase AAA chart (behind only Coldplay’s “Clocks” which was #1 for 15 weeks).
MONK TAMONY “GREATEST ARMIES”
New York City Indie Duo releases the next installment off their forthcoming self-titled debut EP, Monk Tamony, set for June 24 release. “Greatest Armies” is available on all digital outlets today. The song is inspired by the concept of resilience and fortitude while being surrounded by opposition that can appear in many forms. Hoping and praying can only do so much to help.
PINK MILK “DETROIT”
Sweden’s reverb-laden indie-rock duo, Pink Milk, has their new single floating around the internet and has been garnering quite some buzz, including publications and music blogs from the likes of: The Line of Best Fit, Drunken Werewolf, etc.
JOE PURDY NEW ALBUM & SINGLE
Folksinger Joe Purdy is releasing a new album, Who Will Be Next? on June 10. Purdy also announces today a national headlining tour starting June 9 in Seattle, WA.
With Who Will Be Next? the Los Angeles-based, Arkansas-native has made an album that serves as a searing commentary on the times. Purdy explained the impetus for making this type of album, “I realized that we’re living in a time that’s both interesting and kind of insane. This made me feel a little lazy about just writing love songs. There were things that needed to be said. Whatever difference I might or might not make, it was time for me to try.” And he more than tries, he succeeds in framing modern life around the influence of classic folk artists like Dylan and Guthrie.
The single and the album were recorded over 2015 and 2016 at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton Ontario. Produced, mixed and recorded by Dan Hosh (City and Colour, Arkells, Rose Cousins) and mastered by Elliott Brood’s Stephen Pitkin at Modest Heights Recording.
ST. LUCIA PARTNERS WITH CONVERSE FOR OFFICIAL “HELP ME RUN AWAY” MUSIC VIDEO
St. Lucia, in partnership with Converse, has revealed the official video for “Help Me Run Away” – the latest single from their sophomore album Matter. Incorporating a combination of 2D and 3D compositing, mixed with practical puppeteering and CG elements, the video (directed by NORTON) follows a pair of Converse high tops across the U.S. in search of their lost love (a pair of red high heels).
A.CHAL “FAR FROM HOME” ON BEATS 1
This morning, Zane Lowe premiered A.CHAL’s “Far From Home” as this week’s WORLD RECORD on Beats 1. After introducing the world to A.CHAL with one of last summer’s World Records, “Round Whippin,” Zane returns with the album version of “Far From Home,” a song originally shared in demo form by Oliver El-Khatib on OVO Sound Radio episode 7. Now with a new mix and the addition of an outro, the Rex Kudo & Charlie Handsome produced ballad is a cathartic confession as A.CHAL contemplates the debauchery inherent in his chosen journey.
BIG BUSINESS “REGULARS”
Big Business will release its fifth studio album, Command Your Weather, on July 8th. A co-release between Joyful Noise Recordings & the band’s own Gold Metal Records, it sees Big Business return to its original two-man lineup of Jared Warren on bass & Coady Willis on drums. Both members also have ties to other notable bands: they’re current members of the Melvins, Willis is an original member of The Murder City Devils and plays in the all-drumming project Hew Time, and Warren played in KARP.
FIGS VISION NEW VIDEO
Today, via a premiere with booooooom.com, LA pysch pop duo Figs Vision gave us the first look into the world of Fig; a pivotal character in the story behind their upcoming album. The video for “Elle You’re Walking” is a visually stunning, pseudo-psychedelic thriller. It serves as the first chapter to the band’s bizarre yet true story of origination and inspiration. The full tale will be revealed episodically as the songs and videos from their forthcoming album are released, each one centered around a specific character encountered along the way.
The latest release on Steve Angello’s respected Size Records comes courtesy of a trio of talented upcoming artists; Cypriot duo Jenia x Mr.Styles have teamed up with mysterious solo producer That Matters to produce “IWI.”
