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Toronto’s Prince Josh (of Prince Innocence) releases ‘The Joy’, announces debut LP

Canadian producer, songwriter and DJ Prince Josh has worn many masks, as Healings, Little Girls and one half of electronic pop duo Prince Innocence. His new single ‘The Joy’ is his second release under the name Prince Josh and comes alongside the announcement of his debut LP.

Having produced for the likes of Cold Specks and LA Timpa, Josh has an impressive track record – scoring the feature length film ‘A Kid from Somewhere’ and documentaries on artists Virgil Abloh and Tau Lewis as well as creating original music for VICE and others.


Produced by Robopop (Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Maroon 5), “Necessary Evil” sees the 20-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist continuing to fuse elements of alternative, R&B, rock, and more into his own unique brand of high energy pop. The new track follows Justice’s soulful debut single, “Dangerous Love” for which the official companion video, directed by acclaimed photography and film duo LOWFIELD (Pharrell Williams, Halsey), premiered via Billboard – watch HERE.

Country Star Stephanie Quayle Partners with Wrangler

Rising Country music star, Stephanie Quayle, has teamed up with Wrangler® as the presenting sponsor of her upcoming video series, Wrangler® Presents: The Montana Sessions with Stephanie Quayle, which launches today with the release of the stripped down version of her current single, “Whatcha Drinkin ‘Bout.”


Meghan Trainor first made history in 2014 with her diamond-certified smash single “All About That Bass.” The GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist thus far has garnered a GRAMMY® Award and achieved eight multi-platinum singles and two platinum albums, sold out three world tours, penned multi-platinum hits for peers across pop and country, and received countless industry awards and nominations. Expanding her influence on pop culture, she starred on FOX’s hit series THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom for two seasons and is currently on the superstar coaching panel of ITV’s The Voice UK alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs. Following the release of her acclaimed platinum smash “No Excuses,” and the “powerfully sweeping” (Billboard) single, “Wave” featuring Mike Sabath, she is gearing up for her highly anticipated third full-length album, Treat Myself (Epic Records), coming January 31, 2020.

Lamb of God Guitarist MARK MORTON Releases First Video from Solo EP

MORTON’s second solo offering is primarily acoustic and consists of three original tracks and two covers. MORTON cites “All I Had To Lose,” released last week as a single, as “one of the most personal songs I have ever written.”

As with last year’s solo debut, Anesthetic, the guitarist enlisted the talents of various musicians and vocalists to bring his songs to life. In addition to Morales, who regularly tours as part of MORTON’s live band, Ether features appearances by Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage, Light the Torch), John Carbone (Moon Tooth). The EP is made up of three original songs and two covers that once again showcase MORTON’s diversity as a musician. Ether was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Trivium).


Constant travel turns you into a ghost in your own home. The first time you leave, there are tears when you go and tears when you return. The tenth time, nobody asks where you’re going. The hundredth time, nobody cares. – Dedric Clark

“Best Years” encapsulates the feeling of putting life on pause during tour, and watching that decision manifest into stunted relationships as those you leave behind inevitably move on and continue to grow without you. Frontman Dedric Clark’s lyrics cut through the glamorization of life on the road, when he proclaims “One too many times when you’re always leaving, nobody cares if you stay. And some nights when I drive, I’m not sure who steers. I can’t tell if I’m wasted or just wasting all my best years.”

ANNIHILATOR Canadian Heavy Metal/Thrash Legends Debut “Dressed Up For Evil” Lyric Video

Issues founding guitarist, vocalist, producer, and principal songwriter Jeff Waters of the track, “Evil in the guise of a man; that’s how I would describe the theme in this one. People who have no good in them. Destroying all in their way with abuse, lies, and negativity. Generally, just being a nasty human being and ruining lives in the name of money; thinking that it makes them special. It just makes them evil and a waste of life. Musically-speaking, this one is as old-school ANNIHILATOR metal as it gets. It’s obvious that the vibe in this tune reminds us of the early days of the band; even extending back to the demo days from ’84-’88. A highlight for me in this song is the legendary voice of Raven’s John Gallagher on backing vocals with Durham’s Kat Shevil Gillham (Winds Of Genocide). An honor to have John on this record and his voice helps make this song a killer. Oh, and lots of shred guitar, as some have been demanding for a while! We hope you like this one… we do!”

Introducing Max Leone, newest signing to The Darkroom (Billie Eilish)

Throughout his debut EP, Leone tells his story of navigating a new city alone while chasing a potentially far-fetched dream. He explores themes of self-doubt, longing for anything familiar, and coping with ‘modern isolation’: keeping up appearances on social media while silently suffering.

Lev Snowe releases sophomore EP ‘Someday Soon’

Today, Canadian dream-pop artist Lev Snowe shares his sophomore EP Someday Soon. Through lush, hazy production that emerged from the confines of limited technology, Lev’s voice swirls in and out of focus creating a surreal, dreamlike state for the listener. His lyrics are a foreign fantasy about needing to travel beyond his home in order to find traces of the next him as he juggles with memories that pull him backwards.


070 Shake – the innovative, genre-defying artist who garnered huge buzz for her role on Kanye West’s 2018 Wyoming sessions – announces the arrival of her highly anticipated debut album MODUS VIVENDI, available today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. MODUS VIVENDI builds on the impact of back-to-back advance single + video releases “Guilty Conscience” and “Under the Moon”.


A heart on sleeve, piano-driven vocal house record, “Therapy” injects an anthem upon ravers. The single follows Dumont’s “The Power,” a collaboration with Moroccan-English singer-songwriter Zak Abel that has clocked up over 35 million streams worldwide.

Multi-Grammy-nominated Dumont has amassed over 2.5 billion streams across his back-catalogue of previous anthems, scoring platinum-selling UK #1 singles to timeless records such as ”Ocean Drive.”