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“ROXANNE,” out now via Columbia Records, has been climbing the charts since its release late last year. The track has been certified double-platinum, hit Top 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and is currently #5 and rising at Pop Radio, approaching Top 20 at Urban Radio and #1 at Rhythm Radio for the second week in a row. Meanwhile, Zervas’ track “FML” is also bubbling up on the charts, hitting the Top 50 on Spotify. Listen to “FML” HERE.

Kasador – LISTEN/WATCH: “Givin It Up”

“Our debut album, Brood & Bloom, is really about dealing with what life throws at you; trying to persevere and come out the other side better for it. The album cover features the four of us sitting around a poker table, with a number of other props that have their own unique meanings. However, the significance of the poker hands is very much in line with the album’s theme of dealing with the hand you’re dealt. The deluxe edition of the album is out February 28th.”

“Unforgettable funk record’ for feature from Summer Dennis & Rhymes

Rhymes have acquired media accolades, including appearances on EARMILK, Soulbounce, Celebmix, Great Day Washington, and Blog Talk Radio. “The classically trained artist displays the full range of her power with her gripping melody which enhances the uplifting vibe of the track as she gives thanks for all the simple things in life.” (The Word is Bond)

Country Westerns sign to Fat Possum for debut album, share tour dates

Even if you don’t know their names, you likely know their work. Drummer Brian Kotzur starred in Harmony Korine’s film Trash Humpers and was a member of Silver Jews. Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Joseph Plunket led Brooklyn legends The Weight, with a bass-playing side-hustle for Atlanta’s Gentleman Jesse. Plunket relocated to Nashville ten years ago and opened a bar. It was there, in a town teeming with solo artists and hired guns, that the two bonded over their shared desire to be in an actual band.

Ras Kass – Silver Anniversary (New Video)

In nearly half a century of rap, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone as venomous, cerebral and creatively fearless as Ras Kass. His lyrics are like a form of alcohol that ruthlessly kills all toxic germs. Real hip-hop that aims for the jugular. The best music takes risks and Soul on Ice 2 is so determined to expose uncomfortable truths that in another era it would’ve ended up on a banned albums list.


Musical duo, Tori Deal and Jordan Wisely, of MTV fame, released the lyric video for new single “Love is Cruel” today.

“Love is Cruel” is a raw, reflective, and sonically contemporary ode to the most complicated of emotions. It was co-written and produced by the production duo The Elemeno Pea (consisting of Rob Shore and Jessie Shapiro), who are coming off of the success of Disney Channel’s SHOOK, and Kyle Brady who wrote the new single “Easy Love” for Blair St. Clair of RuPaul’s DragRace.

Ocean Alley release ‘Tombstone’ video

Beloved Australian funk lords Ocean Alley have revealed the reflective new video for their latest single ‘Tombstone’, launching them into the new decade with style.

Shot on Super 8 film by long-time collaborators The Sauce, the video chronicles standout moments from the 12-month journey of Ocean Alley’s breakthrough year. The band explained, “The last 12 months on the road around the world has been incredible. We thought a four minute wrap of our time seeing new and familiar places and faces was the perfect accompaniment for ‘Tombstone'”.

Atlas Clouds releases touching video for his single «How She Turned The Sky To Grey»

After she’s gone, sky turned grey. Suddenly, all the sweet memories became history, the fun was out for depression. For sure, «How She Turned the Sky to Grey», Atlas Couds’ new single, is no happy track at all. But therefore it’s intense and fascinating, with thoughfull melodies and acoustic guitars, combined with decent eletronic sounds. Intense music in this manner is rarely heard in Switzerland these days.

new NNAMDÏ track “Flowers To My Demons”

NNAMDÏ says the track “pinpoints behaviors and habits within us that we may not be proud of, so that we may bring them to light and work on them, even while acknowledging that there are imperfections within us all. And that’s just life.” He continues, “The whole song is a repetitious crescendo leading into a mantra during the bridge and outro made for self-reflection on issues of indecisiveness, selfishness, narcissism, depression, feelings of not belonging, and reversing unnecessary shame.”


Following on from his previous single ‘Good Body’ which was Blaise’s biggest release to date, with support from DJ Target, Charlsey, Rickie & Melvyn, it went top 10 in the music week club charts and featured in the Love Island TV finale.