The track is a unashamedly feel-good, catchy piece of jack’in house, featuring big rave-style chords, driving drums and a succession of dramatic build-ups. “IWI” is short for “I Want It,” the repeated male vocal refrain.
B. SMYTH RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR “GOLD WRAPPERS” FT. RICK ROSS
The sexy and colorful visual, featuring Rick Ross and DJ Khaled was directed by Mike Ho (Chris Brown, Kid Ink, Mary J. Blige) and was shot in Miami, Florida.
“Gold Wrappers” ft. Rick Ross is the follow up to his infectious song “Creep” ft. Young Thug, which was his first release since signing with Mark Pitts’ ByStorm Entertainment joint venture with RCA Records.
NEW FROM MACHINEDRUM
Zane Lowe just premiered Machinedrum’s new single “Dos Puertas” ft. Kevin Hussein on Beats 1, released today via Ninja Tune. The track is an atmospheric summer smash packed with vocal chops, rising synths and a potent groove. This is the first Machinedrum solo material since his lauded Vapor City project. Check it out now and share.
CHEVY WOODS FREESTYLE
Taylor Gang Ent. rapper Chevy Woods celebrates success on his “All the Way Up” Freestyle, co-opting the New York anthem to lay down bars about jetsetting and living the life. Woods rhymes atop the booming production, rapping “I’m fresh from Dubai, unload the jet/ I be on the flight you will never catch.” Prior to “All the Way Up,” Woods celebrated his birthday with “Forever,” which followed And the Story Goes…, a 4-part video EP that begins with the Pittsburgh rapper reflecting on his adolescence and contemplating career paths. Featuring Styles P and Dave East, the project’s final track found Woods embracing successes from I.D. Labs recording studio where he and Wiz Khalifa met and began harnessing their talent as independent artists in the mid 2000’s while tying in clips from a vibrant hometown performance. Directed by Wiley Films, the video EP released as a free download via Taylor Gang Ent.
DWIGHT YOAKAM BLUE SERIES 7″ VINYL SINGLE
Dwight Yoakam: Kentucky born, Ohio raised; Tennessee jilted, California praised. That’s the way the story goes, at least. In 1977 when Dwight moved to Nashville to pursue his honky-tonk dreams, Nashville was moving away from the traditional and Countrypolitan sound it had spent the better part of a century developing, and more towards the pop-country that still inhabits its airwaves. Dwight found that his musical aspirations were better suited on the leading edge of the post-Bakersfield, Los Angeles “Cowpunk” scene where his music was better received by the West coast punks and drunks than the then-current Music City establishment. The Nashville industry eventually embraced the LA-based outsider in the late 80’s and Dwight Yoakam turned out to be one of the best damn artists country music has ever known. Today, the massive influence of Yoakam’s unique style of country music on Nashville is clearly demonstrated by the sheer number of times “Guitars, Cadillacs” is picked on lower Broadway each day. It never gets old. It’s practically the city anthem.
ARIANA GRANDE’S DANGEROUS WOMAN #1 SELLING ALBUM IN THE WORLD THIS WEEK
ARIANA GRANDE’s critically acclaimed third full-length album, Dangerous Woman [Republic Records], is the #1 selling album in the world this week.
Dominating charts globally, it captured #1 on iTunes in over 70 countries. With combined numbers totaling over 175k in the U.S. alone, it also marks the “biggest first-week sales of her career” thus far according to Billboard. Outside of Beyoncé, it marks the biggest first-week for a female artist in 2016. Moreover, it’s one of the Top 10 album debuts of 2016. Stateside, it’s the #1 digital album. Global consumption has reached over 1 million album equivalents, while ARIANA scored her first #1 album debut in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and Italy and matches the #1 debut of 2014’s My Everything in Canada, Australia, and Mexico. This is her third consecutive #1 debut on the Japanese Oricon International Album Chart. Meanwhile since its release on March 11, the title track and first single “Dangerous Woman” continues to climb the charts, jumping from 14 to 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.
