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Young Thug Drops New Music w/ ‘So Much Fun (Deluxe)’ & ‘Boy Back’ Video  

Consider this deluxe album your early holiday treat from iconic rapper and multi-platinum selling Young Stoner Life Records label head Young Thug, who had a massively successful 2019. So Much Fun sold over 131k units its first week, reaching #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, making it his highest selling album to date. Lead single “The London (feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott)” is already Platinum certified and is nominated for a GRAMMY award for Best Rap/Sung Performance. With over 1.5 billion streams in total consumption, inclusion in over 20 ‘Best Of 2019’ lists including Pitchfork, GQ, and Rolling Stone, the So Much Fun’s popularity and impact on culture is undeniable.


Rising Manchester four-piece Larkins release their new track ‘Pieces’- the second offering from their second EP due early 2020.

An exciting reputation is already being formed – their arena-scale blend of anthemic, synth-laden alt-pop reverberating with a growing number of kids with each subsequent release. Their two offerings for 2019 – the ‘TV Dream’ EP and the ‘Not Enough Love’ single have already amassed 5M streams and counting.

NLE Choppa Releases His Debut Project And Cinematic Experience, “Cottonwood” With UnitedMasters

With over a billion streams to his name, NLE Choppa has quickly become one of the hottest new rappers of 2019. Cottonwoodportrays the story of a 17-year-old boy who got everything he wanted faster than he ever imagined and the pressure that comes with it. Cottonwood Road, the street that Choppa grew up on, sets the stage for his ascension. The visual project is an unflinching look at the raw reality behind the viral videos and platinum plaques—this is what happens when the world knows you before you know yourself.

Drewkaboom Drops Hypnotic Rap Track – ‘Star Scream’

Despite his explosive name, DREWKABOOM is looking to enlighten the ears of music fans around the world via much more spiritual means, employing not just his MCing skills but also his training as a yogi and sound healer. The first track to be released from the forthcoming EP, Woo, is Lost Moon of Jupiter, a hypnotic journey into the metaphysical and elemental world of DREWKABOOM, with musical influences from the likes of Mos Def and Wu Tang Clan.

KILLY Flexes On His Haters With His Flawless ‘Fits in “Vendetta”

Inspiring devotion in his growing legion of fans, KILLY’s auto-tuned melodies aim directly for the pleasure centers of a rap fan’s brain. Coming through covered in diamonds and with some harsh words for his enemies, the Toronto native shares “Vendetta,” a brand new music video premiered by Highsnobiety. Produced by star boy, OUTTATOWN, and Jasper Harris, “Vendetta” finds KILLY weaving between swinging synth chimes and gently dancing hi-hats, keeping his friends close, but his enemies closer: “I gotta keep that shit real close cause’ I’m close with all my enemies/They try to take my soul and come round just to drain my energy/Walk in the store could buy everything/Still can’t put a price on loyalty.”


Today, Platinum-selling singer, songwriter, dancer and birthday girl, DaniLeigh, releases her long-awaited EP, My Present. The 4-song project perfectly depicts DaniLeigh’s artistic state of mind and serves as a prequel for new music to come next year. My Present is available now at all digital retail providers via Def Jam Recordings.

Bear Grillz Enlists rx Soul For His Latest “Nightmare”

Arriving just in time for the holiday season, Bear Grillz caps a celebratory 2019 with the moody rx Soul-assisted “Nightmare.” “Nightmare” immediately follows his HALIENE-assisted single “The Way We Were” and a deluxe version of his debut albums Demons, featuring 2 bonus tracks and 8 new remixes. Alongside his prolific output this year, Bear Grillz remained active on the live circuit, performing a recent B2B set with Adventure Club at EDC Orlando, and key sets at Global Dub Festival at Red Rocks, Escape Psycho Circus, and Get Freaky. Additionally, he is currently 35 dates deep into his own headlining Demons Deluxe Tour. He’ll close out the year with performances in Detroit, Oklahoma City, Boston and Louisville, before heading to San Francisco for Wobbleland next month.


