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Philly-based creative visionary, singer-songwriter, producer, and expert storyteller, Orion Sun has released her latest and third single “Lightning”, off her upcoming debut album Hold Space For Me coming on Mom + Pop. A deeply intimate and atmospheric ballad that deals with feelings of disarray, despair, and perseverance following the sudden loss of stability caused by homelessness and the all too relatable loss of meaningful relationships. Orion begins the jazz-influenced and melodic track with deeply personal lyrics “lightning struck the house we used to live in,” recalling a pivotal and turbulent time in her life. The 23- year-old is left to pick up the pieces and make sense of a harsh reality evoking confusion and loss of naivety.


As his inescapable hit single, “WHATS POPPIN,” continues its meteoric rise on the charts, rising rap superstar JACK HARLOW has released his latest project, Sweet Action, available now via Generation Now/Atlantic Records. Sweet Action, which is the second project from the Louisville, KY native in just six months, also arrives on the same day as his 22nd birthday. The 7-song collection features production from hip-hop’s top names including Jetsonmade (“WHATS POPPIN,” “I WANNA SEE SOME ASS”,) Jenius (“2STYLISH,” “HEY BIG HEAD”) and Harlow’s longtime collaborator 2forwOyNE (“SMELLS LIKE INCENSE,” “ONCE MAY COMES”.)

Indie Folk Pop Artist Okay Alright Releases ‘Everything Lost To The Light’

“I’m so excited for people to finally hear these songs,” BRYCE shares. “I have poured every bit of myself into them for almost two years now and I really hope that comes through in the album. These songs are about me and specific people and events in my life, but I do genuinely believe that the messages are universal and are worth hearing and sharing.

Red Bull Records Signs Emerging Singer/Rapper/Producer Kofi

Today, Red Bull Records has announced singer/rapper/producer, Kofi, as the latest artist to join the label’s dynamic and growing roster. To coincide with the announcement, the 22-year-old Toronto native released the fiery track “F.A.Y.”, where he sings about moving on from an ex over an infectious trap beat. “F.A.Y.” is the first single off Kofi’s forthcoming Red Bull Records debut EP, The Story of My Life.


Today, FLETCHER returns with her anthemic new single “Forever” and its accompanying video. “Forever” is more bass-driven than anything she’s released to date, but as bold and brutally honest as we’ve come to expect. Produced by Jason Evigan (Dua Lipa, Maroon 5) FLETCHER co-wrote the track with frequent collaborator Amy Allen (Halsey, Harry Styles) and Kinetics & One Love.


As much as sound travels from speaker to recipient, it also diverges into a two-way exchange of emotions, feelings, and thoughts. Traversing this highway, Maj listens just as much as he speaks. The Pine Bluff-born and Dallas-based artist tempers grunge-inflected production, soulful delivery, and nocturnal hip-hop with stark vulnerability and confessional storytelling. Amassing over five million total streams within a year’s time, he quietly carved out a lane of his own and fostered a real connection.

UK Industrial Artist MATT HART Unleashes New Video And Single: “TRIOLITH”

UK industrial artist MATT HART proudly announces the new video and single release for “Triolith.”

For fans of: Ministry, Rammstein, 3Teeth – Video directed by Sandra DesOrmeaux and edited by MATT HART.

KillSET Release Official Music Video for “I’m Done”

Southern California based heavy rock band KillSET has released the official music video for “I’m Done.” Co-produced by Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Fuel, ill Nino, Smile Empty Soul) and KillSET, the music video for “I’m Done” was directed by Vic Mendoza (Vicscover Art Productions).

Peter Bjorn and John Drop “Endless Dream” Today

Peter Bjorn and John is excited to finally release their new LP Endless Dream – out today via INGRID. The band is celebrating two decades together in 2020 and brought it full circle for the new album art, enlisting Writer’s Block LP illustrator Graham Samuels.


In Soleima’s own words, “I’ve adopted the word ‘powerslide’ to represent my loss of control/power over myself and my attempt to regain it. As I started my musical journey as the only female in a 7-piece Danish hip-hop collective, I wanted to incorporate my love for hip-hop into Powerslide. This album is a musical genre-bending hybrid that challenges the traditional musical structures, hooks & melodies in commercial pop music.”

Eclipsica release rocking new single “Sanctimony”

With the new single, the band has also announced signing with CB Entertainment for representation. Eclipsica featuring members Danny Stone on Vocals, Marky Midnite- Drums, Roc Perez- Bass, Vik Sunday- Guitar, Adam Garret- Guitar.

