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Angelica Garcia today shared the video for “Lucifer Waiting,” a vibrant song off her acclaimed new album Cha Cha Palace, out now via Spacebomb Records. “‘Lucifer Waiting’ is about empowering yourself, even if you’re afraid, to recognize what is truly around you,” explains Garcia. Of the track’s accompanying video—directed by Richmond-based Arts & Letters Creative Co. –

TEN FOOT WIZARD: new album “Get Out Of Your Mind” announced!

Manchester’s cheeky heavy rock unit TEN FOOT WIZARD announce the release of their juggernaut third album ‘Get Out Of Your Mind’ on July 10th, which is available right now for preorder. Stream their first single “Namaste Dickhead” now!

Blending the classic sounds of Sabbath and ZZ Top with the grooves of contemporary luminaries such as Clutch, and the funk of Parliament/Funkadelic, Manchester’s tropical riff storm TEN FOOT WIZARD are set to raise the bar for fans of swaggering rock anthems with the release of their gigantic third album ‘Get Out Of Your Mind’.

Drake heavily inspires Ulrik Munther in new single Man In Need

“The relationship my girlfriend and I have built together is probably the thing I’m most proud of in my life. It’s also what brings me the most joy. We’ve talked for hundreds of hours and had more fights than I can count. I think it’s important to challenge each other, not only for the sake of the relationship, but to grow as human beings. Of course, there are still times where we fall into old patterns, and “Man in Need” is pretty much me trying to own up to my shortcomings.”

Artist To Watch Annika Rose New Single “Naïve” Out Now

Rising artist and LA-based singer-songwriter Annika Rose returns today with her new single “Naïve” (TaP Records), a pulsating, provocative and moody pop song that demonstrates Annika’s artistic talents far beyond her 18 years. Inspired by certain personality types she’s encountered over the last couple years, on the single she ponders, “I wish I could fall in love with someone I just met. Wish somebody could do me wrong and I could forgive and forget.”

SYNAPSON release soul stirring new single ‘Yise’ Feat. Bongeziwe Mabandla via Elektra Records / Warner Music

After Haute Couture, their first EP which came out in 2010, Synapson released the renowned Convergence in 2015. A record celebrating the bonds uniting old friends with its melodious electronic music as if they had only ever been one. “It was as if all of a sudden, each of us in our own corner had got the other one dancing.” One more thing: the voice. Because they love this soul music, where the words flesh out the rows of notes, Synapson gathered together a bevy of artists including the delicate Anna Kova, the singer on All in You, the leading track on this second album which became a platinum record after selling 100,000 copies.

Sam Tompkins drops quarantine produced EP ‘isolation diaries’

Sam Tompkins has unveiled his new EP ‘isolation diaries’ EP. Written and produced during quarantine, the project follows on from the release of lead single ‘google luv’ last week.


As world’s collide between two of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years, Imanbek and Martin Jensen unite for the irresistible ‘I’m Just Feelin’ (Du Du Du)’. Set for release May 1st, the much-anticipated collaboration follows hot on the heels of Imanbek’s stratospheric remix of SAINt JHN’s ‘Roses’ that has been streamed in excess of over 400 million times, peaking at #1 on the official singles chart in the UK, Ireland and Australia, the tracks viral longevity is still also being felt. Hitting #3 on TikTok’s global chart and #3 globally on Spotify for two consecutive weeks, a coveted #1 spot was also secured over three consecutive weeks on Shazam as its success overflowed. Martin Jensen has also been a prominent figure with music fans recently. From playing a live DJ set at the Danish national stadium which was streamed to a million unique viewers around the world, to the ongoing popularity of his music which includes ‘Solo Dance’, ‘Nobody’ with James Arthur and remixes for Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry, all of which have thrust him forth to become an international household name, clocking in 1 billion streams and platinum certifications in the process.


“As soon as we finished the song, I was instantly obsessed!” says Marshmello. “Halsey and I connected and were both on the same page with what we wanted the final outcome to be! And it turned out great.”

