Last week, Jacob and Fanny released their debut single “Miss You”, which instantly dominated Canada’s TV stations, and radio airwaves! After performing live on Global TV’s “The Morning Show” (over 500k viewers), and appearing on Bell Media’s CP24 news network, and Sirius XM’s “The Breakdown” it is no surprise to anyone that their hit single was featured on one of Spotify’s highly coveted New Music Friday playlists.
Billboard premiered the song today and says, “After a three-year hiatus, the pair is coming back strong with a move from Los Angeles to Nashville and the new EP. It also gave the couple a chance to firm up their focus on music after other endeavors in TV and theater.” “We’ve been a band for about 10 years,” Ferris, who appeared as Carl Perkins in the musical Million Dollar Quartet, tells Billboard, “but with that three-year gap we re-collected and have just been making our lives and making our living doing music for the past four or five years. It’s what we like doing best.” “Consequently they view Moonless Night, Freddy & Francine’s third EP, as a step forward, more stylistically diverse but still rooted in the Americana realm where they’ve staked their musical claim,” Billboard says.
Today, EG Vines announces his debut album and forthcoming EP Conversation. Vines made his mark in Nashville as a member of rock band The Bandoliers; not only is Conversation his debut as a solo artist, but a statement on empathy, compassion, and greater understanding between people. Set for release on August 17, 2018, Vines teamed up with producer Eddie Spear (The Delta Saints, Dave Cobb) and noted studio musicians Leroy Powell, Chris Powell, and Brian Allen to create the five song masterpiece. EG Vines recently released “Me and You,” the first single from Conversation; the full album is available for vinyl pre-order today.
According to EG Vines, the lack of empathetic communication is at the root of a lot of our problems. “All this division, and the words that we use/the lines for no reason between me and you/well I won’t believe that this is the best we can do”, sings Vines on his upcoming record. From the funky “Tell Me Something Brother”, to the slow burning “Reconcile”, Vines is on a mission for more understanding on his debut solo EP Conversation.
For his latest single, LA lauded producer Kingdom teams up with rising vocal talent Zalma Bour for their collaborative single “Getaway Kind”. Dark synths and a hypnotic flute riff give way to heavy percussion and Zalma’s unique harmonically layered vocals. In “Getaway Kind” Zalma questions her lover’s motives while also questioning her own commitment – “if you’re the runaway kind trying to find your way / I’m saying now I’m the getaway kind.” This is haunted R&B at its finest.
Bringing a ferocious energy and a chaotic collection of personalities, BandGang leads a busy new wave of ascendant Detroit rappers. Capitalizing on momentum from a number of cult hit YouTube videos and acclaimed solo projects, BandGang announces In Too Deep, an upcoming epic 30-track (!!!) mixtape. Emerging in the mid-2010s, BandGang pioneered the distinct style powering the burgeoning Detroit rap scene, marked by flows that fall slightly ahead of the uptempo beat, menacing piano arpeggios, and hard-hitting, reality-based lyrics. Though they have not yet developed the national profile of many of their contemporaries, BandGang’s sound has been a huge influence on rappers like Tee Grizzley, Sada Baby, and FMB DZ. Featuring appearances from SOB x RBE, Mozzy, Philthy Rich, Drego, and more, In Too Deep is a treatise on street maximalism and a tribute to the charismatic power behind the new Detroit sound.
SEAN COMBS Calls Out Industry’s Lack of Investment in Black Enterprise, Previews Next Moves
Sean “Diddy” Combs tells all in the new Variety Magazine cover story – Available now. From his early days in A&R to the second season of “The Four: Battle for Stardom,” Diddy aka Puff Daddy, dives into ‘hot-button topics of race’ while tackling his various business endeavors and the music business landscape. The culture warrior “condemns the industry’s paltry investment in black enterprise despite capitalizing on its success” and promotes his philosophy of “We, not me.”
JPEGMAFIA ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN TOUR + NEW SONG “MILLENIUM”
Baltimore, Maryland rapper / producer JPEGMAFIA has announced that he’ll embark on The Reverse Christopher Columbus Tour this Fall in support of his fourth studio album Veteran. The 22 date tour will kick off on August 29th in Vancouver, BC and will hit select cities across North America and Europe throughout September, October and November, including Toronto, San Francisco, Paris, and London, concluding in Brussels, Belgium on November 11th.
On August 10, the Mississippi-bred singer & guitarist Jason Eady returns with a new album I Travel On. The album is his first to be recorded with his ace touring band who have been relentlessly touring behind Eady’s critically acclaimed self-titled album that was released in 2017. GRAMMY-nominated musicians Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley accompanied Eady, his bandmates and wife Courtney Patton to round out the lineup that would execute the live, single-take sessions.
Juice WRLD Releases “Wasted” Ft. Lil Uzi Vert, Begins North American Tour Tomorrow
Juice WRLD has released a new song – “Wasted” ft. Lil Uzi Vert – available now on all digital platforms via Grade A Productions/Interscope Records. The track, produced by CB MIX and featuring Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert, was Zane Lowe’s “World Record” on his Beats 1 show on Apple Music today.
When Frederic Yonnet performed at NPR’s Tiny Desk, comedian Dave Chappelle was front and center. Best known for his stand-up act, Chappelle’s appreciation of good music is hardly a secret. On this day, Chappelle stopped by to check out the show and ended up introducing his friend and collaborator Yonnet. Adding his unique brand of playfullness to the set, Chappelle took the seat rarely occupied during Tiny Desk concerts, as over 100 NPR staff and guests packed shoulder-to-shoulder bobbing their heads — and that was just during the sound check.
Chappelle relishes sharing Yonnet’s talent with the audience, explaining “He plays an instrustment that I didn’t even really know I liked,” said Chappelle.