The band came on to the California scene a few short years ago with the goal in mind to take over the rock music world. Sharing the stage with artists like Escape The Fate and more at the famed Whisky A Go-Go and immediately winning over the rock crowd in California.


GRAMMY nominated band Code Orange have released their widely anticipated new album UNDERNEATH [Album Art / Tracklist Below]. Available now on all streaming platforms, UNDERNEATH features early singles – “Swallowing The Rabbit Whole,” “Underneath,” and “Sulfur Surrounding,” – and is available in four limited edition vinyl colorways, each featuring a gatefold jacket with a lenticular cover.

Eric Bellinger debuts sensual single “Say Less” today

Grammy winning songwriter and R&B artist Eric Bellinger officially debuts the first song “Say Less” from forthcoming Optimal Music album today. Optimal Music is a joint project with Eric’s longtime business partner and YFS Music executive Nieman Johnson who curated all of the album’s production, songwriters and guests for the project. Features include Wale, Young Thug, Jeremih, Joe Moses and Nieman Johnson (aka Yoshi) with production from J. Gramm, Foreign Teck and Cassio. The album will release via YFS Music/Empire Records on April 24th. Check out the sensual lead single “Say Less” below.

WATCH – Lo-Fi, Indie Band RALPH TV Shares ‘Maybe That’s Why’ Official Video

Premiered with CLASH, they say: “The Brighton band match literate indie pop to some scuzzed up production, adding a lo-fi feel to their melodic perfection. Deeply eccentric yet overwhelmingly charming, RALPH TV return with new oddball pop teaser ‘Maybe That’s Why’.”

Two of Miami’s most promising alt. bands, Las Nubes and Palomino Blond, release split EP

Today, two of Miami’s most promising bands, Las Nubes and Palomino Blond, have joined together to release their new split EP out now on BuFu Records. Premiering on Talkhouse, the EP highlights the burgeoning sound coming out of Miami’s alternative DIY scene while remaining true to each band’s individual style. Both sides of the split were recorded and mixed by Jonathan Nuñez of Miami heavy legends Torche and mastered by Zach Weeks out of GodCity Studio.

South London outfit Tiña share new video for ‘Dip’

Loftin recently commented on the video in an interview with NME, saying “There’s a good shot of me running in my pink shorts and cowboy hat, nothing else, to the middle of Westminster Bridge with a microphone. It took about a minute for the police to come and tell me to get out of the road. Tourists were taking pictures and cyclists were shouting ‘go on, son!’”

Meet Tiña, South London’s psychedelic cowboys “only writing hits”


At only 18 years old in 2013, DaniLeigh directed the music video for Prince’s “Breakfast Can Wait” after which he became her mentor and her career took off. She signed to Def Jam in 2017 and released tracks like “Can’t Relate (feat. YBN , Nahmir, YG),” “All I Know,” and one of her biggest hits to date, “Lil Bebe” for which the remix with Lil Baby has racked up over 58M streams on Spotify alone. Last summer, her version of Drake’s #InMyFeelingsdance challenge went viral raking in 10M views and earned her a Drake co-sign.

The Wants Share Debut Album ‘Container’

Container opens with a cacophony of deconstructed and broken wave forms, organic samples manipulated to simulate something mechanical, unidentifiable sounds twisting on themselves until, startlingly, from zero to sixty, the full band abruptly blasts in. Container is all forward momentum, even in its quieter moments there is a feeling of restless stirring, guiding the listener through dark alley-ways towards the singles that are more traditionally written within the canon of mainstream pop sensibility and songwriting.

Stitched Up Heart Release New Album ‘Darkness’ Today

Darkness is the follow up album to the Stitched Up Heart’s debut album Never Alone, which charted at #7 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart, #14 on Billboard Independent Albums chart, #23 on Billboard Top Albums chart and at #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The album features the hit track, “Monster, which peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Active Rock chart and #27 on the Mainstream Rock Songs Chart. Additionally, the band has clocked in over 20 million worldwide streams to date and received praise from outlets such as ABC, Billboard, Alternative Press, Loudwire and more.

New Release from Lil Tecca “All Star (feat. Lil Tjay)”

Chart-topping multi-platinum rising artist Lil Tecca unleashes a new single entitled “All Star” [feat. Lil Tjay] today.

On the track, sparse keys resonate between a heavy beat as two of the game’s hottest young rappers lock into a bulletproof verses. “All Star” marks the pair’s second collaboration following Lil Tjay’s “Man Down,” and it illuminates the power of their chemistry.

