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NELLY’S ‘COUNTRY GRAMMAR’ To Be Released As A Digital Deluxe Edition On July 24 Via REPUBLIC/UMe

Nelly, the St. Louis-bred hip-hop juggernaut revered for No. 1 hits like “Grillz,” “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma,” and “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” will re-release his stone-classic debut album Country Grammar on July 24 via Republic/UMe. Hailed upon release by Rolling Stone as “the best thing to come out of St. Louis since Redd Foxx,” by NME as the “album of the year so far,” and by People, who proclaimed that Nelly “marked his hometown of St. Louis as a major contender,” Country Grammar debuted at No. 3 on the Top 200 and soon vaulted to No. 1. In 2016, the RIAA certified the album Diamond, selling more than 10 million copies to date, a feat which placed Nelly among rock superstars like Led Zeppelin, the Doors and Bruce Springsteen.

Introspective Rapper ToBy Releases THE OUTSIDE EP Today!

With a deep breath of fresh air, a daydreamy sensation, and a serene pastel backdrop, rapper/actor/writer ToBy is releasing his breezy new EP THE OUTSIDE, TODAY July 10, 2020 on Magnetic Moon. Coupled with the shimmering curtains of Miami producer oebeats’ instrumentals, ToBy punctuates The Outside EP with depth and power, showcasing his introspective lyrics coupled with an earnest and effortless flow.

Lil Gotit and Future Join Forces for “What It Was,” Now On DSPs

Lil Gotit’s sly mutation of ATL’s trap tradition earned him the support of some of his city’s biggest emcees. Going toe-to-toe with a trap icon, Gotit officially shares “What It Was,” his new Future-featuring single. Produced by D. Hill, the man behind Future’s #2 Billboard hit and Drake collaboration “Life Is Good,” “What It Was” finds both rappers celebrating their triumphant rises out of the hood. Nimbly navigating the beat’s gently syncopating hi-hats and rolling snares, “Hood Baby” and Hendrix show excellent chemistry as they trade melodic verses: I can’t change lanes, maybe that’s why my chain swing/Won’t ‘ccept shit from no lame, went and bossed up a no-name,” rhymes Gotit. Released last month as a YouTube-only audio track, “What It Was” is now available to stream on all DSPs.

Charlie Hustle and Dboy Lac Drop ‘TIMELESS’ feat Birdman, Mannie Fresh, Juvenile and Bun B

Charlie Hustle and Dboy Lac of Rich Gang, Cash Money Records and D-Boyz release their joint album TIMELESS on record label HCN ENT LLC. This is the first collaboration for the artists.


Today, The Flaming Lips release a new track and video, “Dinosaurs On The Mountain,” from their forthcoming album AMERICAN HEAD set for release on September 11th via Warner Records. “Dinosaurs On The Mountain” follows on the tailwinds of the plaintive “Flowers Of Neptune 6” and the heartfelt “My Religion Is You.” Click here to listen.

“Dinosaurs On The Mountain” was filmed during quarantine in THE LIPS’ home state of Oklahoma and directed by George Salisbury and Wayne Coyne for delo creative.

Kelsy Karter Releases New Single “Stick To Your Guns”

“I’ve got a reputation for speaking my mind and standing up for what i believe in but anyone in this industry knows that we can all be influenced from time to time,” Karter explains on the inspiration behind writing ‘Stick To Your Guns.’ “I went through a particularly scarring day last year where I was being told I had to be something that I’m not in order to succeed. The shit i was being told i should do to get “bigger” was so out of character for me and I went home that day feeling violated. My inner child was kicking and screaming that day for sure. But it made me remember who I was – that outspoken and puckish girl that wasn’t gonna let someone else tell me what to do. The next day i wrote ‘Stick To Your Guns’.”


KILLY continues his quest for world dominance today with the release of his new single, “OH NO,” featuring production from Y2K (known for viral hits like “Lalala” with bbno$ and “No Sad No Bad” with KILLY). The uplifting breakup anthem, driven by soothing guitar strums and 808s that are just as active as they are addictive, provides another catchy yet nostalgic offering for new listeners and fans alike.

