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It is estimated that, as of April 2020, around 5 billion people are on lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This translated into loss of jobs, loved ones and temporary freedom to attend any type of live events.

The current crisis has impacted many sectors worldwide and especially musicians and the music industry. Female artists have been impacted even more as a result of an underlying situation. In fact, a research conducted in 2017 showed that only 16.8% of all active artists are women, in addition to having a lower income compared to their male counterpart.

Prof Delivers Mister Rogers Themed Music Video, “Squad Goals” & Announces “Powderhorn Suites” Album

Today, Prof punctuates his album announcement with a new single and music video: “Squad Goals.” With an album, entitled Powderhorn Suites, set to drop on June 26 via Rhymesayers Entertainment, the Minneapolis rapper shows no signs of dampening his off the wall, no-holds-barred approach to music. Nothing is sacred in the “Squad Goals” music video as Prof returns to form as a truly eccentric entertainer. He delivers a nod to the “U Name It” challenge while masquerading as a roguish Mister Rogers—popping pills, dancing on set, and pausing for a Vietnam flashback. The madness escalates scene by scene while Prof effortlessly changes his vocal inflection to match each punchline in the track.

HAIM “I Know Alone” New Song & Video Out Now

GRAMMY® nominated, Southern California-bred sister band HAIM have released “I Know Alone” today from their highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ (Columbia Records). With its wild collage of warped vocal samples and 808 beats combined with wobbly cello notes and stark acoustic guitar, “I Know Alone” replicates a certain sense of emotional unrest from feelings of loneliness. While the song was originally inspired by the band’s feelings of loneliness after coming home from tour, “I Know Alone” and its lyrics like “been a couple days since I’ve been out” and “cause nights turn into days that turn to grey” now take on a whole new meaning in today’s world as so many of us stay home and practice social distancing.

Grandson For President: King Von Flips “Knuck If You Buck” For a New Video

He’s known as one of the game’s best storytellers, but King Von is equally effective when he just cuts loose and raps. Furiously setting fire to a familiar beat, King Von shares “Grandson For President” (Remix), his latest video single. Sampling the signature percussion and single-note melodies of Crime Mob’s classic “Knuck If You Buck,” Von turns the intensity up to ten, dialing up a snarling flow for a fiery verse: “Basically/Hottest rapper slangin’ heat/I could kill you on a beat or kill yo ass up in the streets.” In the video, the Chicago native kicks back in his Atlanta mansion, rocking his O-Block chain as DrewFilmedIt’s camera follows his every move. “Grandson For President” is Von’s first new release since LeVon James, the rapper’s Billboard 200-charting recent project, which dropped in March.

DMV Teen YungManny Blows a Bag in the Hills “Margiela” Video

Wielding an infectious charisma, ear-catching melodies, and one of the brightest smiles in the rap game, YungManny is on the fast track to superstardom. Having a blast in his charming new video, the 16-year-old Maryland native shares “Margiela.” Floating above candy-coated synths and crisp 808s, Manny spits game in the new song, showing off impressive (unprocessed!) singing chops and unleashes a taffy-like hook. In the video, Manny finesses a blank check after he gets hit by a texting driver and immediately heads to the Hollywood Hills to throw a mansion party. His party has everything a teenager with a bag could ever want: a pool, beautiful women, a full butler staff, a bouncy castle, super soaker, and a mariachi band.


“Today I released “True Colors” from my EP Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. I am beyond proud of this song, this video and everything that went into making this collection. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood was and is a way to showcase the parts of me, musically, that aren’t limited to classical music, cello or beatboxing. The songs, overall, have very little in common, except for the way they touch me, creatively inspire me, and make me feel.

NY electronic artist Photay shares funk-inspired “The People”

It’s 2020, and everyone is exhausted. Things are falling apart, and then there’s the day-to-day stress of just existing in the modern world. Screens are everywhere, we’re all tethered to our phones and social media; trying to keep up with it all seems just as impossible as unplugging altogether, especially when we’re all feeling that neverending push to always be productive—inspiration and motivation be damned.

The Game releases animated and lyric videos from Born 2 Rap

Watch the LA-centric, animated video for The Game’s “Welcome Home” feat Nipsey Hussle and the lyric video for “The Code: feat. 21 Savage below. The tracks are featured on The Game’s latest album, Born 2 Rap, which was released on November 29, 2019 via Entertainment One/5th Amendment/Prolific Records. The album features an all-star line-up including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Travis Barker, Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle, 21 Savage, Bryson Tiller, Anderson .Paak, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Masego, D Smoke and more.

