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Emerging Bad Realm / Atlantic recording artist BRELAND unleashes his self-titled debut EP, BRELAND, today (5/22) and continues to go full speed ahead after the viral success of his breakout single “My Truck.” Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, testifies that, “The 24-year-old’s single ‘My Truck’ is the most viable fusion of rural and urban since ‘Old Town Road,’ and his new EP pushes the sound even further.”

Mexican Prog Metallers Unleash New Track “Deceitful Idols”

Anima Tempo hail from Mexico City, blending progressive and death metal with a unique twist. “Deceitful Idols” marks their next step after 2018’s Primal Symmetry and 2016’s Caged In Memories, continuing to bring an effortless blend of aggression and melody. Check it out here.

Tessy Lou Williams Features Classic Country Heartbreak

Tessy Lou Williams’ self-titled solo debut, out today, is deeply rooted in traditional country music influences, with the kind of songs you hope to be playing on a dancehall stage when you walk in or emanating from the jukebox when the band isn’t there.

Written primarily in Nashville, and recorded at Station West, Williams and producer Luke Wooten collaborated with an ace band to create the collection that AudioFemme says is “bound to satisfy any traditional country fan’s appetite.” The band included Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin), Mike Johnson (pedal steel, dobro, pedalbro), Aubrey Haney (fiddle), Ashley Campbell (banjo), and background vocals from Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Jon Randall, Wes Hightower and Brennen Leigh, just to name a few.

Tessy Lou Williams Confronts Vice and Heartache with Classic Country Single ‘One More Night’


Skooly celebrated the release of Nobody Likes Me with an incredible album listening party and viewing of his documentary at Atlanta’s legendary Startlight Drive-In Theatre. Fans were able to enjoy his new musical effort in the safest way possible – from the comfort of their cars. The past weeks have also seen Skooly setting the table with appetizer tracks ahead of Nobody Likes Me. The tested Atlanta singer and rapper dropped “Nasty” alongside its Next Friday-inspired companion visual. That release was preceded by the objective “Mulatto” and the official video he co-directed. Prior to its release, Skooly debuted the timely “Coachella” and its accompanying video on the would-be first weekend one of the Southern California festival.

Old Roger’s Revenge Drops New Album – ‘Vengeance of Blackbeard’

Italian sludge metal band Old Roger’s Revenge washes ashore with its latest release, The Vengeance of Blackbeard. This latest album is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 EP, The Sealane. Old Roger’s Revenge has a sound as heavy and fierce as a storm, and the band wants to encourage listeners to always fight for what they want in life with its pirate image.

Vocalist/bassist Roberto Puissa says, “This album is something new that comes from the past. When I started to write music with Old Roger’s Revenge, I wanted to blend stoner riffs with death metal drums, and I wanted to play something that no one in my zone plays.”


Yoste shares one of his most introspective and relatable releases yet with new piercing track, “How It Was” out today via Wonmore/Island Records. “How It Was” doesn’t just bristle with enduring afflictions such as disconnect and anxiety, it’s also full of hope as a result of unconditional love which is just what the doctor ordered during a pandemic. Amplified by its mid-tempo electropop that is sure to creep into audience’s subconscious, “How It Was” tales of youthful disaffection and the importance of leaning on others around you to help navigate life’s potentially paralyzing ailments as the young singer vents about being “still young and full of doubt.” “How It Was” is without a doubt a catalyst for love.

Sondre Lerche Shares New Single “That’s All There Is”

Los Angeles-based, Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche will release his ninth studio album Patience on June 5th. After living in New York City for over a decade, the album is his first since relocating to the west coast. Recorded mostly in Norway, the inspiration for this record comes from a recently discovered love of ambient music, running marathons, and a quest for serenity. Today he released his new single “That’s All There Is,” which ponders our lives and the lives of our loved ones as a stream of beautiful images and recollections. Paste Magazine stated “The bittersweetness is musically palpable; the track is bouncy and full of colorful synths, but everything is covered in a nostalgic haze.”

French electronica producers test warrior’s mettle in video from A$AP Rocky director

French producers and brothers Supernaive are releasing new single ‘Warriors, taken from their debut album Nekomata.

Recorded between Paris and Tokyo, the record features elements of electronica and RnB akin to the esoteric stylings Jamie xx or Mount Kimbie. The brothers nod to French Touch while drawing on Japanese cultural reference points, most obviously in the masks they wear which are a symbol of eternal youth in Japanese Noh theatre.

Another Day’s Armor Release Single “Fallen For”

Another Day’s Armor released their latest single titled “Fallen For” to all digital outlets today.

“Basically the song was inspired by my personal experiences in many toxic relationships that really took a mental toll on me over the years. Like our last release I like to write very relatable music so when people hear the song they know they are not alone in situations like these” says Daemien Drake, vocalist of the band.

