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Nikki Sixx supports #BellLetsTalk with release of “Talk To Me”

Nikki Sixx will use his platform to call attention to the connection between Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (2 topics with intense stigma associated with their discussion) via the Canadian-based, international event, BELL ‘LET’S TALK’ day. Any re-posts of one of his posts bearing the #BellLetsTalk hashtag will trigger a 5-cent donation from Bell Media to Canadian Mental Health initiatives.

To highlight the efforts to open up lines of communication, Sixx:A.M. will release the long-awaited video for their song “Talk To Me.” The track, originally released in September 2019, invites each of us to take the first step toward mutual understanding and healing using the power of conversation.

Maggie Miles, rising alt-pop artist, announces US tour dates

Newcomer Maggie Miles shares new tour dates today, kicking off 2020 with a slew of performances across the East Coast in advance of her debut full-length album coming later this spring. Maggie, a witty 20-year-old alt-pop artist originally from the Western Hills of Northern Virginia, recently moved to Nashville to pursue music full time. She’s been making waves with her latest single “Shiver” and has been featured on Billboard and American Songwriter. Catch her next month and March in New York, DC, Annapolis, Nashville, Atlanta, Austin and more!

Heist or Hit’s newest signee SKIA releases glittering debut single ‘Anyone’

Equipped with an audacious batch of fjord-beat bangers, Norwegian alt-pop innovator SKIA announces her arrival with dazzling debut single ‘Anyone’, set for release January 29th via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Nature TV).

Partnering up with the cult indie label as they shift into Scandipop territory, SKIA’s medicating sound, filled with sick beats, glacial synths and melodic nutrients, reinterprets the acoustic foundation of songs like an electro architect to arrive at an exhilarating juxtaposition.

Vevo partners with TVision to track engagement for streaming video content

TVision, the leader in TV performance metrics, and Vevo, the world’s largest all-premium music video provider, today announced a partnership in which TVision’s data helps Vevo understand how viewers engage with their content.

Users watch more than 1.1 billion hours of Vevo music videos per month, and engage with 450,000 videos across YouTube, Roku, Apple TV and more. But these impressive numbers only tell part of the story for Vevo’s brand clients that seek the best advertising opportunities. To understand the true value of an ad it is necessary for brands to know if viewers are in the room and paying attention to streaming content. TVision’s data goes several levels deep to identify how long viewers stay engaged with the videos, viewer demographics, and how viewers watch videos – including co-viewing and bingeing.

Schaus Premieres Brand New Single “Happy” via VENTS Magazine

“Throughout the sprawling, swirling mix of keyboards and drum machines, Schaus uncovers more about himself – tackling internalized toxic masculinity and relearning how to love in a proper way. Maybe when we’re left on read, the anguish isn’t always about us. Maybe there’s a reason why the person at the other end isn’t eager to respond. In examining his own hurt, Schaus finds more about himself.”
-Dusty Henry, KEXP

PREMIERE: The Schaus Project Release New Single “Happy”


With ‘Wasted Summer’, teamwork. (Phil Bentley and Taylor Bird) explore the emotions behind that first great love. It’s a universal experience: love is lived in the moment and all that matters is being together. But transitioning into adulthood often means that reality gets in the way of the passion of youth. Suddenly those romantic ideals have evaporated and what remains can’t live up to that initial spark.


‘Bongadashi’ is taken from their upcoming second album, ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2’, planned for release in April 2020. The band will support Toots and the Maytals on their UK tour in May, which will take in nine dates starting on Friday 15th May at O2 Academy in Bristol, before heading to London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 16th May.

Malena Zavala announces second album, ‘La Yarará’, due April 17 & shares new track

Malena Zavala has today released new single ‘I’m Leaving Home’, and details of her second album, ‘La Yarará’, to be released April 17 on Yucatan Records. Zavala will follow the release with a headline show at London’s Courtyard Theatre on April 23.

The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2018 debut ‘Aliso’, ‘La Yarará’ cements Zavala as a new Anglo-Latin talent, with a unique songwriting perspective on where she’s from, where she’s headed and where her music can take us.

