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His His Shares Dreamy Track “Matador”

His His is the project of Toronto-based artist Aidan Belo. Combining delicate guitar lines with simple yet thoughtful vocals, Belo created this project as an outlet after relocating to his family’s hobby farm outside of the city, in an attempt to evoke something rural and honest. Most easily defined by the Portuguese word saudade, a feeling of longing and melancholy, “Matador,” the debut single from His His, captures the mood that Belo felt in the barn where he recorded it one afternoon: feelings of melancholy, relative passivity, and low-spiritedness.

Michaela Bekenn Shares Gorgeous Single “The Earth Has Music”

Michaela just shared her debut single, “The Earth Has Music,” along with a visual accompaniment. The song’s message is an invitation to the listener to tune into their inner space as the place where all answers emerge and the moment as the ultimate teacher. The mood of the video is directly connected to the changing of the seasons.

FAVVKES Reveals the Haunting “Black Dove”

Bringing you 90s nostalgia with a 2020 attitude, FAVVKES (pronounced “fox”) is an exciting, emerging Canadian artist and songwriter. Hard at work on her solo debut, she unapologetically touches on sensitive subject matter surrounding mental health. Her songs deliver strong messages on what it means to deal with social anxiety, depression, acceptance and inclusivity.

new Nav x Lil Baby video

Nav dropped his new mixtape Emergency Tsunami this last Friday, entirely produced by longtime collaborator and certified-Platinum “Turks” producer Wheezy. Featured on the tape are Gunna, Young Thug, Lil Keed, Sah Babii, and today he’s dropped a new, diamond-encrusted video for the Lil Baby featured track “Don’t Need Friends.”

Billy Gilman Celebrates 20 Years of ‘One Voice’

Billy Gilman has sold over 5 million albums and became a recognized voice in country music in 2000, at the age of 11, when he released his debut single “One Voice,” on Epic Records (Sony Nashville). The song shot onto the Billboard Top 40 charts making Billy the youngest artist to ever have a top 40 single on the country chart and ultimately reaching top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION Releases Official Music Video for “Ghost”

Toronto, ON based Dark Alternative Rock Band A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION, fronted by The Birthday Massacre bassist Brett Carruthers, has released the official music video for “Ghost,” off of the band’s latest album, Becoming. Directed by Terra Joy McNerthney and produced by long time collaborator and friend Bailey Northcott, “Ghost” was originally premiered on tastemaker site mxdwn.

mxdwn PREMIERE: A Primitive Evolution Shares Cinematic New Video for Atmospheric Rock Song “Ghost”

Red Reign – New Single “Not That Way”

Red Reign, the in-your-face rock quartet from Richmond, VA, is busting out a new single November 13, 2020, “Not That Way”. The track has heavy guitar riffs, strong vocals and melodic tendencies that will automatically make you a fan.

Red Reign is Carlton “Bubba” McMichael (vocals/guitar) Sammy Lee (drums), Larry Moore (bass) and Stevie Shred (guitar).

Speed Control – New single “Headlights” out now!

“Yet, my heart always has a little spot in it that’s still broken, so I sing about the struggle of finding someone. Sell me, something I can hold on to. Give me a reason why I’ll do this again. Not to sob about my problems, but because many people can relate to that,” says drummer Eric Holland.

Produced by Jan DeVroede, this is the second of the two tracks we recorded in Montreal at Breakglass Studios, before they dismantled their giant live room, and our last recording outside of the Yukon before COVID-19 shut the world down. Shout out to Yukon Media Development & Yukon Government who helped support the recording!

Speed Control Shines Bright on Their New Single, “Headlights” [Premiere]


Entrepreneur and Hip-Hop legend Ja Rule has been busy at staying ahead of the curve. While much of the entertainment community has been put on hold because of Covid-19, Ja Rule has been busy at work building what will be his next empire which he is ready to share with his fans and the world—ICONN. So what is ICONN? In the words of Ja Rule is very simple, “ICONN is a monetization platform with a social feel. A powerful robust tool for creatives that connects them directly with their fans/consumers. In a way the consumer can think of ICONN, like an Amazon, we provide human services in the entertainment space. Those services range from a variety of things such as booking talent for live events to celebrity hair stylist, fashion stylist and makeup artist. The live component offers a different experience where creatives are offered monetary features such as tipping, private live requests, live scheduling and charitable live options. Its all about connecting fans with celebrities and those that live in that space on a day-to-day basis and ICONN brings that to the consumer!”


THE GLASSPACK: Louisville Psychedelic Punk Unit Releases Free Misfits/Samhain Covers EP

Comments vocalist “Dirty” Dave Johnson, “I asked the guys if we could record something special this year to give away for free. So, we quickly recorded some punk rock and metal favorites with a dash of GLASSPACK flavor at DeadBird Recording Studios in Louisville. As a punk rock kid in Louisville, I fell in love with these songs immediately and still carry them with me as an adult. I never outgrew them, or maybe I just didn’t grow up. It doesn’t matter. I will likely sing some of them ’til I am ashes. This is the first actual studio recording THE GLASSPACK has released for many years. It is also the first GLASSPACK record of which I do not play guitar. I only did the vocals.


Afropop superstar DAVIDO today releases new single and video “SO CRAZY,” featuring one of Atlanta’s finest rappers LIL BABY. The song is taken from his much anticipated third studio album A BETTER TIME scheduled for release on November 13 via Davido Worldwide Entertainment/ Sony Music U.K. /RCA Records.

