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Singer/songwriter Natalie Schlabs has announced her forthcoming album Don’t Look Too Close, due out October 16th, with the release of lead single “Home Is You.” The song was co-written with Bekah Ham and features backing vocals from Katie Herzig. “Romantic, timeless love songs are great, but what about other kinds of love? Best friends, childhood neighbors, brothers and sisters, a mentor and mentee, family. This is just the kind of angle singer-songwriter Natalie Schlabs poses in many of her songs, including her latest, “Home Is You,” said American Songwriter in its premiere of the track, inspired by that person who is your “person.” “Schlabs’ voice possesses an audible kindness to it, that allows her to carry her performance with the calmness and sincerity necessary to portray a song crafted on the kind of love that overreaches any one type of relationship.” “Home Is You”

Daily Discovery: Natalie Schlabs Premieres “Home Is You” a Love Song Extending Beyond Romance

DaBaby Releases New Video “Jump” Feat. NBA YoungBoy


The Unlikely Candidates recently launched their weekly live stream, “Flatten The Humpday”, which airs every Wednesday at 4PM EDT/3PM CT. Fans can tune in on the band’s Facebook and Instagram live every week for live performances, Q&A’s, special guests, and more.

Paul Oakenfold to headline a Spike Island-inspired Livestream Party (Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, New Order)

Livestream inspired by the legendary Stone Roses gig in Widnes in 1990 in which Paul Oakenfold performed.

Oakenfold’s set to feature Stone Roses classics along with other Manchester tunes from the likes of the Happy Mondays and New Order, among others.

Streaming Live on Saturday, April 18 at UnitedWeStream.co.uk – the fundraising initiative set up to support Greater Manchester’s nightlife by night-time economy adviser Sacha Lord.



Today, Country/Rocker Cory Marks debuts his new single “Devil’s Grin” from his forthcoming album entitled WHO I AM.

“The song “Devil’s Grin” is a story about that person you can’t seem to get enough of even though you know it just means trouble. That angel’s smile is the devil’s grin,” adds Marks. A lyric video for the track will debut along with it.

Joshua Van Tassel releases new single, “Their Love Was Alive Before They Were Dead” — New album out this fall

“Every day we are exposed to scenes of despair, ugliness, and struggle. Our minds and hearts need some form of replenishment, and what better way to get then to look into the eyes of someone we love,” writes Van Tassel. “Who is the last person you looked at, without speaking, without glancing at a phone, for more than a few seconds? Beautiful things are sometimes simple and directly in front of you.”


“Freedom” follows the release of “I’ll Wait” with Sasha Sloan, “Like It Is” with Tyga and Zara Larsson and “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston, all of which will be featured on Kygo’s upcoming third album Golden Hour via Sony Music International/Ultra Records/RCA Records.

Jeannette Byrne’s ‘Women Of The One World’ concept album

Irish music artist Jeannette Byrne releases her fourth album ‘Women Of The One World’ internationally on 27th March 2020. Women Of The One World is a concept album which hosts a collection of covers from influential female artists of the 1960s and 1970s, many of whom continue their great work today. With songs from Buffy Sainte Marie, Joan Baez, Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Laura Nyro, Jeannette Byrne draws inspiration from women who put themselves at the forefront of progressive movements. An established performer of the French chanson on sold-out stages across Europe, Jeannette has also performed widely across Irish national television and radio. In 1998, Jeannette Byrne’s first EP ‘Une Femme’ was voted one of the top 5 records of the year by The Irish Times. 1999 saw the release of Jeannette’s critically acclaimed first studio album ‘Elegy’ followed by her 2005 album ‘Cafe Diva’.

Florence + the Machine share “Light of Love” to benefit Intensive Care Society COVID-19 fund

Florence + the Machine share “Light Of Love,” a previously unreleased track originally recorded for the band’s last album High as Hope, today—listen here.

“‘Light Of Love’ never made the record but I thought it would be nice to share it with the fans at this time of uncertainty, and could be a good way to raise awareness for the Intensive Care Society COVID-19 Fund, and to show my love, respect and admiration to all those working on the front line of this crisis,” says Florence.

GLXY Finally Release Their Debut Album ‘Research & Development’

GLXY are finally set to drop their debut album ‘Research & Development’ on Shogun Audio, the label they were exclusively signed to following a host of singles gaining support from the likes of international tastemakers Radio 1 and Annie Mac. What follows is a body of work which spans the many reasons why they were brought into the roster of Friction’s Brighton based imprint; their attention to detail and lush undertones have made them a defining face of its talented new era.


