#weekend edition – @skopemag news for july 27, 2019 @ 11 am est

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Live Nation Selected As One Of People’s Top 50 “Companies That Care”

Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, has been selected by PEOPLE as one of the top 50 U.S. “Companies That Care.” The publication’s annual ranking spotlights companies that have succeeded in business while also demonstrating respect, compassion, and concern for their communities, their employees, and the environment.


Today, Astralwerks released “Stay,” the evocative new single from OTR + WYNNE. Filled with yearning, the cinematic “Stay” cuts to the quick of a relationship at a turning point. For OTR, the song became entwined with his memories of a friend, creating an “emotional timestamp.”

Clairo Releases New Track “Sofia.” Debut Album “IMMUNITY”

Following her dazzling performance at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend, and as her sold-out North American arena tour supporting Khalid continues, Clairo teases another track from her forthcoming debut album IMMUNITY, this time with ‘Sofia.’ Co-produced by Rostam and Clairo, “Sofia is a song about my sexuality and about having a relationship with another woman. It’s also touching on celebrity crushes with older women like Sofia Coppola and Sofia Vergara.” The 20-year-old artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter revealed.

CRZY Ft. Chris Brown “Wanted” Out Now

On how he connected with Chris Brown, CRZY says, “this record came about because one of my managers had a relationship with Chris Brown. He was playing him some songs and one the songs he really liked, but he felt like the song could be better produced better. The team then suggested that I should reproduce it. So I sent it to Chris and he loved it and gave it to me to put out!”

Lykke Li’s “still sad still sexy” EP Out Today!

Lykke previously released “sex money feelings die (remix)” featuring Lil Baby and Snowsa in June and “two nights part ii” with Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign earlier this month. The original versions of “sex money feelings die” and “two nights” are featured on Lykke’s fourth studio album so sad so sexy released last year to critical acclaim.

Sophie Auster, “The Sound of New York” , To Tour With Bryan Ferry

Rising chanteuse Sophie Auster is slated for a special run of supporting dates with iconic British musician Bryan Ferry, who was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame this year for his work with Roxy Music. This intimate affair will run through the East Coast, with the symphonic pop diva taking the stage in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, and New York’s legendary Capitol Theatre.


“I Love You” was produced by Maejor to go beyond just being a feel-good track. Inspired by sound therapy, the track has been produced at 432Hz, a frequency synonymous with nature, the universe and is believed to have healing powers. Frequency ranges, currently under study by neuroscientists, are used in a variety of treatments around the world to help treat ailments including insomnia, anxiety, depression and Parkinson’s disease, and are commonly used to help assist with meditation.

Songwriter Stone Irr shares “Fine With Me” [ffo: Andy Shauf, Pedro the Lion]

Stone Irr’s new, second album Performance is equal parts heart-on-the-sleeve Midwestern indie and warm, West Coast pop, reflecting the artist’s Indiana upbringing and recent move to Los Angeles.

Cuco Releases Debut Album ‘Para Mi’ Via Interscope Records

Today, Cuco releases his debut album Para Mi via Interscope Records. The highly-anticipated full-length is in part a narrative of Cuco’s young life up to now. The project is a worthy introduction to Cuco as an artist, full of moments of self-reflection and more dynamic than previous releases – a triumphant expression of the community that helped build him.

Pollstar Live75 – Ed Sheeran, Rolling Stones, Dead & Co are #1, 2 & 3 for Second Consecutive Week

Ed Sheeran and Rolling Stones are once again at No.1 and 2, with Dead & Company holding on to No. 3.

Backstreet Boys’ fourth-place ranking as the chart’s HOT SHOT artist is the result of three performances in Europe with an average ticket count of 14,214.

Hugh Jackman also enters the chart for the first time this week with box office counts from six concerts on his “The Man. The Music. The Show.” tour that launched in May.

Rock veterans Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo take the NOISE MAKER moniker this week with a 10-position leap to No. 37 after spending three weeks on the chart.

German pop singer Lena makes her first appearance on the chart, entering at No. 46 with a sales average of 1,553 from 10 concerts. With ticket sales averaging 98% of capacity, she is the BREAKTHROUGH artist

Veridian Releases Hard-Hitting New Single, “Curtains”

Today, UK-based rock band, Veridian, has released their brand new single, “Curtains.” The track is the first song they’ve put out since signing with Revival Recordings earlier this month and will be featured on the band’s upcoming EP which is slated to be released early next year. The music video for the single premiered yesterday with Dreambound and is now available on the Revival Recordings YouTube channel.

The Highwomen’s “Crowded Table” out today

“Crowded Table” is the second song unveiled from the collective’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, which will be released September 6 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records. New merchandise is now available through exclusive pre-order bundles via The Highwomen’s official webstore. $4 from each bundle sale will be donated to She Is The Music—a nonprofit organization committed to driving inclusivity and equality for women in music with the goal of transforming the industry’s landscape.


Born in rural Ohio and currently based in Nashville, James Droll is an artist who takes the good with the bad. His collection of soul-searching songs explores the heart after the fall of a relationship, something that connects anyone who listens. The dark pop tunes are filled with stunning lyrics, tight harmonies, and swelling chords that reach right into the heart and twist with the sweetest of pain. In true James fashion, James also releases the video for “Self Sacrifice” featuring his llama club “llovable llamas” which sees James and his siblings showing llamas at a 4-H show.