UMI shares new track “Open Up,” Introspection EP out June 21

The song is the second offering from her forthcoming EP Introspection out June 21 (a Sunday release, timed to the moon’s position in Cancer) via Keep Cool/RCA. A visual accompaniment is slated to arrive alongside the EP, with more details to come.

Shaqdi Shares ‘Daydreaming’ EP

London-based Swedish Future Soul/R&B singer, songwriter & producer Shaqdi shares her second EP ‘Daydreaming’ via East of Eden. The impressive 6-track collection features previously released ‘Daydreamer’, ‘Mom’, ‘Predictable’ + ‘5 Days’ and new standout single ‘Lover’ plus the previously unheard ‘Velcro’. The EP showcases Shaqdi’s ability to create meaningful R&B as her smooth and effortless vocal glides across the slickly produced tracks.

The String Cheese Incident and SunSquabi collaborate for new track

The String Cheese Incident have released their first new music of 2020. The new single – “Top Down” was a collaborative effort between two Colorado-based bands, The String Cheese Incident and SunSquabi. The track premiered exclusively via This Song is Sick earlier this week.

PREMIERE | SunSquabi & The String Cheese Incident Team Up On Groovy New Jam “Top Down”

Blackberry Smoke’s new rendition of Wet Willie’s “Keep On Smiling” debuts today

Of returning to the studio, Hall shares, “This is always where we wanted to come and record. We finally made it in 1970 and it’s just exhilarating. To come back and really relive that, it’s very special. I have to thank Charlie Starr and Blackberry Smoke for thinking about me.”

Marie-Clo – “Trophy Wife,” the first single from my upcoming EP

“Trophy Wife,” the first single from my upcoming EP, Shell(e) Pt. I, released June 12th, draws on my experience as a hockey wife. I’ve seen the private inner workings of this industry, the secrets it hides, the behaviours it permits, and the sexism which permeates it.

In hindsight, I became an observer in my own relationship; it was a sociological opportunity to witness something rare, yet painful.

INSIGHT Return with First LP in 30 Years and Thought-Provoking Video ‘Take It Back’

Mission Two Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of Reflection, a 19-track career-spanning collection of material from Salt Lake City hardcore pioneers INSIGHT. Today, the band debuts the thought-provoking video “Take It Back,” the first new material in over 30 years that holds true to their trademark aggressive assault. The track is one of four new songs featured on Reflection, set for release on July 31st.

Soulful Songstress Malica Release New Single ‘Wiggle Wiggle’ featuring Grammy Winner Beenie Man

If ever a song was predestined to become a hit single from its conception, look no further than soulful songstress Malica new single “Wiggle Wiggle”. The star-studded musical offering features GRAMMY and MOBO award winner, Beenie Man, and was produced by renowned music architect, recent Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) award honoree, GRAMMY luminary and top Billboard charting producer Bulby York.

Sea Wolf Releases Moving “Blood Pact” Video Project Inspired By Fans

Alternative indie/folk artist Sea Wolf has released a powerful video project to accompany “Blood Pact”, the resilient track off his new album Through A Dark Wood (Dangerbird Records). Earlier this month, Sea Wolf put out a call for fans to submit videos showing their experiences during this period of time, and they responded en masse with submissions from around the world. The result is a poignant and optimistic depiction of all the surreal, difficult and hopeful moments that have happened over the last several months.


Atlanta R&B singer/songwriter Mariah the Scientist teased new music today with the release of her first 2020 single, “RIP” via RCA Records. An ethereal slow-drip ballad about finding a way to end the pain of never feeling enough for someone else,”RIP” is the first new music from Mariah since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Master.

seeyousoon Drop Storming New Single “Blue Chord”

Speaking on the release, the group state: “To us, Blue Chord is a stand-out moment from our upcoming album. It started out as more of an experiment than anything, trying out more dance-forward production and writing. When it was all said and done the track ended up becoming one of our favorites. Not only that but it also served as a reminder to stay loose and keep an open mind in regard to trying new things with our music”

THE NIXONS Release New EP SONIC BOOM Through Intercept Music

Alternative rock band The Nixons are back! Sonic Boom, the band’s first collection of new music in almost 20 years, released to all platforms via InterceptMusic.com. The band has also released their official music video for single “Ghost of an Angel.”

Mac McAnally To Release New Album Once in a Lifetime On July 31st

“To work with Mac is to work with a master,” boasts country music singer-songwriter, Drake White. Of course, he’s talking about the one and only Mac McAnally; Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and ten-time CMA Musician of the Year, not to mention a tenured member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. McAnally and White co-wrote “Once in a Lifetime,” the first single from McAnally’s upcoming album of the same title. Out July 31st on Mailboat Records, Once in a Lifetime is a studio reflection of McAnally’s intimate live show in which the all-new material is arranged around mostly guitar and percussion, though a few tracks on the album admittedly outgrew the simple setup. Yesterday, Rolling Stone premiered the title track featuring Drake White, calling it an “uplifting, authentic tune.”


