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Ari Lennox Releases Flirty Video for Latest Single “BUSSIT”

Soulful vocalist Ari Lennox (Dreamville/Interscope Records) returns with a flirty new video for her latest single, “BUSSIT.” Donning an array of vibrant colors, Ari and her sassy clique bring their fun energy and sensual moves to the Tajana B. Williams directed visual. The track itself is equally enjoyable, pairing Ari’s neo-soul vocals with a memorable, ear-catching melody.

Fellow Singer/Songwriters and Friends Remember and Mourn The Loss of Lyrical Legend John Prine

Grammy Award winning, Songwriters Hall of Fame Member John Prine passed away at age 73 due to Covid-19. Some of his most legendary hits include, “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Paradise.” Prine used these masterpieces to highlight moments that the average mind grazed over with empathetic words and light-hearted lines. Writing for big industry names such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, Don Williams, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins and Bette Midler, all while being a singer, author, actor and record label owner, leaves Prine with one of the most renowned legacies in music history. Prine was not only a poetic prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.

Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by the timeless, John Prine.

“I have enjoyed John’s music for many years. He was a truly gifted man and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.” – Charley Pride

“All of The Oak Ridge Boys are saddened by the loss of John Prine. The man was a genius songwriter! I have been listening to his music and praying for him since he got sick and to be honest I didn’t really know John personally but my heart is heavy nonetheless.” – Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys


Meanwhile, Eric has been keeping fans entertained during the quarantine on his own Instagram and YouTube accounts with live recordings, songwriting sessions and streaming collaborations. Along with YFS Music’s Nieman Johnson, the two have hosted an ongoing live acapella singing competition dubbed Malibu Nights via Instagram Live. Each contest consists of 8 singers who perform live for 3 rounds and viewers comment live and vote for their favorites until a winner is ultimately crowned. Surprise guests have included singer Jeremih and hit-producer BongoByTheWay who have popped in to watch the fun challenges.


Ingrid Andress is already making history with her debut album ‘Lady Like’. Entirely co-produced and co-written by Ingrid, the release of ‘Lady Like’ has seen it become the all-time highest streaming debut album from a female country artist and has just been confirmed as next week’s Album of the Week at Radio 2.


Merging modernist country with hip-hop infused production doesn’t sound like a natural cocktail, but Willie Jones has the undeniable talent and sheer force of personality to make it work. His early releases such as ‘Bachelorettes on Broadway’, ‘Down For It’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’ have made an impression gaining support from Wonderland, Spindle, tmrw, Fault, Maverick, Fabulous Magazine , Daily Star, Sunday Mirror, Echoes and more, suggesting it’s only a matter of time before the 25-year-old fires himself into the mainstream with a major crossover hit.

Fridolijn makes an evocative statement with Merry Go Round, her first single in four years

Fridolijn says: “This song came about during a walk in the British Peak District. There, in that violet haze of the low sun shining over the moors, I suddenly felt completely free from daily life. It’s as if I had hopped off the ever-spinning carousel that’s always circling around the different seasons. That’s where the idea of a Merry Go Round was born. It’s a song on how to flow with these natural seasons – of rest, excitement, solitude or creativity, instead of going against them. It’s interesting how the song gains a whole new meaning during these evolving times.”

YEИDRY releases new single ‘Nena’, out now on Liberator Music

Twenty-six-year-old Dominican Republic-born YEИDRY returns with her new single ‘Nena’; an experimental pop and Latin-infused ballad, produced by Fuse ODG/Danny Ocean-collaborator Jeremia Jones (Ed Sheeran, Damian Marley, Nicki Minaj, Stefflon Don). The release is accompanied by an official video clip, directed by Kieran Khan, (Cardi B, Sean Paul and Buju Banton video director) and styled by Norma Castro Styles. The song will be remixed by Nigerian Afrobeat top producer Dj Spinall.


E^ST’s most recent track ‘FRESH OUT OF LOVE’ added the backing of tastemakers NME and Clash to the growing list of her supporters and also became a favourite at Australia’s leading new music station triple j. She adds to her escalating upwards momentum by revealing the new single ‘MAYBE IT’S ME’.

CHILDREN OF THE STATE – Release New Single & Video ‘Big Sur’

‘Big Sur’ sees the band explore lyrical themes of escape and loneliness through a vintage rock groove. Loaded with a soaring, distorted organ intro which leads into a doo-wop inspired vocal melody and piercing fuzz guitar solo, the track displays influence from the likes of Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, The Seeds, The Beach Boys and White Album era Beatles while remaining very much Children of the State’s now distinctive sound.

