@skopemag news for February 17, 2019 @ 8 am est


Fueled By Ramen group ONE OK ROCK has released their widely anticipated new album EYE OF THE STORM, which is available today at all DSPs and www.oneokrock.com. The album is highlighted by lead singles “Stand Out Fit In” – which was released alongside an official music video directed by award-winning filmmaker Peter Huang (Martin Garrix, Avicii, Jessie Reyez), streaming HERE – and “Wasted Nights,” which features an official music video directed by Kyle Cogan streaming HERE.


Grammy award-winning Dancehall legend, Sean Paul, one of the best loved and most consistent hit makers in pop music, teams up with the one the only Stefflon Don for the release of his new Island single “Shot & Wine”.

Don’t Believe In Ghosts Release New Single “Don’t Wake Me Up” TODAY!

Don’t Believe In Ghosts kicked off 2019 by selling out their first ever headline show at NYC’s iconic Bowery Ballroom. Looking out across the room that Saturday night, it was evident not only in the faces present, but the energy they contained, that something special is happening. With an entirely new album ready to go for this year, Don’t Believe In Ghosts released their brand new single “Don’t Wake Me Up” today. The single was mixed by Ken Lewis who has worked with powerhouse artists X Ambassadors, Eminem, FUN, Bruno Mars, Lorde, One Republic, Kanye West, Drake, Des Rocs, and Lady GA GA. The video for the single will premiere March 1st!

Lowland Hum Share New Song “Drive Through the Countryside,” New Album out May 10

Lowland Hum have shared a new single from their highly anticipated new album Glyphonic out May 10. Titled “A Drive Through the Countryside,” the song is a serene rumination on nature’s expanse with ominous undertones. The band tell us, “This one stems from a poem Lauren wrote after feeling both moved and disturbed by the beauty of a drive through the countryside in rural VA. It explores the glory of the landscape here and the horrors of our local history as it relates to slavery and exploitation.”


Today, Grammy-nominated, global superstar Avril Lavigne releases her highly anticipated sixth studio album: Head Above Water, via BMG – available everywhere now. Gearing up for an exciting album launch week, Lavigne performed the title track from the album “Head Above Water” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America, with an upcoming performance on LIVE! With Kelly and Ryan on February 18. Her latest single “Dumb Blond” featuring Nicki Minaj was released earlier this week.

Peggy Sue bassist Benedict Benjamin announces new solo album ‘Truan

Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariners Children and Peggy Sue. Today he releases ‘Ain’t Easy’, the first single from his forthcoming album ‘Truant,’ a driving and melodic piece of sixties influenced garage rock.

OUT TODAY: Ian George ‘Kingdom Of My Youth’

Congratulations to Ian George whose debut album Kingdom of My Youth is out today. Kingdom of My Youth is Ian George’s debut solo album and his first divergence from strictly acoustic music. It’s an emotional, eight-song exhaltation of finding sweet childlike freedom in adult life. It was recorded at Labo M, the 17th Century manor originally built for King Louis XVI’s nephew in Paris, by invitation and with assistance of French rock legend Matthieu Chadid better known as M. Read the full story here.


Those who have ever faced a tempestuous relationship will find solace in Jasmine Thompson’s brilliant new song titled, loyal, off her new EP Colour – out March 29th.

Emmy-nominated actress/musician Ginesse releases “Noise” / RIYL: Lykke Li & Bats For Lashes    

Left of center singer Ginesse has used the mantra “It’s all just noise” to stay afloat throughout her life. Today, she premiered “Noise,” a perfectly composed track that accentuates her maxim through synthwave resonance as she searches for balance in chaotic times.

Ginesse is the moniker of Cait Fairbanks, inspired by a local street and her preferred choice of liquor. Raised in the suburban hills of sunny Orange County, the young songstress now calls the eclectic eastside of Los Angeles her home. In the songwriting semblance of the eccentric artists she has always adored: Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Fiona Apple, Ginesse has created a unique sound that’s not wholly mainstream but still irresistibly catchy. Through edgy effects and atypical tones, her vibe delivers a more modern version, highlighting a spirited voice filled with raw fervor and subtle soul on every one her songs.

Alice Phoebe Lou premieres new video, “Galaxies,” with COMPLEX

Having been ensconced in the studio working on her forthcoming album, Paper Castles, Alice Phoebe Lou is pleased to release the new single, “Galaxies.”

South African singer-songwriter, Alice has just announced a series of live shows in Europe, as well as North America, having sold out two Cape Town shows in February, which pre-empts her forthcoming album due 8th March. Overseen by Grammy winning producer Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom), “Galaxies” follows previous track, “Skin Crawl,” described by The FADER as ‘powerful and stunning,’ and is once again accompanied by visuals that portray Lou’s charm and elegant fragility.

Majid Jordan RnB inspired tones Samurai Champs with new single BAE

Samurai Champs are a culture crossing, Asian-Canadian hip-hop/RnB duo consisting of Merv xx Gotti’s smooth and impassioned vocals and Jeah’s distinctly more rap inspired aesthetic. New single ‘Bae’ is taken from their upcoming debut album this Spring.


Meghan Trainor first made history in 2014 with her diamond-certified smash single “All About That Bass.” The GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist stands out as “one of only five female artists to achieve a diamond certification from the RIAA”—an honor bestowed upon only 15 other singles to date. Thus far, she has garnered a GRAMMY® Award and achieved seven multi-platinum singles and two platinum albums, sold out three world tours, penned multi-platinum hits for peers across pop and country, and received countless industry awards and nominations. Expanding her influence, she starred on FOX’s hit series THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom for two seasons. Following 2018 anthems “No Excuses” and “Let You Be Right,” she celebrated Valentine’s Day 2019 with the love-themed six-song Love Train EP, which paved the way for more surprises to come.