Oumou Sangaré Announces New Album ‘Acoustic’

Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré today announces Acoustic, a forthcoming new album re-imagining her much-praised 2017 release Mogoya, totally unplugged, in live sessions captured over just two days. Acoustic is the final chapter in a trio of related projects — 2018’s Mogoya Remixed saw Sangaré’s compositions retooled by high-profile fans including Sampha, Spoek Mathambo and St Germain. Acoustic will be released by Nø Førmat digitally on June 19, 2020, with physical formats available from August 28, 2020.

New > Poté announces new EP, ‘Rose II’ > First single ‘Close’ out today

Producer, DJ, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Poté is back with the second instalment of his ‘Rose’ EP series — ‘Rose II’ releases on May 15, with first single ‘Close’ out today as a primer.

Released via his growing Versicolor imprint — the name inspired by St. Lucia’s national bird, the Amazona Versicolor — ‘Rose II’ forms a natural extension to the ground Poté first covered on ‘Rose’, which was written during a two-week period after touring the UK and Ireland with breakout star, Georgia, earlier this year.

Jesse Eplan Ready to Enter the Arena and Take His Shot with “PLAYER” EP

It was announced today that emerging Hip Hop Performer/Producer (and Basketball aficionado) Jesse Eplan has released his latest collection of tracks; entitled “Player”, available now on Spotify and all the major services.

DUTTY MOONSHINE BIG BAND – Release ‘Tommy & Loretta’ Single + Animated Video – Watch

A collaborative effort with London Hip-Hop wonder ODJBOX, this latest single is another genre-defying delight. Lifting elements of Noir Jazz to Hip Hop, Swing and more, in ‘Tommy & Loretta’ the Big Band deliver a sensual new single that simmers with a grandiose cinematic scale and has an epic backstory to match.

Orpine (Heist or Hit) – ‘Two Rivers’ Video

Orpine release the accompanying video to latest single ‘Two Rivers’. The track comes as the band’s second taste of upcoming debut full-length ‘Grown Ungrown’, due May 15th via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Nature TV), and produced by Jonathan Coddington (The Magic Gang, Joanna Gruesome).

New > LYAM > announces debut project “N_O CALLER ID” > new track “AWAI”

A picture builds up across the singles of a unique artist, whose output reflects the creative melting pot of London music of the moment. While you could broadly file it under rap it is a romantic 2K20 UK tripping version of hip hop, with a bruised after hours feel drawn from the clubs, soundsystem music, dream pop, Sheffield bleep and jungle. Previous single “ANGEL” included a sample from former label mate Sampha. Today LYAM reveals new single “AWAI” and shares more details of the debut project, called “N_O CALLER ID” out on 5th June on VLF Records.


Rising duo Two Another continue to make inroads into 2020 with the reveal of Stronger, their third release of a year that has seen the duo praised by the likes of Complex,Wonderland Magazine and rack up well over one million streams already. Purveyors of shimmering R&B, the past couple of years have been tough ones for the duo as they’ve tackled issues surrounding sexuality, mental health and fatherhood head on. Stronger is how Two Another feel in 2020, and despite the testing times facing society at the moment, the duo look to continue a prolific year. Speaking on the track, Two Another states:


The hard-hitting, melodic heavy metal band ALCATRAZZ will once again throw down a studio gauntlet on July 31st with Born Innocent, their first studio venture since 1986’s Dangerous Games. Alongside the unique vocal prowess and range of star frontman and founding member GRAHAM BONNET, Born Innocent also features fellow founding members JIMMY WALDO and GARY SHEA. And from the classic album art, featuring the mighty rock itself, Born Innocent is a journey into the sort of heavy, melodic and supremely articulated hard rock that is a cornerstone of the likes of RAINBOW and the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, territory ALCATRAZZ successfully strode in the ‘80s before going on hiatus.