Love Fame Tragedy (Murph from The Wombats) releases debut album & shares new single + video, out now

Today, LA-based Matthew “Murph” Murphy – guitarist and lead singer of platinum-selling indie heroes The Wombats – releases Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave, the debut album from his collaborative solo project Love Fame Tragedy, out now via Good Soldier Songs/AWAL. The album sees Murph bring together a who’s who of collaborators from across the world of indie, rock and pop for this seventeen track collection of introspective indie bangers and heavy-hearted pop singalongs.

Jealous Of The Birds returns with lovely new single “Young Neanderthal,”

Jealous of the Birds – the musical project of Northern Ireland-based singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton – has announced today’s release of a new single. “Young Neanderthal” is available now via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services; the song is joined by an official companion video – directed, filmed, and edited by Hamilton in her Belfast apartment – streaming now at YouTube –

Emerging producer Billy Lemos debuts new single “Always” featuring Monsune

“Always,” the new single from emerging producer Billy Lemos is out now via AWOL. The track, which features Toronto-based artist Monsune, premiered yesterday on Ones To Watch who proclaims, “[Lemos] has a penchant for eclectic sounds and consistently finds a way to mold his sonic amalgamations into very unique compositions.” More music from Lemos to come soon as he’s set to release his debut album later this year.

Alt Pop Singer Halston Dare Releases Music Video For “Replace You”

Alt-pop singer/songwriter Halston Dare announces today the highly anticipated lyric style music video release for the breakup anthem “Replace You,” which received over 200,000 streams on Spotify within only a few weeks of its release. Shot on location in Dallas, the video opens with Dare bathed in a blue light, showing off a sparkling look representing the transformation into her bold, steadfast persona as she sings directly to the camera as if it were the perpetrator themself, allowing her to take control and let them have a piece of her mind.

Rita Wilson Shares New Original Song “Everybody Cries” From The New Film The Outpost

Wilson’s vulnerable and emotional vocals are on full display on “Everybody Cries,” along with delicate and stark arrangements. Musically the song perfectly captures the intensity and poignant themes of the film, conveying the struggles of war as Rita sings, “It’s the truth that makes us one, it’s the center of our sun. As we take the lonely path, on the road to the edge of man beneath the darkening sky, we curse and wonder why.”


17 year old rising singer-songwriter Anna Sofia continues to stride into 2020 in rare fashion with the reveal of new single Happy For You, taken from the upcoming Broken Perfection EP. A driving indie-pop cut showcasing Anna Sofia’s stellar vocal atop dreamy production, the track serves as further testament to the talent of this up and comer, who already boast supports from the likes of Complex, Wonderland, IDOLATOR and more.

Paul Oakenfold and Luis Fonsi – “The World Can Wait” (Out Now)

World-class DJ legend Paul Oakenfold and Latin multi-Grammy award winner Luis Fonsi team up on ‘The World Can Wait’, an unexpected collaboration meshing the artists’ strengths to produce a heartfelt masterpiece. While combining Oakenfold’s uplifting, melodic synths with Fonsi’s emotional vocals, they take us on a journey where the hopes of an undeniable connection are enough to conquer the world, especially in these troubled times.

Steve Aoki Launches Latin Imprint: Dim Mak En Fuego

Today, 2x Grammy-nominated DJ/Producer and entrepreneur, Steve Aoki announces his latest endeavor, Dim Mak En Fuego. Dim Mak En Fuego is a Latin imprint dedicated to releasing hybrid sounds from the global underground alongside contemporary hitmakers. Since launching DIM MAK in 1996 out of his college dorm room, Aoki has become a renowned lifestyle influencer, curating trendsetting music through his iconic brand.

