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Liam Bailey “Vixit” Video Out Today

Big Crown Records is proud to present Ekundayo, Liam Bailey’s debut record on the label. This album is a long time in the making, and after listening, clearly worth the wait. It didn’t take a long time to record, but it did take years for all the stars to line up.

Bailey, born and raised in Nottingham, England, the son of an English mother and Jamaican father got his early influences from his mom’s record collection. Bob Marley and Dillinger, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix would eventually shape the singer/songwriter we know today.


Just in time for Christmas, the critically acclaimed Happiest Season Soundtrack (Facet Records / Warner Records) will be available at physical retailers tomorrow. Originally released on all digital platforms on Nov 6, the soundtrack features music from and inspired by the Hulu Original film which broke streaming records for the platform as the most watched original film in its opening weekend and attracted more new subscribers than any other previous feature title. The soundtrack is executive produced by GRAMMY® Award-nominated songwriter and Facet Records co-founder Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha, The Chicks). Each of the eleven star-studded tracks by Anne-Marie, Bebe Rexha, Brandy Clark, Carlie Hanson, Shea Diamond, Sia, Tegan and Sara and more is a celebration of the queer community, featuring LGBTQ+ songwriters or artists.

The High Plains Drifters Release “Santa! Bring My Girlfriend Back!” Animated Lyric Video

Inspired by a boozy and drama-filled Christmas dinner, the track features an array of instrumentation marrying traditional an contemporary sounds including upbeat marimbas, acoustic guitar chords, and horns reminiscent of everyone’s favorite holiday classics. After waking up the next morning and trying to remember the prior night’s holiday debacle, Larry Studnicky (HPD’s front man) was inspired to put pen to paper and craft the holiday tune after the melodies kept ringing in his head like a hangover. “Santa! Bring My Girlfriend Back!” is a precursor to The High Plains Drifters’ forthcoming second album to be released in 2021.

Norf Sole – Wild Trip (Departure)

Norf Sole’s “Wild Trip”, produced by Pilot Kid. It’s a free-spirit song with a instantly noticeable exciting vibe. It describes the excitement of traveling and escaping the fears of leaving home. Norf Sole fulfills his mission to deliver great quality music and a great message in an unorthodox manner. With the ability to be versatile, he takes advantage of the opportunity and delivers in a Pop influenced style.

Ane Brun debuts “Crumbs” video

“Brun grouped together songs that encourage deliberation: deliberate thought, deliberate listening and, perhaps most importantly, deliberate processing of the many emotions that have come to the surface during this most trying year,” American Songwriter says of the albums.

Brun recently released two new LPs, After The Great Storm and How Beauty Holds The Hand of Sorrow, which were originally intended to be a double album until ultimately deciding to separate into two collections.

Ane Brun Plots Out a Path of Beautiful Rumination on “Crumbs”

HANDS OF ATTRITION: raise your fist to ass-kicking debut album ‘Colder Places’ streaming in full!

Birmingham up-and-coming groove metallers HANDS OF ATTRITION team up with New Noise Magazine to unveil their debut full-length in full today. ‘Colder Places’ will be available on December 18th through all digital streaming platforms, so don’t wait any longer to embrace the full force of this relentless heavy machine!

“Eleven tracks of muscular, explosive metal that really rage with power. (…) The blend of metalcore and groove works splendidly, with the jagged razor-edged riffs absolutely punishing.” Musipedia of Metal

Album Premiere: Hands of Attrition – Colder Places


The first single and corresponding lyric video from iconic Welsh songstress Bonnie Tyler’s forthcoming album has its worldwide premiere via Ultimate Classic Rock today.

The instant classic power rock/pop anthem is taken from Tyler’s forthcoming album THE BEST IS YET TO COME, due out on February 26th, 2021 via earMUSIC, distributed by BFD (Bob Frank Distribution)/The Orchard in North America.

Of “When The Lights Go Down,” Bonnie Tyler commented, “Like most rock music fans I absolutely LOVE Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart records. When I heard the demo for ‘When The Lights Go Down” (which was written specially for me by Steve Womack), I felt it had the magic I hear in my favourite Bruce and Rod songs. When we got in the studio everyone involved captured that fantastic TIMELESS rock feel that I love and just want to go on and on. The chorus is AMAZING! Ok, I am biased but I am soooo happy with the track.”

Genre-Bending Producer Black Sands with ‘Old Ghosts’

After struggling to cope with the recent death of his sister, Andrew began writing ‘Old Ghosts’ – paying respect to his sister and her struggles with drug addiction. As a way to try and navigate through the complex emotions that inevitably come with losing someone so close to you – Andrew wanted to use it as motivation to move forward and acknowledge that those experiences have made him who he is today.

Boulevards To Release “Brother!” EP

Jamil Rashad, who performs under the name Boulevards, is set to release the Brother! EP tomorrow via the New West Records imprint Normaltown Records. The 4-song set was produced and co-written by Blake Rhein, guitarist for the midwestern soul revival outfit Durand Jones & The Indications. A culmination of several years of writing and playing and touring and recording, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Boulevards’ Brother! EP is about race and reckoning in America, about broken hearts and self-inflicted suffering.

Jamil Rashad, aka Boulevards, Provides a Track-By-Track For New ‘Brother!’ EP

T.G. Sheppard Signs With Time Life To Release Catalog Of Albums

To the delight of country music fans around the world, T.G. Sheppard will reissue nine of his legendary albums next year through his newly signed deal with Time Life. For the first time ever, these classic albums will be available on all digital platforms and include several of his #1 hits and many all-time fan favorites. With a career spanning nearly five decades and a total of 21 #1 hits, T.G. Sheppard shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to his new partnership with Time Life, Sheppard recently released the popular new Christmas single, “Christmas In Mexico,” with Kelly Lang.