WurlD Announces Forthcoming EP ‘Afrosoul’ To Be Released on May 15th via Platoon

WurlD, born Sadiq Onifade, began his career writing for notable artists such as B.o.B., Treinidad James, Akon, Mario, and many more. In 2016, WurlD collaborated with Shizzi & Walshy Fire of Major Lazer to deliver the Afro pop hit “Show You Off”. In 2019, he released his Love Is Contagious EP. He also co-wrote the hit song “Blow My Mind” by Davido featuring Chris Brown and also released the critically acclaimed collaborative project ‘ILGWT’ (I Love Girls with Trobul) with award winning Nigerian producer Sarz. Praised by Vice, OKayAfrica, E!, and MTV, his unique style and eclectic sound has garnered him a dedicated global fan base.

The Hunna return with a track to help us through “Dark Times”

The Hunna unveils a new single, “Dark Times” off of their highly anticipated forthcoming album. The track, more poignant now than ever, gives a bit of relief to those feeling overwhelmed, allowing listeners to sing at the top of their lungs and jump off the restlessness and anger they may be feeling. The lyrics tackle hard-hitting issues, such as those that we are currently facing in the global COVID-19 pandemic, by advocating that we can stay connected through dark times (even if we can’t be physically right now) with music, resilience, and solidarity. “Dark Times” reminds us to slow down, take a look around, and take a deeper look at ourselves.

Don McLean Makes 173 Songs From 11 Albums Available On May 1st For The First Time On All Digital Platforms With New Time Life Partnership

Don McLean, Grammy award-winning artist and Songwriter Hall of Fame member, gears up for the digital release of 173 songs from 11 of his classic albums through a partnership with Time Life which is distributed by Warner Music Group. For the first time since their original release, Addicted To Black, Believers, Chain Lightning, Christmastime!: The Complete Collection, For The Memories, Greatest Hits Live, Prime Time, Rearview Mirror, Don McLean Sings Marty Robbins, The Western Album and You’ve Got Songs To Share: Songs For Children will be available on all digital platforms on May 1.

Don McLean releases 11 of his albums digitally for the first time, new studio album due out this fall

Fountains of Wayne Release “Hackensack” Featuring Sharon Van Etten on Bandcamp

Last week, as part of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund’s JERSEY 4 JERSEY benefit raising funds to fight the impact of COVID-19, the surviving members of Fountains of Wayne reunited for their first live performance in 7 years to pay tribute to songwriter, bassist, and vocalist Adam Schlesinger who passed away a month ago today. The band’s Chris Collingwood, Jody Porter and Brian Young were joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter and New Jerseyan Sharon Van Etten to fill in on bass and backing vocals on the 2003 Fountains of Wayne song “Hackensack.”

NEW MUSIC FROM DAVID BROZA – “Tears for Barcelona”

“Tears for Barcelona” is the first single from David Broza’s new album en Casa Limón, set for release September 2020 by S-Curve Records/BMG. The album, produced by Grammy-award winner Javier Limón, is Broza’s first endeavor at an all-instrumental guitar album.

A longtime fan of the Spanish guitar, Broza has incorporated many styles of flamenco, jazz, classical into his performance repertoire. Over the years, fans and friends have repeatedly requested a guitar instrumental album. “After 43 years as a singer-songwriter, composing music without lyrics was a challenging task,” shares Broza.

“I had to perfect my playing to become a guitarist by trade. It took a while – almost 3 years.”

Michael Bublé, Barenaked Ladies, Sofia Reyes share timely single “Gotta Be Patient”

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG: Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bublé heard the song “Gotta Be Patient,” written by Spanish artists Stay Homas, while self-quarantined with his family in Vancouver. He loved it and immediately shared it on his Facebook page. The response from fans was overwhelming and it inspired him to record it with a little help from long-time friends Barenaked Ladies and Warner-Latino Mexican artist Sofia Reyes.


Smooth guitar and a slick beat practically freeze under French’s icy bars. He bodies the production before delivering the unshakable hook, “Man, that bitch cold.” Meanwhile, Tory adds a high-register call-and-response to the chorus after serving up his own iced-out verse. This marks the first collaboration between these two titans. Last month, following their epic Quarantine Radio hit song battle, French and Tory decided to give their fans exactly what they craved, immediately getting in the studio together the following day, resulting in “Cold.” The hit-for-hit song battle notably attracted 300,000-plus viewers and smashed an Instagram Live record, according to Complex.

