ADAM LAMBERT RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “GHOST TOWN”
Multi-platinum-selling, singer/songwriter Adam Lambert released the music video for his new single “Ghost Town,” the first single from his highly anticipated third studio album THE ORIGINAL HIGH out June 16th through Warner Bros. Records.
THE JANOSKIANS RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR “FRIEND ZONE” TODAY
THE JANOSKIANS release their brand new video for “Friend Zone” today. You can watch it HERE on YouTube/VEVO. It’s yet another funny and fiery clip from the guys who continually deliver each time the camera is on.
For the unfamiliar, in 2011, THE JANOSKIANS mayhem started brewing when the group uploaded their first “Awkward Train Situations” video to YouTube. As the fan base grew, they continually released hilarious and disruptive content, gaining over 2 million YouTube subscribers and accruing more than 200 million combined views.
AVICII & VOLVO HOOK UP
Volvo Cars and Swedish artist and producer Avicii announce a creative cooperation to celebrate their Swedish roots with a new recording and music video, due for global release on May 8. The collaboration will form the basis for a global brand campaign entitled ‘A New Beginning.’
The Stockholm-born producer and artist Avicii, 26, has made a huge impact in the world of music in recent years, and is renowned for being one of the world’s top DJs, remixers and record producers. With a shared Swedish heritage, Volvo Cars and Avicii are now both entering a new phase in their existence.
“The Volvo Cars brand is on the ascendant, just as Avicii is, with a growing global audience. We thought there would be no better way to celebrate our heritage and passion for life than to work together to produce something special that reflects who we are and what matters to us,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing & Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
CARSON SEKOL “TRUST ISSUES”
Imminence Records’ Virginian solo artist Carson Sekol, who is the current vocalist of Bellevue (formerly named Tessellations), has just released his first single “Trust Issues.” On the single Carson candidly spoke, “This past year has been a weird one for me. I was in a long term relationship for the first time in what feels like forever, and I’ve got a past that made it really tough to trust her. I finally gave in, tried to trust her, fell for her, and got screwed over pretty badly in the end. It was vicious. Looking back, I really feel like my trust issues have kind of been allowed to define me this past year or so, and I hate that. I’m trying hard to get over them, and it’s been really tough for me. So naturally I wrote a song about it. It’s the lead single, but it’s also the title track for the EP. I think it’s one of the most personal songs on the album, and it paints a solid picture of what I want people to get out of the EP as a whole. Expect to learn a couple things about me when you listen to the song, because a lot comes out.”
BATTLECROSS ON SUMMER OF DOOM TOUR
Motor City thrashers, BATTLECROSS, will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer Of Doom North American Tour. The trek will commence on May 28th in Shreveport, Louisiana and run through nearly three-dozen cities before winding down on July 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additionally, the band will appear on the 2015 edition of Heavy MTL in Montreal on August 8th. Summer Of Doom tickets go on sale tomorrow, April 3rd, 2015!
“I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar,” says BATTLECROSS guitarist, Hiran Deraniyagala. “Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I’ve been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It’s an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity. We’re excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada…it’s been too long! See you all soon.”
P!NK TO BE HONORED WITH BMI PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, will present the President’s Award to P!nk for her outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture and the entertainment industry. The annual event will be held Tuesday, May 12, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The private event will also recognize the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States from BMI’s repertoire of more than 8.5 million musical works. The BMI Pop Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will be named during the ceremony.
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING “REGRET”
Everything Everything have announced that ‘Regret’ will be the second single to be released before their forthcoming new album ‘Get To Heaven’. ‘Regret’ received its exclusive first play from Annie Mac on her Radio 1 show as Hottest Record. Listen back here:
VIN DIESEL DEBUTS EMOTIONAL VIDEO
Vin Diesel has premiered the touching “See You Again” music video from Grammy-nominated Wiz Khalifa (featuring Charlie Puth) via his Facebook page. Within the first twelve hours, the video for the song that is featured in the closing sequence of FURIOUS 7 has reached a staggering 40 million views and more than 800,000 shares on Facebook. Directed by Marc Klasfeld, the video features footage from FURIOUS 7, as well as retrospective footage of some of the most memorable moments from the film franchise.
Watch the “See You Again” video here:
DIGGY SIMMONS AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Diggy Simmons had the honor of performing at the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll hosted by the First Family. Having been around since 1878, The Easter Egg Roll has been one of the longest-standing American Traditions at the White House. This year’s egg roll theme was #GIMMIEFIVE in occasion to the fifth anniversary of Michelle Obama’s campaign to get kids to eat healthy and exercise. More than 35,000 people gathered on the South Lawn and took part in different activities including fitness zones, cooking demonstrations and the traditional egg roll.
