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Jamie Jones and Darius Syrossian collab on brand new track ‘Rushing’

Two of dance music’s most exciting and influential acts, Jamie Jones and Darius Syrossian have teamed up for the brand new track ‘Rushing’, released today via Defected Records.

With its deep tribal drums, jacked-up beat and Strictly Rhythm vocal sample ‘Rushing’ is a perfect amalgamation of Jamie and Darius styles, making an impressive inaugural release as a pair.


Tori Kelly’s new album, Inspired by True Events (Capitol/School Boy Records), is out now and available everywhere. Tune in this morning to NBC’s “TODAY” to watch the two-time GRAMMY winner perform on New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza as part of the 2019 Citi Summer Concert Series. She will also perform on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on August 14.

Inspired by True Events marks a striking departure from the bright and breezy pop of her 2015 debut album, Unbreakable Smile. Like her 2018 passion project Hiding Place – winner of the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album, with hit single “Never Alone” named Best Gospel Performance/Song – Inspired by True Events keeps closely centered on her warm yet powerful vocal presence and extraordinary range. But this time around, Tori brings even greater depth to her songwriting, examining events that have shaken her world in recent years.

Jamie N Commons Releases “Fever Dreams EP” Today

British singer/songwriter Jamie N Commons releases his Fever Dreams EP today, August 9, on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. Commons has released a steady stream of music over the last several months including “Paper Dreams,” “Start Again”, “Won’t Let Go” and most recently “Heartbreak.” Along with new song “Something That You Know” these five tracks make up Fever Dreams EP.

Korean-American R&B Artist AUDREY Releases “Time” Along With Mesmerizing Video

“Self-assured minimal lyrics and dreamy snapshot-like visuals, as well as setting a precedent as one of the first Korean-American R&B artists breaking into the mainstream – how could we possibly not stan?” — WONDERLAND

“She takes musical cues from the greats, like Kanye West and Whitney Houston, while also being in a similarly self-made class of contemporary internet-pop upstarts like Slayyyter and as we discover, she is committed to excellence.” – PAPER MAGAZINE

Stone Jack Jones Shares “Mary Mary” Single, Announces New LP ‘Black Snake’ Out 9/13 Via yk Records

Today, Nashville-based indie folk artist Stone Jack Jones announces his new album Black Snake, sharing lead single “Mary Mary.” Yesterday, Glide Magazine premiered the track and announced the upcoming release, calling it, “a gritty and emotive nugget that captures Jones at his most poignant. There is a breezy and cinematic aura to the track that mixes Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan production with Jones’ well-seasoned Nashville voice.” Black Snake LP is out September 13th via yk Records.

ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT/PREMIERE: Nashville Veteran Folk Artist Stone Jack Jones Returns With New LP ‘Black Snake’ – Shares Lead Single “Mary Mary”


Platinum-selling UK collective Rudimental and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Elderbrook have unveiled their highly-anticipated collaboration – “Something About You,” out today via Big Beat Records and joined by an inspirational official music video – watch here.


The hottest sequel of the summer arrives today!

Four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplati The hottest sequel of the summer arrives today!

Already, recent singles—”Act A Fool” [feat. Wale], “BIG TIME” [feat. Swizz Beatz], and “Gold Roses” [feat. Drake]—tallied a cumulative total of 20 million-plus streams and counting. Elsewhere on the project, he blasts off vicious rhymes during “Born To Kill” [feat. Jeezy] and “Bogus Charms” [feat. Meek Mill]. Meanwhile, he continues a longstanding tradition with the sixth installment of his timeless “Mayback Music” song series in “Maybach Music VI” Elsewhere, “Rich ***** Lifestyle” [feat. Nipsey Hussle & Teyana Taylor] unites him with the late Los Angeles MC Nipsey Hussle on an eternal anthem.

Ezra Jordan – My New Single: “Is It Just Me”

“My new single – “Is It Just Me” – was written about a break-up I went through. It wasn’t your typical breakup because it happened while we were travelling together in South-East Asia. It was sad, but we agreed it was for the best. However, things changed for me once I got back home from the trip. She continued to travel for 6 months after we parted ways, and it seemed like every time I went online, I was seeing her moving on so well from the breakup while having the time of her life. I, on the other hand, was back in our hometown, surrounded by constant reminders of our time together. Thinking about her was totally inescapable, and I got the idea for this song during one of those sleepless nights where I couldn’t get her out of my head.”