Latir ups the romantic ante with soulful alt-RnB single ‘Blue Roses’

London’s Latir treats listeners to the perfect Valentine’s listen via the swoon-worthy ‘Blue Roses’, written and produced alongside Calper and further brought to life with daydream visuals.

The track itself blends Latir’s old school jazz inspired melodies and storytelling with new age RnB synth rhythms. The result strikes somewhere between melancholic and inspiring.

Brad Stank announces debut album Kinky Om and shares new track ‘Kinky Visitation’

Sexistentialist pop libertine, Brad Stank wants you to talk less and love more. Today he announces his debut album Kinky Om to be released via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Guest Singer) on May 22nd. He also shares the first track from it, “Kinky Visitation” out today, Valentines day.

BRAND NEW FRIEND – Release ‘A Cure For Living’ EP

It’s Valentine’s Day and surely a good time to fall in love with BRAND NEW FRIEND all over again… Today, the Northern Irish quintet release their long-awaited new EP: ‘A Cure For Living’ on Xtra Mile Recordings.

Listen to the new EP from 30th Century Records signee Baba Ali

Today, the UK-via-NYC artist Baba Ali makes his debut on Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records with the release of his genre-bending new EP ‘This House.’ The EP sees Ali making even greater strides in his songwriting with an intentioned attitude and grit. He’s been described as everything from “neo-soul” to “post-punk” proving that there is more than what meets the eye.

Hook Shares New “Fall In Luh” Video

Riverside rapper Hook today releases a new video for “Fall In Luh” from her most recent album, Crashed My Car, released with LA producer Nedarb. The 21-year-old will also play this year’s SXSW as well as two upcoming East Coast shows, all dates below.

Migos share new song and video “Give No Fxk” feat. Young Thug & Travis Scott

Migos have shared their new song and video “Give No Fxk” feat. Young Thug & Travis Scott, out today on Quality Control Music / Motown / Capitol Records. The video premiered today on BET Jams, BET Hip Hip and in Times Square on the Viacom billboard. This marks Migos’ first new single since Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2. Making a cameo in the “Give No Fxk” video is the Can-Am Ryker, the three-wheel vehicle that the trio brought into the mainstream in 2019. Migos have also dropped new merch alongside the release bearing the “Give No Fxk” mantra, available now.


Swamp Dogg aka Jerry Williams today released his new single “Good, Better, Best” from his forthcoming album Sorry You Couldn’t Make It, out on March 6th via Joyful Noise Recordings and Pioneer Works Press. Swamp Dogg explains his love song saying: ”I’ve always felt that everything in this world could be improved upon; nevertheless, what we have will service you for your present needs and satisfaction, ‘as is,’ if that day never comes.

New Single “I Do” from Janita

About the single, Janita says, “I have a restless soul, an innate curiosity which pushes me to learn, and to change. Uncharted territory is terribly exciting for me. I often feel like I’m on the edge of something new, even with those I’ve loved for years and years. ‘I Do’ is about the renewal of one’s love for someone––love being the most thrilling of all uncharted territories––and a renewal of one’s commitment to exploring all the corners of the map of that relationship.”

Mara Connor shares “Wildfire” single and video, out now on Side Hustle Records

LA native Mara Connor shares a red-hot new single “Wildfire” along with a twisted 1960s-inspired music video. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Connor’s directorial debut is a romance-gone-wrong with a surprising co-star, featuring iconic vintage wardrobe.

Clem Snide Shares New Single “Don’t Bring No Ladder” From ‘Forever Just Beyond’ out March 27

Today, Clem Snide, the moniker of Eef Barzelay, shares “Don’t Bring No Ladder,” the new single from his first album in five years, Forever Just Beyond, out on March 27 via Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers. Barzelay has also added new tour dates where the band will be joined by Forever Just Beyond producer Scott Avett.

Jadu Heart share “Dead, Again” ahead of tour dates

On “Dead, Again,” Alex Headford and Diva Jeffrey explore their anxieties with growing older, complacency, and falling for the seduction of modern comforts. “You sometimes realize that you’re falling into the trappings of normal, everyday life,” the duo explain. “‘Dead, Again’ is about acknowledging that if you’re not too careful, you can fall into this zombie-like state of existence, just left trying to feel alive again.”

Laura Veirs shares intimate song “I Was A Fool,”

Laura Veirs grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she often spent summers camping with her family, which gave her much of her songwriting inspiration. Veirs didn’t seriously listen to music until she was in her 20s; instead, she just heard what was in her environment. She listened to folk, country, classical and pop music around the house and on the radio during her youth.