Check out some pictures from Diggy’s performance below:
NEW SINGLE BY THE LIBRES
The poor decadents of Mount Maunganui The Libres have been strumming and swirling away for over 3 years. They released 2 singles released last year ‘I Wanna Know’ with a video & ‘Silver Girl’. They have just released ‘Come Lay Around’ with funding from NZONAIR with a video. ‘Come Lay Around’ also featured on the Kiwi Hit Disc. Come Lay Around was recorded in the bedroom with post production and mixing by Djeisan Suskov in Auckland. Mastered by Studio 301 in Sydney.
theSHIFT STREAMING NEW EP
theSHIFTs ability to craft earth-shattering rock filled with vibrant depth and a forceful punch is on full display with 7th Direction. Now thanks to Pop Matters, the powerhouse trios debut EP can be streamed in its entirety a week prior to its April 14 release.
Stream 7th Direction in its entirety here:
HARRY CONNICK, JR. ANNOUNCES 2015 SUMMER CONCERT TOUR
Following a successful winter tour and his second season as a judge on American Idol, Harry Connick, Jr. announced today a 20+ city summer concert tour beginning July 9 in San Diego, CA that will travel through cities such as Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver and St. Louis. The tour also includes stops at famed venues such as Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl before concluding August 7 at Chicago’s Ravinia Park.
Tickets for select cities will go on sale to the general public beginning April 9. Information on where to purchase tickets in all cities can be found at:
CODE GREEN “ONE WAY”
Code Green’s new single,”One Way,” premiering exclusively via RESPECT. The Tee Watt produced follow-up to their debut “Too Silly.” (via Ashley Outrageous) is a hauntingly, bass heavy anthem and an infectious hook. Stream Code Green’s “One Way,” below.
When you have family members who have fully established themselves in the entertainment biz, it can be daunting to try and create a name for yourself. But Jon Foster and Chelsea Tyler, brother of actor Ben Foster and daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, seemed to have settled on a good one. Kaneholler, the electro-soul duo formed when the newly engaged couple first met in 2011, is an old nickname for the Tyler’s farm down south. “There’s a bamboo forest on the farm, and switch cane is a type of bamboo,” Tyler tells InStyle. “Holler is slang for ‘down yonder’. It was the place where the kids went to get away from the adults.”
TECH N9NE “WITHER”
Independent hip-hop powerhouse TECH N9NE will drop his highly-anticipated new album, Special Effects, on May 4th via Strange Music. Today, TECH N9NE unleashes the metallic side of his persona with the brand new anthem, entitled “Wither”, featuring none other than Corey Taylor, powerhouse vocalist of Platinum and Gold chart-topping heavy metal groups SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR.
JAMES TAYLOR “TODAY TODAY TODAY”
Five-time GRAMMY® Award winner James Taylor will release Before This World, the legendary singer/songwriter’s first album of new songs since 2002’s platinum-selling October Road. Produced by Grammy Award®-winner Dave O’Donnell, Before This World features ten songs, nine of which are brand new James Taylor compositions, and is due out June 16th, 2015 from Concord Records. In addition, the special 2-Disc CD/DVD Before This World Deluxe Edition includes the full-length album on CD plus “There We Were: The Recording of James Taylor’s Before This World,” a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the album on DVD. Through studio footage and interviews (including Taylor and album guests Sting and Yo-Yo Ma) this beautifully rendered 30-minute film provides an intimate look into Taylor’s creative process and the recording of this landmark album.
WASIU “BOUT 02 BLOW”
Shedding light on the issues of racism and media coverage of minorities in North America, Wasiu and his crew invade the Montreal underground and in an intense visual for “Bout 02 Blow.” In the video, which premiered via Noisey, Wasiu covers himself with a Haitian flag while laying down his forceful, clever rhymes over the harrowing beat by V X N Y L. “People were scared. They were staring. They were giving us attention. We had the power,” he explains. “Bout 02 Blow” is Wasiu’s latest track from his yet-to-be-titled debut album.
