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Nikita Bassi releases ‘Rescue’ video featuring drag queen Santi Storm

Nikita Bassi has released the video for her new single ‘Rescue’, taken from her debut EP Satin out now.

The video celebrates empowerment and features performances from Nikita and drag queen Santi Storm. It reflects the themes for the bold pop song, which tackle the intricate feelings behind a toxic relationship.

Scotty McCreery to Perform at Ryman Auditorium March 11, 2020

Fresh off two consecutive Platinum-certified No. 1 hits, the ACM, BMI and CMT Award-winning Scotty McCreery will perform at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. This will be the Triple Tigers recording artist’s first concert at the “Mother Church” in six years. Special guests for this show will be singer/songwriter Heather Morgan and rising star Adam Doleac.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10:00 am Central at Ryman.com and Ticketmaster.com, with the Scotty McCreery Fan Club Pre-Sale happening tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 10:00 am Central, and the Ryman Pre-Sale taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 10:00 am Central.

SIMPLE MINDS 40: THE BEST OF 1979 – 2019

On November 1st, UMe will release 40: THE BEST OF – 1979-2019, a new compilation album that covers all 40 years of legendary band Simple Minds recording career. It captures their early experimentation, cross over chart successes, right up to their new imperial phase represented by songs from 2015’s Big Music and last year’s Walk Between Worlds, which was their highest chart success in over 20 years, charting at number 4 in the UK.

Alright Announces Solo Dates in Japan!

Alright will be taking their songs overseas this November. Sarah Blumenthal (guitar/vocals) will be playing two solo shows in Japan. The Charlotte fuzz-pop trio released their Black Numbers debut, On The Outs, in December of 2018.

Tour Dates:
Nov 16 Kyoto Japan @ Sound Studio BEATFREE
Nov 17 Tokyo Japan @ Kita-Senju Studio PACKS

Super Marine release debut single ‘Decadent Flowers’

Blackwood’s Super Marine release their super anthemic debut single ‘Decadent Flowers’ this Friday! (4th of October 2019). A supercharged power pop-rock anthem, laced with glistening riffs, singalong refrains, energetic percussion and arms aloft choruses that recall to mind the anthemic work of the Foo Fighters, the melodic hooks of Jimmy Eat World and Ash and the rhythmic urgency of The Gaslight Anthem.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi Announces Mini-Album ‘Dissolution’

Jaakko Eino Kalevi, the Finnish psych-pop voyager, returns with a new mini-album called Dissolution, set for release on November 22nd via Weird World. Never one to repeat himself, these seven songs form a sparkling new constellation in the Kalevi universe as he draws deep for a set that explores the cosmic implications of a life being well lived.

Today, Jaakko is pleased to share the title track, “Dissolution”. On the song, Jaakko teams up with the Berlin-based Taiwanese singer Yu-Ching Huang; as he sings in his native tongue, she responds: “I won’t make contact / I enter the limit state”.

DEAD CAN DANCE Announce North and South America Tour in April & May 2020

Dead Can Dance will be embarking on an extensive North and South American tour beginning in Philadelphia, PA on April 17, playing shows across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Peru and ending with two shows in Santiago, Chile on May 24 and 26.

The tour sees Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerrard and full backing band return to the Americas for the first time since Coachella in April 2013.

Dylan Perkons – “Love Like Mine” – My New Single

“I knew early on that I wanted to work with producer Jonas Bonnetta of the folk group Evening Hymns, and had the distinct privilege of recording at his secluded Port William Sound studio in Mountain Grove, ON. The woods were the perfect backdrop for an album that required – above all else – space. While The Healing Day (out October 18th) is my first solo album, it represents a much longer journey.”

EMILY BREEZE to release interstellar doo wop single ‘Heaven’s Gate’ ahead of London show

The fourth single from Emily Breeze’s debut album Rituals, “Heaven’s Gate” is a glacial slice of Sci-Fi propaganda which was inspired by a documentary about the 90’s Christian U.F.O cult of the same name. Emily says, “I was interested in how a seductive promise of eternal salvation can compel a person to hand over all personal agency to devote themselves entirely to a belief system, especially one as bizarre and deadly as Heaven’s Gate”. Written from the perspective of the cult leader, this is interstellar Doo Wop for all the drifters, loners, dropouts and seekers out there. Emily and her cohorts invite you to join the psychedelic dance, cast off your earthly shells and drink the Kool Aid!

808 Release Hallucinogenic Music Video For The Ludwig Question

Acid-house pioneers 808 State release the video for “The Ludwig Question” ahead of new album Transmission Suite, a record that remains true to the forward-thinking ethos of this remarkable band.

The Ludwig Question is an athletic future bass cut that pulses and gyrates with an intense mechanical energy that blends perfectly with the choreography and dance by the New York City PNDT (Patricia Noworol Dance Theater).

