2015 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED
Unsigned Only Music Competition revealed today its high-profile judging panel for the 2015 competition, which is now accepting entries. The renowned panel consists of iconic recording artists and journalists and will determine the winners in eleven categories representing a wide variety of commercial genres of music.
Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only’s goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. Unsigned Only gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives to the overall Grand Prize winner. First and Second Place winners in each category will also be chosen. The deadline to enter is March 18, 2015. Original and cover songs are accepted in all categories except for Screen Shot which accepts original songs only.
DOLLY PARTON SCORES UK PLATINUM ALBUM
As 2014 draws to a close, Dolly Parton is far from resting on her laurels, and shows no signs of slowing down. The songstress continues to make history, with a record-setting tour overseas, and also raises the bar from a sales standpoint with yet another platinum selling album in a career that has already seen worldwide sales of over one hundred million records, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
“I was so happy when Blue Smoke went Silver, so excited when it went Gold and now I’m over the moon to hear that we have gone Platinum,” says Parton. “Thanks to the fans and to everybody who made this happen.”
NINTH SEASON OF ‘LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN’
Kicking off Friday, January 30, 2015 (check local listings), the ninth season of Live from the Artists Den premieres nationwide on public television with a rousing performance from three-time GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-platinum artist Zac Brown Band at the historic Forest Hills Stadium in New York. The long-running, critically acclaimed concert series creatively connects fans with a stunning roster of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues across the United States. The new season also includes high definition episodes from powerhouse blues-rock band Alabama Shakes, chart-topping alternative rock band Cage the Elephant, and beloved Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice. Together, these four artists have sold over 12 million albums worldwide and compiled more than 250 million YouTube views, 10 million Facebook fans, and 3 million Twitter followers.
Live from the Artists Den is funded in partnership with Barnes & Noble, Citi, Lexus, and Samsung to create free secret shows throughout the year and bring Artists Den performances to millions of eager music fans around the world. To sign up for 2015 secret shows and content releases, please visit www.artistsden.com.
RCA RECORDS SIGNS LEGENDARY RECORDING ARTIST VAN MORRISON
RCA Records announces today the signing of legendary musical recording artist Van Morrison. Van Morrison is currently finalizing work on his album set for release early 2015. More details to be announced soon.
Comments RCA President and COO Tom Corson and CEO Peter Edge: “We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster. He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today, and we are honored to have him join us at the label and work with him on his forthcoming new album.”
FERAL CONSERVATIVES “CLASS REUNION”
Here is this Feral Conservatives single for Skope Magazine. The single is from the band’s upcoming LP The Feeling Noise Becomes out on cassette and digital formats on 2/10.
SHEL OFFER FREE HOLIDAY EP
In celebration of the holiday season, SHEL have shared a newly recorded Christmas EP as a FREE download and a stunning, homemade silhouette video for the classic holiday song “Sleigh Ride.”
“This was such a wonderful year of touring and meeting listeners face to face, so we wanted to thank them for all the love and support they’ve shown us with a free Christmas EP,” says SHEL’s Eva Holbrook. “All our fond childhood memories of Christmas include a soundtrack, so we were very excited to weave our own silver thread through some of the most beautiful melodies ever written.”
The 5-song EP is now available as a free download via this link:
ALUS GETS RUSSELL SIMMONS CO-SIGN
There’s nothing ordinary about ADD52’s new artist Alus. Today, the emerging singer-songwriter, who Russell Simmons says gives him a “megastar star vibe,” debuts the official music video for her single “Ordinary Girl” exclusively on Idolator.com. Click here to watch now.
The single, which has been tearing up airwaves nationwide receiving airplay on stations such as New York City’s Power 105 & Hot 97, is the first from Alus’ anticipated debut album due out spring 2015. “Ordinary Girl” is now available at iTunes and all digital providers.
FUTURE BROWN SHARE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “VERNACULO”
Future Brown premiere ‘Vernaculo featuring Maluca’ from their 2015 album. The video was directed by Rory Mulhere in cooperation with Future Brown’s Art Basel performance with DIS for Perez Art Museum Miami which featured special guest album contributors Kelela, Ian Isiah and Maluca herself.
ISLE OF LIGHT FESTIVAL 2015
Isle of Light, the first festival of its kind to take place in the Dominican Republic and now in it’s second year, is excited to announce next year’s lineup including headlining electro-funk duo Chromeo and LA indie rock band Warpaint. International acts Soul Clap, WhoMadeWho and Walking Shapes will join local acts TangoWhiskyMan and Auro Sonico on the one-day festival held on March 7th 2015.