Diane Martel (Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys) served as the creative director for “My Love” and directed Jack as he recorded the video himself from home while practicing social distancing, including at-home footage from Don Toliver. The collaboration produced a standout piece in the age of at-home DIY videos.

MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS Unleashes “Ironborn” Lyric Video

MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS is pleased to present a lyric video for “Ironborn.” The majestic track comes by way of the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Whore Of Babylon, set for release via Silver Lining Music on its new street date of June 26th (moved to a later date due to the current pandemic).

John Legend Releases “Bigger Love” Title Track From Forthcoming Album

The uplifting and upbeat pop-soul song reminds us all of the many forms of love in the world and the innate part of human nature in all of us that we need to love more in these times.

“This song is a celebration of love, resilience and hope,” says Legend. “I wrote it last year, before any of us could have imagined what 2020 would become. The message of the song is that love can help carry us through these dark times and music can bring us joy and inspiration. I hope it brings some light to people’s day and maybe inspires a dance break!”


Last night French debuted the track on his celebrity packed Cocaine City show, continuing his legendary Cocaine City DVD series. The Instagram Live featured appearances by his former foe Jim Jones, longtime friend Tiffany Haddish, DJ Duffey, Nino Man, Cuban Hunter, Natalie Nunn, Smack White and Casidy Larsiny. Drake, Fat Joe, DJ Snake, Ty Dolla $ign, rvssian and more popped in to watch the festivities. Watch it on French’s Instagram now!


Even though Earth has been in the oven for several years, it feels especially suited for our present moment… Earth is warm and open; it’s a summer-weather record coming out at a time when we’re stuck indoors. Where Radiohead often pulls you to dark and esoteric corners of our modern dystopia, Earth takes you by the hand and brings you outside into the sun. – GQ

It’s a treat for the ears, filled with strong instrumental performances and lush arrangements. – Wall St Journal


Motown Records ushers in a return to historic soul music with Tiana Major9’s “Think About You” (Notion Mix) – a song that reveals her classic influences yet feels very “right now.” The song is the breakout star’s first solo release since signing with the label. Tiana’s impassioned, infectious refrain exudes raw longing alongside simmering reggae grooves on Notion’s dance floor-ready mix of the track, which is the first single from the young East London artist’s forthcoming EP.


Toronto based artist Frank Mighty’s Hotline makes stunning inroads into 2020 today with the reveal of new single ‘ When Else’, a summer ready indie jam perfect for warmer weather. Landing somewhere between the likes of Passion Pit and MGMT, ‘When Else’ serves as an exciting introduction to Frank Mighty’s Hotline.


Last night French debuted the track on his celebrity packed Cocaine City show, continuing his legendary Cocaine City DVD series. The Instagram Live featured appearances by his former foe Jim Jones, longtime friend Tiffany Haddish, DJ Duffey, Nino Man, Cuban Hunter, Natalie Nunn, Smack White and Casidy Larsiny. Drake, Fat Joe, DJ Snake, Ty Dolla $ign, rvssian and more popped in to watch the festivities. Watch it on French’s Instagram now!

New El Michels Affair New Single “Life Of Pablo”

El Michels Affair’s “Life Of Pablo” is out digitally worldwide today. Another tune pulled from the forthcoming Adult Themes album. It begins with a newborn’s cry and then catapults the listener on a euphoric ride filled with fluttering flutes, muted brass, and hard hitting drums. Another beautiful page from the Adult Themes book…


The Kid LAROI and peer Lil Tjay open up about the adversity and hardships they’ve faced during their similar coming of age in new song “Fade Away”. Shortly after the release of Tik Tok sensation “Addison Rae” and dropping the Lil Tecca assisted music video this year, The Kid LAROI has amassed millions of views across platforms. At only sixteen years old, The Kid LAROI is this year’s next breakthrough artist to watch. Managed by Grade A, home of Juice Wrld and other notable artists – The Kid Laroi shows promising trajectory.

The Cranberries “Zombie” video Hits 1 billion YouTube views

Taken from their second album No Need To Argue and released in September 1994, the official video for The Cranberries track “Zombie” has just passed 1 billion views on YouTube, breaking records as the first Irish band to hit this milestone. The Cranberries now join a small club of iconic artists to reach this landmark and the video is the fifth most viewed rock video of all time globally according to Louder Sound.