Captured Tracks release new B Boys LP TODAY! :: On tour w/ Bodega and more!

The speed at which information is transmitted and consumed feels paralyzing, and that paralysis pissed me off. So the barrage of random images I had in my head while listening to the demos became reminiscent of the feeling I had when becoming mindless on the subway swiping through various applications and feeds on my phone. Paralyzed. Indifferent. Unfocused. Stuck. So I hope this song is a reminder to myself to take a step back from the speed of our daily life. Take a moment to breathe; think about what you want to spend your time doing.” – Brendon Avalos, B Boys

Korean Rock Band, DAY6, Top The Billboard Chart

Korean Rock Band, DAY6, showcase their star power this week with two Billboard charting placements for their 5th Mini Album, ‘The Book of Us : Gravity,’ and two 1st place wins in Korea for their newly released single “Time of Our Life.” Their album was the biggest debut tally this week, landing at #9 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart. In addition, ‘The Book of Us : Gravity,’ debuted on the Heatseakers Albums at #20, which according to Billboard is “a chart that sees far fewer Korean acts enter.”


Flawless & fierce…oozes zealousness…great attitude…confident & poised…unique…vigorous…explosive…vulnerable…honest…memorable…humble…feisty…tough…got swag…powerhouse…these are just some words that your peers have used to describe Carlos Vara…

Certified Classics Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Destiny’s Child’s The Writing’s on the Wall Breakout Album

Certified Classics, Legacy Recordings’ division for the celebration of Sony Music’s groundbreaking Hip-Hop and R&B catalog, is commemorating the 20th anniversary of Destiny’s Child’s iconic album, The Writing’s on the Wall, with the release of an exclusive clear-with-black-splatter vinyl edition via Urban Outfitters on November 1st, 2019. Today Certified also launches, via ESSENCE.com, “DC Writings 20: Destiny’s Child – Dating Commandments 2019,” an interactive tinder-like experience inspired by the original Destiny’s Child commandments of dating, one of the central themes on The Writing’s on the Wall.


Old Dominion frontman Matthew Ramsey explains, “‘Never Be Sorry’ is about that unfortunate realization when sometimes you’re in a relationship that just wasn’t what you thought it was and also wasn’t what it used to be. It can be a hard, sad and frustrating, but also important to remember that you loved that person and shouldn’t be apologetic for loving them. Maybe it didn’t work out, but like the song says, you cannot be sorry for falling in love with that person. Remembering those details, and the good parts that made the relationship unique and special, is what keeps it alive in some way, forever in your heart.”


Today, Lizzo released the highly anticipated video for “Tempo” featuring Missy Elliott. The video, directed by Andy Hines saw its premiere earlier this morning via an MTV Broadcast as well as a YouTube premiere. “Tempo” is of course highlighted on Lizzo’s critically acclaimed debut album CUZ I LOVE YOU, which has been featured on several “Best Of” lists as of late, including Time, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Variety and Entertainment Weekly to name a few.

Longwave release new single along with accompanying lyric video for “Dreamers Float Away”

Today, Longwave share a brand new single “Dreamers Float Away” along with a playful accompanying lyric video directed by Bill Moldt. Not only have Longwave shared a new single, they have also announced a new album, If We Ever Live Forever, out October 25 via Bodan Kuma Recordings.

“A long time ago, a recording engineer friend told me that he thought that our band made music that sounded happy and sad, at the same time. This song has that,” says Steve Schiltz, guitar/vocals of Longwave.


PVRX, the young singer who has put the Toronto urban community of Rexdale in the sights of hip-hop culture with his initial singles “Make It,” “Mixed By 40,” “Know Me,” and most recent “Is U Down” feat­uring Dave East, has released his debut EP, titled 3.14, via Def Jam Recordings. In addition to “Make It” and “Is U Down,” the EP contains five new previously unreleased tracks. Along with the release of the 3.14 EP, a documentary film will have its premiere, looking at the circumstances of growing up on the streets of Toronto’s notorious Rexdale projects.

Old Salt Union Releases New Single “Ebb and Flow”

“Ebb and Flow is what you get when you combine five guys who grew up outside the bluegrass culture, but came together with banjos and fiddles to make music” -Bluegrass Today

“breakout newgrass string band” – No Country for New Nashville

Third Eye Blind announce new album feat. Billy Corgan co-writes and more

“My current mood resonates with rebellion, energy, courage, and risk,” says Stephan Jenkins, on Third Eye Blind’s sixth full length album, “Screamer” out October 18th. “I seek to combine it with a percussive level of musical immediacy in this collection of songs to cultivate collective idealism and an unapologetic aspiration towards humanistic values.”

Skope single submission: Ariano, “How Can I?” (Evidence remix)

Southern California hip hop artist/producer Ariano presents the Evidence remix of “How Can I?”, a single from F–k You, I Love You, Pay Me, Ariano’s new album out now on his Popular Nobody imprint.

Icona Pop Release New Single “Next Mistake.”

“A sweetly-nostalgic, driving house tune with anthemic dance floor energy and soulful energy.” – Billboard