Isle of Light is hosted in Santo Domingo’s historic “Old Colonial Zone” under the historic harbor light house, transforming the Rio Ozama shoreline into a unique and intimate world class festival experience. Top notch production, art and music all come together to bring a culturally diverse crowd to one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean. Last year’s fest featured Twin Shadow, The Juan Maclean, Pompeya and Legowelt playing to over 3000 fans. Isle of Light was started by No Shame Records founder Marco Vicini and Luis Betances from the Dominican Republic, and Phil Hoelting and Morgan Lebus from the United States.
DEATH ENGINE NEW VIDEO
“Following the release of their abrasive debut EP «Amen», DEATH ENGINE made a brutal entrance in 2013 with a couple of European tours – a string of infernal outbreaks that have little in common with your average live show. The now four-piece from Lorient, France spent most of 2014 working on their debut album «Mud», which was once again recorded by Amaury Sauvé at La Senelle and mastered by Sylvain Biguet.
REY RES “THE WORLD”
Rey Res’ The Heart of the City album is slated to release on January 27th. The 15 track album is the culmination of Rey’s determination over the past few years. When asked the reasoning behind releasing Heart of the City, Rey states, “I’ve been doing this for so long that if I can’t make a dope album, then I shouldn’t be doing this.” From performing with the Hieroglyphics on their Hiero Imperium 2012 Summer Tour and Bambu of the Native Guns on his Rent Money Tour, Rey has definitely paid his dues. With features from Pep Love and Casual from the Hieroglyphics and Zumbi from Zion I, Rey is ready to to place himself within the lineage of legendary West Coast hip-hop.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA ANNOUNCE THE “ZOMBIE 5 TOUR”
Roadrunner Records group, The Devil Wears Prada have announced details of a spring headline tour deemed the “Zombie 5 Tour” presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The trek – which will see the The Devil Wears Prada playing the Zombie EP in its entirety each night along with other fan favorites – will feature support from Born of Osiris, The Word Alive and Secrets. The coast-to-coast trek gets underway March 15th in Nashville, TN at Rocketown and continues through April 16th, wrapping up at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL (see attached itinerary). Tickets for all dates will be on sale Friday, December 19th. For complete details and ticket information, please visit:
JAZZ ORGANIST BRIAN CHARETTE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “TIME OF THE SEASONS”
Los Angeles jazz organist Brian Charette releases his new single, “Time of the Season”. The cover of this 1968 hit by The Zombies is the latest release from Charette’s full-length album, Good Tipper, which was released last month.
KAT EDMONSON PERFORMS ON “CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY” JANUARY 3
Kat Edmonson performs “Rainy Day Woman” and “All The Way,” two tracks from her critically acclaimed album The Big Picture, on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” January 3. The Big Picture, available now on Sony Music Masterworks, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart, and #2 on the Total Jazz Chart.
FIELD REPORT SHARES ORIGINAL HOLIDAY SONG “ON CHRISTMAS EVE” VIA PASTE MAGAZINE
“Smart, catchy and fascinating, it’s a huge leap forward” -NPR
MUSIC, DRUGS, AND VIOLENCE IN THE ATLANTA RAP SCENE
Noisey, VICE’s music channel, today presents the trailer for Noisey Atlanta, an all-access pass into the complex and thriving Atlanta rap scene. The ten-part series is the most in-depth examination into the music, trap houses, neighborhoods, and personalities that built one of America’s most influential music scenes.
Various activities have been announced for ShipRocked–the ultimate rock music cruise vacation–which sails roundtrip between Port Miami and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from February 2-6, 2015 onboard Norwegian Pearl.
In addition, the ShipRocked band lineup has been expanded to include Gemini Syndrome, Icon For Hire, Three Years Hollow, Daybreak Embrace and Sidewise. Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill/ex-Pantera), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) are among the special guests confirmed to perform with Metal Allegiance on ShipRocked.
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD TO RELEASE NEW SONG
JEFF The Brotherhood get the holidays started early this year by giving their fans a brand-new song, entitled “What’s A Creep,” beginning today, December 17th. “What’s A Creep,” will be available as a free download to those who enter their email at the band’s official website www.jeffthebrotherhood.com.