Innovative Art Rock Duo, Derayernah Share New Single ‘Siberian Scopes’

Derayernah is not just a band name: it’s a feeling; a spirit animal; a footnote at the bottom of a religious text; a foghorn in the night directing you to another realm. It’s no surprise then that the band have chosen now to introduce the world to not just their debut album, “In Joys” but also a brand-new single, “Siberian Scopes”. Derayernah chose not to promote “In Joys” last year:

Jayde – “Electricity”

“”Electricity” was born out of a heatwave, broken by a rainstorm like I had never seen before. I developed the song with my producer in Montreal, playing around on an old upright piano.

At the time, I was going through a phase in my relationship that I wasn’t entirely conscious of. My subconscious took over my lyric writing and the words poured out of me. “Electricity” was the conduit to writing about my internalized emotions, which I could feel the weight of.”


Today, multi-platinum recording artist Dinah Jane kicks off a four-week rollout of new music with the release of her latest song, “Lottery” on HITCO. The sultry track and its accompanying lyric video is the first of a consecutive four-week new music culminating with the release of her highly anticipated single “Missed A Spot” on April 3.

The Garden’s New Album ‘Kiss My Super Bowl Ring’ Out Now

Kiss My Super Bowl Ring, the fourth studio album from The Garden (Wyatt and Fletcher Shears) is out today via Epitaph Records. Though primarily self-produced, the album includes tracks co-produced by Dylan Brady, and Wharfwhit, along with tracks featuring Ariel Pink, Khalif Jones (aka Le1f) and even a snippet from Carrot Top.

WARBRINGER Releases Official Music Video for New Track “The Black Hand Reaches Out”

SoCal thrash metal force WARBRINGER recently announced the upcoming release of their brand new full-length album, Weapons of Tomorrow, out April 24 via Napalm Records. Today, the band has dropped a throttling, cinematic new music video for their brand new single, “The Black Hand Reaches Out” – both of which reference the events surrounding the assassination of Franz Ferdinand – an event that is commonly believed to have spurred the start of WWI.

ZombieKing – NEW EP AND VIDEO OUT NOW – “Dead at the Scene”

Heavy metal band ZombieKing drops their latest EP, Dead to Life, via Pavement Entertainment. The EP was recorded and mixed at Hammer Forged Records in Corpus Christi, Texas, and mastered at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden by Jens Bogren. Produced by Robert Beltran, this EP is packed with unique music which takes influence from both traditional and contemporary heavy metal/rock.


New Jersey alternative singer, songwriter, producer and creative Sub Urban has released his anticipated EP Thrill Seeker via Warner Records. Sub Urban also debuts his new single “Freak” feat. REI AMI with a blockbuster video. Completely self-produced, Thrill Seeker dives into an imaginative world drawing on elements of fantasy through the lens of a 19-year-old visionary artist. Sprawling with subversive lyrics, pop sensibility, allegory, dark humor and haunting melodies, Thrill Seeker is a captivating musical excursion over the course of 7 tracks.

AFTERMATH Release New Video for Their Re-Imagined Version of the John Lennon Classic – “Give Peace a Chance”

“John Lennon’s urgent call for peace in Give Peace a Chance is more important today than ever, and our call for peace with this cover is the perfect message to follow up our previous album. We released a dark concept album with a bleak message and felt it was important to follow that up with something positive. The visuals in the video are as important as the lyrics in a way. We live in a visual world today and this video needed to get out the message of HOPE. Having a young girl be the focus of the video was our way of getting that across. Seeing only positive acts when she puts on Lennon’s famous glasses was the perfect visual metaphor. Lennon’s message is transmitted not only through his lyrics but also through the perspective created by his unique lenses” says the band.

Janet Devlin’s new single takes her up, up and “Away With The Fairies”

Dipped in mandolin, bodhran and cello with a fluttery piano riff and lilting melody, the track – written by Janet about disconnected, out-of-body moments – strikes a comforting tone familiar tone and returns the singer songwriter to the sounds of her Irish roots. The addition of a harp brings a mystical feel ethereal feel to the song, “To me, nothing says fairies quite like the sound of the harp,” says Janet.


Finnish pop punk supremo ALMA is releasing a trio of tracks today including the lead single “Stay All Night” – listen here. They will all be featured on her upcoming debut album Have U Seen Her? set for release May 15th via her new global deal with Sony Music Germany/RCA Records.


Following their late 20019 single “Pigs Ear,” metal juggernauts EMMURE continues to tease their forthcoming, eighth studio album that’s due out later this year. Today, the band has revealed a video for a crushing new song titled “Gypsy Disco.”