Listen to “Head Rush” from Charleston-based Sam Rae

Sam says about the track: “I wrote this song in between our final recording sessions in Seattle. I had told my partner, Cat, that I wouldn’t be able to talk on the phone at all because I wanted to focus every ounce of my attention on the studio. I decided amidst my long absence and distancing that she deserved a song for her patience with me. It’s about this wedding we went to in my home town in Iowa. My best friend got married, we got drunk, fiery and ended the night going home to my mom’s house separately. I insisted on walking home alone, wandering the streets in the rain with my shirt completely unbuttoned.”

Exclusive: “Head Rush,” The First Single From Upcoming Sam Rae LP

Malibu premieres “Camargue” video, debut EP One Life out now on UNO NYC

Filmed at the Seven Sisters cliffs in England, Swan explains the concept as “somewhere between a ritualistic spell, martial arts and a meditative state.”
Malibu furthers, “the idea was to imitate the landscape and its life—from the muddy, wet sand, to the creamy cliffs and the sea’s foam, to the bright white feathers of the seagulls—be one with the environment, be its echo.”

Rhett Repko – “Can Someone Help Me Now?”

Rhett Repko is the first independent artist in the last 4 years to hit the #1 Singles Add on the NACC Chart with his song “I Don’t Wanna Talk To You.”

“Music has the ability to deliver raw unfiltered emotions from one person to another.” Rhett goes on to say, “Records today tend to be produced to perfection, but those aren’t the ones we love.”


Alfredo Tirado, manager for recording artist Remi Wolf, announced last week to gathered media that his client had made plans to retire from the music business to “fly south for the winter with the geese that live in Echo Park.” As shock and sadness set in amongst fans of the “Woo!” singer-songwriter, Mr. Tirado tearfully explained that Wolf had long been attracted to geese and had begun spending more and more time with them. Tirado was alerted by concerned friends and family that Wolf had “begun talking to the geese, eating her meals with them, and eventually refusing to speak to anyone who wasn’t a goose.” Wolf would not listen to reason while friends and family repeatedly told her that it was, in fact, April (not a month traditionally considered part of winter) and Los Angeles winters are bird-friendly.

Icona Pop and Hayden James Release ‘Right Time,’ Video and Single Out Today

Today, Hayden James and Icona Pop share their thumping new single “Right Time,” out everywhere via Future Classic Records. The first taste of new music in 2020, “Right Time” firmly cements James’ status as one of Australia’s most influential contemporaries, taking on a new level of high-energy electronic music in collaboration with the globally adored pop heavyweights.


Hot Sunday Blood is an Italian band, formed in Turin in 2013. The sounds are inspired by alternative rock music, with heavy rock influences. Each band member affects the sound in a unique way, coming from different backgrounds, such as metal, stoner, grunge, black metal, prog and new wave.

FELLAHIN FALL Premiere New Single “A Fading Whisper” via Metal Sucks

Brooklyn-based industrial outfit FELLAHIN FALL has released a new single from their upcoming studio album, ‘Tar a-Kan’. Fans can check out the premiere of “A Fading Whisper” exclusively via Metal Sucks at the link found HERE – @skopemag. Born from the ashes of melodic death metal band Fin’amor, Fellahin Fall released their debut self-titled EP in November of 2019, with ‘Tar a-Kan’ primed to see a May 15th independent release.

Exclusive Track Premiere: Fellahin Fall’s “a Fading Whisper”

PARALYSIS: BrooklynVegan Debuts “Cut Short” Video From Garden State Crossover Thrash Merchants

Notes bassist Patrick Harte, “Musically, I wanted the song to be one where it starts off at full speed right off the bat and doesn’t break down until the very end. We channeled both the speed and intensity of the Bay Area thrash style, and some mid-tempo back beat groove metal style for the last section of the song.”

Mikoh – ‘Afterglow’ OUT NOW

“Afterglow” is nostalgic and sentimental. Pretty, but a little dark. Crafted with producer Anthony Jordan (Majid Jordan, Roy Woods, Pressa), we allowed ourselves to play without rules, to step outside of the box.


Multi-platinum recording artist Kevin Gates has announced the release of a new track, “Still Hold Up.” The lyrical record is available now at all DSPs and streaming services –

Alex Ebert Goes Late-Night Sci-Fi In “King Killer” Video

Today, Alex Ebert has dropped the short film accompaniment for his song “King Killer”, unleashing a cartoonish and provocative video that plays out like a late-night sci-fi art film. With otherworldly visuals, a laser battle, inflated purple creatures, and Ebert playing a monstrous king-like beast, “King Killer” is the most absurdly profound short film to come out as a part of his current ‘I vs I’ album music project.