Speaking about the EP the band state:

We liked that idea of creating a studio space in a place that is not a studio. So

beginning of the year we said goodbye to Berlin and took the band with us to Spain to record new tracks. We had no distractions during that time and I think you can hear that in the music. The “Love Is Not An Empire” EP is the extract and product of composing in foreign lands. No studio, no daily distractions – just simple means of a synth, a mic and a guitar. Production with drums and overdubs came afterwards in Berlin but we really came to the conclusion: Minimalist composition is really the only way to write a good song. These songs are about freedom, living your passion and cutting the ties that bind and isolate us.”


London’s brightest rising star Hamzaa has released her new EP Phases. The EP features the track ‘Sunday Morning,’ and is a personal exploration of the situations Hamzaa finds herself in with lovers, using the songs to come to terms with what love really means to her.

‘Sunday Morning’ is about how she feels the best relationships blossom naturally and how the beginnings of a relationship hold limitless potential. ‘Home’ sees her confronting a lover to ask them to decide what they want, while ‘Unlucky’ is about wearing her heart on her sleeve and falling for the wrong people.

Joywave collaborates with Marvel Comics for new song; on tour with Bastille

Produced at Joywave’s own studio in Rochester, NY by Joywave founder Daniel Armbruster, arranged by Armbruster and his fellow band members Joseph Morinelli, Paul Brenner, and Benjamin Bailey, and then mixed by Dan Grech-Marguerat (The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey), “Obsession” virtually encapsulates the genre-busting history of Joywave into one glorious track, melding irresistible electronic pop with typically sharp social commentary to fashion what Armbruster calls “a Cliff’s Notes version of where the band has been and where they intend to venture next.”

Jake Miller Drops EDM-Pop Track “NERVOUS”

Triple threat singer, songwriter, and producer Jake Miller continues his roll out of summer singles with the release of EDM-pop track “NERVOUS,” available across all digital streaming platforms today via RED MUSIC. Written by Miller and produced by Tomos, the budding 17-year-old DJ, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, “NERVOUS” follows “OCEAN AWAY” and marks the second of five new songs to be released by Jake this summer prior to hitting the road with Hoodie Allen this fall.

Half Moon Run Return with “Then Again” – Fall US Headline Tour

Montreal-based quartet, Half Moon Run, return with new song, “Then Again” out now via Glassnote Records. The band recently completed their third album with producer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, The Strokes) which is expected later this year.

Imani Coppola to Release Dazzling New Album THE PROTAGONIST October 4th

NYC-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Imani Coppola is announcing her upcoming spectacle of a record, The Protagonist, out October 4, 2019 via Ipecac Recordings. An album for a sunny day in the depths of an inevitable dystopia, The Protagonist radiates with a sense of urgency and inspiration – every song fraying at the edges from Imani’s barefaced need to deliver her message, coming from a place of love, hurt, deep emotion, or a momentous compulsion to be abrasive as fuck. As a mirror to her sense of urgency and chaos, The Protagonist shifts genres like a gymnast, flawlessly morphing from the Country hoe-down of “Blackteria” to the rhythmic 60s girlgroup of “Rattle” to the piano-led balladry of “Contributing Member of Society” without a misstep or tumble.

OTF Rapper Doodie Lo Balls Like “Lonzo” in His New Video

Melodically relating the realities of street life, Only The Family’s Doodie Lo stands up for his hometown of Kankakee, IL (just outside of Chicago). In his element among his bros and a cadre of models, Doodie Lo shares “Lonzo,” his new video single. Wielding his raspy voice atop a poignant drill instrumental, Doodie Lo lays out his mission statement on the new single, revealing that his music is a way of life, not just a way to get rich: “2300 bring them 50s and them choppas out/Used to leave school, play point-em-out knock-em out/Now I’m in the booth every song put my soul in it/Stand ten toes down, I don’t need no n****.” In the video, Doodie Lo switches from the kitchen, where he supervises his operation, to the garage, where he dances by his coupe with a bevy of beautiful women. Named after the New Orleans Pelicans basketball player and Big Baller Brand representative Lonzo Ball, “Lonzo” follows Doodie Lo’s video for “Time Out,” released in May.

Watch Joel Rafael’s Powerful Video for ‘Abraham, Martin and John’

This is a song Joel Rafael always wanted to record but the time never felt more right until now. Inspired when he saw it performed by Bob Dylan and Clydie King, Rafael asked Eliza Gilkyson to sing it with him because they grew up during the same era and took away many of the same values and feelings represented in this song written by Dick Holler in 1968. When singing it, Rafael not only thinks of the subjects in the song, but also of others gone too soon, who championed values that make the world a better place for every one.