SAVE THE CLOCK TOWER “WHITE CROSS”
Tasmania’s premiere Post-Hardcore act, Save The Clock Tower, are returning today with their brand new track “White Cross”, the first track from their forthcoming full-length album “The Familiar // The Decay”, which will be released worldwide on July 1st through Bullet Tooth. The song hit #2 on the iTunes Metal chart and #6 on the iTunes Rock chart in Australia this week! The video is available here and the single can be downloaded at iTunes and Amazon and streamed at Spotify and Google Play.
THE STRUTS PERFORM “KISS THIS” ON “THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT”
U.K. rockers The Struts recently stopped by to perform their current single “Kiss This” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
The Last Exposure is a four piece alternative rock band from Sydney who formed in late 2013. Their sound is described as an early 90’s alternative rock punch fronted by sassy powerful vocals, similar to that of Annie Lennox. They take pride in their performance – its rock, it’s loud and it’s fierce.
These guys met while studying their music degrees at university, travelling up to two hours each way just to rehearse and write together. With finishing their courses, they decided to take their original material and continue as The Last Exposure into the live scene. They’ve been playing Sydney venues since the beginning of 2015, and this short life span has seen them support the likes of Hands like Houses, L-Fresh the Lion, Columbus and Camp Cope.
DAVE B AND PIGEONS & PLANES PREMIERE “WORTH IT” MUSIC VIDEO
Prolific Seattle rapper Dave B partners with Pigeons & Planes to exclusively premiere a brand new music video for his latest single “Worth It.” The smooth melodic track is from the versatile rapper’s debut EP Punch Drunk available now via independent Goodrich & Gold. With direction by Warsame Warsame and Sam Roberts, the music video blurs the before and after moments of an amusing LA house party where Dave B romanticizes the effects of his hangover and reflects on whether it was “Worth It.”
TRAPPER SCHOEPP RELEASES VIDEO FOR “SETTLIN’ OR SLEEPIN’ AROUND”
Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me!) and Milwaukee, WI-based singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp are excited to announce the release of the music video for “Settlin’ or Sleepin’ Around.” June 1: The lease is up but two tenants remain. Stay or go? It’s decision day for Trapper and his housemate Richard Riehle (“Office Space”/”Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas”).
ZEDD ANNOUNCES TRUE COLORS FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award-winning artist Zedd has announced the launch of a feature documentary and a limited-edition book based on his latest album True Colors. The film — which explores the process behind the music through high-voltage performance footage and revealing interviews with Zedd, his family, and industry supporters — will have its premiere at The Los Angeles Film Festival at the Ace Hotel, tomorrow, June 2nd, at 8 pm. A Q&A with filmmakers Susan Bonds and Alex Lieu will follow the screening, followed by a short acoustic performance by Zedd with special guests Aloe Blacc, Kesha, and Sydney Sierota of Echosmith.
BEGIND THE FALLEN SIGN DEAL
EMP Label Group, the label owned by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, has signed Orange County/Los Angeles County band Behind the Fallen. The band is set to release their first full length record on October 28th, 2016.
Behind the Fallen are a hard rock band based out of Orange County California. First emerging onto the scene in 2011, they released their debut 6 song E.P Pages of the Past that was produced by Erik Ron. The band embarked on several tours supporting their release with Assuming We Survive, Trapt, as well as their own headline tour.
BLAQWELL NEW DOUBLE SINGLE
Out now on Brobot Records, label alum Blaqwell unveils his latest two-track split release. Kicking things off, “Wanna Be Rich” is a playful infusion of a classic house club flow and a vibrant acid house tempo, while B-side “Bigger” follows with a bumping beat and irresistible grooves, evocative of a Chicago warehouse party.
SWISS ARMY MAN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK “MONTAGE”
Lakeshore Records will release the SWISS ARMY MAN – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on June 24 and on CD shortly thereafter. The album features the film’s unique score by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra. The first single “Montage”, with vocal performances by the film’s stars Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, will be released on June 3rd.