The Reverend Shawn Amos Releases Debut Album With The Brotherhood – “Blue Sky”

American roots artist The Reverend Shawn Amos has released his new album Blue Sky, his debut with the newly formed Brotherhood band. The new album is a full-circle moment for the Rev, featuring a group of masterful musicians that includes drummer Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Indigo Girls), bassist Christopher Thomas (Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Macy Gray) and longtime Rev guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts.

The Reverend Shawn Amos and The Brotherhood Premieres “Stranger Than Today”


“With ‘Cry of the Serafim’ we wanted to explore a heavier and darker sound. Trying to create something different from what we usually do, while still keeping the NAGLFAR spirit intact,” states NAGLFAR about the track.

Aaron Burdett releases memory-driven single, “Dirt Poor”

“It was a simpler time,” he continues, “Or at least I think it was. That’s another element of this song I hope comes across: our perception and memory of times past. The nostalgia element, if you will. When I look at a picture of our life from 1979 it seems simpler, more relaxing, happier. I’m not sure that it was, but those old photos with the rounded corners and brownish tint make me feel that way. That day was exactly like today in at least one respect though — good-hearted people are doing the best they are able with what’s in front of them. Hoping ‘it’s gonna get better if we all live right.'”

Oliver Heldens Releases New Single “Details” Featuring Boy Matthews Today

‘Details’ fizzes over with energy and color, its cutting-edge house sounds taking elements from electro and pop. Infectious riffs and funky bass combine to make for a seriously punchy ride, and the intense euphoria of the melodies is hard to beat. With melodic percussion and lots of infectious twists and turns keeping it high-energy, this one packages Heldens’ signature groovy sound in a new innovative form.

17-Year Old Alt-Pop Artist Claire Frazier Releases DEBUT Track

Look up famous people from Mobile, Alabama, and you’ll probably notice that the list is markedly short. Sadly, you might also notice a distinct lack of musicians.

But, 17-year-old phenom, Claire Frazier, is primed and ready to put Mobile on the musical map.

KALEO Releases “Backbone” from Highly-Anticipated “Surface Sounds”

Julius Son has been in the studio off-and-on for two years, allowing for a combination of globe-trotting and meticulous tinkering, resulting in a spectrum of sounds recorded around the world – in North America, South America and across Europe. The final product is refreshingly free of calculation, with Julius Son allowing each tune to dictate its path while simultaneously leaning-in to his blues, folk and rock inclinations.

Dylan Cartlidge Drops New Single “Yellow Brick Road”

Dylan Cartlidge’s effervescent new single “Yellow Brick Road” is out now on Glassnote Music. Hailing from a small town in the North-East of England, Dylan Cartlidge has long since embraced the phrase “Hope Above Adversity” as his motto. His life path took a turn out of being submerged in adversity and gave him hope for his future when he was spotted and signed to Glassnote Music in 2018.

The Prince Estate in Partnership with Legacy Recordings Announce Live at The Aladdin Las Vegas Sampler EP and Curated Live Video Playlists

Today The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are pleased to announce the release of Live at The Aladdin Las Vegas Sampler to all streaming platforms. The EP digitally mirrors a physical promo release that Prince sent to U.S. radio stations in the summer of 2003 to promote the Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas DVD, which will be reissued as part of the five-disc set Up All Nite With Prince by The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings on May 29. The four-song EP was captured at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts on December 15, 2002, and includes live versions of “Pop Live,” “Gotta Broken Heart,” “Strange Relationship,” and “Sometimes it Snows in April.”

STEFAN ALEXANDER Releases Triumphant Sophomore EP ‘Cry Again’

“I’ve consistently found that the times I can make myself vulnerable are the moments I feel most connected to other people, and that’s really what the EP is all about,” says NYC queer electro, indie-pop artist STEFAN ALEXANDER about his triumphant Cry Again EP, out today (April 17, 2020). The EP features a collection of transparent, autobiographical pop that spans five years of his 20s while having succumbed to a phantom illness that left him in chronic pain. After countless doctor’s visits he was finally diagnosed with a relatively new disease called “Central Sensitization Syndrome” which led him to a much-needed road to recovery.