JHS “JUNGLE JUICE”
jhs (Justin Hunter Scott) received his Masters degree in African studies from Yale University in 2013, an impressive education which he channels into his music, integrating neo traditional African music into each track. Formerly appearing under the moniker Stout Cortez at the 2012 Warp Records showcase at SXSW, jhs today releases music under his own label — Kelewele Records (“plantains” in the Twi language from Ghana). Although jhs draws influence from the African traditions he studied extensively, he is most focused on creating experimental pop music which is unique and modern, deriving novel sounds from African samples.
ALLEN STONE MAKES HIS CAPITOL RECORDS DEBUT + “RADIUS”
Radius, Allen Stone’s third album and first for Capitol Records – will be released on May 26. Made in close collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter Magnus Tingsek and with producers like Benny Cassette (Kanye West) and Malay (Frank Ocean), the album reaffirms Allen’s commitment to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop conventions. See below for track listing. Radius is the follow-up to Allen’s self-released and self-titled sophomore album, which entered the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.
“Upside,” the first single from Radius, was released today and can now be streamed HERE.
GOOD OLD WAR ON WSJ.COM
Good Old War is excited to announce details of their new full-length studio album – Broken Into Better Shape. Due out June 30th via Nettwerk, the album was recorded in Nashville with the help of Grammy Award winning producer Jason Lehning (Alison Krause & Union Station, Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton) and mixed by another Grammy winner, engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Houndmouth, Elle King). In addition, the band unveiled the first single “Tell Me What You Want From Me” via an exclusive premiere yesterday with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy Blog who describes the song as, “… a catchy, upbeat tune with a clickety-clack rhythm and a chorus that soars upward on layers of wordless vocals as Goodwin delivers the refrain.”
CAMELPHAT “PARADIGM” FEAT A*M*E
Following hot on the heels of Beatport #1 ‘Something New’ from Axwell /\ Ingrosso; Axtone Records kick off their 2015 schedule by introducing Camelphat and A*M*E’s collaborative new single ‘Paradigm’. Premiered via B.Traits as a Special Delivery on BBC Radio 1, the track has already been earmarked as a potential future hit record.
Now with a stunning new video – ‘Paradigm’ has been given the full, cinematic works. Following a particularly sinister guy and an appearance from the beautiful A*M*E, the video received its premiere via MTV’s Snapchat Discover channel.
HILARY DUFF RELEASES NEW SINGLE “SPARKS”
Multi-platinum recording artist and actress Hilary Duff releases new single “Sparks” today. “Sparks” was written by Tove Lo, Bloodshy, Peter Thomas and produced by Bloodshy and Peter Thomas. A trailer for Hilary’s new TV Land series Younger, which premiered on March 31st, features a snippet of the new single. Watch it HERE. The single is available at all digital providers now. Hilary’s highly anticipated RCA Records debut, which will be her 5th studio album is due out this summer.
Following last year’s release of Woop Lingo, West Orlando’s Woop dropped a visual for his loose single, “Drugs,” which features fellow Orlando rapper YG Ivy and production by The Colleagues. The track was debuted with an interview via Noisey, who said that Woop’s music “serves to illuminate his impoverished neighborhood’s ills by slipping in those pains within colorful melodies,” adding, “what’s notable about ‘Drugs’ is its matter-of-factness.” After being featured on The FADER when Woop Lingo released last summer, the mixtape was also highlighted as Stereogum’s Mixtape of the Week and later in Pitchfork’s list of the year’s overlooked on mixtapes.
NEW SINGLE BY NAKED
LuckyMe are very proud to present ‘Youth Mode’ the debut release from NAKED released 5th May 2015.
NAKED are an Edinburgh-based group consisting of Agnes Gryczkowska, Alex Johnston and Grant Campbell who blend neon-lit programmed 808, glacial bass and minimalist guitar; filtered under hypnotizing and ephemeral vocals. The minimal elements here ebb and flow to produce moments of warm ASMR-inducing intimacy which build into heavy plates of drone and electronic processing.
THE LEISURE SOCIETY PREMIERE LP ‘THE FINE ART OF HANGING ON’
The Fine Art Of Hanging On displays an outfit at their most purposeful and assured, with its intricate production, broad-ranging instrumentation, arrangements and songwriting. Alongside an audible new creative peak, tied together by a distinct theme, The Leisure Society’s acclaimed prior trademarks are still present – namely songwriter Nick Hemming’s intensely personal and honest lyrics which adorn the band’s warm, timeless blend of grandiose pop and folk.
