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Pop Artist Rue Vox Releases “River”

Delivering a rare, but true rendition of another artist’s song is sometimes challenging to handle. However, there are times when the utmost respect is given and a song becomes a new piece all its own from the very start. Such is the case of the “River” (Bishop Briggs) cover enveloped by the sultry soulful rocking vocals of the artist Rue Vox. “River” flows as if it were meant to be Rue’s all along.


Quelle Chris – Sacred Safe (prod. Chris Keys) | New Video

“Sacred Safe is the physical, mental or spiritual place you go when you don’t want to be reached by others. Be it depression, stress/exhaustion or the many other reasons. Be it in your best interest or your worst. You just want to be away. Protected from help or/and hurt. Sort of a fortress of solitude that can be both external and internal.” – Quelle Chris

Check Out Rapper Racquel Jones’ Incendiary “Sacrilege”

“‘Sacrilege’ is a blatant denouncement of religion, specifically Catholicism and what it represents for Black people whose history was intercepted by slavery. For my people, religion/Christianity was used as a tool of oppression and control while the heritage of our spiritual identity was erased. It is important for me to begin the discussion about the damages that religion has done to us as a people through the programming of our ancestors during slavery and beyond; and the strides we need to take to heal, unlearn, relearn, correct and salvage what is left of our true identity and teach that to our kids. So we’ll begin by turning our bibles to 1 Peter 2:18 King James Version.”

Rock Around the Christmas Tree with Josh Christina’s New Holiday Single

Josh Christina is ringing in the most wonderful time of the year the only way he knows how – toe-tapping beats, roaring vocals, and of course, a mean piano solo. His latest single “Christmas With You” is a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Christmas” from his 1970 Back Home album, complete with all of the elements of Christina’s signature sound and a little sprinkle of sleigh bells.

HOKO releases This Is Gonna Be Our Year

To close what’s been a wild, unexpected first year for HOKO – their debut song, ‘OK OK’, was released in late February and charted multiple weeks at Alternative radio in the US, right as the world was shutting down – the band is now releasing their newest single, the timely ‘This Is Gonna Be Our Year’. The single release is also accompanied by a music video, creative directed by HOKO and edited by Jason Denton set for release tonight!

BankrollShell Releases New Music Video “Better Off”

Shelton R. Jackson III, aka BankrollShell, was born in Sasebo, Japan, but raised in Jacksonville. Displaying his creative ability as early on as eight years old, the artist found comfort and solace in expressing himself through writing. His writing led to the pathway and birth of his debut singles “Cross Roads,” “My Turn” and “Smoke.” He followed up the success of his single releases with the E.P Blitz’d Emotions, released on June 14th, 2020. The singles and E.P were met with critical and fan acclaim. Hip Hop Weekly has described the artist and his music as something “that will positively inspire a generation to the next level of music.”

Christopher Martin’s “Numbers” Hits The Jackpot!

Reggae star Christopher Martin’s latest single, “Numbers,” is a tongue-in-cheek ode to Jamaica’s National lottery, calling upon a series of numbers, the singer hopes for the right combination to hit the ‘jackpot.’

Using a unique number system and cast of characters associated with symbols of luck, Christopher puts context to the game of chance beloved by Jamaican’s at home and in the Diaspora. Calling for #19 to always be at his side, and to not be ‘bruk’ like #4, “Numbers” expresses the thoughts behind number selection.

‘Numbers’ the new single by Christopher Martin now out


Multi-talented band Why Don’t We have premiered “Slow Down,” the latest off their highly anticipated sophomore full-length album, The Good Times and The Bad Ones (arriving January 15th via Atlantic Records and available for pre-order/pre-save now). The track, sampling The Smashing Pumpkins classic “1979,” arrives alongside an Isaac Rentz-directed video (making it’s broadcast premiere via MTV) that sees the band cut loose and pay homage with a cruise through California.


Today, Houston-born artist Nick Vyner releases his new single and music video “Mood Swing,” out now via Solo Brightest (10K Projects/Flighthouse). His debut with the joint venture label, Nick Vyner’s “Mood Swing” was co-produced by Stevie Wonder drummer Stanley Randolph and mixed by Alex Tumay (Travis Scott, Kanye West, Childish Gambino). The accompanying music video is directed by Ava Doorley.

Tokyo’s Revenge New EP lilium Out Now! Featuring 24kGoldn, Zedsu and more!

Tokyo’s Revenge has released a brand new EP titled lilium (Blac Noize!/Geffen/Interscope Records). The project features four standout tracks including features with longtime collaborator Zedsu and 24kGoldn (“Mood,” “Coco”) for track “sorry!” — the video for which will be out tomorrow! On lilium fans will hear a more melodic side to Tokyo especially on tracks like “nothinglastsforever” and “savior.” Full tracklisting can be seen below and to listen to the project in full, visit:

Good Charlotte Return With Brand New Single “Last December”

“2020 being the 20th anniversary of our self titled debut album, really made us feel like we wanted to release something for those fans who’ve gone on this journey with us,” says guitarist/vocalist Benji Madden. “The holidays can be a rough time of year. Thinking of the ones we’ve lost and longing for moments that have passed us by, is definitely a part of the joy and melancholy. This song for us speaks to both sides of those holiday feelings and we hope it brings some solace to anyone who needs it.”