NYC-based KORETSKY emerges from the D.A.R.K. with new single “The One”

“This release is my way to start looking ahead, and rejoin the world in a way that helps me feel more hopeful about the future,” says multi-instrumentalist and producer, Olé Koretsky about his latest foray into music, which includes his new single and video “The One.” Released under his band name Koretsky, the song premiered via Post-Punk.com, the alternative music tome who calls the song “a hauntingly atmospheric opening track, while sombre, dark, and on the surface, acidly cynical, has an innate catharsis showcasing both strength of heart and resolve in spirit.”

Forest Bees shares new “Alexa” video

Regarding the track Sheetal stated: “‘Alexa’ is a disquieting meditation on isolation, connection, and the looming power of technology mediating our interactions. Though written before the Coronavirus pandemic, it is all the more resonant in the current moment of social distancing and Zoom happy hours.”

mxdwn PREMIERE: Forest Bees Announces Self-Titled Debut Album for June 2020 Release and Shares Supernatural Video for “Alexa”

Rosa Ama share new single “Lost on the People”

Today, April 29th, duo Rosa Ama are back with their third single “Lost on the People” out now via Casablanca Sunset Records.

Comprised of vocalist David Harks and producer Vhyce, Rosa Ama deliver a unique house inspired synth-pop tune featuring dreamy uptempo melodies and retrospective lyricism influenced from social isolation. “With the social distancing and self-isolation taking place right now, it’s really quite a timely release,” states David. “Lost on the People is about spending time communicating with yourself, hence when the words got lost on the people,” he adds.

Ronny Morris touches base on current world development with his new single titled, ‘Still’

“Life grows out there, no craft can take me near” opens up the new single titled Still from Ronny Morris. The new song cast a shimmering light on world development which would be fair to say, seem alien to most of us. Morris sings from his heart and it is easy to catch his drift just by a quick glance at his single cover, illustrating an empty New York, as I write this, after another week of lock down.

Teen Pop Supergroup Girl Pow-R Say “This Is Us” in New Music Video and Debut Album

Hot on the heels of this year’s early success “Never Let Go” — which debuted on the iTunes Canada Children’s chart at #2 (second only to cultural force “Baby Shark” but ahead of genre mainstays such as Sharon, Lois & Bram, The Wiggles, and Raffi), and #15 in the U.S. — “This Is Us” comes in the midst of back-to-back Canadian and U.S. summer tour stops. The U.S. tour included performances in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

boyband Releases New Single “realtree”

The new track touches on the cognizance of needing to exit a toxic relationship.”‘realtree’ is essentially a moment of realization where I’m seeing this person for how they are- and accepting that,” boyband explains. “The verse is me attempting to move on in a more positive manner, having fun and flexing a bit rather than sulking over this girl.” However, the song does address the other side of the coin in a breakup too. “The line ‘all this realtree on can’t hide my feelings’ comes in and regardless of how I’m coping- I’m still hurt.”

MITCH Shares “Like This” Music Video with Ann Marie – Watch Now!

“I wrote the record about a girl I was dealing with at the time. We had recently broke up, and it inspired me to write “Like This”. I used it as an outlet to let her know she would never find another love like this. And speaking on his collaboration with Ann Marie, Mitch elaborates: “I was on tour with Dani Leigh in Chicago last year and my homegirl put me on to Ann Marie. I thought she was talented and had a real genuine appeal about her. And thoought she was the perfect fit for the female perspective.” — MITCH

G-Eazy Drops Two New Tracks

The hypnotizing beat and melodic flows of “Moana” are accompanied by a stuck-in-the-house, quarantine-inspired music video – watch here – which features Jack Harlow, fresh off the release of his hit single “WHATS POPPIN.” The visual showcases the trio collaborating and producing the song through various platforms, such as Triller, TikTok, YouTube, FaceTime, and iMessage. The video is also packed with a ton of celebrity cameos including Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Blake Griffin, Marshawn Lynch, YG, Ty Dolla $ign and Trippie Redd, along with legendary radio personalities from the East Coast and West Coast including Big Boy, Sway, Ebro in The Morning, The Breakfast Club, and a slew of other dancers, influencers and familiar Bay Area faces.