Weekend Edition – @skopemag news for April 14, 2019 @ 11 am est

MEG MAC lets go of people who take without giving in new song, “I’m Not Coming Back”    

Meg Mac is thrilled to unveil her new single, ‘I’m Not Coming Back’. Using beautiful harmonies interwoven with an anthemic drum beat, the song explores the idea of letting go of someone who is only around when they need you.

Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths Set to Release New Album ‘Timeless’

Celebrating 55 years timelessly as an artist in the worldwide music fraternity, Queen Marcia Griffiths is set to release her new album currently available for pre – order. One of the foremost singers of Reggae music, Empress Marcia Griffiths, is continuing to break new ground. Her new album, which is appropriately titled ‘Timeless’, is a selection of 15 songs that pay tribute to the endurance of the Studio One label catalog, which boasts the most solid collection of foundation songs in the historic art forms of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae music.


The next chapter of her musical journey is a collaborative effort as LEELA JAMES & THE TRUTH. Today, they released a five-song ARE YOU READY? EP on Entertainment One (eOne). The first single and video (directed by child.) for “That Woman” can be seen on JAMES’ official YouTube page. She debuted “That Woman” at the inaugural Black Girls Rock! Festival that was held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on March 10. Her performance electrified the crowd with the lyrics, “I’m not ‘that woman’/You know my name/Don’t start this fire/You’ll go down in flames.”


With their unique fusion of pop and alternative, Grammy-nominated artist and producer duo XAXO recently delivered a new track in collaboration with Venezuelan duo Mau y Ricky, who are Latin Grammy Award nominees in their own right, and American actor, internet personality and musician Rudy Mancuso. Titled “Anda Pal Carajo,” or “APC” for short, the new collaborative exudes sensuality with its Spanish guitars and distinct Latin rhythms, while tongue-in-cheek lyrics make it clear from the onset that this is not your average love song.

Cris Jacobs Releases Acclaimed New Album ‘Color Where You Are’

Today, Cris Jacobs releases his acclaimed new album Color Where You Are via Blue Rose Music. After years of extensive touring with diverse acts like Greensky Bluegrass and JJ Grey, as well as bigger headliners like Sturgill Simpson and Steve Winwood, Color Where You Are weaves Jacobs’ soulful, signature blend of rock and Americana with lyrics that illustrate Jacobs’ new place in life, personally and professionally. Thematically, Color Where You Are spans from Jacobs learning to recognize the divisive nature of the current socio-political climate to the joys and challenges of becoming a husband and new father; the album’s title references Jacobs no longer having the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike and learning to write “between tours, coming home, changing diapers, fixing things around the house… whenever I could.” The album has received praise from Relix, JamBase, Glide Magazine, and The Washington Post, who commented that the album, “might be his finest yet.”

Painted Young Releases New EP “I’m Not Gonna Wait”

New Jersey-based alternative rock project Painted Young have released their brand new EP, “I’m Not Gonna Wait,” out on all digital music platforms NOW. Originally introduced through the “The Madhouse,” the EP’s lead single, “I’m Not Gonna Wait” is a culmination of hard work, determination, and tenacity. Painted Young’s frontman Chris Santos is filled with a vivacious energy – but that doesn’t take away from his darker layers. Santos spent time carefully crafting this EP after transitioning to a solo project, a move that was not expected, but deemed necessary. Lead single “The Madhouse” digs into the usage of metaphors to express the frustration of being alone in your personal mental health issues, while the remaining EP tracks expand on Painted Young’s sleek combination of pop punk, pop rock, and alternative influences. About “I’m Not Gonna Wait”, Santos states:

This EP is very long overdue, and it feels good to be finally putting new music out there. The songs on this EP are all based on personal experiences I’ve had. Whether the lyrics tend to be more direct (“Want your song? Here you go.”) or more metaphorical (“The Madhouse”), it’s all an extension of myself or something I’ve gone through.


Today, global superstar Becky G releases the music video for her new track “Green Light Go” via Kemosabe Records/RCA Records. The video was directed by Eif Rivera and shot in Becky’s hometown of Inglewood, CA. “Green Light Go” follows Becky’s latest track, “LBD”, which received rave reviews, with Idolator calling it a “bilingual smash” and Paper Magazine calling Becky a “bonafide urbano star”.



Right before his mainstage performance at Ultra Music Festival, Billboard Magazine revealed that Heldens was on their Billboard Dance 100 Artists of 2019 list. Listed by Run The Trap and EDM Identity as a “can’t miss act at this year’s festival,” the DJ played his highly energetic and engaging set to thousands of festival goers. Following his performance, Heldens set was the most widely viewed of the festival as well as the #1 most searched for online.

Sonta – “Type Of Way” – Out Now

“Jesus himself said “the truth shall set you free,” and singer-songwriter Sonta wants her man to take those words to heart and do better in her new single “Type Of Way.” – Soul Bounce

SoulBounce Exclusive: Sonta Just Wants The Truth In ‘Type Of Way’


Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced the release of SLEEPING GIANTS, a companion LP to be released July 5th (CD/DIGITAL, Aug 30th on LP) on COMBAT RECORDS, in conjunction with his upcoming memoir MORE LIFE WITH DETH, in stores July 16th via Jawbone Press. Co-written with Ellefson’s business partner Thom Hazaert, MORE LIFE WITH DETH is the follow up to Ellefson’s celebrated MY LIFE WITH DETH, and delves deeper into the later stages of Ellefson’s career, as well as a thorough exploration of the earliest days of Megadeth and beyond.

Logan Henderson Debuts “End of the World”

In a recent interview with Billboard, Logan shared his excitement for the release of “End of the World” by saying, “It’s a very sweet song. I think this is kind of like my first proper ballad that people get to see or hear, and it’s a really special one.”

New Lenny Bull single ‘Somebody’s Girl’ out today!

On her debut EP, ‘Sharp Teeth’, Lenny Bull gives honest, witty insight to her musings with timeless songwriting. Sometimes mischievous, sometimes provocative, sometimes humorous, her songs dive into relationships, getting over yourself, and not taking any bullshit.

Henry McIntyre announces new alternative folk rock single, “Box on the Ear” Due out April 19th

“Box on the Ear,” the new single by Henry McIntyre, is the sound of McIntyre’s change from black and white to color. Compared to his stripped-back debut, “Box on the Ear” is an explosion of sounds, bringing McIntyre’s alternative folk sound to new heights. McIntyre examines brooding thoughts about his place in the world and his inability to stop tragedy. This song is representative of an artist searching for meaning and bursting with creative energy. The single is available on all streaming platforms on April 19th. It is off McIntyre’s album Box on the Ear, due out May 24th.

MIST OF MISERY: Album ‘Unalterable’ of Swedish symphonic/atmospheric black metal group out today via Black Lion Records

Swedish symphonic/atmospheric black metal unit MIST OF MISERY’s highly anticipated third album, Unalterable, is out today in the form of 2CD Digipak via Black Lion Records.

Watch Grizzly Coast’s New “Half-Light Boy” Video

Grizzly Coast is the musical project of Toronto based indie-rock musician Alannah Kavanagh. Her background as a poet, mixed with her lifelong affinity for playing music led her to blend the two mediums on new single “Half-Light Boy.”