New Music From contradash “all-star” Out Now On Interscope Records

Los Angeles-based contradash releases ‘ALL-STAR,’ his 10-track debut for Interscope Records, out today. ‘ALL-STAR’ is the culmination of a breakthrough year for contradash, who signed with Interscope Records after his song “blocked” catapulted him from 250 monthly Spotify listeners to 250,000. Since then the 22-year-old talent has made early fans of Billboard, Flaunt, AltPress and more with his seamless cross-pollination of emo, pop and hip-hop into a sound tailor-made for lovelorn gen-Z’ers.


Known for capturing the essence of an eternal summer, Florida native John K quietly cemented himself as an independent artist to watch in 2017 when he was handpicked as Elvis Duran’s “Artist of the Month,” allowing him to appear on the TODAY Show with a performance of his breakout single “OT.” Crediting his soulful vocals and effortless cool to influences ranging from Bill Withers and Donnie Hathaway to Jon Bellion, Ed Sheeran and Drake, he continued to make waves in 2019 by signing to Epic Records and releasing his if we never met EP, which landed him features with Billboard, Rolling Stone, Forbes and more. RIAA Platinum-certified single “if we never met” propelled him into 2020, with a version featuring Kelsea Ballerini and a return to the TODAY Show to perform the song. Garnering over 260 million streams, “if we never met” was followed by the heartfelt singles “6 months,” “happiness” and “cheap sunglasses” where he continued to stake out coveted real estate on top Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music playlists. Featuring those stand out singles and so much more, John K now presents his project, love + everything else.

New Release from Eminem “Music To Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe Edition)” On Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records

Featuring 16 new tracks, including collaborations with Dr. Dre, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Premier.

Eminem Drops Music To Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe Edition): Stream

Liar Thief Bandit release single “Good Enough” from upcoming third album

Liar Thief Bandit has teamed up with The Sign Records for the release of their upcoming, third studio album “Deadlights”. Today the Swedish garage rockers share the first taste of the album – the uptempo, straight-shooting single “Good Enough”.

Liar Thief Bandit gives ’70s classic rock a boost and 90’s garage rock a proper facelift. No one goes unaffected when this band delivers full throttle action and raging melodies in an intense, trio live setting. The band released their debut album “Gun Shovel Alibi” in 2016 and has since spent most of their time on the road, playing almost 200 gigs across mainland Europe.

out today: MYRHOLT (Nor) “Retterting” @ Black Metal

EP contains 3 new songs and 3 interpretations of songs originally performed by Dead Can Dance, Slayer and Black Sabbath.

ALPHA BOYS Release The First Official Video From The Upcoming Album ‘Saviours Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Swedish deathpunk group Alpha Boys have released the first material from their forthcoming album Saviours Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, set for release on January 21st via Sliptrick Records. The song is the spritely, hard hitting Han(d) Solo and here is what the group had to say about it; “The track is the ultimate punky rock’n’roll tune for all those that have grown up with Star Wars and heavy metal… it goes out for all the nerds who couldn’t get Leia out of their heads and had to go “solo”. That’s right, this is Han(d) Solo!”


It wouldn’t be Christmas without LadBaby. The foursome’s festive fun has seen them conquer the charts for two years in a row, shooting straight to #1 with ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls’ (2018) and ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’ (2019). Today they release ‘Don’t Stop Me Eatin”, their comedy take on the timeless Journey power ballad, which benefits The Trussell Trust, whose mission is to end the need for food banks in the UK.


“Dystopia” released on December 16th via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on December 18th via NorthPoint Productions (Europe / N / S America). A concept album offering a considerable expansion of the band´s trademark sound and featuring performances by guest vocalists: Mats Leven (Candlemass, TSO, Skyblood), Mark Boals (Y.J. Malmsteen, Ring of Fire), Henrik Brockmann (Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade, N´Tribe), Kenny Lubcke (Narita, Zoser Mez) and Alexandra Andersen (Royal Hunt, JSP).

LOCKED IN unveil “Dying City”, first single from their comeback EP

Some flames do not go out. Incandescent embers continue to burn under the ashes and just blowing a bit of air on them can restart the fire.

This is the case with LOCKED IN, a hardcore punk / metal band from Perugia, Italy, which returns after several years of silence and inactivity, showing us they still remember how it’s done, after grinding miles and consuming stages throughout Italy and half Europe between 2007 and 2013.

A few weeks ago they announced their return with two new EPs in collaboration with Epidemic Records.

Exciting Metal Band Helestios Release Fierce New Album ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’

One of the UK’s most exciting metal bands, Helestios, is preparing to release its new album, Your Pain Tastes Good, combining the melodic approach and broad appeal of Metallica with the ferocity and thematic invention of Sepultura. After a year which has seen worldwide hardship, conflict and division, Your Pain Tastes Good is a reminder of how metal stays true to itself and its fans, reflecting the reality of life and urging people to think for themselves and move forward positively. Featuring eight tracks of stunning guitar work, vocals from the very bowels of Hell and lyrics which draw upon both ancient mythology and look at the world around us right now, Helestios are both the power and the fury we need to inspire us.