Indie-Pop Band HATE DRUGS Release New EP “Ponderosa”

Indie-pop band HATE DRUGS have just released their new EP, Ponderosa. Created in the snowy mountains of Sierra Nevadas, in a warm cabin within the evergreen trees, the group set out to invent a sound that culminated with the growth and perseverance of their friendship. The band, consisting of David Caploe, Josiah Caploe, Adrian Diaz, John Irwin IV, and Norman Lee, deliver four captivating tracks that perfectly capture their musical maturation.

Bon Jovi Releases New Song ‘American Reckoning’

“I was moved to write American Reckoning as a witness to history,” said Jon Bon Jovi, “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”

Legendary Toots and the Maytals Release ‘Warning Warning’

Legendary Jamaican artist Frederick “Toots” Hibbert today unveils a brand new single ‘Warning Warning’, the second offering from his highly anticipated first studio album in a decade Got To Be Tough, set for global release via Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records on August 29 –


Memphis breakout-star Duke Deuce has returned with a new single “Kirk (feat. Mulatto)” via Quality Control Music, his first release since his latest tape – the exalted Memphis Massacre 2. With his signature bounce, infectious cadence, and a feature from Mulatto (the inaugural winner of The Rap Game series), Deuce has proven yet again that he’s leading the charge for a new generation of Memphis rap.

Listen: Luca Lush’s Speed House debut “Afterglow”

After months of teasing his musical shift on social media, Luca Lush is finally sharing a track from his speed house arsenal. “Afterglow” is the first track off Luca Lush’s forthcoming Speed House album, mixing bass house at an incredibly fast pace to produce a new genre altogether.


Game-Changing Artist/Producer Ronny J is Anything But “Typical”

Renowned as a game-changing producer, Ronny J is set to show the world he’s equally effective behind the mic. Coming through with an emotional and wide-ranging new single, Ronny J shares “Typical.” Populated by snaking electric guitars and crisp trap drums, “Typical” is a downtempo account of a relationship gone wrong. Ronny proves to be an expressive singer, crooning a mournful melody and experimenting with vocal filers. At the end of the song, the drums slow down to halftime, and Ronny’s vocals collapse into haunting echoes, mirroring his heartbroken mental state. The follow-up to the Latin trap-flavored hometown ode “Miami” ft. Sfera Ebbasta & Duki (1.3 million Spotify streams), “Typical” is the latest single from Jupiter, Ronny’s upcoming album. due later this summer via Independently Popular.

Triple One share new single “Loverose,” the first from their debut album

A sonic experiment making music somewhere between hard, soft, beautiful, grimy, and all the textures in between, Triple One are the product of a porous internet generation. Their music is rooted in hip hop but is animated by the group’s fearless, restless creativity, exploring metal, emo, pop, punk, and R&B in a fierce, blasphemous repudiation of genre barriers. A singular combination that makes their sound almost impossible to categorize.


With the album release comes a new lyric video for the warped and woozy track “Am I High Rn” feat. blackbear. “This song is song about being high for the first time and dealing with the feelings of paranoia, excitement, worry,” says Quinn XCII. “It really encapsulates the ability to just accept what you’re observing and let things be as they are.”


Today, The Midnight are proud to share their highly anticipated new album MONSTERS on Counter Records. Following their 2018 album KIDS, which reached #1 on the Billboard Electronic chart, MONSTERS finds the duo of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan continuing to push the sonic and thematic boundaries of the synth-pop genre, growing beyond online cult fascination to become figureheads of a new musical movement whose impressive compositions encompass synth-driven film scores, deep house, pop, rock and more.

LOTUS Releases New Single “Catacombs”

Long-running instrumental-electronic quintet Lotus has announced the details for their new studio album Free Swim and released their new single “Catacombs.” Set for independent release Friday, August 21st, Free Swim mines dance grooves from soulful funk to dirty disco to build instrumental songs with a signature Lotus sound. Named for the Catacombs of Paris, which are explored by people looking for adventure and thrills underground, “Catacombs” opens Free Swim and invites listeners to descend into the depths of groovy-funky jazz.

ICYMI: Lomelda shares new single “Wonder”

“Wonder is about working hard,” said Lomelda’s Hannah Read. “It is my most fun song to play. And I got to play drums on it, so it’s my favorite Lom song forever. May it motivate you to move and smash like it does me.”