Executive-produced by Malay (Frank Ocean, Lorde), the 2019 project features “Undrunk” — her breakthrough hit that spent several weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, earned the #1 spot on Spotify’s Viral Chart, and emerged as the fastest-rising song at Pop radio from a new artist in the past five years. The EP also includes follow-up singles “If You’re Gonna Lie,” and “All Love.” The EP has over 250M streams worldwide to date.

Ella Vos’ second album Turbulence out July 17, debuts new track “Mistakes, they catch up” and video

“Every time I try to run from my mistakes, they catch up,” Vos says. “This song is about recognizing my tendency to self-sabotage and how I make things harder than they need to be. This song is me standing on the top of an ash covered hillside, ready to start anew. I think of that ash on the hillside often, as I’ve witnessed many wildfires growing up in California. The ash is a reminder of the power of nature, the mistakes we’ve made as humans, and the ability to transform and make something good after destruction. To me, it reflects the painful, yet necessary process of learning from our past in order to change our future.”


Teyana Taylor, whose devotion to community and social activism has been a constant factor throughout her career at G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings, celebrates the commencement-deprived Class of 2020 in the inspira-tional video for her new track “Made It,” prominently featuring many of those remarkable graduates. “Made It” and “Bare Wit Me” (with its hard-boiled 1930s gangster-themed video), which premiered across all platforms today, are cornerstones of THE ALBUM, Teyana’s forthcoming new project due this summer. A snippet from the red-hot “Bare Wit Me” dance sequence trended across Twitter earlier this week.

Memory Foam from Todd Goldstein’s new project as TG is out now on House of Feelings!

Goldstein’s new LP, wryly titled Memory Foam (House of Feelings, 2020), was conceived in the swirl of a cross-country move to Portland, Oregon, after 15 years of living in New York City. The whiplash transition from city life to slower, woodsier surroundings clearly influenced Memory Foam’s composition: the record explores the tension between motion and stasis, using trance-like repetition to locate inner calm in the midst of emotional upheaval.

MABES Releases ‘Keeping the Noise Down’ EP via The Other Songs / Amuse

Rising British folk-pop artist MABES made an unforgettable entrance with her 2019 album Wait & See. Primed for stardom, the magnetic singer-songwriter’s debut – which includes smash hit “America” – garnered over 20 million collective streams in less than 12 months. Now, following a slew of releases this year and a taste of TikTok virality, MABES unveils her marvelous EP Keeping the Noise Down and new single “Might As Well” via The Other Songs / Amuse –

Olivia Lunny shares ‘Bedsheets’ her new single out today!

Olivia Lunny released her debut EP in 2018 that garnered her a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for “Pop Artist of the Year”. That success, in turn led to her appearance on season two of CTV’s The Launch, resulting in her winning and recording the top 40 single “I Got You” that has racked up over a million streams across platforms. In the wake of that milestone, Olivia went on to perform as opening support for the legendary Lionel Richie. Although she began her musical journey playing folk songs, this new era leads her to continuously explore indie-pop and writing post breakout ballads.

Woods’ New Album “Strange To Explain” Is Out Now

Today Woods, the long-running psych-folk partnership of Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taverniere, release their anticipated eleventh LP Strange To Explain on their label Woodsist Records. Woods was recently profiled by the New York Times, who call Strange To Explain the band’s “most magnetic record yet… These 11 songs pair the eccentricity of Woods’ early records with the conviction that it’s all worth saying and playing a little louder.” Strange To Explain is streaming everywhere now and is available for purchase digitally and on CD/LP.

RAC Shares Video for – “Passion (ft. Louis The Child)”

Today Grammy-winning producer and songwriter André Allen Anjos, known as RAC, shared his creative new lyric video for “Passion (ft. Louis The Child)” from his new album BOY.

Sipprell returns with contemplative new single ‘Like We Don’t Care’

South London singer-songwriter Sipprell returns with ‘Like We Don’t Care’, a first taste of upcoming new music due later this year.

Already established as one of most accomplished songwriters and vocalists in the London R&B scene, ‘Like We Don’t Care’ marks a new chapter for the artist, allowing Sipprell to flex not only her songwriting muscles, but also her incredible soulful vocals on a tune that is equally catchy as it is thought-provoking and insular.

Def Manic – ‘See U Again’

Serbian Hip Hop artist Def Manic is back with another video, perfect for the upcoming Summer season. Featuring samples from Amtrac, Def offers a smooth, flow over an Electronic Hip Hop beat that will have you grooving. Watch the original animated video above & support the new sound!