FOLIAN: Portland-based droning shoegaze/post-metal act’s LP ‘Blue Mirror’ out today

Debut album, Blue Mirror, of FOLIAN — dreamy drone-gaze/post-metal project of Portland, OR musician David Stephen Fylstra — drops today (31st Jan 2020) via Fylstra’s own imprint Anima Recordings on vinyl LP, Cassette, and digital formats. Exploring ideas such as the duality of being and the struggle for balance and clarity during a time of intense emotional struggle, the work stems from personal experiences with relationships, depression, fear, emotional dependence, and substance use. Dual meaning plays a prominent role in the album’s theme and lyrics.

“Blue Mirror” – atmospheric post metal act FOLIAN unveils all-encompassing set of compositional marvels

LISTEN – Rising UK Artist, Cat Burns Releases New Single ‘Fool In Love’, Out Today

Nineteen-year-old British artist, Cat Burns kickstarts the new year with the release of her infectious, contemporary pop track ‘Fool In Love’ – out today via RAW Records Label.

‘Fool In Love’ is another brilliant self-written single and a stunning example of Cat’s mature songwriting skills. The rising artist describes relatable scenarios of an unhealthy, selfish relationship that are expressed through her distinctive, captivating vocal. Cat explains: “‘Fool In Love’ is about having that one person you cannot say ‘no’ to. Even though you know it’s a toxic situation or relationship to be in, you still go back whenever they call.”


Today, singer-songwriter Madison Beer unveils “Good In Goodbye,” the highly anticipated debut single off her forthcoming full-length album, on license from First Access Entertainment to be released on Epic Records later this year. The track, co-written and co-produced by Beer, hits streaming services today, with the accompanying visual premiering on YouTube/VEVO

OVERLAPS Release ‘Your Eyes’ Lyric Video

Italian Alternative/Nu Rock band, OVERLAPS, have released a new lyric video for ‘Your Eyes’, it’s the second single taken from their new studio album ‘In Your Room’, which will be released on March 27th via TIME TO KILL RECORDS.

GAME ZERO Launches Music Video For Cover Of Simple Minds “Don’t You – Forget about me”

GAME ZERO is a modern metal band formed back in 2013 who combine classic and modern metal elements creating songs with powerful riffs and evocative melodies. Introspective and intimate lyrics with a huge, unique sound create a well distinctive band’s trade mark. Founded by AlexIncubus (former Theatres des Vampires) and Mark Wright, the band recorded and published its first album “Rise” in 2015 with the label Agoge Records.

Listen to Son Little’s new album, “aloha”, out today on ANTI- Records

Today, Son Little presents his new album, aloha, out now on ANTI-. Written in just eight days and recorded at Paris’s iconic Studio Ferber, aloha was an exercise in letting go and in ceding control. While Little still plays nearly every instrument on the album himself, he worked with an outside producer for the first time – Renaud Letang (Feist, Manu Chao). The album blends classic soul, old-school R&B, and adventurous indie sensibilities into a timeless swirl, resulting in his boldest, most self-assured statement yet.

Hannah Grace releases brand new single ‘Blue’

Hannah Grace has released her brand new single ‘Blue’ via Never Fade Records. The new song finds Hannah bounding into 2020 with a bright new twist on her soulful sound. She enlists funky keys and horns alongside a bright pop sensibility as her jaw-dropping vocals fly high with feel-good assurance.

altopalo announce new album farawayfromeveryoneyouknow and share new single “Honey”

Their first single of 2020, “honey,” is what the band calls “a love song to Lexapro,” and a gracefully languid indie rock track, propelled by swelling synths and singer Rahm Silverglade harmonizing with copies of himself.

Sløtface release long-awaited second album Sorry for the Late Reply

Norway’s premiere punk trio Sløtface today release their acclaimed new album Sorry for the Late Reply, the long-awaited follow up to 2017’s Try Not To Freak Out. Out now via Propeller Recordings, the blistering record features the singles ‘S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’, ‘Telepathetic’, ‘Stuff’, ‘Tap the pack’, ‘New year, new me’ and ‘Sink or Swim’.