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Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer, Charlie Puth, has teamed up with multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer, blackbear, for a new song, “Hard On Yourself,” which seamlessly fuses funk, pop, and R&B sensibilities. The track is instantly captivating and proves why the hitmakers are two of the most highly sought-after artists in the industry today. Puth has joined forces with many high-profile acts including John Legend, Katy Perry, James Taylor, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, and recently, Sir Elton John, while blackbear has worked with music staples such as Justin Bieber, G-Eazy, Marshmello, Linkin Park, Pharrell Williams, and Mike Posner, among others.

Lil Romo Releases Debut Project ‘King Without A Crown’ Today

Chicago rapper Lil Romo released his debut project, King Without A Crown, today via The Programm/Empire. On the 13-track body of work, featuring production from Kid Wonder, All Day, OG Mic Will and more, the Chicago newcomer tells his story the only way he knows how, through genre bending melodies and thought provoking lyrics. Released at a time when Chicago sees its most violent month in 28 years, with over 2000+ shootings so far in 2020, King Without A Crown is Lil Romo’s ode to his violence wrought city.


At the early age of eighteen, T$AN is constantly proving himself to be one of Philadelphia’s brightest.

Dylan Cartlidge Shares ‘Yellow Brick Road’ EP

Dylan Cartlidge today shares his EP Yellow Brick Road, available now on all streaming platforms via Glassnote Music. Dylan burst back onto the scene at the height of lockdown with the effervescent title track ‘Yellow Brick Road’ – his first single in just short of a year. Despite the complex times, it was certainly worth the wait with the track gaining brilliant support across the globe with radio plays from BBC R1 (Annie Mac / Jack Saunders / Huw Stephens), 6 Music (Tom Robinson), Beats 1 (Matt Wilkinson), Amazing Radio, KCRW and KROQ – and currently climbing the US Alternative Radio Chart.


You can hear that Melaku grew up somewhere close to the beach in the sun dappled sounds of his distinctly West Coast brand of pop. Since his debut in 2018, he’s been steadily building a fan base who love his blend of uplifting but club ready electropop. On his new single “Paradise”, and first of 2020, he channels 70’s soft rock with a dash of commercial pop. In his own words –

The Imaginaries Release “Walking On A Wire” Today – Stream Now

“‘Walking On A Wire’ is about the balancing act that artists face daily,” says Maggie McClure. “It’s about opportunities that we’ve been given that have then been taken away due to circumstances completely out of our control. But it’s also a song about keeping the faith and staying the course, no matter what.”

The Band of Heathens Release Retro Video For “South By Somewhere”

Today, acclaimed Austin group The Band of Heathens released their latest track “South by Somewhere” from their upcoming album Stranger, out September 25. “South By Somewhere” captures the undeniable feeling to go your own way under any circumstances. The video, reminiscent of a film trailer, echoes that sentiment, framed through the lenses of 70s and 80s road films.


“Giants” is joined by an equally moving lyric video, streaming now via YouTube. “I’m excited and proud to have been given the opportunity to write and record a song that not only hopefully speaks to someone out there when things are crazy and uncertain,” says Matt, “but also helps to raise money for an essential cause. I love my three nephews who performed on this song with me, so whether it’s education, health or protection for kids in need, Save the Children is a super important presence in communities around the world and I’m grateful to help.”


GRAMMY® nominated Hillsong Young & Free announces the release of their fourth career album “ALL OF MY BEST FRIENDS.” Dropping worldwide Aug. 28, the project is available for preorder today with final single “Indescribable.” Packaged as a bundle single with live and studio versions of the song, “Indescribable” features lead vocals from Young & Free’s Melodie Wagner-Mäkinen.