“What’s A Creep,”is the first music released from JEFF The Brotherhood’s upcoming second album for Warner Bros. Records, which is due in 2015. The album is the follow up to 2012’s Dan Auerbach-produced Hypnotic Nights.
NEW VIDEO BY AN OLD FRIEND
Long Island has given birth to most notable bands as Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and An Old Friend? Well the four piece – Eddy Barrera (guitar/vocals), Joe Ciminello (bass/vocals), Cody Kohler (guitar/lead vocals), and Frank Facompre (drums) – sure hopes to one day be able to be as notable as the former two bands. In that quest the band has just released their brand new music video for their brand new song entitled “Fragments & Blurs.” The band will continue working on new material for a new release that is currently slated to be released in the latter half of 2015.
JES SHINES WITH SPIRIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH NEW SOLO TRACK “TWO SOULS”
JES has been synonymous with A-list DJ collaborations for as long as there has been an A-list for DJ’s. “Two Souls” is her first truly solo release for sometime and puts an alluring musical spin on the new year.
“Two Souls” is a true music festival anthem. JES drew her inspiration for the song from every near miss and chance meeting that embodies the festival experience. “I wanted to write something that encapsulates the feeling of being together but alone,” said JES. “You’re in this place with thousands of other people but you feel somehow outside it all. You know that you can’t be the only one that feels that way. I wanted to write something for those people, a song for the outsiders.”
KHARY DURGAN VIDEO “SWIM TEAM”
Thoughts from Khary on “Swim Team”: “Opus Proper produced the beat and it was pretty left field from what I was used to making, but it was perfect. A few months prior I had released my debut project, Love + Anchors, which was overall a pretty humble project/over looked, so I wanted to make something a lot more in your face,” the New York-based MC told FADER.
THE SHRINE NEW VIDEO IS NSFW
“Huffing Paint and Car Batteries on the Nipples: The Shrine’s “Tripping Corpse” Is the Best Video Ever of Today, a certified goddamn classic in the making if there ever was one” – Noisey/Vice
RUN THE JEWELS NAMED ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY PITCHFORK
Pitchfork has named Run The Jewels’ sophomore album Run The Jewels 2 their #1 album of the year, adding to an ever-increasing list of year-end honors that includes best album nods from NPR, The New York Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly (#2 album of the year), Rolling Stone (#8 album of the year) Stereogum (#1 album of the year), SPIN (#3 album of the year), Billboard (#2 album of the year), Consequence of Sound (#2 album of the year), AV Club (#2 album of the year, PopMatters (#1 album of the year), Paste (#3 album of the year), USA Today’s For The Win (#1 album of the year), a nomination for album of the year from the NME Awards, and many, many more. The acclaim caps a tremendous year for the duo of El-P and Killer Mike, long time veterans of the rap world whose fortuitous collaboration on Mike’s R.A.P. Music in 2012 spawned a friendship and creative partnership that has built to the biggest moment in either musicians’ individual career.
DONORA VIDEO “MEMORY”
Pittsburgh based indie pop trio Donora released a visually stunning new music video for the new track “Memory.” The song comes straight off the band’s brand new record, “Ha Ha Heart,” which dropped last week via Rostrum Records. Both aurally and visually moving, “Memory” is a stand out track off the record — showcasing the poise and depth listeners hear on “Ha Ha Heart.” The video originally premiered yesterday via The 405.
A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW SHARE NEW REMIX BY FANG ISLAND
A Sunny Day In Glasgow have had a stellar 2014 thus far. Their fourth LP Sea When Absent was met with widespread critical acclaim, they toured for the first time in four years, and now they’re capping off the year by making a return trip to the US this month. Jason Bartell’s (of Fang Island) new project Wins will be joining them on the road so it’s only fitting that we debut Fang Island’s new remix of “In Love With Useless” today. You can listen to the track courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan here.
PRACTICALLY EINSTEIN “SANCTUARY”
Practically Einstein has recently been featured on various blogs like Born Music Online and This is Book’s Music upon the release of their single “Massive in Japan,” which was the first single released off of the Love + Hate EP. In addition to these new releases, Practically Einstein is also continuing to play shows through the month of December, including shows at the Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore and Fado Irish Pub in Washington DC. Don’t miss Practically Einstein’s latest EP Love + Hate which includes their newest single “Sanctuary”!
“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” AUDITIONS FOR SEASON 12 BEGIN
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s newest season features an intensified competition between dancers from stage and street, and is about to head out on the audition trail to five cities, including New York, Dallas, Detroit, Memphis and Los Angeles. Hopefuls will have the opportunity to show they have what it takes to be America’s Favorite Dancer when auditions start on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom and Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY. Please check www.fox.com/dance for official rules and additional details.