Drakeo The Ruler Celebrates His Freedom in “Fights Don’t Matter” Video

A master of stylish smack talk and colorful slang, Drakeo The Ruler re-affirmed his status as one of L.A.’s best rappers with an album recorded from prison. Finally able to build his empire and crash his whips without interference from a vindictive legal system, Drakeo shares “Fights Don’t Matter,” his first new song and video since his release from prison last week. Produced by Thank You Fizzle and Al B Smoove, “Fights Don’t Matter” finds Drakeo rhyming in his trademark sneer, offering twisty wordplay (“When I left the coupe, all you saw was banana peels/He aint Dodge sh*t tryna pull off in that Challenger”) and promising to end any beef before it starts: “I’m a give ’em 33 shots, cause fights don’t matter.” The Lil Gucci-directed video finds Drakeo in a celebratory mood, as he counts cash in the streets of L.A. with a crew of his closest friends, including members of the Stinc Team and producer and confidante JoogSzn. “Fights Don’t Matter” is the first taste of We Know The Truth, Drakeo’s first post-prison EP, coming very soon.


The dynamic duo of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte have taken 3OH!3 from the foothills of Boulder, CO to a household name – if we’re talking house parties. Since 2008, the American electro-pop duo has rocked sold out venues, amphitheaters, and college campuses around the world, playing shows on every major continent except Antarctica (too cold). With over 15 million singles sold worldwide and three U.S. RIAA Certified platinum songs, 3OH!3 has cemented their sound with global hits like their 3x multi-platinum single “Don’t Trust Me,” which reached #1 at Top 40 Radio and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as hugely popular songs “STARSTRUKKK” (Feat. Katy Perry) and “My First Kiss” (Feat. Kesha) and memorable performances on American Idol, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the MTV Video Music Awards.

Queen Naija’s Debut Lands At No. 1 On Billboard’s Top R&B Albums Chart

Hailed by The New York Times as “the first soul star of the social media generation,” Queen has already amassed over 1.7 billion combined global career streams. Lil Durk, Russ, Mulatto, Toosii, Jacquees, Lucky Daye, Kiana Ledé and Pretty Vee feature on missunderstood. The album includes “Butterflies Pt. 2,” which continues its climb at Urban AC radio, entering the top three. The song has more than 63 million combined global streams while “Pack Lite” has amassed over 42 million cumulative streams. Teyana Taylor, aka Spike Tey, directed the official videos for “Pack Lite” and “Lie to Me” ft. Lil Durk.

Back to the Wharf (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Feng Ping Lang Jing

“I was a fan of Wen Zi before the film shooting of ‘Back To The Wharf’, therefore I delegated the producer to express my will of cooperation. In his last soundtrack of film ‘A First Farewell’, I’m impressed by the depth and the width of the music, the power of mobilizing deep emotion of the frames. To my surprise, our country has such a talented soundtrack composer who is very sensitive to modern life but so pure and low-key in person. I think audiences have received this soundtrack already, I’d like to put a pause to my compliments of this collaboration, instead, letting audiences feel it when watching the film with knowing nothing. This film was shot in a coastal city of south China, we would feel the breath of destiny, human emotion, wind and wave. Those 23 tracks exquisite like rain, generous like fisherman. I’m so honored and proud of Wen Zi.” – Director: Xiaofeng Li

HAYLEY ROSS – Releases ‘Moving All Around’ EP – Listen Now || Watch Video

Her directorial debut, the video was shot by Hayley and her partner Rory and makes innovative use of shadows captured on the wall of her living room. Speaking about the video Hayley says:

“All the footage was shot by my partner Rory, Jimi at the label and myself. I pieced it all together to fit the track sonically.. I really like the shadows I managed to capture on my living room wall, they feel like visual audio. I plan to do more of this and take more artistic control of the whole package as imagery is very important to me while writing music… I feel it goes hand in hand.”

DIRTY RATS Rock Their Way Out Of The Spit And Sawdust With ‘End In Tears’

Dirty Rats are a no-bullshit Aussie pub rock band, playing beer barns and inner-city clubs throughout Melbourne and country Victoria. Over the last 30 years, the band have developed a sound that is typically Australian hard rock, think AC/DC, Rose Tattoo. But listen more closely and you’ll hear influences from the MC5’s, Motorhead and even some punk rock.

Gina Naomi Baez has just released her new christmas song “Christmas Candlelight.”

The song is Baez’s way of offering some light during such dark and unprecedented times. The song is inspired by the beauty of simplicity, with Baez sharing, “The holidays might feel dark and cancelled in a sense this year, and I hope this song reminds others of the importance of the season and what truly matters most.” Through poetic, storytelling lyrics, sweeping, organic instrumentation and warming vocals, the comforting song is sure to bring christmas cheer to even the coldest of grinches.

Enigma Experience release lysergic lyric video for ‘The Zone’

‘The Zone’ is a powerful groove-heavy anthem inspired by guitarist Niklas Källgren’s son who lives with autism. Gigantic riffs, zealous vocal delivery and countless twists and turns keep you firmly on the edge of your seat, all the while encouraging you to be unafraid of seeking solace when life deals you a tough hand.

OUT TODAY: Kutiman shares new single/video ‘Masaai In Dub’ & announces new EP

Kutiman’s Tanzania-meets-psych-jazz album, ‘Wachaga”, released earlier this year, is an epic and incredibly uplifting work of art, blending traditional Tanzanian sounds with free jazz, psychedelia, afrobeat and soul. ‘Maasai In Dub’ is the first single taken from new EP ‘Wachaga In Dub’ which sees Kutiman turn inward, amplifying the deepest sounds within the album’s standouts, in turn creating a far more psychedelic experience.

Pilar Victoria Shares Brand New Single “I Left A Party For You”

14-year-old Argentine-American songwriter Pilar Victoria has shared her brand new single “I Left A Party For You” today. The new track arrives via Platoon today with an official video and is taken from Pilar’s debut EP, expected early next year.