Today, Natalie Schlabs released her latest single “That Early Love,” a track from her forthcoming album Don’t Look Too Close, due out October 16th. “Nashville-based artist Natalie Schlabs not only writes what she knows but conveys the meaning of an emotionally charged experience with such tender-hearted expression that it’s so easy to fall in love with her songs,” says PopMatters’ Michael Bialas in the premiere. “Just listen to the gorgeous tone to her voice on ‘That Early Love’ and follow the steady but merciful pull of a singer-songwriter with a solid grasp of the significant details worth contemplating in life…If there was a song made for these desperate times, ‘That Early Love’ on repeat should start to ease the pain. Heal thyself, then let the good feelings linger.”

K-Pop Solo Artist, Wonho, Releases English Single/Music Video

“For me, “Losing You” is about the connection between people, and the selflessness of loving someone so much that you’ll become one with them and they become even more important to you than yourself.” – Wonho

YUNGBLUD Releases New Song “Lemonade” Featuring Denzel Curry

“Lemonade” is a dark flurry of growls, guitars, slippery beats, and staccato raps built around a chorus that embodies the chaos currently infecting the world. As YUNGBLUD explains, “‘Lemonade’ is about the immense pressure society and circumstance is placing on my brain right now. It’s about wanting to explode. It’s about the injustice my generation is fighting against every day. We know where we stand, we know what we want, and we are going to get it. Recruiting Curry was a no-brainer, he adds: “Denzel was the perfect fit because he is a true activist. His lyrics inspire me daily and we’re fighting for the same things: equality and inclusion across the fuckin planet. The song came out so quickly and easily and I can’t wait to split up the pit once the pandemic is over.”


With a treasure trove of credits ranging from Mahalia, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, Ashnikko, and K-Pop favorites SuperM, U.K. upstart Ebenezer struck gold early on in his career as a prolific songwriter and producer. His penchant for sticky hooks slithered its way to his debut EP, 2017’s ​Bad Romantic,​ where highlights were abundant, including the summery intro “South of France” and the swaggering anthem “Stats.”


Featuring plucking guitar strings and anthemic harmonies, the girls remind themselves and their fans that even in the dark they shine like diamond hearts.

03 Greedo Returns To His Roots with New Album ‘Load It Up Vol. 01,’

Before he was your favorite producer’s favorite rapper, 03 Greedo built a loyal following in Los Angeles with his creeping and melodic take on the West Coast sound. Teaming up with frequent collaborator Ron-Rontheproducer for a full-length, Greedo returns to his roots with Load It Up Vol. 01, his percolating new project. Greedo and Ron-Ron have a long-standing relationship, coming together for some of Greedo’s most beloved songs, including “Rude,” and their near-telepathic chemistry shines as Greedo switches up his vocal modes to suit the simmering production.

03 Greedo Returns To His Roots With New Album “Load It Up Vol. 01”


K Shiday and Enchanting have joined forces with fellow members of Gucci Mane’s The New 1017 crew for the icy “No Luv (Feat. Gucci Mane, Key Glock, and Big Scarr).” After featuring on the stacked compilation album Gucci Mane Presents: So Icy Summer, K Shiday, Enchanting, and Big Scarr are back with assistance from Key Glock and Gucci Mane himself.

twst unveils Hudson Mohawke remix of “Are You Listening?” debut EP TWST0001 out now

Hudson Mohawke is the stage name of Scottish producer, DJ and composer Ross Birchard, who is signed to Warp Records and has worked with artists such as Kanye West, Pusha T, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Christina Aguilera, Anohni, Banks and more. Earlier this month, he shared his surprise B.B.H.E. mixtape of unreleased music, some of which dates back to the mid 2000’s.

PUTRID OFFAL unleash new music video

In it since nearly three decades, PUTRID OFFAL has always been a one-of-a-kind band among the gore Death / Grind scene incorporating gregorian chants and keyboards into their swarming mass of infected aural virulency ever since their cult 1991 split with EXULCERATION and, even though it took them 25 years, their successfull 2015 debut, “Mature Necropsy” proved it once more, soon followed by countless gigs and festival appearances (HELLFEST, OBSCENE EXTREME, DEATHFEAST…) and Europe tours with MERCYLESS and INHUME.