Hoy, “El Dueño del Sistema”, J Álvarez junto con Genio “El Mutante” lanzan el sencillo “Sopórtame”, cancion que sera parte del disco completo “Los Jonson” que sale el primer trimestre del 2020. El esperado disco contiene 10 temas, con muchas sorpresas. Porque “Los Jonson”?, porque el Alter Ego de J. Álvarez es “Jonson” un hombre de calle, pero muy intelectual. En esta cancion, al igual que el disco completo, escucharas un J, mas calle, esencia del barrio, mostrando su diversidad. El tema se trata de superacion y que los que te rodean aunque no esten feliz, tendran que soportar el progreso. El video musical fue dirigido por Truviews y ya esta disponible en YouTube.


Profiled as one of Billboard’s 2019 Chartbreakers, 2019 was an incredible year for the burgeoning star with his breakout hit “Envy Me” reaching 3x platinum certification by the RIAA and hitting #34 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track has been streamed and viewed nearly 1 billion times. Calboy released his Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records debut project Wildboy, which boasted features from Meek Mill, Young Thug, Lil Durk, Yo Gotti and more. The project is currently being recognized on many year-end “Best of 2019” lists including Rolling Stone, Noisey, Hot New Hip Hop, XXL and more.

Danny De La Rosa Releases New Single “Acid Flame”

The results of Danny’s journey have been pleasing. His first single, co-produced with Marc Kapetan, “Acid Flame” is due out Friday, December 20th. Danny De La Rosa has already established his directive as he auditioned and jammed with the band KISS when Ace Frehley left the band. In addition, while at Arista Records, Danny had three of the songs he wrote chosen by record mogul Clive Davis. All three charted brilliantly on the radio. Clearly, Danny De La Rosa’s passion for music will continue to keep growing.

Ashley McBryde Debuts Video for “One Night Standards”

GRAMMY-nominated artist and songwriter Ashley McBryde debuted her new music video for current single “One Night Standards,” the first of a three-part storyline that will be released over the upcoming weeks. The video made its debut on YouTube this week, along with two digital billboard counterparts in Times Square in New York City and in Los Angeles at The Staples Center.

Monsta X & Sebastian Yatra Release “MAGNETIC”

About the collaboration, Sebastian Yatra said, “I’m so happy to be a part of MAGNETIC, my new song with MONSTA X, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Los Angeles. It was an incredible experience, being able to record such an important South Korean group and being able to take my voice to new markets thanks to this great blend of cultures, languages and genres”

Billboard.com Premieres Groundbreaking Underwater Music Video from WORLDTOWN SOUNDSYSTEM

Philly’s body-moving house collective WORLDTOWN SOUNDSYSTEM (WTSS), the out-of-this-world eight-piece band of global musicians that’s been raising the bar as creative changemakers since 2011, is exclusively premiering the groundbreaking music video for FREEDOM, from the upcoming album, Surrounded, today exclusively on Billboard.com. The liberating new single and video, shot entirely underwater, are the springboards to launching the group’s global clean water campaign, #WorldtownWaves.

Reminder: Anastasia Baast presents her debut single “Evaporate”

The powerful track mixes electronic trance music with pop influences and classic vocals to create a mesmerizing soundscape, with the melody evoking sensations of wistfulness and dreams. “Evaporate” is a deeply meaningful track about Baast’s past fight with eating disorders and the confusion, fear, and difficulties that this brought into her life. The lyrics talk about the hardships that a person with a mental illness goes through from a first person’s point of view, highlighting the isolation and communication troubles that these ailments bring with them. The result is a beautiful song that truly comes alive with Baast’s style of singing.

Universal Hip Hop Museum Receives $3.5 Million Grant From New York State

Yesterday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a grant funding of $3.5 million for The Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM), which will help build a state-of-the-art exhibit dedicated to the celebration of the past, present, and future of Hip-Hop and its undeniable culture that of Hip-Hop. The Universal Hip Hop Museum is set to open in 2023 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop culture.