HER CHARIOT AWAITS Release Debut Self Titled Album

HER CHARIOT AWAITS, the newly formed hard rock/metal outfit featuring acclaimed vocalist Ailyn Gimenez (ex-Sirenia) and veteran guitar + producer Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), have released their debut self-titled studio album TODAY (May 22) via Frontiers Music Srl. Across its eleven tracks, ‘Her Chariot Awaits’ seamlessly merges the American hard rock sensibilities of Orlando and company with Ailyn’s soaring vocal delivery, ultimately providing fans with an offering that’s equally accessible and enthralling.


Shaking up pop, hip-hop, R&B, and more with a sharp sense of humor – and even sharper mic skills – TeaMarrr emerged in 2016 and quickly earned more than 4 million worldwide streams and high profile media attention spanning Flaunt and NPR to Ones To Watch and Consequence of Sound, to name but a few. The Boston-born and Los Angeles-based Haitian-American songstress truly broke through in 2018 with the hit single, “One Job,” scoring over 1.2 million streams and the attention of Raedio founder Issa Rae, who soon signed her. The track is joined by an official companion video, directed by James Bland (creator of Issa Rae Presents’ Daytime EMMY® Award-nominated GIANTS) and co-starring Insecure’s Jean Elie, streaming HERE.

Tove Lo Releases New Song, ‘Sadder Badder Cooler’ and Expanded Version of ‘Sunshine Kitty’ Album Today

Today, GRAMMY® Award nominated artist Tove Lo releases a special expanded version of her critically acclaimed fourth studio album, ‘Sunshine Kitty.’ The 22-track, Paw Prints Edition, includes all fourteen original album tracks, plus her two FINNEAS-produced songs, “Bikini Porn” and “Passion and Pain Taste The Same When I’m Weak.” Also featured; her English language cover of Swedish artist Veronica Maggio’s hit single “I’m Coming” (part of Spotify’s new Nordic Studio It’s Hits program), remixes, live recordings and one brand new track, “sadder badder cooler.” “It’s been a year since the Sunshine Kitty era started, and though everything has hit on ‘pause’ right now, it feels really amazing to tie it all together with all the songs I’m so proud of from the last year,” Tove explains on her latest release. “Until I can go back out and tour this album again I hope all my fans will keep having many dance parties at home.”


Multi-platinum selling and award-winning Hillsong UNITED debuts their brand new ANOTHER IN THE FIRE EP. Out today, the five-track project offers remixes of the powerful song by UNITED’s Michael Guy Chislett & Benjamin Tennikoff as well as contributions from Billy Davis and jamintasker. The EP also includes a special stripped-down studio version featuring the lead vocals of TAYA. Released earlier this month with accompanying “quarantine” music video, the studio edition of the breakout single amassed over 500K streams on street week alone.


Speaking of the single, DeathbyRomy revealed, “’Kiss Me Goodbye’ was inspired by a few of my close friends’ stories about their experiences with being the ‘other girl’—a place I’m sure many of us have been in. I chose to try and take the stronger, self-assured take at telling this story by reclaiming a sense of strength and power in saying goodbye. Rather than a ‘poor me’ situation, I thought it should be a triumphant anthem for not being willing to be second best.”


Swedish singer-songwriter Clara Mae has announced her highly-anticipated sophomore Drunk on Emotions EP – arriving August 21st via Big Beat Records. The 8-track collection is preceded today by her sentimental new single “Overused,” featuring multi-platinum singer-songwriter-producer gnash.


Atlantic recording artist PJ releases “Counterfeit,” the debut single off her forthcoming EP, Waiting For Paris. “Counterfeit” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Her highly-anticipated EP, Waiting For Paris, is set for a release date of May 29th.

MA’s Own Kaseek Ortiz Faces Adversity On “Bury ‘Em” Single

Hailing from the streets of Fitchburg Massachusetts, Kaseek Ortiz began hitting the ground running with music during his teenage years; a period of time where he decided to take action on behalf of his influences and love for music that he has harbored his entire life. Transitioning into his adult life, Ortiz hit rock bottom. Homeless living on the streets, fueled the fire behind his lyrics. Kaseek found himself rocking the stages alongside Hip Hop legends DMX, Cassidy and more. Since his inception as a recording artist, Kaseek Ortiz released numerous singles and projects and built an engaging fanbase online.


Speaking about the new song, Tove Lo reveals: “Elvira Anderfjärd and I wrote sadder badder cooler after going deep about how every heart break kind of chips away a little piece of you, but it also gives you power if you let it. And how breaking it off with someone who’s bad to you is always a mixed feeling of sadness, anger and big relief. This song to me is full of glitter and power and I hope it hits heavy with my fans.”