@skopemag news for December 5, 2018 @ 10 am est

THE NEAL MORSE BAND World Premiere Of First Song And Lyric Video, “Welcome To The World,”

THE NEAL MORSE BAND—Neal Morse (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals), Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals)—world premiered the first song and Christian Rios-directed lyric video, “Welcome To The World,” from their highly anticipated new album, THE GREAT ADVENTURE, today on PROG magazine’s website.

Hear Pedro The Lion’s newest single, “Model Homes,”

LAYTO Drops EP Title Track The Low Boy TODAY

Born into the lower middle-class and raised in the cold suburbs of Boston, the last 5 years of Layto’s life were spent waking up before sunrise to earn his keep. He never listened to the cynics on the job site who consistently told him that no one from where he grew up goes into Music or the Arts. Through unshakeable belief, his relentless work ethic, and a little luck of the Irish; Layto learned to take the thoughts and melodies in his head and craft them into anthemic stories. Now an Indie act on the rise, Layto reveals his latest single, “The Low Boy.”

NIGHT FLIGHT share final single ‘Forever And’ from upcoming debut album (out this Friday)

London based indie-folk band Night Flight today release the final single ‘Forever And’ – from their forthcoming debut album Night Flight – set for release December 7th (this Friday) via CRC Records (Mt. Wolf, Roo Panes, Whyte Horses).


Today hotly-tipped pop star Astrid S, who recently hit one billion streams, shares a brand-new track with her fans, titled ‘Closer’. The sensual, acoustic guitar-led track shows Astrid’s ability to create open and honest lyrics. ‘Closer’ follows the narrative of a frustrated lover desiring the attention of someone who is in a relationship with someone else.

Of ‘Closer’, Astrid says:

‘I’m so happy that Closer is FINALLY OUT in the world. I feel like this song shows a different and more mature side of me, and I’m excited and a bit nervous for you to hear it.’

Astrid S wrote ‘Closer’ with Oscar Gorres, Ludvig Söderberg and James Allen. The track follows Astrid’s previous single ‘Emotion.’ The video for ‘Emotion’ was released earlier this month and has hit one million views across all platforms.

Billboard Unveils 2018 Year-End Charts

Billboard unveiled its full list of year-end music charts for 2018 today, including Top Artist, Top New Artist, Hot 100 Songs and Billboard 200 Albums, featuring Drake, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and more. Canadian singer-rapper Drake ruled the charts this year, leading the year-end Top Artists ranking with the success of his Billboard 200-topping album Scorpion and its many hit singles on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song of the year, “God’s Plan.” Drake is the first rap act to be the overall Top Artist of the year since 50 Cent in 2005, and just the third rap artist to ever lead the category, after 50 Cent and Nelly.


Long Beach, CA’s Rival Sons have announced plans for their first full North American headline tour. The dates include stops at New York’s Brooklyn Steel, Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and Los Angeles’ Henry Fonda Theatre. The Sheepdogs will support all US dates.

Ariana Grande shatters Vevo 100m view-count record

On Saturday, Vevo confirmed that “thank u, next” had broken the 24-hour Vevo record. Today, Vevo can confirm that Ariana Grande’s video is now the fastest video to reach 100 million views, a feat managed in under four days following the release of the video on Friday, November 30 at 3pm ET.

The “thank u, next”video features Kris Jenner playing Ariana’s mom as well as a playful representation of some of movies most iconic romantic comedies. The scenes feature cameos from Jennifer Coolidge, Jonathan Bennett, Troye Sivan, Colleen Ballinger, Daniella Monet, Elizabeth Gillies and Stefanie Drummond.

Metal/Hardcored Act Ovtlier Release Nightmarish Video via Tattoo.com (US) and Impericon Magazine (UK)

Led by the enigmatic vocalist/songwriter, Joey Arena, Ovtlier have already captivated more than 60K daily followers online. What Doesn’t Kill You was released with rave reviews from Loudwire, Revolver, Alt Press, Metal Nexus, Pure Grain Audio, ABC News Rochester, among others, and the band just signed with The Orchard/Curtain Call.