Third Full-Length from Greek Hard Rock Quartet PUTA VOLCANO, “AMMA” Available Today

AMMA, the third full-length release from Greek hard rock, post-grunge, desert quartet PUTA VOLCANO, is available today worldwide.

A highly enterprising and unusual release, AMMA LP is full of heft and verve. Elements of Alice In Chains, Melvins, Hole, even A Perfect Circle, Kylesa and Baroness combine to create a tantalizing listen, showcasing a young band really hitting their stride.

‘Eminlo’ music video from Canada based singer, songwriter, actor and poet BUWA

‘Eminlo’ is the latest single from Buwa’s debut EP ‘Olu’, which was released in December, and has seen Buwa garner strong support from the likes of Earmilk, SoulBounce, Popdust, SoulTracks, Fab UK Magazine, Fame Magazine, and Hype Machine, among others.

The track is a sultry jazz soul offering with superb R&B sensibilities, underpinned by lush saxophone arrangements, minimalist drum patterns, pining harmonies, and Buwa’s undeniable vocal performance, about a toxic relationship that proves very difficult to come out of.

London based artist JANOS Entitled “Sicky/Sticky”

JANOS’ message is one of strength and self-empowerment. After years of performing with other bands, the Swedish artist finally took the leap to go it alone, setting him free to create the music that is true to who he is. With the desire to mix organic sounds with elements of R&B, pop and rock, JANOS was able to create an entirely unique sound. Inspired by the likes of Daft Punk, Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, JANOS has crafted an infectious and dance-worthy sound, rich with colour and oozing with euphoric surges.

Composer, Mustafa Khetty, Dedicates Debut To Victims Of Hate Crime – Listen to ‘Requiem for New Zealand’

Mustafa Khetty is a composer and song writer with little formal musical training but remarkable talent. Born in Sri Lanka, having lived in Ireland, UK, Middle East and Far East, with each experience contributing to a rich and diverse palette of musical influence. His journey began early exposed to Indian classical music and later on western classical, progressive rock and other genres. He started writing music at the age of 12 and scored the first sketches of a Rock/Classical fusion concerto, toccata and fugue and other pieces by 15.

The DRP (featuring Jaysin Logik) Release New Video for Single “Rebirth (Sober Eyes)”

The DRP (feat. JaySin Logik) has released the official music video for single “Rebirth (Sober Eyes)”. The single is an autobiography of sorts as both have either gone through addiction themselves or have been hit with this difficult subject matter with family members. Everyone on the planet has been afflicted or know someone first-hand of suffering from this subject.

New > A.CHAL Returns With New Single ‘Pink Dust’ > Out Today > listen here

Returning with his first release of 2020, Peruvian-born singer, songwriter, and producer A.CHAL shares a new song entitled “Pink Dust” today. Get it HERE via Black Butter Records/Epic Records.

Austin-based Couple Band Moonray Release Breezy Synth-Filled Video via Pancakes and Whiskey

The new EP is a colorful, sparkling collection that reflects the duo’s growth and maturity as a band. “The songs are each little moonbeams in a digital format that we hope to share the light with others,” they say. “The name ‘Moonray’ came about while on a camping trip. We looked up and noticed how the moon carried the light and reflected down on us on the pathway we were on. Since then, our mission became to try to create songs that will bring a sense of joy and nostalgia while pulling out of the dark into light. Out of fear as you step into the night.”

CIRCA WAVES Release Fourth Studio Album ‘Sad Happy’

Alongside the release, you can watch the lyric video for new track “Battered And Bruised” here which sees frontman Kieran Shudall at his multitasking finest. Rushing into the driving seat of his car, Shudall proceeds to assume the character of a clown, frantically applying the essentials, face paint, lipstick, eye shadow, a green wig and of course, a red nose, before jumping out of the car for a rather unexpected twist.


Today the Alzheimer’s Association released Music Moments, a collection of new recordings and unreleased tracks by award-winning artists honoring the personal, emotional connection between music and life’s most important moments that we would never want to lose to Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Music Moments is available on all major streaming platforms now.

UK producer Redfield drops his remix of Camden Cox’s ‘Healing’

Redfield released his debut single, ​’Don’t Worry’ in June 2019 on ​Axtone​; in collaboration with Swedish House Mafia legend, ​Axwell. After then catching the attention of ​Diplo, Redfield went on to release his ​’Pictures’ EP​ on ​Diplo’​s house imprint, ​Higher Ground​.