BLIND LAKE “LATELY”
Blind Lake releases “Lately” from their upcoming album, On Earth, due out June 9, 2015. This warm breeze of west coast folk-soul showcases ones change in life after a recent divorce. The rich acoustic touch conveys the image of something soft and slow on a busy highway, while band members Lotta Wenglén and Måns Wieslander harmonize in an up close, semi-detached angelic tone. “Lately,” is quoted by the group as the “feel-good song of the album.”
SHAWN MENDES SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING
Sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, who is the youngest artist to lead the Billboard 200 in nearly five years, has signed an exclusive global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), it was announced today by Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO, UMPG.
Through the deal, UMPG will represent Mendes’ entire songwriting catalog, including all songs on his new No.1 album Handwritten (Island Records), which was released on April 14. Mendes wrote or co-wrote the majority of the songs on the album.
ROBBIE RIVERA NEW SINGLE PREVIEW
House music veteran Robbie Rivera is bringing the heat this summer with his latest production and return to Ultra Music titled “The Scream.” One of Miami Music Week’s most talked-about tracks, “The Scream” hits Beatport on May 15 and all other retailers June 2.
“The Scream” is a hypnotizing, groovy house number, perfect for both a pool party or in the dark after hours. A shining display of his signature ‘tuff, sexy, house music’ sound, the newest addition to Rivera’s impressive discography is sure to be a summer dance smash.
THE REAKTION NEW LYRIC VIDEO
South American alternative rock/electronica band The ReaKtion have released their lyric video for “Ten Steps to Success”, the debut single off of their upcoming album SELKNAM.
“Ten Steps to Success” is a very special song for us. It was a song that got the attention of lots of people who would later get involved in our work and our new album. We can’t wait to play it live for everyone on this coming tour” – Phil Monypenny, The ReAktion
BORN CAGES PREMIERE NEW SONG “I JUST WANT THE TRUTH, BABY”
Eclectic indie rockers Born Cages have premiered a new track “I Just Want the Truth, Baby” today with Diffuser.FM. The song is from the band’s forthcoming debut album I’m Glad I’m Not Me, which will be released on June 2nd via Washington Square/Razor & Tie. The song is also available for download today with the album pre-order along with four previously released IG Tracks at iTunes http://geni.us/borncages
WATKINS FAMILY HOUR DEBUT ALBUM TRAILER
Watkins Family Hour—an acclaimed musical collective featuring siblings Sara and Sean Watkins along with Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz and Sebastian Steinberg—will release their debut, self-titled album July 24 on Family Hour Records via Thirty Tigers. Watch the album trailer here. Additionally, in celebration of the release, the collective will take their “variety show of epic proportions” (Los Angeles Times) to cities across the U.S. this summer kicking off with a performance at the Newport Folk Festival on July 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday. See below for complete details.
CHARM TAYLOR RELEASES NEW VIDEO ‘CLOTHES’
Vocalist & songwriter Charm Taylor is excited to announce the release of her solo debut, The Road Within, a dynamic blend of futuristic soul and melodic hip-hop. Most people know Charm as the enchanting lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock n soul group, The Honorable South. With her latest project, Taylor—with the help of New Orleans producer Saint Rock—takes her Afro-future-soul to an otherworldly place. The 6 track EP will be available May 5, 2015.
HUNDRED WATERS ANNOUNCE FORM A 3-DAY FREE FESTIVAL IN THE ARIZONA DESERT AT LEGENDARY URBAN LABORATORY ARCOSANTI
Hundred Waters and FAMILY have announced the 2nd edition of FORM, a 3-day by-application music and arts festival held in Arizona at the architecturally stunning Arcosanti. Launched last year in conjunction with the release of the band’s critically lauded sophomore album The Moon Rang Like a Bell, the event proved an inspiring and wholly unique variation on the traditional music festival experience.
Curated by Hundred Waters, FORM includes three days of music programming from some of today’s most left-field and exciting artists (full line-up below), art installations, hikes, cliff side pool parties and full access to the 25-acre community and the 4,000+ acres of preserve land that surrounds it. Just as Arcosanti was designed to explore how man can live in harmony with the natural world, FORM reconsiders the music and arts festival experience through a primary focus on place, environment and interaction.The free by-application admission is an experiment in itself – guaranteeing the crowd will be as curated and as interesting as the event itself.
TORO Y MOI DEBUTS VIDEO FOR “LILLY”
Toro y Moi is sharing a new video for “Lilly,” from the new album What For?, today, watch it here. Made with the help of Ray-Ban and premiered on their “Never Hide Noise” YouTube channel, the video was directed by creative duo HARRYS.