Woozy-R&B auteur Ant Antic interrogates the onslaught of clickbait on ‘Good News’

Hailing from small-town Austria, Berlin-based woozy-R&B auteur ANT ANTIC unveils new single ‘Good News’, lifted from the upcoming LP ‘Good Vids, Vile Times’.

AKA Tobias Koett, the soloist started making music stealing his elder brother’s Beatles records and trying to sing their songs himself. At the age of 14, he went on to produce music on his first PC, seeking inspiration from early British trip-hop and gaining attention on every millennial’s favourite bedroom produced musical outlet MySpace, which led to his first radio play aged 16.

NEWS: VickiKristinaBarcelona artfully reworks songs of Tom Waits on debut album ‘Pawn Shop Radio’

Their debut single, “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up,” is set to be released April 10 along with a companion video. VickiKristinaBarcelona tap into a Zydeco groove for their version of this tune, which highlights an enchanting mix-and-match sound and scintillating group vocals. Their vibrant camaraderie also is readily apparent in the carnival-themed video, which takes a light-hearted approach to this darkly playful song.


Today 10th April, producer Jaime & vocalist Sherly, unveil ‘Ballerina’, the first offering from their luscious collaborative EP ‘Couleurs’ due on 24thApril.

Following on last year’s single ‘Faster Better Stronger’, a slice of alt-R&B which has drawn praise from Your EDM, Magnetic Magazine, EDM Joy, Relentless Beats and the first cut released by the duo, ‘Be There’, which hit #19 on Spotify’s Viral 50; the EP includes two unreleased tracks, the more organic sounding ‘Always’ and the empowering ‘Ballerina’.

UCPAC Hosts Virtual Stage for UnCancelled Music Festival April 10, 11, 14, 15

Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC.org) will be participating in the UnCancelled Music Festival (uncancelledmusicfestival.com). This is the venue in Rahway, New Jersey, that brings you the ProgStock Festival (ProgStock.com) every October.

Now UCPAC is bringing music right into your home, during this crazy time of isolation, by way of the UnCancelled Music Festival. UCPAC is hosting a virtual stage for the festival and bringing you some great shows from artists performing live in their homes or home studios. Ann Rinaldi (ACR Management) from ProgStock Festival is curating the talent for the stage.


Rhode Island’s burgeoning metal band KINGSMEN are making a strong case for metalcore album of the year with the release of their crushing, debut full-length album, “Revenge. Forgiveness, Recovery,” today via SharpTone Records. The heavy-hitting four piece has made waves in the scene with a string of singles leading today’s drop, and now they’re following up with a brand new music video for their latest focus track “World On Fire.” Watch it now!

Patricia Lalor releases brand new EP ‘Sleep Talk’

The Sleep Talk EP is a collection of Patricia’s recently released and highly praised new songs. The four track EP includes the beautifully sparse ‘Fall Back Asleep’, the woozy emotions of ‘Words I Have To Say’, a heady dose of lo-fi indie-pop in the title track and finishes with the lush folk-pop of ’13th of January’.

Hypnagogic Pop EP Narrates Unapologetic Individuality

Born in North West London, Treasure’s family relocated to the Countryside in the early 2000’s trading the busy city life for the suburban serenity, a feeling present throughout his catalogue. Inspired by the likes of Frank Ocean, Choker, HOMESHAKE, The Internet and D’Angelo, his laidback production and genre-merging tendencies provide a nostalgia based backdrop for his lush soulful harmonies. Treasure wears his emotions on his sleeve. He transverses his musical world with this heightened sense of vulnerability, creating a space where he and the listener can rest at ease with no fear of judgement.


Speaking on “Falling For You”, Charlotte OC says “Im very good at making every song i write very sad. i literally cannot help or stop myself. Since being a child i’ve always been attracted to the darker sounds and shades of life. However when my sister gave birth to my beautiful nephew Louis, i suddenly felt a whole new feeling id never felt before. Not only a whole new respect for love but a love for life itself. How amazing it is to be able to have a brand new member of the family that has little pieces of all the people you love and also to acquire a instant need to protect and love this human within a millisecond of meeting them. My mind had been well and truly blown and my heart had been stolen without me knowing. This song is about falling in love. This song is for my little Louis.”