Larkin Poe announce new album; release first song

GRAMMY® Award-nominated sister duo Larkin Poe have announced today’s premiere of “She’s A Self Made Man,” the first song from their eagerly awaited new album, SELF MADE MAN. The track is available now with all album pre-orders as well as at all DSPs and streaming services. American Songwriter premiered the song earlier today, saying, “Murky blues ooze off chunky riffs, delivering something ominous on ‘She’s a Self Made Man.’ It goes deep. It’s melodious and mucky. It’s a punch to the gut.”

Don Toliver Releases Debut Album Heaven Or Hell

Houston recording artist Don Toliver releases his debut album “Heaven Or Hell” on Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Label (Cactus Jack/Atlantic) today, March 13th.

The album follows Don Toliver’s breakout performance on the Cactus Jack Billboard #1 album JACKBOYS and the viral hit single “No Idea”.

Ghetto Kumbé Announce Debut LP, Share New Track

Today, Ghetto Kumbé have announced their upcoming debut LP, Ghetto Kumbé will be released May 22nd via ZZK Records. In the midst of political uprisings all over the world, Ghetto Kumbé release their first single “Vamo a Dale Duro” as a sonic protest of the injustices caused by class divide.

Ellie Goulding Releases New Single & Video “Worry About Me” Featuring Blackbear

“Worry About Me” is the first new music from Ellie Goulding this year following recent tracks including, “Hate Me,” the radio smash “Close To Me,” the introspective ballad, “Flux,” and her thoughtful interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s “River,” which topped the UK chart in December, on the heels of Variety crowning her with their 2019 Hitmakers Decade Award, celebrating her decade of hits. For “Worry About Me,” Goulding has teamed up with acclaimed blackbear who rose to fame in 2015 and has since gone on to release five albums in the last five years, as well as write and produce for a number of incredible artists. The infectious new single is a slice of R&B fueled pop, with a pulsating bassline throughout as Ellie sings, “baby you don’t gotta worry about me,” before blackbear jumps onto the track with his unique flow for his verse.


Niall Horan’s Heartbreak Weather – named as one of the most anticipated albums of 2020 by Rolling Stone – was released today on Capitol Records.

Only August – My debut single “The Rain” is OUT NOW

“My debut single, “The Rain,” is a metaphor about the growth of a relationship. I co-wrote the song with my wife, who encouraged me to write in a way that reflects my current relationship and our strengths.

The song’s lyrics describe the simple care and nurture required to sustain a relationship, just as a plant needs rain to drink, sunshine to grow, as well as shade and space.”

Red Releases “The War We Made” To Radio / Retail

Written by RED guitarist Anthony Armstrong and longtime RED producer Rob Graves, “The War We made” joins Loudwire-premiered lead single “The Evening Hate” and follow-up singles “From The Ashes,” “Sever” and “All For You” as advance tracks from the album that have been featured on outlets like SiriusXM Octane, hardDrive XL, Music Choice and many more internationally.

Gabe Lee Releases ‘Honky Tonk Hell’

Nashville-based songwriter Gabe Lee is known for his ability to detail the intricacies of everyday life, from the small distinctions that leave some on the fringe and others in the mainstream. Honky Tonk Hell, out today, finds Lee diving deeper into themes not far his own life. But, the way he tells these stories—these common pieces of experience—is through expansive narratives and vivid imagery, inspired by everything from biblical stories to forgotten small towns and their inhabitants.

Larkin Poe announce new album ‘Self Made Man’ out May 1st

GRAMMY® Award-nominated sister duo Larkin Poe have released the new single ‘She’s A Self Made Man’, which is the first track from their eagerly awaited new album, SELF MADE MAN, due out Friday May 1st via their own Tricki-Woo Records. The track is available now at all DSPs and streaming services and available now with all album pre-orders here.

Sniper 2X: Jackboy Connects with Casanova for the “Murda” Video

Mixing strong pop instincts with stark street sensibilities, Jackboy is one of Florida’s rising stars. Taking aim at rappers who talk a big game without the steel to back it up, Jackboy shares “Murda,” a new music video. Attacking the swinging Southern instrumental with a sing-song flow, Jackboy proves his willingness to do anything he has to in order to survive and thrive–he has no time for those who exaggerate their circumstances for street cred: “Bullets/Ain’t gave me sh*t, b*tch, I took it/Play the game how it goes, you a rookie!” Brooklyn bruiser Casanova comes through with with a cold verse, exhibiting callous disregard for anyone who’d cross him. In the video, directed by FakeDell, the two rappers mob under blood-red lighting, daring the opps to make a wrong move.


The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards™ scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, April 5th from Las Vegas is postponed and will be rescheduled to air on CBS in September, at a date, time and venue to be determined. The health and safety of our artists, fans, industry, staff and partners is our number one priority.