Premiere: Joel Rafael’s Powerful Video for ‘Abraham, Martin and John,’ Off His New LP ‘Rose Avenue’


“There’s no need for skepticism when it comes to the talents of Tilian Pearson.” –The Noise / Live Nation

“Explosive, emotional and absolutely stunning, every single track on The Skeptic shines for an entirely different reason.” –The Prelude Press


MY DARLINGS A DEMON, with its themes of betrayal, juxtaposition, and dishonor in love, took Kevin George far beyond his creative comfort zone. For the first time, he found himself record­ing and writing outside his bedroom as he collaborated with other producers and musicians.

OUT TODAY: Poni Capri Brings Hip-Hop Back To 90s Basics With New EP ‘Dark Candy’

Releasing her EP ‘Dark Candy’ today, Poni Capri has come a long way since growing up in East London. Given her name because she can “ride over any rhythm,” her birthplace continues to influence both her music and how she lives her life. Now spending her time between London and Atlanta in America, she has battled through violent gang culture, homelessness and sexual exploitation before her luck changed, leading her to work with the likes of Lil Wayne and D12’s Mr Porter.


The track follows the release of her single “More in the Morning,” which garnered major buzz with coverage from Billboard, Rolling Stone and more and reached the #23 on the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Songs Airplay chart. A live version of Angelica singing “All I Do Is 4 U” can also be heard on VEVO’s DSCVR.

Rich Brian premieres video for “100 Degrees,” new album The Sailor out now

Brian is set to perform songs from The Sailor for the very first time at 88rising’s Head in the Clouds Festival on August 17. He will also embark on a headline tour of North America this October with stops at New York’s Terminal 5, Chicago’s House of Blues, Seattle’s The Showbox and more.


GRAMMY-nominated Dumont has amassed over 2 billion streams across his back-catalogue of previous anthems, scoring huge success with platinum-selling UK #1 singles “Need U (100%)” and “I Got U.” Dumont has also produced “Swish Swish” the from Katy Perry’s Prism album.

Bridal Party Premieres “Speak Easy” via New Noise Magazine

Victoria, BC art-pop quintet Bridal Party have always had the goal of making pop music they like. Now with the approaching release of debut full-length Too Much (due August 23rd on Kingfisher Bluez) the band find themselves at a critical moment: as songwriters and collaborators presenting their personal vision.

Track Premiere: Bridal Party – Speak Easy

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole premieres “Go On” from her upcoming album “Revolution” (out 9/13) via Parade Magazine

“‘Go On’ began 26 years ago in 1993, a melody and groove I composed while living in San Francisco just starting my career,” Cole explains to Parade. “My manager Carter thought it was a hit (even though there were no words!) but I never finished the song. Carter is sadly no longer alive, I miss him very much, and I finally finished the song for him. I hope he is right about it, we’ll see! I think I just needed to live life a while in order to have something lyrically fitting for the music. Post-divorce, 13 years deep into my relationship with the love of my life, in all its struggle and beauty, I’ve found my words.”

Paula Cole Encourages You to ‘Go On’ With this Flowing Poetic Song

Rising Star Sister Duo, Ceraadi, Release Debut Project – Ceraadi’s Playlist

Popular LA based sister duo, Ceraadi, just released their highly anticipated ep; Ceraadi’s Playlist, today. The 5-track EP was created as a gift to Emaza and Saiyr’s loyal supporters also known as the ‘Ceriders’. Ceraadi’s Playlist showcases a dynamic range of singing and rapping over energetic beats reminiscent of the 90’s era. Outside of the sound, Ceraadi wanted to make sure that their lyrics stand true to who they are and inspire female empowerment, self-love and chasing your dreams. “We wanted to give our supporters music that expresses what they’re afraid to say and that it’s okay to love, hurt, hustle, and to unapologetically be you”, Ceraadi states.

Kelsey Waldon Releases Second Single from White Noise/White Lines + Announces Tour

In addition to the new single, Waldon just rolled out a number of previously unannounced tour dates. Waldon’s headlining tour will take place after a run of shows supporting John Prine on the west coast and includes stops in the midwest, a two-night stand in Waldon’s home state of Kentucky, a whirlwind week through the southeast, and a tour-ending run through Texas before she returns to Prine’s tour in December.

Nef The Pharaoh & ShooterGang Kony Host a Campsite Cookout in “Beat That Vest Up”

“It’s been nearly three years since Nef The Pharaoh took the Bay Area by storm with his breakout hit ‘Big Tymin’.’ Since then, under the tutelage of E-40, the South Vallejo rapper has become an ambassador of the region in his own right, championing artists like SOB X RBE, OMB Peezy, and others.” – The FADER

Megan Thee Stallion Owns Summer 2019 With “Hot Girl Summer” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign  

“The lifestyle choice of summer 2019: Hot Girl Summer.” – HUFFINGTON POST