Becky G says, “I always loved the perspective Jenni Rivera sang from on “La Gran Señora” and thought that it was so different. It’s a unique perspective that is never really shared in songs, so I thought it would be dope to bring an up-beat 2020 Becky G flow to a concept story like that with my Spanglish style.”

Jeremy Garrett releases roots rendition of pop hit, “Nevermind”

Jeremy Garrett is expanding the notion of acoustic roots music — and though he’s driven by a personal need to transform his own artistic efforts, he’s also paving the way for a reinvigoration of those roots by a whole new generation of musicians. Starting in the demanding world of bluegrass, he’s mastered the canon, developed his own voice within it, and then pushed his creativity to a new place, free from convention and welcoming to artistic exploration. Though he’ll tell you that he’s just making music that inspires him, as a one-man band both in the studio and on stage Jeremy Garrett is a break from the norm.

Mark Stoffel releases debut Mountain Home single, “Shadowbands”

Accompanied by former Night Driver Gina Furtado (banjo), acclaimed Irish fiddler/violinist Niall Murphy, co-producer Josh Morrison on guitar, and longtime colleague Ross Sermons (upright bass), Stoffel punctuates a distinctively symmetrical melody and classic fiddle tune structure with moody interludes that capture the skittering feel of the natural phenomenon for which the track is named.

Zaafir Reexamines The Company He Keeps With New Single “Touchy”

US rapper and vocalist Zaafir entered with a high-level commercial sound as he hit the scene in 2016 with his debut single Caution. . Thanks to local promoters Wreckshop Movement and Leedz Edutainment, Zaafir shook the underground scene in Massachusetts by shining in the finals of the international songwriting competition and The Boston’s Rap. From there his career got pushed to greater heights opening for stars such as Playboi Carti, IDK, and Yonas. Later that year Zaafir released his first EP AOA: Athens Of America giving more of that hit sound and decided to take the independent route by starting AOA sounds. “AOA” is an acronym for “Athens Of America” a nickname for his youth home in Massachusetts. By 2017 he took to the air performing in Rome, London UK, and Warsaw Poland. Zaafir is natural performer that brings real positive energy on every stage he rocks.

The Hunna return with high-energy track “I Wanna Know”  

Today (July 10), The Hunna releases a new single, “I Wanna Know”- listen HERE off of their highly anticipated forthcoming album I’d Rather Die Than Let You In. On the track, The Hunna bring their palpable energy and bangin’ sonics from the opening lyrics to the epic drum solo at the end. The single chronicles the thrilling whirlwind of new love and infatuation, taking listeners on an exciting ride. “I Wanna Know” lends itself particularly well to a live show, and on tour, the band chose to close out recent sets with this track because of its undeniable ability to energize the crowd. The music video captures the electric energy felt at a The Hunna show – watch HERE. With its vibrant, guitar-heavy sound, “I Wanna Know” will make listeners hopeful for the days we’ll be able to jump around in a crowd again.


Multi-Platinum country superstar Kane Brown released “Be Like That” together with Grammy-nominated artists Swae Lee and Khalid today. The Pop-forward summer anthem, which all three artists had a hand in writing, follows Brown’s unifying ballad “Worldwide Beautiful,” which he released last month and debuted on nationwide television with a performance at the 2020 BET Awards on June 28.

Macca Wiles Shares Captivating ‘Outlined’ (Acoustic Version)

Macca bares it all with a moving rendition of his well-received single ‘Outlined’. His powerful, emotive vocal takes centre stage as he leads the poignant guitar led production. The accompanied live video replicates the heartfelt emotions which is displayed through Wiles’ compelling performance. The self-written track highlights Wiles’ raw, distinctive rap flow and is lyrically influenced by his experience of being addicted to codeine and promethazine, battling his demons and seeking relief. On ‘Outlined’, Macca says: “We’re best at hurting ourselves, even when it doesn’t show.”