French Montana + Tory Lanez Link Up For “Cold”

New > Listen to Boardgame James’ debut EP, ‘Daydream’ > Out now on 1000Doors

Boardgame James presents ‘Daydream’ — a four-track EP of string-led instrumental grime straight out the golden era of Limewire-exchanged mp3s, out today via 1000Doors.

Part of grime’s great radio resurgence in 2015 as one half of Handsome Boys with Moleskin, and following their own debut release ‘And The Award Goes To’ on Valentines just gone, Boardgame James, offers up four tracks from the vault, developed and reworked into a vivid concept EP.

Ruby Red Releases New Track, “Ozone”

Rising indie-pop duo, Ruby Red, deliver their aptly named single “Ozone,” a relaxing, yet vibrant track that takes listeners on a journey to the unknown. From inception, the tune immediately captures its audience as Ruby Red expresses the reality of growth via taking a chance in un-calm waters or cloudy skies. The atmospheric slides of guitar strings and melodic bass maintain the track’s exuberance from start to finish. “Ozone” is now available on digital music platforms worldwide.

UMe/UMG And Spirit Music Group Announce Global Distribution Agreement For Ingrid Michaelson’s Catalog

UMe, the global catalog company of Universal Music Group and Spirit Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music publishing companies, today announced they have entered into a worldwide deal for the physical and digital distribution of the majority of acclaimed singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s catalog. Spirit Music Group acquired the majority of Michaelson’s publishing and masters in 2019. The distribution deal with UMe will encompass hits “The Way I Am,” “Be OK,” “You and I,” and “Girls Chase Boys,” as well as eight albums, including Girls & Boys (2006), Be OK (2008), Snowfall EP (2017), Everybody (2009), Human Again (2012), Lights Out (2014) and a corresponding deluxe edition, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense (2016), and Alter Egos EP (2017). It also includes all of Michaelson’s non-album singles released during this period as well as her highly popular official music videos.

Reminder: The Fill Ins Release Their Single/Video “Long Way To Go”

The Fill Ins are here to bend the bars and strike the chords of raucous rock n roll. The Fill Ins are high-octane, vital rock n roll; exhibiting catchy guitar riffs and an unapologetic attitude. Their current single “Long Way To Go” off their fourth album Never Heard of ‘Em continues to show The Fill Ins influences have joined forces and are a spin pressed in colored vinyl, stream, and download. The Fill Ins are here to bring their brand of rock n roll to the people and set their rock n roll souls free.

Judah Akers’ Pink Laundry Releases New Track “Dirty Converse” – Out Now!

The new project from the Judah & the Lion frontman comes just over a month after he launched the project and debut single, “Like It Like This.” At the end of 2019, Akers had just wrapped up a world tour in support of Judah & the Lion’s last album Pep Talks and began 2020 by taking time to write a ton of new music. Eventually he realized that the music he was making didn’t feel like it fit into the Judah & the Lion story, so he created Pink Laundry. He teamed up with engineer Drew Long and musicians Garrett Tyler (percussion) and Hannah Tyler (violin) to help bring his DIY vision to life. Akers describes their collaboration on “Dirty Converse:”

Judah Akers of Judah & The Lion releases new single “Dirty Converse” via new project, Pink Laundry

Breakout pop-country duo SixForty1 release “Somebody’s Gonna”

Breakout pop-country duo SixForty1 have released their newest single “Somebody’s Gonna.” The new song follows 2019’s “Next Kiss,” “Plane Crazy” and the double A-Side single release of “Show You Around” and “I Get That.”

Collectively, the four tracks released in 2019 have received over 4.6 million streams and have been featured on major Spotify playlists like “Breakout Country”, “New Boots”, “Next from Nashville” and “Wild Country”.