Calgary Alt-Pop Artist Selci Shares Surreal Anti-Valentine’s Day Video for “Strangers”

The video is framed around the deterioration of a relationship, juxtaposing Selci’s own memories in a surreal, subconscious world. A series of hazy vignettes spiral through memory, romance, dissociation and the loss of self. Blending high-definition and 8 mm film, home video and stop motion animation, analog textures are used to imply nostalgia and the timeless nature of broken relationships, while flickers of animation enhance the surrealist vibe.


With high-profile guest features including DaBaby, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, Gunna, London on da Track, DaBaby, Trap Manny, Summer Walker, Khalid and Lil Uzi Vert, the massive 20-track album arrives exactly four years since A Boogie released his breakout mixtape, Artist, on Valentine’s Day, 2016.

Marlo shares new project ‘1st N 3rd’ on Quality Control

Marlo has shared his newest project 1st N 3rd, out today via Quality Control Music. The project features heavy hitting appearances from Future, Gucci Mane, Lil Baby, Young Dolph, Gunna, and Blac Youngsta. Ahead of the album’s release, Marlo shared the title track “1st N 3rd” feat. Future & Lil Baby, as well as the single and provocative video for “Heartless” just before Valentine’s Day. 1st N 3rd marks Marlo’s fourth body of work on QC since his joint mixtape with Lil Baby, 2 The Hard Way.

Disco Halal unveil new single ‘Breathe’ by Joseph Ashworth

Taken from the forthcoming EP of the same name, ‘Breathe’ showcases Joseph Ashworth’s emotive, atmospheric brand of electronica. Featuring the delicate vocals of Vanity Fairy, no fewer than three versions of the track feature on the hotly anticipated EP, as well as further tracks ‘Alternator’ and ‘Expectation’.

Kerry Hart Releases Debut album “I Know A Gun”

Today, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Kerry Hart releases her debut album I Know A Gun. The album, which has already seen notable critical acclaim, has been met with enthusiastic fan response, with over 2M streams on Youtube, and well past half a million streams on Spotify and Apple Music. Today Hart is also spotlighting her new track “Great Water” for fans. She describes the song as “a modern hymnal, a worship song to the water, to the sky, and to the Great Spirit. It’s an offering of one’s burden on to the alter of Spirit, a pledge of faith to a higher power, a wider perspective. Within it, a potent lamentation, and a prayerful willingness to receive absolution.”

Ecuadorian Artist + Model Kablito Releases New Single “Corazón Partido”

Contemporary LatinX artist and model Kablito, releases a vibey and vulnerable single, “Corazón Partido.” A reggaetón infused indie Pop ballad, the track tells Kablito’s personal story about recovering from a breakup and the dark side of dealing with loss. Purposefully released on Valentine’s Day, “Corazón Partido” is a song meant to empower women to celebrate self-love as opposed to being in their feels about heartbreak or the absence of a partner.

Australia’s beloved Ocean Alley shares new “Tombstone” video

Today, one of Australia’s most celebrated new acts and beloved indie-funk lords, Ocean Alley, revealed the reflective new video for their latest single “Tombstone”, fresh off the back of their latest tour on Australia’s renowned Laneway Festival and a stint in New Zealand for Bay Dreams Festival, to launch into the new decade. Shot on Super 8 film by long-time collaborators The Sauce, the “Tombstone” video chronicles standout moments from the 12-month journey of Ocean Alley’s breakthrough year. The track is available to stream here and the new video is available to watch now on YouTube.

Italian songwriter Claudio Conti releases tender ballad “Late October”

Italian songwriter Claudio Conti shares his new single “Late October” after announcing a new LP ‘Frail Boats’ out April 17th, 2020 via Independent Release. With “Late October,” Conti shows his vocal range and delivers an introspective ballad that depicts the loss of a friend who was gone too soon. Yellow & Black Music brings the premiere of both the audio & video.

Whitmer Thomas Shares Lyric Video For New Single “Dumb In Love”

Happy Valentine’s Day, one and all! In honor of the occasion, comedian and musician Whitmer Thomas has shared “Dumb In Love,” the second pre-release single from his forthcoming debut album Songs from The Golden One, out Friday, February 21st on digital and Friday, April 3rd on CD and LP. Songs from The Golden One includes studio versions of songs featured in his upcoming HBO COMEDY® special “Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One,” which premieres Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 10:00-11:05 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.