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: “Vice” by Ovtlier

XXXTentacion Foundation & EMPIRE Present ‘Skins’ Album Release Party In Miami On 12/6

Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE will be hosting the official Skins Album Release Party. The exclusive event celebrates the arrival of XXXTentacion’s first posthumous album Skins – available at the stroke of midnight on December 7th. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to the record first during the private preview as well as witness performances from DJ Carnage and London On Da Track, Trippie Redd, Ski Mask the Slump God, PnB Rock, Matt OX, Member’s Only with DJ Scheme and more. The concert, produced by SWARM and powered by 1AM, can be live-streamed via LiveXLive at 9pm

DEADBIRD: Kerrang Magazine Premieres “Heyday” Video

Long-running Arkansas psychedelic doom/sludge metal outfit DEADBIRD – formed by current and former members of Rwake, Iron Tongue, Pallbearer, and more – released their first new album in a decade in October, delivering the massive III: The Forest Within The Tree through 20 Buck Spin. The band now presents their first-ever music video, created for the LP’s “Heyday,” which now sees an exclusive premiere at Kerrang Magazine.


After releasing their new studio album While We’re At It, touring the U.S., hosting their inaugural “summer of ska” Cranking & Skanking Fest, and performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Mighty Mighty BossToneS proudly announce the line-up for their HomeTown ThrowDown 21. On Friday December 29, The BossTones will be joined by The Aggrolites from Los Angeles and Stray Bullets from Boston; Bedouin Soundclash from Toronto and R.W.W. (Reggae Workers of the World) Vic Ruggiero & Jesse Wagner kick things off on Saturday, December 29; and young punks Color Killer (from Marlborough, MA) will support the 4pm afternoon matinee on Sunday, December 30.

Darkwave Crooner Panic Priest Releases New Video “Die Divine”

Die Divine is the latest single off Panic Priest’s self-titled album which was released earlier this year on Negative Gain Productions. Vocalist/Multi-Instrumentalist/Composer Jack Armondo explains the meaning behind Die Divine.

Crooning Darkwave Project Panic Priest Premieres the Video for “Die Divine”

Sean Paul Releases Music Video For “Naked Truth” feat. Jhene Aiko


“Out of Body,” THE YEARS’ newest release, tells of a lone entertainer wrapped up in a mostly delusional existence, performing for an audience that doesn’t necessarily exist. By likening this warped perception to an “out of body” experience, this song is about how, at the end of the day, everyone just wants to be noticed and appreciated.

Australian Songstress and YouTube Star Arlene Zelina Drops NEW Track via LADYGUNN

Zelina has gained an extensive following with her flawless vocals in her viral Youtube covers. After uploading her first video, her career skyrocketed. Her cover of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” has racked up 14 million views, and that number is still growing. She has over 230,000 followers across all her social media platforms, and has captured the attention of several international celebrities including Ryan Seacrest, Jason Derulo, and Ellen DeGeneres. Additionally, she has been featured on EllenTube.com by Ellen DeGeneres, on RyanSeacrest.com, and as a spotlight artist on Youtube.com. Zelina was previously signed to Future History, Jason Derulo’s record label. She continues to work with award winning producers and musicians who have worked with pop icons including Selena Gomez, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Fifth Harmony, and more.


YNW Melly Releases “MELLY” Documentary    

The Chavez Ravine shares video for “Bermuda Triangle”, part of Dangerbird’s MICRODOSE Series

“I think our name The Chavez Ravine does mean something, considering we are all SoCal Latinos making music that’s not metal, as a DJ or playing hip-hop,” Nieto says. “Our DNA is more Devo vs. Wipers.”

Burgeoning, Swedish Amuse Songwriter Marlene Oak Releases NEW Single via Pancakes and Whiskey

Growing up on a small island outside Stockholm, singer-songwriter Marlene Oak turned to music as her escape. After spending her teenage years busking on the streets of the Swedish capital’s Old Town, she first got discovered by someone who simply happened to pass by. After releasing a couple of songs, she has gone all in as a live artist, and built her following on the pub and festival stages around the country. Marlene Oak has enchanted audiences with her folk-rock melodies as the opening act for Miss Li, Whitney Rose, Susto, and she has been a part of the lineup at festivals such as Way Out West, STHLM Americana and Irisfestivalen.

Forgery: Release of Lyric Video Demon of Self

Silverbacks reveal live video for ‘Just In The Band’

Irish art punks Silverbacks delve into themes of false idolatry and deeper connection in their latest track. Produced by Daniel Fox from fellow Dubliners Girl Band, ‘Just In The Band’ carries the same nagging unease as previous single ‘Dunkirk’ with taut drums and unrelenting bass underpinning seasick guitar arps and Daniel O’Kelly’s blunt commentary on the ‘problems down the back’. Feedback soaked and frazzled, it sees the band step further away from their indie roots and more into the groove – if the groove covered itself in petrol and dared you to light the match.