MICKEY CUPID VIDEO “OH YOU”
“Our music is pop – simple and melodic… inviting and sexy,” says vocalist Marcus Harmon of electropop duo MICKEY CUPID. For a band whose very name evokes Disney’s signature mascot and the Roman deity of desire, Mickey Cupid’s new independently-released EP PARADE is playful and fresh while being deeply rhythmic and sultry, showcasing a newfound maturity for a band that is little more than four years old. “This EP feels to us like going back to when we started this band,” adds producer Matt Nannetti. “We didn’t want to think too much about where to take our music or who we wanted to sound like. We just wanted to make music that felt fresh to us, and that we would be happy to perform on stage.”
The first single and video “Oh You” captures that intent perfectly, hitting hard with an Outkast-like crunch and infused with sauntering and immediate pop lusciousness. The video can be viewed here:
DIRTYPHONICS NEW SINGLE
The French masters of bass-driven electronic beats Dirtyphonics have been toiling away in the studio, and after a year of hard labor and heavy touring they’re closing out 2014 with a new track off their forthcoming EP, set for release in early 2015. To show appreciation for their fans, Dirtyphonics are offering up a free download of the new track “Power Now” featuring vocals from Matt Rose. As the first taste of what is to come, “Power Now” offers a modern take on bass music that still stays loyal to the tried and true Dirtyphonics sound.
THE MUSCADETTES PREMIERE HOLIDAY SINGLE “CHRISTMAS KITTY”
The Ambridge sisters, joined by Joe Gagné (Les Breastfeeders) and Thomas Augustin (Malajube) recorded their debut album with Ryan Battistuzzi (Malajube) at Montreal’s famed Breakglass Studio, and mixed the record in Los Angeles with Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast/Fidlar). The Muscadettes spent this fall performing at this year’s POP Montreal, CMJ Music Marathon and M for Montreal festivals. Details on the album will be announced early in the new year.
BLITZEN TRAPPER ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AVAILALE FOR FREE
Today, Blitzen Trapper announce their first ever live album, Live In Portland, which will be made available as a holiday gift to their fans via BandCamp. The 17-track album was recorded over three shows at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR on November 29th and 30th of 2013 on the VII tour. Fans can download the album for free or pay what they wish here:
THE WHO TO FEATURE ROCK AND ROLL 2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
“THE WHO HITS 50!” tour explosively kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland (11-30) to rave reviews and a set list that featured a wide range of songs from one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands. For the North American dates, the tour will include special guests: 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
“THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY. The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are currently on sale at www.thewho.com “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour is being presented by AEG Live.
ROCK LEGEND RANDY BACHMAN ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECT
The man known as the “architect of Canadian rock n’ roll” is forging ahead into 2015 with a brand new project billed simply as BACHMAN. Joined by a virtuoso rhythm section with Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendan on drums, the trio’s debut effort entitled Heavy Blues will be available worldwide on April 15, 2015 through Linus Entertainment/eOne Music Canada.
Heavy Blues draws from the unlikely trio’s love of classic 60s blues rock and emerges with a blistering sound, a fierce and fearless collection of BACHMAN originals. Featuring an enviable list of Randy Bachman’s contemporaries including Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Scott Holiday of Rival Sons, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey, each musician contributes their signature-style guitar solos blending classic blues and rock with a modern undertone.
BROOKE FRASER “NEW YEARS EVE”
Brooke Fraser recently released her fourth studio album, Brutal Romantic, which Idolator hailed a “…brilliant electro-pop experiment,” Black Book called “a haunting showcase of Fraser’s dazzling voice,” and hit #1 on the NZ iTunes Album Chart release day. If you haven’t checked out the record already, start by listening to this moody and dark holiday track, featured on Brutal Romantic, entitled ‘New Years Eve.’
“New Year’s Eve isn’t a song about loneliness, but about reflection and contentment when the hype is over,” says Brooke. Listen here:
CROSSFAITH SIGNS TO RAZOR & TIE
Razor & Tie announces the addition of Japanese rockers Crossfaith to its North American label and publishing roster (Razor & Tie Music Publishing). The band has also announced they will play the full Van’s Warped Tour in summer 2015 and Australia’s Soundwave Festival in February 2015.