“I am so happy to be working with the folks at Time Life. I have performed on their cruises, I have had songs on many of their previous country music collections, and now I get to work with them to put out several albums that originally came out on Warner Brothers Records,” says T.G. Sheppard. “I can’t wait for 2020 to be over so we can start enjoying the greatness of what we hope 2021 will become!”

Artist: Unkle Adams – Track: Oxygen

Curtis “Unkle” Adams was drawn to hip-hop in his early teens after hearing an “Ice Cube” CD. Adams began experimenting as a freestyle MC, eventually working out his own distinctive style based on positivity and inspiration. Having a nephew who is actually ten days older than him, he naturally earned his “uncle” nickname and eventually chose Unkle Adams as his stage name. Unkle Adams has independently amassed more than 5,000,000 streams on Spotify and more than 7,000,000 views on YouTube. In 2016 Unkle Adams released a simple but powerful whiteboard video on Facebook called “Time Is Precious” that went viral amassing more than 200,000,000+ combined views from re-posts by popular pages.

Canada Raised/Lagos, Nigeria Born TOBi Taps Maxo Kream For “MADE ME EVERYTHING PT. 2”

TOBi comments about working with Maxo Kream: “‘Made Me Everything Pt 2.’ is just me and Maxo talking about how we’ve survived through life. We are talking about all the trials and tribulations. I am speaking my truth while he speaks his. At the end of the day we’re just tryna be prosperous. I want to empower people with this song.”

Artist: Graze – Track: A Little Too Late

GRAZE blows you off your feet with original pumping rock tracks with hints of 90’s, 00’s and 10’s. Having played numerous stages in Europe and US, GRAZE puts down true rock music experience and is ready to conquer the world.

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK announces surprise release of “Blue Christmas”

The surprise Christmas single follows the release of Engelbert’s Sentiments EP that saw the iconic vocalist record songs including Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” as well as a duet with UK singer/songwriter Janet Devlin of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Logan Paul & EnergyX Tesla Giveaway

Energyx.com – Teamed up with YouTuber and Influencer Logan Paul to give away both a Red and a White Tesla for Christmas. I’ve copied a screenshot of Logan’s Instagram post that went out on Monday this week. The winners will be announced on December 24th.

New England’s Jay Gudda Unleashes With New Single “The Point’

Southern NH’s Jay Gudda unleashes after his latest dark comedic video Etcetera with a new single The Point. Produced by Ammo, the track provides an escape for his acrimony and sets the tone for the future. “The Point is something I wanted to get off my chest. It feels essential to my catalog and what I’m prepared to deliver in 2021. New England, tune in!” says Jay. Check it out now on your preferred streaming platform.

GoodLook| “F.I.U.” feat. Paydro & KaiKenn

EXLA Music Presents Cincinnati Ohio native, Rapper & Recording Artist, “GoodLook.” The rhythmic mogul is back at it again with another ear opening record, “F.I.U. (Fuck It Up)” feat. Paydro & KaiKenn. This clever club delivery is rather a catchy party banger that’ll make you “F.I.U” , any day.

DEATHWHITE Releases New Video for the Song “Grave Image”

Comments the band: “The themes reflected in both the video and song are indicative of the world we currently occupy — the pandemic of 2020 simply amplified those matters. The havoc wrought upon this planet via the denial of science and facts will have an adverse effect for generations to come. As suggested in the accompanying lyrics for ‘Grave Image’ the song, these wanton acts are far from an illusion, but instead are now a part of everyday, real life.


The eighteen-year-old has released a spate of singles this year, sharing “GIRL ON TV” in November after August track “I Want To Be With You,” which premiered via Flaunt Magazine and was lauded by The New York Times as “acutely observed bedroom pop … served with a side of arena-emo triumph.” Racking up critical praise from Billboard, E!, UPROXX, and more, Chloe has also lent her distinct voice to others, recently appearing on tracks with Tessa Violet, mxmtoon and X Lovers.

Kylie Trout Releases Music Video for New Single “Extra

17-year old Country music talent Kylie Trout releases the music video for her Gen Z dating song “Extra.” With the release of the track in October, Trout continues to gain the attention of the media and the industry with her distinctive vocals and signature R&B-meets-country sound.

Grateful Dead Premiere New Animated Ripple Music Video As Gift Of Hope For New Year

The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” became a kind of cosmic spiritual after its debut 50 years ago. Since then, the universal appeal of Robert Hunter’s serene prose and the band’s heartfelt performance have made the song a popular choice at everything from weddings to funerals. As relevant now as ever before, the enduring optimism of “Ripple” is a welcome reminder of better days ahead, when songs will, once again, fill the air. In that hopeful spirit, the band has premiered the first official video for the song today.

Artist: Nigel Barker – Track: I Curse the Sun for Coming up Today

UK based, Nigel Barker’s music is lyric oriented, with strong melodies and often experimental musical arrangements which keep things interesting. He says, ‘I can’t name one genre for my whole body of work ‘cos I just keep moving and I like it that way. Whatever grabs me at the time might offer up a couple of tracks in a certain stye. I keep audio and written notes throughout the year and they become the basis for the songs when I sit down and write. My favourite reviewer comment so far has to be “This guy is just the right amount of strange.”‘

Artist: Dr. Tik & R2R – Track: Une Belle Histoire

Their music is a culmination of their evolution after meeting master KAIO, several passages on Namek, visiting a multitude of universes and a practice that goes as far as pushing the limits of the human body.