@skopemag news for april 2, 2019 @ 11 am est


XO Records/Republic Records signee Nav’s album Bad Habits has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and is the #1 streaming album with 80 million streams first week in the US and 155 million streams worldwide to date making it one of the biggest Hip Hop debuts of the year. It also debuted #1 on Apple Music and #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart. The album, which was executive produced by The Weeknd and XO co-founder Amir “Cash” Esmailian, has received high praise from fellow artists such as Nas, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, Future, A$AP Rocky, Lil Durk, DJ Khaled, Gunna, Pusha T, DJ Mustard, 2 Chainz and many more. Bad Habits is the fourth No. 1 album for XO, following three earlier chart-toppers for The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness (in 2015), Starboy (2016) and My Dear Melancholy, (2018).The project was followed by the Bad Habits Deluxe edition which includes eight bonus tracks featuring collaborations with Future and fellow XO Records label mates 88GLAM.

2Tone legend Neville Staple defies violence on ‘Put Away Your Knives’

The Neville Staple Band has released their new single ‘Put Away Your Knives’, a 2Tone influenced punky ska and reggae mix with on-point lyrics addressing the growing knife crime problem in the UK. This is a lyrical and musical cry to young people involved in knife crime, motivated by a tragic event that struck their family in September 2018 – the fatal stabbing of Neville’s 21-year-old grandson Fidel Glasgow.

Opelousas drop new single + video ‘Dear John’

Inspired by the Louisiana town of the same name, Australian trio Opelousas serve up a spicy slice of Swamp blues. They are the combined force of smoky blues star Kerri Simpson, country rocker Alison Ferrier and original Collard Greens and Gravy drummer Anthony “Shorty” Shortte and ‘Dear John’ is their first single.

The new single + music video from Oakland indie punks Shutups

HEAT OF DAMAGE Predict The Coming Of The ‘Cataclysm’

Cataclysm is a dark and progressive blend of a variety of heavy music. Heat Of Damage crosses aggressive styles such as thrash metal, groove metal, hardcore, and even stoner metal. Each track keeps a consistent sound of heavy metal with tight vocal chemistry, infectious instrumentation and captivating songwriting that is driving yet unpredictable. While spinning down a wild path of chaotic elements, the album can effortlessly do the opposite and immerse you in an emotional whirlwind of blissful melody.

The One Armed Man released and streamed new album ‘#1’

As announced previously : about 3 years after their second full-length effort (‘Paper Bird’, 2016), French Rock/Folk/Bluegrass four-piece The One Armed Man just officially released a brand new album called ‘1’ and available right now for CD & Digital editions through Flying Cow Prod / Inouïe Distribution..

Introducing Frankie Swain

​​Released on April 2nd, it is the first single from a body of work created with PictureHouse songwriters Dave Browne and Yann O’Brien in Dublin over the last 6 months.

Lucy Gallant – ‘Not Normal’ Single

‘Lucy’s a talented songwriter, singer, and musician. Her gigs in the Pussy Parlure and Gully Stage in both 2015 and 2017 were so entertaining, she got the whole audience singing. A real pleasure! Her songs are smart, intelligent and funny… interacting with her audience so naturally and her voice is beautiful and unique, different, like someone you remember such as the likes of Billie Holiday or Amy Winehouse. We look forward to her return.’ – Malcolm Haynes, Glastonbury Festival Programmer

Worakls Sparks Wanderlust with the Official Video to ‘Entrudo’

Worakls has unveiled the cinematic official video for ‘Entrudo’, the lead single from his highly anticipated debut album ‘Orchestra’ which was released on 8th March.

James Hersey x Jeremy Loops Share ‘My People’ Official Video

Co-written by Hersey and Loops, ‘My People’ is a gloriously upbeat indie-pop track which compliments both artist’s unique vocals as they flow back and forth, then congregate on the infectious chorus over the guitar-led production. The track has now garnered over 1.8M streams on Spotify alone. James finished supporting Jeremy on his headline European tour which included a sold-out London gig at Roundhouse back in February. The brilliantly shot video brings together multiple footage that was taken from their time on the road.

Mötley Crüe’s, The Dirt Soundtrack Lands on Billboard’s Top 10, A First in Over a Decade!

The Dirt Film has generated a significant increase in total consumption, not only for The Dirt Soundtrack but for Mötley Crüe’s entire catalog much like Bohemian Rhapsody has done for Queen.

Athrox – release new video for “Fallen Apart”

Fallen Apart is a criticism of those who in history have always thought of their own interests and not those of humanity, establishing imaginary boundaries that limit the awareness that, after all, we all live on the same planet and there would never have been any need to make wars.

Coffee from Grits colabs with K-C Wonder on his first release!

J Pierson just produced the debut single, Call My Name for new Hip Hop artist K-C Wonder. With a sound akin to 90’s rap, the single promotes an inspirational theme motivated by his Christian faith.


‘Switch Up’ comes off the back of her spellbinding EP ‘THE PROLOGUE’ which unearthed a handful of tracks that grabbed the attention of global gatekeeper to R&B, DJ Ace, who supported Marcelle on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show. The EP also saw Pride Magazine highlight her as their ‘One to Watch’ whilst the likes of Neon Music stated that she “deserves to be heard by millions of people”. She has previously performed alongside the 1975 and collaborated with Melissa Steel, so it is safe to say she is ticking a lot of boxes, and quickly to!

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles ft. B.Slade Perform “Inner City Blues”

Watch Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles and multi-talented Gospel artist B.Slade perform an extended live edition of the Marvin Gaye classic “Inner City Blues” at Jammcard’s invite-only JammJam event in Los Angeles.

Brad Armstrong Shares Video for Maria Taylor Duet “Fishing Pole”

“I always liked the minimalist thing, and wide-open spaces, which I almost never go for,” Armstrong tells American Songwriter. “And I thought Maria Taylor would be a lovely duet partner on this one. So I dusted it off and shined on it a little bit and sent it over to her.”

Brad Armstrong Dredges “Fishing Pole” Up From The Vault