TOBIAHS REMIXES “FIXED”
16 year old Melbourne producer, Tobiahs, quietly offered up another remix this morning: Fixed by George Maple. This swelling, throbbing remix belies his age, and you would never think that he creates these rich landscapes in amongst a desk strewn with Year 10 level Maths and English books. You may already the recognise the name from when the young producer seemingly came out of nowhere with his Hayden James Remix back in April this year.
WHOLEWORLDBAND JOINS IDINA MENZEL & MICHAEL BUBLE
WholeWorldBand and Warner Bros. have partnered so fans can make their own videos of Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé’s #1 Billboard Adult Contemporary track, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Fans can share their efforts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. And it’s FREE.
WholeWorldBand is a unique new iPad and iPhone app that allows users anywhere in the world to record music and video in a virtual studio with anyone, including their musical heroes, that can be shared and enjoyed worldwide. It’s like a collaborative, multi-track version of YouTube.
DOUG BALMAIN TO RELEASE SINGLE “BAD HABITS” AND ACCOMPANYING VIDEO ON FEBRUARY 3
Singer/songwriter Doug BALMAIN has played a lot of different guitars and sang through a lot of different mics…but hasn’t stuck around long enough to use the same rig twice. Prior to finding his way to this release, BALMAIN’s musical style has been seemingly ever changing.
The Burnin’ Both Ends EP will mark BALMAIN’s first release to go public in nearly two years. But, he is confident that it will be well worth the wait. After emerging from the studio, BALMAIN simply stated, “This music says what I wanted to say, and it says it how I wanted to say it. I’ve been searching for my voice for a long time – this time, I found it.”
ED SHEERAN SCORES HIGHEST U.S. CHARTING OF HIS CAREER WITH “THINKING OUT LOUD”
Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran’s new single “Thinking Out Loud” has skyrocketed to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning the acclaimed singer-songwriter the highest charting U.S. single of his career so far. “Thinking Out Loud” – the third single from Sheeran’s chart-topping, RIAA-Gold certified album “x” (pronounced multiply) – follows back-to-back RIAA-certified Platinum singles “Sing” and “Don’t” which respectively peaked at #13 and #9 on the Hot 100; Sheeran’s 2012 multiplatinum, breakout hit “The A Team” peaked at #16 on the chart. Already a global smash, “Thinking Out Loud” has gone to #1 in 6 countries around the world, including his native United Kingdom. U.S. sales for “Thinking Out Loud” surpasses the 500,000 mark this week, almost immediately following the single’s launch here which included high profile performances of the song on CBS’ “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” last week and the season finale of NBC’s “The Voice” this past Tuesday (http://bit.ly/13bj1VJ).
DOOMTREE RELEASES VIDEO FOR “GRAY DUCK”
Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree has revealed the video for “Gray Duck” off their upcoming full-length All Hands, due January 27, 2015 on their own Doomtree Records. The Andrew Melby-directed video features the group’s members donning rubber duck masks and evading a Segway-bound security guard. The video premiered via The Fader, who noted that the video is “a fun, stylized clip for the hard-hitting cut.”
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS IS “HAPPY!”
Marina And The Diamonds has released the official acoustic video for “HAPPY,” the second track off her upcoming album FROOT, out worldwide on April 6th. The video premiered yesterday on BuzzFeed and hit #1 on their “trending” chart. BuzzFeed called the song “spectacular,” adding that “this song sneaks up on you.”
AMBER RUN RELEASE NEW VIDEO
Amber Run have today unveiled the emotive video for their forthcoming single ‘Just My Soul Responding’ which is released Jan 19th on RCA Victor. The song showcases the Nottingham band’s soaring sound, which captivated audiences across the UK when they headlined the Communion New Faces Tour. Amber Run have recently announced a UK headline tour for February which includes a headline show at London Dingwalls on February 3 which has already sold out, their biggest to date.
Watch the video here:
GEORGE MAPLE’S “VACANT SPACE” VIDEO PREMIERES AT THE FADER
“Vacant Space has become my favorite track on the EP but it took me a while to even decide to include it in on the record,” George Maple says of the song. “I guess it’s written from a pretty sad place. It’s that moment you have where you realize something’s not working anymore and you’re hanging onto something out of familiarity or comfort. The whole song came together so quickly but it was almost uncomfortable to re-visit after I had written it. I was being honest with myself about a situation for the first time and I don’t think wanted to admit it to myself. I think a lot of the time the truth can be a lot more painful to deal with.”