LANY sets mama’s boy for 10/2, “you!” out today + video

“you!” follows two initial offerings from mama’s boy, “if this is the last time” and “good guys,” the band’s first new music since 2018’s Malibu Nights and their hit collaboration with Lauv “Mean It” from 2019. After finishing the last leg of their world tour behind Malibu Nights, Paul—the band’s primary songwriter, lyricist and producer who was born and raised in Oklahoma before moving with the band to L.A.—decamped to a studio in the country outside Nashville where he began working on an outline for mama’s boy. He polished the demos alongside bandmates Jake Goss and Les Priest and a host of gifted songwriting collaborators including Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay; Shane McAnally, best known for his Grammy-winning contributions to Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour; and songwriting power couple Sasha Sloan and King Henry.

Cheat Codes, DVBBS, Wiz Khalifa, PRINCE$$ ROSIE team up for multi-genre anthem “No Time”   

Today, Cheat Codes are back with their newest single “No Time” (listen HERE). For this single, the electro-pop trio teams up with EDM duo DVBBS and features rap sensation Wiz Khalifa and PRINCE$$ ROSIE, making “No Time” a layered, multi-genre collaboration and putting a rhythmic twist on the Cheat Codes’ signature sound. The song is the perfect summer jam and comes just in time to end the summer with a bang. The mid-tempo track has a mesmerizing beat and textured production, giving it a unique sound, unlike anything Cheat Codes has put out thus far. Wiz Khalifa’s verse elevates the track, making the collaboration feel like a true party.

Kid Bloom Releases New EP, ‘Blood Sugar’

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Kid Bloom crafts a signature style independent of era and genre, yet universally receptive with the release of new EP, Blood Sugar, released today via Electric Feel/Island Records.

For Kid Bloom (born Lennon Kloser), neon production, hip-hop beat-work, and psychedelic guitar emissions revolve around unfiltered honesty. Truth acts as the adhesive between his artful boundary-blurring and confessional lyrics. Inhabiting lush soundscapes akin to the soundtrack of your favorite eighties flick punctuated by everything from piano to 808’s.


When Forrest Frank sent Colin Padalecki a DM five years ago, no one could have anticipated what the two Texas college students’ music would become. “We both were just doing it for fun,” Forrest says, looking back with a laugh. “When we met up that first time, it was all just to hang out.” For them, Surfaces was just an idea; the duo’s success—sold-out tours, collaborating with Elton John, playing late night talk shows with a platinum hit single under their belts—wasn’t even a consideration.

Budakid drops new EP ‘Ochre Tuesday’

‘Ochre Tuesday’ opens with the fluttering melodies of ‘A Stray In Woodland’, a meticulously rendered slice of cosmic electronica, bursting with lucid synths and lush pads. Next up, ‘Cosmic Stork’ harnesses a similar vibe while also making use of fleeting vocal samples, before things are closed out with the EP’s title track, a hypnotic, cinematic house cut that leaves a lasting impression.

Boom Bap Artist Prema777 Releases New Single “Workin”

Staten Island, NY’s Prema777 has released her new single “Workin” today (August 14, 2020) which is taken from her debut album Take Flight that will be re-released early 2021 on iNTeLLectual Entertainment (2nd Generation WU, GFTD) via Dock Street Records. “Take Flight is my go where golden age hip hop boom bap meets vibrancy, still hitting with pure lyrics as an emcee,” she says. “The album was custom-tailored by building the entire sound from start to finish in the House of Dreams studio on Staten Island with my producer J. Glaze” (Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, Lil Jon, A Tribe Called Quest, Kurupt, Chasing Banksy movie score).

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Artist / Actor Phil. drops “watch out” video

At just 23 years old Phillip Johnson-Richardson, aka Phil., has already established himself as a promising singer, rapper, and actor. Currently playing the role of Benny on Apple TV+ original series ‘Little Voice’ created by the award-winning team of J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, Phil. has been balancing his time working on music for his debut EP.

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