DaBaby’s ‘KIRK’ Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200

South Coast Music Group and Interscope Records is thrilled to announce that DaBaby’s new album KIRK has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 145,000 album equivalents. Released on September 27, KIRK cements the North Carolina rapper’s status as one of the brightest and most exciting stars of 2019.


Toronto’s Kiwi Jr. are excited to announce worldwide release of their debut album Football Money, via Persona Non Grata Records, who turned heads with Pip Blom’s debut EP in 2018.

Luke Combs to headline Appalachian State University’s Kidd Brewer Stadium

Marking another massive career milestone, Luke Combs is set to headline his first ever stadium show at Appalachian State University’s Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC on May 2, 2020.

Tickets for the show—which will feature special guests Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker—will be available for verified pre-sale starting next Tuesday, October 8 at 2:00pm ET with general on-sale following on Friday, October 11 at 10:00am ET. Combs’ official fan club, The Bootleggers, will once again have early access to tickets through Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale starting next Tuesday, October 8 at 10:00am ET.

The stadium show is part of Combs’ newly confirmed “What You See Is What You Get Tour.” The 2020 run continues Combs’ historic success on the road with all ten of the first concerts selling-out immediately after going on-sale this past Friday including two record-breaking feats:

Lexington KY’s Rupp Arena sold-out in 12 minutes—breaking the record for the fastest sell-out in the venue’s 43-year history (previously set by Paul McCartney)
University Park, PA’s Bryce Jordan Center broke the venue’s record for fastest single-show sell-out (previously held by Luke Bryan)



“With stirring harmonies and a storyline that comes to life on the screen, the hurt within What Could’ve Been cuts deep,” Annie Reuter, Billboard

“…(the video is) emotive and thought-provoking, using the beauty of Tennessee’s Big East Fork Valley as the backdrop for a heartbreaking story,” Christine Vinson, The Boot

[Audio] Kwamé – “I’m Done” [prod. Centric]

As ‘Cuffing Season’ approaches and most of you are likely sick of the sight of your temporary summer dalliance, use this new single as the inspiration to tell them “I’m Done.” Oakland producer and one half of westcoast Hip-Hop group Grand Opus, Centric [Sean Price, Kool G Rap, MURS, Fashawn] introduces Jersey City, soul vocalist Kwamé as they team up for this heartfelt, break-up tune “I’m Done” – Sit back, relax and enjoy the vibes. #kwame #imdone

Kim Cameron & Side FX Release New Video “Simply Naked”

International award-winning and Billboard chart-topping EDM artist, Kim Cameron, releases her new video “Simply Naked”.


“‘deep end’ is a really special record that came to me after hours of persistent writer’s block. My producer and I had had an exhaustingly full day in the studio; I was weary from marathon sessions and almost ready to give up and call it a night. After taking a beat, we turned all the instruments off and I silently sat in the studio and semi-hopelessly waited for inspiration. It was then in the quietness of the late night that the centric melody came to me, and the story began to unfold. It was clear from the get-go that I was writing someone else’s story…what it really means to meet another human halfway with unbridled vulnerability.”

Rollo, Dido and Sister Bliss (Faithless) – new R Plus album project

The Last Summer is the first of a planned series of albums by Rollo under the moniker R Plus and is set for release via Loaded Records on 11th October. The first singles from the album, Summer Dress and Those Were The Days, were released without revealing the musicians behind it, although eagle-eared listeners spotted the distinctive vocals of Dido on the song. Yes, the collaborative “Plus” in this release is none other than the producer’s sister. A new single from the LP, My Boy, is out now.

Hailee Steinfeld “Afterlife (Dickinson)” Music Video Out Now

Released earlier this month via Republic Records, “Afterlife (Dickinson)” has already amassed over 6 million streams. Upon release, Rolling Stone described it as a “haunting, buoyant pop song,” Billboard called it both “moody” and “sparkling,” while Idolator declared, “she ups the ante…the track is darker and more poetic than any of her previous singles.”

Hailee Steinfeld debuts music video for "Afterlife (Dickinson)"

Tenille Townes’ “Jersey On The Wall” music video debuts today

Of the video, Townes shares, “Leaving space in this video for people to insert their own emotions and think of people in their own stories was so important to me. There’s an anchor of light coming in through the gym window, across the lockers and in the hallways that represents the ever-present hope that is still there, even in the darkest of losses. We were able to use the actual jerseys of Danielle and Drayton, who were both the inspiration behind this song. It was so emotional seeing both of their #9s hanging there during the video shoot and it means so much to have their jerseys be such a big part.”

BRKN Love Premiere “Paper Cuts” Video + Announce Release Date

BRKN LOVE, the brain child of 21 year old Toronto native Justin Benlolo, will release their self-titled debut November 22 via Spinefarm Records. The album, produced by Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights), was recorded live to tape preserving a raw and real feeling in the riffing tempered by relatable and emotional lyrics.